MEET THE AUTHORS
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Dan Baldwin is the author of westerns, mysteries, thrillers, short story collections, and books on the paranormal. He is the winner of many local, regional, and national awards for writing and directing film and video projects. He earned an Honorable Mention from the Society of Southwestern Authors writing competition for his short story Flat Busted and a Finalist designation from the National Indie Excellence Awards for Trapp Canyon and Caldera III – A Man of Blood. His paranormal book, They Are Not Yet Lost earned the Winner designation in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Competition. How Find Me Lost Me won the Winner designation in the Best Book Awards 2017 competition and the Finalist designation in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Competition.

Karen received her Ph.D. in English literature from New York University, writing her dissertation on Victorian literature and history. Hence, all her novels take place in London in the 1870s. Her first novel, A Lady in the Smoke, was a USA Today bestseller, and A Dangerous Duet and A Trace of Deceit won awards for historical mystery and historical fiction. Recently awarded a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Karen is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She loves to attend book club discussions for her books (local or via zoom) and also teaches online workshops for writers. An avid hiker, she lives in Arizona with her family and her rescue beagle and muse, Rosy.

Arizona native Bart Ambrose grew up on an Arizona cotton farm where he spent his nights reading novels and teaching himself to play guitar. He graduated from ASU and worked as a natural resource conservationist. A second career took him to Nashville, writing and teaching songwriting and guitar. In his first novel, Cactizonians’ Treasure, he takes readers on a vivid journey through the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico in a fascinating twist on a lost treasure legend. Bart and his wife live near Tucson, Arizona. His hobbies include writing haiku, travel, and pursuit of the perfect chili relleno.

Lynne Anders is an author who lives in Arizona most of the year with her husband and friends. She began writing at an early age when she created a simple poem she read before her school assembly. The writing bug possessed her from that one magic moment. However, the need to earn a living pulled her away from serious writing. After she retired, it was time to return to her first love. Lynne enjoys writing about small-town America and believes friendships and lasting relationships weather the storm easier without the pace and distractions from large cities.

An author, Elizabeth Ajamie-Boyer is from Phoenix. She graduated from East High School, South Mountain Community College, and Arizona State University.  She is married to, and co-writes with her husband, TJ Boyer, primary author of The Mirror Gate Chronicles series. As a Christian writer, Elizabeth feels called to write about the accomplishments of Christians who made the United States of America a great country. Elizabeth and TJ have two children and three grandchildren.

Stephanie Barton was inspired to write “Above the Clouds:” What Really Happens in Heaven During a Thunderstorm” after being caught in a terrifying Texas thunderstorm with her daughter.  Years later, she went on to write this book with the help of her daughter, Carley Barton and mother, Sue Milon, a retired school librarian.  Stephanie is an exercise physiologist whose passion is to help individuals with heart and lung disease.  

K. A. Bledsoe’s writing journey began at the age of six with a short story about kids growing up on a space station. Even through other jobs like scooping ice cream, shoe sales, pharmacy tech, band director, and parenting, writing has been a constant.

Born, raised, and still living in Arizona, the author continues to pen stories in all genres despite the distraction of house cats underfoot and the occasional bobcat or roadrunner strolling through the backyard.

Born in Allegan, MI, in 1955, Timothy J. Boyer has been telling stories his whole life, but writing since he was 17 years old. Writing his Mirror Gate Chronicles since 2005, the series took off and turned into a romping adventure spanning eleven completed novels. Married to Elizabeth, TJ has two children, and three grandchildren, and they all live in Phoenix, AZ.

Julie Brookman released her Love Inspired/Harlequin Books debut, Their Business Betrothal, in February 2022. She is also the author of more than 12 other romance short stories and novellas. Julie started her career after college as the manager of a bookstore, before later becoming a journalist who covered a suburb of Phoenix. Now she’s returning to her first love – romance novels. Julie lives in Surprise, Arizona with her husband, her three awesome kids, and her kitty, Pepper Potts.

Patricia L Brooks is president/founder of Brooks Goldmann Publishing, LLC and Scottsdale Society of Women Writers. She is a sought-after speaker and is currently working on a non-fiction book.

