2019’s FEATURED AUTHORS
Dee “Buckshot Dot” Strickland Johnson: Native Arizonan “Buckshot Dot,” grew up on the Hualapai Reservation and the Petrified Forest. She and her husband, Ol” Buck, operated a cattle ranch in the Ozark Mountains throughout the 1970’s.
Dot is an Arizona Culture Keeper and has opened for Lyle Lovett. She has been awarded the Academy of Western Artists Female Cowboy Poet of the Year. One of her books was named Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year, and she has received the Will Rogers Medallion Award. She has written seven books, five dance folk operas, and has produced four CD’s. She and Buck live in Payson, Arizona.
You can find “Buckshot Dot” at: www.buckshotdot.com
Richard Draude: Richard R. Draude, an East Coast baby boomer, found reading and early TV shows great ways to pass the time as a young boy in New Jersey. From the Hardy Boys to more serious mysteries and thrillers, he loved the excitement and adventure of the written word. Inheriting a love of old movies from his parents, he enjoys a wide range of TV and movie genres, and loves quoting lines and scenes from his favorite films. Richard has two of his five book series, The MacKenna Saga, published under NewLink Publishing. He recently took time out to author a romance novel, Almost A Whisper.
Learn more at TheMackennaSaga.com
Nikos Ligidakis: Award-winning author, Nikos Ligidakis, writes with clarity and passion in an ardent voice, not to just recount adventures, but with an expression of feelings, to encourage the reader to think, to find hope in the eternal struggle for the meaning of life and the awareness of harmony. Today Nikos devotes his life to coaching new authors encouraging and assisting them to write and publish their books.
Nikos has founded several charitable organizations with the most notable his Thanksgiving Project to Feed the Hungry, a program that provided food to tens of thousands during its 21-year run. His selfless work with people has earned him several humanitarian awards over the years.
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Theresa Sneed: As the ninth great-granddaughter of Susannah Martin, one of the women hanged as a witch in Salem, author Theresa Sneed has a vested interest in this epic time travel. Follow her main character Bess Martin through Salem Witch Haunt, Return to Salem, and Salem Bewitched where she interacts with many of the victims from that era, including Theresa’s real grandmother, Susannah. Thoroughly researched and based on primary sources, Sneed masterfully weaves sweet romance into the freaky, fascinating, and heartbreaking stories of Salem, 1692.
Learn more at TheresaSneed.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
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing: The Piper Center at Arizona State University is a non-academic university center dedicated to offering talks, readings, classes, workshops, and other literary events and programs for the larger community. Staff members and writers Katie Berta and Angie Dell will be presenters. Find out more at the Piper Center website.
Katie Berta: Katie lives in Phoenix, Arizona and works as the Supervising Editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review, the literary magazine curated by the MFA students at Arizona State University. Previously, she’s served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University and the Assistant Editor of New Ohio Review. You can find her poems in the Kenyon Review Online, Washington Square Review, Sixth Finch, Salt Hill, and Blackbird. You can read her book reviews and critical essays on the Ploughshares blog. She has her MFA from Arizona State and her PhD from Ohio University’s Creative Writing program.
Angie Dell: Angie Dell is a writer and book artist, and the Associate Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. With the Piper Center, Angie enjoys developing new literary programs, connecting the arts with other fields and disciplines, and supporting writers with professional strategies and opportunities. Hailing from Wisconsin but now based in Mesa, AZ, Angie is also a letterpress printer and the proprietor of Shut Eye Press, with work featured in journals, collections, libraries, and galleries across the United States and abroad. Learn more at AngieDell.com.
Authors (listed alphabetically)
Tom Alberti: Tom Alberti is a forty-six-year resident of Arizona. Tom and his wife, Dru, live on a horse property in Queen Creek, and enjoy riding their horses all over Arizona. Many of the riding adventures described in his books are the based on his own experiences throughout the state.
His first novel, The Horseman, has been followed by three more Horseman stories. This four-book series is based on the adventures of Tom and Dominique Blandini, a Tucson cattle family. Tom has also written two independent novels, and a book of western short stories.
Find out more at TomAlbertiNovels.com
Susan Anderson: Susan Clare Anderson has an Associate Teacher Certificate and 29 units in Child Development including two practicum courses. She also has a skill certificate in School-age Programs and one in Preschool. She has experience working with children as well and strives to create books that are age-appropriate and fun to read. In her books, she offers opportunities for children to sharpen their developmental skills along with colorful pictures and interesting characters in order to capture their imagination.
