2011 Ohioana Book Festival Featured Authors
Carrie Bebris, Montgomery County, The Intrigue at Highbury (Or, Emma’s Match)
Carrie Bebris spent her childhood in Toledo before beginning her writing career as a journalist, college English teacher, and editor. After publishing two fantasy novels, she made her mystery debut with Pride and Prescience, which earned a place on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list and was named one of the five best mysteries of the year by Library Journal. Successive books in the series have received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and won several awards, including the 2007 Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in romantic suspense. Bebris holds a master’s degree in English literature and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She speaks locally and nationally about Austen, writing, and publishing, and is on the faculty of the Antioch Writers Workshop in Yellow Springs. When not writing, Bebris likes to travel and indulge in her love of all things British. She now lives in the Dayton area.
Lisa Black, Cuyahoga County, Trail of Blood
Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, Black analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes. She is now a latent fingerprint examiner in Florida.
Black has lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. In the other half of her double life, as a forensic specialist, she is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and she is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. Black has had over 721 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in more than forty-five homicide trials.
Tim Bowers, Licking County, First Dog’s White House Christmas
Tim Bowers was born in Troy, Ohio, where he began drawing at an early age. His career in illustration grew from his childhood interest in art and an active imagination. Bowers graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
He worked in a Dayton, Ohio illustration studio after graduating from college. His drawings were used for local television commercial storyboards and his cartoon characters were used to promote various products. Bowers was soon recruited by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. There, he worked in several humor groups and helped launch the popular Shoebox Greetings card line. It was during those five years in Kansas City, that Bowers also illustrated his first three children’s books
Since then, Bowers and his family have moved back to Ohio where he continues to illustrate children’s books. His work has been published in children’s magazines, his illustrations have been used on a wide variety of products and his characters have appeared on hundreds of greeting cards. Each year, Bowers travels to schools and libraries to share his artwork with students.
Andrea Cheng, Hamilton County, Only One Year
The child of Hungarian immigrants, Andrea Cheng was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio in an extended family with three generations under one roof. She and her family spoke both Hungarian and English at home.
After graduating with a BA in English from Cornell University, Cheng went to Switzerland, where she apprenticed to a bookbinder, attended a school of bookbinding called The Centro del Bel Libro, and learned French. Upon her return, she went back to Cornell to study Chinese and got her MS in linguistics. Now, Cheng teaches English as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and writes children’s books including Grandfather Counts, Marika, The Key Collection, Honeysuckle House, Where the Steps Were, The Bear Makers, and Brushing Mom’s Hair.
Cheng lives in Cincinnati with her husband Jim. They have three children: Nicholas, Jane, and Ann.
Robert Greer, Franklin County, First of State
Robert Greer is author of the CJ Floyd mystery series and two medical thrillers, all published by Warner Books. His last four CJ Floyd mysteries were released by North Atlantic Books. He has also published a short story collection, Isolation and Other Stories. His last book, a literary novel entitled SPOON, won The Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction and The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Media of the Year Award and won a gold medal for Best Regional Fiction/West-Mountain from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and was a finalist for both the SPUR Award for Best Western Short Novel and the High Plains Best Fiction Book Award. His new novel, First of State, a prequel to the CJ Floyd mystery series, was released to excellent reviews.
Greer lives in Denver, where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Greer has lived in Denver for thirty-six years.
Greer’s award winning short stories have appeared in numerous national literary magazines and two short story anthologies showcasing western fiction. In 1998 he received the Chester Himes Black Mystery Writers award for mystery fiction. He is founding editor of the nationally acclaimed High Plains Literary Review.
His research group at the University of Colorado Health Science Center includes a cadre of scientists investigating the role of human papillomavirus, oncogenes, and chromosomal aberrations in head and neck cancer. In 1983 a Greer-led research group was the first in the world to report a link between smokeless tobacco use, oral infection with the human papillomavirus and cancer of the oral cavity. Since that time, Greer’s research team has further defined the role of that virus in cancer and investigated the role of the enzyme known as telomerase that helps to program how long our cells will live.
In addition to writing, medicine, and his molecular biological research, Greer reviews books for Denver National Public Radio affiliate, KUVO, and he owns a cattle ranch in the Laramie River Valley in Wyoming. (Photo credit Elizabeth Gorman.)
Ted Gup, Stark County, A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness – And a Trove of Letters – Revealed the Hidden Story of the Great Depression
Ted Gup is the author of the bestseller The Book of Honor, winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book-of-the-Year Award, and Nation of Secrets, winner of the Shorenstein Book Prize. He is Professor and Chair of the Journalism Department at Emerson College. A former investigative reporter for The Washington Post, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Time magazine, he has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar. He has written for publications such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Village Voice, Sports Illustrated, Slate, GQ, Mother Jones, Audubon, Columbia Journalism Review, NPR, and Newsweek.
J. Patrick Lewis, Franklin County, First Dog’s White House Christmas
J. Patrick Lewis earned his PhD in Economics at The Ohio State University and taught at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. In 1991 he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for his adult poetry. He has three grown children and four grandchildren. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his wife Susan. Lewis writes full-time, visits elementary schools, keynotes at literature conferences, and presents teachers’ workshops on introducing poetry in the classroom. He is the author of sixty books for children.
Sandy Plunkett, Athens County, The World of a Wayward Comic Book Artist
Sandy Plunkett, a self-taught illustrator and comic book artist, came of age in New York City during the ‘60s and ‘70s. He began drawing for Marvel Comics at eighteen and throughout his ongoing career he has drawn for several other major publishers, including DC. His trademark look can be seen on countless posters, album covers, and political cartoons. He lives in Athens, Ohio.
Bev Shaffer, Medina County, Cakes to Die For
Bev Shaffer is a chef, traveling culinary instructor, and author as well as the director of Mustard Seed Market and Café Cooking Schools in Akron and Solon, Ohio. She has developed more than nine thousand recipes on a wide variety of subjects, including seafood, desserts (especially chocolate), sides and grains, and was invited to teach a Winter Comfort Food Workshop at the James Beard House in New York City.
