2014 Festival Authors

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Featured Authors

Laura Bickle

Laura Bickle

Laura Bickle, Columbus, The Outside
Laura Bickle’s professional background is in criminal justice and library science. When she’s not patrolling the stacks at the public library, she’s dreaming up stories about the monsters under the stairs. (She also writes contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams.) Laura lives in Ohio with her husband and six mostly-reformed feral cats. The Hallowed Ones was her first young adult novel, followed by The Outside. More on her work can be found at www.laurabickle.com.

Robin Davis

Robin Davis

Robin Davis, Dublin, Recipe for Joy
Robin Davis is a senior writer and editor at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Prior to joining the staff at Kenyon, she was the food editor at the Columbus Dispatch for 11 years and hosted Dispatch Kitchen cooking segments and specials on the local CBS affiliate, WBNS-TV. Before coming to Columbus, Robin was a restaurant critic and food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. She came to San Francisco by way of Los Angles, where she worked as an assistant editor at Bon Appetit magazine. Robin is the author of five books, most recently a memoir titled Recipe For Joy: A Stepmom’s Story of Finding Faith, Following Love and Feeding a Family (Loyola Press, 2013). Her other titles include Wookie Cookies (Chronicle Books, 1997), Infusions (Chronicle Books, 1998), The North Market Cookbook (American Foodways, 2008) and Graeter’s: An Irresistible History (History Press, 2010). Robin has a bachelor of arts in English and psychology from the University of Dayton and an associate’s degree in culinary arts from the California Culinary Academy. Visit her online at FoodCookEat.com.

Harmony Evans

Harmony Evans

Harmony Evans, Cleveland Heights, Stealing Kisses
Harmony Evans lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a single mom to a beautiful daughter who makes her grateful for life daily. Evans is an award-winning author for Harlequin Kimani Romance, the leading publisher of African-American romance. Her debut novel, Lesson in Romance, was published in 2012; her second novel, Stealing Kisses, was released in 2013. Evans was a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards Double-Finalist (“First Series Romance” and “Kimani Romance”), and was the recipient of the 2013 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for “Debut Author of the Year.” She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

Charlene Fix

Charlene Fix

Charlene Fix, Columbus, Frankenstein’s Flowers
A native of Washington, DC, Charlene Fix grew up in Cleveland and attended The Ohio State University. Fix is a full professor at Columbus College of Art & Design, where she teaches Writing and the Arts, Film and Literature, American Literature, Writing Poetry, Introduction to Literature, and various literary studies classes. She chaired CCAD’s English and Philosophy Department for more than a decade until she stepped down in the summer of 2012. A poet and critic, Fix is the author of several works, including Flowering Bruno, a finalist for the 2007 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry (XOXOX Press, 2006), Mischief (Pudding House Press, 2003), Charlene Fix: Greatest Hits (Kattywompus Press, 2012), and Harpo Marx as Trickster (McFarland, 2013). Her latest collection of poems, Frankenstein’s Flowers, was released in early 2014. Fix has received poetry fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, two awards from The Poetry Society of America, and the 2002 Columbus Literary Award, administered by Thurber House.

P.L. Gaus

P.L. Gaus

P.L. Gaus, Wooster, The Names of Our Tears
Paul L. Gaus was born in Athens, Ohio and has lived in Ohio for most of his life. In 1999 he published Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery (Ohio Univ. Press, 1999), the first of a series of mysteries set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. It was followed by Broken English (2000), Clouds without Rain (2001), Cast a Blue Shadow (2003), A Prayer for the Night (2006), Separate from the World (2008), and Harmless as Doves (2011). The Names of Our Tears, Gaus’ first book for Plume, was published in 2013. Gaus’ extensive knowledge of the culture and lifestyle of the Ohio Amish comes from over thirty-five years of travel throughout Holmes County and the surrounding area, which is home to the world’s largest Amish and Mennonite population. He lectures widely about Amish culture at libraries, bookstores, and literary societies. His novels have been reviewed in prominent journals and newspapers including Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Ohioana Quarterly, and the New York Times Book Review. (Photo by Madonna Gaus.)