Patricia is enthusiastic about storytelling. Sick as My Secrets is a powerful story of how she overcame her need for alcohol. Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends is her poignant tale of love addiction and domestic violence.

Gifts of Sisterhood Journey from Grief to Gratitude is a tribute to her sister who died from lung cancer.

Patricia has a master’s degree in organizational management.

Patricia Brusha has spent her career as a successful Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Author. “Courtney M” is her second published book and first work of non-fiction.

Patricia’s 28-year-old daughter tragically passed away from Stage 4 Cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse. In her daughter’s memory she founded Purse-Impressions Charity Boutique whose mission is to provide support to graduates of rehab as they begin their recovery.

Patricia, her husband, and dog reside in Cave Creek, AZ, which serves as the headquarters for the charity/boutique. Purse-Impressions supports 11 rehabs with “Courtney’s Program” in  AZ, CO, FL, DC, and Canada.

Michelle Buvala is an artist, author, and illustrator living in Arizona. Her art studio is both indoors and out, right in the middle of the Mesquite tree grove in her backyard. Michelle creates art with watercolors, pen and ink, linocut block printing, and mixed media. Her specialty is watercolor cut-paper collage. She’s illustrated children’s books. “Creating has been an important part of me for as long as I can remember. When I think about my school years, I recall my art experiences more than anything else.” Michelle is interested in creating opportunities for children to engage in process art.

Sean Buvala has been engaged with storytelling and communication arts since 1986. He started his work by accidentally using active tales to convert a classroom of slightly (but comically) homicidal 8th-grade teenagers from angry kids to storytelling practitioners themselves. Both the kids and Sean were then sold on the power and influence of a great story. He’s the publisher at The Small-Tooth-Dog Publishing Group LLC, which has produced a variety of award-winning books with a number of authors and illustrators. Traveling internationally (meaning he’s been to Canada), he lives in Arizona with four young-adult kids and one wife.

Caren Cantrell is a children’s book author who writes stories about characters who capture her imagination. They might have a too short flipper or curly whiskers. Or they might just be curious about the world around them. Her most recent book is a middle-grade novel, called The Sun Thief. She also has a non-fiction Kindle series, under the pen name Matthew Taylor, called Planet Discovery Books for Kids. Caren’s three favorite words are Read It Again! She lives in Cave Creek, AZ, with her husband, Bill, and dog, Daisy, but travels frequently to visit her five children and ten grandchildren.

A 20-year Air Force career, a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for Connie Cockrell’s story-telling. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published 20 books, has been included in five anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Connie is always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one.

When two pups on summer break grow bored of their techno toys, they go buggy! Too bad Mom gets the heebie-jeebies from creepers and crawlers. Can the pups help her overcome her phobia while they amass a captivating collection? 

Owner of The Write Rehab (TheWriteRehab.com), Dr. Alisa Cooper is a freelance writer and editor with an inventory of published articles and a growing list of books she has helped others bring to fruition. 

Alisa Cooper Wechsler, known to many as “THE WORD DOCTOR,” is also a doctor of chiropractic, clinical nutritionist, and a wellness coach.

Justine fell in love with the Regency when her grandmother introduced her to Johanna Lindsey at age fourteen (thank you, Grandma!). Twenty-five years later, Justine decided it was time to write the Regency historicals she loves, rather than simply read them. When not writing, Justine enjoys reading, playing games that make her mind work, and spending time with her family. The desert southwest is her adopted home, where she lives with her family and mini-Schnauzers Chewie and Chopper.

Marc David is a veteran journalist whose writing career spans three decades, during which time he has covered the sports spectrum from heavyweight boxing champions to the Olympics. Throughout his career, or perhaps in spite of it, he has managed to run every day.

A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Marc now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he writes books, contributes articles to newspapers, and is available for speaking engagements.

Diane DiCarlo recounts her personal journey of surprise and wonder in her book And God Shows Up. Wherever she finds herself, God continually shows up as counselor, healer, miracle worker, and loving Father. Diane’s inspirational book aims to uplift and bring hope with a few smiles and laughs. Along with her 9-year-old niece Stephanie Castle and illustrator Timothy Lambert, Diane wrote a children’s book, Derek’s Snowy Day in the Woods. She joins her husband Michael in pursuit of writing, desert crawling, and mountain vacationing. There is always one more picture, story, and blessing from God. 

