Authors Supporting Authors

Promoting Reading...One Page at a Time

About ASA


Authors Supporting Authors (ASA) was created on September 5, 2007 by Linda
R. Herman
, a mother, wife, avid reader and author. She joined with author Tinisha Nicole Johnson and ASA has bloomed with a variety of creative people.

After the creation of ASA, the members further contributed there creativity and hard work to make this networking group into what it is: A blessing in the making.

We want this to be an online place for authors to support other authors. We help ourselves by helping others. Our intentions are to reach a broader audience of avid and potential readers and writers. We want to rise above stereotypes and push through the walls of ignorance, while providing unlimited resources to our communities.

Mission Statement

ASA will be recognized for promoting reading, writing Knowledge and sincerity to help one another in the literary world and the like, to reach their goals and dreams.
"One Group. One Goal...Promoting reading one page at a time."

Testimonial on Why We Unite:
"Before becoming a member of the ASA family, I was a lost sheep searching for a Shepherd. Truly, I owe my advancement as an author and publisher tot his talented, wise and well diverse group of individuals. The willingness the entire group possesses to share their experiences to one and all is a priceless asset. There is no other name that will ever suite us better then ASA-Authors Supporting Authors."

Marie Antionette
Author of A Girl Named Job & The Cook Chronicles Three Generations of Poets
Marie Antionette
on Facebook 


"Authors Supporting Authors, just the name is an invitation.  As a new author, who wouldn't want support.  My main reason for joining such a resourceful group of men and women.  Membership has no demands, your only requirement is to be willing to help someone else along their journey and if you choose not to, don't be an obstacle.  I have found over the year and a half that I have been with the group, there's a different relationship with these authors.  Although you may not hear from them often their caring spirits are silent voices of encouragement when you hesitate to carry on.  There's always someone willing to listen when you need to vent.  There's always someone willing to embrace your moments of bliss.  Support, is often an array of many who prey upon the lack of knowledge, the fears, apprehensions and open ear of of the new author.  Once scammed, they become disheartened and pack away a talent that's waiting to blossom.  I am glad that ASA caught me, embraced me and taught me that I too have a story worth telling.  It is with their support, my new audience as hostess of ASA Blogtalk Radio, and my readers that I am proud that I continue to pen."

Author Nanette M. Buchanan
I Pen Designs Publishing


"I am a member of ASA because of the sharing and learning from one another. You start out as friends and end up as family."

Allyson M. Deese
Co-author of The Triumph Of My Soul, Somebody Prayed for Me, and The Triumph of My Soul III : The Breakthrough

Originators of ASA

In no particular order, below you will find the original authors/members of ASA who originally came together and helped this network grow into what it is today.

"One Group. One Goal. Promoting reading one page at a time."

Linda R. Herman aka Sunshine

Linda R. Herman, a mother, wife, emergency 911 dispatcher, and an avid reader, is also a new author, recently signed with Xpress Yourself Publishing.  She is also the founder of ASA - Authors Supporting Authors. The author's first release is a novella entitled Consequences:  When Love Is Blind.  Through the written word, the author hopes to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the AA community.
Linda, with the help and support of several other author friends, launched ASA, which started as a Yahoo Writing Group, where authors support authors.  These authors, currently thirty-two members strong are working in unity to promote reading amongst African Americans.
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"A Time For Love"
"My Dream Come True" 
Shani Greene-Dowdell
I am a wife, mother, sister, lover, friend, avid reader and the author of Keepin' It Tight. I was born and raised in Tuskegee, a predominately black small town rich with southern history. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a country girl at heart. Dirt roads, plum trees, black berry bushes = a beautiful thing. I can be quoted often saying, "give me my country roads any day!" I have always been fascinated with creative writing and would rack my brain for hours on end trying to come up with plays and poetry in grade school, in which the creative flow was often not forthcoming. In adulthood, I never really considered myself a writer per se, but more of a go-getter in general. I had children to raise and, at the same time, degrees to chase!
I attended Troy State University at Montgomery and Southern Union Community College in Opelika, Alabama with the goal of becoming a nurse, but motherhood sidetracked me early on. In 1999, I switched my career path from nursing to medical transcription with the goal of one day being able to work at home. As a young mother, I took pride and joy in seeing my tiny reflection in my two daughters and son. Now as a more seasoned parent with a teenage daughter and two other “babies” on her heels I wonder where did the years ago?
In 2005, my best friend and I were working late and discussing a great story line that we knew would make a great novel (Secrets of a Kept Woman, coming late 2008), and under a challange to make our idea become a reality, I set out to pen my first novel. That along with the determination to change the dynamics of my career, I started writing Keepin' It Tight and haven't put the pen down since. Keepin' It Tight was released May 28, 2007 through the independent publisher It is available on,, and, and may be special ordered anywhere books are sold. If you like love storylines that tug at your heartstrings or if you enjoy chick lit Keepin' It Tight will not disappoint. Find out what happens when a woman's search for love is confronted by another woman's quest to tear it down.
Also, the mind-blowing erotic anthology ---> Mocha Chocolate: Taste A Piece of Ecstasy filled with many up and coming talented authors is COMING March 2008!

