First Love - Authors

Meet the Authors of FIRST LOVE

Linda Budzinski - The Art of Making Doughnuts

Linda writes sweet YA and adult romance.  She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two rescue pups and is active with her church youth group. In between creating meet cutes and happy endings, she works in non-profit communications and outreach.

She is the author of four young adult sweet romance novels, including the series: The Boyfriend Whisperer. She's a sucker for romance and reality TV and has been known to turn off her phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.”

Katie Klein - How to Save a Princess

Katie is a novelist and screenwriter with a variety of coming-of-age novels from urban fantasy to romance to suspense and more for adult and teen readers. Earning her BA degree in English Communications and Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in English, she has taught post-secondary writing, research, and literature courses for more than a decade. 

She resides on the East Coast with her family and is always hard at work on her next creative project. 

SE White - The Castle of Ohno

SE White is an author of contemporary SciFi and historical romance. From characters stumbling into love in the wild west of 1870s Nevada to supervillains falling hard for heroes to characters running as fast as they can away from their Soulmates in an alternate modern universe, there’s something fun for every reader here. She loves writing the quirky, the sarcastic, the fluffy, and all the niche romance tropes leading to a happily ever after. Guaranteed. She lives and writes in Nevada, where she enjoys watching probably unhealthy amounts of Great British Bake Off, spending entirely too much time rating alien romance books on #bookstagram, then hiking around in the desert to work off all the practice baking. Her favorite thing to write is a love story full of steamy sparks that lead to a happily ever after—no cheating!

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Sylvia Ney - Paper Faces

Sylvia Ney is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher. She is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Texas at Austin and as a high school English teacher. Sylvia has served as a Board Member of both the Texas Gulf Coast Writers and Bayou Writers Group of Louisiana. She has published newspaper and magazine articles, photography, poetry, and short stories. To learn more, visit

Sammi Spizziri - The Real Thing

Sammi Spizziri writes YA contemporary from a small town in Illinois. When she’s not lost in writing (or reading) a new book, she's a stay-at-home mom who may enjoy library story time more than her kids. Love stories, rec league volleyball, and chai lattes are a few of her favorite things. Sammi is repped by Jacqui Lipton.

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Kim Elliot - Clyde and Coalesce

Kim enjoys living vicariously through her characters as they fall in love and save the world, or just their little corner of it. She is addicted to that butterfly feeling when two stubborn characters finally realize they’re perfect for each other and has a soft spot for tough guys who are secretly cinnamon rolls on the inside. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in British Columbia with her husband, two young children, and a sleepy little dog named Marley. If you crave that tingle of exciting anticipation when two people are on the verge of falling in love, her writing might be for you!

Melissa Maygrove - My Heart Approves

Native Texan Melissa Maygrove is a mother, nurse, freelance editor, and romance writer. When she's not busy caring for her tiny NICU patients, she's hunched over her laptop, complicating the lives of her imaginary friends and playing matchmaker. Melissa loves books with unpretentious characters and unforgettable romance, and she strives to create those same kinds of stories for her readers.

Templeton Moss - My First Love(s)

Denise Covey - Marmalade Sunset

Australian born, Denise is a writer, author, blogger, and traveler.  She writes contemporary and paranormal romance, where her stories are inspired by her travels, especially through the olde world cultures of France, Italy and Spain.

Michael Di Gesu - Oliver's Girl

Michael Di Gesu believes CREATIVITY is a terrible thing to waste. As a Renaissance man, creativity is his life; it starts and ends his day. Art, music, and literature are his past, present, and future. With a talent to weave atmospheric and descriptive prose into his writing, he helps other authors do the same.

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