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Cheryl Abney lives in the Florida Glades area of her story's setting with her husband, two Jack Russell terriers, and her tortoise, Theo. She has taught high school and counseled both middle and elementary students during her 31 years in the field of education. Cheryl writes Fiction, non fiction and poetry. She has been published in the Christian Standard, Mature Living, Technology Magazine,and other print periodicals and online. Cheryl is a regular contributor to www.kidsfaithgarden.com. She recently published a children's fiction novel: Belle of the Glades. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Rev. Benny E. Anthony
Benny was born and raised in NC where he spent the first 18 years of his life. He is a graduate of Baptist College of FL where he received his Bachelor of Theology Degree. Benny furthered his education at Andersonville Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Theology and Masters of Divinity degree. Benny has also received doctorates in Biblical Studies and Divinity from St. Luke's Seminary.
Benny is Sr. Pastor of Guiding Light Community Church in N. Ft. Myers. Prior to going into the ministry Benny spent 20 years in commercial radio broadcasting. Benny is currently working on a book concerning the Apostle Peter’s denial from the viewpoint of the rooster that crowed as Christ predicted. He is very happily married to Cyndi Anthony who is an accomplished writer herself.
Benny & Cyndi have 2 Jack Russells (Trixie & Jake), 1 Greyhound, Abby, and 2 Parakeets.
Cyndi Anthony(1958-) was born in Brunswick, Georgia and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She transplanted to North Carolina in her early twenties and married her husband, Benny. They have three children, one daughter in law, one son in law and eight grandchildren.
Cyndi spent many years as a youth and children's director in the churches her husband pastored. She taught in public schools until she opened her own school where she taught all different grade levels. Taking an early retirement Cyndi immersed herself in writing children's books. She has published nearly twenty books for preschool and elementary aged children and is currently working on a young adult fantasy and a female sleuth mystery novel.
Cyndi and her husband reside in Cape Coral, Florida with their two Parakeets, two Jack Russell Terriers and one Greyhound. When Cyndi is not writing she is at the side of her husband who pastors Guiding Light Community Church in North Fort Myers serving their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I was born in Indiana but lived in a diversity of places throughout my life ranging from Indiana to San Diego, California to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Now my husband and I reside in sunny Florida. The first memory of writing books is at five years old when I was traveling cross-country with my family. I did not understand my passion until I was a teenager but my writing was not to happen until I was almost forty. From there the adventure began and the voices would not go away. When I finally sat down to write my first story the floodgates opened and everyone wanted to tell me their version all at once.
I have written about a dozen books which include a trilogy, several sequels, and some singles. I have made a common factor in all my books by bringing in the same Detective Inspector. There is only one at this point in time that is not included in that list because it is historical but it is still related to other books. Plus I am working on a futuristic syfy.When in Time is currently available on Amazon. My other books will be published as soon as I can get them edited.
(Lisa is a member of Peace River Writers.)
Kerryn Reid, aka Karen Auriti, grew up the daughter of a professor in a New England college town. But her mother was a devotee of ‘Olde’ England – its antiques, mystery novels and vacation opportunities. As a girl, Kerryn spent a year in England and another in Ireland, with several shorter trips for good measure. While on a hitchhiking tour around Ireland at seventeen, she roamed the Rock of Cashel in the dark with her first love, a local Irish lad. Totally illicit, totally romantic!
She’s lived in Florida long enough to feel like a native. That’s where she wrote the first sentence of Learning to Waltz, back when her sons were in high school. Years later she joined two local writing groups and realized how much she had to learn. That first sentence? It’s not there anymore.
You can find Kerryn at www.kerrynreid.com.
What a thrill to receive the following words of praise from Blair Bancroft, prolific author of Regency romances (among other genres):
"It’s a pleasure, and a rarity, to find a new Regency author with such a strong voice: in-depth characterizations, wrenching emotions, detailed descriptions, and an excellent grasp of the period. Kerryn Reid has it all."
Robert Dean Bair
The Cloisters of Canterbury, a political suspense novel, is scheduled to be released by ArcheBooks in July 2006. Robert Dean Bair tells the story of courage exhibited by a group of ordinary people with deep convictions, honor, patriotism, and integrity. They risk their lives to fight corruption, treason and murder during the months leading to the end of World War II and thereafter.
President Harry S. Truman has concerns about the United States intelligence organizations, military contract fraud and information leaks from within the government. This covert group of ordinary citizens, who are not part of the government, share the president's concerns about the effectiveness of the government’s intelligence organizations and gather information from many points of the world for the President of the United States and certain members of Congress. The group is also determined to locate any Nazis wanted for war crimes that have escaped from Europe and return them for trial. Murder, fraud, identity theft, leaks in the government, and concerns about the intelligence community are rampant, not unlike the world today.
Robert's website is @ www.bairprint.com.
Lisa Batch, aka Lisa Manning Batchelder, is a transplant from Boston via NYC and Montauk, NY. She is a children’s author and published her first two books in November, 2014. She also produced a CD of her original music and a narration of one of her books. In her former life, Lisa was an entertainer, working for Richard Rodgers on Broadway. She traveled the world as a headliner on the Queen Elizabeth (QE2) as well as a dozen other ships, and still enjoys singing and traveling. Lisa started a critique group in Estero in 2014 and is actively seeking dedicated children’s writers. She also occasionally seeks women to share a room at a conference (SCBWI and FWA) or a writer to share a table at a fair.
Jeannette Batko is a member of Pine Island Writers. Her short stories and ditties appear in Pine Island Time, The Spirit of Pine Island, Stories from the Creative Coast, The Storyteller Magazine and Peppertree Press Magazine. She enjoys reading, art, handwriting quilting, and playing cards. She lives in Cape Coral, Florida, where they welcome friends and family to talk-story.
Jeannette's book, Cow Path to Heaven, is like a collaboration by Erma Bombeck and O'Henry. Its thirty-our stories twist from whimsy to wonder, mirth to message, silly to somber. Expect the unexpected--an alien dog, baby bottle bowling pins, a shattered glass eye. Jeannette Batko's poignant words will tickle your funny bone, touch your soul, and entice you to spin your own stories in the ancient Hawaiian tradition of talk-story. Her book of stories, Sounds Like a Story, was published in April, 2015.
Bethany Mackin Baxter
Bethany (Beth) Baxter is a former teacher, principal, IBM consultant and grant writer. Two Sons is her first novel, but she has written four more, which she intends to publish in the near future. She is married to Robert (Bob) Baxter, MD, a retired child psychiatrist. They have two children and four grandchildren and split their time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Bonita Springs, Florida.
Bethany's website is @ www.bethanybaxter.com.
Sherry Campbell Bechtold
After a successful career in Executive Recruiting and Human Resource Management in NYC and Boston, owned a small country store called Marshfield Hills General Store and subsequently sold it to the actor Steve Carell at the end of 2008. Moved to Punta Gorda Florida and became a certified Yoga Teacher, and continued work as a freelance writer. Also enjoyed a lifelong involvement with theatre and music, having acted, produced and directed regional productions, as well as performed in industrial and commercial videos, and managed a small band in New England. B.S. in Business and Music from State University of New York.
Sherry published her book, My Life at the Marshfield Hills General Store, in September 2013.
Cdr. Marcus K. Billson, Jr. USCGR
Mark, as he is known, has close ties to the island of Maui! His great-great grandfather, Captain James Makee, sailed the world, but due to an injury, retired to Oahu, then purchased Rose Ranch on Maui (Ulupalakua) at auction where he entertained King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani. Although Mark was born in California, he spent his early years on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai. He attended Punahou School many years before President Barack Obama.
During WWII, and in October 1943, Mark was commissioned Ensign, USNR. He served in squadron VPB 110 in England as part of a crew in a PB4Y2, the Navy’s version of the B-24 attached to Fleet Air Wing Seven. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., older brother of our late president, served in the same squadron, but not in the same flight crew. Still in the Naval Reserve, and after his college education, Mark was contacted by the Navy to consider a lateral transfer to the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Recalled to active duty during the Korean War, he served in places like San Diego, the Philippines, Miami, Newfoundland, and Michigan. Mark’s many missions in both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters, included Air/Sea Rescue, monitoring icebergs, servicing Loran Stations, and actual life saving situations.
In 1960, Mark joined General Development Corporation, the largest land company in Florida with nine communities in the state. He retired in 1997 to eventually reside at Calusa Harbour where he has published a novel titled THE PENINSULA, written two others, short stories, and poetry. An active person, he has served as president of the Calusa Harbour Resident’s Association and has become one of its well known artists. He is also a member of the Ft. Myers Tale Tellers and The Gulf Coast Writer’s Association.