A regular columnist for Northern Ohio Live magazine, Shaffer is the author of the popular weekly “Ask Bev” column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Also the recipient of many awards and commendations, she was presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award by the Ohio Dietetic Association. A member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Chefs Collaborative, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, and a founding member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Northeast Ohio/Cleveland Chapter; Shaffer is the author of Brownies to Die For!, Cookies to Die For!, and Mustard Seed Market & Café Natural Foods Cookbook.
Maggie Smith, Franklin County, The List of Dangers
Maggie Smith was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1977. She holds a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA from The Ohio State University, where she won two Academy of American Poets Prizes. She is the author of Lamp of the Body, The List of Dangers, and Nesting Dolls. Smith’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Florida Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright, the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2008, and New Voices: University and College Prizes, 1999-2008. Smith is the recipient of a 2011 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also received three Individual Artist Awards from the Ohio Arts Council. She currently lives in Bexley, Ohio, with her husband and young daughter.
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Samir Abu-Absi, Lucas County, Arab Americans in Toledo: Cultural Assimilation and Community Involvement
Samir Abu-Absi holds a BA in English from the American University of Beirut and an MA and PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. He served as a faculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Toledo 1968 until his retirement in 2006. His administrative appointments have included serving as department chair and director of the linguistics program. He also served in various elected positions that included chairing the Arts and Sciences College Council, the Arts and Sciences College Personnel Committee, and the University of Toledo Faculty Senate. His teaching and research interests include general linguistics, phonology, ESL, Arabic, and the relationship between language and culture. He is the editor of Arab Americans in Toledo: Cultural Assimilation and Community Involvement.
Lisa J. Amstutz, Wayne County, Local Choices
Author Lisa Amstutz is a freelance writer, small-scale farmer, and home educator. She has a BA in Biology and an MA in Environmental Science/Ecology. She lives with her husband and children on Deep Roots Farm where they produce much of their own food. Visit Lisa Amstutz’s blog.
Cheryl Bardoe, Franklin County, The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur
Cheryl Bardoe combines her passion for writing and her curiosity about the world to create award-winning books for young readers. She has an MFA in writing for children and enjoys talking with young readers and their parents and educators at schools, libraries, literacy institutes and other events. She studied journalism at Northwestern University and has worked in public relations and in the exhibitions department at Chicago’s Field Museum. Over the years, Bardoe has written everything from five-word marketing slogans to policy reports, brochures, magazine articles, education pieces, direct mail letters, annual reports, press kits, newsletters, websites and text for a museum exhibition about dinosaurs from China. She’s even written signs telling people where to find the bathrooms! Bardoe grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of Columbus Alternative High School. She currently lives in Chicago with her family.
Paul J. Bauer, Portage, Beggars of Life / The Bruiser
Paul J. Bauer is a used and rare book dealer in Kent, Ohio. He is the coauthor of Frazier Robinson’s autobiography, Catching Dreams: My Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues.
Celeste Baumgartner, Butler County, Road Biking Ohio
Celeste Baumgartner grew up near Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1970 she and her husband, John, moved to a farm in Hanover Township, Ohio. In addition to their four children, they had horses, ponies, dogs, cats, cows, chickens. They raised hay and grain crops. Later they put in conservation plantings and planted Christmas trees. This was all for fun and education more than for making money. Baumgartner has been a piano teacher for thirty years and taught yoga for fifteen years. She has been a freelance writer for twenty-five years. She is a correspondent for Farm World and for fifteen years had two columns in the Journal-News. She has written for Ohio Outdoor News, the Catholic Telegraph and for magazines such as Country Living, Home & Away, Bird Watchers Digest, Farm & Ranch Living, Farmers’ Markets Today and more.
Chris Berhalter, Belmont County, Heir to the Throne
Chris Berhalter attended The Ohio State University where he received a BA in journalism and also obtained his law degree. Chris began practicing law with a small firm. There he rose through the ranks and became a partner in that firm, as well as becoming an assistant public defender. He wrote his first novel, Heir to the Throne, by hand on legal pads as he was waiting in court for his cases to be called. Berhalter resides on a small farm with his wife Vanessa and their three children and serves as Prosecuting Attorney for Belmont County, Ohio.
Ted Bernard, Athens County, Hope and Hard Times: Communities, Collaboration & Sustainability
Ted Bernard has been a faculty member at Ohio University for thirty years. He has done stints abroad as a senior lecturer and Senior Fulbright Scholar at Kenyatta University, a visiting scholar at Populations Studies and Research Institute of Nairobi, a visiting research professor and Rotary International Fellow at Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center in Botswana, and an external examiner at the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Botswana. Bernard’s teaching areas include Sustainability, American conservation history, natural resource management, and global environmental issues.
Roger Billings, Hamilton County, Abraham Lincoln, Esquire: The Legal Career of America’s Greatest President
Roger Billings is a professor at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. His articles have appeared in such publications as the ABA Journal, Journal of Illinois History, and International Law. In addition, he worked seven years for a major New York City publishing company, Charles Scribner’s Sons. He received his AB from Wabash College and his JD from the University of Akron. In addition to co-editing Abraham Lincoln, Esquire, he has also written four books for legal practitioners: Prepaid Legal Services, Handling Automobile Warranty and Repossession Cases, Floor Planning, Financing and Leasing in the Automobile Industry, and Handling Business Transactions in the Common Market and Eastern Europe. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kathleen Deyer Bolduc, Hamilton County, Autism & Alleluias
Kathleen Deyer Bolduc, MA, is a nationally recognized author and speaker in the field of disability ministry. The mother of a young adult son with autism and moderate intellectual disability, she has shared her inspiring story in dozens of articles in national publications, and in His Name is Joel: Searching for God in a Son’s Disability, and A Place Called Acceptance: Ministry with Families of Children with Disabilities. Learn more about Autism & Alleluias here.
Lindsay Bonilla, Stark County, Lily and the City of Light
Lindsay Bonilla is a graduate of Northwestern University, where her studies focused on theatre, creative dramatics, storytelling, and world religions. After performing and teaching drama in the Akron area for two years for such organizations as Magical Theatre Company and Malone University, Lindsay relocated to Madrid, Spain where she taught ESL classes and worked for Interacting, an audience-participatory theatre company. With Interacting, Lindsay toured Spain and Portugal developing and performing interactive theatre programs to teach English to students from pre-school to adult. Upon returning to the states, Lindsay resumed her work with the nationally-syndicated children’s TV show, Ask Gilby. In 2008 Lindsay founded her own interactive touring theatre and storytelling company, World of Difference Ltd., which aims to introduce audiences to other countries and cultures while sparking the imagination and promoting a love for reading and folklore. Visit the World of Difference website.
