Ara Grigorian is a technology executive in the entertainment industry who helps firms and individuals leverage strategy, leadership, and technology to produce extraordinary results with lasting value. He earned his Masters in Business Administration form University of Southern California where he specialized in marketing and entrepreneurship. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later). Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. Ara leads workshops at both the Southern California Writers’ Conference and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, as well as the Writer's Digest Novel Conference. His debut novel, Game of Love (Curiosity Quills Press), won the 2015 Readers Favorite International Book Awards Gold medal in Sports Fiction, and his latest romance novel, Ten Year Dance, has been lauded as "absolutely addicting" and "an exceptional read."
Janis Thomas is the best-selling author of What Remains True and All That's Left of Me (Lake Union). She has also written three critically-acclaimed humorous women’s fiction novels, Something New, Sweet Nothings, and Say Never, which was chosen by Chick Lit Central as one of the best books of the year. Award-winning Murder in A-Minor is the first book in her Musical Murder Mystery series. Janis has written over fifty songs, some of which she performed with her sister and their band SheSaid many years ago in NYC. She has written two children's books with her dad, and currently is at work on a true-crime based screenplay. Whether her stories are humorous, murder mystery or literary, Janis enjoys writing about complex people undergoing major upheavals or transformations. Her goal is to entertain, but also to touch her readers' hearts and minds. Janis leads workshops at the Southern California Writers Conference, the Writer’s Digest Novel Conference, and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She is a popular speaker and writing advocate.