Rich Babbitt

Rich Babbitt wrote and self-published his first book in October 2010. Just five months later, Dementi Milestone Publishing agreed to publish his work as a paperback illustrated by artist Wendy Custer. The new book — From PAPERBOY to BOOMER: How Lessons Learned from Paper Routes and Lawn Mowing Helped Shape 10 Skill Sets of Today’s Leaders — was released in September 2011.

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, interviewed Rich in December 2012 and got some good advice for authors publishing and marketing their first book.  (more…)

Michele J. Rolle

Michele J. Rolle is a mammography health care specialist in Richmond and has been compassionately committed for more than 25 years to educating and mentoring women in the value of breast health. Her article “The Power of Caring for Others” on domestic violence was recently published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch weekly feature “In her Shoes.”

In her debut memoir, Invisible WarriorMichele provides a valuable, historical account of growing up as an African American in New York’s failed housing experiment from the early 1960s until the late 1970s. Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, caught up with Michele on the eve of her book launch in September 2012.  (more…)

Phyllis Anne Duncan

A commercial pilot and former official at the Federal Aviation Administration, Phyllis Anne Duncan now pursues her writing full time from her home in the Shenandoah Valley.  Phyllis has written short stories, feature articles, and book reviews for both print and online publications. She is currently working on several works of fiction, including her “opus magnum” A Perfect Hatred, a trilogy about an act of domestic terrorism in America. The books in the proposed trilogy are End Times, Downward Spiral, and Collateral Damage

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, talked to Phyllis about her writing process in June 2012. (more…)

Lula Belle

Lula BelleLula Belle wears many hats.  She is a mom, a writer and property manager. Her debut novel Expecting tells a thought-provoking story of a young woman’s challenges when Roe vs. Wade is revoked.

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, interviewed Lula about balancing her budding career with the rest of her life in May 2012.

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Valley Haggard

Valley HaggardValley Haggard is a writer and teacher. Her articles and works of creative nonfiction have been published in Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine, V Magazine, Skirt, the Writer’s Dojo and the anthology, Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost, and has a monthly column in Belle. Valley is also the founder of Richmond Young Writers, a writing camp for kids, and has volunteered with James River Writers as both a board member and program organizer.

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, chatted with Valley about her writing process in March 2012.

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Pat Concodora

20120325-000433.jpgPat Concodora has published feature articles, trade magazine profiles, and business content. She is currently working on a memoir titled Untethered and a mystery novel titled The Hour to Reap.

Melissa P. Gay, author of the blog This Common Reader, chatted with Pat about her writing process in March 2012.

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