Dan Boyd, Franklin County, ‘NADA
Dan Boyd is a retired civil servant. When he wrote ‘NADA, he recalled stories he had heard about buried treasure. It seemed to him, that in most of those stories, the hero has a shifty partner who is useful but unreliable, and generally betrays him, bringing things to an end. He wondered what the story might sound like if it were told by the shifty partner, and ‘NADA is the result.
Don Bruns, Allen County, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Don Bruns is a musician, songwriter, novelist, writer, stand-up comic, cook and painter who has no idea what he wants to be when he grows up. Booklist, in a starred review, compared his ‘Stuff’ series to the voice of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff has his two twenty-four year old protagonists, Skip and James, investigating a carnival where the rides are coming off the tracks and killing people. There are carnies, a midget who runs a petting zoo, an old English dog named Garcia, a scary ride called the Dragon Tail and a fun house that isn’t fun at all. Publisher’s Weekly says “Be prepared for laugh-out-loud moments.” Bruns spends his time in Ohio and Florida, getting ideas for his wacky characters in BOTH states.
Susan Streeter Carpenter, Allen County, Riders on the Storm
Susan Streeter Carpenter grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Case Western Reserve. Settling in Yellow Springs, Ohio, she worked as an alternative school teacher, anti-poverty worker, home health care administrator, independent radio producer, freelance writer, and teacher of writing. For almost twenty years she was involved with the Antioch Writers’ Workshop as director, board member, and faculty. Now she is assistant professor of English at Bluffton University, specializing in fiction writing. For her fiction Carpenter has received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and two first-place Westheimer awards from the University of Cincinnati. She has published essays, poems, and short stories in journals. A recent story appears in The Best of the West 2009 edited by James Thomas and Seth Horton. Carpenter has also published essays and poetry. Riders on the Storm is her first novel.
Mary Kay Carson, Hamilton County, The Bat Scientists
Mary Kay Carson is an award-winning children’s nonfiction author. She began her writing career working on the classroom magazine SuperScience at Scholastic in New York City and has been a full-time freelance writer for the past fifteen years. Carson has written more than thirty books for young people about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and history. Her recent non-fiction titles include The Bat Scientists; Emi and the Rhino Scientist, about the Cincinnati Zoo’s famous rhino mom; Exploring the Solar System, recipient of the 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Children’s Literature Award; The Wright Brothers for Kids; Inside Tornadoes; and the Far-Out Guide to the Solar System series. The author also gives presentations at schools and libraries about space, animals, history, and writing. Carson and her photographer husband Tom Uhlman live in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood with their dog, Ruby.
Carol Cartaino, Adams County, Myths & Truths About Coyotes
Carol Cartaino, a graduate of Rutgers University, has had a lifetime interest in animals, the outdoors, and the natural world. She has spent many happy hours hiking, camping, fishing, river rafting, kayaking, and engaging in outdoor photography and nature study. Cartaino has been a professional book editor and writer’s collaborator for the past forty years. She has helped authors from Field & Stream to scuba divers to underwater photographers to travel writers and even experts on moonshine. Cartaino presently lives with her son and many pets on a sixty-six acre farm in Southern Ohio, on which she can continue her nature study and listen to the coyote songs.
Casey Daniels, Cuyahoga County, Tomb with a View
Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a tour guide in a Cleveland cemetery. She didn’t get the job, but she did get the idea for the heroine in her popular Pepper Martin mystery series. Pepper works at a historic cemetery and solves mysteries for the ghosts there. In 2011, the seventh book in the series, A Hard Day’s Fright will be published. In addition, Daniels has a new series starting with Button Holed. She’ll write the Button Box mysteries as Kylie Logan. Daniels has also written both historical and contemporary romances as well as books for young adults and one children’s book. She lives in the Cleveland area and teaches fiction writing classes at the Brecksville Center for the Arts. She is a frequent presenter at workshops nationwide.
Sharon Davies, Franklin County, Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America
Sharon L. Davies is the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Designated Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and seminars on Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice, and Race and the Criminal Law. Professor Davies holds a BA in political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and JD from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Her most recent book, Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America was released in January 2010.
Mark Dawidziak, Cuyahoga County, Beggars of Life / The Bruiser
Mark Dawidziak has been the television critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer since 1999. A theater, film, and television reviewer for about thirty years, his many nonfiction books include The Barter Theatre Story: Love Made Visible, The Columbo Phile: A Casebook, Mark My Words: Mark Twain on Writing, The Night Stalker Companion: A 25th Anniversary Tribute, Horton Foote’s The Shape of the River: The Lost Teleplay of Mark Twain, and The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula. He is also a novelist and a playwright. Visit Mark Dawidziak’s wikipedia page.
Michael C. DeAloia, Cuyahoga County, Lost Cleveland: Seven Wonders of the Sixth City
Michael DeAloia has enjoyed working with and for some of the best companies in the Cleveland area. He has suggested to everyone he talks to “that the best things in my life – both professionally and personally – have happened in Cleveland.” DeAloia is best known for his term at the City of Cleveland as the Senior Executive for Technology Development, or “Tech Czar.” He was the Co-Founder and CFO of BlueBridge Networks, a Cleveland, Ohio-based provider of data center services. DeAloia also Co-Founded and is a major investor in LimeRibbon.com, a Cleveland, Ohio-bases social media shopping network platform. DeAloia is a nationally recognized blogger through his Tech Czar Notes and Cool History of Cleveland blogs. He also has two books of poetry Published – Roses on the Gates of Hell and Forever Mantras. DeAloia earned his MBA from Case Western Reserve University and his Bachelors degree from Xavier University. He currently lives in Ohio City and is enjoying the Bachelor Lifestyle.