Lucy Dickens is an award-winning oil painter, a “storyteller of fine art”. She has a passion for those who carry the trauma of abuse, or endure broken marriages; her prayer is to bring hope and healing as she shares her own personal journey. Her refreshingly transparent approach brings hope to many, inspiring others to draw close to God, and experience the healing she has received. She and her husband are involved in restorative marriage ministry, mentoring, and have led Bible Study groups in their home for many years. She creates her art and writings in Arizona with her husband, Richard.

Trish Dolasinski, Ed.D. is a freelance writer, editor, and assistant adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University. She is published in local and national magazines, has facilitated writer’s groups, and has been both a regular and guest book review columnist. A preschool through college teacher for over four decades, a retired school principal, and educational consultant, Dr. Trish excitedly offers her debut novel, Beyond the Pettus Bridge, written from her personal experience as a Yankee newlywed and teacher in the Deep South in the late 1960s. She is married to her college sweetheart, Frank and lives in Scottsdale. Dr. Trish has eight grandchildren.

Lilia Fallgatter holds a Juris Doctorate, is the founder of Inspirit Books, and has a passion for online teaching/learning. She writes non-fiction books, sometimes under the name A.K. Spencer, is a poet and songwriter. Lilia writes/teaches on the topics of relationships, personal development, and content development. She’s the author of The Most Important Letter You Will Ever WriteThe 5 Decisions, How To Catch A Man, and Write & Publish Your Non-fiction Book, Earn Passive Income as an Author. Lilia currently coaches aspiring authors and teaches others how to use books/courses for brand building and creating passive income.

Mimi Francis lives in the sweltering southwest with her husband and dogs. After years writing fan fiction in several fandoms, she decided to try her hand at writing original fiction. When she’s not writing, she likes to crochet, binge-watch her favorite TV shows and movies, and spend time with her three children, her dogs, and her husband of twenty-eight years.

Michael Frickstad has published three books: The StorytellerThe Dream Rescuer (horror finalist for International Book Award, American Fiction Award, and Best Book), and the Amazon best-seller Finding PHIL: Four Traits for Conquering Chaos. He’s also submitted several fiction and non-fiction works in the Inkslingers Anthology Volume 5.  A 35-year veteran high school English teacher and drama director, he received a double-diamond award from the National Speech and Debate Association for his accomplishments as speech/debate coach in Minnesota and Michigan. He currently lives in the Phoenix area and is active in several writing groups.

Inspired by her lifelong love of horses and the realization that too many people she encountered struggled to answer the question “What lights you up?”, Leeanne Gardner left the corporate world and founded Unbridle IT, LLC in 2008 with her beloved equine partners, Sassy and Romeo. Since then, besides writing her bestseller, Unbridle IT! Buck Up and Create Your Happy, Leeanne has been working with individuals, as well as businesses, big and small, on effectuating positive, holistic changes through consulting, facilitating workshops, motivational speaking, and self-care counseling. “You’ll Never Know Your Full Potential Until You Unbridle It!”

A native Texan, Terrie moved to Gilbert, Arizona 23 years ago with her family.

Writing has been a passion since childhood. The sensation of writing with a great pen on a crisp sheet of paper still excites her. Writing, however, was placed on hold while Terrie taught elementary education and raised a family. In January 2021, she released her first book; Landslide, a Story of Faith, Hope and Love to inspire others who may be dealing with living with an addict. Terrie has become a motivational speaker and shares her story to inspire and encourage others.

Howard is 65, married (42 years) with one child (age 34), and has lived in Arizona since 1981. Maintaining a journal for most of his life, he’s accumulated a significant amount of material to write about. To date, he has published a dozen short stories along with a poetry chapbook, ‘Observations.’ His debut novel, ‘The Operator,’ was published in October 2018 by ‘All Things That Matter Press.’. His latest release, ‘Not on My Watch,’ from the same publisher, is out now and is available on Amazon or visit his website at Gershwriter.com.

Earl L. Goldmann launched his first memoir Bounce Back in 2017 at age 82. Born and raised in Tillamook, he now lives in Scottsdale, writing his second memoir entitled Intestinal Fortitude.

