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Who are the Indie Fabs?

The Indie Fabs is a team of authors consisting of Aliya DalRae, Renee Gauthier, Eva Pasco, JB Richards, Lyra Shanti, & Joanne Van Leerdam. We strictly adhere to one motto; "All for one, and one for all!"

I owe a lot to my fans and readers for making “Miriamne the Magdala” such a great success and I acknowledge that I wouldn’t be where I am today in my career as an Indie author, promoter, and mentor if it wasn’t for the selfless support of my beloved author team—The Indie Fabs. We are "Indies Helping Indies", paying-it-forward by offering support, assistance, and guidance to Indie authors in order to build strong bonds of cooperation and fellowship within our community.

In turn, the only type of return we encourage for our assistance is for those authors whose lives we touch to then extend the same courtesy to other Indies, without any expectation or acknowledgment for their service except to continue paying-it-forward, keeping that same sense of mutual cooperation and Indie spirit in mind. After all, the only way we feel we can achieve our own goals to be successful independent authors is by working together with you as a mutual team striving to benefit of our entire Indie community!

Be sure to check out these exclusive interviews with the Indie Fabs below.



Born and raised in a farming community in rural Southwest Ohio, Aliya DalRae grew up a middle child, with an older and younger brother. Surrounded by corn and cows, it was not unusual for Aliya to immerse herself in books, her way of escaping the humdrum small town life to visit fantastic lands full of mystery, myth and legend. And of course, romance.


In 1992, Aliya met her immortal beloved, and they have been inseparable ever since. When not weaving romantic tales, she can be found working side by side with her husband in their furniture restoration business, where she weaves caned chairs instead.


Aliya is the author of the Jessica Sweet Trilogy. Her debut novel, “Sweet Vengeance,” was published in February 2016, and was honored as a Golden Quill Awards Reader’s Choice Finalist in 2017. Her second novel, “Sweet Discovery,” is a Top Three Winner in the 2017 Virtual Fantasy Con Awards, as well as a 2017 SIBA Awards Nominee. Her short story, “Bittersweet,” also received a 2017 SIBA nomination. Recently, Aliya released the first two books in the Fallen Cross Pack Series, “Bitter Beginnings” and “Bitter Challenge.” The four-part series of ADR Shorts will be completed by March 2018, with the third book in the JST following soon thereafter.




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R. M. Gauthier lives in Ontario, Canada and has a diploma in Film & TV Production. 

She began her writing career late in life, which she has been quoted saying, "better late than never." She has many works published including The Christmas Miracle Series and The Mystery of Landon Miller Series. 

She is part of many writing FB groups and helps run a group called The Indie Writers' Cooperative, which provides her plenty of joy helping other authors anyway she can.



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After retiring from a career in elementary education, midlife restlessness prompted Eva to rekindle her passion for storytelling by composing novels in the genre of Contemporary Women's Fiction, and a Nonfiction Memoir collection about growing up during the Sixties. In addition, Ms. Pasco has published numerous Retro ‘60s Flashbacks on “The 60s Official Site,” and a slew of essays pertaining to her native state of Rhode Island, prefaced with “Rhode Read,” on Authors Den. She also writes a weekly blog related to Indie author matters, “Eva’s Byte”. 


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JB Richards is an historian and international muli-award-winning Amazon, Goodreads, and Xlibris author. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and History. Richards is the founder and driving force behind the Indies Helping Indies Book Review Project (IHIBRP)—which she created and initiated in April 2017 to provide qualifying Indie authors with high-quality book reviews and free promotional services. She is also the founder of the Indie Fabs—a team of authors equally dedicated to offering free assistance, guidance, and support to Indie (independent) authors with the aim of building strong bonds of cooperation and fellowship within the Indie community. She has been a member of the Women Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and The International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) since 2016.

In November 2016, Richards was nominated for “Top Female Author” by In April 2017, she received a nomination for “Author of the Year” in the Indie Author Books 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Richards’ fantasy tale, “The Dragon’s Heir”, is included in an award-winning adult fairy tale anthology called “Once Upon a Fabulous Time” that was published in December 2017. Her multi-award-winning debut novel, "Miriamne the Magdala"—Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Golden Quill Award—was published in 2015 after more than 20 years of extensive research into the lives and times of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Her reimagining of their lives together provides an intimate, yet provocative and controversial look into a relationship nourished by a rich culture, forged by ancient traditions, transformed by an insurmountable love, and threatened by a turbulent and oppressive political landscape. “The First Christmas: A Yeshua and Miri Novel Series Short” was released in December 2017, and her upcoming sequel, “Yeshua the Christ: The Silk Road”, is due for publication in 2018.

