Meet the Reviewers

Libby started with Author Exposure as the book review editor and has evolved into the AE site editor. She was the creator and interviewer for the “What’s Next” feature and still manages to squeeze in reviews of her own.

Jennifer Shaw is an avid reader who enjoys discovering new books and sharing her opinions about them. She lives in Texas with her book-loving husband and works at a library where she gets to be immersed in books all day long. For Jennifer, books are more than entertainment; they are a passion.

Marty Shaw is a freelance writer and book reviewer who calls Texas home. When he’s not trying to figure out a creative way to hitch a ride in the TARDIS, he imagines what it would be like to live through a zombie apocalypse as an uncool version of Daryl Dixon.

Annie is a native Chicagoan now living in Michigan. She is a retired teacher whose greatest joy was instilling the love of reading in her first graders. An avid reader herself, she always needs to have another book waiting before she finishes the one she’s reading. Since leaving their occupations, she and her husband travel extensively and enjoy meeting people in far-off places.

Joan Hanna has published poetry, creative nonfiction, book reviews and essays in various online and print journals. She teaches creative writing at Rowan University and is also Assistant Managing Editor for River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and Assistant Editor, Nonfiction/Poetry for r.kv.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal. Her poetry chapbook, Threads, published by Finishing Line Press, was named a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Hanna holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University. Follow her at her personal blog Writing Through Quicksand.

Julia MacDonnell—fiction writer, journalist, essayist, and passionate reader—is also a tenured professor of creative writing at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., and the nonfiction editor of Philadelphia Stories, a quarterly magazine of literature and art in both print and online formats. Her first novel, A Year of Favor, was published by William Morrow & Co and her second novel, Mimi Malloy At Last, was published by Picador USA.

Maria Ryan has been writing professionally for the past five years and focuses on topics such as fitness, nutrition, food, health, and wellness drawing from her years-long experience in the health and fitness field. She lives in the suburb of NYC known as New Jersey along with her husband, two kids, and a maniacal rabbit named Coco Joe. Everything I Ate!: One Woman’s Personal Food Journey from Childhood to Today is her first self-published collection of food themed essays.

Carol Malkin retired from a successful career as a corporate art consultant to jump headfirst into the literary pool. Always a voracious reader and passionate about fiction, she is currently at work on two novels. A synopsis of each is available on her website. She is also the author of The Treading Water blog.

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