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* Jan Cleere: Author, historian, and lecturer Jan Cleere writes extensively about the people who first settled in the desert Southwest. She is a Roads Scholar with the Arizona Humanities Council and serves on the Coordinating Council of the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail. Jan also writes a monthly column for Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star profiling the lives of some of Arizona’s early amazing women. Her latest book, Never Don’t Pay Attention: The Life of Rodeo Photographer Louise L. Serpa, details the history of the first woman allowed to photograph inside the rodeo arena and take some of the most exciting and incredible photographs of rodeo action. Never Don’t Pay Attention won the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for the best Arizona biography and was named the best Arizona book. It was also a finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Visit her website at JanCleere.com.
*Dee “Buckshot Dot” Strickland Johnson: “Buckshot Dot” is a native Arizonan and is honored to have been named an “Arizona Culture Keeper” by the state Historical Foundation. She is a poet, illustrator, and singer and was once named “Female Cowboy Poet of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists. She has opened for Lyle Lovett.
In 2007, Dot’s Arizona Women Weird Wild and Wonderful became Western Music Association’s “Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year.” She has taught American history, free enterprise, drama, speech, English, and art in Arizona high schools, as well as elementary gifted-and-talented in Arkansas.
You can find “Buckshot Dot” at: www.buckshotdot.com
*Stella Pope Duarte: Stella Pope Duarte is described by Jacquelyn Mitchard as a “magical weaver with a sure hand and a pure heart,” and praised by Ursula K. Leguin as an author who “will enlarge humanity.” Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power, is her most current work. Duarte has won honors and awards nationwide, including a 2009 American Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize nomination, the Southwest Book of the Year Award, and many more. She is a descendant of Irish and Mexican American parents. Born and raised in the Sonorita Barrio in South Phoenix, she was inspired to write by a prophetic dream of her father. She believes that writing, like love, begins within, or it doesn’t start at all.
To see more, visit StellaPopeDuarte.com
*Roger Naylor: Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond the Southwest. He specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and pie. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to Arizona Highways, USA Today, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine, SunRunner and dozens more. He is the author of Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers, Arizona Kicks on Route 66 and Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth and his newest book The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon.
For more information, visit RogerNaylor.com
*Marshall Trimble: Official Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble is a noted historian, author, folksinger and humorist. He’s been a board member of the Wild West History Association since its founding. The author of 22 books on Arizona and the West, he writes a monthly column, “Ask the Marshall,” in True West Magazine. He has won numerous honors and awards. He was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was selected for the U.S. State Department’s “Cowboy Hall of Fame Tour,” a goodwill visit to Kyrgyzstan to share American cowboy culture.
Find out more at MarshallTrimble.com
Authors (listed alphabetically)
*Fred Andersen: Fred Andersen is a historian and fiction writer who combined two passions to create Lily Torrence, a Hollywood murder mystery set among the people who created the jaded, doomed characters of the postwar movies we call film noir. He is also the author of Pregnant Without a Cause, a Young Adult-New Adult-Midlife Crisis screwball comedy, and the contemporary psychological thriller, Line in the Sand (publication forthcoming).
Find out more at FXAndersen.com
*Bonnie Bahn: Bonnie Bahn grew up in Oregon, graduated from Oregon State University, & lived on a ranch in Eastern Oregon. The highlight of her life was raising our children, including two daughters with severe neuromuscular handicaps. Her children’s fantasy holiday books, Christmas Alligator and Raccoon Rainbow, were inspired by her daughters. She also spent eight years as a wildlife rehabilitator and worked with many owls. Her young adult book features a screech owl, Bumblefoot. The past 12 years she lived in Arizona where she retired from the school system. She is enjoying having time to write.See more at BonnieBahn.wordpress.com
* Sally Harper Bates: Born in Prescott, Arizona, Sally has never lived more than an hour’s drive from her hometown. She’s been writing poetry and music for over fifty years. Recipient of a 2014 WILLA Literary Award, (finalist in the poetry genre), she’s self published several poetry collections and is included in seven published anthologies of cowboy poetry and short stories. She was nominated female poet of the year three times by the WMA. For two years, her focus has been on completing three novels based on and filled with true stories told by her grandparents, two of which are complete and published.
*Doug Ball: Doug Ball earned his Doctorate after doing whatever it took to graduate from high school, survive 20 years riding subs for the U.S. Navy, flunk out of UNM, kick cow dung off his boots for a spell while earning his BA, followed by 6 years of middle school teaching (Kids were great, parents, eh.), and pastoring small rural churches. He spends his time on his ranch in Arizona with his wife of 46 years and four dogs. There are visits from the grandkids and his six adult children. His hobbies are reading, model trains, and hiking the Arizona Trail (500+ miles covered). He writes in several genres.
*Tricia Barr: Tricia Barr always loved creating worlds and romances through writing; however, loving history and the idea of travel more, she pursued a degree in Anthropology. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 and looked hard for a job in her field for two years before she realized that her degree would not allow her the travel opportunities she truly wanted. Now she works as a writer, writing dark urban fantasies, and as a jack-of-all-trades with her husband, Eric Barr, leaving them both plenty of time and freedom to travel on their own terms as they raise a family.