Find out more at SusanClareAnderson.com
Bonnie Bahn: Animals, birds, and disabled children prompted Bonnie to write the Applevale Holidays series of books. Her goal is to encourage disabled children to think of themselves as heroes. There are four books—Christmas Alligator, Raccoon Rainbow, Moon Balls and Saving Yankee and Doodle. The most recent one, Saving Yankee and Doodle, features a family of golden eagles
Her first book Bumblefoot, Murder is For the Birds, is about a trio of teenage sleuths who enlist the help of a telepathic screech to solve a murder. Works in progress include a middle grade story and a historical fiction.
Visit Bonnie at BonnieBahn.wordpress.com.
Adam Baker: Adam Baker is an Arizona native who graduated from Arizona State University and first wrote a published book at age 3. The story was titled “Batman & Ghostbusters” and by published we mean that his mom stapled a few pages together and called it a book. This helped create a love for writing which inspired him to create the Maury C. Moose Children’s Book Series.
Dan Baldwin: Dan authors Westerns, mysteries, thrillers, short story collections and books on the paranormal. He has won numerous local, regional, and national awards for writing and directing film and video projects. He earned an Honorable Mention from the Society of Southwestern Authors writing competition for his short story “Flat Busted” and earned a Finalist designation from the National Indie Excellence Awards for Trapp Canyon and for Caldera III – A Man of Blood and a Finalist designation in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Sparky and the King. Bock’s Canyon earned the Winner designation in the 2017 Best Book Awards. His paranormal books have also won numerous awards.
Learn more at DanBaldwin.biz
Sally Bates: From Prescott, Sally Bates grew up in the company of working cowboys and their families, cherishing the lifestyle, culture, heritage and experiences. It makes perfect sense that what she writes would be full to overflowing with “cowboy.” A singer, songwriter, award-winning novelist and photographer, she’s best known as a poet, honored with the Legacy Award and Gail I. Gardner Award from the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering. In the past four years she has completed four novels, three poetry collections and awards include 2014 and 2018 finalist for the WILLA Award for poetry, and 2018 finalist for Western Romance novel with Western Writers of America.
Timothy Boyer: Timothy J. Boyer was born in Allegan, Michigan. He now lives in Phoenix Arizona with his wife, Elizabeth Ajamie-Boyer. He has been telling stories his whole life, but writing since he was 17 years old. He began seriously writing his Mirror Gate Chronicles in 2005 when he began telling his friends at work about his dreams. They encouraged him, and along with his wife’s prompting, TJ Boyer has completed eight stories of the series. Mirror Gate Chronicles is Science Fantasy, however TJ writes action and mystery stories, as well.
Find out more about the series at MirrorGateChronicle.com
Bob Boze Bell: Bob is the author of a dozen heavily illustrated books on the history of the West. He is also the executive editor and co-owner of True West magazine, which has been publishing since 1953. True West magazine is published in Cave Creek, Arizona and Bell is bringing some of his best writers and authors to the Payson Book Festival this year.
Find out more at BobBozeBellArt.com
Susan Budavari: Susan Budavari has always been an avid mystery reader. After years as a scientific writer/editor and encyclopedist in the pharmaceutical industry in New Jersey, she moved to Arizona and began writing fiction. Her short stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies. She writes the Merano & Bell Novel series featuring a small-town Arizona PI (and ex-NJ cop) and his physician wife. Reason to Hide is the next book in the series. She serves as an advisor on the board of directors of Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter.
Learn more at SusanBudvari.com
James Bultema: Historian and former LAPD cop James Bultema knows about policing in America. He is the author of the acclaimed books Guardians of Angels: A History of the Los Angeles Police Department, The Protectors: A Photographic History of Police Departments in the United States and his most recent book, Unsolved Cold-Case Homicides of Law Enforcement Officers. Bultema has served on the Board of Directors of the LAPD Historical Society and was the force behind the award-winning six-hour documentary Badge of Honor: An Insider’s History of the Los Angeles Police Department. Bultema lives in Arizona with his wife of 47 years.
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 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. Retired from the medical profession, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nan’s first book, Rafie the Rattlesnake, Come Home!, a picture book, recently received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite. She is currently finishing the 3rd book of the “Keys of Being” Trilogy and will have a new picture book, Silver Light and the Red Canyon, coming in 2020.
