Seton Hill University conferred 15 Master of Arts degrees in Writing Popular Fiction on Sunday, June 28. To graduate from the Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, students must complete a market-ready full length fiction manuscript. Below is a list of graduates and their novels, by hometown residence.


Anaheim 92804
Kelly Hake, “The Bride Bargain”

Bakersfield 93301
Elsa Carruthers, “Long Train Running”


Prairie Village 66208
Laura Hardenbrook, “Rhinestone Vampire”


Portland 04103
Cynthia Ravinski, “Limma’s Hold”


Allegan 49010
Nu Yang, “Soul Damage”

Grandville 49418
Micah English, “Zeno Brave”


Washington 28401
Catherine Voorhis, “Darkness Follows”


Portland 97218
Erica McEachern, “Bowergent”


Ford City 16226
Sara Lyon, “Seijaku”

Johnstown 15906
Craig Grossman, “A Walk Through Hell”

Leesburg 20175
Virginia Walker, “Saving Joy”

Norwood 19074
Paul Popiel, “Destined to Darkness”

State College 16803
Nicole Taft, “Crossover”


El Paso 99925
R. Danielle McGill Hinesly, “Chiggers, Grits, and Dead Shrimp in Heaven”

Houston 77031
Amanda Fremion, “The Dusk of Heliodor”

Seton Hill’s unique Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program teaches students to write marketable novels in popular genres like mystery, romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Additional specialties include literature for children and adolescents, and cross-genre blends like romantic suspense or young adult mysteries. Students attend two week-long, on-campus residencies each year to master the core elements of fiction writing and effective marketing and to gain inspiration from faculty mentors and special guests, all published authors in genre fiction. Established authors mentor students one-on-one as they work toward completing a market-ready manuscript from home. Readings, classes, and on-line discussion about the history, trends, and techniques of genre fiction add depth to the student’s experience. For more information about the Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, visit or contact Seton Hill’s Office of Graduate and Adult Studies at 724-838-4221.