Nancy Brown Diggs, PhD, Montgomery County, Hidden in the Heartland: The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America
Nancy Brown Diggs is a writer and lecturer whose lifelong interest in other cultures has taken her around the globe. Fluent in Spanish, as well as French and German, she has lived in France, participated in language immersion/homestay programs in Japan and Mexico, volunteered in Ecuador, Romania, and Haiti, and camped in the Mexican desert for a firsthand look at the rugged terrain that many immigrants cross. She lives with her husband Matt in Dayton, Ohio. Her books include Steel Butterflies: Japanese Women and the American Experience (SUNY Press), Looking Beyond the Mask: When American Women Marry Japanese Men (SUNY Press), and, most recently, Hidden in the Heartland: The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America (Michigan State University Press). A forthcoming book will tell the inspiring stories of African American young people who have overcome incredible challenges to achieve academic success.
Frank E. Dobson, Greene County, Rendered Invisible
Frank E. Dobson, Jr. PhD is the author of the novel The Race is not Given and numerous other award winning works in fiction and poetry in addition to his offerings as a scholar and speaker. He is currently the director of the Bishop Joseph Jackson Black Cultural Center and the Faculty Head of Gillette House in the Commons at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he spends his creative energies focused on “enlightening the world through stories of transformation and hope.”
Bob Dolgan, Lake County, The Sportswriter Who Punched Sam McDowell: And Other Sports Stories
Bob Dolgan is an award winning sportswriter who wrote for the Cleveland Plain Dealer until his retirement in 2006. He is in the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and was named one of the top ten sports columnists in America by the Associated Press Sports Editors in 1985.
Connie Bergstein Dow, Hamilton County, One, Two, What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Connie Bergstein Dow received her BA from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1982 Dow returned to Cincinnati, where she raised three children and continues to reside and work. She has worked for forty years in the field of dance education, and has been writing about movement in the classroom for five years.
Mary Ellis, Medina County, Abigail’s New Hope
Mary Ellis grew up in Geauga County, close to the eastern Ohio Amish community, where her parents often took her to farmer’s markets and woodworking fairs. She loved their peaceful, agrarian lifestyle, their respect for the land, and their strong sense of Christian community. She, her husband, dog and cat now live in Medina County, close to the largest population of Amish in the country—a four-county area in central Ohio. Ellis enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Ellis taught Middle School in Sheffield Lake, Ohio and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate for twenty years—a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. All three of her Miller Family series, A Widow’s Hope, Never Far from Home, and The Way to a Man’s Heart have made the CBA and CBD bestseller lists.
Amanda Flower, Summit County, Maid of Murder
Author Amanda Flower, a native of Akron, Ohio, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Like her main character India Hayes, Flower is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. When she is not at the library or writing her next mystery, she is an avid traveler who has been to seventeen countries, forty-eight U.S. states, and counting. Maid of Murder, her debut novel and the first in a series featuring amateur sleuth India Hayes, is nominated for an Agatha Award in the category of Best First Novel. Amanda is also currently seeking a publisher for her middle-grade children’s mystery, The Mystery of the First Andora. She lives and writes near Akron.
Dee Garretson, Hamilton County, Wildfire Run
Dee Garretson lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two children. She grew up in a small town in Iowa helping her father with his inventions, which has provided great fodder for her stories. After obtaining a degree in International Relations from Tufts University, Garretson decided she wasn’t meant for life in an office. She went back to school to get a degree in Landscape Horticulture and worked as a teacher and landscape designer before deciding to devote her time to writing.
Linda Gerber, Franklin County, Trance
Linda Gerber learned out of necessity to write on the go while living the expat life in Japan, where she served as the Regional Advisor for the Tokyo chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the best-selling author of novels for teens and tweens. Her books have landed on such notable lists as the ALA Popular Paperbacks, Women’s Sports Foundation recommended reads, and Literacy Lab recommended reads. Her latest book, Trance, is a Junior Library Guild selection. Gerber currently lives and writes in Dublin, Ohio, blissfully ignoring her husband, four kids, and one very naughty puppy.
Alvin Greenberg, Hamilton County, Passionate Travelogue
Alvin Greenberg is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and librettist. His most recent work is Passionate Travelogue: New and Collected Poetic Sequences. His other collections of poetry include Hurry Back, Why We Live with Animals, Heavy Wings, and In/Direction. Time Lapse, a novel, was published in 2003, and his collection of personal essays, The Dog of Memory: A Family Album of Secrets and Silences was published in 2002. His collections of short stories include: The Man in the Cardboard Mask, Delta q, and The Discovery of America. He has collaborated on three operas with composer Eric Stokes. Greenberg spent his first twenty-eight years, where he was born. He then taught for thirty-four years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Greenberg now lives in Boise, Idaho, where his wife Janet Holmes, teaches in the MFA program at Boise State University.
Karen Harper, Franklin County, The Irish Princess
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Harper and her husband Don divide their time between the Midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Harper’s books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005. Harper has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county. Her author collection is with The Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscript Library.
Sherri Hayes, Union County, Hidden Threat
Sherri Hayes is a country girl at heart. She lives outside a small town in Ohio with her husband and four cats. Her mother encouraged her love of books and fondly remembers childhood story times. Hayes satisfied her need to be creative through singing and performance throughout her high school years. About three years ago, the urge to write started and she has not stopped since. It has become an outlet for her and is excited to be able to share the characters and stories that constantly float in her head.
Craig J. Heimbuch, Warren County, Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry
Craig Heimbuch is an award-winning journalist and graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the former managing editor of Cincinnati Gentlemen magazine and has worked for weekly and daily newspapers in Ohio and Virginia. He is currently the editor-in-chief of ManoftheHouse.com and lives in Southwest Ohio with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Jackson and Dylan. Growing up, he wanted to be a great traveler, but now would settle for wandering a bit, a nice sweater and getting home in time for dinner with his family.
Brenda Hieronymus, Hamilton County, More than Counting, Standards Edition
Brenda Hieronymus, MEd, is an assistant director and lead teacher at the University of Cincinnati’s Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center. She also teaches courses in early literacy and math methods at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a bachelor’s degree in kindergarten and primary education and a master’s degree in early childhood education.