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Angela Christakos: Angela is a self-published author. She wrote her first book, The Helen Demetrulias Greek Cookbook, in 1984. Her second book is about her life. Christakos grew up on “Greek Street” with a bevy of relatives and townspeople who changed the way she looked at life and the way she looked at herself. It would be decades before she would understand the psychological damage her family had inflicted on her. Find out how Christakos navigated her way through the dysfunction. Christakos lives with her husband in Payson, AZ.
Connie Cockrell: A 20-year Air Force career, a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for Connie Cockrell’s story-telling.
She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published 20 books, has been included in five anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Connie’s always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one.
Lala Corriere: Since early childhood, Lala has held a passion for all of the arts. Her passion for the written word, turned into a full-time career and discipline. Highlights include: endorsement and long-term mentorship by the late Sidney Sheldon, USA Today-“Must read suspense,” and award-winning poetry. Readers and reviewers applaud Corriere’s hallmark original plots, in-depth character portrayals, rich settings, and authentic dialogue, all delivered with a fresh new voice and plenty of plot twists.
Lala is a desert rat. She nestles there with her husband of over 30 years along with Finnegan & Phoebe, their Teacup Yorkies.
Learn more at LalaCorriere.com
Stephanie Cress: Stephanie is a work of balance and contradiction. She’s emotional yet analytical; a scientist and an artist; and she’s a high fantasy writer with aphantasia (no mind’s eye). Her writing is concise but emotional and is often referred to as “like nothing I’ve ever read before.” She also loves the rain, yet lives in the Mohave Desert in Kingman, Arizona where she steps outside her personal boundaries as often as she can.
Find out more at StephanieJCress.com
Marc David: Marc David is a veteran journalist whose writing career spans four decades, during which time he has covered the sports spectrum from world boxing champions to the Olympics. He has written for lifestyle and health magazines.A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Marc now resides in Chandler, Arizona, where he writes books, contributes articles to newspapers, and is available for speaking engagements. Marc is an everyday runner who enjoys travel.
He has written three nonfiction books: The Addicted Runner, Available Male Tale, and 1,001 Things You Didn’t Want to Know.
You can find out more at TheAddictedRunner.com.
Sharon Day: Sharon is the popular blogger of Ghost Hunting Theories and co-chair of the Chandler Film Industry group. As a researcher of the paranormal and an author, she combines her two passions into several forms of literature including screenwriting, books, and blogging. Her knowledge and experience in the field of paranormal research breathe realism and education into her work. Ghost of a Chance! is the first book in her paranormal romance series with NewLink Publishers. Book two of this paranormal romance series, Tall, Dark and Elusive! will be out later this year and involves the subject of Bigfoot.
Find out more at GhostHuntingTheories.com
Keri De Deo: Keri, owner of Witty Owl Consulting, lives in northern Arizona and works as a writer, editor, researcher, and instructional designer. She is author of the young adult novel Nothing but a Song, released in December 2017. She loves technology and finding innovative tools for a happy, healthy life. Keri spends her free time with her husband kayaking, hiking, and walking her two beautiful dogs, Maiya and Lilla.
Sherry E. Engler: Engler, a member of the Raconteurs of Payson, writes articles for Get Your Mountain On Arizona. Inspired by her passion for writing, she wrote Living with LEO: Law Enforcement Officer sharing light-hearted observations of family life with 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. Her latest release, Holden’s Magical Blue Marble, is a chapter book for children and teens who like magical mysteries.
Phoebe Fox: Phoebe 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 the mother of three and the author of children’s books. She enjoys writing stories, collecting children’s books, and sharing both with young children!
Pat Frayne: Pat is an award-winning children’s author and the creator of the middle-grade adventure series: Topaz the Conjure Cat Books. These fast-paced mystical fantasies are written for kids who love cats, magic, and tales of high adventure. Frayne’s latest book, Topaz and the Green Fairies won Literary Classics 2016 Silver Award for Chapter Book and First Place for (Children’s) Classics in Reviewers Choice Awards for 2016/2017. The first two stories in the Topaz Series were written for Frayne’s grandchildren. Frayne admits her granddaughter, Caitlin, age nine at the time, was her biggest inspiration.