David Giffels

David Giffels

David Giffels, Akron, The Hard Way On Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt
Six-time Pulitzer Prize nominee David Giffels was born in Akron. He was a longtime columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and a contributing commentator and essayist on WKSU. He is currently an assistant professor of English at the University of Akron and teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. Giffels has written for the New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Redbook, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. His essays appear in the anthology Rust Belt Chic (RBC Publishing, 2012); The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Indiana University Press, 2006); The Appalachians: America’s First and Last Frontier (Random House, 2004); and West Point Market Cookbook (University of Akron Press, 2008). He is coauthor of Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (SAF Publishing, 2003) and Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron (Univ. of Akron Press, 1998). His book All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2008), a memoir of growing into young fatherhood while trying to reclaim a ramshackle mansion, received widespread acclaim. His latest book explores the cultural landscape of America’s Rust Belt.

Matt Kish

Matt Kish

Matt Kish, Beavercreek, Heart of Darkness
Matt Kish has spent his whole life in the Midwest, moving often and taking on a variety of jobs. He has mowed lawns at a hospital, washed dishes at a pizza place, cooked in a college cafeteria, taught high school English, worked retail at a bookstore, and served as a hospital registrar. Finally, after earning a graduate degree in library science, he became a librarian. In 2011 Kish added illustrator to his list of accomplishments with the publication of Moby Dick in Pictures: One Picture for Every Page (Tin House Books). His take on Melville’s classic novel—Kish’s favorite since he was a child—won him wide acclaim with organizations from The Huffington Post to PBS. His second illustrated book, Heart of Darkness (Tin House Books), is based on the Joseph Conrad novel and was published in 2013. His illustrations have also appeared in The Desert Places (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2013) and The Graphic Canon, Vol. 2 (Seven Stories Press, 2012).

Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar, Dublin, The Abundance
By day Amit Majmudar is a diagnostic nuclear radiologist in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, twin sons, and daughter. He is also an acclaimed poet, essayist, and novelist. Majmudar’s poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Granta, New York Review of Books, and Best American Poetry. He has published two poetry collections: 0°0° (2009) and Heaven and Earth (2011) which received the Donald Justice Prize. His first novel, Partitions (Metropolitan Books, 2011), received featured reviews in the Wall Street Journal and on the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered.” His latest novel is The Abundance (2013).

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward, Lakewood , Please Bring Balloons
Lindsay Ward has a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University. She has illustrated several children’s picture books, including The Yellow Butterfly by Mehrnaz S. Gill, A Garden for Pig by Kathryn Thurman, and the covers of both STAR Academy books by Edward Kay. Ward has also written and illustrated three books of her own: Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon (Kane/Miller, 2011), When Blue Met Egg (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013).

Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Columbus, Fourth Down and Out
Andrew Welsh-Huggins is a legal affairs reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio. He has written extensively on capital punishment, the drug trade, and politics. His nonfiction books include No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States (Ohio Univ. Press, 2009) and Hatred at Home: al-Qaida on Trial in the American Midwest (Swallow Press, 2011). His debut novel, Fourth Down and Out (Swallow Press) will be released in early 2014. The book is the first in a series of murder mysteries built around Welsh-Huggins’ fictional Columbus private investigator, Andy Hayes. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Participating Authors


Deanna Adams, Mentor, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant
Deanna R. Adams is a writer, speaker, instructor, award-winning essayist and author of three nonfiction books. Her debut novel, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Love Story, was released in 2013. Her first book, Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), was named a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for nonfiction and the ARSC Award (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) for excellence in research. Other books are Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010). She received an Ohio Excellence in Journalism award in 2009.
Deanna is also an instructor and event coordinator at Lakeland Community College and instructor for the Cuyahoga County Libraries Lit program, where she speaks and teaches on a number of writing topics. She is coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference and founder of the Women Writers’ Winter Retreat and Write-on-the-Lake Retreat. Her website is www.deannaadams.com.

Dan Andriacco, Cincinnati, The Disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore
Dan Andriacco discovered Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories at about the age of nine. Not long after, he became acquainted with such greats of the Golden Age of detective fiction as Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner, and many more. His earliest goal was to become a mystery writer. He eventually did, while holding down day jobs at The Cincinnati Post as a reporter and editor (1973-1997) and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as communications director (1997-present). From 1977 to 1982, he wrote a monthly mystery review column for The Post. He also taught non-credit classes in mystery fiction and mystery writing. He has been a member of the Tankerville Club, a Cincinnati-based scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, since 1981. That connection is reflected in many ways in his book Baker Street Beat: An Eclectic Collection of Sherlockian Scribblings. He is also a member of the Illustrious Clients (Indianapolis) and of the John H. Watson Society, both devoted to Sherlock Holmes. Andriacco, known to friends as “Doctor Dan,” holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. He was born in 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Ann. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. You can follow Dan at www.facebook.com/DanAndriaccoMysteries or on Twitter @DanAndriacco.