*Patricia Batta: Pat K. Batta was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and grew up in Northern Michigan. She attended Northwestern Michigan Community College, received her BA from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters in Teaching from Oberlin College in Ohio. She married and moved to Philadelphia, and later to Seattle, Washington, where the Marge Christensen Mystery Series was born. She moved back to West Chester, Pennsylvania, and then returned to Michigan before settling in Prescott, Arizona, where she is currently starting a spin off series (Marge refused to move).
Barbara Beck: Born in the Midwest, Barbara Beck is new to the scene as an Arizona, faith-inspired author. Most days you’re likely to find Barbara outdoors, camera in hand, talking things over with the Lord. Her writing reflects the unexpected miracles, twists, and turns that define the beauty of a personal walk in faith.
Barbara’s first book, A Perfect Christmas, is available on Amazon.com.
Amy Benicki: Amy J. Benicki received a Journalism degree from Arizona State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. She is currently an elementary school teacher in Surprise, AZ, and launched her career as a children’s author in 2016.
Ooboo and friends: The Magical Rocketship, was her big debut. An impromptu idea quickly transformed into her first children’s book. Her second book in the series, Ooboo and friends: The Penguin Parade, was released in October 2016. Where will the lovable characters’ venture to next? Her third book will be released later this fall.
See more at oobooandfriends.com
*Mitchell Bolnick: Mitch Bolnick is an unlikely author. He is a business consultant whose family had an interesting experience; they found a crown, while hiking in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. As a result of that event an adventure story was created by Mitch and his family over the subsequent years. Many factors influenced the story and the result is the Bobby and the Golden Crown Trilogy. This is an adventure with the magic of science fiction that leads to an epic conclusion and is written for the entire family.
Mitch can be found on Facebook (Bobby Walker) and twitter (@BobbyCrown0910) and on his website: Bobbyandthegoldencrown.com.
*Patricia Brooks: Patricia Brooks is an award-winning author, speaker, publishing consultant and advocate. Patricia’s second memoir Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends addresses love addiction, domestic violence and post-traumatic stress. She speaks regularly on these topics.
Patricia created the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and is its president, and is a member of the Arizona Authors Association and the Phoenix Writers Club. She founded Brooks Goldmann Publishing Company, LLC. Her first memoir Gifts of Sisterhood -Journey from Grief to Gratitude earned a prestigious Arizonna Authors Association Literary Contest Non-fiction award. She is currently writing her third memoir honoring her spiritual transformation.
Learn more at BrooksGoldmannPublishing.com
*Stanley C. Brown: After retiring in 1991 as a United Methodist pastor, in 1993 Stanley C. Brown and his wife, Ruth, made their permanent home in Payson. He was appointed by the Town of Payson as its official historian and served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Gila County Historical Society developing the first historical archive for the Rim Country Museum. Since 1996 he has written weekly and bi-weekly columns for the Payson Roundup and has had numerous papers published in the Journal of Arizona History. In 2004 the Browns moved to Arizona’s first territorial capital, Prescott, where Stan continues his research and writing.
His books can be found at the Rim Country Museum and on Amazon.
*Kebba Buckley Button: Rev. Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM is an ordained minister and former engineering manager, a Masters’ Degree scientist, award-winning author and corporate stress management trainer. She creates books and programs that help people live with both the vitality and inner peace they have been seeking. For spiritual people who ache for self-calming, Kebba wrote Peace Within. For those who want an easy how-to for meditation, she created Sacred Meditation. For anyone who wants to trade in their stress for energy and joy, the answers are in Discover the Secret Energized You. Yes, you can enjoy life!
Find out more at Kebba.com
*Laura Bullock: Laura Bullock has been writing poetry and short stories for years. Her current children’s book, Where Do You Live, Animal Friend? has been awarded the 2016 Writer’s Digest 1st Place winner e-Book, Children’s Picture Book Category. She now resides in Northern Arizona with the love of her life, Rod, and an abundance of backyard wildlife.
See more at Llaurabullock.com
*Caren Cantrell: Caren is the author of Fine-ly Fabulous – A Survival Guide for the Fine-Haired Girl, Maximize Your Golf Swing – A Golf Exercise Plan for Hitting Longer and Straighter Every Time, two children’s picture books: Annie Argyle’s Amazing Adventure and The Sweet Dream Fairy and a storyboard journal for picture book writers, Picture Book Storyboards. She also writes a series of eBooks called Planet Discovery Books for Kids under the pen name Matthew Taylor. She, her husband Bill, and their two dogs live in Scottsdale, AZ. When she’s not writing, or helping others to get published, you can find her traveling the country to see her five grandchildren.
*Nan C Cataldi: Nan C. Cataldi was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. After raising her two children in Richmond, Virginia, she decided to move out to the Old West. She is currently retired from the medical profession and lives in Arizona. Nan has taken several children’s writing classes. She has received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Reviews for both of her books, Rafie the Rattlesnake, Come Home! and The Lost Key of Being. Nan recently released her newest book, The Hidden Portal to Wren. the second in the Keys of Being children’s fantasy trilogy.