Gil Gabaldon: Born and raised in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, Gil Gabaldon’s father and grandfather, who the book Our Little Rodeo, is about, lived on the Gabaldon ranch in nearby Western New Mexico. His dad and grandfather were amazing storytellers. The story of Our Little Rodeo is based on an actual trail ride which took place on Mt. Baldy in the White Mountains near Big Lake. The Forest Service named the Gabaldon Horse Camp after Gil’s grandpa. Gabaldon lives with his wife in Payson, Arizona, where he works for the Forest Service. He is writing two new children’s books and a family cookbook.
Alyssa Gardner: Alyssa is a teen artist and musician who enjoys video games and playing the piano. She lives in Arizona with her parents, weird siblings, and troublesome dogs. Her art is mixed medium with a focus on pencil, marker, acrylics, digital, and whatever the canvas calls for. Music and art isn’t just what she does, it’s who she is.
Mark Gardner: Mark is a US Navy veteran, author and broadcast professional living in Prescott, Arizona. His grandfather introduced him to the alternate history writings of Harry Turtledove at a young age. That started a life-long love affair with speculative fiction. In 2011, he began to write his own stories. His books are favorites among fans of Sin City, The Martian, The Punisher, and Firefly. His work is a fast paced, no-nonsense, thrill ride into many genres, including science fiction, superhero, dystopian, murder mystery, and historical fiction. His works are available in six languages.
Learn more at Article94.com
Lucy Geringer: As a former elementary teacher, Lucy T. Geringer educated children for more than 27 years. She applied her knowledge and understanding of young children to developing the Cleo-cat-tra series of Early Concept Books for children ages 2-6. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and takes great pride in writing early reader books that are fun to read and educational at the same time.
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Howard Gershkowitz: Debut novelist Howard Gershkowitz’s work has appeared in print and online, in such prestigious publications as Michigan State University’s quarterly The Offbeat, and the Arizona Consortium of the Art’s Blue Guitar. An avid science fiction fan and history buff, he’s studied at ASU’s Piper Creative Writing Center in Tempe, AZ, and completed workshops by authors Stephen James and Robert Dugoni. Howard lives in Chandler with his wife of 40 years, Lisa.
J.W. Goble: J.W. Goble is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was born in Germany and has lived in New Mexico, Colorado, and California. Now he lives in Arizona and writes devotionals, fantasy stories, and articles about coffee, music, marketing, law enforcement, and youth football.
Kristi Grimm: It would be hard to predict Kristi’s love of writing if you understood her difficulty with dyslexia and ADD. Thankfully, her mother read to her, which cultivated her deep love of storytelling. After a horseback riding accident left her paralyzed at 15, by God’s grace, she graduated from Biola University, met her husband, and became a mother. With her love of stories, a background in education, and her husband’s artistic talents Kristi was set to write her first children’s book in 2012. She has 5 books in the Mommy, Tell Me a Story…series, and 3 in the Mitty’s Gamen, series.
Find out more at KristiGrimm.com
Carol Hageman: Inspired by her lifelong love of wildlife and the outdoors, first-time author Carol Hageman has written a book that’s aimed for children up to and including second grade. Bubby’s Puddle Pond: A Tortuga’s Tale of the Desert is an adventure about how to get along with others while finding one’s own strengths. Currently living in Tempe, Arizona, in her free time, Hageman practices yoga and is a Master Gardener.
Michael Hale: Michael is an author and illustrator of children’s picture books.He illustrated his first book, UP UP UP written by Phoebe Fox, in 2016, published by First Edition Project Books. He wrote and illustrated his second book, Bad Monkey Business in 2017, published by Simian Books.
Michael spends most of his time writing and drawing. When he’s not doing that, you can find him sharing his work with young readers. He loves his job.
You can see more of Michael Hale’s work by visiting MichaelHale.me
Susan Haught: A multi award-winning author and Australian black liquorice connoisseur, Susan Haught writes deeply emotional stories of family, friendship, and the healing power of love. She believes Love is Ageless and has the power to change lives. Susan calls the mountains of Arizona home, and when she isn’t writing you’ll find her tending her flower garden with a notorious brown thumb or curled up with someone else’s words.
Find out more about Susan and sign up for her newsletter at SusanHaught.com
John Herrera: John grew up in the average size city of Yuma, AZ. He, and his lovely wife Lynn, now make their home in Payson, AZ, and enjoy retirement in the cool Rim Country environs; retirement is good. Since residing in Payson, John dabbles in art, as a hobby, and writing, with goals for publishing. His first, but not last, published work is a short novel of young people coming of age in a small town; the time period, the early 1960’s. For now, John focuses his writing on the ’60’s period and consequences of ordinary lives.