Mindee Arnett, Germantown, Avalon
Mindee Arnett is the author of the Arkwell Academy Series, a contemporary fantasy from Tor Teen (Macmillan), and Avalon, a sci-fi thriller from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). She has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. Find her online at www.mindeearrnet.com.

Patricia Averbach, Shaker Heights, Painting Bridges
Patricia Averbach’s debut novel, Painting Bridges (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) is a story of grief and redemption. Set in 1976, the novel moves between Cleveland and a small rural town in Western New York where Samantha, a young widow, becomes drawn into a heated custody battle over a deaf child. Her chapbook, Missing Persons, was released late in 2013. Previous work includes a memoir about her very early career as Anzia Yezierska’s sixteen-year-old literary assistant and an article about the Jewish community in a virtual world, called Second Life. Averbach, a Cleveland native, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center. She holds a degree in speech pathology from Case Western Reserve University, where she worked in a deaf nursery in the 1970s.

Chuck Ayers, Summit Co., Strike Four! The Crankshaft Baseball Book


Tom Barlow, Columbus, Welcome to the Goat Rodeo
Tom Barlow is an Ohio writer. His stories may be found in two books, the science-fiction novel I’ll See You Yesterday and the literary short story collection Welcome to the Goat Rodeo, as well as in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Best New Writing 2011. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Redivider, Temenos, The Apalachee Review, Hobart, Needle, The William and Mary Review, and Hiss Quarterly.

Will Bashor, Columbus, Marie Antoinette’s Head
Will Bashor received his doctorate from the American Graduate School in Paris and teaches at Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio. His interests have ranged over many fields, among them the study of international law and business, linguistics, cultural anthropology, and European history. A member of the Society for French Historical Studies, he earned his MA in French from Ohio University. Visit him at willbashor.com.

Tom Batiuk, Medina Co., The Complete Funky Winkerbean, Vol. 3

Matt Betts, Columbus, Odd Men Out
Ohio native Matt Betts is a pop culture junkie—sometimes to levels that are considered unhealthy by the Surgeon General. He grew up on a steady diet of giant monsters, comic books, robots, and horror novels, all of which creep into his own work. Matt’s speculative poetry and short fiction appear in numerous anthologies and journals. His poem “Godzilla’s Better Half” was nominated for a Rhysling Award for speculative poetry in 2010. The steampunk/zombie/alternate history adventure Odd Men Out is Matt’s first novel. He is currently writing an urban fantasy novel and a sequel to Odd Men Out. Matt was born in Lima, Ohio and lives in Columbus with his wife and two sons.

George Bilgere, Cleveland Heights, Imperial
George Bilgere is the author of Imperial and five previous poetry collections, including The White Museum, which won the 2009 Autumn House Poetry Prize. His third book, The Good Kiss, was selected by Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Award. A resident of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Bilgere is an associate professor of English at John Carroll University. He has won numerous other honors, including the Midland Authors Award, the May Swenson Poetry Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Bilgere is the recipient of grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Commission, and the Ohio Arts Council. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals.

Rosa Brinkman, Cincinnati, Binded by Blood
Author Rosa Brinkman resides with her husband, Tom, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has five mature children in addition to her full-time career as an Intervention Specialist in Cincinnati City Schools. Rosa is a graduate of Xavier University. She holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Education/Special Education (1986) and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, which she earned in 1988. Because she has a profound talent for teaching and is very affectionate in educating children with disabilities, she has continued her life in education. Rosa was first published in Games for Church Groups (Shining Star Publications, 1995). Her first Christian romance novel, In My Father’s Footsteps As Told by His Son (Tate Publishing) was released in June of 2009. Her second novel, Binded by Blood (Tate Publishing), was released in September of 2013.

Lissa Bryan, Chillicothe, Under These Restless Skies
Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot … though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing. Her first novel, Ghostwriter, is available through The Writer’s Coffee Shop (which is the least expensive option), Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. Her second novel, The End of All Things, was released in 2013 and is available through TWCS, Amazon, and iTunes. She also has a short story in the Romantic Interludes anthology, available from TWCS, Amazon and iTunes. Her third novel, Under These Restless Skies, was released in the spring of 2014.