If you’d like to know more, go to www.nancstorybooks.wix.com/nanccataldi
*Connie Cockrell: Connie Cockrell began writing in response to a challenge from her daughter in October 2011 and has been hooked ever since. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published fiftenn books so far, has been included in six different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com. Connie’s always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one.
*Lynne Cockrum-Murphy: Lynne Cockrum-Murphy is an author, intuitive consultant and counselor specializing in helping people move forward on their spiritual path. Lynne received her doctorate from Arizona State University. She is a certified ThetaHealer® and Instructor, Access Consciousness Bars® healer and Instructor, licensed substance abuse counselor, adjunct university professor, and meditation instructor.
Her first book, Living Hope – Steps to Leaving Suffering Behind, an Amazon #1 Best seller, is a model of hope, action and success for those who also suffered trauma and seek inner peace. Her new book, Unfolding the Mystery of Self – We Are Never Alone, also an Amazon #1 Best seller, examines the spiritual journey showing that spiritual gifts, awareness and enlightenment is possible for all.
Find out more at LynneCockrum-Murphy.com
*Randall Dale: Randall Dale, winner of the 2016 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Western literature, grew up in a ranching family. No stranger to long days in the saddle, Randall draws heavily on his experiences to bring a new breed of Western novels. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and while there was a member of the rodeo and livestock judging teams. He is a past Arizona champion of the United States Team Roping Championships and continues to compete when time permits.
Randall is a devoted family man and successful businessman with a flair for writing, and an interest in all things Western. He currently lives in rural Southeastern Arizona with his wife. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Chrisann Dawson: Chrisann Dawson, who was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has experienced a life of travel and missionary adventure. Her first book, Congo Crisis, was published in September 2015. Chrisann and her husband, Gale, are currently pumping fresh vision into their national-led Congo ministry, called Rise Congo with the goal that it will lead to more Congo-themed stories. See more at Facebook.
Josephine DeFalco: A love of history serves as a foundation for Jo’s fiction and nonfiction, while her work as a nutritionist, health advocate, and urban organic farmer are the cornerstones for her writing. Her novel, When the Nightbird Sings, is set in the historical mining town of Bisbee, Arizona. Her Nonfiction books are designed to teaches others to grow and preserve their own, healthy foods. DeFalco’s “Best Little” series includes The Best Little Bread Book and her newest release, The Best Little Herb Book, helps beginners grow their own culinary herbs. Free herb and seed samples at her table!
You can learn more at www.josephinedefalco.com
*Carolan Dickinson: Carolan Dickinson is a psychic medium, angel intuitive, Reiki master teacher and author of the book, Walking with the Archangels (Amazon, 2016). Her essay, “The Magic of Healing with the Archangels,” is featured in the anthology, Top Picks Spiritual Leaders (Visionary Insight Press 2017). She can help you see things from a new perspective and with fresh eyes. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Carolan spends as much time as possible outdoors or with her yoga community. When she’s not writing, or teaching a class, she devotes her time doing psychic readings or walking and talking with the archangels.
Learn more at CarolanDickinson.com.
*Sherry E. Engler: Sherry E. Engler is a member of Creative Writers of Payson and writes articles for GYMOAZ (Get Your Mountain On Arizona). She attended the University of Arizona and received diplomas from the Institute of Children’s Literature and International Correspondence School in Master Art. Inspired by her passion for writing, she wrote Living with LEO: Law Enforcement Officer where she shares light-heartedly her observations being wife and mother to LEO’s. Daisy Doo! Daisy Doo? What? Who? is a delightful fable, written and illustrated by Sherry for preschool age, promoting self-esteem and self-reliance as a green caterpillar, Daisy Doo, searches for her identity.
*Annemarie Eveland: Annemarie Eveland is author of several self-help and inspirational books and frequent writer of newspaper articles. Annemarie, as “StoryLady,” also shares on CDs her uplifting and humorous stories which will touch your heart.
Gary Every: Gary Every has been published over 1500 times including nine books. His book “Shadow of the OhshaD” is a collection of the best of his monthly newspaper columns, including award-winning articles such as “Losing Geronimo’s Language” and “The Apache Naiche Ceremony.” Other nonfiction books about the Southwest include “Cat Canyon Secrets” and Battling the Hydra” a bestiary of wild animals. As a science fiction writer Mr. Every has been nominated for the Rhysling Award seven times. His science fiction novellas include “The Saint and the Robot” and Inca Butterflies.”
*Phoebe Fox: Phoebe Fox has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.A. in Early Childhood Development from Barrett at Arizona State University. She has been an elementary school teacher and library media specialist, and is currently a mother of three and author of children’s books. She enjoys writing stories, collecting children’s books, and sharing both with young children! See more at Momafoxbooks.com
*Mark Gardner: Mark Gardner is a US NAVY veteran. He lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degree in Computer Systems and Applications, and is the Chief Operator for an Arizona radio group.
