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Self-Published Author Panel at Bernardsville Library

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November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Meet the winner and the finalists of the self-published fiction competition of the Morristown Festival of Books at Bernardsville Public Library on Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm. Winner Dee Ernst, author of “A Safe Place to Land,” S.W. Hubbard, who wrote “Treasure in Exile,” and Kim Sullivan Harwanko and Jeanne Ann, two members of the Between Friends Book Club which, as a group, wrote “Novel Women,” will have a roundtable discussion about their books, their writing process, and the road to publication. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
This was the first year in which the Morristown Festival of Books featured self-published authors. A committee of twenty-one readers read the submissions and selected the winner. The committee was chaired by Bernardsville Readers’ Services Manager Pat Kennedy-Grant who also moderated the Morristown Festival of Books panel discussion.
The winner, Dee Ernst, a New Jersey native who now lives in Mt. Tabor, decided early to become a writer. It wasn’t until the age of forty, however, that she resolved to give writing a real shot. She loved chick-lit and romantic comedy, but hated the twenty-something heroines who couldn’t figure out how to go and get what they wanted. So she began to write about women like herself — older, confident, and with a wealth of life experience to draw upon. She got an agent but no sales, and took the plunge into self-publishing in 2010. She has since written three novels published by Montlake Publishing and Lake Union Publishing, both part of Amazon.com. She has also self-published a six- novella series of cozy mysteries, a few short stories, a YA/Fantasy novel and three more romance novels, including “A Safe Place to Land.”
S.W. Hubbard writes the kinds of mysteries she loves to read: “twisty, believable, full of complex characters, and highlighted with sly humor.” She is the author of the “Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series” and the “Frank Bennett Adirondack Mountain Mystery Series.” Her short stories have also appeared in “Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine” and the anthologies “Crimes by Moonlight,” “Adirondack Mysteries,” and “The Mystery Box.” She lives in Morristown, NJ, where she teaches creative writing to enthusiastic teens and adults, and expository writing to reluctant college freshmen. The book she submitted to the competition, “Treasure In Exile,” is Book 5 in the “Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series.” Ms. Hubbard was inspired by Acorn Hall, home of the Morris County Historical Society.
Kim Sullivan Harwanko, a resident of Chester, is a freelance writer working with regional interior designers and local businesses with an emphasis on marketing. She founded the Between Friends Book Club in 2004 and began a website devoted to it in 2008. Five members of the club collaborated to write “Novel Women,” a book written by a book club about a book club. The six women in “Novel Women” stand at a crossroad in their lives when their beloved book club goes on hiatus for the summer. “We saw that middle-aged women were underrepresented in novels and decided to do something about that,” said Ms. Harwanko. An active member of the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center and a board member for the past three Mansions in May, Ms. Harwanko was a litigation paralegal for a law firm in Summit for 23 years before embarking on her writing career. She received a degree in Journalism from Rutgers University. Another member of the group, Jeanne Ann, also a Chester resident, will join the panel discussion as well.
There is no charge to attend the program, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org and follow the link from Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.


November 4, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Bernardsville Public Library


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