Paul Atreides is an author and playwright. He has an extensive 30+-year background in theatre and has written for a variety of periodicals, penned a monthly theatre column for Las Vegas Night Beat, has been a guest columnist and theatre critic for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Davenport Theatrical of New York City described his first play, Phallusies, as “very clever, funny, and meaningful.” It opened to good reviews and garnered Pick of the Week by Las Vegas City Life. New York City’s 9-11 Museum collections team described his ten-minute play, Fusion, as “a very powerful piece that is indeed thought-provoking and magnificently written,” and it has been posted to their website Artist’s Portfolios in written form until it can be filmed for future exhibition. His debut novel, (Marvin’s) World of Deadheads, which advanced to the semi-finals of the Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, is now available in both print and Kindle editions on Amazon.com. His short stories have been published in various anthologies and a tiny collection, 5:4:99, has been published exclusively for Kindle. He is currently working on Sins of the Fathers, a new drama for the stage, a novel about domestic violence titled Monster in the Shadows, a collection of short stories about the human condition titled Voices From the Dead, and a World of Deadheads sequel.
Deb lives in Las Vegas, with Pete the human and the Las Vegas Cat Boys 2.0—Lakota, a Pixie Bob and Tiger, a Lynx Point Siamese.
How she got this position with the fancy name, she’ll never know. Collecting them seems a new hobby these days.
Deb runs a design and coaching business, Blue Sun Studio, with her friend, business partner and co-author since 2010, Wendi Kelly. As if that isn’t enough, she is a proud pack member of the Las Vegas small press, Wolfpack Publishing and serves as Internet Development Coordinator.
In addition (but not limited) to website and book design, all things technical, various creative endeavors, mentoring budding authors, and wrangling Board members, Deb has written two paranormal series (seven books and counting), Bonds of Blood & Spirit and Tau’s Pride, and is penning a solo project in a new universe, Benediction. She also has her first non-fiction work in progress “Yellow Is Not My Color”, about her personal experience with AIH (Auto-Immune Hepatitis) and the Nevada healthcare situation at large. For more on Deb, click here to visit her personal website.
Donald Riggio, Vice President
Originally from The Bronx, New York, now residing in Las Vegas, Donald has long been a fan of rock and roll music, especially the songs of the first decade of rock and roll, the 1950’s & 60’s. In 2007 he testified before the Nevada State Legislature alongside music luminaries including, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na, Sonny Turner of The Platters and Mary Wilson of The Supremes for the successful passage of the Truth in Music Bill, which protects original members of performing groups and their fans from fraudulent imposter acts. He is the published author of fiction and non-fiction works on both the local and national scene. Donald is the author of a series of rock and roll novels chronicling the evolution of the genre: Seven-Inch Vinyl (1953-1969), Beyond Vinyl (1968-1986). Both books were Kindle #1 best sellers in the music category. He recently published the third book in the series: When Gold Turns to Gray (1986-2001) Donald is the Vice-President of the Henderson Writer’s Group.
Darrah Whitaker has written five screenplays, one which was produced and another optioned. His short stories have been published in the Writers Bloc III, IV, and V anthologies. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers as well as the Henderson Writers Group in Las Vegas, Nevada, serving on its Board of Directors. His first novel, My Life as a Sperm, takes on notions of God and destiny in a most unusual way. He lives in Las Vegas where, despite the myriad temptations, he still finds time to write.
Andres Fragoso Jr., Secretary
Andres Fragoso, Jr. is a serial entrepreneur, Author, Poet, Journalism Writer, Consultant (The Ghoster Consulting), and Social Media Advisor (Facebook, Twitter, 10+ more). Best known for his easy to use book writing techniques, Andres’ books — Writer’s Sidekick Series, The Perfect Notebook for Writers; Listen, Poems on Being Gay, Bipolar, and Alive; and countless short stories.
Andres is a former Vice-President of The Henderson Writers Group, member of Las Vegas Rainbow Writers, Blogger for Las Vegas Writers and their Books, and organizes book signings for City Lights Gallery in Henderson and Janco Book Store.
Ilanit Moskal, Conference Coordinator
Originally from Israel, Ilanit has called both Chile and New York home. She currently resides in Las Vegas, where she is an active member of the writing community. Written under a pen name, her work includes personal essays, articles, erotica, short stories, and flash fiction.