Dorothy Howe Brooks
Dorothy Howe Brooks writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Poem, Louisiana Literature, and Iron Horse Literary Review. Her second chapbook, Interstices, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009. Her full length poetry collection, A Fine Dusting of Brightness, was published in 2013 by Aldrich Press. After a career in information systems with IBM, she taught writing classes in the Continuing Education division of Kennesaw State University in Atlanta and now teaches occasional classes at Edison State College in the LifeLong Learning Institute. She lives with her husband in Southwest Florida where they enjoy sailing in the coastal waters of the Gulf.
Barbara Leonard Burnett
Barbara started her writing career rather late in life. She married a couple of years after high school. She and her husband raised six children in the picturesque shoreline town of Milford, Connecticut. Her family eventually expanded in the ensuing years by twelve grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. She entered college in her fifties and four years later graduated with a BA in Psychology. Following the death of her husband in 2004 she moved to Florida, settling down in Lehigh Acres. There she finished the book she had sporadically worked on over the years, "Belle and the Pastor," and self-published it in 2009, fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming an author. The book is available at Buy Books on the Web.com or www.bbotw.com as well as www.amazon.com and can also be ordered from many brick and mortar bookstores using ISBN 0-7414-5353-3. She is spending her 'Golden Years' working on another novel, sometimes painting (pictures, rocks, her house, a rain-barrel), and lately, learning to ride a Trikke.
Dolores Burton is a Fulbright scholar and former public school teacher in middle and high school mathematics; school district administrator implementing school-wide, district-wide and county-wide educational technology programs including the design and supervision of infrastructure installation. She recently retired as professor and Chair of Teacher Education at New York Institute of Technology. She has published in numerous journals, presented nationally and internationally, and consulted regionally, nationally, and internationally in Africa. Dr. Burton authored instructional software and is the co-author of The Complete Guide to RTI: An Implementation Toolkit and Mathematics, Common Core and RTI: An Integrated Approach to Teaching in Today’s Classrooms. During her 37 years in education, Dr. Burton designed, delivered, and supervised professional development for teachers in grades k-12 in mathematics, literacy, science, differentiated instruction, action research, instructional technology and inclusive practices. She has organized symposia for educators and parents on research based strategies to close the achievement gap of the traditionally underserved populations; African American males, English Language Learners, students with special needs, and others at-risk for academic failure. Her research interests include Response to Intervention (RTI), teacher preparation, (elementary through college), Common Core State Standards, professional development, using data to drive instruction, and the use of technology to teach all students especially those who have traditionally been underserved.
Sherri campbell, ARNP, has worked for over 30 years for the Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida, in the fields of neonatal intensive care and early childhood development. She has been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years and is completing a masters degree in Developmental Disabilities from Nova Southeastern University, and received her BSN from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. She is currently working in the Neonatal Developmental Follow Up Program at Lee Memorial HealthPark and also participates in community autism screenings to assist families with early identification of children with autism. Sherri currently resides in lee County, Florida and is a wife and the mother of two daughters.
Her book, Autism: A Family Guide, was published in October 2014. The book is designed to assist families by providing them with the information they need to help their children with autism reach their highest potential and is the result of a comprehensive review of the latest research findings regarding autism.
After working many years in a notoriously understaffed newsroom, as a senior writer and humor columnist, Sherri Coner returned to her native Florida last year. She was always a lousy snow bunny, anyway. She now writes women's fiction/humor, with five books currently in print. She also does some R-rated stand-up comedy (for women only) and freelances for area magazines. Follow her blog at sherriconer.com and find her on Facebook, too!.
Tom is currently an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is also a prayer counselor, chaplain, teacher, and prayer warrier who is intimately aware of divine providence and protection that saw him safely through his year in Viet Nam.
His book, My Cross to Bear, is the story of a young man, called to be a soldier, who served in Viet Nam from 1966 to 1967 with the First Infantry Division, The Big Red One. My Cross to Bear will challenge you, whether soldier, ex-soldier, or civilian, to an awareness of God at work in your life.
I was born in Ireland and came to the US as “missionary” priest in 1960. Finished my education with an Ed D from Columbia University . During my 28 yrs as a priest was very involved working with youth and engaged couples. Resigned the priesthood to marry and started his own marriage and family counseling practice. I taught psychology for ten years and has been an author for 12 yrs.
I have written and independently published five books...two autobiographies, on memoir of a 93 year old friend, one book for married couples, and one for teens and their parents.
Patrick T. Crissy
Patrick T Crissy is a professional Life Coach/Business Consultant in Fort Myers who has owned his own business for over 12 years. He is the author of a series of articles entitled Minding Your Own Business. His articles were published in the Small Business Guide of Buncombe County in Asheville, North Carolina during October 2004 and January 2005. They were also featured in the September 2005 and December 2005 issues of the Harbor Style Magazine headquartered in Northport Florida. He also had his own radio show dispensing common sense and straight forward business advice to his listeners. Mr. Crissy is also an expert on the subject of Hypnosis and the Paranormal with over 20 years experience.
Patrick has just completed his first novel in a three part series entitled Interference, which will be available on Amazon.com on September 1, 2013. Interference is an action adventure, science fiction series that explains the "Interference" of aliens with mankind throughout the history of the Earth through the eyes of a captured black ops soldier. It also appeals to many other genres including YA, history, military and fantasy.
Joyce (J.D.) Daniels
j.d. daniels` fiction and poetry has appeared in various publications, including: riverbabble, The Broad River Review, The Sylvan Echo, The Elkhorn Review and Doorknobs & BodyPaint Fantastic Flash Fiction: An Anthology. She is listed in the Iowa Arts and Poets & Writers Directories. Her book, THE OLD WOLF LADY: A BIOGRAPHY was published in 2005 by a grant from The Iowa Arts Council and is sold on Amazon, both as hardcopy and an ebook. She was awarded her doctorate with a dissertation of her poetry, CURRENTS THAT PUNCTURE, also available online. Currently, she is a prose editor for Prairie Wolf Press Review, an online literary journal featuring new and established writers and visual artists. She is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America and two critique groups.
Katharine "Kitty" Davis
Katharine Davis began writing fiction in 1999. Capturing Paris (St. Martin's Press, 2006) was her first novel. Recommended in Real Simple Spring Travel 2007, the novel was also included in the New York Times suggestions for fiction set in Paris. Her second novel, East Hope, published by New American Library in 2009, won the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance 2010 Award for Fiction. A Slender Thread, her third novel, was published by New American Library in August, 2010.
She can be reached at her amazon author page.
I am a non-fiction writer that has been published in hundreds of articles over a 25 year period. My profession before moving to Southwest Florida was advertising.
My byline has appeared in GulfShore Business, Naples Daily News, The News Press and the Fort Myers Magazine, The Business Journal, Parent Magazine, Senior News, The Vindicator as well as many other publications
During my writing tenure I was commissioned to write a coffee-table book titled Visions of the Valley. I have written hundreds of newsletters, brochures and advertisements for newspaper, radio and television. I have written and disseminated a seminar that teaches small business owners how to handle their own marketing and advertising.
A Cum Laude graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelors Degree in business/communication and a minor in journalism, I attend writing workshops and seminars to hone my skills .
Contact Carol: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Katherine Dennis
Anita Dennis received her BA in sociology, with a minor in anthropology from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1973. She was not only accepted into her husband's Mende tribe in 1972, but she lived in his village for a year in 1983-84 as a lay missionary. She is the co-author of Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia, 2009.
Visit www.anitakdennis.com for a movie of the tribal masked being, color photos, and her blog.
Watch her video at http://youtu.be/LRCCSyILJec
Nita DeWeese is an avid reader and writer of fiction. A grandmother of sixteen, a growing number of great grandchildren, she lives in South West Florida at Shell Point Retirement Community. She writes quirky short stories and short shorts, known as fast fiction. She is an active member of the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association, Inc. where she won second place for fiction in their 2010 Writing Contest. Her dream is to write Christian fiction in the ‘Steven King’ style, if that is even possible!
She also belongs to a Fort Myers Writers Group known as The First Five Pages. Nita published her book of short stories in January 2014, Stories Through Stained Glass.
Nita’s blog with some of her stories can be found at nitafay.wordpress.com.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., after graduating from high school, entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He served in the pacific and when World War II ended was assigned to occupation duty in Japan. Returning to civilian life, he became involved in airline flying and accumulated twenty-five thousand flight hours in thirty five years, beginning with the piston engine DC-6 to the 747 jet aircraft. He retired in 1987 and presently he and his wife reside in a retirement community in Fort Myers, Florida.
