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Since the age of eight, Stephanie Durden Edwards wanted one thing out of life: to be a writer. From the early days of cringe worthy poems and odes to adolescent love to dozens of unfinished manuscripts, the dream has never died. Still working on that perfect novel, Stephanie spends her time as a staff writer and weekly columnist for a small town newspaper and an editor and ghostwriter working with other authors. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Missouri Life Magazine and in Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions, an anthology published in April 2013 by Seal Press.
Tammy finally settled in Calgary, Alberta after gallavanting in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York City. While she loves the big city and bright lights, she is currently enjoying a quieter life with her fluffy pooch and snuggly boyfriend. Tammy works as a full time High School English teacher and while she still loves the insanity that is teaching, she is focused on returning to her love of writing.
Tara Shannon has been down a winding road that has seen one marriage crumble and a stronger relationship form. She waged a battle against thyroid cancer and won - but that victory has been bittersweet. As Tara was fighting, her mother was too, against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Tara's Mom did not win her fight. Seeking refuge from the sorrows that life can sometimes bring, Tara turns to writing and storytelling. Writing is her passion and she is currently publishing her first novel along with a children's storybook. Tara is Editor-in-Chief at Pickwick Publishing and in her role there she hopes to help others achieve their goals of becoming published authors too.
The Purple Fig is an online women's blogazine with an emphasis on realistic and inspiring personal stories from women of all age groups, lifestyles, and nationalities. We feature essays about parenting, the journey to womanhood, feminism, overcoming challenges in both career and personal life, and issues surrounding sexuality, relationships, and family life. As well, we have guest posts on beauty, fashion, home and design.
A Connecticut native, Tina got her start freelancing for her hometown newspaper, The Stratford Star. She currently polishes her prose from her basement writing lair in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. (Go Bears!) When she’s not writing, Tina serves as personal chef, homework helper and chauffeur for her two young children.