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Local Author Spotlight - March 2018

Kiana L. Wilson

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Book cover: Too Sharp to Fail

Kiana L. Wilson is an ICF Associate Certified Coach, Professional in Human Resources, and Global Career Development Facilitator with over ten years of experience in career and professional development. As the founder of A Sharper U, a career development firm in Tampa, Florida, Kiana has created and led several corporate training programs for high-potential employees and organizational leaders. In addition to her professional work, Kiana is a volunteer career and leadership coach and serves on several professional boards and advisory committees.

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Betty Viamontes

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Book cover: Waiting on Zapote Street

Betty Viamontes was born in Havana, Cuba. At the age of fifteen, she and her family boarded a shrimp boat off the coast of Havana during what became known as the Mariel boat lift. Betty completed two Master’s degrees and a Graduate Certificate of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Hillsborough Community College and is the Assistant Vice President of Resource Management & Development for Student Affairs and Student Success at the University of South Florida. Betty has written three books and her work has appeared in various literary magazines.

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Coleen Sterns Leith

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Book cover: Ultra Hi Def Marketing

Coleen Sterns Leith is president and founder of Marketing Matters, an agency working exclusively with small and medium-sized consumer electronics companies. Coleen is an active member of the Consumer Technology Association’s Audio Division board and participates in the CTA TechHome board activities. She resides in Saint Petersburg with her husband and three French Bulldogs.

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A. M. White

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Book cover: The Roar

A. M. White lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida and teaches in Hillsborough County. It was there that she was inspired to write her dystopian trilogy after she experienced the phenomenon that other residents report as "booms."

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Steve Murray

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Book cover: Leaving Home

A Downeast Maine native, Steve Murray is a retired professional civil engineer and a Vietnam era U.S. Army veteran. He lives in Riverview, Florida with his wife Marcia.

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For Local Writers

The purpose of the local author collection is to support and encourage content creation, entrepreneurial achievement, and community prosperity, and to encourage local authors to meet and share their work and experiences.

Submissions are welcome from local authors that reside in the Tampa Bay area (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Sarasota, Manatee or Polk County).

Be sure to take a look at the self-publishing resources in the library collection.

Print Book Submissions

  • Authors must submit a physical copy of their book for review along with an Local Author Submission form.
  • Please see the form for guidelines and more information about the process.

eBook Submissions

The following items are required for all local author e-book submissions:

  • A signed copy of the Supplier Agreement
  • A completed Author Worksheet
  • Two versions of your work's cover image (one full-size and one thumbnail)
  • A digital copy of the book itself, in EPUB or PDF format

To submit, send the required documents via email to author@hillsboroughcounty.org.