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  • A. Lou Alphin
    Anita Alphin, a retired special education teacher, has been writing women's fiction as a hobby the last forty years. As a granny, the author wrote The Answer for her two grown sons, daughter-in-law, and three grandsons to tell of her life experiences on her journey to know Jesus.
  • Al Midgett
    Al Midgett, a lifelong Virginia Beach local, stumbled on his true calling back in 1993 when his life took a scary turn with the birth of his dramatically premature son, Matthew. Al and his wife Marge, awed by the power of community love and support, decided to “give as good as they got,” and ever since Al has made philanthropy both his life… and his living. As the founder of The Noblemen, he recounts the stories, adventures, successes, setbacks and exciting plans for the organization’s future. Al lives on Sherwood Farms in Back Bay with his wife Marge – and countless critters! Normal to Noble is his first book.
  • Al Sikes
    Al Sikes draws insights from wide-ranging experiences that began in the Midwest and moved east to the power cities of Washington and New York. Sikes’ leadership helped shape the arc of twenty-first-century communication technologies from positions as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and then President of Hearst New Media. Sikes’ bold leadership at the FCC, eliminating barriers that blocked new technologies, helped lead to digital TV, radio and mobile phone services. He also began actions against Howard Stern that resulted in Stern wishing Sikes dead on his daily radio show. Sikes’ technology insights and his collaborations with technology pioneers were captured in his first book, Fast Forward. Beyond his work in business and government, Sikes draws on experiences chairing The Trinity Forum Board, tending a small apiary with his wife, Marty, and leading a growing jazz festival in his hometown of Easton, Maryland. While living and working in New York City, Sikes founded Read Alliance, which trains teenagers to tutor children with reading deficiencies. In 2004, the Manhattan Institute chose Sikes as one of eight winners of the Social Entrepreneurship Award. This award recognizes enterprising individuals who are helping Americans realize their full potential as citizens and members of society.
  • Alan E. Sparks
    Alan E. Sparks is the award-winning author of Dreaming of Wolves, and has written articles about wolves for International Wolf Magazine and other publications. He has bachelor and master’s degrees in physics and engineering from the University of Maine and Stanford University, and has completed post-secondary courses in writing, philosophy, sociology, psychology, painting, acting, exercise physiology, and filmmaking. He worked for over twenty years developing advanced technologies for one of the leading research and development organizations in the world (Bell Telephone Laboratories), and has recently worked overseas as an English teacher and commercial actor. An avid walker, hiker, backcountry skier and animal tracker, Alan has lived, worked, and trekked extensively in the wilds of Central and Eastern Europe. He is a voracious reader and enjoys studying the natural and cultural histories of the places he visits. To supplement his indoor studies, he has completed courses in mountaineering with the Colorado Mountain Club, mountain ski touring/expedition leadership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, and winter ecology/animal tracking with renowned animal tracker Dr. James Halfpenny of A Naturalist’s World. He currently resides alternately in Boulder, Colorado; Portland, Maine; and Krakow, Poland.
  • Alexandra Georgas
    Alexandra Georgas is an author, international speaker, and performing songwriter who has a heart for people with mental illnesses and their loved ones. A graduate of Second City in Chicago, Alexandra peppers her work with humor. Her CD The Real Deal contains original songs that tell stories of her life. Alexandra is a supporter of and speaker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and a member of the Associate Board of Thresholds, an organization that provides stellar mental health services and housing in the Chicago area. She has a master’s degree from DePaul University and has spoken at technical conferences throughout the United States, Europe and South America.
  • Angela Correll
    Angela Correll lives on a farm in Central Kentucky with her husband and an assortment of grass-fed cattle, horses, goats and chickens. Correll owns a retail shop and co-owns of a farm-to-table restaurant. Her debut novel, Grounded, was an Amazon bestseller.
  • Aphrodite Anagnost
    Aphrodite Anagnost also writes as Frances Williams; her first novel is Memoir of a Death Angel. She’s been an actor and a horse trainer, and is now a country doctor and medical examiner in Virginia. She’s also an editor at Xenophon Press and a Rhode Island native. Her parents hosted Las Vegas acts there in their barn-turned-restaurant, the Country Inn. Passover is set in her 1923 home in Franktown sharing the neighborhood with a house so haunted that paranormal investigators decline to show up without a priest.
  • Arthur J. Levy
    Arthur J. Levy is a musician, physicist and writer. He has appeared in Carnegie Hall and played with the NYC All City Orchestra and other settings in New York. His writing includes: the book Trouble in Flatbush, A Year in the Life of a Boy in Brooklyn, two plays and many short stories published in a local magazine. His heritage is Russian and has a kinship to Russian history and music.
  • Barbara K. McNally
    Barbara McNally is the author of Unbridled: A Memoir, a member of San Diego Writers Ink, and an active blog contributor to the Huffington Post. A licensed physical therapist, she has helped people from all walks of life, including veterans, recover and regain their strength. This work also connected her with the spouses of wounded warriors and hearing their stories inspired her to launch the Barbara McNally Foundation, which is dedicated to offering workshops, seminars and scholarships that enhance the lives of women. The foundation also cosponsors Support, Purpose and Appreciation (SPA) Days for the spouses of wounded warriors, offering caregivers a much-needed day of relaxation and self-care.
  • Barbara McLennan
    Barbara McLennan has published five books and numerous magazine and journal articles on various political, economic and historical subjects. For two years, she contributed columns and articles on local customs and local history to NorthernNeck.com, a local online newspaper serving the Rappahannock region of Virginia. Currently she serves as docent at Jamestown Settlement, the living history museum that commemorates the founding of the first permanent English settlement in North America. There she provides lectures and information to visitors. Holding both Ph. D. and J.D. degrees, Barbara McLennan is a former professor, association executive and high-level official in the United States Departments of Commerce and Treasury.
  • Barry Hornig
    Barry Hornig attended Boston University and graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in 1963, after which he took part in Tim Leary’s LSD experiments at Harvard. A native of New York City, he has been able to combine his love of travel with his knowledge of Central Asian textiles and kilims, and he has traveled extensively through Afghanistan, pre-Taliban Pakistan, Spain, Morocco and South America. He was a real estate broker in New York City, then started a rug factory in the ancient city of Balkh, Afghanistan in the 1970s. An international collector of textiles and an authority on weavings and carpets from Central Asia and Europe, Barry currently divides his time between Santa Monica, California and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He has worked with top interior designers and has considerable clientele in the entertainment sector. A professional sports fisherman who is very concerned about our oceans, Barry is also obsessed with the paranormal―especially clairvoyance, mysticism, Sedona and UFOs. He has talked with space people, had visions in Masar-i-Sharif, been blessed by Muktananda and hugged by Ammachi.
  • Ben W. McClelland
    Since 2011 Ben McClelland has been associated with Wildrose Kennels as an apprentice trainer and writer of the Wildrose blog. He has also worked extensively with adults and children who have received Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs) from Wildrose. He is a Professor and Schillig Chair of English at the University of Mississippi, where he has taught courses in literature and writing for twenty-six years. He holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from Indiana University, where he wrote a dissertation on William Faulkner’s fiction. He also completed postdoctoral study at the University of Pittsburgh in composition and at Carnegie Mellon University in rhetoric.He developed professional credentials in nonfiction and life narrative writing by conducting research into the history, theory and current place of nonfiction prose in English studies. In addition to articles and editions, he has written two professional books and a nonfiction memoir, Soldier’s Son, which was published by the University Press of Mississippi in March 2004, as a Willie Morris Book in Memoir and Biography. Since 2004 he has offered undergraduate and graduate courses in nonfiction writing. His favorite pastime is hunting with his Wildrose Labs, Eider and Mac.
  • Benita Adams
    TV- and radio-show personality Benita Adams has worked in media and communications for nearly thirty years and hosts the TV program The Second Act with Benita Adams, which gives women forty and older the tools to reinvent and transform themselves “to make the rest of your life the best of your life.” Adams has also taught at universities and colleges as a professor of broadcast, communications and English, and worked as a fashion model, professional voiceover artist, and talent for radio and TV commercials. She is a winner of the SunTrust Bank and Still Hope Foundation Entrepreneurial Excellence Award and The Southeastern Virginia Arts Award for Women in the Arts. Adams, a military mom who dotes on her adult children, has lived in Hampton Roads, Virginia, for more than two decades.
  • Betsy Ashton
    Betsy Ashton writes about her experiences mentoring women throughout her professional consulting career. She used this experience in crafting her story about Mad Max Davies. She writes feature articles for Laker Weekly, part of Roanoke Times. She is also active in many writers' groups and clubs and is the First Vice President of the Virginia Writer’s Club.
  • Bill Green
    Bill Green is an author, and the Founder and CEO of The Crestar Group of Companies. Crestar is comprised of private equity, specialty finance, and real estate businesses. Bill is also the CEO of LendingOne, which was founded in 2014. LendingOne provides real estate bridge and rental loans for non-owner occupied real estate investors properties. Prior to forming Crestar, Mr. Green was with Interline Brands, founding the company in 1977. For twenty-five years he led Interline as its CEO from a small retail outlet to one of the largest industrial distribution companies in the country. Today, Interline Brands is owned by The Home Depot. Bill is a member of Young Presidents Organization and has served on numerous non-profit boards over the years. Currently, he serves on The Foundation Board of Trustees for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Bob Circosta
    Bob Circosta is TV’s original home shopping host and one of the individuals that helped create the multi-billion-dollar TV home shopping industry. Over the past thirty-seven years, Bob has logged over 25,000 hours of live selling on television, made over 75,000 separate product presentations and has, individually, sold over one billion dollars in merchandise. Bob was the first recipient of the HSN Legend Award for his contributions and lifetime achievements in the electronic retailing industry. Bob’s breakthrough strategies have been proven in the real world and featured on NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Today, Bob helps corporations, small businesses, entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life sell more of what they have. And now, Bob – and his team – are ready to super-charge your sales!
  • Bob Walker
    Robert J. Walker was the third Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON). He enlisted in the Navy in 1948 and was then promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1956, then promoted to Master Chief in 1963. Walker was sworn in as the third MCPON on September 26, 1975. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (two awards), United Nations Korea Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (Korea), and 7 Service hash marks. Walker retired September 28, 1979. Since then he served as CEO with the CPO Scholarship Fund. In 1990, Robert J. Walker Hall, the home of Operations Specialist "A" School at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic, Dam Neck, Virginia was named for him. Robert Walker is married to Fran Walker; they have six children, Kathy, Linda, Robert Jr., Teri, Michael and Michelle; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. MCPON Walker lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Bruce T. Jones
    Bruce Jones grew up as a classic horror film fan. Fascinated by the legendary works by Lugosi, Karloff, and Chaney, it didn’t take long (only 45 years), for Jones to discover his knack for creating a modern classic. In his short career, Jones has been a feature author at Book Expo of America for the Horror Writers Association (2014 & 2015), and a faculty author for the Falkner Society’s literary conference, Words and Music (2015).
