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Meet Your AWC24 Faculty

Author of a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year

Writing is a Process Faculty:

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Susan Furlong

Susan Furlong is the author of several mysteries including WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW and SHATTERED JUSTICE, a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. She also contributes, under a pen name, to the New York Times bestselling Novel Idea series.


Her twelfth novel, THE KILLER'S WIFE, is now available. She resides in Illinois with her husband and children.

Learn more about Susan's work here.

Susan will lead sessions on character development, finding your crime genre, and participate in the "
Ask Me Anything" panel discussion AWC24.

Epic Fantasy and Historical Romance Novelist

Summer Hanford

With two decades of writing experience, Summer Hanford has authored and co-authored over 45 novels. Her work is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German. She has been an Amazon Best Selling Author over a dozen times, earning that acclaim in multiple countries across four continents, and will be releasing the sixth book in her second Epic Fantasy Series this autumn.

Summer’s work spans a healthy mix of Indi Publishers both large and small, as well as self-publishing. She is a fulltime writer and has been for over a decade, but at various points in her career has been a cover artist, interior formatter, developmental editor, publicist, and writing instructor. Learn more about Summer's work here.

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Summer will lead a session on writing Romance and another on Science Fiction/Fantasy, and participate in the "Ask Me Anything" panel discussion at AWC24.

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Award Winning Fiction Writer and Novelist

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Sherry Robinson

Sherry Robinson, an award-winning American fiction writer, is the author of three novels, Blessed (2019) and Shadows Hold Their Breath (2022), and Echo Her Lovely Bones (2nd edition, 2022, with Foreword by New York Times best-selling author Silas House). She is the retired Vice Provost and Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where she spent thirteen years specializing in American Literature before moving into administrative positions.

Robinson is a native of Lexington, Kentucky, where her desire to be an author was also born. Sherry has an MA from Eastern Kentucky University and a PhD from the University of Kentucky, both in English. Robinson spent two summers at the Hindman Settlement School’s Appalachian Writers Workshop under the mentorship of Silas House. She completed an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Writers Studio, in 2021.

Learn more about Sherry and her work here.

Sherry will lead a session on revisions and participate in and participate in the "Ask Me Anything" panel discussion at AWC24.

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Political History Book Editor, Researcher, Author, Award Winning Journalist

Dr. Pam Parry

Dr. Pam Parry has been writing for more than 40 years. An award-winning journalist, she is a national scholar on media history, public relations, diversity, and presidential communications. She is the author of Eisenhower: The Public Relations President, and editor of Journalism History – the nation’s oldest peer-reviewed journal of mass media history.

Dr. Parry has appeared on C-SPAN, NPR and BBC Radio to discuss her research. She has co-edited two books on diversity, and is the lead co-editor of a book series on Women in American Political History, which has published five titles with two more books to be released in 2023. She holds four degrees, and previously was an accredited congressional correspondent, who also covered the White House and the U.S. Supreme Court. A professor and independent practitioner, Dr. Parry has written for The Baltimore Sun and for “The McLaughlin Group” television show. In 2016, the Kentucky Communication Association awarded her the Applegate Award for Excellence in Research. A former faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University, she also received the 2020 Best Podcast.

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Pam will lead a session on nonfiction writing and research and will participate in the "Ask Me Anything" panel discussion, at AWC24.