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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.
Patrick Hodges: Patrick 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.
JK Hoffman: Judy Hoffman is an Arizona native. Born in Prescott, Arizona; her early life was spent in Mayer, Arizona where her parents owned a grocery store. Then the family moved to Phoenix where her father began working for Safeway Foods. That job took the family north to Holbrook, Sedona and Tuba City. She attended Northern Arizona University then began her work as a dental assistant. She has made her home in Flagstaff for over forty-six years raising her three children to adulthood. She enjoys spending time with her two teenage grandsons, her dog Bo, and two cats.
Paul Andrew Hutton: Hutton is an American cultural historian, award-winning author, documentary writer, and television personality who has written several short films for state and national parks as well as television documentaries and has appeared in over 300 television programs. A historical consultant for the films, The Missing, Cowboys and Aliens, and Jane Got a Gun, Hutton’s latest book, The Apache Wars, received the 2017 Western Writers of America Spur Award for best nonfiction. He is working on a history of the American frontier, The Undiscovered Country.
Visit him at PaulAndrewHutton.com
Liz Johnson: By day Liz Johnson works in marketing. She finds time to write late at night. She is a Christy Award finalist and a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with humor, heart, and happily ever afters.
Find out more about Liz at LizJohnsonBooks.com.
Rebekah Jones: Rebekah is first and foremost a follower of the Living God. She started writing as a little girl, seeking to glorify her King with her books and stories.
Rebekah is an old soul in a young body (she’s not 12 —honest!) While her exact age is classified, her interests are not. Among them are reading, singing, playing, and composing music, studying all manner of subjects, nannying an adventurous group of youngsters, and, of course, writing her books, poems, articles, and short stories. She writes a wide range of books from gentle children’s adventures to family sagas to murder mysteries.
Learn more at RebekahsQuill.com
Marie Joy: Marie 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 that support military and veteran’s causes.
Find out more at MarieJoyWrites.com
Leslie Keller: Leslie Keller 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.
Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick: Perry lives in an undisclosed location outside of Phoenix where she and her husband chase their four little boys and an escape-artist dog. They don’t chase their cats, however, because cats hate that. She is the author of “The Kitten Files” mysteries, “The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott” spy series, and multiple short stories. In addition to her writing, Perry enjoys graphic design, playing a number of musical instruments, and watching movies that make her laugh.
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
Sharon Langdale: Sharon’s novel is based on a true murder case. It takes place in a historical Colorado mining town. Living in such a town enabled her to draw characters that speak truth with boldness; a trait necessary to vanquish hard winters along with evildoers. Her twisty tale of greed, adultery, murder, and bravery is a result of her own loss of a loved one due to an unsolved murder. Her fictional story earned an Honorable Mention award from the Arizona Professional Writers Contest 2014.
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John Langellier: John obtained a BA and an MA in history and historical archeology with an emphasis on the Spanish Borderlands and American West. He subsequently received his PhD from and Kansas State University with an emphasis on military history. Dr. Langellier has published dozens of books with such diverse titles as El Presidio de San Francisco Under Spain and Mexico, Custer: The Man, The Myth, The Movies, and Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army. Additionally, he has written scores of articles and served as a consultant and occasionally as a producer for films and television.
Nelle Lewis: Deborah “Nelle” Lewis is a fiction writer living and playing in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s hopped lily pads coast-to-coast, with her eighteen-year stop in Ohio cementing it forever in her heart as home. When she’s not head-down writing the third book in her Sam Carter mystery series, you can find her online at DLWrites.com.
Ed Loughlin: Ed Loughlin is a retired faculty member from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona where he worked as a Counselor, Advisement Coordinator and Health Instructor. Ed attended Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he received his undergraduate, graduate and nursing degrees. He has worked as a psychiatric nurse and taught both elementary and junior high school. Ed was also a radio announcer and loves to chat about music from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Find out more at SelfishService.com
Betsy Love: Betsy is a fun, spunky grammie from Mesa, Arizona who loves writing quirky sci-fi romances. She’s been creating stories since she could hold a pencil. In high school her English teacher told her one day she’d be published. Love proved her correct and now has six published titles and plans to release three more books in her StarBride Chronicles series and a Christmas novel in 2018-19.