Alejandra Campos, Columbus, I,Legal in the U.S.A.
With Chinese, Panamanian, and Salvadorian heritage, Alejandra Campos is a Hispanic voice like no other. Her polemic views on the subject of migration are a direct result of her personal experiences while living in El Salvador (one of the most violent countries in America), Mexico, and the U.S.A. Traveling the world from a very young age, Alejandra settled in the United States of America and eventually became a naturalized citizen. Although her legal status has always been legitimate, her “adventures” in this country have mirrored those of illegal aliens in many ways. Alejandra’s outstanding academic background includes an Industrial Engineering degree, a M.S. in Food Science, and multiple academic awards.

Jody Casella, Upper Arlington, Thin Space
Ohio-based Jody Casella has been writing stories since the age of seven. She majored in creative writing at Rhodes College and has an MA in English from the University of Memphis. After many years teaching and raising children, she’s thrilled to be making her debut with Thin Space (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster), a paranormal YA mystery about a boy coming to terms with his twin brother’s death. Visit her website at www.jodycasella.com.

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Cincinnati, Fat Angie
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo is an award-winning filmmaker and YA novelist. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cinda Williams Chima, Chagrin Falls, The Enchanter Heir
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima wrote her first novels in junior high school. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), The Dragon Heir (2008), and The Enchanter Heir (2013), all from Hyperion, with one more book forthcoming. Chima’s best-selling YA high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen (2010) The Gray Wolf Throne (2011), and The Crimson Crown (2012). Chima’s books have received starred reviews in Kirkus and VOYA, among others. They have been named Booksense and Indie Next picks, an International Reading Association Young Adult Choice, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. They have also been included on the Kirkus Best YA list and the VOYA Editors’ Choice, Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and Perfect Tens lists. They appear on numerous state reading lists and have won the South Carolina and Ohio Teen Book Awards. Translation rights have been sold in ten countries overseas. Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel. She often addresses writing questions and concerns on her website and blogs. Visit her at www.cindachima.com or her blog at http://cindachima.blogspot.com/. She’s on Twitter @cindachima and Facebook www.facebook.com/CindaWilliamsChima.

Doug Coates, Hamilton, Pitching for Success: Character Lessons the Joe Nuxhall Way
Doug Coates resides in Hamilton, Ohio, hometown of the late Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Joe Nuxhall. Coates has coached little league baseball, girls’ softball, and girls’ high school fast-pitch softball for more than twenty years. Sports and staying active are priorities for him; he still plays men’s softball once a week in the summer. In addition to writing children’s books, Coates writes grants for non-profit organizations and volunteers as Treasurer for the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields in Fairfield, Ohio.

Carey Corp, Cincinnati, Doon
Carey Corp lives in the metropolitan Midwest with her loveable yet out-of-control family. Carey wrote her first book at the age of seven, and currently begins each morning consuming copious amounts of coffee while weaving stories that capture her exhaustive imagination. She harbors a voracious passion (in no consistent order) for mohawks, Italy, musical theater, chocolate, and Jane Austen. Carey’s debut novel for teens, The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian, earned her national recognition as a 2010 Golden Heart finalist for best young adult fiction and was recently featured at the 2012 RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago in YA Alley.

Shelley Costa, Chagrin Falls, You Cannoli Die Once
A 2004 Edgar nominee for Best Short Story, Shelley Costa is the author of the new Italian Restaurant mystery series, which debuted with You Cannoli Die Once (Simon and Schuster Pocket Books, 2013). The second book in the series, Basil Instinct, comes out in June 2014. Costa’s stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Blood on Their Hands, The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, and Crimewave (UK), and she’s the author of The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe. Shelley is on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she teaches creative writing. Find her at www.shelleycosta.com.

Nathan Crook, Bowling Green, A Culinary History of the Great Black Swamp: Buckeye Candy, Bratwurst and Apple Butter
Nathan C. Crook, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of English and Agricultural Communication at The Ohio State University’s agricultural campus located on the northern end of Ohio’s Amish Country in Wooster. A native to the western United States, Crook is an intrepid traveler and researcher who has been engaged in researching and writing about culinary history and traditions in the Midwest and Ohio for the past decade. He and his family reside in Bowling Green and are active members of their community. He can frequently be found collaborating with the Wood County Historical Museum, attending local art events, and supporting his daughters as they participate in the Bowling Green Bobcat Band and swim team.