He taught history and government at Canby and Estacada high schools in Oregon while coaching girl’s golf, boy’s track, and basketball for over 25 years.

Earl played basketball and baseball at Oregon State University, only to lose his scholarships due to a horrific car wreck. He earned two degrees from Portland State University, including a master’s degree in education.

Rita Goldner has a passion for the natural world, sustainability and environmental responsibility. This agenda, coupled with a love of drawing and writing, made picture book writing/illustrating a great fit for her. Through written word and illustrations Rita shows her love of nature, endangered animals in their habitats, and global ecology. Her story telling style, with colorful, whimsical pictures and lively action-packed plots, make learning fun. She hopes that bringing awareness of the environment’s importance will ensure that her readers will join the fight to preserve all this when they grow up. 

Diana M. Grillo grew up in a struggling Italian immigrant family with an abusive father. She lived in a wealthy suburb in Westchester County, New York. The neighborhood’s substantial wealth and social status starkly contrasted with her family’s, making Diana feel as though she never quite belonged. She became a mother at a very young age and worked her way through college while raising a son and daughter. Diana worked as a paralegal and social worker. Now retired, she lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with her husband where she has taken up writing short stories. Diana draws on the sharp contrasts of her youth and her journey through life as inspiration.

R.D. Hathaway is an adventurer who hungers for answers to big questions and finding the next discovery. Creative writing satisfies some of that craving when he isn’t walking at night along the streets of Cairo, Paris, Buenos Aires, or Istanbul. Hathaway is dazzled with the nuances of human belief and behavior and how institutions mold them. His understanding of cultures, geography, history, and religions creates a bubbling of ideas and insights that create the mystery and thrills in his novels.

Lisa is a coffee-swilling, sass-spewing romance writer who believes love is messy and magnificent. She writes things she wishes she had said, and some she wishes she hadn’t, delighting readers with exhilarating stories and swoon-worthy characters in a world where danger and desire collide©.

Author – Speaker – Advocate

Marlene resides with her husband in Arizona, in a house they designed and built together many moons (almost three decades!) ago. She is the proud mother of a treasured daughter and a wonderful son-in-law. Although there are many aspects of Arizona to appreciate, the New Jersey native will always have ocean water in her soul and prefers to spend as much time as possible by the sea, in her adopted home state of California. Besides writing, her interests include sailing, world travel, hiking, archery, playing piano and guitar.

Dharma Kelleher writes action-driven thrillers about queer women who kick ass. Her work explores the complexities of social and criminal justice in a world that favors the privileged. She is the author of the Shea Stevens Outlaw Biker Series and the Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter series.

Dharma is one of the only openly transgender authors in the crime fiction genre. She lives in Arizona with her wife and a black cat named Mouse. 

Leslie Rager, writing as L.A. Keller, has published two books in the Jayne Stanford cozy mystery series. Menu for Murder and Cocktails at Sunset have both received the Readers Favorite five-star award. Leslie has also contributed content to the Desert Sleuths’ cookbook, Recipes to Kill For, and has published a short story, Reunion in the Desert. Work is in progress for the third book in the Jayne Stanford series. Leslie has taught classes in creative writing and social media. In her spare time, she volunteers for EBeauty, a non-profit that provides free wigs to cancer patients. 

Jan Krulick-Belin has more than four decades of experience as a museum and art consultant, and an art and jewelry historian. She has served at institutions including the Denver Art Museum, Beaumont (Texas) Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She retired as director of education at the Phoenix Art Museum but continues to lecture and consult. She is an award-winning author. Her book, Love, Bill: Finding My Father through Letters from World War II, is the true story of her personal journey to reconnect with her father who passed away when she was just six years old.

Irene Kufner was born and raised in Athens Greece and moved to Phoenix in 1995. Irene has a degree in Family development and parent education Together with her son Nico, they are spreading the message of financial awareness and community outreach. It’s never too early to start teaching children about the value of money and making smart choices. A great way to do this is to talk with them about spending, giving, and saving. It will set up a lifelong habit of giving & saving. Irene is the owner of Kufner Bookkeeping.