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Tamara Angela Grant

Author Tamara Angela Grant is a native from Baltimore, MD, currently residing in Atlanta, GA. She is the author of Promises Made, Promises Kept, her debut novel. Tamara is also a contributor to  where you can check out her bi-weekly column "Tamara's Take on Things." Tamara's novels speak to the heart of human nature and can be enjoyed by all.

Also available at the following Atlanta Bookstores- Medu Bookstore, Greenbriar Mall; Nubian Bookstore, SOuthlake Mall; The LEarning Tree, South Dekalb Mall

Tamara Angela Grant- author of Promises Made, Promises Kept
ISBN 0-931761-33-6

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Tamara Angela on Facebook

Some succeed because they are destined to, but most because  they are determined to- Anonymous


Authoress Asia

A native of Piscataway, New Jersey, Asia currently lives in Maryland, where she is an Engineer. Before authoring her debut novel, she attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she received the Bachelors of Science on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. Her military stint provided numerous opportunities to travel, shop like it was her last day on earth, and complete her Master of Arts degree in International Relations through Oklahoma University.

Upon separating from the military, she entered the workforce as an IT professional. Her public and private sector experiences with various successful career-minded women inspired her to write about women's issues.
Asia currently enjoys being a mother to her son, while working on her second novel.

Article on, Jackson's 'Divas' more than a tale. Southern Maryland Newspapers Online review: 

"This could very easily double as a self help book for all of those "self-proclaimed Divas" that desperately need a reality check. Overall Asia did an excellent job ... Can't wait to read the next one."
     -Kimmoly Rice, Author of The Passion in My Soul

Authoress Asia


D.L. Sparks

Author of All That Glitters lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two kids. A passion for reading, which started at an early age, blossomed into a love of everything literary.

D.L. has a monthly book review column in a local community magazine and runs her own editing company, offering help to authors who are interested in taking their craft to the next level.  She is currently working on her next release.

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Péron F. Long

Péron Fritzgerald Long was born in Rock Hill, SC, where he also currently resides.  As told to him by his mother, he has always had a fascination with words and began to teach himself how to read and write at age 4 and began creating stories by the age of 6.   

Since college, Péron has worked mostly in the field of Social Services, as well as in the film industry as a production assistant.  While working as a production assistant, he was given the opportunity to work with some of Hollywood’s greatest actors such as Ruby Dee, Richard Roundtree, Diahann Carroll and Lonette McKee, to name a few.  While working in the field of Social Services, he has worked mostly with individuals with some form of disability, which lead him to design and patent a line of clothing specifically catering to their many needs to provide comfort to some of their daily struggles. 

If It Ain't Right It's Wrong is his first published novel. Pulpit Confessions will be his first novel released by Xpress Yourself Publishing.

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Peron F. Long on Amazon
Peron F. Long on Twitter

Dont Just Be Good, Be Better!"


S.D. Denny

Author S.D. Denny is a native New Yorker with a zest for life and a love for culture. In addition to her passion for writing, she also enjoys traveling, history, cooking and photography and has plans to write future novels that she hopes will have an impact on women worldwide. She is a single mother and currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her family and two sons.

In July 2007 she self-published her first book, EROTIGASM, an anthology of erotic short stories that continues to receive rave reviews from readers all over the country. It is available on,,,, and


S.D. Denny is currently working on her second book, a fiction novel that is projected to be released in summer 2008. She believes that everything she has ever experienced in her life has led her to this moment. When asked her motto, S.D. Denny replies, "Never underestimate the power of passion."

"Never underestimate the power of passion."


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SD Denny on Facebook


Hazel Mills

Author Hazel Mills’ short erotic fiction can be seen in Playgirl Magazine’s Erotic Encounters (January 2007 issue) and in Best Lesbian Love Stories: New York City, edited by Simone Thorne. Hazel also has an essay published in Jolie Dupre’s series in The Blushing Ladies Journal. Her debut anthology, Bare Necessities: Sensuous Tales of Passion, is expected to be released March 2008.