Will Hillenbrand, Hamilton County, Don’t Slam the Door
A Cincinnati native, children’s author and illustrator, Will Hillenbrand says that he was born under a happy star. Hillenbrand has created nearly fifty books, including such favorites as Down by the Station, My Book Box, Asleep in the Stable, and with his wife Jane as author, he illustrated What a Treasure! Hillenbrand enjoys visiting schools and playing baseball with his son Ian. He attended the Cincinnati School of Art and still lives in his hometown. His books have received numerous national awards including two IRA Children’s Choice Awards and have received a Gold Medal and other honors from the Society of Illustrators.
Kiki Howell, Portage County, Torn Asunder
Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Howell could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing. She has now had over twenty stories published between five different small presses. Howell resides in the Midwest with her incredibly handsome and talented, singer/songwriter husband and two children. When she is not writing, she is spending time with her family, reading, baking or knitting.
Joe Jacobs, Hamilton County, The Comeback Kids
Joe Jacobs worked for the Community Press in Cincinnati from 1983 through 2001 as a sports reporter and sports editor, winning various awards for his coverage of prep sports. He has covered the Cincinnati Bengals as a freelance contributor for the Associated Press since 1997. He has been a member of the selection committee for Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame since 1999, and since 1986 he has been a member of the selection committee for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Foundation. He lives in Cincinnati.
Diana R. Jenkins, Hamilton County, The Stepping Stones Journal
Diana R. Jenkins is the author of more than four hundred stories, articles, comic strips, plays, and books for kids and teens. She has written two comic collections: Stepping Stones – The Comic Collection and Saints of Note – The Comic Collection. She’s also the author of The Stepping Stones Journals and Goodness Graces! Ten Short Stories about the Sacraments. She’s also written several books of plays including Spotlight on Saints! A Year of Funny Readers Theatre for Today’s Catholic Kids, Just Deal with It! Funny Readers Theatre for Life’s Not-So-Funny Moments, All Year Long! Funny Readers Theatre for Life’s Special Times, and Stalker Mom and Other Plays. She lives in Montgomery, Ohio with her husband, a medical physicist.
Jeffrey A. John, PhD, Montgomery County, A Bird in Your Hand
Jeffrey Alan John is an associate professor teaching journalism in the department of communication at Wright State University. He has written numerous articles as a freelance magazine writer and as a scholar examining local news and the history of visual media, especially the photography of the Wright Brothers. A former newspaper reporter, magazine editor and public relations writer, he has a PhD in mass communication and an MA in visual communication from Ohio University, and a BS degree in magazine journalism from Bowling Green State University. A Dayton native, he currently lives in Bellbrook, Ohio, with his wife, Karin Avila-John, and teenaged triplet sons.
Frank L. Johnson, Montgomery County, A Bird in Your Hand
Frank L. Johnson, the son of former Greene County Common Pleas Court judge, graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and then practiced veterinary medicine in the Cincinnati area until he retired, including ownership of a private practice. He is the author of many professional and popular articles on veterinary medicine, including a weekly series on pet care in the Cincinnati Enquirer and a series in the monthly Hunting Dog Magazine. He lives in Kettering, Ohio, with his wife, Pat.
Laurie Kingery, Franklin County, Mail Order Cowboy
Laurie Kingery is a central Ohio author and veteran E.R. RN who has written twenty-two historical romances, first as Laurie Grant. Now she is writing Christian historicals under her own name for Love Inspired Historicals. She won the Reader’s Choice for short historicals in 1994 and was a finalist in the 2010 Carol Awards in short historicals by the American Christian Fiction Writers for The Outlaw’s Lady. Her latest release from Steeple Hill is Mail Order Cowboy.
Katrina Kittle, Montgomery County, The Blessings of the Animals
Katrina Kittle is the author of Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, and The Kindness of Strangers, which received the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. She has also worked as a veterinary assistant. After a year of traveling, she recently returned to Dayton, Ohio, to begin working on her fifth novel. (Photo credit Lauren Reed.)
Lisa Klein, Franklin County, Cate of the Lost Colony
A writer of historical fiction for young adults, Lisa Klein is a native of Peoria, Illinois. She received her BA from Marquette and her PhD in literature from Indiana University. Klein was an assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University for eight years, where her special discipline was Shakespeare and Renaissance culture. Klein lives in Columbus.
Jonathan Knight, Franklin County, Summer of Shadows: A Murder, A Pennant Race, and the Twilight of the Best Location in the Nation
A lifelong follower of Cleveland athletics, Jonathan Knight has written five books on Cleveland sports history and numerous articles. He has a degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and worked as a sportswriter in Columbus, Ohio, for seven years. Knight currently manages communications for Franklin University.
Barbara Levenson, Franklin County, Justice in June
Barbara Levenson has lived in Miami for the past thirty-five years. A cum laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, Levenson has served as a prosecutor and run her own law practice where she focused on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Levenson was elected to a judgeship in the circuit court of Miami-Dade County, where she still serves as a senior judge. Born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Levenson was raised in Columbus, Ohio. She was the first woman elected to the Columbus, Ohio Board of Education and later served as the board’s first female president. She was also the first woman to receive the Ohio Newspaper Man of the Year award. Levenson and her husband, a retired financial consultant, bred and showed German Shepherd Dogs for twenty years and finished eleven champions in the show ring. They have two sons, both of whom are lawyers.
Susan Sachs Levine, Franklin County, Packard Takes Flight
Susan Levine started her career in packaged goods marketing with Procter and Gamble and then moved on as VP of Marketing and Environmental Affairs with SIG. A wildlife enthusiast, Levine has traveled extensively to learn and study about endangered species. After the birth of her two children, Levine focused her energy on being a Brownie and Cub Scout leader, volunteering at the Childhood League Center and serving as an enrichment specialist at her children’s schools. It was in this role that she identified the need for a children’s picture book about the city of Columbus. Always on the go with her children, Levine has a thorough knowledge of all that Columbus has to offer families. In Packard Takes Flight, Levine blends her interest in wildlife with her knowledge of Columbus to create a book that entertains and teaches young children, while being a great resource about the city for teachers and parents.
Joel Luckhaupt, Hamilton County, The Wire-to-Wire Reds
Joel Luckhaupt is the blog-master of Red Reporter, the most frequented blog focused on the Cincinnati Reds. Red Reporter is part of the SB Nation blog network. His blog posts have been picked up by various baseball web sites, including The Hardball Times, and he is frequently interviewed about the Reds by other sports bloggers.