Find out more at Article94.com
*Rita Goldner: Rita Goldner regularly visits the Phoenix Zoo to sketch and paint animals, especially the orangutans. Aware of their endangered status, she became passionate about the protection of a thriving wild environment for orangutans. With this goal in mind, and with her background in art and elementary school education, Rita wrote and illustrated Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy. She hopes that young readers will grow up loving and respecting orangutans – and pick up the gauntlet.Find out more at OrangutanDay.com
*Kristi Grimm: Kristi is an Arizona native who has been writing and publishing children’s books with her husband, and illustrator, Dave, for almost five years. She has a degree in Education from Biola University; and enjoys visiting schools, speaking at events, and connecting with children through her books whenever she can. Besides having three adult stepsons, Kristi and Dave also have a son, now 13, who keeps them busy when not doing book events or projects. Be sure to check out all seven of her books.
*Jim Hagen: Jim retired from a career of engineering with Motorola, Philco-Ford and Xerox in 1963 at age 67. He subsequently immersed himself in fine arts and creative writing. He has self-published three volumes of poetry, two volumes of short stories, a Novella, a travelogue of Ireland, a booklet of “Honor Flight Arizona”, and a 20-page epic poem based on Truman Capote’s masterpiece, In Cold Blood. For family, Memories of Marlene written after her death, and six volumes of an autobiography.
His writings, fiction and non-fiction, are all based in Arizona Rim country. Jim is a long-time resident of Christopher Creek.
*Michael Hale: Michael Hale has years of creative experience as a designer, writer and Illustrator. He was even the Creative Director at The Phoenix Zoo. Now he puts his creative skills to work to on writing & Illustrating children’s picture books. He loves his work.
Michael illustrated his first picture book, UP UP UP in 2016. It was written by Phoebe Fox and published by First Edition Project Books. Bad Monkey Business was written and Illustrated by Michael, published by Simian Books in 2017.
You can see more of Michael Hale’s work by visiting MichaelHale.me
*Susan Haught: Award-winning author Susan Haught lives in Arizona’s Rim Country with her husband and spoiled Shih Tzu, Mercedes, who believes her princess status earns her the right to sleep on pillows, ride shotgun, and train her peers in the fine art of squeaky toys. With Mercedes and a stash of Australian black licorice by her side, Susan writes contemporary Women’s Fiction & Romance with the belief that Love is Ageless and has the power to change lives—one step, one touch, one kiss at a time. You can read her award-winning short story on her blog at SusanHaught.com.
*Arlene Hittle: Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She suffers from the well-documented Hittle family curse of being a Cubs fan, but will root for the Diamondbacks until they run up against the Cubs. Longtime friends are amazed she writes books with sports in them, since she’s about as coordinated as a newborn giraffe and used to say marching band required more exertion than golf.Find her at ArleneHittle.com or follow her on Facebook.
*Patrick Hodges: Patrick Hodges lives in his native state of Arizona with his wife, Vaneza. By day, he is a medical biller, and by night, he continues to discover new passion as a writer of Young Adult fiction.
Follow him on Facebook.
*Shelley Holt: I am Shelley Holt. I’m a Corporate Gerontologist, Real Estate and Small Business Investor and Entrepreneur. Through a divine experience, I can now add Author to the list. I am educated and have earned some letters after my name. But who cares about that, really?Who am I? I am just like you! I am a person seeking love, joy, peace and satisfaction. Life has ups and downs, but the choices you make along the way matter in how you can feel. Let me show you how! Ready? Set. Connect!
Learn more at ReadySetConnect.today
Valerie Ipson: Valerie Ipson loves her family…and reading, writing, family history, and Hershey Milk Chocolate Almond & Toffee Nuggets. She lives in Mesa, Arizona, and Ideal High is her debut novel.
For more information, see ValerieIpson.com .
*Suzie Ivy: Suzie Ivy is the multi-award winning author of the Bad Luck Detective Blog. She’s a retired police detective who enjoys writing about her crazy life and adventures after graduating from the police academy at the age of 45. Her two memoirs, Bad Luck Cadet and Bad Luck Officer are scheduled for a television pilot/series releasing in 2018. Suzie is also a successful USA TODAY Best-Selling Author under multiple pen names where she writes contemporary and paranormal romance with more than three-million books sold worldwide.
Find out more at BadluckDetective.com
*Amy Jamison: Amy Jamison grew up on a small island in Texas, along with her other four siblings-three brothers and a sister. Her passion has always been writing.
Amy had a near-death experience in 1976 from walking pneumonia, resulting in a collapsed lung. Shortly thereafter, she began to experience “visions” of future events of her immediate family members and very close friends. Amy published her first book, Visions From Above / My Journey~ My Destiny with Balboa Press on June 13, 2014. She is a Master Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Angel Card Reader and an ordained non-denominational minister. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
*Marie Joy: Marie Joy is the author of Buddy the Soldier Bear. She has a master’s degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She volunteers with the Blue Star Moms and the American Legion Auxiliary. Marie’s dad served in WWII and her oldest son served in Iraq and Afghanistan. When sending care packages to soldiers, she dreamed of writing a children’s story that could give back to our brave warriors. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire children to dream big, and to bring awareness to military and veteran causes. She donates a portion of the proceeds from her book to nonprofit organizations who support military and veteran’s causes.