Jeffrey Ebbeler, Cincinnati, Arlo Rolled

Mary Ellis, Hinckley, A Plain Man
Mary Ellis has written ten bestselling novels set in the Amish community. Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Living in Harmony, book one of her current series, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction. Book two, Love Comes to Paradise, was nominated for a 2013 Lime Award and book three, A Little Bit of Charm, was released from Harvest House in 2013. An Amish Miracle, a collection of novellas, released in December. Ellis is currently working on a three-book historical romance series set during the Civil War. The first book in the series, The Quaker and the Rebel, released on January 1st, 2014. Ellis can be found on the web at www.maryellis.net or https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236.

Terry Ervin II, St. Paris, Relic Tech
Terry W. Ervin II is an English teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His First Civilization’s Legacy series includes Flank Hawk and Blood Sword. He is focused on completing Soul Forge, the third novel in the fantasy series. His newest release from Gryphonwood Press is Relic Tech, a science fiction novel packed with action, adventure, aliens, and even a bit of a mystery. In addition to writing novels, Terry’s short stories have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, magazines, and ezines. The genres range from science fiction and mystery to horror and inspirational. Genre Shotgun is a collection containing all of his previously published short stories. To contact Terry or learn more about his writing endeavors, visit his website at www.ervin-author.com and his blog, Up Around the Corner, at uparoundthecorner.blogspot.com.


Erin Flanagan, Kettering, It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories
Erin Flanagan is the author of two short story collections—It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories and The Usual Mistakes. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, Colorado Review, Connecticut Review, Crazyhorse, the Best New American Voices anthology series, and elsewhere. She has held fellowships to Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the UCross Foundation. She is an associate professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. For more information than you’d ever want to know, please visit her website at www.erinflanagan.net.

Julie Flanders, Cincinnati, The Ghosts of Aquinnah
Julie Flanders is a librarian by day and a writer the rest of the time. When not writing, she can be found exploring walking trails with her dog, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching way too much television. Julie’s published novels include the paranormal thriller Polar Night and the historical love story/mystery The Ghosts of Aquinnah. Her books are available in both ebook and paperback from Ink Smith Publishing. A native Ohioan, Julie resides in Cincinnati and shares her home with her dog and her cat. Visit her online at http://www.julieflanders.net/.

Amanda Flower, Tallmadge, Andi Unexpected
Amanda Flower 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. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. She writes the Andi Boggs series for children for Zonderkidz/HarperCollins and the Appleseed Creek mystery series. She also writes the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries as Isabella Alan for Penguin/NAL. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. Visit her online at www.amandaflower.com and www.isabellaalan.com.

Evelyn Hoyt Frolking and Tod A. Frolking, Granville, Homegrown: Stories from the Farm
Evelyn Frolking lives on six acres in the village of Granville, Ohio, where she has at one time or another shared her space with horses, goats and chickens. She teaches essay writing part time at Denison University and owns and operates Artiflora, where she is well known for her distinctive floral art. Her interest in the local food movement grew from her childhood on the farm and her observations over time as food production embraced an industrial model and small farms began to disappear. The course she teaches at Denison focuses on the issues that have arisen from monocultures and the confinement of livestock and poultry, among others, and their environmental, health, and cultural effects. She belongs to the Licking County Local Food Council, where she advocates for small farmers. Her husband, Tod Frolking, who wrote sections of the book, is a tenured professor at Denison in the geoscience department.


Janice Gary; Annapolis, MD; Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance
Janice Gary is the recipient of the Christine White Award for Memoir/Personal Essay and the Ames Award for Essay and is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Literal Latte, Kaleidoscope, The Baltimore Review, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Potomac Review, and Women Speak Out, an anthology from The Crossing Press. She leads writing workshops throughout the U.S., including Writing the Memoir You’ve Been Dreaming About at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York City. Her book, Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, was released by Michigan State University Press in 2013. For information, visit her website at www.janicegary.com.

Richard Gilbert, Westerville, Shepherd: A Memoir
Richard Gilbert holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and teaches writing at Otterbein University. Gilbert formerly served as marketing manager of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books dealing with farming. In prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana, where he was honored for public service and feature writing, and was awarded a Kiplinger fellowship to Ohio State University. His essays have appeared in Brevity; Chautauqua; Farming: People Land Community; Fourth Genre; Orion; The Shepherd; and other journals. He blogs about writing, books, and the land at his website, richardgilbert.me.

