Liberty States Fiction Writers Officers

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
Vince Lombardi (June 11, 1913–September 3, 1970)

2017-2018 Liberty States Fiction Writers
Board of Directors and Founding Members

President & Founding Member Caridad Pineiro
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Caridad is a Jersey Girl who just wants to spend time writing and with family and friends. Caridad is the author of over 50 novels/novellas and a 2012 RITA Finalist for Best Paranormal Romance. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring fashionista. For more information about Caridad, visit
Vice President – Gwen Jones
Gwen Jones
Gwen Jones, MFA, is an Assistant Professor of English at Mercer County College, in West Windsor, NJ and a mentor in Graduate Studies at Western Connecticut State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program. She’s been married to her husband, Frank, for more years than she’d like to admit, is an unabashed born-and-bred native of Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, and finds all things political the highest form of entertainment. When not civilly espousing a progressive agenda, she can be found trolling neighborhood streets and greenways, perched under an umbrella at several Jersey beaches, or haunting movie theaters or random tri-state live performance spaces. Associations that have admitted to accepting her are The Romance Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers, and The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. When she’s not atop any given flat space reading trashy novels or the occasional liberal diatribe, she’s usually writing women’s fiction or romance, or essays the odd person has been known to call “humorous.” Her work has been featured in Writer’s Digest, The Kelsey Review, and The Connecticut River Review. Her novels in the “French Kiss” series from HarperCollins are Wanted: Wife, Kiss Me, Captain, and The Laws of Seduction.Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website
Treasurer – Linda Parisi

As a research scientist during the day, Linda J. Parisi knows the perfect formula for making sparks fly in her books. Multi-published and awarded the New Jersey Romance Writer’s Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book for her novel, Noble Blood, Linda has just released her new, hot, Romantic Suspense, Damned If You Don’t. She has always tried to give back to the writing organizations who’ve nurtured her, as a long time member of the Romance Writers of America, past board member of New Jersey Romance Writers, editor/agent coordinator for the LSFW Conference and current Secretary of Liberty States Fiction Writers. She also serves as a Craft and Industry Instructor for Literary Powerhouse Consulting. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, John, and a family which includes Audi, a Cocker Spaniel mix who had her at woof!
Secretary & Founding Member Lois Winston
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston is one of the founding members of Liberty States Fiction Writers. She writes mystery, romance, romantic suspense, chick lit, women’s fiction, children’s chapter books, and nonfiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. She also works as an associate for the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency. For more information, visit her at
Programs Chair – Deserie Brzosko
A recent addition to Liberty States Fiction Writers, Deserie approaches her function with great enthusiasm. She runs a successful entertainment business, is a wife and mother of five. Reawakening her passion for writing, Deserie was published within her first year as an LSFW member. She writes her literary fiction, paranormal romance, and BDSM erotica under pen name of Eden Freed and runs a weekly blog: “Liquid Friday with Eden Freed” dedicated to promoting authors of all genre. Visit her website at

Additional Founding Members

Michele Richter
Michele Richter
Michele Richter, CPA is a big believer in balance, and not just with numbers. She manages her own accounting firm of 100+ clients. Her #1 clients are her husband and daughter who request 24-hour consulting services. Michele also loves dogs, playing piano, singing and Walt Disney World. She writes science fiction, romance and poetry, and is extremely excited about her new project “Life’s Equations.”
Melinda Leigh

More than a decade ago, Melinda left a career in banking to raise her children and never looked back. Melinda began writing romantic suspense when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity and put to use the overactive imagination that caused her so much trouble as a child. Writing as Melinda Leigh, she is the winner of the 2007 Put Your Heart in a Book contest, 2008 Marlene award, 2008 Where The Magic Begins contest and 2008 Gateway to the Best contest. Her debut romantic suspense novel, She Can Run, released in November 2011. For more information on Melinda, please visit
Kathye Quick
Kathye Quick
Kathye Quick has been writing since she used #2 pencils and Catholic School lined paper. She originally wanted to be President of the United States or an Organic Chemist, but somehow life got in the way and she got married right out of high school and had a set of twins two years later. The Presidency seemed out of reach and night school to get her Ph.D. to create new molecule that would ultimately result in the betterment of humankind seemed a little time consuming while trying to raise twins, so she decided to write instead. First published in 1999, she has 20 books in print in several genres, and is working on an Urban Fantasy Series as P. K. Eden with partner, Patt Mihailoff. Their fantasy romance, FIREBRAND, recently won two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and a 5-Star review.For more information on Kathye, please visit
Anne Walradt

Anne Frazier Walradt is a freelance teacher, writer, and editor. Her articles and essays have appeared in such diverse publications as Maine in Print and Romance Forever. She taught literature and power writing at the secondary and college levels. Prospective authors take her nationally known “Show, Don’t Tell” course, which often leads to publication. She’s taught a humor workshop at the International Women’s Writing Guild conference held at Skidmore College for thirteen years. A past president of New Jersey Romance Writers, she is the editor of their monthly newsletter. In 1999, she edited Romance Recipes for the Soul (Doubleday), which includes one of her short stories. As a leader in her church and community, has actively supported families in grief and has created digital montage testimonials.
Rayna Vause
Rayna Vause
RAYNA VAUSE writes stories that mix a little action, a little adventure, and a little paranormal. Her books feature gay and straight couples because everyone deserves a happily ever after.A perpetual student, Rayna has collected more degrees and certifications then she cares to admit. She is also a cat lover, a martial artist, a video game enthusiast, a Disney fanatic, and a Pop Tart aficionado. For more information on Rayna please visit

Gail Freeman

Gail Freeman has been writing for twelve years and is a yet to be published author. Ms. Freeman served as President of the New Jersey Romance Writers for two years and has also served as Vice President, Treasurer, Special Events Chair, and Hospitality and Critique Chair in that organization. On a national level, Gail was one of the founding staff members of the Romance Writers of America’s electronic newsletter, eNotes and served as editor of that publication for a number of years. In 2005, she was awarded the RWA’s prestigious Service Award for her commitment and volunteer efforts. She also chaired the RWA’s 2007 Chapter Newsletter Contest and the 2008 ad hoc committee for reform recommendations and changes to that contest. For the past eight years she has been a member of the RWA Communication Committee. After being out of high school for twenty years, Gail went back to college and obtained her associate degree in accounting. A lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore, Ms. Freeman believes in happy endings and working towards your goals, no matter how long it takes.


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