See more at MarieJoyWrites.com
*Leslie Keller: Leslie Keller: Leslie Keller has used her experience in the restaurant business, and love of the Arizona desert, to create the characters for her cozy mysteries. Menu for Murder, is the first book in the series and has received five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Cocktails at Sunset continues the story of Jayne Stanford the less-than-stellar server.
She spends her limited free time hiking in the desert, savoring wine volunteering for Ebeauty, helping breast cancer patients, and animal rescues. She lives in Phoenix, with her partner and their two rescue cats.
*Barbara Lacy: In collaboration with Vernon Mayes, a range-conservation instructor at The College of Ganado (Ganado, Arizona) and the staff at the NHA, Barbara put together the plant book, NANISE’, a Navajo Herbal, a user-friendly resource book that showcases the deep understanding Navajos have of plants that grow in the harsh Southwestern region. In 1990, the book earned an honorable mention in the annual National Federation of Press Women communications contest.
Barbara was one of the authors of the recently published Skirting Traditions, Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012 and wrote Pictures of the Navajo, Their Health and Environment in 1980.
Learn more at NaniseNavajoHerbal.com
Nelle Lewis: Nelle Lewis is a mystery reader and writer who splits her time and love between Phoenix, Arizona and Cleveland, Ohio. A Southern California gal by birth, she discovered her deepest connections in Cleveland, and brings to life the eclectic bounty of that community in her Samantha Carter Mystery series. Her happiest moments on earth are when she hears her family laugh, and sees her readers smile.
When she’s not reading, writing, playing, and mumbling story ideas to herself in the street, Nelle can be found online at dlwrites.com.
*Alyssa Louttit: Alyssa Louttit is a local author who lives in Tempe and writes urban fantasy. She’s a college student working towards a creative writing degree and is working hard towards her dreams of making a full-time career out of writing novels.Follow her at Facebook.
*Tara Majuta: Tara Majuta was born in the dusty sands of southern Arizona. She enjoys bringing characters to life and sharing their stories with the world. Tara lives her passion and purpose everyday through writing. She believes words are the most powerful way we can convey exactly who we are and what we stand for.
Her first novel is The Fascinating Files of Claudia Broadstad. It is an enchanting mystery with a good mix of romance and comedy.
*Pascal Marco: Pascal Marco’s newest novel, Render Safe, is a sequel to his award-winning, best-selling debut, Identity: Lost. Returning are Maricopa County Prosecutor Stan Kobe and his side-kick, Chandler Homicide Detective Brian Hanley. The sequel opens on the Mogollon Rim where the duo participates in a state-wide manhunt of a multiple homicide killer. From there, the Masters in Communications graduate from the University of Illinois-Chicago constructs an intricate thriller involving Phoenix’s fragile infrastructure, while simultaneously tackling some of Arizona’s complex social issues. Render Safe was selected as a national finalist in the 2016 BEST BOOK AWARDS. Pascal currently resides in Mesa, Arizona. See more at PascalMarco.com
*Barbara Marriott: Thirteen books ago Barbara Marriott arrived in Arizona looked around and said “What’s a girl from Jersey doing in this place?” Then she set about finding out what this place was all about, or rather what it is and perhaps what it will be. History is a great guide. Poking around in history-produced books on the Old Southwest including In Our Own Words and Two Six Shooters Beat Four Aces, WPA interviews with Arizona Pioneer men and women who arrived in the Territory between 1850 and 1910 – that’s history that spoke to Marriott. In Paint ‘N Spurs she hears the voices of five men who in 1965 changed the Western art scene and the way the Old West was perceived. Now that’s history that is easy on the eyes and mind.
Learn more at BarbaraMarriott.com
*Jan M. Martin: Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authors—not so much for husbands. Her quirky sense of humor could classify her as eccentric, but she prefers the term “crazy.” Her research as a nutritionist inspired the unusual murder weapon for Heir of Deceit. Favorite writing moment: meeting famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton during research for Heir of Deceit. Published in newsprint at age 11, she has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Eskimo Pies and her messy kitchen. She’s authored three books and a prize-winning children’s story.
Visit her website.
*Carole Emma Mathewson: California native Carole Emma Mathewson has resided in Payson, Arizona since 1992. Having majored in English and Early Childhood Education, she has been a preschool teacher and a secretary—executive and legal. She was a newspaper reporter/copy editor for 10 years.
Mathewson is the author of: The Waste of War—The Story of a Civil War Union Surgeon and his Nurse, published in December 2014; and The Hostess of Providence: A One-woman, One-act Play, presented by Mathewson on stage in 1985 and published in 2011. Both are available online at her Author Page on Amazon. Mathewson has three additional books in progress.
Find out more at CaroleEmmaMathewson.com
*Michael Norman: Michael Norman is a Professor Emeritus from Weber State University in Utah. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice for nearly 25 years. He has also served as a police officer in the States of Washington and Colorado.
Norman’s mysteries include Skeleton Picnic, his fourth novel and the second featuring Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement Ranger J.D. Books. His other novels include On Deadly Ground, Silent Witness, and his debut mystery, The Commission, which was named a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2007.