Links for Hazel Mills

Hazel Mills on Amazon


Gayle Jackson Sloan

Gayle Jackson Sloan is a native of Philadelphia, but has lived in Akron, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. Gayle has loved to read and write since she was four years old. Growing up, she used to write volumes of poetry that was inspired by the syncopated rhythms of Maya Angelo and the freestyle of Nikki Giovanni. Life, however, has a way of sometimes getting in the way and she put aside her poetry to raise her daughter. However, it wasn't until the passing of her beloved mother that she finally finished her first novel, Saturday's Child, which she first self-published.

She attended Philadelphia University where she studied interior design. Ms. Sloan is currently working on her future projects.

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Gayle Jackson Sloan on Facebook
Gayle Jackson on Twitter

Brandy D. Johnson

I was born and raised in a city where the streets will make or break you, Los Angeles California. I attended Locke High School and LA South West Community College to pursue my career in Business Management. My Children’s Father and I ran a successful party supply business called Bump and Jump for many years. But after our bad break up and me being caught up in hood activity I slowly began to realize I had to change and make a better life for my children and me.

So in 2006 we moved to Arizona. I never thought I would actually find the time to complete a whole manuscript because my passion was in my party supply business. But after moving to Arizona I completed my first manuscript “Ghetto Diva” (that is expected to be released February 2008) and that was when I realized my talent and passion was for writing. I am currently working on my second novel titled Until Death. So be on the look out for Urban Fiction Novels from Brandy Johnson.

Brandy D. Johnson


Shon Majette

She is the new literary voice of Curvy Lit, for all women everywhere who wear real sizes and don't care what anybody thinks about their size.  She is a strong advocate for the Big Gurl in a world where society forces plus-sized women to think that they are not beautiful.

It is her hope that she can empower her fellow sisters and their supporters to do something positive about the way that women of size are displayed in society and mainstream fiction.  Her novels feature plus-sized heroines and give the audience a view into the life and times of curvy love.  Her company Big Bone Publishing serves as the catalyst of this mission and hopes to reach young women to help them to empower themselves and through self love—validate how beautiful they are.

As a child her imagination helped her to deal with being the only girl of three children.  She went on to live in Mons, Belgium as an Army brat and returned to the states to attend Roper Jr. High and The Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  An avid reader for years she decided in 2000 that she too could be an author.

She lives in the Washington, DC area with her family and friends.

For speaking engagements or interviews, contact Shon Majette at 202-468-5603.

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Shon Majette on Facebook


Allyson Deese

Allyson Deese  aka “Caramel Vixen” is an author and a poet as well as a student majoring in Medical Office Administration. She resides in North Carolina.  The twenty-two year old has been writing poetry for most of her life and has now began penning her poetry into the pages of her fictional stories of multiple genres. "Discovering the Joy Within" is the author's first work of fiction to be published. You can find “Discovering the Joy Within” featured in Elissa Gabrielle’s upcoming anthology “The Triumph Of My Soul” available Christmas 2007. Please read more on Allyson by visiting her on my space and personal website.


Caramel Vixen’s first short story “Ready For Love” will be featured in Shani Greene-Dowdell’s upcoming anthology Mocha Chocolate: A Taste of Ecstasy. Available March 2008.


Caramel is currently finishing up her debut Novella “Office Affairs”  

You can also read more on Caramel Vixen works at

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Tinisha Nicole Johnson

Tinisha is an Author, Writer, Poet, and creater of ASA's website and also co-founder. Born in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and raised in Denver, Colorado, Tinisha is an only child and still resides in Denver while strongly pursing her literary career. At the age of 11, she found her passion as a poet. One of her earliest poems she wrote at the age of 15, can be found on Poet Haven, entitled, "Prisoners of Life".  Soon, the passion grew to short stories, articles and then novels. Tinisha is an avid reader and writer and is releasing her newest book, Seachable Wherebouts, a mystery/suspense novel in February 2008. She also released her self-help book Lessons Learned in 2010.

Along with writing, Tinisha is also dedicated to helping others and is an Entrepreneur, wife and mother of two. She also stongly believes in education. This is why she pursued her Associates Degree, Paralegal Certificate, her Bachelors Degree in Business.

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Tinisha on Facebook


Elissa Gabrielle 

Author, Publisher, Poet, & Visionary is the author of two poetry books and three novels.
We first met this incredible talent with her debut collection of strong and moving verse, Stand and Be Counted. Focusing on themes of love, race, religion, inspiration and society, Elissa Gabrielle has put together a collection of inspirational poetry geared toward positive change that is both moving and entertaining. Through insightful visions and strong declarations, Gabrielle instills confidence in readers as she illuminates the path to a more self-rewarding and gratifying life.