Robert has published two novels, Windmeer and Thorn Castle.
Mary Kagan Draper
Like Christopher Dragon, Mary Kagan Draper, embarked on a new life and career when she became an award winning VPK teacher in sunny Florida. The lone survivor of a family tragedy, Mary soon became an integral part of her student's lives and found herself in their hearts - - - often sharing their hopes, dreams and inspirations. During her 32 year teaching career, Mary's love of children motivated her to strengthen her students reading, oral language, and math skills through her creation of many different learning games. She presented many parent/student workshops where parents and students shared quality time making the games to be enjoyed at home as well as in school.
Appreciating the vast impact that reading can have on a young child's life, Mary was further inspired to write rhyming stories about Christopher Dragon and the bond of friendship he shares with young children. Mary believes that listeners and readers alike will benefit from this delightfully rhyming series entitled "The Tales of Christopher Dragon."
Carol Drummond writes essay, short story, and poetry, with a focus on poetry. She manages a hotel in Southwest Florida and lives in Naples.
“Do what you love, the money will follow,” some wise person said. Although many years in the hotel business had been good to me, I realized in October of 1999 while strolling through the aisles of a bookstore, that my love was words and ideas and the art of those who could string them masterfully across the page.
Within days I learned of a 6-week creative writing class. Maybe I could learn how to make money doing the things I love. Our first assignment was to write a short story. I went to the library to familiarize myself with the form. Writing was easy.
I joined a critique group, and submitted a few stories and poems. I won a local contest, had some freebies published, and received rejections or no replies. Another wise person once wrote: “Writing is easy. All you have to do is sit down at the typewriter and open a vein.” Writing is hard.
But the satisfaction I get when I’m happy with my opening line, or am astonished at words that flow and wonder where that came from, or have an ending that surprises me because my character comes to life and does what she wants to do, or my poem makes the reader pause and think and send me an e-mail ... those things make the hard worth doing.
And for now, I still have my day job.
Don Farmer & Chris Curle
Husband and wife journalists Don Farmer and Chris Curle currently write columns for newspapers in Florida and Georgia. In decades of work in the news broadcasting field, including CNN, ABC and local TV news stations, they interviewed thousands of people on both TV and radio and covered stories in eighty-one countries on six continents.
In eighty-one countries on six continents, these veteran journalists have covered wars and peace talks, historic figures, from presidents to the Beatles, heroes and villains, civil rights leaders and civil unrest at home and abroad.
Their faces and voices have been seen and heard by millions on major media, including ABC News, CNN, NBC News and network TV stations in Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Houston.
Chris and Don live in Marco Island, Florida, where they write columns for newspapers in Marco, Naples FL and Atlanta GA.
Don and Chris together have published their first novel, Deadly News. Don is the co-author of “Roomies: Tales from the Worlds of TV News and Sports,” which he wrote with his lifelong friend, the late, legendary sportscaster, Skip Caray.
Don and Chris have been married for forty-one years.
Ken Feeley (writing as Peter Yule)
Now retired from the daily routine of “normal work” I spend my days in what I consider to be my 5th career choice.
As a young man I studied electronics and pursued employment as a commercial radio operator in the Merchant Marine. (1st)
While the work was rewarding, it lacked any real security for a married man. I married at age 25 and soon found my way into the retail business. I worked long hours and became successful working my way to the top as a senior administrative manager at the corporate level for a large department store chain. 85 stores spread across New England New York and New Jersey. (2nd)
I spent my 3rd phase of career choices as a branch office manager for a large wholesale liquor distributor. (Think Budweiser) After 17 years I retired to live in Florida and to go into business for myself . I moved to Bonita Springs in 1990 and opened my own company in the field of home security and as an installing dealer for closed circuit TV systems and electronic access control equipment. (4th)
I sold the business at age 65 for reasons of health, and from then on I have dedicated myself to the fine craft of writing.(5th)
I had been writing short stories for my own entertainment and to share with family and friends. It was very challenging and I knew that I had a love of the work. After much encouragement from my readers, I became very serious about this new God Given talent and decided to learn all I could of the fine craft of writing, and all that went into it. I became a member of the Florida Writers Association and joined the best writing group in the area, The Gulf Coast Writers Association. I applied myself on a regular daily basis to the chore at hand and structured my life with deep respect for the art of quality writing. I chose as my topics only the things that I was most comfortable with, people and the history of our country. After 3 years of writing and re-writing my first complete novel (Sparrow in the Dark) I was rewarded with many more favorable comments. The possibility of becoming a well published author at a very late stage in my life, now over 70 years old, became my 5th career choice and within the next year I had released my second novel (Sparrow in Flight). Once again I was lifted up and my long 8 to 10 hour days were filled with the creative juices, that took my mind off of the less important issues of acute heart disease. (9 stents and a pacemaker) As a dedicated and active Christian I knew that God had intervened in my life to use the gift given to me as a writer and to take away the pains of old age and despair. My third effort a book called Short Stories from Oxnard Bow was released in the past year and my 4th book The Bay Road Legacy will be out soon. I am now able to coach other would be writers and have held many classes in writing and in publishing in the area. I work every day, 6 or 7 days a week at my new career and my third novel following the Sparrow series, titled Sparrow at Dawn is well on its way to completion.
Is the originator (founder) of “Architecture: the making of metaphors(architecture as the making of metaphors)." First lecture at Yale University in 1967. First published in 1971 in the peer reviewed learned journal:"Main Currents in Modern Thought"; In 1970, founded New York City not-for-profit called Laboratories for Metaphoric Environments (LME) and has been widely published in many international learned journals including Springer publications, MIT, and Syracuse University. The book “Architecture: the making of metaphors" has been published in February 2012 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in New Castle on Tyne,UK. [more]
Christina accompanied the Holy Spirit through 23 years in Germany under the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s Nazi Germany, then the Communists behind the Iron curtain (from which she escaped) and, then later spent 20 years in Saudi Arabia. The fact is, only examples of real life experiences can make it clear to most readers how to recognize the touch of the Holy Spirit in their personal lives. The Holy Spirit is the least understood person of the Trinity, therefore a book like “Holy Sprit and i” is greatly needed.
The book tells of the Holy Spirit saving her from the danger of war in Nazi-Germany; He protected her from the brutality of communism and later directed her to find freedom in America. Through the valley of deep sorrow when she had to leave her homeland with little hope to return, was confounded by the` unexpected news of her mother’s death that turned great joy into sadness, and later loosing her home again because of the tragic accident of her husband Paul.
Christina Fez-Barringten is an ordained minister with a bachelor of arts in Bible theology from Global University. She and her husband founded the Saudi Arabia Division of the International Correspondence Institute (now Global University) and missioned in Saudi Arabia. Barie was contact pastor to the United States Air Force and is associate professor at Global University.
Betty Ladley Finkbeiner is a Faculty Emeritus at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she served as Chairperson of the Dental Assisting Program for over three decades. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She has served as a consultant and staff representative for the American Dental Association's (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation and as a consultant to the Dental Assisting National Board. She was appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry from 1999 - 2004.
Betty has authored numerous dental assistant textbooks, including one of the best sellers, Practice Management for the Dental Team, soon to be in its 8th Edition with Elsevier, Inc. . In addition she has created an American Dental Association accredited online educational program for dental assistants in the state of Michigan.
Currently retired with her husband, Charles, in Fort Myers, she continues to write, lecture and provide consultant services in dentistry but her recent interests have turned to writing children’s books with an educational theme. Betty recently published, Pepper’s Forever Home, about an abandoned black cat who tells her story about being often overlooked for adoption because she was black.
Charles Finkbeiner is also a faculty Emeritus at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was an instructor in the Computer Information Systems Department. He, too, received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Charles provides his expertise in writing chapters on Banking and Computers in the Practice Management for the Dental Team by Elsevier, Inc. Charles and Betty team taught the course in Dental Business Management at WCC for over ten years.
J. M. Fisher resides on Sanibel Island, Florida, in a house owned by his cat, Mr. Cheeti. The cat is obsessed with mice and meteorites and has suggested a book idea concerning the same. Jess's novel, Desire, set on Sanibel, was released February, 2013. His new book of short stories, Shorts For the Beach, was released in March, 2015.
You can visit Jess at: jmfisher.com
I have been around the world and back again. I sometimes feel I live a boring life, yet when I start telling of my life experiences, it really is a long story.