To learn more about Michael and his books, please visit his website at: www.michaelnormanauthor.com
*Suzie Olsen: Suzie Olsen is a systems engineer in Phoenix, AZ. She currently works on the search and rescue system for the US Coast Guard. Her passion is to encourage students, especially girls and minorities, to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She lives with her husband and son, reading book after book to her son.
Learn more at SuzieOlsen.com
*Kathryn S. Patterson: Kathryn S. Patterson is a retired Judicial Court Reporter and an Ordained Minister. She holds a Master of Ministry in Christian Counseling and is a Board Certified Christian Counselor. Kathryn was a family and relationship counselor for several years in a pastoral role through her local church. She currently volunteers as a chaplain at a local hospital. Kathryn and Duane, her husband, have spent extended time in Israel over the last 18 years, as well as hosting trips to Israel through their ministry Bible Land Studies. Kathryn continues to study and teach Biblical Hebrew. They live in Southern Arizona near their family.
*Kathy Peach: At a time of life when most people begin to slow down, Kathy Peach decided to head for the Southwest to live near family after being in Tennessee her entire life. She followed her dream of earning a college degree and writing a children’s book. Peach graduated from Arizona State University in December 2014, with a degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education. The Tiniest Tumbleweed, gives readers the message that they can believe in a life filled with limitless possibilities. The Tiniest Tumbleweed, Peach’s first book, is not only a delight, but an inspiration.Find out more at TiniestTumbleweed.com and on Facebook.
*Amber Polo: Amber Polo’s fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dogs in literature inspired her urban fantasy series The Shapeshifters’ Library.
love Arizona? Hearts in the Vortex and Heads in the Clouds explore romance in Sedona and the Verde Valley. Amber’s Relaxing the Writer offers stressed readers suggestions and simple exercises. Her CDs help almost anyone relax and contain the “Prelude to Sleep” track that has helped over 8,000 people find restful sleep listening to her voice on their Insight Timer app.
Visit Amber at AmberPolo.com
*Linda F. Radke: Linda F. Radke is president of Five Star Publications, Inc. and publisher of Story Monsters Ink. Linda is a former K-12 special education teacher and instructor at Arizona State University. With more than thirty years in the publishing industry, Linda is the award-winning publisher of more than one-hundred books, has served as keynote speaker, conducted workshops on book publishing and marketing, and was honored by Book Publicists of Southern California as Book Marketer of the Year.
Learn more at StoryMonsters.com.
Martha Reed, PhD.: Martha is your Metaphysician and Counseling Alternative. In addition to her degree in business, Martha holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) and uses modalities such as Hypnosis, Life Coaching, Spiritual Counseling and Homeopathy as tools along with her Gift of Knowing and Visionary Insights as a Psychic Medium to help people overcome destructive habits, patterns and believes and really good things just happen from there! Appointments with Dr. Martha are available in-office, via phone or Skype. Spend an hour with me – I believe you’ll find it uplifting, hopeful, thought-provoking, insightful, and life-changing.
*Rita M. Reger: Rita M. Reger is the author and illustrator of the children’s series, The Adventures of Pepe Quackamole. With the help of new friends that he meets along the way, Pepe, a sombrero-wearing, scarf-toting duck, explores the many mysteries and histories of the Southwest in a series of fun adventures. Ms. Reger also celebrates her family’s love of cooking and each other in the culinary memoir/cookbook, “Rosa’s Recipes, and more…,” based on personal and family recipes. Ms. Reger currently resides in the beautiful, Red Rock country of Sedona, Arizona.
*Kim Richardson: Kim is an author, teacher, motivational speaker, coach, mentor, ordained minister, and certified MBS Practitioner. Through sharing her own personal experiences, she empowers individuals to transform their lives. Kim resides in Payson Arizona where she enjoys the warm weather and sunshine with her family. Her passion is helping people discover their true gifts and how to use them in the world. Kim helps individuals to heal, forgive and expand without judgement. Kim teaches with unconditional love as she hopes it will have a ripple effect in the world.
Cricket Rohman: Cricket Rohman grew up in Estes Park, Colorado, and spent her formative years among deer, coyotes and beautiful blue columbine. Today she is a full-time author writing about the great outdoors, teachers, dogs, cowboys, life’s little mysteries—even Alzheimer’s. Prior to writing, Cricket’s career path included the following jobs: actor, singer, audio/video producer, classroom teacher, school principal, and U of A, College of Education assistant professor.
Her newest release, Saving Madeline (women’s fiction), is a uniquely entertaining story of three women and a dog living together in Los Angeles laughing, crying, surviving.
What’s next? The Fantasy Maker (Shh. This series is still a secret.)
Find out more about Rohman at cricketrohman.org
*Hayley Rose: Hayley Rose is a #1 best-selling, award-winning author, dedicated to bringing fun, educational and inspiring books to kids through her brand Books by Hayley Rose. Hayley’s children’s books have won numerous literary awards, including the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards®, KART Kids Book List Award®, Creative Child Magazine’s Preferred Choice® and four Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards®, an honor she shares alongside actor Jim Carrey. In 2012 Hayley was selected as one of “The Top 50 Writers You Should Be Reading” by the AuthorsShow.com.2015 saw the release of three new books: Today I Feel Emotion, Today I Feel Emotion-Color Me and the Amazon #1 Hot New Release, Fifo Musical Animals ABC.