Tammie Lyon, Clermont County, My Kitten
Tammie Lyon lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband Lee, and loves spending the day in her studio with her dogs Gus and Dudley. She has fond memories of sitting for hours drawing things around the house and later presenting them as gifts to her mother. Since she was an only child, drawing became a favorite form of self-entertainment. Lyon initially pursued a career as a professional ballet dancer before she decided to switch gears. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she received her BFA. She began her illustration career as a staff illustrator for a major greeting card company eventually becoming the director of the juvenile product line. She has now turned to writing as well and has written her first children’s book, Olive and Snowflake.
Stephen Markley, Knox County, Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book
Stephen Markley is now the author of Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book. In addition, he writes a column for the Chicago RedEye and a blog for the Tribune called “Off the Markley.” His journalism and fiction have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, RedEye, Weber: A Study of the Contemporary West, The Week, RadarOnline, Cars.com’s KickingTires, and 10,000 Tons of Black Ink. He is now hard at work on the great American novel. Visit Stephen Markley’s “Off the Markley” blog.
Thomas C. Maroukis, Franklin County, The Peyote Road: Religious Freedom and the Native American Church
Thomas C. Maroukis is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Peyote and the Yankton Sioux: The Life and Times of Sam Necklace. A long-time Ohio resident, Maroukis has spent more than twenty years studying American Indian spirituality focusing on the Native American Church (NAC). The NAC, with 300,000 members, emerged in the early 20th century; however, the use of Peyote as a sacrament has ancient roots in Mesoamerica. As the Peyote faith spread federal and state officials campaigned to criminalize the use of Peyote. The NAC received full constitutional protection in 1994. This history of the NAC’s struggle for constitutional protection is based on extensive interviews with church members, church documents, and many archival sources. It also includes a section on Peyote music and art. It has been listed in “Southwest Books of the Year Best Reading 2010.”
Kristina McBride, Montgomery County, The Tension of Opposites
Kristina McBride, a former high-school English teacher and yearbook advisor, wrote The Tension of Opposites in response to the safe return of a child who was kidnapped while riding his bike to a friend’s house. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children. This is her first novel.
Erin McCahan, Franklin County, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else
Erin McCahan was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but moved to Columbus, Ohio when she was nearly five. She spent her best collegiate years at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and Capital University in Columbus, where she still lives.
Sean McCartney, Stark County, The Treasure Hunters Club: Secrets of the Magical Medallions
Sean McCartney’s writing career began nearly ten years ago. Though he always wrote short stories and started half a dozen novels, it wasn’t until the summer of 2001 that he sat down and wrote The 65th Team, a forgettable novel but one that started him down his current path. McCartney earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in education from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. After graduation, McCartney played for the Washington Generals, the foils of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. He has been a teacher for the Plain Local School District in Canton, Ohio for the last thirteen years. He is also an assistant basketball coach at Massillon Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio. He is married and has two children.
Karen Meyer, Delaware County, Conflict at Chillicothe
Karen Meyer is a writer and historian. Her passion for history began as a young girl and led her to complete a copy of an early Ohio settler’s diary in her Senior year. After earning a BA in English and Education, cum laude, she became an Air Force wife, and lived in places as far away as Labrador over the course of nine years. Seeing new lands gave her a window on regional and national differences, and confirmed an appreciation for her own Ohio roots, where she and her husband settled and raised their family.
David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker, Franklin County, Historic Columbus Crimes: Mama’s in the Furnace, The Thing & Others
The father-daughter team of David Meyers and Elise Walker Meyers are lifelong residents of Columbus, Ohio. David Meyers has authored or coauthored a half dozen previous works, including Columbus Unforgettables; Listen for the Jazz; Columbus: The Musical Crossroads and The Last Christmas Carol. A freelance writer and photographer, Elise Walker was also a performer at Disney World and a member of a professional theatre company in New York. They previously collaborated on Central Ohio’s Historic Prisons.
C. M. Millen, Lucas County, The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane
When C.M. Millen visits the ruins of a medieval monastery, she asks herself, “Who walked on these stones? Who touched these walls?” and wonders what paths their lives ultimately took. So often, as with Brother Theophane, our destiny is not what we have planned. Millen is the author of Blue Bowl Down, The Low-Down Laundry Line Blues, and A Symphony for the Sheep. She lives with her family in Toledo, Ohio, but visits her ancestral home in County Sligo, Ireland, as often as she can.
Bobbi Montgomery, Warren County, and Alice Honeywell, Across America by Bicycle: Alice & Bobbi’s Summer on Wheels
Bobbi Montgomery, a retired English teacher, supervises and trains teachers throughout Ohio. She is a member of the Gears4Beers Cycling Club and Cincinnati Cycling Club. Alice Honeywell, a retired editor, is a writing consultant in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a member of Dane County’s Bombay Bicycle Club (Wisconsin) and has led a number of tours for the Sierra Club’s National Outings Program and other groups.
Sally Moomaw, Clermont County, More than Counting, Standards Edition
Sally Moomaw, EdD, is an assistant professor of education at the University of Cincinnati. Before receiving her doctorate in special education, she taught preschool and kindergarten for twenty-five years at the University of Cincinnati’s Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center. She is the author of thirteen books.
Julie L. Moore, Greene County, Slipping Out of Bloom
Julie L. Moore is the author of Slipping Out of Bloom and a chapbook of poems, Election Day. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Moore is the recipient of the Rosine Offen Memorial Award from the Free Lunch Arts Alliance in Illinois, the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize from Ruminate: Faith in Literature and Art, and the Judson Jerome Poetry Scholarship from the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Moore has over a hundred poetry publications. She lives in Cedarville, Ohio, where she directs the writing center at Cedarville University.
Jeff Morris & Michael Morris, Hamilton County, Cincinnati Haunted Handbook
Jeff Morris & Michael Morris founded Miamitown Ghost Tours in 2006 and currently operate seasonal tours as well as co-host a paranormal radio show together. Each fall they produce the Miamitown Paranormal Harvest Festival in order to revitalize the Miamitown area. They have one previous book, Haunted Cincinnati and Southwest Ohio and reside in the Greater Cincinnati area. (Jeff Morris is pictured.)
