NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS
CELEBRATING SELF & INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE
Many of our Award-Winning authors are available for speaking engagements, interviews, podcasts, and the like. Their talents and accomplishments range widely across many genres, please see the lists below to find highly engaging experts in their field today.
Featured Award-Winning Author Speakers
(Contact Authors Directly for Your Booking)
Leadership, Creativity, and Marketing Leader
Author, agency owner, professional trainer/professor, musician, and creative mind, Aaron Templer bridges marketing, leadership, and creativity creases with 20+ years of perspective and bias-breaking.
Andy Becker is an award winning author whose elegant gift books inspire gardening and environmentalism.
Author, Performance Consultant , Speaker
Bill Blokker, Ed.D.
Bill Blokker, Ed.D. is a passionate and informative speaker. He has an unwavering belief that the impossible is possible! He will share insights about how people overcame crushing circumstances to achieve extraordinary results.
Professional celebrity impersonators portray Jack Nicholson and Dolly Parton
HARVEST YOUR HAPPY: A Farm Girl's Guide to Leading, Succeeding and Living Your Best Life
I share 4-legged wisdom with my 2-legged audience. How to lead, love and achieve, "animal style!"
Cindie is an award-winning author and retired fire service captain.
Danny R. Smith
Retired L.A. Sheriff's homicide detective, author of detective novels and true crime.
Memoirist, Poet, Fiction Writer, Literature and Writing Professor
Widow, Wife, Mother of Two, Memoirist, Poet, Fiction Writer, and Professor
ChIC - Chief Improvement Catalyzer
As a business advisor and trainer I serve business owners and professionals who wish to improve their outcomes and realize greater happiness. I am also an award-winning speaker and author, and podcast host.
Donna Huston Murray
Donna Huston Murray’s cozy mystery series features an amateur sleuth much like herself, a DIY headmaster's wife with a troubling interest in crime. The latest Gin Barnes’ FOR BETTER OR WORSE was a Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award for mysteries, and the first two novels in the Lauren Beck mystery/crime series won Honorable Mention in genre fiction from Writer’s Digest.
In 2022, Donna became the tenth inductee into her high school’s Lifetime Achievement Award Hall of Fame. To hint that she’s still writing, the plaque reads, “…and more,” below her listed books.
When she isn’t plotting mayhem, Donna assumes she can fix anything until proven wrong, calls trash-picking recycling, and, although she should probably know better by now, adores Irish setters.
Donna and husband, Hench, live in the greater Philadelphia, PA, USA, area.
Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker, City Mayor, and Business Professor
From Corporate Success to Civic Leadership: Dr. Ed Eng, Former Fortune 500 Executive Turned Mayor, Inspires in His Debut Book “The Accidental Mayor.”
award-winning novelist and nonfiction author
After decades as a journalist covering healthcare and business ethics, Fran Hawthorne returned to her childhood passion: fiction. Her second novel, I Meant to Tell You, has won or is a finalist for seven awards.
Author of A Common Thirst and other resources
I am an author of children's stories, poetry, and resources to help make wise decisions. I am professor emeritus at The College of St. Scholastica and have spent a career helping others access their own inner wisdom and act for the common good.
Inspirational Speaker/Author/Founder of Pajama Program
thor, INspirational Speaker
Award-winning author and veteran
Air Force veteran and award-winning author George Hayward tells a little-known, morally conflicted story of heroism, duty, honor and obligation.
Death by Design
JOHN HARRISON GRAVES
John has received three national book awards for his works of fiction and non-fiction.
Maggie Smith is a Wisconsin novelist, podcaster, blogger, and editor. Her debut novel, published in March 2022, won the 16th Annual Juror’s Choice Award from NIEA, the 2022 PenCraft First Place Award for Women’s Fiction, and is one of the Women’s National Book Association’s 2022 Great Group Reads
Fearless Female Tech Leader/ Future of Work
Marva infuses positive energy with her current, real-world perspective gained through her career as a sales, leadership, executive and employee engagement, and marketing leader, from startups to blue chip brands, including IBM, Amazon, Splunk, and Twilio
Author and Spiritual Director
MaryEllen Weber, is an award-winning children's book author and spiritual director who is passionate about inviting others to awaken to Divine Presence within and without.
My Dog Is My Relationship Coach/Maureen Scanlon/Certified Lifecoach, Relationship Expert, Speaker, Podcast Host
I am passionate about helping people find the best versions of themselves!
Melva Haggar Dye
I began my writing career mid-life following years of travel, observation and experiences. I'm a people person, and that has translated into what I do best: characterization!
Michele's colorful experiences from her fifteen+ year career in the entertainment industry inspired her to write THE RISE AND FALL OF DANI TRUEHART trilogy.
Nick Holmberg won NIEA's 2021 Best New Fiction category for his novel The Emergent. He uses elements of several genres and storytelling modes to engage and challenge the reader on perspective and social issues.