Geoffrey Girard, West Chester, Cain’s Blood
Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, dark fantasy, young adult novels, and short speculative fiction for publications including Writers of the Future and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey graduated from Washington College with a literature degree and worked as an advertising copywriter before shifting to high school English teacher. He’s since earned an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University and is the Department Chair of English at a private boys’ school in Cincinnati. Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels in 2013: Cain’s Blood, a techno thriller, and Project Cain, a spinoff novel for young adult readers. For more information, visit www.GeoffreyGirard.com.

Peggy Faw Gish, Athens, Walking Through Fire: Iraquis’ Struggle for Justice and Reconciliation
Peggy Faw Gish has been working in Iraq with Christian Peacemaker Teams since October 2002. Peggy lives on a farm near Athens, Ohio, where she is a member of the Church of the Brethren, a mother, grandmother, farmer, and community mediator. She is also a former co-director of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network in Athens and has been involved in peace and social justice work for the past 45 years. Her first book, Iraq: A Journey of Hope and Peace, covers her first two years of work in Iraq. Her second book, Walking Through Fire: Iraqis’ Struggle for Justice and Reconciliation, continues the story of the Iraqi people through 2011.

Suzanne Goldsmith, Bexley, Washashore
Suzanne Goldsmith, a Massachusetts native, graduated from Harvard University and worked in documentary television production in Boston and as a youth community service team leader in New York City before becoming a newspaper reporter and then a freelance print journalist. Her reporting and essays have been published in Columbus Monthly, The Washington Monthly, Parents Magazine, The American Prospect, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe Magazine and elsewhere. Her first book, A City Year, was a firsthand nonfiction account of a year in a youth community service corps. Washashore, which interweaves a story of first love and family loss with the true history of the once-endangered Martha’s Vineyard ospreys, is her first novel. Goldsmith now lives with her family just outside Columbus, Ohio. She can be found on the web at www.suzanne-goldsmith.com.


Karen Harper, Columbus, Upon a Winter’s Night
New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Karen Harper is a native Ohioan who grew up in Toledo and lives in Columbus. She taught English at the high school level and freshman English at The Ohio State University. First published in 1982, she is the author of over 50 books, including contemporary suspense set in Ohio Amish country and historical novels set in Tudor England. She is the winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her novels have been translated into many languages, and she is on the best-seller lists in the UK (where she would be happy to travel again) and Russia (where she will not tour at this time).

Sherri Hayes, Plain City, Red Zone
The best-selling author of the Finding Anna books (Slave and Need) is back with her next book in the Daniels Brothers series. Red Zone promises sizzling romance and a great story as readers are told the story of Gage Daniels. Sherri is the author of several novels and a short story, A Christmas Proposal. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her mother fostered her love for books at a young age by reading to her as a child. Stories have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember; however, she didn’t start writing them down until four years ago. It has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found helping her husband in his woodworking shop.

Nancy Herriman, Dublin, Josiah’s Treasure
Nancy Herriman was born in Cincinnati and received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. After 20-plus years in Arizona, she retired from a career in the high-tech industry, returned to Ohio, and took up the pen. She hasn’t looked back. When she isn’t writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on cable TV or performing with various choral groups. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and two teenaged sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day.

Danny M. Hoey, Jr.; Fort Pierce, FL; The Butterfly Lady
Danny M. Hoey, Jr., is an Assistant Professor of English at Indian River State College. An Ohio native, he received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. His stories have appeared in WarpLand, Women in REDzine, Mandala Journal, Connotation Press, African Voices Magazine, SnReview, The Writer’s Bloc, and The Hampton University First-Year Writing Textbook. His pedagogical essay on teaching Amiri Baraka is forthcoming from the Modern Language Association (MLA) teaching series. The Butterfly Lady, his first novel, won the Foreword Firsts’ Winter 2013 debut fiction award and was recently named a finalist in the Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards.

Rick Huhn, Westerville, The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title That Became a National Obsession
Rick Huhn is the author of the recently released The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title That Became a National Obsession (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). His previous books include The Sizzler: George Sisler, Baseball’s Forgotten Great (University of Missouri Press, 2004) and Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography (McFarland, 2008). The latter was a finalist for the 2009 Larry Ritter Award, presented by SABR to the best baseball book on the Deadball Era published the previous year. In addition, Huhn has authored articles on baseball history for various publications, including the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime (SABR) and Gateway Magazine (Missouri Historical Society). He has also discussed various baseball topics during numerous radio and television interviews. The retired attorney and his wife, Marcia, reside in Westerville, Ohio.

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