I have a beautiful child, a loving man and spend my time in sunny Florida, where I have lived for over 20 years now. I wish I could say I spend all my time writing, as it seems I really do enjoy that, yet I actually spend most of it designing book covers for other people's books. I do enjoy that as well though.
My free time favorites are sky diving, scuba diving, the occasional ski trip, and a little bit of partying.
I am a dreamer, I love the fantasy, and my slogan is, "The meaning of life, is to give life meaning". Not sure if anyone else ever said that, I know that I do all the time.
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Deborah Smith Ford
Deborah Smith Ford is an award-winning actress, writer and author in SW Florida. Ford's children's book series "Allie's Adventures" includes books about adventures as seen through the eyes of a child. On such travels Allie makes new friends - some human, some not! This author's first book "The Little Apple" also includes a CD of music and narration, and "all" can be found in various locations, including online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Richard H. Fox
Richard H. Fox was born and bred in Worcester MA. He attended Webster University, as much artist colony as college, in the early 1970's. These diverse cultures shaped his world view and love of words. He is a former President of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets, and was Managing Editor of its journal Diner. Richard has been published in numerous journals including Above Place, Boston Literary Magazine, OVS, Poetry Quarterly, Sahara, Midstream Magazine, and The Worcester Review. For the past three years, many of his poems have focused on cancer from the patient's point of view drawing on hope, humor, and unforeseen gifts. His book TIME BOMB was published on August 27, 2013. Richard seconds Stanley Kunitz' motion that people in Worcester are "provoked to poetry.”
After writing professional documents for many years, Mike has finally devoted time to his true passion, writing fiction where the story and characters come alive in the reader’s mind. While his days were filled with authoring hundreds of detailed crime reports, arrest affidavits, search warrants and grand jury presentments, he took some of his own time and devoured books by the dozens. Reading not only was a rewarding diversion, it provided him with the added education he needed to function at a high level in his profession.
This has led to the creation of Mike’s crime/suspense/detective novels SINK RATE and the follow up, ROPE BREAK, the first two in the Sam Deland Crime Novel series. Both are expected to be published in 2015 by: Rogue Phoenix Press. More recently, CAPTAIN’S CROSS, a historical land and sea adventure novel set in colonial America has also been accepted for publication.
Mike writes with the real life experience that many years of law enforcement shaped and influenced. The stories may be fiction but are based on how things happen in the real world. His books are honest and captivating novels written with a unique voice that will both chill and charm.
Mike is a veteran police detective. He did it all from rookie patrolman to Senior Special Agent. His life has been enriched by a wonderful marriage, parenting, work, flying, sailing and good books. Mike is a lifelong outdoorsman, an experienced tactical firearms instructor, champion sailplane pilot and the captain of his own sailboat. All of these skills have made his novels vivid, exciting and real. Now retired after a career with three law enforcement agencies, Mike enjoys winters writing in Naples, Florida and summers sailing, writing and researching the next novel at his rural Pennsylvania home.
Mr. Georgian is self employed, and since 1994 has conducted research in American Tent Shows (1892 -1921), and the American Communist Party (1919-1927). He is working on a non-fiction manuscript; Buffalo Bill’s Deceit, the Cossacks Curse, a history of Georgian, Gurian riders in American wild west shows. He is developing; Red Mill Crossing, an historical novel about Buffalo Bill’s wild west exhibition set in 1901. He is continuing his research for a biography of the life and times of Alexis E. Georgian. Mr. Georgian from 1984 to 1994 was a senior systems analyst with Validity Corporation. He was a program manager, technical writer, training department head, instructor, and organized the corporation’s trade shows. Mr. Georgian from 1962 to 1984 was in the United States Navy and specialized in communication system.
Mr. Georgian's book Cossacks, Indians and Buffalo Bill was published in May, 2010.
I was born in Helsinki, Finland. For various reasons I changed schools three times before high school. When I was very small, my mother used to read to me. She helped me put letters together to form words. As she was done reading “A Thousand and One Nights” my passion was born. From then on, I read everything with the printed word: matchboxes, newspapers, pamphlet and books, of course. I was no more than six years old when my father obtained a library card for me. Believe me, that was one of the happiest days of my childhood. To this day, I read at least three books a week. In school, I always had high grades in composition and wanted to be a journalist, but my parents had other plans. I got a Masters degree in psychology, was certified as addictions counselor in England after studies in the United States.
As an avid reader, I’ve read most American, French and Russian classics, modern literature and poetry. It may seem that my books are autobiographical, particularly THE WOODEN CHAIR, but that’s not so. I believe in writing about what I know, so my life has parallels in Leini’s story, but I guess you have to read the book to find out more.
Read more about Rayne and her books at www.raynegolay.com.
Marsha Gordon has played many roles. Orphan and spoiled brat. Wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandma. Actress and media personality. World traveler and international tour director. Businesswoman and writer. And self-described old fart.
Her writing credits include a four-year run of a weekly newspaper column called Singlephile, for the newly single. She was selected from more than a thousand applicants to write the Miami edition of Changing Homes, a quarterly national magazine. Hundreds of Gordon’s articles, book and theater reviews have been published from New England to California.
Gordon acted with the American Theater Wing on Public Radio’s WNYC in New York City. She went on to host and produce a number of radio and television shows, notably Pulse!, a daily, hour-long, live call-in TV show featuring nationally acclaimed actors, musicians, writers and politicians. Nominated for a Peabody award, Pulse! aired in South Florida and on radio stations throughout the Caribbean.
For her work on Pulse!, Gordon received an award from Tele-Communications cable station. Named Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Zonta organization, she was also recognized by United Way for her outstanding achievements toward their goal. She ran for Mayor of Key West and was given the Key to the City, even though she lost the election. Numerous additional awards paper her office walls.
Gordon is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker who enjoys traveling and meeting new people. She tells of her adventures from New England to New Orleans, from Alaska to Antarctica, from Russia to Machu Picchu, through the Panama Canal and around Cape Horn. With an eye for the unusual, Gordon once landed on a U.S. aircraft carrier and spent the day aboard, finally lifting off into a blazing sunset in the company of military pilots.
From her armchair, Gordon’s reminiscences turn disaster into comedy with her book Changing Times - Ramblings of an Old Fart. She raises everyday concerns to a higher level, taking readers along for a laugh – and a tear or two. She is a wise old fart, with curiosity and humor that delight readers. Dive into her world and enjoy!
Great-granny accepts a new purpose in life after retiring from hospice social work.
I grew up in rural northern New York. There were twenty-eight kids in my graduating class. A few went to college, but most got jobs and married. I've been married to Wally fifty years, have two daughters, seven grandchildren, and Lilly is our seven-year-old great-granddaughter.
I was a forty-four year old grandmother when I entered college. There was a profession I wanted enough to step past my fears (age, money, time, slow reader…). My mind swirled. A master's degree in social work takes six years-full time. I'd be over fifty when I earned my degree. My determined side countered, How old will you be in six years without a degree? I made a decision, stepped past my fears, and in four years and four months graduated magna cum laude with my master's degree.
That was a powerful lesson. Say "YES!"
Years later I had retired, and events found me receptive to learning about global warming. I could not ignore the information and dove into a year of research. We went "green" at home. Our utility bill is 84% lower for the year and our use of gasoline is down 75%. I knew other people could make informed choices if they understood the planet might not be able to provide for our grandchildren. We never would have made the changes in our lives without the research. I had been "clueless."
My mind kept going back to, How can I help? How can I protect Lilly's future? The words came, "I will write a book!" Instantly I knew, "YES, I will write a book-I accept." The lesson to say, "YES" and step past fears made my way easier. The original title was FOR LILLY: A CLUELESS GREAT-GRANNY GOES GREEN. In my heart, that will always be the title and the reason the book exists.
In January 2014, CLIMATE CHANGE: Our Children Are in Danger is published. I never intended to write a book, but when I found my purpose and was brave and bold enough to say, "YES," I started taking each next right step. Mary Guay is today a purpose driven author. I am on a mission to provide facts so people can make informed choices. I look forward to presenting workshops, retreats, and speaking to all who show an interest. My purpose is to keep our Lillies from harm.
Mary Guay is available to speak, present workshops and retreats from 1 hour to 3 days in length. www.maryguay.org
Jim Gustafson attended Orrington Elementary School, Haven Junior High School, Evanston Township High School, Florida Southern College, Penn State University, Garrett Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and Florida Gulf Coast University. He is currently seeking his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. His new book of poetry Driving Home was released in January, 2013.
