Literary Ladies

The Literary Ladies of this year’s Wine, Women, and Words Festival!

Saturday, May 12th, 4:20 PM: Literary Ladies – Stella Carruth moderator

Stella Carruth is the head librarian at the Foothill Ranch Library and has been on the board of Literary Orange for many years. She’ll be bringing her expertise to this panel and leading it in lively discussion.

Ava Homa – Literary Fiction

Ava Homa writes about women in the demonized Middle East “wholeheartedly grasping their lives.” Her fiction has won a PEN award and was nominated for the Frank O’Connor Prize. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and has recently completed her novel. See more at

Barbara DeMarco Barrett – Nonfiction/Literary Fiction

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is a journalist and fiction writer with a story in Orange County Noir (Akashic). Her first book, Pen on Fire (Mars Street Press) was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. She hosts Writers on Writing on KUCI-FM 88.9 Wednesday mornings at 9:00. Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes and if you’re feeling particularly magnanimous, leave a review to help the show rise in the standings. She also hosts the Pen on Fire Speaker Series and Salon.

Victoria Namkung – Literary Fiction

Victoria Namkung is a Los Angeles-based author, journalist, essayist, and cultural commentator. Her writing has been featured in The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesVICEWashington PostUSA Today, and InStyle, among other publications. Victoria was raised in Irvine, California and is the author of the 2015 novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves (Standard Time Press), and These Violent Delights (Griffith Moon), published in the fall of 2017. Visit her website at

Lori Herter – Romance, Women’s Fiction

Lori Herter has written romance novels published by Dell, Silhouette and Harlequin. She also wrote a four-book romantic vampire series published by Berkley. Her vampire novella, “Cimarron Spirit” is included in the New York Times best-selling anthology, EDGE OF DARKNESS. Her favorite work is THE THIN PLACE set in Ireland, featuring romance, folklore and a bit of magic.


Kristy Tate, AuthorKristy Tate – YA, Romance, Women’s Fiction

Kristy Tate lives in Southern Orange County with her husband, son, and her Schnauzer, Grendel. She studied English Literature at Brigham Young University and at BYU’s international center in London. She is an award winning, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author. Learn more at



Janis ThomasJanis Thomas – Literary Fiction

Janis Thomas is the Amazon best-selling author of What Remains True, a mesmerizing drama. One life-altering event catapults a family into crisis, revealing secrets that may leave them fractured forever . . . or bind them together tighter than ever before. She’s also written three critically-acclaimed humorous Women’s Fiction novels and an award winning Murder Mystery. Janis is a popular workshop leader and speaker, an editor, and a passionate writing advocate. Find out more at

One thought on “Literary Ladies

  1. Would love to attend. Live in Laguna Hills. No longer drive in the evening. Anyone want to offer me a ride?

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