*Jane Frances Ruby: Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Jane Frances Ruby enjoyed all four seasons, playing beach volleyball, volunteering for the local ski patrol, and sail-racing on Lake Erie. She earned her bachelors and master’s degree in Chemistry from John Carroll University. After moving to Arizona, she had become fascinated by its natural history and science. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and two daughters, all major contributors to her novels. Her first novel, The Azurite Encounter, won several awards including “2016 Best Young Adult Novel” in the Great Southwest Book Festival and “2014 First Place Novel” in the Royal Dragonfly Literary Contest. Her second novel, Voiceless Whispers is due for publication soon.
Learn more at TheAzuriteEncounter.com.
*John J. Rust: John J. Rust was born in New Jersey and graduated from Mercer County College and the College of Mt. St. Vincent with degrees in broadcasting and communications. After working three years at New Jersey 101.5 FM, he moved to Prescott, Arizona, where he works as sports director for KYCA radio. Rust has published several science fiction short stories and is the author of several novels, including “Sea Raptor,” the Fallen Eagle trilogy, “Arizona’s All-Time Baseball Team,” and “War of the Worlds: Retaliation” (co-authored with Mark Gardner). When not writing or broadcasting, Rust likes to exercise, follow sports, and go to heavy metal concerts.
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*Antoinette Sarcinella: Bringing Kumi to life has been a life-long process for Antoinette Sarcinella. Her heritage of mixed Native American and Celtic blood gives her an understanding of life from two paths.
Wolf and Owl Remember is her first book. She learned storytelling from her mother, an award-winning news reporter. She has reached into her own past to give her characters life. When her own children were young they heard the ancient legends that are the basis for Wolf and Owl’s journey through time.
She married Andrew in 1976 and is now grandmother to 7. They moved to Payson in 2002.
Find out more at Wolfandowlremember.com
*Pam Sears: Pam Sears has been a Licensed Massage Therapist, Bodyworker and Psychic Medium for over 20 years. She has a private practice in Peoria, Arizona where she lives with her beloved boxer pit rescue Chelsea. In her spare time, she writes inspirational poetry and short stories. She is also an avid photographer who loves to photograph nature and wildlife on her many hikes in and around Arizona….she hopes to incorporate some of her photography in her second book which is due to come out on 2017.
See Pamsears.com for more information.
*Jody Sharpe: Jody Sharpe had a rewarding career as a Special Education teacher. Writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter years ago and more recently her husband. The valuable lessons learned including moving forward and loving life in the now have set her on a course to tell the stories in her novels with love, humor and spiritual awakening. The fictitious town of Mystic Bay has given her an avenue to put characters and themes together hopefully enlightening the reader towards contemplation of the precious life and memories we are given.
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*Carol Sletten: Carol Sletten is a writer, illustrator and speaker whose work reflects her fascination with the history, landscapes and people of the American West. Her books are Story of the American West – Legends of Arizona and Three Strong Western Women, which has also become a popular play.
She recently received a DAR Women in the Arts Recognition Award, was a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Contest, and was selected to be the Petrified Forest’s 2017 September Artist-In-Residence. Carol is currently finishing a novel based on the life of an extraordinary Apache medicine man.
Learn more at CarolSletten.com
*Linda Smock: Linda Ann Casey Smock was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1983 and worked for Mesa Unified School District for 30 years as an Elementary teacher. She is now a retired but continues tutoring children with dyslexia and reading difficulties. Linda has nine self- published children’s books. These books are unique in that they are named after family animals with their very special animal character traits and they talk to each other in each adventure. Her illustrator has depicted these animals in cartoon settings designed for children ages 4 to 9 years old. She resides in Mesa, Arizona with her small dogs Norbert, Ringo, Cookie and Cupcake.
See more at LindaAnnCaseySmock.com
*Pam Knight Stevenson: Pam Knight Stevenson has been involved in researching and writing about Arizona history for more than 30 years. A native of Los Angeles, she earned a History degree from UCLA and moved to Arizona in 1972. She served as Managing Editor of the Phoenix CBS TV news department and as Manager of Production for KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS station. She has conducted hundreds of oral history interviews, including Arizona Historymakers; journalists; quilters; Harvey Girls; and Navajo Code Talkers. Focusing on women’s history, Stevenson co-authored the books, Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers and Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers & Journalists 1912–2012.
Find more about Pam Knight Stevenson at Facebook.com
Kiki Swanson: Kiki Swanson grew up happily in Wheaton, Illinois, completing her education at Smith College and San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has taught high school journalism and English, served the Presbyterian Church USA nationally in mission funding, directed Senior Adult Ministry at Valley Church in Paradise Valley, and now has found a new career in writing. Her five novels revolve around the lives of strong women in the early 1900’s as well as in the last ten years. She and her husband live in Scottsdale, near their three sons and their families.