Nora D'Ecclesis presents seminars on the topic of "The Paths To Spirituality" from the zen perspective. Her experience includes small companies, non-profits, and retreat seminars on zoom or in person in the USA and UK.
Award Winning Author, Producer, Public Relations Consultant
Pamela Hamilton is a producer, public relations consultant, and author of the multi-award-winning historical novel, Lady Be Good. Her career has encompassed the fields of broadcast journalism, filmmaking, and publishing.
Advocate for ending the stigma surrounding mental illness after supporting my wife through several years of acute psychosis.
From 2017 through 2020, Patrick Riccards served on the coaching staff for the West Windsor-Plainsboro (NJ) Wildcats Cheer team, working with WWP’s Junior Pee Wee, Pee Wee, and Junior Varsity squads. His PW squad took second place at YCADA Globals and his JV squad earned a top 10 finish at Pop Warner Natio
Former Congressman/Keynote Speaker/Author
Ric Keller served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, Congressman Keller is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and attorney. He speaks on the topics of civility in the workplace, leading with humor, networking for introverts, and how to build a happy life.
Award Winning novelist and nonfiction author
Professional singer turned novelist. Her debut novel, The Postmaster's Daughter,set in East Tennessee, is a literary fiction performance that shows Mabry’s ear for character details and her ability to weave a murder plot that keeps the reader’s interest to the very last page.
Oral Historian, Writing Workshops in Prisons, Documentary Photographer
casey cui (a.k.a., Maritza Roño Refuerzo)
Ms. Cui's debut novel, Groovy Girl, is about a young, feisty Filipino-American girl whose world turns topsy-turvy when her 19-year-old wunderkind sister is diagnosed with colon cancer, amid the chaos of an animated, dramatic extended family. Groovy Girl is the 2022 winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Asian American Pacific Islander Fiction, a 2022 finalist at the American Fiction Awards for Multicultural Fiction, and was short-listed for the 2022 Hawthorne Prize, sponsored by the American Writing Awards..
More Award-Winning Author Speakers
Dr. Nicole Elaine Avery
Author and Editor, The Ones who Remember: Second Generation Voices of the Holocaust
Multi-Award-Winning Author and Screenwriter - The First Harm: A Medical Thriller
Author of a Christian memoir about my daughter's diagnosis with a rare genetic disorder and our subsequent journey through a clinical trial.
Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker & Business Leader helping women build confidence & resilience, foster self-love habits and rise into leadership positions, without the burnout.
Author/nonfiction and novelist/distinguished professor
Laura Katz Olson
Author, All the Monsters Are Here: Thirteen Spooky Tales
Aaron Ray Ballard
Author, LGBTQ Family-Friendly Children's Books
Tom Tracy - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
author, suspense/women's fiction/mysteries, social worker
School Leadership from A to Z: How to Lead Well Without Losing Your Way
Bradley James Davies
The Pirate's Conquest
Charlene J. Centracchio
Scientist, Author of "Baby Ecology: Using Science and Intuition to Create the Best Feeding, Sleep, and Play Environment for Your Unique Baby"
Anya Dunham, PhD
BLOOD BEFORE DAWN (Book 2 of the Dung Beetles of Liberia Series)
Daniel V. Meier Jr.
Author / Holocaust History - The Spirit of Ruchel Leah
Author/Illustrator, Author of “How to Draw Adorable”
Writer and Journalist
John F Duffy
Author/Fiction/Editor of COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES
US labor historian, oral history specialty, Pacific Coast maritime labor research focus
True crime Journalist and author of "The Alaskan Blonde"
James T. Bartlett
Author of Southern Gothic/Royal Biographical Fiction/YA Fantasy
Author, Children's Health Book Series, Manager of Dow Creative Enterprises
Multi-Award-Winning Author, Senior Medical Writer, and Creative Director
Dr Danielle Camer
Fiction Author, Empowerment Speaker, Blogger, Content Marketing Specialist
Multi-Award-Winning Author, Screenwriter, RN, Wildlife Rehabber
Author of Ultimate Mix Tape series, ’80s music expert, owner of TLC Book Design
Multi-Award-Winning Author of The Munchkins Series/MG-YA Fantasy
Trying Not to Drown
Cindy Horrell Ramsey
Author of Deep Knowing. Pioneering educator redefining how we learn & know.
Kim Hermanson, Ph.D.
Master Executive Coach/Facilitator/Trusted Advisor
Stalked by Demons, Guarded by Angels: The Girl with the Eating Disorder
Founder, CEO, & Editor-in-Chief of GGV Publishing Company, LLC
Germinal G. Van
The Art of Being a School Counselor: Leading with Confidence, Compassion, and Authenticity
Nancy L Regas, MS, MFT, PPS
Irene J. Steele