Jim Gustafson, in no particular order, has worked as:
- A United Methodist Pastor
- Counseling Center Director
- Licensed Realtor
- Assistant Golf Professional
- Hospice Director
- Executive Coach
- Radio Station Manager
- Advertising Copywriter
- Sales Trainer
- Franchise Developer
- Management Consultant
- Vice President for CBS
- Freelance Writer
- Landscape Worker
Jim currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida where he reads, writes, pulls weeds and teaches classes on "How to Choose and Keep a Job for Life." His website is @ www.jimgustafson.com.
GHAZI Q. HASSOUN, PhD
Ghazi Hassoun is Professor Emeritus of Physics at North Dakota State University. He was born in Palestine during the British Mandate. He became a refugee in Lebanon in 1948. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the American University of Beirut and M.S. and PhD from the University of Minnesota.
While actively pursuing his profession as a physicist over four decades, his experiences as a child in the politically torn country of Palestine and his refugee days in Lebanon continued to haunt him and demand explanations to fundamental questions and issues relating to national identity, religion, ethnicity, East vs. West, war and peace, among others. Questions and issues, which nagged him for years, were a cause of much travail and tribulation. He promised himself, upon retirement, to confront them head on, to try to understand them, and to explore how might they be turned around from stumbling blocks to stepping-stones. This book details the quest in this journey and invites the reader to come along.
Dr. Hassoun has spoken to a variety of groups, including educational and religious organizations, book clubs, and social and civic groups, on topics related to Relationships between the East and West, Islam, Islam and Christianity, and Islam and the West, and would entertain speaking to your group.
David, who had been bitten by the radio bug, looked for every opportunity to get on the radio. He was a DJ in his home town of Yakima, Washington. Then after graduating from the University of Washington in sunny Seattle, he enlisted in the Army where he became a Broadcast Specialist. Fortunately, the last two of his three years of military service saw him first producing a weekly radio show for an American armored tank division in Germany and then writing feature stories and recording Christmas readings from American Forces Network studios in Nuremburg, Germany.
After his three-year hitch in the Army, David landed a job with WNYC AM-FM-TV in Manhattan where he squeezed in some more feature work when not announcing classical music programs. After eight years of that, he moved to the Jersey Shore where he spent the next 25 years writing and reading radio news. He also produced two newsletters, one for a computer club and the other for the local Literacy Volunteers. For eight of those years, he worked in the public information office of the Monmouth County, NJ Park System, writing press releases and reporting for two Park System newsletters. While living at the Jersey Shore, he discovered and wrote about the fascinating seaside community of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. That’s where he first saw and wrote a prize-winning story he called The Last Radio Storyteller, about Garrison Keillor.
In 2003, at the urging of his brother and sister-in-law, David moved to SW Florida and immediately started producing what turned out to be a prize-winning color newsletter for the Friends of South County Regional Library in Estero. That endeavor continued until May of 2010 when he moved to Shell Point where he created a radio-like, closed circuit program called Listening to the Words on Shell Point's Channel 13 in which he reads poems, stories, descriptive essays, excerpts from books and human interest articles. Among those who graciously contribute material to that program are residents of Shell Point and their relatives, writers from all over Southwest Florida, friends of his from all over the country and from his own writings.
Since August of 2012, all of the 160-plus radio shows David has recorded since October of 2010 also have been available on the Shell Point website at www.shellpoint.net/listening.
Pauline Hayton was born in 1946 in the northeast of England and worked twelve years as a probation officer in her hometown of Middlesbrough before immigrating to the United States in 1991 with her husband Peter. They live in Naples, Florida.
After listening to her father’s war stories and reading his tattered wartime diaries, she felt compelled to write her first book, a memoir called A Corporal’s War. She next wrote an article, A Royal Engineer at Dunkirk, published in WWII History magazine.
While researching her father’s war stories, she stumbled upon Ursula Graham Bower’s story and knew instantly that she would write a book about this extraordinary woman. Naga Queen is a biographical fiction based on eight years in Ursula Graham Bower’s life.
In January 2006, the author, having twice survived cancer, went to Myanmar (Burma) to follow in her father’s WWII footsteps. She made a documentary film of the trip for her grandchildren and has also written a travelogue to complement her film.
Her fourth book, a comedy adventure/thriller novella published 2012, about a mature woman who leaves her family to seek appreciation and fulfillment in a remote corner of India, is based on her first visit to Magulong, a remote village in NE India.
Book number five, another novella published in 2013, If You Love Me, Kill Me is based on the author’s personal experience of caring for her elderly parents.
She is currently writing two books, a novel set in Burma during the 1942 Japanese invasion and a mature comedy romance.
Henry Heitmann is a retired New York City Board of Education Special Education teacher and supervisor.Some of his poetry and short stories have been included in the "Sanibel-Captiva Review", the Florida Gulf Coast University "Mangrove Review" and the "Florida Writer Magazine". One of his poems won a recent Florida Weekly Newspaper "Writing Challenge". An essay piece "More Than a Drink of Water" was included in "Shade in the Sunshine State, Reflections on Segregation in Florida", a book by Elizabeth Huntoon Coursen. His current plans include putting together collections of both his poetry and short stories.
Artis Henderson is an award-winning journalist and essayist. She writes the "Sandy Days, Salty Nights" relationship column for Florida Weekly, which won her three Florida Press Association awards. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Reader's Digest, and the literary journal Common Ties. Artis has a graduate degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. Her memoir Unremarried Widow (Simon & Schuster, 2013) is about her husband's death in Iraq.
David Hernley (pen names Christopher David Allen and David Author)
Christopher David Allen is a multiple #1 best-selling author on Amazon and Kindle. He has been a nutritional researcher and advocate for holistic health for more than 35 years. He continues his research with a special interest in disease prevention and advocates, "it is sage advice to proactively prevent all diseases and never need to seek treatment or a cure for any disease".
Mr. Allen is a prolific author and has published well over 20 books. His purpose as an author is to entertain, enlighten, and help people through his books.
See his Amazon Author Website for a listing of his books.
W.C. (Chuck) Highfield
My interest in writing began in the early 1990s. With eagerness to write stories for children, I enrolled in, and successfully completed, a course in Special Publishing offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature.
In 2000, I decided to write an adult-themed novel. In 2001, I self-published In Sun Down Far. The story is set on Fort Myers Beach, Florida, but I fictionalized all of the names of locations and establishments (to protect the innocent and the guilty). Having regularly visited Fort Myers Beach since 1991, I drew on many personal experiences, and worked some of them into the book. As a theme for the story, I take a somewhat critical look at the pursuit of materialism. The narrative presents an island slice of life with an emphasis on the music of the blues. I strive to strike a correlation between the two.
My second novel, Streets, was completed in 2010. Streets is set in Key West, Florida and the story’s subject concerns the ever-growing crisis of homelessness. The main character undergoes a series of surreal experiences that begin to have a positive impact on his life. The dilemma our country faces with a continuing increase of its citizens living on the street is a subject that concerns and distresses me. The book uses an out of the ordinary means to consider the problem.
Both novels, several children’s stories, and a number of articles written for The Island Sand Paper (Fort Myers Beach) appear on my website: www.WCHighfield.com.
I am a graduate of the University of Delaware and also a native of The First State. After a decade of employment in the moving and storage industry, I embarked on a twenty-year run of ownership of a residential and commercial painting business. In 2006, I moved to Fort Myers.
Sports have always been a big part of my life. Baseball was tops from an early age, and culminated with playing ten years in the Delaware Semi-Pro League. Later, I picked up the running bug and participated in hundreds of road races ranging from 5Ks to half-marathons. I continue to take part in various forms of physical activity and endeavor to enjoy outdoor life
Denise began her writing career as a writer/editor for a weekly newspaper chain in the Lake Okeechobee region of Southwest Florida, covering everything from drug plane crashes to trust fraud investigation. After moving to Lee County, she wrote an editorial column and distinguished citizen profiles for the Lehigh Acres Citizen as well as an editorial column for Gulf Coast Woman magazine. She is the author of Doors, a children’s book (Tate Publishers). Her current project is an adult fiction book.
Denise was honored to receive the first place award for fiction in the Gulf Coast Writers Association 2012 writing contest. She is a member of both the Hurricanes Critique Group and the Lehigh Acres Critique Group.
My first experience cooking was on a chair next to my mother. Then I learned to add spices and herbs, create appetizers, mix fruits and vegetables to make salsas and chutneys, use fruits to make jellies, jams, and experiment with all type of ingredients to make homemade soups. You can use side dishes to make a ho-hum meal into a excellent meal. My book, In Addition...to the Entree helps you put your meals together quickly and easily by making it enjoyable. Don't eat out every night, why not try cooking by help from Connie.