Chef Gail Kurpgeweit founded her 5-star catering and frozen foods manufacturing company, Taste of Amazing, in 2009 with locations in Washington, Arizona and Montana. While creating custom gourmet frozen prepared meals and proprietary formulas for Fortune 100 and specialty food companies, she perfected the art of preserving freshness, flavor, and texture in make-ahead and heat-and-serve frozen foods. You will find her creations in corporate cafes and on grocery store shelves across the U.S under a variety of brand names. Today she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, enjoying the sun with her three daughters, son-in-law, and three gorgeous grandchildren.

An award-winning author, Nikos, writes with clarity and passion in an ardent voice, not just to recount adventures, but with an expression of feelings, to encourage the reader to think, to find hope in the eternal struggle for the meaning of life and the awareness of harmony. Today Nikos devotes his life to coaching new authors, encouraging and assisting them to write and publish their books. Nikos has founded several charitable organizations with the most notable his Thanksgiving Project to Feed the Hungry. His selfless work with people has earned him several humanitarian awards over the years.

A self-help book with a retro twist, Selfish Service takes a unique and entertaining look at human-nature and human relations. If you enjoy TV, movies and music and have a taste for the nostalgic, then this book is for you. Ed is an NAU alumni and retired faculty member from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, where he worked as a Counselor and Health Instructor. He was also a DJ during the ‘60s and ‘70s and loves to chat about music from back in the day.

In 1976; poets, editors, and authors from New York publishing houses visited my elementary school. I lived close to NYC and back then, the Arts were encouraged. Seems somebody liked whatever tale I had printed. Once a week I went to the cafeteria with about a dozen other kids, grades 2-4, and we just – Wrote. I didn’t know not everybody could do that until almost two decades later. I don’t know how NOT to write. I have never stopped. I have written a book series almost on accident; it was a short story that just sort of took off on its own.

Bill Lynam delves into fiction, non-fiction, adult, children’s books, and short stories. He is the author of an early reader, Bernie, the Flying Squirrel with a dual language version in Spanish, La Ardillita Voladora; editor and publisher of a middle grade reader, Lucky Foxes; YA book Steampunk Mashup—Victorian era short stories; contributor to Best Short Stories by AZ Writers and co-author of Footloose Pilgrims, a Journal of Moped Travels in Europe.

He is working on an historical fiction novel set during the Civil War. Bill and his wife, Maria, live in Prescott, AZ.

Wilma MacLiver began writing at age 10 to relieve the pain of her mother’s unrelenting abuse. She discovered that writing brought her some relief. Years later, she searched for a book on mother-daughter sexual abuse (MDSA), from a daughter’s perspective and couldn’t find any. She decided then that she would write her story for other daughters searching.

Life Behind the Masks is the true account of the unspeakable abuse she suffered and her inspiring healing process. She is a public speaker on the issues of child abuse and bullying and she works with trauma support groups.

Amanda Malek-Ahmadi lives with her husband, three sons, daughter, and two dogs in Arizona. When she’s not writing or having adventures with her family, Amanda teaches dance and performs with WNDC, a Professional Contemporary Dance Company. Amanda began her dance training when she was five-years-old and taught her first classes at age seventeen. She holds an Elementary Education Degree with a Dance Minor from the University of Arizona.  

Kathie McMahon is a retired elementary teacher. She has written several school musicals and seven collaborations for a community children’s theatre, receiving four AriZoni Awards for Original Music Composition. Kathie set out to write a series of picture books with an original song for each, but found her writing voice in middle grade. Her chapter book series, Mortimer and Me, is inspired by the bedtime stories her dad told her when she was a child. Kathie’s books are about the things she loves most – family, music, traveling to exotic places, and just the joy of being a kid!

J.P. Martel’s wanderlust and fascination with other cultures have taken her around the globe. After devoting decades working with children with special needs, she fulfilled her lifelong desire to have a child of her own. Her struggles with infertility became the impetus for writing a story to support other women traveling this road. The struggles she experienced give her a unique perspective on chasing elusive dreams. Currently residing in Arizona, she spends her time writing, traveling, volunteering, and lending her support to the pro-life movement while advocating for the beauty, dignity, and sanctity of life.