  • Bud Ramey
    Bud Ramey has completed a long career in health system marketing, communications and public affairs and has co-authored five nonfiction books on a range of healthcare and social issues. He has received numerous national awards for excellence in communications and humanitarian and community collaboration, including the Foster McGaw Prize from the American Hospital Association. He also received the Public Affairs Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America, the industry’s most distinguished honor. Mr. Ramey lives in coastal Virginia and is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.
  • Carol Ann Nix
    Carol Ann Nix is a lawyer and former university professor in the United States and China. She taught undergraduate and graduate Chinese students in Beijing over a four-year period for Valparaiso University, Fanzhidu International Educational Information Consulting Co., Ltd., Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and at Peking University. She was a Visiting Expert who taught at the United Nation’s 91st International Training Course held in Tokyo, Japan sponsored by the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute (UNAFEI). Carol’s previously published works appear in a UNAFEI publication, a professional legal journal and at Amazon.com.
  • Caroline Manuel
    Dr. Caroline Manuel is an Amazon bestselling author, speaker and an internationally recognized psychiatrist and happiness expert. She has been interviewed as an expert on mental health and personal development on CBS, NBC and ABC and in USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. Her interview with CNN columnist Vanessa Van Petten was featured on CNBC, Morningstar.com, CBS’ MoneyWatch, The Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, MarketWatch and Yahoo! Finance.
  • Carroll Savage
    Carroll J. Savage grew up in a small town in inland South Carolina, dreaming of sailing to faraway places, but deprived of access to boats. He graduated from the University of the South and received advanced degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Law School, leading to a career as a practicing lawyer in Washington, D.C. When approaching age 50, with almost no sailing experience, he bought a forty-five-foot ketch, spent one summer’s weekends knocking around the Chesapeake Bay, impulsively headed offshore, and over the next decade sailed around the world. Though he began offshore sailing as a novice, he is now an expert in long-range cruising under sail.
  • Charles Gibson
    Charles Gibson has written for the inspirational book series God Allows U-Turns as well as for a Twin Cities newspaper. He has a long-standing interest in history, has spent many years researching the Middle Ages and the Crusades, and has traveled to the Languedoc region in France. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and sons.
  • Charlotte Bowyer
    Inspired by her love of fantasy, Charlotte Bowyer finished writing her debut novel, His Frozen Fingertips, at the age of fifteen. A firm believer in freedom of expression and diversity, she attends Pride in London on an annual basis, and is a vocal feminist. She believes in the blurring of labels to encompass all types of relationships, and the human right to love indiscriminately. His Frozen Fingertips is a reflection of these beliefs.
  • Charlotte Kemp
    Charlotte Kemp was Playboy’s “Miss December 1982” and Playboy’s cover model in October 1983. She also appeared in many ads and calendar photos for Playboy. She was the first Playmate ever given a license for “The Playboy Running Team” in 1993 and had ten Playmates on the team who successfully raised money for many charities. Her first book was For My Eyes Only, which includes poetry, prose and short stories. During her working years with Playboy, she was the first to hold the titles of “Miss Budweiser” and “The Best Breasts in the USA.” She has starred and appeared in several commercials and movies, including a top 25 B-Horror film of all time, Frankenhooker. She has appeared on Inside Edition, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and many radio shows all over the country. She has appeared in fourteen foreign editions of Playboy and lived for a time at the Playboy Mansion.
  • Christine A. Emery
    Christine A. Emery has been entertaining children for over thirteen years. Storytelling, face painting, balloons, and magic are just some of the ways she spreads joy and laughter, always with an encouraging, positive message. She loves adventures and treasure hunts, but her most valuable treasure is her supportive and loving husband, Brian, and her four wonderful, amazing children, Joshua, Zachary, Kellie, and Josiah.
  • Christine M. Bacon, Ph.D.
    Christine Bacon, Ph.D., holds three degrees in communication. Her doctoral dissertation merged marital humor with her own experience and her desire to teach individuals and couples how to build and nurture what Bacon calls Super Marriages. She is the wife of a retired Navy officer and a former life-skills educator at the Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Centers. Her expertise includes teaching couples and individuals to successfully manage conflict, anger and stress, and more than fourteen years’ experience leading premarital seminars with Catholic Charities USA. Bacon also runs CMB Communication, Inc., which focuses on strengthening relationships (intimate, familial and professional) by teaching effective communication skills. Her Super Couple seminars teach the science of extreme happiness in marriage. She hosts her own radio show, Breakfast with Bacon: The Relationship Doctor, broadcast from Hampton Roads, Virginia. Her articles have been featured in both Catholic Online and Designed to Flourish.
  • Christopher Bowron
    Christopher Bowron’s roots stretch back four generations in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, voted the prettiest town in Canada. Christopher is the owner of a successful real estate brokerage, Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty. He has a bachelor of arts from Brock University and is a lover of fine wine, sports and a story that takes you away. Christopher has a second residence in southwest Florida where he has spent a good part of his life since childhood. Southwest Florida is the backdrop for his first novel, Devil in the Grass. Christopher is currently working on a sequel to Devil in the Grass, a thriller called The Senator. Jackson Walker returns to find himself in another paranormal mix-up as he attempts to run for the Florida State Senate. Is the Church of Set seeking to derail his bid, or is it a new and, if possible, more dastardly entity?
  • Christopher Leibig
    Christopher Leibig is a novelist and criminal defense lawyer who lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia. His first two published books, Saving Saddam (2008), and Montanamo (2010) were published by Artnik Books in London. Saving Saddam was released in 2014 in the United States under the title Black Rabbit. Chris also has several published short stories–"Secret Admirer" (The Cynic online magazine 2004) "Coldcocked" (Skyline magazine 2004), "Fly" (The Cynic online magazine 2009), "Intervention" (Traveller’s Playground Press 2014), and "Paradise City" (Traveller’s Playground Press 2014). Chris has also published numerous articles on criminal defense and related topics – including in The Huffington Post and The Examiner–and appeared as a legal expert regularly since 2009 in print and television media – including Fox News, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. He and his colleagues regularly lecture at law schools throughout Europe and the Caribbean.
  • Christopher Michaud
    Chris Michaud is a thirty-plus-year veteran of the real estate business as an investor, broker and industry insider with some lobbying experience at the state and national level. He’s a sought-after guest speaker and author. He was a past state REALTOR President-elect, an investor coach and trainer of the RealInvest Profit System.
  • Chuck Downing
    Chuck Downing is an author of a series of abstracts/commentary on articles of scientific interest for AccessExcellence.org. He has been writing stories since the early 1980s and won a “Teachers as Writers” competition and a short-story writing contest through Writer’s Digest. Both his masters thesis and his doctoral dissertation were finalists for “Outstanding Submission” in their respective years. He is author/editor of Making Connections, a four-textbook series of integrating science concepts from various disciplines around common themes; coauthor of an alternative laboratory manual for Advanced Placement Biology for People’s Education; designer/developer of six educational laboratory exercises for Science Kit and Ward’s Biological Companies; and designer/developer of biotechnology laboratory kits for Stratagene Cloning Systems. Chuck has a BS in Biology and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Science Education. He taught high school and university science courses for forty years. Over that span he was San Diego County Teacher of the Year, Christa McAuliffe Fellow, Fellow of the American Society of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching.
  • Clyde Sutton
    Clyde Sutton has been practicing Aikido for over thirty years. He holds a fourth-degree black belt and teaches Aikido at a dojo in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has worked in many fields, has a master’s degree in materials and process engineering, and currently is a schoolteacher.
  • D.A. Spruzen
    D.A. Spruzen is the author of three works of fiction and a short collection of poems; her short stories and poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, both online and print. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and teaches creative writing in Northern Virginia when she is not seeking her own muse. In another life she served as Manager of Publications for a defense contractor. She served for ten years on the board of an organization that provides residential services for the intellectually disabled and has extensive experience with the prejudice and ignorant attitudes suffered by those with such challenges. She learned first-hand that acceptance and understanding, not to mention exposure to the good things our world has to offer, are crucial to the enjoyment of a rich and fulfilling life.
  • D.W. Rawlings
    David W. Rawlings is an author and mental health advocate who served the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department in a variety of assignments for twenty-five years. He worked as a tactical response officer, internal affairs investigator, media relations officer, and hostage negotiator. He appeared weekly in televised Crime Stoppers commercials. After retiring from the KCPD in 2006 he went on to serve in the mental health-substance abuse industry. David earned an associate of arts from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas and a bachelor degree in political science & personnel administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
  • Dan Hoffler
    Dan Hoffler is a commercial real estate magnate whose Virginia Beach, Virginia company, Armada Hoffler, has built marquee office towers, hotels, and retail hubs in major cities along the East Coast. He is an outdoor enthusiast and marksman who has hunted big game on five continents. A graduate of Campbell University in North Carolina, Dan has served as a director on several state and private boards, including The Shaw Group, a Fortune 500 company. Dan has four children and lives on Virginia’s Eastern Shore with his wife, Valerie.
  • Darin Gibby
    Darin Gibby is the author of The Vintage Club and Why Has America Stopped Inventing? He is also an internationally renowned patent attorney and has been featured in a wide variety of publications as well as TV and radio shows, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Leonard Lopate show, Yahoo! Finance, and To the Best of Our Knowledge.
  • Darrell Laurant
    Darrell Laurant spent forty-one years as a newspaper reporter and columnist, and now devotes his time to other writing projects. Centered on a weekly newspaper in Southside Virginia, The Kudzu Kid is a byproduct of this experience. He has published two other books (Even Here and A City Unto Itself), three column compilations, and well over 150 freelance articles.
  • David Brown Jr.
    David Brown Jr. is a former senior leader in financial services. He earned his degree in finance at the University of Delaware and an Executive M.B.A. at Villanova, as well as studying organizational leadership, psychology of leadership and organizational dynamics. He has a high desire to encourage others to awaken to their passions and begin to lead more purposeful lives. Sharing his personal story awakened his heart to loving kindness and compassion and further fueled his desire to help others. David is a certified reiki master practitioner and life transformation coach.
  • David Carrier
    A lover of life and experiences, David Carrier has traveled extensively around the U.S., studying faiths from Christianity to Zen Buddhism, trying each one on for the perfect fit. He became a practitioner of Religious Science, completed Practitioner Studies in The Journey, Thought Field Therapy, and is an ordained minister in The Beloved Community. This thirst for understanding is what led him to Nancy, who would give him his greatest lessons on the meanings of living and dying. After being raised in New England, Carrier took advice from a high school teacher telling him, “If you never go anywhere else, you’ll never know if this is where you most want to live.” David lives in the Dallas Fort Worth area in Texas, and is currently working on his second book, Life After Death: a cancer survivor’s story.
