Audrey Balzart, President
Audrey Balzart is a military retiree and disabled veteran who found her calling as a writer when starting her second life. With a love for all forms of storytelling, she earned her BA in 2017 from Nevada State College in Visual Media – Digital Cinema. With several short stories published, she is currently editing her first novel in her YA SciFi “AJ Silver Misadventure” series as well as working on three romantic screenplays.
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.
Andres Fragoso, Jr. is an incredibly versatile author who created literary compositions in various genres including poetry, flash fiction, and journalism. He has also worked as an advisor for over a dozen online social media platforms, including the world-renowned Facebook and Twitter. His literary works touch subjects that range from writing advice to sexuality, and to cultural issues. Andres is best known for his Writer’s Sidekick Series; a series of books which are focused on improving the writing techniques of novice learning authors. He has also authored Listen, Poems on Being Gay, Bipolar, Alive, along with a fascinating list of short stories and novels.
His gripping articles have appeared on Queer-Voices, Wikinut, and other prominent online writing outlets. Andres’s short stories are showcased on several Writer’s Bloc: A Vegas Valley Showcase Series of The Henderson Writers Group, and Messages Straight From The Heart: Stories of Inspiration from Nevada. Due to his creativity and experience in short fiction, he is also featured in other online venues such as The Story Shack, Gay Flash Fiction, and Wilde Oats. His poetry is seen in over 15 different anthologies.
Andres is involved in many writing groups and communities, such as The Las Vegas Writers Group, Sunset Erotica Group, and The Secret Men’s Guild. He was the Vice President and is the current Secretary of The Henderson Writers Group.
Andres has a Master’s degree in Business Management and Marketing, which led him to build up many companies from small start-ups to successful ventures. He has attended business workshops, marketing training, website development, and blogging classes, as well as conferences and conventions.
For more than 20 years the author has worked as a consultant in various sectors of the business industry. The vast experience and knowledge which he gained in business and advertising, led him to be an incredibly successful writer and entrepreneur. It has also helped others find success in their respective fields. consultancy works (for The Ghoster Consulting which helps new authors market and self-publish their books)
Andres was born and raised in Santa Monica, California and currently lives in Las Vegas, NV with his family. As a result of his time in the army, traveling experience, and several years of education in Mexico, Andres has had the unique opportunity to learn about different cultures. These experiences have also shaped his writing style and writing subjects.
Family is a prominent aspect of Andres’ life, and this reflects in his poetry, novels, and short stories. Even though each one of his literary creations differs from one another in various ways, they all are built around the topic of acceptance despite apparent differences from the majority (in race, culture, and religion).
Lauren Tallman, Secretary
Currently a resident of Las Vegas, NV, author Lauren Tallman was born in Lithuania, raised in New York, and lived in Israel for half her life. Lauren was a member of a writing group in Israel where she received constructive critique from international writers. Since settling back in the States with her family, Lauren is Secretary of the Henderson Writers Group in Las Vegas and five years ago began her own Erotic Writers group. Lauren’s book “How To Have An Affair And Not Get Caught” has gone worldwide. She still has time to lecture about affairs while speaking on Playboy radio and various radio stations. Lauren received rave reviews and encouragement from Robin Leach as well as Las Vegas’ “CityLife”. Lauren is currently working on a new book and continues to speak to groups through confidential webinars.
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 Coordinator
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.
Ned Barnett, Membership Development & Newsletter
I wanted to be a writer since high school, and I’ve been blessed by having made my living writing for employers and clients for most of my adult life. I have published 38 books – including non-fiction business books, science fiction, historical fiction (as well as a number of barely-successful screenplays) and more than a dozen ghost-written books for clients. My career has focused on publicity and marketing, non-profit fund-raising and membership development for a variety of foundations and other non-profits. I currently work as a writing, publicity and marketing consultant for authors and small businesses, as a ghostwriter, and as a book developmental/content editor and writing coach. Finally, I have several books in the works – a non-fiction book on how to succeed as a book-writer (which my editor just told me is actually three books – so it’s back to the drawing board to edit into three different books), and a private detective mystery novel. My business website is https://www.barnettmarcom.com
Terri Maue, Publicity Coordinator
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.