You can find her online at BetsyLove.com
Bill Lynam: Bill Lynam’s children’s books, Bernie, the Flying Squirrel and Lucky Foxes (editor), were published in 2018. Just out, Bernie la Ardillita Voladora, a dual language book in English and Spanish. His Steampunk Mashup, a collection of science fiction short stories was published in 2017. He is the co-author of Footloose Pilgrims, a coming-of-age travelogue, published in 2014. His historical fiction novel, The Confederate Canuck, will be published in 2020.
Find out more at Bill-Lynam.com
Jan M. Martin: Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authors—not so much for husbands. Favorite writing moment: meeting famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton during research for Heir of Deceit. She has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Black Friday, Eskimo Pies, and her messy kitchen. She wrote for a local newspaper at age 11, and worked for her high school and college journalism departments. She is the author of novels Heir of Deceit and Impressions of Innocence; My Word, That’s Absurd! (Humor); and Maintaining a Youthful Appearance (in progress).
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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, 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. A third book, World War II, On the Home Front was published in 2017.
Visit Carole at CaroleEmmaMathewson.com
Merle McCann: Award-winning author, Merle McCann, is known for her National literature award-winning Longjohners Mystery Series for middle readers. Her first adult novel won 4th place in a National competition. She has added three more novels to her collection, all enjoying excellent reviews. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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Leta McCurry: Leta writes twentieth-century historical fiction about the indomitable courage and spirit of ordinary women who fight for a life on their own terms and refuse to be pigeon-holed in a “woman’s place.”
Leta lives in Arizona, and enjoys writing, reading, the open road on a Stallion motorcycle, good food, travel, genealogy, and a large, fun-loving family. Favorite destinations are Ireland and Singapore. She is the author of Introduction to Commercial Real Estate, High Cotton Country, A Shadow Life, and Dancing to the Silence and is presently writing her fourth novel, All the Colors of My Soul.
Learn more at LetaMcCurry.com
Tom Morrissey: Tom Morrissey is a retired Chief Deputy US Marshal, martial artist, veteran of the US Army, former member of two hit rock groups and a song writer for Ray Charles and Richie Havens. He was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, to a blue collar family, in a culturally diverse neighborhood. An animated film based on Tom’s children’s book is in the pre-production stage. He is co-writing an action thriller series with actor/martial artist Steven Seagal. He loves to tell a good story about his dream of the return of this country’s founding principles, with power back to the people.
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Elizabeth Mosaidis: Elizabeth Mosaidis, MA, is a Stepfamily Foundation Certified Coach and has been a professional educator in several countries for over fifteen years. Elizabeth is the author of The Stepmom Project: A 30-Day Personalized Journey and Stepmom Bootcamp: A 21-Day Challenge. Her lifelong passion is to empower stepfamilies through knowledge, self-exploration, and coaching methods. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, stepdaughter, a small brown dog, and an uncoordinated cat.
Find out more at The Stepmom Project.
Dave Munsey: Legendary weatherman for Channel 10 in Phoenix for over forty years, Emmy Award winner and Hall of Fame Journalist Dave retired in 2017. He is the founder of the water safety program, “Watch Your Kids Around Water,” and wrote a recently-released autobiography, Munsey Business.
Learn more at www.MunseyBusiness.com.
Michael Norman: Mystery writer Michael Norman is a former police officer and state parole board member. He spent 25 years as a Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Norman is the author of the Sam Kincaid mystery series including The Commission, Silent Witness, and his latest release, Slow Burn. In addition, he has two novels in the J.D. Books mystery series: On Deadly Ground and Skeleton Picnic.
Michael lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sedona, Arizona, with his wife, Diane, and their pit bull Annie. He enjoys collecting western art, rescuing pit bulls, hiking, and skiing.
Find out more at MichaelNormanAuthor.com
Debi Novotny: Debi throws her magic hat into the ring of children’s literature with her series My Magic Hat Rules! Debi writes stories that blend technical learning with vibrant color and engaging characters. Her inspiration is drawn from twenty years of teaching early childhood education in the classroom. “…Get out the white boards, markers, and grab a black top hat! You won’t be disappointed!” My Magic Hat Rules! was written by a teacher who uses fun rhymes and repetition to help kids get the hang of reading! Great for parents, teachers, tutors, grandparents, and librarians who enjoy reading with children!