  • David Vermont
    David B. Vermont is an attorney who practices in Alexandria, Virginia. An accomplished litigator, he transitioned from writing legal briefs to writing about religion when he was asked to author a series of articles explaining the Catholic faith on the popular blog 52 Prayers. He now regularly writes about his faith as the leader of an online Bible study group. The Last Confession of Judas Iscariot is his first foray into fiction. He lives with his wife and four children in Alexandria.
  • Dean Robertson
    Prior to taking up writing with various essays and her debut book, Dean Robertson was a school teacher, retiring in 2006. After suffering a bad fall in 2013, Dean ended up convalescing at the Lydia Roper Home. There she met the amazing women who inspired her to teach them about the Bible. Soon it became clear that she was the student, and so the journey of the book began.
  • Deirdre Thurston
    Deirdre Thurston has been an observer of people her whole life. A mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and confidante, she’s ever intrigued by the unfolding of everyday events and the subtle ripples they create in the lives of ordinary people. Sifting through the debris of quotidian angst, Deirdre excavates and dusts off the funny side, in the process curating collections that any onlooker can enjoy.
  • Dennis John Woods
    Dennis Woods was deployed in combat for every President from Reagan to Obama, amassing over 57 months in battle. Black Flag Journals was written using a series of nine battle journals that bore witness to his actions in America’s longest war. His military career has taken him from the Island of Grenada to the Middle East. Woods is also an inventor of devices that are chronicled in Black Flag Journals. These included the use of training munitions in combat to reduce civilian death and collateral damage, and the first use of thermal optics on artillery weapons to increase American crew safety. The author lives with his wife in Virginia, where he continues to innovate and invent new devices and techniques preparing for future wars.
  • Diana Miller
    Diana D. Miller read the story Helen O’Loy by Lester del Rey as a child and fell in love with science fiction. She has traveled the world as a Naval twenty-year Navy careerist. After leaving the military and retiring from the corporate world she began following her lifelong passion of science fiction and began writing it.
  • Diane Carey
    New York Times bestselling author Diane Carey has published over fifty books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling Star Trek series. She has written multiple articles, columns, case studies and essays, and has appeared on several TV and radio programs on a wide range of subjects. She has also done considerable public speaking, including seminars about helping stray pets without getting hurt or getting stuck with keeping them permanently, instead finding new homes for them so the household is free to help the next one that comes along.
  • Dr. Aaron Smith
    Dr. Aaron L. Smith has been in education for eighteen years, serving middle, high and college students as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, program director and adjunct professor. His experiences as a math teacher launched his journey into leading-edge STEM education. He has received the Crystal Star Award from the National Dropout Prevention Center. Denbigh High School Aviation Academy has been honored several times by the prestigious Society of Manufactured Engineers. The school has received awards from the Virginia Department of Education. The Aviation Academy is listed in the Virginia Living Magazine as a Top 100 School in the state. Dr. Smith received the 2014 ING Unsung Hero award. He also had two graduates earn the prestigious Gates Millennial Scholar during his tenure.
  • Dr. Charles Parker
    Dr. Charles Parker is a writer, (Deep Recovery, ADHD Medication Rules, CorePsych Blog), a neuroscientist certified for SPECT brain imaging, and a practicing child and adult psychiatrist with more than forty-three years of experience in clinical practice. From psychoanalysis to psychopharmacology, Parker brings a unique perspective and passion to the changes that must be made in the current diagnostic and treatment protocols for psychiatric conditions in general, and ADHD most specifically. He knows the territory not only from direct experience with active practice clients, but from those many years, since ’96, lecturing to medical colleagues on the science and applications of psychotropic meds for several pharma companies. His cutting-edge interest in the dramatic advances in molecular and cellular physiology associated with effective brain function teach professionals and clients at every level about cognitive and emotional imbalance. Parker’s mission is compelling and persuasive: brain science translation into common sense packages for everyday use. His CorePsych Blog has won numerous ADHD writing awards over the years, and set new standards for the diagnosis and treatment of executive function disorders. Dr. Parker works and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Dr. Robert J. Craig
    Robert J. Craig. Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist who attained fellow status in the American Psychological Association and in the Society for Personality Assessment, where he was the recipient of the Martin Mayman Award for “distinguished contributions to the literature of personality assessment.” He has published ten academic books, contributed over one hundred scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and served as Consulting Editor to the Journal of Personality Assessment as well as to journals in psychology, psychiatry and substance abuse. He served as the Director of the Drug Abuse Treatment Program at the VA Medical Center (Chicago) and worked for eight years at a state public mental hospital. He has taught doctoral students (part-time) for forty years and has chaired and presented at multiple workshops and symposia.
  • Dr. Stephen R. Pickard
    Dr. Pickard currently serves as an adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb University in the School of Education. He has served over thirty years in service to the public schools of North Carolina as a teacher’s assistant, classroom teacher and administrator. In addition, he has served as a trainer for the North Carolina Teacher Academy, a North Carolina Consultant in the areas of curriculum and leadership, and a National Board Examiner for the National Council Accreditation for Teacher Education now referred to as CAEP or the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. His first professional publication was in Education Vol. 30, No.2 Winter 2009.
  • Dr. Tom Tsao
    Dr. Tom Tsao is a board certified psychiatrist who continues to practice in Virginia Beach at Atlantic Psychiatric Services, a practice he founded in 1982. Over the years, he has taught and supervised students, interns and residents from the doctoral program at Regent University and the Eastern Virginia Medical School where he was a member of the founding faculty (1973). In 2006, Dr. Tsao was honored by the American Psychiatric Association when he was elevated to the status of Distinguished Life Fellow “in recognition” of his “significant contributions to Psychiatry.” His body of work spans decades from the sixties to the present. Dr. Tsao feels truly lucky and blessed to have shared stretches of life’s highway with so many thousands of his “kids,” as he likes to call them, to witness and believe that he, in some small way, helped them grow up to be happier and emotionally healthier adults. His work is intended to be his “gift” to all those who want to better understand their children, themselves and relationships.
  • Drew Nickell
    Author Drew Nickell has written editorials and feature articles which have appeared in the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the (now defunct) Richmond News-Leader, the Baltimore Sun, The Hill’s Congress Blog, collegiate newspapers and many online media sites. Most of the essays appear on his site, http://www.drewnickell.com, which has been read in fifty countries on six continents since its launch for public consumption in September of 2015. His essays deal with political commentary, social commentary and occasionally, sports. Nickell earned a bachelor of science degree in communications-journalism at James Madison University in 1981, He has enjoyed an interest in national politics since the age of ten, and a love of writing since the age of fourteen, thanks to the encouragement he received from his seventh-grade English teacher. He is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and currently lives and works in Virginia Beach.
  • Elise Anne Marie
    Elise Anne Marie is a debut novelist in Köehler Books’ Emerging Author Program. She has studied writing in secondary and post-secondary creative writing classes. She was taught by a published and award-winning author, Ron Rozelle.
  • Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
    Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Swinging on the Garden Gate, Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir, and On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood and Holiness.
  • Emmanuel Ngwainmbi
    After teaching in a number of universities in Africa, Asia and the U.S. and publishing scholarly books and articles in communication for several decades, Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi has been consulting on communication and social change for the UN and lecturing abroad on multicultural understanding. He has published three novels, a young adult reader, and five books of poetry. He also serves on the editorial board of five refereed journals, including the Journal of Development and Communication Studies, GSTF Journal on Media and Communication, and Journal of Intercultural Disciplines. Inspired by his readers, Emmanuel writes romance and cross-cultural issues that range from slapstick humor to the candid. His interests include soccer, all kinds of music, traveling abroad and enjoying exotic food and places. He is active in several international organizations that help give others the opportunity to improve their lives.
  • Feather Schwartz Foster
    Feather Schwartz Foster is an author and historian by avocation, specializing in the First Ladies between Martha Washington and Mamie Eisenhower. She has published four books, has been a guest on NPR-Radio stations, and is featured on C-SPAN’s series on the First Ladies. She has a substantive Presidential Library of more than 1,500 books, and has made more than 300 presentations, programs and lectures. She has been an instructor at the Christopher Wren Society (the adult ed arm of William & Mary) and the adult ed wing of Christopher Newport University.
  • Frank McDonough
    Frank McDonough held senior executive positions in four U.S. government organizations: the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Treasury, and the General Services Administration (GSA). In addition, he worked in management positions with IBM. Also, he represented the U.S. in international discussions with the G 8-Government Online Working Council, OECD, World Bank, the International Council for Technology in Public Administration (ICA), and other World Forums. He has spoken more than 300 times on technology issues in government. From 2009 to the present, he has worked on contract for the University of Texas in Mexico City, teaching graduate students about managing advanced technologies in the near future.
  • Fred Helms
    Fred L. Helms, Ed.D., has over twenty years of experience as an organ donation and transplant coordinator. He is board-certified, with a doctorate in counseling and a master's degree in education. He coordinated the organ and tissue donation process and leads donor family support groups as well as transplant patient support groups. He has made numerous public appearances on local television and radio and has been interviewed many times for newspaper articles concerning issues in organ donation. Dr. Helms is on two national boards regarding ethical issues in organ donation and transplantation.
  • Fred Tribuzzo
    Fred Tribuzzo has been published in Flying magazine. He is a literary agent and is involved with shaping and launching writing careers. Fred has flown aircraft from the J3 Cub to the fastest corporate jet ever made—the Citation Ten. He also flew internationally for eight years on a corporate Boeing Business Jet (a corporate 737) for the Columbus-based Netjets company. On two separate tours of duty Fred played electric bass for the Numbers Band from northeastern Ohio, performing on four of the band’s CDs. Tribuzzo received a fellowship in 1987 from the Ohio Arts Council for piano, oboe and string compositions.
  • G. William Weatherly
    Captain George William Jackson (a.k.a. G. William Weatherly) grew up in Huntington, New York. After graduating (with honors) from the University of Wisconsin, he was commissioned an Ensign in June 1969. In the course of a 30 year career, he achieved exceptional credentials in nuclear power, being assigned to the pre-commissioning units of two submarines to oversee the testing of the nuclear engineering plants and training of the initial crews. He commanded three different submarines, USS Shark (SSN-591), USS Billfish (SSN-676) and PCU Rhode Island (SSBN740). Between 1977 and 1980, he served on Admiral Rickover’s staff in Washington, DC. From 1994 until July of 1999, he was a Professor of Operations, held the Lockwood Chair of Undersea Warfare and was Chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. There he oversaw and coordinated the efforts of 38 other professors and certified the Joint Professional Military Education of over two thousand midgrade and senior officers. He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (a global organization) and over a dozen other professional and veteran groups.
  • Gary E. Smith
    Gary Eldon Smith is a third-generation native of Colorado. Colorado history was his favorite subject in school, where he also drew and sold cartoons as a hobby. Gary published one children’s short story, two articles in the op-ed page of the Rocky Mountain News, and several letters to the editor. He has a Master of Public Administration Degree and wrote multiple-choice test questions for the Colorado Department of Personnel for hiring and promotional civil service tests.