Donna Alice Patton, Highland County, The Search for the Madonna
Donna Alice Patton is a freelance writer living in rural Ohio. With two other writers, she is co-editor of a monthly page for children, “Cookies and Milk,” which is syndicated in four Ohio counties. The Cookies and Milk ladies just celebrated their fiftieth issue in November 2010. When she isn’t writing or thinking up another plot, her hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, sewing, collecting old children’s books and gardening. The author of numerous online and print articles, her credits include magazines such as Reminisce, History Magazine and Catholic Digest as well as online sources such as Fandangle and Stories for Children Magazine. She is the author of two published books, The Search for the Madonna and The Gift of Summer Snow – A Tale from the Garden of Mysteries.
Lynn Powell, Lorain County, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, a Professor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response
Lynn Powell is the author of two books of poetry, The Zones of Paradise and Old & New Testaments, and a new book of nonfiction, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response. A resident of Oberlin, Ohio, for the past twenty years, Powell has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council three times and an OAC residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2008. Powell taught for many years in the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts in Education program, working with students in grades K-12 in public schools in northeastern Ohio. She has also taught as a visiting writer at the University of Akron and Oberlin College. A recent recipient of a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Powell has published her work in prominent literary journals, including Poetry and The Paris Review, and in numerous anthologies.
Raul Ramos Y Sanchez, Greene County, House Divided
The Cuban-born author grew up in Miami’s cultural kaleidoscope before becoming a long-time Ohio resident. After a successful advertising career that included founding a firm with offices in Ohio and California, Ramos began his debut novel America with the input of scholars from Latin America, Spain, and the United States. After five months as a self-published edition, America Libre, was acquired by Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books). A revised version of the novel was released by Grand Central in July 2009. House Divided, the sequel to America Libre was released January 28, 2011. Ramos also hosts MyIimmigrationStory.com — an online forum for the U.S. immigrant community.
Doug Ramspeck, Allen County, Possum Nocturne
Doug Ramspeck received the 2010 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize for Mechanical Fireflies, which will be published in 2011. His first book, Black Tupelo Country, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Since he began writing poetry in 2004, several hundred of his poems have been accepted by journals that include The Kenyon Review, Epoch, The Massachusetts Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Western Humanities Review, and Prairie Schooner. He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He directs the Writing Center and teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University at Lima. He lives in Lima with his wife, Beth, and their daughter, Lee.
Essie H. Richardson, Franklin County, The Elementary Principal’s Personal Coach
Essie Hayden Richardson, Med, LPC, is a retired school administrator who currently owns a supplemental education center. She is also a leadership coach with Coaching for Results, Inc. During her career as an active educator, she enjoyed a variety of assignments that included elementary and middle school teacher, guidance counselor, staff-development specialist, and elementary principal.
Linda Robertson, Medina County, Fatal Circle / Arcane Circle
Linda Robertson is the mother of four boys, owns three electric guitars, is followed around by two big dogs, and loves one rockin’ fella named Jim. Once upon a time she was a lead guitarist in a heavy metal cover band and has worked as a graphic artist. She still composes and creates art when time permits. She writes and rocks in Northeast Ohio.
Mark Schmetzer, Hamilton County, The Comeback Kids / Before the Machine
Mark J. Schmetzer is the author of Before the Machine: The Story of the 1961 Pennant-Winning Reds. He was the editor of RedsVue, the official newspaper of the Reds, from 1983 through 1987, and has edited RedsVue’s replacement, Reds Report, since 1991. He also covers the Reds for the Associated Press. The 2010 season was the twenty-fifth out of the last twenty-seven in which he covered the Reds on a daily basis. He lives in Cincinnati.
Denise A. Seachrist, Portage County, Snow Hill: In the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister
Denise A Seachrist is associate professor of music and director of Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. She serves on the board of the Communal Studies Association. Seachrist is also an editorial board member for the Pennsylvania German History and Culture book series published by Penn State University Press, the series editor of the World Music series published by The Kent State University Press, and the author of The Musical World of Halim El-Dabh.
Noam Shpancer, Franklin County, The Good Psychologist
Noam Shpancer was born and raised on an Israeli Kibbutz. He received a BA at the University of Houston and a PhD in clinical psychology at Purdue University. Currently, he is a professor of psychology at Otterbein University. Shpancer is also a licensed, practicing clinical psychologist with the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Columbus, Ohio, where he specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. He is an op-ed columnist for the Jewish biweekly The New Standard. In 2005, he won a Rockower Award for Excellence in Commentary from the National Jewish Press Association. The Good Psychologist is in its second printing in Israel, where it was originally published in 2009. The book was published in the U.S. and the British Commonwealth in August 2010.
Claude Clayton Smith, Hardin County, Ohio Outback: Learning to Love the Great Black Swamp
Claude Clayton Smith is professor emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University and the 2008 Claridge Writer in Residence at Illinois College. He is author of a novel, two children’s books, three nonfiction books (including Lapping America: A Man, a Corvette, and the Interstates), four produced plays, and a variety of poetry, short fiction, essays, and reviews.
Betsy Snyder, Cuyahoga County, Sweet Dreams Lullaby
Betsy Snyder grew up in northeast Ohio and after earning a BFA from the University of Dayton, she went on to work as a staff artist first at a children’s book publisher and later at American Greetings. Snyder’s work has won numerous acclaim, including recognition from the Please Touch Museum, the Society of Illustrators, and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center–Haiku Baby, her first authored book, was selected as a CCBC Choices 2009 title. Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger? was named “a new favorite” on Parents’ Choice 2009 list of “5 Board Books for Baby.” Her newest picture book, Sweet Dreams Lullaby, was featured on the Spring 2010 Children’s Indie Next List and in the “Best of 2010” December issue of Scholastic Parent and Child. In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, Snyder is a seasoned illustrator and designer of greeting cards and other children’s products. Snyder and her graphic-designer husband live and share a studio near Cleveland, Ohio.