In Addition…to the Entrée is all about side dishes. It has fourteen sections, one hundred and sixty recipes, sixty five colored photographs and many sketches to let you experience the recipes first hand.
Connie Thornall Hope was born and raised in Metuchen. She is the 13th generation at the First Presbyterian Church. Her great grandfather, William R. Thornall, was the first mayor of Metuchen. Her grandmother owned and operated a tea room in 1932 in Metuchen—the Bonnie Neuk. She has published her fist novel, The Bonnie Neuk Tea Room, [press release] which can be ordered through her new website or at Amazon.
Diana Howard is an author and poet who resides in southeastern South Dakota and southwest Florida.
The author of Applesauce, a children’s book and a published member of the South Dakota State Poetry Society, Diana is currently working on a volume of poetry with aging as its subject matter.
Diana graduated from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1972, majoring in English and education. She obtained a MA in counseling from the University of Iowa in 1978.
Diana continues to explore, learn, and create poems, stories, and essays that both educate and inspire.
Timothy M. Jacobs
For more than 30 years I've been writing poetry, short stories, articles and books. My work has been published in such publications as Kracked Mirror Mysteries, Lighthouse Digest, The Connecticut Nutmegger, Gulf & Main Magazine, Patriots of the American Revolution, and WRITERS' Journal. I've also written for such newspapers as The Beacon, The Source, The Valley Courier, Guilford Courier, and Florida Weekly.
Books I've written include: Goodspeed's Folly: The Life of William Henry Goodspeed and his Opera House; Milestones & Memories: The History of the St. George Catholic Community Church; The Basics of Research, Writing and Self Publishing; Almost Home: The 1864 Diary of Sgt. Samuel E. Grovsenor and my latest release is H. E. Heitman: An Early Entrepreneur of Fort Myers, Florida.
I’m also the founder and former editor for Patriots of the American Revolution magazine.
I'm currently forming a writing consultant business to assist writers with their craft.
Please visit www.tmjacobs.com to learn more about me, my writing, upcoming lectures, current projects, and much more. I’ve been a member of the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association for six years, and was a guest speaker in May 2005 and July 2011.
Michelle was always an avid reader since her childhood days, spent in her island home of Jamaica. She would read primarily romance and mystery novels which piqued her interest. The adventure later began in her college years when her thirst for knowledge was unquenchable. She would thumb through endless pages of various magazines and publications: science, business, home and garden and religion... just to name a few. It was then that she realized that she had a knack for writing, particularly poetry.
Now, instead of keeping all her thoughts on paper to herself, she feels the need to share them with the world. “One never knows whether or not this seed of mine that is being sown, will fall on the soil of another person's heart, to burst forth roots of encouragement, produce fruit of inspiration, or bloom flowers of blessing,” she says.
Much of the content of Michelle’s material stems from the foundational roots of her Christian faith.
Her published works include "A Black Sheep in the Fold" (fiction) and “Writes of Passage” (poetry).
Michelle says she hopes “to continue to shine this little light of mine, which God in His grace has given to me, in a dark and dying world. Whatever the impact, I pray that, as He has been a blessing to me, I will pass the batón throughout this Life Race and be a blessing to others as well.”
Feel free to visit her website at: http://michellejameswrites.webs.com
Patricia B. Janda
My interest in writing goes back to childhood days in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1942, at the age of ten, I was impressed by a movie newsreel account of General James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle’s crucial bombing mission over Tokyo in World War 11. That evening I composed a poem about him and my grandmother mailed it to the War Department in Washington. A short time later, the general responded. He said my poem "was indeed inspiring"…and he would take it with him and go on to victory. Those words, and the rest of his letter, gave me the encouragement to pursue writing. Continuing to write poems and short stories, later I joined the high school newspaper and yearbook staff.
In 1977, my husband and I and our sons moved to Spencer, Iowa, where I got a job working in the Activity Department in a nursing home. It was there that I had the opportunity to start a monthly newsletter for the residents. Not knowing how to type, I wrote the copy in long hand and the Activity Director typed it. The Lantern continues to this day. In 1983, I was again working at a nursing home, this time in Topeka, Kansas. A resident wanted to improve his English and asked me if I had any books on grammar. I searched my home and found an old workbook from college days in 1951. One exercise had never been turned in. A question on the page asked, "What do you really want to be?" I had written, "I want to be a writer." Realizing then just how long this love of writing went back, I decided to really pursue my desire to write.
Enrolling at Washburn University, I took all the Creative Writing and Writer's Seminar courses available. I joined Kansas Authors Club and eventually my poem, Wayward Boy, was selected for their yearbook. It remains on file at the university library. I was now writing poems and stories for the classes and initiated a newsletter for the Newcomers Club, writing in long hand and my friend typed it. When she moved out of town, I was forced to learn to type. Unable to attend the typing classes offered at the time, I bought a $3.00 instruction book, sat at my kitchen table for hours at a time, and typed on my son's manual typewriter with a grocery bag on my head (so I couldn't peek at the keys!). In one week, I could type – very, very slowly, but accurately. A column called Personally with Pat for the Topeka Weekly Review came next. The pay was ten dollars a week, but I had a byline with my picture!
My first check ever for writing was $50.00 (for five columns). That made me a ‘professional writer!’ Taking the coveted check to the bank, I suddenly snatched it back from the teller before she could cash it. I just couldn’t let it go. Hurrying over to a Xerox machine, I made a copy to keep forever and finally cashed the check.The tiny Sherwood Gazette periodical hired me for a 300-word piece and paid the unbelievable salary of $20.00 a month!
My poem for the newsletter Compassionate Friends was published on the front-page and circulated in several states. In Topeka, Kansas, all my dreams came true. Perhaps I was going to be a writer after all. Another transfer, and we were in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Joining a writers' club, I began submitting non-fiction manuscripts to the big magazines. I learned the hard way that you do not send a story about the elderly to Redbook, which caters to 18 to 40 year olds; finding the right market is key.
My 300-word piece to Reader's Digest came back so fast, it almost made my head spin. Later I learned they receive 50,000 unsolicited manuscripts a year. I'm sure mine never had a chance. Little by little, I was discovering the trials and tribulations a writer must go through. From White Bear Lake we relocated to Florida. While working at the Seven Lakes Association, I had the opportunity to write stories for their seasonal Seven Laker newspaper. Besides my regular column about the residents called At the Pavilion, I wrote more than one hundred additional non-fiction articles over an 11-year period.
In October 2001, Gulf Coast Writers Association came into my life. Since then several of my articles have been published in the club's Anthology and five pieces have appeared so far in Ft. Myers Magazine. My association with Gulf Coast Writers has been extremely gratifying. The members' encouragement, assistance and caring help me more than I can ever say. Looking back over the years, I smile when I think of General Jimmy Doolittle’s kind words, as well as that gentleman in Topeka, Kansas who wanted a book on grammar. Because of them, I realized that, "Yes, I want to be a writer."
Dr. Carol Kennedy
Dr. Carol Kennedy has authored three books: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PARENTING FROM A TO Z, SO HELP ME GOD, now in its fourth printing. You’ll find practical parenting tips as well as literacy games for the whole family. THE FIFTEEN MINUTE GUIDE TO PARENTING complements the A-Z book, and is a Christian workbook. THE GRIEF MONSTER carries the reader on a journey, as Dr. Carol shares gripping moments as she struggled with her ‘monster’ when her sister was killed. In progress is the fourth book, ONLY GOD CAN UNSCRAMBLE EGGS. Dr. Carol speaks to schools, churches, ladies groups and conventions. To find out more please visit www.drcarolkennedy.com. She is also in the speakers’ bureau of www.faccs.org
Nancy lives on the Island of Matlacha, Florida with her husband, Don. Their three daughters and their families are located nearby, filling her home with love and laughter. Her works have appeared in the Gary Post-Tribune, the Fort Myers – Cape Coral News-Press, Writers Currents, and books published by the Pine Island Writers. Nancy won first place for her poetry in the first Judged and Juried competition at Berreitter Photography and Gallery in St. James City, Florida. She writes short stories and poems about nature, the island, aging, and also children's stories and poems. Much of her work is peppered with humor. She volunteers at local elementary and middle schools, and does ministry work at an assisted living center. Along with befriending the many birds and animals on the island, she also enjoys reading, sketching, painting, biking and boating. Nancy is a member of Pine Island Writers.