  • Gene Loving
    Gene Loving began his career as an on-air personality in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia in 1958. During the early 1960's his interviews with the Beatles were syndicated across the United States and other countries.Loving also co-founded Max Media Properties, which was sold to publicly traded Sinclair of Baltimore in 1998. Gene started TVX Broadcast Group, which was later sold to Paramount Pictures in 1991, and also founded and developed Hampton Roads Wireless. He has received prestigious awards and recognition from broadcast and advertising trade associations. He is also a director on the board of New Dominion Pictures, following similar positions at ATO Pictures, Metro Information Services, and Monarch Bank. Gene is a former director of Operation Smile, an international children's health organization, and served on the boards of Sentara Health Care and the Virginia Marine Science Museum. He has been a member of various committees of Spring Branch Community Church. Loving is currently chairman and CEO of Max Media LLC, a Virginia Beach company that owns and operates television, radio, and alternative media. He resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, Angela, and two Shih Tzu dogs, Bella and Cuddles.
  • Glenda Pettey
    Glenda Pettey is the co-author with her late husband of their autobiography, Heaven is Real One Man’s Journey to Heaven and Back (1998). From Ron’s brush with death during brain surgery in 1982 and throughout the eighteen years of the book’s circulation, the couple has encouraged thousands through print, television, radio and speaking to audiences across America and Canada. Now, Glenda releases the sequel, Heaven is Real The Rest of the Story, which compiles Part 1 from 1998 and Part 2 from 2016. Glenda has degrees in English and counseling with a teaching background. She has published articles in several magazines in print and online. Their story is featured in Modern Day Miracles, Chapter 21, by Amazon bestselling author, Allison Restagno. Glenda, along with her husband Ron, were guests on Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, “100 Huntley Street” in Canada, and Houston Celebration, Daystar, along with local TV and radio. The 700 Club filmed the reenactment of the miraculous return of Ron’s memory in 1994. In addition to church and ministry events, Glenda and Ron most enjoyed sharing their story on a state university campus which included lively Q and A sessions. Glenda speaks to women’s groups, conferences and churches, articulating the good news of the gospel with many insights from their life-story. Prepare to stretch as you embrace “with God, nothing is impossible.” Heaven is Real The Rest of the Story could read as fiction if not for the many who knew Ron personally and contribute their own narratives. You will want to read, reread and share The Rest of the Story with its timeless message of Heaven and spiritual truths.
  • Harris Kern
    Harris Kern is the author of over forty books, and one of the world’s leading personal and organization performance mentors. His passion is to help people excel in their professional and personal life by developing their self-discipline skills to combat the top issues: severe procrastination, poor time management, ineffective goal management, lack of focus, lack of sense of urgency and lack of motivation. He also helps individuals improve their leadership and EQ skills (communication, relationship management and interpersonal). Mr. Kern is recognized as the foremost authority on providing practical guidance for solving management issues and challenges. He has devoted over thirty years to helping professionals build competitive organizations. His client list reads like a who’s who of American and international business: Standard and Poor’s, GE, The Weather Channel, News Corporation, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminal (HACTL), among dozens of other Fortune500 and Global 2,000 companies. Mr. Kern is the founder and driving force behind the Enterprise Computing Institute (www.harriskern.com) and the bestselling series of Information Technology (IT) books published by Prentice Hall/Pearson (www.disciplinementor.com, www.disciplinetheorganization.com).
  • Harry Mack
    Harry Mack is the author of two books, as well as magazine articles, a monthly newspaper column with a run of seven years and many short stories. He serves as the newsletter editor and publisher for a local nonprofit organization. Whether working as a factory worker, or heading up the CIA team that publishes the President’s Daily Intelligence Briefing (PDB), Mack has been there and done that more than most people. He has lived in several metro areas in the U.S. and overseas before retiring to Central Kentucky.
  • Heather Weidner
    Heather Weidner is an author of stories appearing in the anthologies Virginia is for Mysteries, and Virginia is for Mysteries Volume II. She is President of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, and a member of Guppies and Lethal Ladies Write. Heather earned her B.A. in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and her M.A. in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester and IT manager. Heather has been a mystery fan since she first experienced Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Secret Lives and Private Eyes is her debut novel.
  • Helen Dela'houssaye, Ph.D.
    Dr. Helen Dela’houssaye, Ph.D. resides in Houston, Texas with her family. She is a sought after transformational speaker and life coach, financial business strategist who has many notable awards and accolades to her credit. She is lovingly known has the Marketplace Minister and strives to deliver real strategies for business and personal growth. Her faith, tenacity, passion, and dedication to the success of others is what motivates Dr. Helen to share her story of tragedy to triumph. In hopes that it catapults one to live their dreams ON and WITH purpose unapologetically. Her daily mantra is “See it... Believe it... And you shall Receive it”!
  • Ina D'Aleo
    Ina D’Aleo is an early childhood special education teacher who has been working in the schooling field since 2007. She has her master's in early childhood and special education. She lives in New York City with her son Alex.
  • J.R. Sharp
    J.R. Sharp perfected his writing skills during his nearly thirty-two years of naval service by updating complex correspondence, writing and contributing to countless naval manuals and instructions. He is a retired Mustang Naval Officer (Commander) who served and lived in Europe, Middle East, South America and the Caribbean. Sharp holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and an Engineering Degree from Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. Feeding the Enemy is his debut book and he is currently working on his next book.
  • Jana Sasser
    J.C. Sasser started her professional career at age twelve, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. Over her life, she has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, software consultant, and 6-Sigma Black Belt. Gradle Bird, was a short list finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom novel competition, and her other writing credits include the short story and screenplay, The Pigeon Catcher (Ceiba Productions 2002). She lives in an old barn on Edisto Island, SC with her husband, Thomas, along with their two sons, T.C. and Robert Esten, and two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June. Gradle Bird is her first novel.
  • Jennifer Parker
    Jennifer is the founder of Autism Advocates of Indiana and The Alex and Ali Foundation. She also serves on the Hypoplastic Left Heart Committee at Riley Hospital for Children. Jennifer Parker is a stay-at-home mom (who is rarely home) to five children, three of whom have significant special needs. She and her husband Andy live in Greenwood, Indiana. When she is home, she is often refereeing fights between Boaz the Doberman service dog and Coco the cat. The cat normally wins.
  • Jenny Ruden
    Jenny Ruden has published short stories and essays in Nerve, Salon, Eclectica Magazine, Literary Mama and High Desert Journal. She won an Orlando award for creative nonfiction, was named a finalist in Glimmer Train’s short fiction contest, and has been nominated for the Pushcart prize two years in a row. She has worked with teenagers for over ten years as a teacher of reading, writing and GED, and has an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband, two daughters, two basset hounds and a cat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • JJ Partridge
    JJ Partridge’s distinguished career practicing law provides experience with Providence’s high times and lowlifes. An astute observer of academia, politics, politicians and pool, his novels illuminate academic sensibilities and campus foibles, political turf wars and ethnic tensions, civic sleaziness, gaming’s relationship with Native Americans, and particularly the murky world of the sport of pool, both amateur and professional. Carom Shot and Straight Pool are the original titles in the Algy Temple mysteries; Scratched continues the series.
  • Joe Coccaro
    Joe Coccaro, vice president and executive editor, is in charge of acquisitions. Joe joined the company after nearly three decades as reporter, columnist, editor and senior newsroom manager at several major newspapers, including Virginia’s largest and most widely circulated daily, The Virginian-Pilot. Joe holds an M.A. in writing from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, where he also studied as an undergraduate. Joe has won dozens of individual writing awards and has edited work that has been nationally recognized. He has coached hundreds of news writers, novelists and nonfiction authors, and has taught writing at two Virginia universities. He also has ghostwritten books and has a novel underway. Joe is a competitive runner and cyclist and five-string banjo picker. He lives in Cape Charles, Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay.
  • John Agostinelli
    John Agostinelli has over twenty-five years' experience in banking and real estate industries, having worked at the FDIC examining the causes of bank failure and managing foreclosures in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. He is also a real estate investor, builds speculation home and rehabilitates properties which helps communities to recover from the blight and regression caused by distressed properties. He is a guest speaker, author, real estate expert witness and real estate investment coach.
  • John Koehler
    John Köehler is the author of seven books and is the publisher at Köehler Books Publishing. He is an award-winning graphic designer and was the director of Young Life Capernaum in Hampton Roads, a ministry for kids with disabilities. John is the 1991 Boomerang World Champ and coached the U.S. Team to a World Championship in 2002. John is married to his beautiful Patty and father to the awesome Kimmi and Danielle, grandfather to Eli and Lilli.
  • John Schnatter
    John H. “Papa John” Schnatter developed an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for making pizzas while growing up in Jeffersonville, Indiana. So after saving his father’s bankrupt tavern at the age of 22, he knocked down a broom closet in the back of the bar. Then he installed a used oven and began delivering pizza pies made with his personal recipe around town. Just over thirty years later, Papa John’s is an international restaurant powerhouse, with 5,000 stores worldwide and $3.7 billion in system-wide sales. More importantly, John Schnatter insists on always using better ingredients to make better pizzas—pizzas that millions of people worldwide know and love.
  • John Schwartz
    John Schwartz followed a career in international trade and economic development in Geneva at the United Nations, in Washington D.C. at the World Bank and as an international consultant traveling worldwide. He resides as a writer in Virginia, and is married with two children and two grandchildren.
  • John T. Wagner
    John Wagner is a senior vice president with Young Life and has been David’s dad for the last seventeen years. He has watched his son grow and struggle. David has taught him more than he can ever talk about or write in a book about what it means to follow Jesus, but he has made the attempt to capture a small piece of that. John has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.Div. from Fuller Seminary. He has been on Young Life staff for thirty-three years and is currently located in New York City with his beautiful wife, Gae, and their three kids, Michael (24), Jessi (22), and David (17). John Wagner is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (PC-USA).
  • Joseph Rector
    Joseph Rector has written for Adirondack Life magazine and is an internationally published landscape photographer. He spends his free time climbing and re climbing the Adirondack high peaks that he loves. He is married and has two teenage daughters.
  • June Dixon
    June Dixon has enjoyed an extensive and highly successful career as a writer, actor and producer/director in radio and television, particularly in South Africa, where she wrote and starred in hundreds of acclaimed radio and TV productions. These include comedy series such as The Loudspeaker Show, Dr. Livingstone – I Presume? and Stop the Tape – I Want Get Off! She also co-wrote and played a leading role in the movie Fraud! and adapted O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” into a television musical. Excerpts from some of these can be seen or heard in podcasts at the website she shares with her husband and writing partner.
  • Kate Hasbrouk
    Kate Hasbrouck has been writing and creating stories for as long as she can remember. She had written several stories by the time she was a teen, but Homecoming was the first full manuscript she had ever written with the intention of sharing it with other people. She attended Houghton College, where she honed her skills to receive her bachelor’s degree with a dual-major in writing and psychology. She lives in Florida with her husband, a youth pastor at a local church, where she spends time writing, ministering to teens, and enjoying the life God has given her. Homecoming is the first book in a trilogy.