Tonya Todd is an author, actress, and Sin City cinephile whose sundry background ranges from content writer to software programmer to booth babe. With a cast of characters as diverse as her career, her fiction explores the infinite hues of what drives us all: relationships and desires.
In addition to serving as Education Chair, Tonya coordinates Henderson Writers Group’s Dime Grinds program, which exposes local authors to the public via coffee house readings. She’s a contributor to NPR’s Desert Companion, and her short story “Mourning Sacrifice” is featured in Tales from the Silver State IV.
Inspired by the lack of diversity in literature, Tonya’s stories renounce quirky goth girls, trite naive virgins, and reluctant patrician heroes to transcend beyond black or white, good and evil. As a reader, she’s yet to discover a satisfying narrative of mixed race characters or interracial couples; as an author, she aims to change that.
Wolf O’Rourc, Grant Writer
SAC (Special Author in Charge) Wolf O’Rourc mines his years in cybersecurity and fascination with politics, finance, and sex to create stories pitting quirky characters with high-tech gadgets against evil villains with vile weapons. His Zazztra series follows a Vegas casino host turned super-heroine through the sordid underbelly of crime at home and abroad. Wolf’s Cyber series explores the secret world of bits and bytes through the eyes of a pink-haired hacktress. His techno-thrillers reflect the 23 places he has lived and studied the polyglot people that populate his fiction.
In real life, he frequents the Henderson Writers Group, the Romance Writers of America, Sin City Writers Group, and the Las Vegas Screenwriters Group. On the Net you’ll find him at WolfORourc.com or WolfORourc at the fashionable social media channels.
Arleen Sirois, Membership Development
Arleen Sirois has been a private investigator (NV license 1299) in the Las Vegas area for over 20 years. A former tax fraud investigative aide with the I.R.S. Criminal Investigation Division and former federal investigator with Office of Personnel Management, Office of Federal Investigations (whew!), she writes, and is asked to speak, about her experiences. “The secret to my success as an investigator is that I don’t look the part.”
A proud French Acadian, she was born and raised in the St. John Valley in the small border town of Madawaska, Maine. Her account of the plight of the Acadians, Recalling when Grand-pere explained our Acadian Story, was published in the St. John Valley Times in 2015.
Arleen is a member of the Nevada Society of Professional Investigators, the Rotary Club of Las Vegas, and the Henderson Writers’ Group. Her Psychology degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been immensely useful in her career. In 2015, Max & Buddy’s Halloween was published in Spooky Story Night, Volume II, an anthology of Flash Fiction. The illustrated account was later released separately for children.
She lives in Henderson, NV with her husband, Michael Gagnon.
Terri Maue, Publicist
Terri has been a writer all her life, having never outgrown her fascination with the magic produced by little black marks on a white background. After earning a degree in Communications/Journalism, she worked for 12 years in Public Affairs for the Cincinnati Board of Education, writing news releases, magazines, newsletters, and speeches. At age 40-something, she earned a doctorate in English with a Specialty in Creative Writing and embarked on a second career as a Professor of English for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Among other accolades, she was voted Worldwide Faculty of the Year in 2013. Having retired as Professor Emeritus, she is now pursuing a lifelong dream to write a great mystery novel.
Terri has lots of interests: she’s taught dream interpretation, earned a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, practiced meditation since she was 15 (and let’s just say that’s a while ago), and been initiated into a Wiccan coven. She even got bit by the acting bug, creating Gina the Gypsy Fortune Teller to inject some fun into those tedious faculty conferences.
Terri has published short stories, essays, and the occasional poem. Thoughtless is her book of quirky short stories available on Amazon. She and her high school sweetheart Eddie have been married for 50 years; she’s almost ready to take him off probation.
Toni K. Pacini, Fundraiser
Toni’s Southern Gothic memoir ALABAMA BLUE published in April 2016. She has been published in two anthologies, several magazines, and college periodicals. She returned to college at 60 years old in 2014, for her Creative Writing degree.
She’s working on a Southern Gothic suspense/thriller novel, CRIP CYN, and her second memoir, SENIOR CINDERELLA, about falling in love after 50.
Founder/ President ~ Sin City Writer’s Group in Las Vegas.
Member/CSN’s (College of Southern Nevada) Creative Writing Club.
Member/ex-treasurer and conference coordinator ~ Henderson Writer’s Group.
Conference Co-Coordinator ~ Las Vegas Writer’s Conference 2018 & 2019.