Nancy has published Growing Old on Island Time, a collection of short stories and poems and some musings of life as she have lived it or imagined it. There is some truth, some fiction, and some mistakes which she hopes the reader will overlook and just go with the humor. It's for all the happy retired people out there enjoying life. And for those who will retire one day ~ hang on, you're in for a wild ride into old age.
Morton A. Levy
Mort is a retired oncologist (M.D.) and emeritus associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. He divides his time between Missouri and Florida. He is a member of the St. Louis Guild, the Sanibel Writers Group 2, and the Missouri State Poetry Society.
He has published multiple poems and memoir pieces, and won 3rd Place in the Southwest Florida Poetry Contest, 2012, and 1st place in the Missouri Poetry Society (Humorous Poem) in 2013.
Mort is currently working on a memoir about coming of age in the '40s and '50s, a poetry book, The Time of Our Lives, and a book of photos and poetry - 50 photos by a nationally recognized photographer with accompanying poems.
The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.
Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
He's published three novels so far in this new stage of his life: There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and the recently released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida, and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
Carmine and Dorayne Lombardo
CARMINE LOMBARDO – 2009 SENIOR POET LAUREATE OF FLORIDA, AUTHOR, LIBRETTIST, LYRICIST
Carmine began his writing career at age 16 and to date he has written 11 children's books, poems, many which have been published in collections and anthologies and 11 musicals - DOBDINOB, The Children's Book and DOBDINOB, The Family Musical being his latest, was recently published by Heuer Publishing LLC. (See Hitplays.com) Presently, he has completed the lyrics and, in collaboration with his wife, Dorayne, the book of his new musical, The Studio. He has also collaborated in writing over 800 songs, many of which have been published and have become hits. As a member of BMI, (Broadcast Music, Inc.), he won a scholarship to a musical theatre workshop under the direction of Lehman Engel. Carmine became a staff writer for Southern-Peer Music, Inc. and Fred Fisher Music in NYC. He spent 13 years in Nashville producing albums and collaborating with many famous country writers. He was honored to receive the 2009 17th Annual National Senior Poets Laureate of Florida Award sponsored by Amy Kitchener’s Angels Without Wings Foundation. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Authors’ League and Gulf Coast Writers Association, Inc. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Seton Hall University and became a Language Arts and drama teacher. His family of three children, six grand children and five great grand children are closer than pages in a book. Happily and gratefully blessed, he now lives in Cape Coral, Fl with his wife, Dorayne.
DORAYNE LOMBARDO - WRITER- ARTIST- SINGER - DESIGNER
Dorayne Lombardo, aka Lydia Ann Cummings, has a long and successful singing and writing career. A member of BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) and Gulf Coast Writers Association, she collaborated in writing, editing, participating in and designing the costumes and staging for many musicals and revues, the latest – DOBDINOB, The Family Musical.
Her creative art works have been widely accepted in the United States and Europe. She is a member of The Cape Coral Art League and Pine Island Art Association, where she instructs. Presently while continuing her fine art, she is engaged in contributing her artistic talents as set designer and art director for Cape Coral’s Cultural Park Theatre.
Dorayne’s music, editing, visual, creative costume designs and scenery for DOBDINOB, The Family Musical, have contributed to its illustrious productions. Recently, in collaboration with her husband, Carmine, she completed the book of their exciting new musical, The Studio.
Email for Carmine and Dorayne: email@example.com
I started making up stories to tell whoever would listen, virtually when I started talking. I started writing the stories down when I was nine or ten. Yet, somehow as an adult, for about thirty years, the only writing I did was business and technical writing. I spent those years working for corporations in the High-Tech industry, specializing in implementing company-wide Information Systems. At age fifty, I started writing for pleasure, again - first poetry, then short stories, and finally novels.
My first published novel, The Janus Code, written under the pen name J.C. Ferguson, was awarded the FAPA President's Gold Medal. It is an international thriller about trying to stop a very deadly computer virus. I will be publishing my second novel in December — Mangrove Madness, a humorous mystery set in Florida. It is about a newly licensed female PI trying to track down first one, then two...then seven missing people. Next, I'm working on a follow up novel to Mangrove Madness.
I am currently self-employed — designing websites, educating users on computers, and formatting books for CreateSpace and Kindle. I'm also the current webmaster for the GCWA website gulfwriters.org. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Beth Lundgren
Mary Beth Lundgren has belonged to Gulf Coast Writers for six years. She especially loves to write for children, and is the author of two picture books—the award-winning Seven Scary Monsters, and We Sing the City, and teen novel, Love, Sara, a Junior Library Guild selection. Her stories, poems, and articles have been published in anthologies and magazines for children: Spider, Cricket, Pockets, and My Friend, she’s also published articles, memoirs, and essays in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines for adults. For three years, she tutored students at Project: LEARN, an adult literacy program in Cleveland, OH, which published her award-winning, restricted-vocabulary book about computers. Since moving to Florida in 1999, she’s been a member of the Florida Native Plant Society, and put together the monthly newsletter of the local FNPS chapter for a year. She lives in "The Cape" with husband, Ted, a computer consultant, and three gorgeous and loving black cats.
Doug has been a cartoonist for 32 years. He got his professional start drawing editorial cartoons for The Norwich Bulletin in eastern Connecticut in 1980. He moved to Florida in 1988 and was the News-Press editorial cartoonist from 1988 to June of 2011. Doug has also been a children's book author and illustrator since 2002. He has self-published five children's books. He is also a member of SCBWI, The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the AAEC, The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists.
His two new children's books are - Turtellini, The Turbo-Charged Turtle, and Rad Hair Day. Doug also has a current and popular book called Get Creative…Turn on the Bright Side of Your Brain.
When Doug is not at his drawing board he is out playing music. He sings and plays harmonica in the popular local blues band, Cracker Blues. Doug does freelance cartoon work and also likes to make small iMovies to share his thoughts with the world.
Check out his website at: dougcreates.com.
Jeri, a freelance writer for the past fifteen year, has written interview, health, travel, history and art pieces for local, regional and national magazines and newspapers. Recent articles have appeared in The National Cowboy Hall of Fame Magazine, Persimmon Hill, Transitions Abroad, Mature Lifestyles, Ft. Myers News Press, Sanibel Island Sun, Sanibel Islander and Ft. Myers Magazine. She has produced newsletters and designed and maintains the GCWA and Sanibel Historical Village and Museum websites. Her nonfiction book Historic Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Tales of Paradise was released in November 2011. She is a resident of Sanibel Island, Florida for the past 26 years, and a founding member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association.
Jeri now has a new website - www.jerimagg.com.
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Carol Mahler is the author of three books: How Do I Follow?, published by Peace River Press in 2012; Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles, published by the University Press of Florida in 2010; and Adventures in the Charlotte Harbor Watershed: A Story of Four Animals and Their Neighborhoods, a children’s book first published in 2008 by the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and annually distributed for free to third, fourth, or fifth graders in seven Florida counties. She also writes and edits publications for the DeSoto County Historical Society in Arcadia, Florida.
A professional storyteller and singer-songwriter, she specializes in telling Florida folklore. For programs focusing on literature, Florida literature, Florida history and public policy, she has served as humanities scholar, discussion leader, and project director. She has worked as “state scholar” and in a literacy program for the Florida Humanities Council.
She is the founding director of the Peace River Center for Writers, now at Edison State College, in Punta Gorda, Florida. She has taught writing workshops for preschoolers through nonagenarians in schools, colleges, churches, recreation centers, libraries, parks, and other locations. She has also taught community education, community college, Elderhostel, Learning in Retirement, and university classes.
Dennis was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, is a graduate of East High School class of 1959, attended Youngstown University, the University of Maryland and the University of San Francisco where he received his undergraduate BSBA degree. Has pursued his Graduate degree at Golden Gate University, Troy State and the University of Florida Pensacola Campus. Dennis retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 yrs of service and finished out his active working career with General Electric in Houston Texas.
As one of the original Mr. Mom's, raising his daughters was a huge influence in his writing's. He is a member of the American Legion post 472 in Youngstown, Ohio and VFW post 706 Pensacola, Florida. He resides in Canfield Ohio during the summer months and in North Fort Myers, Florida during the winter months. He attends the Canfield Christian Church while in Ohio and Good Sheppard Methodist in North Myers.