  • Kate McGaughey
    Growing up with a lifelong fear of fire, she used that inspiration to weave her first book, Feel the Heat. With daily access to medical drama via her doctor-husband, she introduced her second book, Hear the Bells. A lover of travel, food and wines, Kate McGaugheys followed her career to the Far East, Middle East and Africa. Her connection to Chapel Hill dates to her work in the field of higher education and her position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked for six terrific years—becoming a true Tar Heel fan! Kate lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with her husband and two golden retrievers. She is working on a five-book series about a character named Lucy Irving.
  • Kathryn Pincus
    Kathryn Pincus honed her writing skills in her law practice, presenting complex factual and legal matters in clear, compelling and persuasive writings. Long Hill Home is her debut novel, and another novel and a collection of short stories are in the works. She was raised in the New York metropolitan area, received her undergraduate degree (B.A., Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Delaware, and her law degree (J.D.) from the Georgetown University Law Center. Since her “early retirement” from the practice of law, she has filled her days taking care of a busy household and family, supporting numerous charitable and community causes and writing fiction. When not engaged in all the above, Kate enjoys running, biking, traveling, reading, cooking, watching her sons compete in sports and summering at the Jersey Shore.
  • Katie Andraski
    Katie Andraski worked for several years as a publicist in Christian publishing where she convinced editors at Newsweek, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Moody and Christianity Today to publicize her company and authors. She has an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas. Her collection of poetry, When the Plow Cuts, was published in 1988 by Thorntree Press. She currently teaches composition at Northern Illinois University. She lives on a farm with her husband Bruce, two dogs, two horses, a flock of chickens and one not-so-feral cat.
  • Keith Deel
    Keith Deel’s Fluidus is his debut collection of poetry that spans more than thirty years of writing. He has written lyrics for songs, including "Big World" on the album To a Man. Keith Deel earned his B.S. in history from Lee University and a M.A. in Biblical studies and church history from Regent University. He has taught both history and the Bible at the high school and college levels. He lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife Letha Holland-Deel and their four children.
  • Kellie R. Emery
    Kellie R. Emery is a graphic designer and illustrator of four books. She has an obsession with shiny lights and loves to paint on both faces and canvases. One day, Kellie plans on moving to Ireland with her polar bear friend, Toulouse, where they will make cookies and cheesecakes.
  • Kenneth M. Wheeler
    Kenneth M. Wheeler is a lifelong writer and editor. His career highlights include time as an award-winning journalist and a communications practitioner, teacher and workshop leader. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, he is editor of the international textbook Effective Communication: A Local Government Guide, and has served as a communications consultant in Bulgaria and Indonesia for the U. S. Agency for International Development. Wheeler is an avid reader of mysteries, histories and biographies, and—like most journalists—has always dreamed of writing a novel.
  • Kevin E. Hatt
    Kevin E. Hatt is the author of the Haszard series of narratives. His interest in writing began at school, and he carried it on into his twenties, writing for fun. He wrote the first two Haszard stories in the late eighties, but shelved the project until 2009, when he revived and updated it, going on to write seventeen stories. Since friends received the stories well, Kevin published the first five books, and after good reviews is furthering the project. In 1984 he commenced his training as an operating department practitioner, rising to the height of deputy head, before leaving the profession in 1999 to pursue his other love, that of art. Kevin worked as an art consultant, demonstrator, teacher, retailer and framer, but returned to the medical profession in 2010. His main passions are cricket, running, humor, ale and curries. He lives with his wife of twenty-five years and his twenty-three-year-old daughter. Kevin has never been to Ipswich. Or Scunthorpe.
  • Larry Allen Lindsey
    A retired naval officer and Vietnam veteran, Lindsey did his undergraduate studies at Princeton and his master's work at Kent State. He was stationed overseas in Spain, Guam and Okinawa, and served tours of duty with both the Seabees and the Marines. He served on the worst riding ship in the Navy, a World War II LST–the same ship that landed his father at Normandy–and also the best riding ship, a modern aircraft carrier. He currently resides in San Diego.
  • Larry Rogers
    Larry Rogers learned the rudiments of microneurosurgery under the tutelage of his subject, Professor Gazi Yasargil, while visiting Switzerland as a fourth-year resident from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. His undergraduate degree was from Davidson College and he graduated from the Duke Medical School. Ultimately he practiced microneurosurgery in Charlotte, North Carolina for twenty-seven years. He has authored or co-authored four additional books, three of which are about microneurosurgery, including a novel set in the 1980s. He is married to a wonderful lady and has produced six adult children, including three daughters (an obstetrician-gynecologist, a major-league baseball writer, and one who has produced two special grandsons) plus three sons (a college professor and two computer entrepreneurs, one of whom has produced two beautiful, precious daughters, the other is deceased, but his memory remains very special indeed). In the fall, his day job is coaching high school football players.
  • Leslie Truex
    Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker, fitness instructor and mom, trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. She is the author of several books, including The Work-At-Home Success Bible and Jobs Online: How to Find and Get Hired to a Work-At-Home Job. She freelance writes about working at home, telecommuting, small business, writing, parenting and fitness. Her articles have appeared on Entrepreneur.com, Yahoo! Small Business, Livestrong and more. She speaks and teaches courses on freelance writing, publishing and platform building and has appeared on The Daily Buzz, CNN.com, Woman’s World, Redbook and Today’s Parent. Her alter ego is a fiction writer with a self-published mystery series and a three-book deal with a traditional publisher.
  • Lisa M. Wayman
    Lisa M. Wayman is a Ph.D. nurse who has published multiple works of nonfiction including chapters in Creativity and Madness: Psychological Studies of Art and Artists (Volume 2) and The art of grief: The use of expressive arts in a grief support group. Lisa’s nonfiction work uses prose, poetry and visual art to explore resilience in the context of the death of her twelve-year-old son. Lisa employed her more than 20 years of nursing experience and her personal experience of resilience to develop the multifaceted characters in her first work of fiction, Longing for Home.
  • Liza Treviño
    Liza Treviño’s an author whose time as a Hollywood Jane-of-all-trades has given her an insider’s view to a world most only see from the outside, providing the inspiration for her to create a new breed of Latina heroine. In pursuit of adventure and a Ph.D., Liza moved to Los Angeles where she racked up quite a collection of Hollywood jobs, including script girl, producer assistant and production assistant. These experiences, along with her formative years spent on the I-35 highway connecting San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, combine to let her conjure a new kind of Hollywood rags-to-riches story.
  • Lloyd Philip Johnson
    Lloyd Johnson is the author of Living Stones, Cry of Hope and Uprooting the Olive Tree, published by Köehler Books in 2013 to 2016. He is a retired surgeon who turned to fiction writing to share his special interest in the Middle East. Johnson is a member of a Seattle writing group, and blogs regularly on Israel and Palestine. He is a clinical professor emeritus at the University of Washington in the Department of Surgery, fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and past president of the Seattle Surgical Society. He authored 26 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and texts. Johnson has worked and traveled extensively overseas, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and served for six years as volunteer executive director and board member of a humanitarian NGO in Central Asia. The author lives with his wife Marianne in Edmonds, Washington where they enjoy their adult children and grandchildren.
  • Lori R. Sackler
    Lori R. Sackler is a financial advisor, senior vice president and senior investment management consultant at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, where she leads the Sackler Group. Sackler, with her team, advises a select group of individuals and families on financial security, lifestyle and legacy concerns. Sackler is a certified financial planner, certified investment management analyst, and non-practicing certified public accountant. She is also the creator and former host of the radio show The M Word on WOR in New York City and author of The M Word: The Money Talk Every Family Needs to Have About Wealth and Their Financial Future (McGraw-Hill Education, 2013, updated 2016) and The M Word Journal (2016).
  • Luke Bencie
    For nearly twenty years, Luke Bencie has traveled to over 130 countries on behalf of the US Government on matters pertaining national security and intelligence. He currently serves as Managing Director of Security Management International, a global intelligence advisory firm, whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, the USG, and foreign governments. He is the author of the books Among Enemies: Counter-Espionage for the Business Traveler and Global Security Consulting: How to Build a Thriving Practice. He is a popular speaker on the international lecture circuit, has been interviewed for numerous news outlets (both on TV and in print) and has also written dozens of articles for magazines such as Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Business Insider, and the Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Defense.
  • Lynn Yvonne Moon
    Lynn Yvonne Moon wrote the Ten Rules About Monsters for her grandchildren who are now grown. But these rules are still in effect today. She is the author of the bestselling women’s murder mystery series, The Agency, with four books in print. Her new young adult series, Journey’s Travels; Reflection, was released in 2015 and can be found in high schools across the country. Lynn holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Lindenwood University and an M.P.A. from Troy State University.
  • Maggie King
    Maggie King is the author of Murder at the Book Group, A Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery; she also wrote the short stories “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” for the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies. Murder at the Book Group received favorable reviews from BeachCrafters Books, Booklist, Harriet Klausner, Publisher’s Weekly, Suspense Magazine, and many blogs. Maggie has been a guest and interviewee on Cyrus Webb’s Conversations Book Club as well as on a number of blogs, including Dru’s Musings, International Thriller Writers, Mystery Fanfare and Shelf Pleasure. A lifelong love of reading, especially mysteries, led Maggie to participate in many of book groups. There she observed the full range of human behavior, with passionate readers often clashing with other passionate readers, giving Maggie the idea to write a series of murder mysteries focusing on book groups. Maggie lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and two indulged cats. Murder at the Moonshine Inn is her second novel in the Hazel Rose Book Group series.
  • Margaret Philbrick
    Margaret Philbrick is an author, gardener and teacher who desires to plant seeds in hearts. Margaret has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a master's in teaching from National Louis University. She teaches writing and literature to children and teens at The Greenhouse School and HSU, both of which provide supplemental classical education to the home-school community. She is actively involved in the fulfillment of God’s vision at Church of the Resurrection and the Redbud Writers' Guild where she serves on the board of both organizations. Her first book, Back to the Manger, is a holiday gift book she created with her mother, an oil painter. You can find Margaret in her garden digging in the dirt or writing poetry.
  • Marilyn Horowitz
    Marilyn Ida Horowitz is a producer, writing coach and award-winning professor of screenwriting at New York University. From her books on her trademarked writing system—now standard reading at NYU—to her appearances at Screenwriters World and The Great American Screenwriting Conference & PitchFest, Marilyn has guided the careers of literally hundreds of writers. She is currently featured in the Now Write! Screenwriting Anthology (Tarcher/Penguin) and in the upcoming The Expert Success Solution (Morgan James). Her production credits include And Then Came Love (2007), starring Vanessa Williams.