See Website: KikiSwansonBooks.com
*Heidi Thomas: Heidi M. Thomas grew up on a working ranch in eastern Montana, riding and gathering cattle for branding and shipping. Her parents taught her a love of books, and her grandmother rode bucking stock in rodeos. She followed her dream of writing, with a journalism degree from the University of Montana. Her first novel, Cowgirl Dreams, won an EPIC Award and the USA Book News Best Book Finalists award, and her second novel, Follow the Dream, won a WILLA Literary Award. Dare to Dream is the third in the novel trilogy, and the newly-released Cowgirl Up! is Heidi’s first non-fiction book.
*Michele Venne’: Michele Venne’ is an award-winning author of novels, poetry, and short stories. She published her first novel in 2008. All of her books include an introductory “Dear Reader” letter to share research and insider information, and concludes with “Questions to Ponder” so that readers may consider their thoughts on societal issues. She spends her days with the joyful practices of yoga, teaching, writing, and playing with her horses. She enjoys hearing from her readers!
Learn more at MyJoyEnterprises.com
*Alice Voyles: Alice and her husband, Melvin, have lived in Arizona for twenty years. Alice enjoys writing, sharing her desire for people to pursue their dreams through speaking and teaching, playing with her grandchildren, volunteering and hiking. After the inspiration of a high school creative writing course she pursued her passion by writing children’s books and short stories. she hopes her writings will motivate readers to search for meaning beyond their circumstances—to find springs in the barren regions of life. Alice’s hope is that the creative writings within these pages bring healing to the wounds of your soul.
Find out more at AliceVoylesAuthor.com
*Marsha Ward: Marsha Ward is an Amazon best-selling author who writes authentic historical fiction set in 19th Century America. She is a multi-published writer, editor, workshop presenter, mentor, and consultant. Marsha has written five novels in The Owen Family Saga, another that begins the Promised Valley series; and many other works. A former journalist, Marsha is the recipient of the 2015 Whitney Lifetime Achievement Award and President of Rim Country Chapter of APW.
Marsha’s latest works include Blood at Haught Springs, Faith and the Foreman, and From Julia’s Kitchen: Owen Family Cookery, a recipe collection from America’s earlier times.
*Jim West: Jim West began his nearly forty-year broadcasting career while in the Air Force and has held several positions nationwide, from on-the-air announcer to program and operations manager. Among other career highlights, West worked for the Academy of Country Music in L.A., and for singer Buck Owens at KNIX in Phoenix. He has won several ADDY awards for commercial copywriting, was a finalist for CMA’s Large Market Air personality of the year and was the 2008 recipient of the Phoenix Music Award. West has written many articles on history and music and published in a variety of magazines.
Find out more at ThePhoenixSound.com
*Dianne White: Dianne White has lived and traveled around the world and now calls Arizona home. After a 25-year career in teaching, she now writes full-time. Her first picture book, Blue on Blue , illustrated by 2009 Caldecott winner, Beth Krommes, was published by Beach Lane Books (S&S) in December, 2014. Goodbye Brings Hello, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and Who Eats Orange?, illustrated by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books) are forthcoming in 2018.
*Brenda Whiteside: Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, they split their time between the pines of Northern Arizona, the desert of Southern Arizona, and the RV life. Wherever she roams, she spends most of her time writing stories of discovery, suspense, and the tangled relationships of life.
*Jenn Windrow: Jenn Windrow loves characters who have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of “it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement” Phoenix where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home – at least that’s what she claims.
*Paula F. Winskye: Paula Winskye began writing novels at age 12, but did not seek publication for 30 years.
She released her first in 2003. In 2017, she released her 18th, the first Randy McKay mystery, Rewriting History. Although Winskye is best known for her Tony Wagner mystery series, she has also published a middle grade novel, four romances, and four volumes of the Collins family saga. Winskye believes in leaving some things to her reader’s imagination. You will not find graphic details in either her murder or love scenes.
A native of North Dakota, she & her husband John live near Snowflake. Find out more at WinskyeBooks.com
*Natalie Wright: Natalie is the award-winning author of H.A.L.F., a young adult science fiction series, and The Akasha Chronicles, a popular young adult fantasy trilogy with over 2 Million reads on Wattpad. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, teen daughter, and two cat overlords. Natalie spends her time writing, reading, geeking out over nerd culture and cool science, and meeting readers and fans at book festivals and comic cons throughout the western United States. Natalie appears frequently on radio, podcasts and vlogs such as The Speculative Fiction Cantina, Front Row Geeks and iHeart Radio.
*Sandy Wright: Sandy Wright fell in love with the Southwest desert, including its Native American influences, when she relocated from the Midwest. Song of the Ancients, Book One in the Ancient Magic series, introduces readers to witchcraft and shamanism, seen through the eyes of an ordinary woman. Readers interested in witchcraft—or just a dark, eerie tale—will enjoy this paranormal suspense, written by a real-life Wiccan High Priestess. Winner of the PNWA (fantasy), On the Far Side (paranormal) and Orange Rose (paranormal romance) contests, Song of the Ancients was published in May 2015.