Fantastical Females

The Fantastical Females of this year’s Wine, Women, and Words Festival!

Saturday, May 12th, 6:20 PM: Fantastical Females – Maddie Margarita moderator

Maddie Margarita is the producer of Lit Up! Orange County, a monthly author event that has showcased the work of over one hundred and twenty five Southern California writers. A panel moderator for Literary Orange, she writes humorous fantasy and suspense and two of her short stories are featured in IT’S ALL IN THE STORY an anthology edited by D.P. Lyle.

Lisanne HarringtonLisanne Harrington – Horror

Lisanne Harrington is the author of The Wolf Creek Mystery Series, a horror trilogy with a few mysteries at its core. It has something for everyone—werewolves, serial killers, psychopomps, ghosts, spirits, and a mysterious shadowy fog shrouding the town that harbors strange creatures. It’s up to James to piece it all together and uncover the truth. Did I mention the amorphous blobs and strange voices coming from inside the laptops and cell phones? For more information visit

Megan Haskell, Author of SANYARE: THE LAST DESCENDANTMegan Haskell – Dark Fantasy

Megan Haskell is the award-winning author of The Sanyare Chronicles, a fast-paced dark fantasy adventure featuring a kick-butt heroine, carnivorous pixies, and an epic journey across nine faerie realms. She is also the Content Director for O.C. Writers, a network of over one thousand writers in the Orange County area and beyond. When she’s not working on the blog or writing fiction, she’s chasing after her two young daughters and their ridiculously energetic dog. You can find out more at and


Mary Castillo – Paranormal Romance

It is no wonder that Mary Castillo is a  paranormal mystery and romance author. She grew up in a haunted house. With her degree in history, Mary also loves to find and share untold histories such as bootlegging women and no-nonsense World War II era nurses. Mary now writes the books she loves to read—chilling, un-put-downable stories with sexy heroes and courageous heroines.


Merrie Destefano – Dark Fantasy

Novelist and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano writes dark stories with a thread of hope. She’s the editor of Victorian Homes magazine, Zombies magazine, and Haunted: Mysteries and Legends magazine. Her novels include Afterlife, Feast, Lost Girls, and Fathom and she’s been published by HarperCollins and Entangled Teen. Her latest release, Shade: A Re-Imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, released on May 1st, and her next novel, Valiant, is scheduled to release in December, 2018. For more information, visit her website at

Linnea Alexis – Paranormal Romance

Linnea Alexis is the multi-published romance author of The Ortega Project, an epic love story of vampires and poison, innocence and ancient enmities, and the one impossible person who could redeem or destroy them all. Whether her stories are contemporary, paranormal, or sweet historical westerns, every flawed hero and heroine finds their Happily Ever After. Find her at

Rachel Marks – Dark fantasy

Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she’ll never have to test the theory. Her novel Fire & Bone tells of Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds and one girl’s dangerous future.  For more information visit


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