  • Marilyn Wentz
    Marilyn Bay Wentz grew up on a family farm in northern Colorado, near the land homesteaded by her great-great-grandparents. With a degree in journalism, she has written hundreds of news releases and feature stories for her clients and employers, which include Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Taiwan, the National Farmers Union and the National Bison Association. In addition to operating Prairie Natural Lamb, she currently is editor of two agricultural publications: Bison World and Open Pastures. She and her family live on the eastern plains of Colorado.
  • Mark Mansfield
    Mark Mansfield and his wife were professional foster parents for over five years, taking in teenagers who had been either abused or on remand from court. This gave them experience within the court and social services system in the UK. Their success and failures with multiple teenagers, plus five of their own, have helped Mansfield understand the trials of young adults.
  • Mary Billiter
    Author and weekly Casper Star-Tribune columnist Mary Billiter’s first work of fiction, Not My Kid…, was published in May 2011. She followed in the footsteps of her father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, by earning a B.A. in journalism from California State University at Northridge. She is finishing her masters of arts degree in adult and post-secondary education at the University of Wyoming. Mary was appointed by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to the Wyoming Council for Women’s Issues (WCWI), which focuses its actions on the needs and concerns of Wyoming women. In addition to serving the people of Wyoming, Mary teaches fiction writing courses in the Casper College continuing education department. Mary resides in Wyoming with her new husband, four amazing children and their runaway dog.
  • Mary R. Arno
    Mary R. Arno is an award-winning author and journalist who has worked at newspapers across the southern United States, from Los Angeles to New Orleans to Orlando, with a couple of others in between. As a reporter and editor, she covered everything from murders and refinery explosions on the police beat to small-town politics to national political conventions and campaigns. At the Los Angeles Times, she was part of teams awarded Pulitzer Prizes for covering the L.A. riots in 1992 and the Northridge earthquake in 1994. A native of New Orleans, she lives on a farm in upstate New York with her husband and the youngest three of her four children, spending as much time as possible in the city of her birth.
  • Mazzi Wampamba
    Mazzi Wampamba is the author of two children’s books in the Kingdom of the South series, The Long Journey and The Train Journey. She has also published a book of poems, Like an Ocean, Poems in Prose. She lives in Northern Virginia.
  • Megan Rockey
    In addition to writing fiction, Megan Rockey spends most of her time singing as well as participating in her high school’s annual plays and musicals. Outside of school, she is a model, singer, actress and martial artist in Taekwondo.
  • Meisha Camm
    Mesh Cam has written the following titles: Hidden Intentions (Part 1 and Part 2), Mistress and You Got to Pay to Play. Her novellas The Pact, Greed and Torch have been featured in the popular book series Around The Way Girls. In the summer of 2007, her books were highlighted in the SORMAG Online Book Tour. In 2008, she was interviewed by radio host, Chris Caliente on 103 JAMZ. Brewer Archives is her eighth book.
  • Melanie Bragg
    Melanie Bragg is the author of HIPAA for the General Practitioner, published by the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. Her upcoming book Defining Moments: Insights Into the Lawyer’s Soul will be published by the American Bar Association Flagship Division. Melanie is the Chair of the Book Publications Board of the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. She is a lawyer/mediator practicing general civil law, who has devoted her life to the representation of children, the elderly and mentally disadvantaged people. In 1994 Bragg formed Legal Insight, Inc. and in 2012, she launched Success for all Seasons, a coaching/speaking business.
  • Michael Claibourne
    Michael Claibourne graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English Literature in 1990. After studying Japanese for several years in Tokyo, he worked in software development for a while in Los Angeles, first at Disney Interactive and then at DreamWorks Feature Animation. Finding writing far more rewarding than the world of software engineering, he has switched to writing full-time.
  • Michael S. Fenster, M.D.
    Michael S. Fenster, M.D., FACC, FSCA&I, PEMBA; known to friends and fans simply as “Dr. Mike,” is America’s culinary interventionalist. He is a board-certified interventional cardiologist and professional chef. He currently holds faculty cross appointments at The University of Montana College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences as well as The Missoula College Culinary Arts Program of the Department of Business Technology. In addition to his clinical practice, he hosts a weekly national radio show, Code Delicious with Dr. Mike, on RadioMD with podcasts available there, on iheart radio and on iTunes. He currently serves the national spokesperson for the Food as Therapy program for those suffering from neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). He has appeared as an expert guest on many national radio and television programs; including The Doctors, and Fox National News, where he serves as a national contributor. He has taught and explored the relationship between food and health through international workshops, seminars, lectures and cooking demonstrations. He currently writes a regular column for Psychology Today and has authored several books; Eating Well, Living Better: A Grassroots Gourmet Guide to Good Health and Great Food (Littlefield and Roman, 2012) and The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why the Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It (Köehler Books, 2014). Ancient Eats: Age-Old Wisdom for Modern Health (Volume I: The Greeks and Vikings) is his latest endeavor. He spends his free time between wandering the beautiful Montana mountains and the Florida Gulf; where he passively pursues his dream of a simple pirate’s life. He can be found on Twitter as @WCWD, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/whatscookingwithdoc and at www.cardiochef.com. He can be reached at info@cardiochef.com.
  • Michael Simone
    Michael Simone is the founding and senior pastor of Spring Branch Community Church, a megachurch with nearly 3,000 members in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His first ministry assignment, in 1972, was working with street kids, in East Harlem, New York. He teaches religious studies at Saint Leo University, South Hampton Roads Center. Michael is also Chaplain at the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center. His doctoral work is on marriage and family. He wrote the study guide for Couples Who Pray and has been a keynote speaker for The Fall Festival of Marriage. Michael loves baseball and played on the Field of Dreams movie site, Dyersville, Iowa. His passion is bringing faith and life together through speaking and writing. Spring Branch is a member of the Willow Creek Association and is a premier host site for the Global Leadership Summit. The author lives and works with his wife, Gail, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Mike Frosolono
    Mike Frosolono previously authored two non-scientific books: Beyond Duty, a novel based upon the premise that duty performed in the absence of love becomes a cruel taskmaster, and Thoroughly Biased Opinions, an edited collection of the newspaper columns Mike wrote over the course of nine years for the Franklin County Citizen, a weekly newspaper published in Northeast Georgia. He is a lifelong professing member of the Christian Community of Believers who has facilitated adult Sunday School classes and youth groups, and held many administrative positions in local congregations, including current service as a Certified Lay Speaker. He received an undergraduate degree with a full double-major in biology and chemistry from LaGrange College, and an earned doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mike has twenty years' subsequent experience each in basic academic biomedical research and in clinical research within the pharmaceutical industry, which produced more than 125 articles in the scientific literature and several new pharmaceutical products.
  • Mike Herron
    Mike Herron is the son and grandson of renowned adventurers, and an accomplished big game hunter and worldwide angler. He is also a founding member of one of the top rugby clubs in America, the Norfolk City Blues, and he continues to play actively with the Cardinals R.F.C., the top masters club in the United States. Herron is a media executive and lives with his wife in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • My Haley
    Growing up under her grandmother’s watchful, wise tutelage, My Lewis Haley spent her early childhood in South Charleston, West Virginia, before her parents moved the family to Columbus, Ohio. While working on her doctorate in communications at Ohio State University, My was inspired by a speech the author Alex Haley delivered on campus. After receiving her Ph.D., she set out on her next goal: to work with the renowned author. Impressed by My’s drive and talent, Haley gave her a major assignment—to assist him in writing the remaining two-thirds of a book that was long overdue to his publisher. In a matter of months, they completed the work and that book, Roots, catapulted Alex Haley to international fame. My and Alex married in 1977, and over the years collaborated on many of his projects, including the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation. After Alex’s death, My Haley immersed herself in writing pieces based upon growing up with her grandmother and writing screenplays for feature film and TV.
  • Nigel W.D. Mumford
    The Rev. Nigel Mumford is the author of four books and the founder of By His Wounds, Inc. He is a former Royal Marine Commando Drill Instructor with eight years in the Corps. In 1991, he dedicated his life to the healing ministry after his sister was dramatically cured of dystonia through prayer. He was the director of healing for the Albany Diocese for ten years, and previously directed the Oratory of the Little Way, Connecticut. He taught healing ministry as an adjunct professor at six theological colleges, he also has presented the ministry at many churches and cathedrals around the world. He was invited to present the healing ministry to war zone veterans at the Pentagon. His other books are, Hand to Hand From Combat to Healing, The Forgotten Touch: More Stories of Healing, and After the Trauma the Battle Begins: Post Trauma Healing. He is a regular contributor to Sharing Magazine for the Order of St. Luke. His ministry has been featured on TBN with a news article on The Welcome Home Initiative, a healing program for war zone veterans. The author was born and raised in England and now resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Omar Tyree
    Omar Tyree, a New York Times bestselling author and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award-winner for Body of Work in Fiction, has been cited in 2009 by the City Council of Philadelphia for his work in literacy, and has published 18 books with 2 million copies sold worldwide. With a degree in print journalism from Howard University in 1991, Tyree has been recognized as one of the most renowned contemporary writers in America. He is also an informed and passionate speaker on various community-related and intellectual topics. Now entering the world of literacy programs, business seminars and feature filmmaking, Tyree is a tireless creator and visionary of few limitations.
  • Palmer Hartl
    As a writer of management training courses, articles on the change in the U.S. employment paradigm in the post-downsizing era, and countless sermons, the Rev. Palmer Hartl strives to help his reader take the conceptual and make it practical. Using his unique skills and experience as a writer, minister, pastoral psychotherapist, business consultant and corporate senior manager, he is called on frequently to teach and consult with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. His frequent goal is to help managers get the most work done while treating their people with dignity and care. In his ongoing church work, Mr. Hartl seeks to connect the Gospel message to issues people wrestle with in their contemporary lives.
  • Paul Clancy
    Paul Clancy has been a journalist for over forty years. Part of that time was in Washington where he covered national politics and wrote biographies about Watergate Chairman Sam Ervin and House Speaker Tip O’Neill. He worked for The Charlotte Observer, USA Today and The Washington Star. When the Star folded in 1981, Clancy founded a weekly newspaper, The Reston Connection, which expanded into a small chain of Fairfax County weeklies that survives today. In 1993, Clancy moved to Norfolk and became editor of Calypso Log, the magazine of the Cousteau Society. He wrote extensively for the magazine, from coral reefs in the Florida Keys to crushing poverty in Haiti. He traveled with Jacques Cousteau to Madagascar and wrote about conditions there. In the mid-nineties, Clancy went to work for The Virginian-Pilot, covering water-related issues–sailing adventures, diving, sunken treasure and sunken ships, to mention a few. His coverage of the excavation of the turret of the ironclad ship Monitor led to his writing Ironclad: The Epic Battle, Calamitous Loss, and Historic Recovery of the USS Monitor. In 2007, he began writing Our Stories, a weekly column on local history for the newspaper. He touched on the history of just about everything, from the first settlement at Jamestown to the last burlesque house in Norfolk, from naval heroes to prize fighters. Recently, History Press published Hampton Roads Chronicles, a collection of these columns. He has also written Historic Hampton Roads: Where America Began. Paul Clancy works and lives in Norfolk Virginia with his wife, Barbara.