Find out more at MyMagicHatRules.com
Suzie Olsen: Suzie is a systems engineer in Phoenix, AZ and is currently working on the search and rescue system for the US Coast Guard. She is the author of Annie Aardvark, Mathematician and the creator of STEM Spark. Her spark is to encourage students, especially girls and minorities, to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She lives with her husband and child, performing STEM experiment after STEM experiment with her own kid.
Find out more at StemSpark.com
Christoff Orr: Christoff, was born in Bitburg, Germany, and found his love and passion of history early in life through the influence of his father, a US Air Force NCO. Christoff graduated from Arizona State University with Honors, Sigma Cum Laude, with a degree in Business, Economics and US History. Christoff’s love of writing and storytelling began at a young age and is still present today. Christoff’s stories will make you think as well as entertain. His stories are described as non-stop action, and are enjoyed by men, women and teenagers.
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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. In developing The Tiniest Tumbleweed, she portrays that readers 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
John Jay Pelletier: John has had a life full of adventure, starting out in Boy Scouts where his troop raised enough money selling fireworks to travel down the Grand Canyon on a river trip. He became an Explorer Scout, worked at Disneyland as a Matterhorn climber, and joined the Army where he became a Green Beret. He attended survival schools and eventually became an instructor at the Air Force Academy teaching survival skills. Now retired, he teaches desert safety and survival at the Superstition Mountain Museum and has written Desert Safety and Survival Guide.
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Stefanie Phillips: Stefanie is a mother of two girls and a seasoned educator who is passionate about teaching children self-love, acceptance and belief in their ability. After many years of teaching kindergarten, she pursued writing a book to help her students as well as other children. She believes that every child has the potential to do more, if they believe in themselves.
Learn more at PiperAndRuby.com
Rita M. Reger: Rita 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.
Find out more at PepeQuackamole.com
Kim Richardson: Kim is a personal chef, Mind, Body, Spirit Practitioner, author, and publisher teaching others how to live in a High Vibrational place of peace, love, and joy and how food plays a role in that happiness. Kim has a real love and passion for food, cooking and teaching how food plays a role the mind, body, spirit connection.
Through sharing her own personal experiences, she empowers individuals to transform their lives. She helps individuals to heal, forgive and expand without judgment. Her passion is helping people discover their true gifts and how to use them in the world. Kim teaches with unconditional love as she hopes it will have a ripple effect in the world.
Visit Kim at KimRichardson.kim
Cricket Rohman: Cricket writes Western Romance, Mystery, and Women’s Fiction. Featured today among eight of her published books are Books 1 & 2 in The McAllister Brothers Series and a holiday picture book for your young children or grandkids. She writes every day dividing her time between a Colorado cabin and her Arizona condo and loves to hear from readers!
To find out more about Cricket, her books, her life, please visit her website and subscribe to her monthly email letter.
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.
Stuart Rosebrook: Stuart Rosebrook, Ph.D. is editor of True West magazine. A professional historian, writer and editor, he has been part of the True West editorial team since 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in the media industry, including television production, television news, nonprofits, magazine and book publishing. With his late-father Jeb Rosebrook, he is the author of Junior Bonner: The Making of a Classic with Steve McQueen and Sam Peckinpah in the Summer of 1971 and the author of At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years.
He is married to Julie E. Rosebrook, Ph.D., and father of two children. They live in Iowa City, Iowa.
Jane Frances Ruby: An award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer, Jane Frances Ruby also presents to elementary, junior high and high schools. Born and raised on Ohio’s North Coast, Ruby participated in volleyball, race-sailing, and ski patrolling. After getting married and moving to Phoenix, she found a desert Southwest adaptation to these skills—hiking, canyoneering, and wilderness medicine. Her first two novels, The Azurite Encounter and Voiceless Whisper are a product of her experiences but in a Grand Canyon sort of way..
See more at TheAzuriteEncounter.com
John Rust: A native of New Jersey, John Rust has published eleven books of spanning the genres of sci-fi, action/adventure, and sports. His titles include Sea Raptor, The Fallen Eagle Trilogy, and Here and Gone: Short-Lived Sports Teams and Leagues. A graduate of Mercer County College and the College of Mt. St. Vincent, John is the sports director at KYCA radio in Prescott, and also does play-by-play for live-streams of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University sports.
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Pam Sears: Pam Sears: Pam 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. Her second book, Heart of the White Dove, received a 5-star review on Readers Favorite and Goodreads.