Lucy A. Snyder, Franklin County, Shotgun Sorceress
Lucy Snyder has a BS in biology and an MA in journalism and is a graduate of the 1995 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop; her classmates included authors Kelly Link and Nalo Hopkinson. She has worked as a computer systems specialist, science writer, biology tutor, researcher, software reviewer, radio news editor, and bassoon instructor. In her past life as an editor, she published Dark Planet and selected poetry and software reviews for HMS Beagle. She currently produces a column for Horror World on science and technology for writers and coordinates the writing workshops at the annual Context conference. Recently, Snyder won the 2009 Bram Stoker Award for poetry for her collection Chimeric Machines. She currently lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and occasional co-author Gary A. Braunbeck.
Michael W. Spicer, Cuyahoga County, In Defense of Politics in Public Administration
Michael Spicer was born in Uffculme, England. He has lived and worked in England, Colorado, and Ohio and now lives in Bay Village, Ohio where he resides with his wife, Claudia, and son, Jeffrey. Spicer is currently Professor of Public Administration in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He received his BS in Business Administration and PhD in Public Administration from the Ohio State University. He has since taught courses in public administration and economics at the University of Exeter, Ohio State University, the University of Colorado, Boston University Overseas Program in Germany and England, and Cleveland State University. Spicer’s books include The Founders, the Constitution, and Public Administration; Public Administration and the State; and, most recently, In Defense of Politics in Public Administration. His current research is on the conflictive character of politics and its relationship to public administration.
Tricia Springstubb, Cuyahoga County, What Happened on Fox Street
Tricia Springstubb has been a teacher and a children’s librarian. Like her character Mo from What Happened on Fox Street, she has a red-haired sister, lives on a really cool street, and loves quiet, green places. She has seen a fox once in her life and will never forget it. Tricia is the mother of three daughters and lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Myrna Stone, Darke County, The Casanova Chronicles
Myrna Stone is the author of three full-length books of poems: The Casanova Chronicles, How Else to Love the World, and The Art of Loss. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Boston Review and Quarterly West, and in five anthologies, including Beloved On the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude and Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse. She is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in Poetry, a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, the 2002 Dr. O. Marvin Lewis Poetry Award, and the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award.
Lou Suarez, Lorain County, Traveler
Lou Suarez is the author of two book-length collections of poetry, Traveler and Ask, and three poetry chapbooks: Losses of Moment, The Grape Painter, and On U.S. 6 to Providence. He is professor emeritus at Lorain County Community College and lives with his wife Debby in Sheffield Lake, Ohio.
S. Andrew Swann, Cuyahoga County, Messiah: Apotheosis: Book Three
S. Andrew Swann is the pen name of Steven Swiniarski. He is married and lives in the Greater Cleveland area where he has lived all of his adult life. He has a background in mechanical engineering and— besides writing— works as a Database Manager for one of the largest private child services agencies in the Cleveland area. He has published nineteen novels over the past fifteen years with four more coming over the next two years.
John Vacha, Cuyahoga County, Meet Me on Lake Erie, Dearie: Cleveland’s Great Lakes Exposition, 1936-1937
John Vacha is the recipient of the Herrick Memorial Award from the Early Settlers Association of the Western Reserve, given in recognition of his theatrical history, Showtime in Cleveland. He has also written The Music Went ‘Round and Around: The Story of Musicarnival and From Broadway to Cleveland: A History of the Hanna Theater in the Cleveland Theatre Series.
Rose Vanden Eynden, Hamilton County, Ask a Medium: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About the Spirit World
Rose Vanden Eynden has been a professional intuitive consultant for over twenty years and a licensed massage therapist since 1996. She is a certified medium and an ordained Spiritualist minister. A popular instructor, Vanden Eynden lectures and teaches throughout the country on a variety of esoteric subjects, including mediumship development, Tarot, Wicca, magick, angels, and energy healing. She has been featured in newspapers and television news programs, has published several metaphysical articles in national magazines, has appeared as a guest on many radio programs, and has hosted a spiritual radio show. She is the author of So You Want to be a Medium? A Down to Earth Guide; Metatron: Invoking the Angel of God’s Presence, and Ask A Medium: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About the Spirit World. Her books have been translated into four languages. She maintains a private consultation, massage therapy, and instruction practice in Blue Ash, Ohio.
Denise Verrico, Licking County, Cara Mia, Book One of the Immortyl Revolution
Denise Verrico is a New Jersey native, who grew up in Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where she majored in theatre arts. For seven seasons she was a member of The Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC with whom she acted, directed and wrote plays. Verrico has enjoyed vampire stories from the time she was a little girl and a fan of the Dark Shadows television series. She enjoys reading non-fiction and fiction of all kinds, particularly historical fiction, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, manga and graphic novels. Every April through October you can find Verrico climbing to heights of four hundred plus feet at speeds exceeding one hundred and twenty miles per hour on her favorite roller coasters. She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, teenaged son and flock of seven spoiled parrots.
Tim Waggoner, Montgomery County, Dead Streets
Tim Waggoner has published over twenty novels and one hundred short stories in the fantasy and horror genres. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writers’ Journal, and other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and is a faculty mentor in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program.
Diana R. Williams, Franklin County, The Elementary Principal’s Personal Coach
Diana Raney Willams, PhD, PCC, is a leadership coach with Coaching for Results, Inc. She is a consultant with the HOPE Foundation and consults across the country in professional-development activities related to school improvement, school leadership, and leadership coaching. She served as an urban educator for over thirty years in the Columbus, Ohio, City School District.
Chris Willis, Franklin County, Joe F. Carr: The Man Who Built the National Football League
Chris Willis has worked at NFL Films as Head of the Research Library since 1996. His first book, Old Leather: An Oral History of Early Pro Football in Ohio, 1920-1935, was given the 2005 Nelson Ross Award by the Professional Football Researchers Association for recent Achievement in Football Research and Historiography. As the resident historian at NFL Films he helps oversees all aspects of research for the company and their producers. In 2002 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the HBO Documentary “The Game of Their Lives: Pro Football in the 1950’s.” Before starting at NFL Films he graduated with a BS in Physical Education from Urbana University-while playing four years on the Urbana football team- and attended one year of graduate school at the Ohio State University in Sports History. Chris Willis is a native of Columbus, Ohio and currently resides in Berlin, New Jersey.