Margaret Morse loves murder mysteries—the sooner the corpse appears, the better! Whether it’s a cozy, a paranormal, or romantic suspense, she likes to watch the puzzle unravel. If not reading mysteries, she’s writing her own series featuring Petra Rakowitz, a lawyer who finds out she has magic powers. Margaret used to practice law, so she knows a lawyer can transform into a witch. Margaret lives in Phoenix with her husband Duane and their several rescue dogs. When not engrossed in murder, Margaret tries new recipes, grows weird succulents, and goes bird watching with her husband.

Tamera Norwood is a librarian who lives in Arizona with her family. Her debut picture book, There’s Good All Around was published in October, 2021. 

Kathleen lives and writes in Arizona on a two-acre homestead in the Sonoran Desert. These days she’s a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, and gleefully retired nuclear engineer. Her first writing project was revising and publishing a massive manuscript written by her late uncle, Herman Willis Logan. Second Son, published in July 2021, chronicles the coming-of-age of Towanna Whitaker, a poor sharecropper’s son, during the last years of the Great Depression and the hardships of WW2. Kathleen is currently working on Southern Woman, which continues the story of the Whitakers into the next chapter of their lives.

Srianthi Perera, a journalist and former reporter at The Arizona Republic, has authored a whimsical and endearing literary novel based on her native Sri Lanka.

“A Maiden’s Prayer: A Family Story Set in 1970s Sri Lanka” is narrated with wit and warmth by teenager Tamara de Silva, who presents the predicament of her bachelor uncle who is reluctant to marry in the face of family pressure. The cultural novel, a winner of two runner-up awards, is suitable for readers 15 years and up.

An Arizona native, Stella Jayne spent her childhood in Phoenix making up stories as her family camped across Arizona and California. Sundays were spent at her grandmother’s house, admiring old photos and listening to family legends. The strong women from her lineage, willing to risk it all for family, are inspiration for the female lead characters in the Creekside Dreams series. As they say, write what you know. Stella’s idea of vacation includes an adrenaline rush. Para sailing in the ocean, gliding through Hawaii’s longest zipline and kayaking rivers, lakes and seas are a few of her not so relaxing adventurous experiences.

It took Eileen’s karmic rescue dog Jamie to rock her world into becoming an author. Visiting libraries as a reading therapy team fueled her passion for children’s literacy. Semi-retired, Eileen devotes her time as a reading tutor; volunteers for two literacy organizations and as a dog-assisted therapy team for Pawsitive Friendships and East Valley Hospice. Eileen is a Board Member for the Artists of the Superstitions, a Friends of Scottsdale Library member, and still finds time for writing her Blueberry Bear series. Eileen lives in Chandler with her loves, Dennis and therapy dogs, Suki and Kong.

Susan Pohlman is a writer who believes in the transformational power of travel. She is the author of two travel memoirs. Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home was awarded WINNER in the Relationships category and RUNNER-UP in the Memoir category at the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and shortlisted for the 2010 Inspy Awards. A Time to Seek: Meaning, Purpose and Spirituality at Midlife debuted as an Amazon best seller in two categories: Florence Travel and Mid-life Management. Susan lives in Scottsdale with her husband and is ready for her next adventure!

Barbara Renner started writing children’s picture books when she retired from teaching. Inspired by being outdoors, the stories in her books revolve around wildlife main characters and include animal sounds and facts. Being an avid dog lover, Barbara and her husband rescued a yellow lab mix, Larry, who became the subject of a photo book filled with feel-good messages as seen through the eyes of a dog. When not walking Larry, Barbara can be found writing her new Grandparent series, hiking the desert foothills, gardening in her backyard, traveling, and occasionally attempting to play a round of golf.

Vicki Riske has been interested in puppetry and storytelling for many years. Vicki has her own business, We Are Puppeteers. She writes and illustrates children’s books, designs and builds custom puppets. She has written and illustrated four books, The Polka Dot Tea Party, My Teeth Are Too Big, Fishy Tales, and Los pececitos aventureros, the Spanish translation of Fishy Tales, translated by Sonia Elizabeth Urrutia de Soto. Vicki also wrote Grandma Bibi, and collaborated with local Phoenix artist Laura Best, who provided illustrations for the book.

