The TeamLCTFL Official Roster

Natalie Derrickson

Natalie is an investment and financial communications director by day, freelance writer by night, and novelist at every moment in between. Inspired by deliciously crude yet sharp National Lampoon comedy and the best in 90’s romcoms, she specializes in writing fiction that’s a blast to read. While she’s finishing her latest work, you can find her bylines on lifestyle and culture site Indy Maven. She lives in Indianapolis, Ind. with her family + two 14-year-old beagles. Connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, and her website.

Mary Taggart

Mary Taggart has degrees in English and Education from the University of Ottawa and studied residential decor at Algonquin College. Her writing combines her passion for all things home and family. As the editor, owner & publisher of Ottawa At Home magazine, she appears on CTV Ottawa regularly, often promoting her latest book suggestions. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications across Canada. In 2019, Mary started creating stories that explore the layers of being a woman. She's a member of Women's Fiction Writers Association. Connect with Mary on Twitter and Instagram.

Katy Mayfair

Katy Mayfair is an Australian author of adult contemporary fiction. She's an avid reader, plus a movie buff —so don't get stuck watching a book-turned-movie with her unless you can tolerate obnoxious whispering about all the ways the book was different. Katy lives in Perth, Australia with a Welshman and two tiny and adorable humans, and she spends her days writing stories, managing digital projects and drinking a worrying amount of tea.Katy is represented by Jacqui Lipton at The Tobias Literary Agency. Follow Katy on Twitter @KatyMayfair

Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris is an author of fiction and nonfiction. Her printed works include: Yesterday, published in (Her)oics by Regal House Publishing, The Pause published by Monnath Books, and The Dreamers, published by Zoetic Press. She is also a literary intern, and works in finance. Born and raised in Boulder, CO, Melissa spent a decade in South Florida. She's a lifetime pantser and produces her best work when writing whichever scene her heart chooses that day. Melissa now lives in Colorado with her spouse and her bratty miniature schnauzer. Connect with Melissa on Instagram and Twitter.

Jessie Susana

Jessie Susana grew up on a wild hillside in the Sierra of Northern California. She’s an author and a painter. Mom of two sons. Jessie holds an MA in Individualized Studies (Creative Nonfiction and Motherhood Studies) from Goddard College. She loves writing about travel, psychology, art, nature, and, of course, romance (the best part). In what feels like a lifetime ago, she wrote blogs and poetry for Elephant Journal and The Tattooed Buddha. She’s spent a decade being an advocate for autism. Her current projects include two novels: a contemporary romance genre and a ghost story set in the Sierra.
Follow her on Instagram @the_radiant_introvert

Jody Gerbig

Jody Gerbig lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband, young triplets, and too many pets. With a BA from Tulane University & MA from American University, she taught college writing and high-school English for many years. A member of Sisters in Crime and Writer's Guild, Jody is working with agent Adam Chromy of Movable Type Management to sell her first psychological horror. She also serves as a senior editor at Typehouse Magazine. Her work appears in Litro, Columbus Monthly, Brevity, and Ruminate, and she's been nominated for both a Pushcart and Best of the Net. Find her at jodygerbig.com, or follow her on Instagram (@writerjodygerbig) and Twitter (@jodygerbig).

Brianne Sommerville

Brianne Sommerville studied English Literature and Theatre at Queen’s University before entering the world of public relations. Brianne lives in Toronto with her partner and two littles under four and knows every episode of Peppa Pig by heart. Her debut novel IF I LOSE HER arrives March 2024 with Canadian publisher Rising Action Publishing Collective. Read her fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction at briannesommerville.com. Follow her on Twitter @BriSommWrites.

Audrey D. Brashich

As a full-time journalist, Audrey reports on parenting, beauty and lifestyle topics for global outlets including The Washington Post, Yahoo and Livestrong.com. Her first book All Made Up: A Girl's Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty has been featured on CNN, NPR, NBC and by outlets including USA TODAY and The Chicago Tribune. She holds an MA in the history of American popular culture from Brown University and grew up in  New York City. Her current WIP is an upmarket coming of age novel set on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1987. Follow her on Twitter at @AudreyBrashich