Capital City Writers Association is run by a five-member volunteer board of writers representing a cross-section of genres and experience levels. Please scroll down to read the bios of our 2017 CCWA board.
Louise Knott Ahern is an award-winning journalist, fiction writer and writing coach/editor with more than 20 years of experience. Her journalism career has spanned both coasts and some of the biggest news markets in the country and has earned her many awards, including a 2014 Sigma Delta Chi -- one of the most prestigious journalism awards in the country. Her debut novel, Seventh Inning Heat, was released in March 2016 under her pen name, Lyssa Kay Adams, followed by her second novel, Wild in Rio -- which is a finalist in the 2017 RITA contest for excellence in romance fiction by Romance Writers of America. She founded CCWA in 2013 to help writers find the resources, motivation, and support necessary for navigating professional writing careers. You can find her at LKAPublishing.com and LyssaKayAdams.com
Nick Adkins is an author and illustrator and a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He illustrated The Great Big Scary Monster (by Saraya Evenson) and wrote and illustrated Sloth VS Turtle. After earning his BA in English, Creative Writing from MSU, he spent three years as a stay at home dad splitting his time between writing and changing hundreds (thousands?) of diapers. He now splits his time between The Writing Center at MSU, writing, and making hundreds of trips to the youth soccer fields. Nick lives in Haslett with his endlessly supportive wife and two endlessly energetic boys. He is currently working on a chapter book about an introvert, a robot, and the struggles of friendship.
Christina Mitchell writes edgy funny love stories that style-wise fall somewhere between the humorous essays of David Sedaris and the sensitive lyricism of Metallica, which she will admit leaves a lot of room for creative expression. She is an enthusiastic watcher of bad films and clever stand-up comedy. In addition to her work with Capital City Writers Association, she is the intrepid leader of Lansing-based writing critique group, Pigasus Pen. When she’s not writing love stories or watching B-movies about rampaging, genetically modified sharks, you can read her brain-thoughts on Twitter @delusionshumor and facebook.com/AuthorChristinaMitchell. Also, check out her blog at https://christinamitchellbooks.com/blog where she swears a lot and is sort-of funny. Her debut novel, How to Stay, will hit digital bookshelves in December of 2017. Maybe.
Meika Usher is a romance author, a puppy mama, and a lover of pizza. When she's not writing snarky, sexy love stories, she can be found binge-watching Supernatural (she's a Dean girl), memorizing all the song lyrics ever (it's her superpower), or planning to see the world, one country at a time (Prague is next on her list). She is a member of the Lansing-based writing group, Pigasus Pen, and can be found on the interwebz at meikausher.com. Something So Sweet, her debut novel, will be released in Summer of 2017.
Carol J. Verboncoeur writes Museum Bites, a weekly travel blog featuring an eclectic assortment of exhibits, historical sites, and quirky bits of history. She's also the author of It’s Just Kindergarten…Isn’t It? and is a docent at the Michigan State University Museum. Carol has been a member of Capital City Writers Association since 2014, and on the Executive Board since 2015. Her favorite part of being on CCWA’s Board is getting to know our members and working with local authors to present CCWA’s monthly workshops. Carol fancies cheesy 1970s sci-fi, road trips, yoga, all things Star Trek and Monty Python…because let’s face it, “strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.” You can find Carol at cjverb.com.