  • Paul H. Grundy M.D.
    Paul Grundy, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, currently serves as IBM’s global director of healthcare transformation and is a member of the IBM Industry Academy. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, completed his residency training in preventive medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship in occupational health in the international environment, both at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Grundy also earned a master’s degree in public health at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, Chair of Health Policy for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In 2014, Dr. Grundy was named as ambassador for Healthcare DENMARK, a role in which he shares best practices from the Danish healthcare system with U.S. and international physicians. Prior to his career at IBM, Dr. Grundy was a medical officer and flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force and served in the U.S. Department of State, where he advised ambassadors on healthcare programs for diplomatic posts. He received the Department of State Superior Honor Award for efforts related to the HIV/AIDS crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Grundy also served as Chief medical officer for the Adventist Health System, Pennsylvania, and is currently president of the Patient-Centered Care Collaborative, a not-for-profit advocacy group committed to advancing an effective health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home. Dr. Grundy is widely known as “the godfather of the medical home.” You can follow Dr. Grundy on Twitter at @Paul_PCPCC.“Dr. Paul Grundy may be the most knowledgeable person in the United States regarding the state of our country’s healthcare.” —Craig Jones, M.D., Executive Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health
  • Paul R. Paradise
    Paul R. Paradise has authored numerous books and articles and been interviewed on the radio for his expertise with trademark counterfeiting, called “the business crime of the 21st century,” by the FBI. The Counterfeit Detective is based in part on a book excerpt of real-life investigator David Woods that appeared in PI Magazine and later in his book Trademark Counterfeiting, Product Piracy, and the Billion Dollar Threat to the U.S. Economy, as well as a short story that was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2008 Writers' Digest Fiction Competition. The author began his career as staff writer for T.F.H. Publications and later branched out into law enforcement with articles published in Electronics Now, Police, Law & Order and PI Magazine.
  • Peter B. Anderson M.D.
    Dr. Anderson completed his M.D. at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and his residency training at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia. He maintained a large primary care practice for thirty years, which became the first in the state of Virginia to be recognized and accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a medical home. While in practice, Dr. Anderson also served as clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. After retiring from active practice, he founded and now leads Team Care Medicine™, a healthcare consulting and training company. Using a model of inside-the-exam-room care that serves to both redesign traditional workflow patterns and elevate staff responsibilities, Dr. Anderson has helped over 300 physician practices, as well as U.S. Department of Defense Military Health primary care clinics, transform their practices. The author of three books, including The Familiar Physician, which focuses on the patient-physician bond and the patient-centered medical home as key elements of primary care medicine and health reform, Dr. Anderson is also a frequent national speaker and media contributor on family practice and primary care issues. To learn more about Dr. Anderson and his work, visit teamcaremedicine.com or follow @thefamiliarphys on Twitter.“I spent several days with Dr. Anderson and his team to see this innovative practice style firsthand. I quickly became convinced that this was how primary care, and primary care physicians, could survive….” —Kevin Hopkins, M.D. Cleveland Clinic Family Practice Management
  • Peter Harmon
    Peter L. Harmon is a screenwriter and producer, He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Ashlea, their son Christian and their pug Summer. He studied electronic media and film as well as creative writing at Towson University in Baltimore. He also spent the best summers of his life working and playing at the Cheverly Swim and Racquet Club, the pool where the idea for The Happenstances did its first cannonball.
  • Rachael Rose Steil
    Rachael Rose Steil graduated in 2015 from Aquinas College with a bachelor of arts in English. She is a level 1 USA track-and-field certified coach and is currently the assistant coach at Grandville High School. She has published articles about running and eating disorders in Michigan Runner magazine and is a speaker and advocate. Steil is a recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College cross-country team and has received sixth place All-American accolades in cross country, as well as seventh place in the NAIA track nationals. Yet her greatest achievement was not breaking a physical barrier, but a mental one.
  • Randi T. Sachs
    Randi Toler Sachs has a B.A. in journalism from NYU and an M.F.A. in creative writing, fiction, from Southern New Hampshire University. Her first novel, Different is Nice, is available through Amazon. She is also the author of several published books on management. Randi became interested in the special-needs population when she worked at Nassau AHRC in Brookville, New York. She grew up on Long Island, and lived there with her husband Danny and their sons. She and Danny now live in Virginia Beach with their dog Zac. She also teaches writing at Virginia Wesleyan College.
  • Rani St. Pucchi
    Rani St. Pucchi, a trendsetting fashion designer whose expertise has been recognized in such media outlets as Entertainment Tonight, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot, works to help women define the style that flatters them most—no matter what their age or stage of life, or what their body type is.
  • Reesha Goral
    Reesha Goral is a young novelist who resides in Virginia with her husband and son. Although The Servant Boy is her first novel, it had its first debut in Istanbul, Turkey where it was translated in Turkish and published under the Turkish title Uşak. her many visits to Pakistan deeply inspired The Servant Boy, especially when she engaged with an unsheltered woman, “People are dying of hunger every year. They are people with bare necessities who have to instead improvise, with barely any. And that only makes them living, lifeless people.” Her various other personal experiences, research, and imagination assembled the rest of the novel.
  • Reiny Pierson
    Reiny Pierson holds a doctorate in English education from Old Dominion University and is a retired educator and administrator after thirty years in Virginia Beach. She is the recipient of the Virginia Technology Teacher of the Year award from IBM and Technology & Learning Magazine. Her article, “The Influence of Brain Hemisphericity on the Composing Process of Twelfth Graders,” was published in the Tapestry of Knowledge, for which she received an award for Excellence in Research from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. In addition, her poem, “The Gift,” was published in Virginia Writing, Longwood University. She was the editor for a collection of teacher writings published by The Tidewater Virginia Writing Project, at Old Dominion University. She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband. They have has three children and three grandchildren.
  • Rich Schiesser
    Rich Schiesser is the bestselling author of the first and second editions of IT (Information Technology) Systems Management. The highly acclaimed second edition serves multiple purposes as a technical handbook, management reference guide and college textbook in use at over twenty universities worldwide. He also co-authored the bestselling IT Production Services. For over three years he wrote a weekly blog at InformIT.com covering a variety of IT management topics. He has presented IT management papers at dozens of prestigious conferences across the globe, often serving as a keynote speaker. Shattered Hearts will be his fourth book and his first work of fiction.
  • Richard J. Smith, Ph.D.
    Dr. Richard J. Smith is Professor Emeritus at University of Wisconsin, Madison and recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from that university. He is author or co-author of five college textbooks and various curriculum materials that contain his original poetry, essays and short stories. He also has published numerous articles in professional journals for teachers and school administrators. His latest book, published in 2016, Life After Eighty, is his personal perspective on living well and staying happy while growing older. Richard and his wife live in Bradenton, Florida, at Westminster Towers and Shores, a retirement community where he is a featured writer for the community newspaper.
  • Robert N. Uniszkiewicz
    A Naval Officer and Physician who focuses on Public Health, Rob “Dr. U” Uniszkiewicz’s career has provided endless opportunities to meet and care for people from all walks of life. He hopes his experiences as a physician allow for his unique perspective to be an example for others who are on a search to see what they’re made of. The author lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife, Jenn, and two wonderful children, Nolan and Sophie.
  • Robert P. Arthur
    Robert P. Arthur has published drama, fiction, and poetry. He’s won awards in all three genres. He grew up in a Virginia town not far from mythical Zebulon, and is a professor in the M.F.A. creative writing program at Wilkes University. He lives in Virginia Beach.
  • Roberta Kehle
    Roberta Lunsford Kehle is a published author and three-time finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association annual competition. She is a former elementary teacher, teaches writing classes and has been a board member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers and the Seattle Pacific/NCWA writing conferences. In addition to The Covered Bet, Kehle has published 70X7 And Beyond, endorsed by the late Chuck Colson, and the award-winning The Blooming of the Flame Tree. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers’ Association, Northwest Christian Writers Association, and Society of Children’s Book Writers. Roberta and her pilot husband live in the Seattle suburbs, where she has drawn on some of her experiences in float and land planes for The Covered Bet.
  • Ron McManus
    Ron McManus’s debut work, Libido’s Twist, won a Writer’s Digest award in genre fiction and his follow-up work, The Drone Enigma, received critical acclaim. A former naval officer, he was global vice-president of R&D quality and regulatory compliance for GlaxoSmithKline and lived and worked in London for several years. Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry, he was director of program integrity at the North Carolina Medical Peer Review Foundation, where he established the state’s first Medicaid fraud investigation unit. Ron and his wife Mildred live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Ronald Belfort
    Ronald Belfort is a Brooklyn, New York native and an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces. For almost two decades he lived in San Diego, California where he penned his fiction novel, Brooklyn Girl. Much of his work is rooted in his personal experiences, challenges and Brooklyn upbringing. When not writing, he can be found painting portraits and abstract works of art, obsessing over motorcycles or watching home improvement shows. He attended the University of La Verne, California, and graduated with a master’s in business. Today, he lives and works in Kapolei, Hawaii, with his wife and two-year-old twins. While he enjoys island life, he often misses the fast pace and diverse neighborhoods back in Brooklyn.
  • Roxi Hewertson
    Roxi Bahar Hewertson is the author of two other books, Lead Like It Matters… Because It Does (2014), which has received outstanding reviews, and How to Build a Space Station: A Parable About Values at Work, (2002). She has been published in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Chief Learning Officer, Business News Daily, and Inc., to name just a few. Roxi presented a TEDx called “Our Ripple Effect” and will be hosting her own AskRoxi radio show in 2015 on RockStarWorldwide.com. She has a master's degree from Cornell University and served as adjunct faculty at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. She was also the Director of Administration, Facilities and Finance. She is a seasoned leader, author, motivational speaker, executive coach and teacher. Roxi also loves being a mom, wife and grandmother.
  • Royce Murcherson
    Royce Murcherson holds a Ph.D. in English specializing in rhetoric, composition, and comparative literature. Currently, she is a professor of English in Dallas, Texas. Having taught for seventeen years, her teaching areas are American and African-American literature, creative writing, composition, business writing and visual rhetoric. Her interests include the literary genre of magical realism, Eastern philosophy and Jungian psychology. Royce will be a guest writer on the fundamentals of creative writing for the online publication, On Purpose Magazine. Prior to teaching literature and writing, Royce spent several years in the business world and has recently published an instructional book, The Guide to Persuasive Business Writing: A New Model that Gets Results. Royce is also a guest writer on business writing and workplace etiquette for BOSS, a business and office systems support resource at Richland College.
  • S.E. Valenti
    Sharon E. Valenti has a master of science degree from Oakland University and was married to her Sicilian husband for over thirty years. Although she has many published articles in professional medical journals and magazines, five years ago, she decided to change the direction of her career to full-time novelist. Deliver Us from Honor is her first full-length novel.