Utilizing the resurgence of her desire to write and "a God given talent that wouldn't go away,” Elissa Gabrielle was inspired to pen Peace In The Storm, which has testimonials from some of the entertainment industry's finest. Peace In The Storm came to Gabrielle while reflecting real life experiences, both her own and from the lives of others.
Elissa is the Creator and CEO of Greetings From the Soul: The Elissa Gabrielle Collection which is a greeting card line that features poignant messages and heartfelt poetry and themes. Find out more at Elissa has graced the covers of Disilgold Soul Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine and Conversations Magazine.

Gabrielle is a graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and also holds a degree in Communications, and a certificate in Business from Tulane University. Gabrielle is a member of NABFEME, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, a professional empowerment, networking and support base for African American women in radio, recorded music, the media, and related entertainment industry fields. Elissa Gabrielle is the Media Consultant for both First Bethel Baptist Church and the Baptist Ministers Conference of Newark & Vicinity in Newark, New Jersey.

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Violette L. Reid

Violette L. Reid, a happily married mother, writer, painter, poet, and native of Atlanta, Georgia, earned her B.A. in English at Clark Atlanta University.  Writing since her preteen years, she has written over 1,200 poems (a few have been published on numerous poetry sites and in poetry anthologies), and 25 short stories.  Her first published book called Violette Ardor: A Volume of Poetry has received rave reviews.  

Violette is currently working on the sequel to her fantasy novel, a supernatural novel, a life drama novel, and a screenplay.  She also publishes a monthly internet entertainment newsletter called PeachPublishing on her website that features art, literature, and miscellaneous features from various artists and writers from around the globe.  The First Chronicle of Zayashariya: Out of Night is her first novel.




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Vee Veca Lavoira

Author VeeVeca Lavoira is a G.R.I.T.S 'girls raised in the South’. Through writing, she shows spunk and candid flavor in the bible belt. So much so that it raises a questioned eye about the grip of that belt. Her first novel, Chile Pleaze, was published by Author House in 2007. To her writing career, VeeVeca Lavoira has written several inspirational books and is finishing up her sophomore novel, Any which way but Loose. VeeVeca Lavoira is an Evangelist and a local radio host, VeeVeca’s voice can be heard by the masses. As the wheels are turning, watch out for the G.R.I.T.S. they really do stick to your stomach!

Evangelist/Author can be booked for a phenomenal movement of enrichment and power of knowing, "Hello, God it's me!" Contact: 704.650.5650

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Kenya Goodman

Kenya Lashaun Mack-Goodman was born at Wright-Patt Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio and raised in Middletown, Ohio.  She presently resides in Glen Burnie, Maryland with her husband where she is a full time writer for G Love Publications.  Kenya prevails from a troubled past of poverty and relationships of domestic violence, overcoming all obstacles to serve as an inspiration for women of all ages.  Kenya also has a very diverse collection of poetry which can be found on her Myspace blog spot.

Kenya is currently working on her next novel.


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Nanette Buchanan

I am a wife, proud mother, and grandmother. I am currently employed full time for the State of New Jersey in the Department of Corrections. My writings began in college putting pen to pad in poems and children stories. I have now chosen to add publishing, marketing and promotions to this ever learning process.

I have now self-published, "Family Secrets Lies & Alibi's, "A Different Kind of Love", and "Thoughts", an e-book of my poetry. I am seeking to reach the peaceful plateau of success through self-publishing as I Pen Books opens avenues for new authors to accomplish their plateaus as well.

Nannette also hosts most ASA's Blog Talk Radio shows.

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Marie Antionette

Marie Antionette is a native Trentonian, “a True Jersey Girl”, former
Trenton High Student, mother of two, government worker, author and
publisher. As a child growing up, she watched her mother write in various
notebooks and tablets, jotting down her thoughts and ideas, then at the age
of sixteen, inherited the journal of her late grandfather, a WWII Veteran
who wrote numerous poetry verses while serving his country. After being
told by countless people, her relaxing hobby could truly be a gift, she
decided to take her writing much more seriously, and set her focus on
becoming a published author.

Marie first stepped onto the literary scene back in November 2006,
with the first print of her book titled, A Girl Named Job. However after
learning the true meaning of the term “self-published” decided to revise
her memoirs for a second print, through her own publishing, Cauzing
Elevation Publishing, LLC. She is a proud member of ASA {Authors Supporting
Authors} and plans to create a legacy in her own time by creating inspiring
works that will hold any readers interest.

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Cauzing Elevation Publishing: