Meet Our Sponsors!

Like any great organization, we are unable to provide the resources we do without the help and support from some pretty amazing people. Look below to see a list of our Sponsors and give them a shout out for their help to #SupportIndieAuthors. 

Meet Samuel Marquis

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now?

A Colorado native, I toil by day as a VP-Principal Hydrogeologist and Expert Witness with an environmental consulting firm in Boulder, CO, and by night as a spinner of historical and modern suspense yarns. My book series include my WWII Series (Bodyguard of Deception, Altar of Resistance, and Spies of the Midnight Sun coming January 2018), Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series (The Devil’s Brigade, The Coalition, and The Fourth Pularchek), and Joe Higheagle Environmental Sleuth Series (Blind Thrust and Cluster of Lies). I am an avid downhill skier and lacrosse player, and I enjoy literary and commercial fiction as well as non-fiction books on the Golden Age of Piracy (the swashbuckler Captain Kidd is an ancestor), Plains Indian Wars, and World War II. These subjects inevitably find their way into my suspense novels.

My thrillers have been #1 Denver Post bestsellers, received multiple national book awards (Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year, USA Best Book, Beverly Hills, Next Generation Indie, and Colorado Book Awards), and garnered glowing reviews from #1 bestseller James Patterson, Kirkus, and Foreword Reviews (5 Stars). Book reviewers have compared my WWII thrillers Bodyguard of Deception and Altar of Resistance to the epic historical novels of Tom Clancy, John le Carré, Ken Follett, Herman Wouk, Daniel Silva, and Alan Furst. Ambassador Marc Grossman, former U.S. Under Secretary of State, proclaimed, “In his novels Blind Thrust and Cluster of Lies, Samuel Marquis vividly combines the excitement of the best modern techno-thrillers.” James Patterson compared The Coalition to The Day After Tomorrow, the classic thriller by Allan Folsom, and said the novel had “a lot of good action and suspense.” Former Colorado Governor Roy Romer said of the WWII Series, “Marquis grabs my attention right from the beginning and never let’s go.”

I wish all Indies the best of luck in getting their works out to the world and don’t hesitate to contact me, for I will gladly give helpful advice to help you succeed. For those interested, my website is and for publicity inquiries, please contact JKS Communications at

2. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

Great question, Ann. And the answer is I’m starting with you. As stunning as it may sound, you were the very first reviewer I ever had. By fate or happenstance, you reviewed my debut novel, The Devil’s Brigade, based on a Goodreads Giveaway. Though you only gave me four stars out of five, thanks to your tough love the novel ended up being a #1 Denver Post bestselling novel, beating out The Martian, which came in #2. My other shoutouts go to my professional book editor, Christine Bilello, who also happens to be my wife, my two former literary agents (Cherry Weiner and James Fitzgerald Literary Agencies), who thoroughly vetted and edited my novels, and my outstanding team of reviewers led by Colorado Governor Roy Romer, Fred Taylor, Billy Eberhart, Mo Shafroth, Peter Frautschi, John Welch, Toni Conte Augusta Francis, Dawn Ezzo Roseman, and Peter Brooke. They have all been instrumental in supporting my books.

3. What made you decide to become an author?

I have always been an author. I wrote my first novel in high school (don’t ask), published my Master’s Thesis in the American Association of Petroleum Geologist Bulletin in my mid-twenties (believe me, that actually means something for us nerdy geologists), and have published more than 25 professional papers on esoteric scientific subjects that would put you and three-quarters of the denizens of the planet asleep in less than five minutes. And now I have several bestsellers, and yet I will probably never be able to quit my day job. Thanks a lot, Ann. If only you had given me a five-star review.

4. If you could bring any character to life in the real world, which one would it be and why?

Jay Gatsby. Because Fitzgerald didn’t flesh the heroic, misunderstood character out enough, and I want to have a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne with him and get to know him better.

5. What do you think your strengths are as a writer? What is it about your books that will draw your audience in?

My individuality, passion for American and world history, and meticulous attention to detail. My novels can only be written by me, and are not dumbed-down for readers. I don’t write to make money, or please my agent or publisher. I write to tell great stories and leave something behind. Like the cave paintings of Lascaux. I may not succeed all the time, but the bottom line is I do it for only one reason: to tell a memorable story.

6. What is your favorite genre to write?

Historical suspense. I like my World War Two thrillers the best, though my fans seem to like my modern-day suspense books just as much.

Meet P.J. Boox


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now?

I am a hippie chick author/illustrator trapped in an entrepreneur's body. I am originally from the very chilly upstate New York area but grew up like many Navy brats in Virginia. Marrying my boyfriend in 2010 brought me to sunny Florida where I finally finished my first children's book in 2013. The sun does that to you.

2. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

Ah! Quite a list actually! My incredibly patient husband, Ken, would be the place to start. My store manager, Amber Arvin, who is "ah-mazing" and about 250 very talented authors who continue to post, repost, tweet, and retweet all thing PJBoox. Truly the support has been overwhelming!

3. If you could bring any character to life in the real world, which one would it be and why?

Is it odd that The Cat in the Hat was the first thing that popped in my mind? 

4. What’s the best way for an interesting author to reach you? 

Our fantastic website,! At the footer of the homepage are all the links that authors need to find out more about us and to submit their books for review.

5. What have you learned through this process? 

That indie authors re remarkable people. Sometimes it feels like I am building a community rather than just a unique bookstore and that makes all the long hours and sacrifices worth it.

6. Any final thoughts?

Becoming an indie author was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Reaching out to my "fans" (who are usually kindergarteners! ) and having them make me feel like a rockstar puts me over the moon. But starting this adventure of P.J. Boox.... well .... this is something truly special and life-changing... and I want to take as many indie authors as I can on this journey with me.

Twitter: @pjboox

Meet Lisa Carlson

1.Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now?

I grew up in Northern California but bounced all over the country before settling here in Texas. I have a passion for traveling and seeing new places, although it’s been a while since I’ve traveled. I am a single mother of two children (ages 2 and 4) so some of my traveling adventures have taken a back burner to daily parenting adventures. 

2. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

Yes, I would love to give a shout out to everyone who both supported me and rescued me without hesitation or judgement. Without them I would not be here today.

3. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?

Yes. It has taught me that I shouldn’t give up when I feel overwhelmed. While writing my book I have faced extremely opposite emotions ranging from, “I’m writing the best book ever,” to “who would ever read this stuff?” But I have learned I can not let my emotions dictate my actions. I knew it was important for me to finish regardless of how I felt at any particular time. I also learned that “slow and steady wins the race.” I rarely had large chunks of time to dedicate to this book so it was a long process to complete. But I knew writing just a little bit consistently would eventually get me to the end. It was so hard to be patient, but I learned a lot in the process about diligence.

4. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. How did you get started? How did you know when you're done?

I started Bait and Switch as a reminder to myself of why I left my ex so I would not be tempted to go back. It felt so good to get it out that I began writing everything down as an outlet for healing. I was taking care of my kids and going to school full time so my writing was limited to an hour here or a few minutes there. But over the span of two years I finally ended up with well over 240,000 words in my rough draft! I knew I was done when I didn’t want to remember any more and the thought of writing about it made me nauseous. The editing was probably the hardest part because I had to chop out so many scenes I was attached to but that didn’t enhance the story. 

5. What components fit together to make a great book? 

I like to read books that give the full picture clearly so I am not questioning if I missed something somewhere. I think having a wide arrange of emotions that are relatable to the reader is great, but even emotions can be over done.  I like character development and could get lost in a book for hours if I feel connected to the main characters. 

6. What is your favorite genre to write?

Bait and Switch is a personal memoir so I guess I like that. When I can put my experiences into words it feels good to capture them on paper. But when I was growing up I loved to write fiction short stories and poetry.


Meet Shona Jabang

1. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your story? 

My greatest inspiration has been my Caribbean background in terms of where I grew up and my Jamaican family. My stories have elements that represent my upbringing. I grew up in the UK, Jamaica, Canada, and the USA.  All the stories have a contemporary Caribbean vibe.

2. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life? 

I actually worked with a publisher from a very small UK publishing company who helps authors with self-publishing.  She made the process easy because she walked me through every step and in addition she worked with me to thoroughly edit and proofread my work.  I am learning that an independent writer has to promote, promote, promote. 

3. What are some stories that changed your life or made a big impression on you and why? 

I think stories involving my family and culture have made a big impression on my character and my writing. Everyone thinks their family is unique, but I can honestly say that I have never met anyone with the sort of family dynamics that I have. It goes beyond my being the last of 14 children, or that my family has a rich but volatile Jamaican history.  In addition, my mother would often tell me Jamaican ghost stories or ‘duppy’ stories.  I grew up surrounded by talk of the supernatural, and this fact has really influenced my life and my writing. .   

4. What do you want the world to know about Indie Authors?

Independent authors do not have traditional publicity or exposure – it’s something they have to work at. 

5. Tell us a little bit about your writing process. How do you get started? How do you know when you're done?

It always starts with an idea – the idea grows and becomes characters and the characters develop into plots and so on. My stories never really have an ‘ending, per se. – there’s always more that I could write about the events that take place, but I like to leave the reader with an air of suspense. 

6. What components fit together to make a great book? 

A great book or any great story should consist of exciting characters who have depth and meaning, believable situations that readers can relate to, and that special something that makes even archetypal story lines unpredictable.

Meet Dr. Janet Maker

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now?

I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from University of Southern California, a Social Work from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English from University of California, Los Angeles. I am retired from a career as a professor and author of textbooks in the field of College Reading, and my academic training was a big help in doing the research for my current book. I live in Los Angeles with my two dogs. I love traveling, dancing, food, blues music, Spanish, and the outdoors.

2. What has been your greatest inspiration for writing your latest work in progress?  

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. It was found by accident on a chest x-ray, and I was shocked. There was no history of breast cancer in my family, and I never thought it could happen to me.

My second shock was encountering the medical establishment and its “standard of care.” They wanted me to follow their program of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormones even though those things don’t work for many people, and even though they have serious side effects. I wanted to make my own informed decisions, but, like most people, I knew next to nothing about breast cancer. I had to scramble to find what information I could under the pressure of time, knowing that the cancer could be spreading.

The personal became political as I encountered the cancer establishment with its one-size-fits-all standard of care, the corporations responsible for the carcinogens in the environment, research funded by the corporations, legislators who rely on corporate contributions to keep their jobs, and the cancer charities that take corporate money in return for pinkwashing. 

“The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer” is the story of my journey and all the things I learned. In some cases I learned them too late; some of my decisions would have been different if I had known then what I know now. I realized that I had to write this book to empower others to take charge of their care.

As of now, I have no evidence of breast cancer, but I am at high risk for recurrence or metastasis, so I am not able to simply return to the life I had before. Conventional cancer care offers periodic tests to see whether the cancer has returned, but it does not offer anything beyond hormone therapy to prevent the cancer from returning. The problem is that if it returns it will likely have reached a stage that will no longer be curable. I had to go outside of conventional oncology, where I found a lot of evidence that changing one’s “terrain” can keep the cancer dormant. Working with an integrative oncologist, I follow a program of diet, supplements, exercise, mental/spiritual practices, and avoidance of environmental carcinogens.

3. Are there any people you feel need a shout out for supporting you?

When I wrote the Acknowledgements I was amazed at how many people gave me significant help, both with the cancer and with writing about it.

4. Has self-publishing taught you any lessons that you feel will help you in life?

Self-publishing has been very challenging for me, and I am grateful to have the support of SIA.  I imagine that after the book is out, I will be pleased with the lessons I learned, but as of now, to be honest, I am finding it quite stressful.

5. What made you decide to become an author?

I felt that I had important information to share with others.

6. What are some stories that changed your life or made a big impression on you and why?

I was an only child, and as soon as I could read, books became my companions and a major source of emotional support.  Whenever I have a problem or a question, my first response is to find something to read about it.

Meet LA Imagine

1.    Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now? 

Imagination is our only limitation – That is my favourite quote!
Originally from Hyderabad, India, I, now, call Boston my home. I love this city, the landscape, the culture and even the (in)famous Boston Winters.

2.    Explain the concept for LA Imagine for us.

Un-geeky-fy technology – Those two words sum up what LA Imagine does. We develop websites, apps, software, etc., and make technology as easy as possible for everyone, including indie writers. As easy as soap bubbles.
As an indie writer myself, I agree that writer’s block is one block too many; I don’t need a technology block.
I have almost 15 years of professional experience as well as MS in CIS and MBA.

3.    What can your customers expect when they partner with you? (Processes, Quality of work, Customer Service, etc.)

HOPE: Honesty, Openness, Professionalism, Ethics. First, I start with listening to what one wants, have a healthy debate to understand what one needs. After that, logistics: time, cost, format, etc.
My fee is $40 per hour, which is substantially less than almost everywhere else. All the work will be done by me, here in Boston. Nothing will be outsourced. Ever.

4.    What’s your ultimate goal through all of this?

Become a better person. By being able to both enhance my technical skills as well as assist others as much as I can. I am glad to be in such a fortunate place.

5.    What are some stories that changed your life or made a big impression on you and why?

When I was a kid, I witnessed the aftermath of a dowry killing. I didn’t know then what had happened; I guess I was too young to comprehend. Over the years, I came to understand the horrific nature of that crime and so, voice my support for education and equality.

6.    What do you want the world to know about Indie Authors?

Beautiful. Every explorer, wanderer, navigator favors the off-beaten paths to find some of the most beautiful places. Along the same note, some of the most beautiful stories are created are in such off-beaten paths by the indie authors.

7.    If you could bring any character to life in the real world, which one would it be and why?

Remy from Ratatouille :) Greatness can come from anywhere and anyone.

8.    What’s the best way for an interested potential customer to reach you?


9.    Any final thoughts?

Indie authors Rock. Indie authors Paper, Scissors, Lizard and Spock as well.