AUTHOR BIO – 140 CHARACTERS

Professor and storycatcher Dr. Yvonne Kochanowski (aka Yvonne Kohano) writes contemporary romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, and tips for creatives.

 

AUTHOR BIO – 50 WORDS

Professor and storycatcher Dr. Yvonne Kochanowski (aka Yvonne Kohano) writes contemporary romantic suspense, psychological thrillers, and tips on creativity, when she’s not gardening, cooking, traveling, reading or learning something new. Follow her at www.YvonneKohano.com (fiction), www.GooseYourMuse.com (creativity), and Facebook and Twitter to learn what tickles her about being a writer.

 

AUTHOR BIO – 100 WORDS

Professor and award winning storycatcher Yvonne Kohano writes contemporary romantic suspense in her Flynn’s Crossing series. She is also working on a psychological thriller trilogy, and producing nonfiction books with tips for creative types. In addition to running an indie press, Yvonne loves to cook (dedicated foodie), garden (plantaholic), travel (anywhere), and read and learn (anything). She, her husband and their dogs love their home in the Pacific Northwest. Follow her at www.YvonneKohano.com (fiction), www.GooseYourMuse.com (creativity tips), and Facebook and Twitter to learn what tickles her about being a writer.

 

AUTHOR BIO – LONG VERSION

The Dr. K persona hides the professor behind the fiction writer. In real life, Dr. Yvonne Kochanowski has as many letters in the degrees behind her last name as there are in it. She’s also known as Yvonne Kohano for her contemporary romantic suspense stories, and as Y J Kohano for her thrillers. And no, that pen name is not Hawaiian – but she does love the islands! There is, as always, more to the story!

Nonfiction Facts

A 35-plus year career as a management consultant, academic and graduate professor meant Dr K was always writing, but not always something as fun as her current works. She turned her full time attention to fiction in 2011. Alas, once a consultant, always a consultant. Today, in addition to being a published fiction author, she helps other writers take advantage of the lessons she’s learned and avoid the mistakes she’s made. Her fictional “Complex Characters in Compelling Stories” live happily with their nonfiction siblings, creativity tips to “Goose Your Muse”.

Teaching runs in Yvonne’s blood. For her, the best part of reaching out to other writers is helping them advance their skills and understanding. Training topics include author business planning, self-publishing, writer productivity, creativity in general, romance tips and tricks, and character and conflict. She also assists writers one-on-one to advance their writing and publishing processes.

Fiction Works

A HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient in Romantic Suspense, storycatcher Yvonne Kohano enjoys channeling her characters’ voices, personalities, and passions in stories designed to delight readers and keep them up late at night.

Her Flynn’s Crossing contemporary romance series is set in a fictional northern California foothills town nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The beauty and wonders of those peaks and the surrounding counties play costarring roles. Her characters wrestle with real life problems in their quests to accept themselves and discover love, with a happily ever after – or at least happily for right now – guarantee.

Not everything comes up roses in Y J Kohano’s fictional lands, though. Her psychological thriller trilogy even scared her as she wrote it. Originally intended to be about the reincarnation of ancient legends, these characters decided they had different stories to tell. Can you step inside someone’s mind and direct their actions? What will people do when they believe they’re going crazy? The trilogy seems to have taken on a life of its own (as they often do) and now appears to be growing into another series.

Yvonne the Writer

In case you’re wondering, Yvonne is a pantser, as in, she does not plot out her books before writing them. The characters tell her where they want to go and what they feel they should do. Talk about having someone inside your mind! Writer’s block never seems to be an issue; finding the volume button for over-zealous character wannabes can be, though.

Follow Dr K at www.YvonneKohano.com (fiction), www.GooseYourMuse.com (creativity tips), and Facebook and Twitter to learn what tickles her about being a writer.

Thanks for supporting all of us who write so that you, our readers, can enjoy the escape of a well-crafted story!

 

SPEAKER INTRODUCTION

A HOLT Medallion Award of Merit recipient in Romantic Suspense, storycatcher Yvonne Kohano enjoys channeling her characters’ voices, personalities, and passions in stories designed to delight readers and keep them up late at night.

Her Flynn’s Crossing contemporary romance series is set in a fictional northern California foothills town nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Her characters wrestle with real life problems in their quests to accept themselves and discover love, with a happily ever after – or at least happily for right now – guarantee.

Not everything comes up roses in Yvonne’s fictional lands, though. Her psychological thriller trilogy even scared her as she wrote it. Can you step inside someone’s mind and direct their actions? What will people do when they believe they’re going crazy?

A 35-plus year career as a management consultant, academic, and graduate professor meant Yvonne was always writing and telling stories, but not always something as fun as her current works. She turned her full time attention to fiction in 2011. Alas, once a consultant, always a consultant. Today, in addition to being a published fiction author, she helps other writers take advantage of the lessons she’s learned and avoid the mistakes she’s made. Her fictional “Complex Characters in Compelling Stories” live happily with their nonfiction siblings, creativity tips to “Goose Your Muse”.

 

FIVE FUN FACTS

My husband and I used to raise llamas.

I am a shy introvert – though no one seems to believe that.

Things always seem to grow bigger – much bigger – than they are supposed to in my gardens.

I am a great cook.

My bucket list is all about travel with dear hubby.

 

TOPICS I SPEAK ON

Never straying all that far from her educator roots, Yvonne enjoys speaking to groups on tips and tricks relevant to being a writer today. Her style is humorous and interactive, relating personal stories with industry expert perspectives. Topics include:

  • Creating Your Author Business Plan
  • Self-publishing pitfalls and pleasures
  • How I Write a Book – Inside an Author’s (Scary) Head
  • Channeling Your Inner Author
  • To Blog or Not to Blog – Voice and Platform
  • Building Your Social Media Presence
  • It’s Relationship, Not Romance
  • Thriller Clues and How to find Them
  • Plotter or Pantser – You Decide
  • Tangled Characters and Archetypes
  • Building Conflict, Building Suspense
  • Finding Tools for Inspiration
  • No One Best Way to Write a…
  • Being Your Best Creative Self

Length of talks and depth of material depend on the unique needs of each audience. Is your group curious about a writing craft or author-related topic, but it’s not on this partial list? Let’s discuss it!

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