  • Sally Mayes
    Northcott Mayes is an award-winning author of primarily historical fiction. She has also written plays for her school, where she is an English teacher. As part of her interest in history, she is currently working on renovating her home, built in 1900, in southern Virginia Beach, where she lives with her family.
  • Sean Cohen
    Sean David Cohen is a contributing writer for NaturalNews.com, where over 150 of his articles have been published on subjects ranging from chemicals in foods to natural remedies to strategies for quitting the smoking addiction. He has appeared on the Hampton Roads talk shows to present his unique strategies. Cohen has written two novels and a book called 14 & Out, which will be published by Köehler Books in December, 2013. He appears on blog talk radio monthly to expose GMO (genetically modified organisms/food) and teaches a smoking cessation class in his hometown. He has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a focus on mass communication, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia.
  • Seth Michael Stone
    Dr. Seth Stone is the co-founder and principal consultant of SBS Strategic Innovations, LLC, an organizational consultancy designed to help leaders uncover latent potential and thrive in the global marketplace using the components of innovation. Previously, Dr. Stone worked in higher education administration, where he devised customized training programs for organizations across the United States, to help address some of their most difficult organizational challenges. Prior to that, he spent numerous years in the financial services industry in various capacities of investment banking and asset management. He holds a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University, as well as an M.B.A. from Regent and a bachelor of science in management and business from Skidmore College. Dr. Stone resides in New York and enjoys travel, spending time with family and friends and a good round of golf.
  • Shelley Mickle
    Shelley Fraser Mickle is an award-winning novelist and NPR commentator, whose family history (everyone in her family was named after Robert E. Lee) led her to the lifelong belief that one day she would write a Civil War novel. Shelley’s debut novel was a New York Times Notable Book; her second became a CBS/Hallmark Channel movie; and her third became a suicide prevention tool in high schools, winning the 2006 Florida Governor’s Award for suicide prevention in an educational setting. She was invited to be a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition in 2000. Her radio essays can be heard at NPR.org. She is also the author of the children’s classic, Barbaro, America’s Horse.
  • Shirley Nesbit Sellers
    Shirley Nesbit Sellers was born Shirley Mann Smith in 1926 in Norfolk, Virginia. A retired Norfolk public schoolteacher, she holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Old Dominion University. Her poetry has been widely published in The Poetry Society of Vir­ginia’s anthologies and she has won many awards in the Society’s yearly contests and in the Norfolk Chrysler Museum’s Irene Leach Memorial Contests, and others. A chapbook, Where the Gulls Nest, Norfolk Poems, was published by Road Publishers, Painter, Virginia, and her 1993 manuscript of poetry, <em?Winds from the Bay, was awarded second place in the 1997 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Manuscript Contest. Her short stories have also been published. She has been an active storyteller for children throughout her life. Just Across the Sound is her first novel. She has two living children (and one deceased), five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She resides in Norfolk where she remains active in writing.
  • Stephen D. Cork
    Colonel Stephen D. Cork, U.S. Army (Retired), enjoyed a successful military career of nearly twenty-seven years. While working as the Commandant of the Academy, Colonel Cork penned a fictional short story titled Take That, published by The Pepper Tree. He wrote a novel in 2006 titled Fat Chance (aka Knight Moves). This was the first novel published in the Jenny O’Shane thriller series and became highly popular in the Sarasota community. Colonel Cork retired from the Military Academy in 2011 to devote more time to his writing. His current projects include publishing the second Jenny O’Shane novel (Sir, I Can Explain), preparing charter applications for new charter schools in Florida, and writing the third book in the Jenny O’Shane thriller series (This Is a Goat Rope).
  • Stephen March
    A former reporter for The Outer Banks Current, Stephen March is a professor of English at Elizabeth City State University. His published books include the novels Armadillo, Catbird, Strangers in the Land of Egypt and Love to the Spirits, a collection of stories. Armadillo won the Texas Review Press Prize for the Novella and Love to the Spirits won the Independent Publisher Prize for Short Fiction. March’s short stories have appeared in New Orleans Review, Tampa Review, The Texas Review, Carolina Quarterly, the William and Mary Review, Seattle Review, Rio Grande Review and South Carolina Review, among others. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro.
  • Susan Union
    Susan Union has owned and showed horses since the age of ten. She was a contributing editor for The Western Horse magazine and feature article writer for Quarter Horses USA, The Western Horse, Horses USA and Horse Illustrated magazines. Her articles and essays have appeared in A 5th Portion for Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Mammoth Times newspaper and the Rancho Santa Fe Review. Her short story, "Stone Cricket," was published in 2012's A Year in Ink, the San Diego Writers' Anthology, Volume 5. Susan lives in Southern California and is currently at work on her Randi Sterling mystery series.
  • Sydney Scrogham
    Sydney Scrogham has been a horse owner writing novels on the side for the past ten years. She actively writes for Flash! Friday and Porsche Club of America e-Break News. When she isn't writing, Sydney can be found at the barn with her horse Snowdy. Apart from Snowdy, Sydney's inspiration for writing includes spending time with God, watching ABC's Castle or Marvel movies, Breyer model horses, Bionicle Legos, and taking long walks in the middle of nowhere. Sydney's driving passion is to see people revive and chase after their dreams.
  • T Campbell
    T Campbell is the author of the world’s largest “New York Times-standard” crossword puzzle, as well as the sci-fi crossword collection Crossworlds and various puzzles in anthologies edited by the nationally syndicated Peter Gordon and Benjamin Tausig. An award-winning editor and author of nine graphic novels, Campbell does the Times crossword every Sunday.
  • TD Kohler
    TD Kohler has written a screenplay called Dawn of Dark Universe. He joined the United States Navy and is currently serving as an electronic technician. He has traveled to Japan, Guam and Afghanistan and many other places. Favorite past times are shooting pool, fishing and human observation and behavioral studies.
  • Tim White
    Tim White is an intense crusader for the marginalized, and the author of three books. To Dreamers Long Forgotten was published in 1997, and Astoundingly Joyful, Amazingly Simple was published in 2012. He is the senior pastor of Washington Cathedral in Redmond, Washington, and an adjunct professor at Northwest University. White has a B.A. in research psychology with a minor in history from Eastern Washington University, and a master of divinity from George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. He also earned a doctorate of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and has studied archeology at Jerusalem University in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Timothy Paul Choquette
    Timothy Paul Choquette is a historical restoration artisan and the former owner of True Line Masonry, a major restoration company in Boston Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Timothy has traveled the East Coast restoring monuments, churches, and municipalities in such places as Nantucket, Sag Harbor, New Bedford and Boston. In 1986 he worked along with his father to restore the famed Plymouth Rock. After a life-changing event and recovery, he reunited with his first love, Rebecca, married her and now resides in Norfolk, Virginia. He is now dedicated to being a full-time writer and is working on a collection of short stories that recapture his early childhood in Camden, Arkansas. Timothy has been an ongoing student at the Muse Writers Center, in Norfolk, Virginia. Choquette is currently working on his first novel, which is to be published by Köehler Books.
  • Todd Cook
    Todd Cook spent several years studying the Hatfield-McCoy feud, perusing books written from the Hatfield perspective as well as the McCoy perspective. His family was well-acquainted with a woman who worked as a missionary in the deep Kentucky hills back in the 1920s and 1930s. Cook was also given a detailed account of Bethel Academy from a gentleman who now resides on the property where this frontier school once stood. His previously published books include Uncovered: The Lost Coins of Early America (2006) and the short historical thriller novella, Madame (2011). He has also had articles published in Coins magazine, as well as several published in the Bay Area children’s newspaper, Firecracker Weekly.
  • Tom and Nancy Wise
    Tom and Nancy Wise are award-winning authors. Their first novel, The Borealis Genome, is the grand-prize winner of the Chanticleer Book Reviews Dante Rossetti 2013 Award for YA Novels and 2014 Cygnus Award Lab Lit Category. Thomas grew up in a military family moving from base to base as the child of a Marine, living the life of an officer’s brat in times of war while Nancy was raised the youngest child of a World War II veteran. When they are not working together on their novels, Tom teaches at University and authors articles on project management topics and nonfiction books published by Gower Publishing in the UK.
  • Tom Emswiller
    Tom Emswiller is a freelance writer living in San Jose, California. As a copywriter at Young & Rubicam Company and later as creative director at Medimetrix Group, his work focused on healthcare education, communications and policy dissemination. He also worked extensively with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Communities in Charge program, an initiative developed to promote preventive care and improve healthcare delivery for the uninsured. Mr. Emswiller graduated from Duke University, holds an advanced degree in journalism from Boston University, and is a former VISTA volunteer.
  • Tracey Taylor Arvidson
    Tracey Taylor Arvidson is an American-born illustrator and toy designer originally from Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Her illustrations regularly appear in magazines, children's and young adult books, and on novel covers. Her work has been published and sold around the world and has won numerous awards. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and currently lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband and four children.
  • Vernal Lind
    Vernal Lind is the author of four historical novels, Beyond Those Hills, Beyond the Storm, Beyond the Darkness, and Beyond This Home, and has been recognized as Writer of the Year at the Write to Publish conference. He taught English on the senior high school and college level for 36 years and then became a history researcher and freelance writer. His articles and stories have appeared in Grit, Lifewise, Teachers in Focus, Teachers of Vision and other periodicals as well as in several anthologies.
  • William F. Rountree
    William F. “Tree” Rountree, Jr. was a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, Virginia. He graduated with a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and attended graduate school at Florida State University, Oklahoma University and ODU and received a master of finance from Dartmouth College. Tree began his banking career at United Virginia Bank, then moved to First &Merchants Bank and Bank of America, later founding Monarch Bank, serving as president, CEO and director. Tree’s roles in community service include acting as chairman of the Four Cities United Way, president of ODU’s Educational Foundation, board vice chairman of Cape Henry Collegiate School, chairman of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, chairman of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival and board president of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation.
  • William Hazelgrove
    William Elliott Hazelgrove is the bestselling author of three novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks and Mica Highways. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections and ALA Editors' Choice Awards and have been optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man was chosen Book of the Year by BooksandAuthors.net. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic.
  • William Stephan
    William Stephan has been in travel marketing for over forty years and has traveled to 127 countries. He served as executive vice president to a national travel agency franchise with 300 travel agency members. He also founded a travel agent marketing organization that he grew to 11,000 members in only three years.
  • Zachary Reid
    Zachary Reid is a writer, editor and photographer with more than twenty-five years' experience working for magazines and newspapers. For the Richmond Times-Dispatch, he has written about and photographed travel and international outreach projects in places including Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Turkey and Peru. He has also traveled and written about the route the Mississippi River takes from its Minnesota headwaters to where it disappears into the Gulf of Mexico, and about relief work in the city of New Orleans.