Hayley Rose is a chocolate loving writer and goat yoga enthusiast. The author of several successful children’s books specializing in early learning, along with an award-winning line of gratitude coloring journals, Hayley hopes to inspire a love of reading through education and humor. Hayley has had the honor of presenting keynote presentations for the Readers Favorite International Book Awards, The Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference, along with readings at bookstores nationwide. You can find her on the Author Learning Center alongside authors Stan Lee and R.L. Stine.

Jane Frances Ruby has authored two YA Arizona Adventures, The Azurite Encounter and its sequel, Voiceless Whispers. She’s also written several award-winning short works including Surviving the Catholic School from Hell, an essay describing abuse at her elementary school, Brutal Hackage, a sci-fi YA short story about an assassin drone terrorizing a local high school golf tournament, and Theories of Decay, a sci-fi thriller about media personalities gripping with crashing satellites.  Ruby also contributed to Toby Heathcotte’s Women Wronged, an award-winning essay compilation. Ruby is currently polishing her short works for an upcoming compilation.

Katrina Shawver is a writer, experienced public speaker, and lifelong history geek. She wrote for the Arizona Republic newspaper for eleven years. During that time, she met Henry Zguda, a Polish Catholic survivor of German concentration camps, and soon offered to write his story. She is the recipient of the 2018 Polish Heritage Award, and many other accolades. Her book Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, reveals a lesser-known chapter in WWII history. Give her a good book, cozy chair, and a glass of Merlot and she sighs contentment. 

Terry L Smith calls Phoenix, Arizona home, between bouts of wanderlust. Even a stint in the U.S. Air Force, training pilots in enemy radar detection (not getting their asses shot down), brought her back to the desert. Besides learning to dodge rattlesnakes and bombs, her time in the service taught her to appreciate the military culture and ever-changing technologies. Those experiences help her write strong characters, especially women, holding their own as humanity reaches out into the universe. Come check out her current releases and where you can meet her next.

David Stanasolovich writes under the pseudonym Andrew Colvin. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Marcy, four cats and a parrot. He was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico where the novel takes place. The author is an engineer in the tech industry. The Mad Girl is the author’s first novel. He has always been interested in the impact of trauma on individuals and how they react differently, some finding strength while others are transformed into something terrible. This was one of the inspirations for writing The Mad Girl.

Susan’s had many opportunities in her lifetime, but one of the most challenging has been her adventure into children’s book authorship. “You have to know age-appropriate vocabulary, relevant topics, how to stimulate learning, and inspire critical thinking, then wrap it all up into something entertaining.”  Her love of animals is key to most of her endeavors. She never tires of observing and learning about the place they have in our eco-systems, our world, and in our hearts. Susan lives in Arizona with her two Jack Russell Terriers, Dash and Zoom, and is well known for eating chocolate cake for breakfast.

Jenifer Tull-Gauger knows what it’s like to be an “old soul” and a painfully quiet kid struggling to fit in. Her journey to 7th degree black belt is a testament of how she found inner strength through traditional karate training. Now in leadership for an international martial arts alliance, she heads up a private dojo with her husband. Jenifer combined her passions for illustrating and writing, with what she’s learned from 22-plus years of teaching kids karate, to create a children’s character-building picture book series. The Dojo Kun Character Books encourage children to find their own power in their lives.

Charlotte Whitney is the author of historical fiction set during the Great Depression in the rural Midwest. Her most recent work, The Unveiling of Polly Forrest, (2022) a stand-alone historical mystery follows her groundbreaking novel, Threads A Depression-Era Tale, (2019) which was met with both critical acclaim and commercial success. I Dream in White is a contemporary romance novel set in the winter wonderland of southern Michigan. The author resides in Arizona with her husband and two Labrador Retrievers.

Dr. Zilber’s birth in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany marked her with a special responsibility. Retirement from a career as an educator and Head of School in international schools in six countries gave her the opportunity to fulfill that responsibility—to research and document her family’s Holocaust experiences, reflect on their impact on the next generation, and share the stories with youth and adults worldwide. Because of the publication of this book, 

Ettie Zilber has been invited to present to youth and adults around the USA and in numerous foreign countries, including Lithuania and Germany.

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