Richards is a lifelong resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, where she resides with her husband, Daniel, her son, Matthew, and her two dogs, Monty and Ayden.

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Lyra Shanti is a novelist, poet, playwright, and songwriter who currently lives in Florida with partner and spouse, Timothy, and their two insane cats. 

Author of the award-winning sci-fi series, Shiva XIV, Lyra is a dreamer of worlds far away. A lover of nature, animals, anime, music, theatre, movies, myths, and of course, great books, Lyra seeks inspiration from everywhere possible. 

Website: http://www.lyrashanti.comAmazon


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In addition to writing poetry and short stories, Joanne is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company. 


Her hobbies include reading, music, travel, and photography. 


Joanne loves travelling and has visited many places in Australia as well as holidaying in New Zealand, Fiji, the USA and Canada at different times. Joanne is the author of thought-provoking and profound poetry, horror, and short stories. She has won a number of awards for her books 'New Horizons' and 'Nova'.


Joanne has also written two "reimagined" fairy tales, published in a fabulous collection with stories by five other writers.

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RM Gauthier
Eva Pasco
JB Richards
Lyra Shanti
Joanne Van Leerdam
Indie Fab Interviews



In September 2018, “Once Upon a Fabulous Time” was chosen as an "Official Selection" in the Short Story Collection category New Apple Books’ Summer eBook Awards.

2017 Golden Squirrel Independent Book Award for

Best Fairy Tale from The Book Squirrel

Voted 2018 Wild Dreams Publishing’s

Best Fairy Tale



March 20, 2018

The Indie Fabs—LIVE on Blogtalk Radio!

Listen in as The Indie Fabs—Aliya DalRae, Renee Gauthier, Eva Pasco, JB Richards, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne Van Leerdam discuss their careers as Indie authors, what benefits their various projects have for the Indie community, and how their beautiful new fairytale anthology, “Once Upon a Fabulous Time” came together!

This hour-long session, hosted by Susan Wingate, is jam-packed with new book and event announcements, personal revelations, and insights into the Fabs’ plans for the future, so don’t miss it!

December 14, 2017

The White Room S2, Ep 3: Indie Fabs

The Indie Fabs are at it again—This time, meeting with Emma Hardcastle to discuss the release of their brand new fairytale collection, “Once Upon a Fabulous Time”! Join Aliya DalRae, RM Gauthier, and JB Richards up close and personal as they discuss the individual facets of comprising this wonderful anthology, including the chapters by them and their absent fellow Fab teammates—Eva Pasco, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne Van Leerdam. Whether you’re a Fab Fan, fellow Indie author, or reader, this is one in-depth discussion you won’t want to miss!

July 05, 2017

The White Room Ep. 27: Indie Fab Five

Don’t miss this historic broadcast from 4 countries (Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US) as four of the Indie Fab Five authors (Aliya DalRae, R.M. Gauthier, JB Richards, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne Van Leerdam—Eva Pasco is absent) join Emma Hardcastle in The White Room! Among the topics they discuss; The Fab Five’s top three writing, editing and marketing tips, plus how they met and became writing buddies!

March 14, 2017

Author JB Richards & The Indie Fabs Historic Interview with Susan Wingate's Show, Dialogue!, on BlogTalk Radio!

Catch Author JB Richards - along with her teammates, The Indie Fabs - in their March 14th appearance on Blogtalk Radio with Susan Wingate. This fun and candid interview covers a wide range of fascinating topics, delves into the special relationship between Yeshua & Miri in the author's book, "Miriamne the Magdala" and The Yeshua and Miri Novel Series, and drops insider information about the future of several of the Indie Fabs' novel series right here.

The Indie Writers Cooperative

The Indie Writers Cooperative is a Facebook group where Indie (independent) writers can offer/seek advice, meet, and collaborate with other authors. Indie authors are welcome to discuss and share all aspects of the writing life and to share their social media & follow links. Join us on Facebook now!

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