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Jody Sharpe: Jody had a rewarding career as a Special Education teacher. Writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter and then her husband. The valuable lessons she learned about moving forward and loving life in the now have set her on a mission to tell stories 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.
Find out more at JodySharpe.com
Sandra Rose Simmons: As a social worker, Sandra has helped people through struggles and challenges. These experiences inspired her to write about their efforts to not only survive but thrive and find meaning in life. Her stories also reflect her interests in nature, travel, hiking dancing and spirituality.
Family and friendships have helped her maintain balance and perspective as she navigated the difficulties of being a working single mother and caregiver to her elderly parents and life partner. Sandra’s first novel, Moon Glow, was published in 2016. Her short story, “The Hobo Shack,” won the 2017 Tempe Community Writing Contest.
Pamela Sipple: Pamela has always been a storyteller. She’s spent her life exploring her environment and listening to the stories of her family and neighbors. The Viet Nam War documentaries became her history lessons and her age of innocence was challenged. She enjoys writing. It gives her an opportunity to share her experiences with others. Her photos allow her to view her reality of the world. The photos become a story. Pamela has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University. She has taken creative writing classes at Chandler Gilbert Community College encompassing short story, poetry and historical events.
Learn more at PamelaSippleAuthor.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.
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Susan Stoltz: Susan has had many writing opportunities throughout her varied career including journalism, editing, autobiography, short story, newsletter and magazine publishing, and now concentrates on children’s books with her latest release being Steve The Dung Beetle: On A Roll. Her books are educational as well as entertaining. Susan has also been a featured speaker at several writer’s conferences including Writing the Rockies at Western State Colorado University, Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Women Writing The West in Denver, Colorado.
Ellen Stotts: Ellen is a trained Caring for the Heart counselor as well as a teacher and trainer of this Biblical Heart Counseling Model. For the past twelve years she has had the privilege of sitting with hurting people and assisting them in coming to freedom in their personal and marital lives. In addition, she has trained interested individuals in the Caring for the Heart counseling method.
Ellen and her husband, Mike, are the parents of three adult adopted children and have one grandson. They reside in Arizona where the sun seems to shine all the time.
Find out more at ReachingTheHeart.org
Ingrid Szabo: Ingrid was born in Europe. Her highest level of education is the School of Life. Yes, life. Just like a little fish in the Ocean. She had to learn everything by “swimming”. She’s still learning…she’ll never stop learning. English is her third language. She hopes that one day she’ll master it to her satisfaction.
Her short stories are true, unmodified events as they happened. Some of them are funny, some of them are just nice. If any “lessons” are to be learned from her stories they are subtle. She’s not trying to teach anything, she’s just sharing her stories.
Heidi Thomas: Heidi 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. Heidi is the author of the award-winning Cowgirl Dreams novel series based on her grandmother, and the non-fiction book, Cowgirl Up: A History of Rodeo Women. Her newest novels, Seeking the American Dream and Finding True Home, are based on her mother who emigrated from Germany after WWII.
Find out more at HeidiMThomas.com
Jen Valena: Jen is often found with pen in hand, writing, painting or theorizing about the human condition.
Shortly after Valena moved to Sedona to delve into her creativity, the storytelling muse struck. Now she has written several novels and short stories. With an interest in mainstream sciences and the paranormal, Valena blends science fiction with metaphysical fantasy. In her novel Ithia, a young woman discovers the power within after an encounter changes her forever. In Meridian Schism, technology invades every aspect of life, but can a glitch save humanity or destroy everything?
Find out more at JenValena.com
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 lives the life of a hermit under the inspiring Mogollon Rim where she writes authentic historical fiction set in 19th century America, with plenty of action, adventure, and romance. She is the author of the popular “Owen Family Saga,” and works on new pieces to expand that universe with “Shenandoah Neighbors” and “Owen Family” stories. Among her recent works are Scandalous, Broken, Ned’s Choice, and Mended by Moonlight.
Jim West: Author Jim West spent over 40 years in radio working up and down the dial in places like Indianapolis, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Tucson and Phoenix. He served on the Board of the Academy of Country music in Hollywood. Jim was a finalist for the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville. He volunteers his time with the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame where he got the idea to document the early Arizona recording and rockabilly music scene in his book The Phoenix Sound. Jim also helped co-write the book Ray Odom, A Lifetime of Radio, Records & Racehorses.
Find out more at ThePhoenixSound.com