He is now in the process of becoming a Florida resident and working on his third book to be similar to that of Art Linkletter’s “Kids say the funniest things” but it is about the things Senior’s say during their Senior Moments. You can chat with and provide input for this new project at Mrcelubrious.blogspot.com or Celubrious@yahoogroups.com Dennis also Tweets and is on Facebook and has committed to contributing a percentage of royalties from the sale of the book to the TommyDetescoFund.com (Cleveland Clinic) for adolescents and young adults with brain tumors. If you would like to have a guest speaker for your professional or faith based gatherings please contact him at 330-718-6654. For sample pages visit his web site at www.celubrious.net
Joseph X Martin
Joseph Xavier Martin is a freelance writer from Buffalo, New York. He is an avid reader and has a keen interest in history. He has been writing for over 30 years and has been published in numerous periodicals. Martin has written short stories, a play and numerous essays. His travelogues has guided many a friend on their journeys. Westward from Eire is his first novel and his new book, A Piece of the Banner, is due out in April, 2010. Joe is 5th generation Irish American and like many others of Irish descent has been involved in local, state and national politics.
Robert S. McCarthy
Since 1979, Bob has been a professional writer, editor and producer in both freelance and corporate positions. He has written video scripts for marketing and training, collateral materials. He creates web content and social media content for clients and helps clients develop effective marketing plans. His articles have been published in regional, national and international magazines. Bob also served as editor for a business-to-business publication. Bob has an M.A. from Arizona State University and a B.A. from Western New England university.
Bob published an e-book on social media in February 2014 - Collaborative Blogging: A Team Approach to Social Media in 6 Easy Steps. He writes non-fiction, plays, screenwriting, essays.
Web Site: www.theb2bwriter.comBlog: http://eteamjournal.wordpress.com
Sandra McClinton, author of Lyrical Aviators: Traveling America's Airways in a Small Plane, was born in the cotton mill town of Sycamore, Alabama. She attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama before transferring to Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics.
McClinton has worked at a number of jobs where she has gained valuable experiences for her writing. She taught Algebra in junior high schools before she switched to computer programming. Most of her career has been spent as a software engineer for NASA, the Army and Newport News Shipbuilding.
McClinton fell in love with flying and spent a year at the Garner Airport in Windsor, Virginia, learning how to fly sailplanes and crew for the Tidewater Soaring Society. She soloed in a Schweizer 2-33. She has been part owner of a Cessna 150 and a Cessna Cutlass 172-RG. She has been active in several aviation organizations, including the Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. McClinton and her husband have put more than 300,000 miles on their Cessna, traveling to remote places like Alaska and exotic places like the Caribbean.
In addition to the nonfiction book, Lyrical Aviators (published by Whistling Swan Press in 2000), McClinton has written several articles and poems in flying magazines. "Blue Water to Baja Mar" was published in Plane & Pilot and Air Race Classic 2002 was published in the International Women Pilots magazine. She is a poet as well as a writer and is a member of The Poetry Society of Virginia. Some of her poems were published in The Poetry Society of Virginia 80th Anniversary Anthology of Poems.
McClinton and her husband find a lot of material for her writing when they island hop in the Caribbean and fly the harrowing passes of Alaska. She lives in Cape Coral, Florida, with her husband.
Gary McLouth is the author of Natural Causes and Do No Harm. Both story collections are available at Sanibel bookstores, the Sanibel Public Library and online at Amazon.com. The eBook edition of Do No Harm can be downloaded on a wide variety of electronic reading devices including: Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
Gary holds a Doctorate of Arts in English from SUNY Albany (NY) where his collection of stories, Death and Other Frustrations, won the President’s Distinguished Dissertation Award. Gary is Professor Emeritus at The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY), and teaches composition at Edison State College in Fort Myers, Florida.
After twenty-eight years in business, Jeanne and her husband sold their video security surveillance company. She was recognized by the Illinois governor as the Small-Business Person of the Year. She is the Tax Collector for New Lenox Township and has been the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of a local bank. Ms. Meeks now writes full-time and belongs to GCWA as well as Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and critique groups in Illinois and Florida. Jeanne also writes human-interest articles for Schoolhouse Life news magazine.
When not writing, Jeanne backpacks, kayaks, entertains the grandchildren, volunteers with the local historical society, and plays tennis or golf. She lives with her husband of forty-four years in Fort Myers and in a suburb of Chicago.
In August 2013, Jeanne published her mystery/adventure about a novice backpacker whose trek across the Grand Canyon turned into a nightmare. RIM TO RIM-Death in the Grand Canyon is available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon and for Nook at Barnes and Noble.
Carl Megill began writing comedy sketches, while working as a deejay at a New Jersey radio station. He soon learned the craft of writing sitcoms and wrote over twenty spec scripts for shows like, “Frasier,” “Golden Girls,” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He won a national television script writing competition and a playwriting competition for his three-act play, “You’re Never Too Old,” which was produced on stage to favorable reviews. During this time, he started writing a humor column, “The Mind of Megill.” It ran for over ten years in print and on the internet. For one season, he wrote for the Seattle-based sketch comedy television show, “The Night Shift.” He continues to write sitcom pilots, screenplays and short stories from his home in Florida.
Dick Miller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. A Lutheran minister for 38 years, he served as Pastor of congregations in Connecticut and New Jersey, and Senior Pastor of a large multi-staffed church in Florida before retiring in 2001. Dick has made presentations on book-related topics to students, church groups, seniors and civic organizations, and is available for speaking engagements. This is his first published work of historical fiction. Dick lives in Florida with his wife, Donna. He has two sons, one in North Carolina and the other in Florida. Dick and Donna have six grandchildren. Dick has published his first book - The Boxcar Kid --- Get Free Sample and More Data at
Russ Miller is a retired REALTOR with former offices in Pennsylvania for over 50 years. As a concomitant profession with real estate he was a radio talk show host on talk radio station WWDB in Philadelphia for 28 years, plus a short time on NBC Talk net in New York City. Russ, now enjoys his retirement, as a writer of short stories and poetry. He also enjoys playing the piano, dabbles in Art and produces storytelling entertainment with storytellers, writers and poets in Florida.
Thomas O. Miller is the author of two electronic books: Irish Short Stories - the little people (2012) and Irish Short Stories - The Druids(2014)
Tom is a Florida certified educator K-12 and a tutor with the Community Learning Center at STARS Complex
Robin Montesano was born in 1959 in East Boston, MA. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1992, wheelchair-bound by 1995, walked again by 1998, received a Master's Degree in Nutrition in 2003, self-published on the most likely cause of her disease, MS in 2012. Robin was always a lover of books, now her passion is sailing.
Robin did an interview with Jolisa Stewart on KDW Radio.
Her book Clues to the Cause, Questions for a Cure reviews hundreds of years of MS history to reach its conclusions.
Her website is cluestothecause.com.
Terrie Farley Moran
Terrie Farley Moran’s cozy mystery novel, Well Read, Then Dead, is the first book in the Read ’Em and Eat Bookstore Café series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. Her short mystery fiction appears regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and various anthologies. She has been short-listed twice for the annual Best American Mystery Stories. You can find Terrie blogging amid the grand banter of an entertaining group of writers known as the Women of Mystery. www.womenofmystery.net
Carole is professional graphic and fine artist from Long Island, NY...and studied at Parsons School of Design. When her children were young she freelanced in her home studio and later returned full time to the publishing industry. At Barrons Books, she was thrilled to be working as a book illustrator and designer and often went to meetings with the famous “Mr Barron”. It was around that time that computers were starting to come on the scene. The artist calls it the Computer Revolution and compares it to the Industrial Revolution of the 1800’s. She went back to school to study the new technology. In the 1990’s she worked for several publishing companies and also continued her own commercial design business, CBN Design Studios. In 2000 she moved down to Fort Myers with her husband, Sal. Last year (2012) sadly he lost his battle with cancer. While here in Florida, Carole enjoyed being the editor for her church newsletter and has also written many articles for the local newspapers. She is a member of several art groups, where she is exhibiting her artwork: Coconut Pt. Art Gallery, Alliance for the Arts, Bonita Springs Art league and the Painters and Artist League of Gateway. She enjoys helping and encouraging other artists to develop their talents and market their work at local art shows, exhibits and in local publications. Her design business, love of art and writing have always been her passions. She is currently working on writing and illustrating a children’s book about her hyperactive son and also writing and illustrating a spiritual book about her own personal faith journey. As a new member of the Gulfwriters group she is excited to be meeting so many interesting, creative and talented people.
What’s a small town boy like me doing, publishing another book of stories about Fennimore Wisconsin, the town I grew up in, then left a long time ago; but can’t quite ever leave in my mind? Thanks to an assignment from the Fennimore Times newspaper, in 2002, I have had the wonderful opportunity to recall friends, acquaintances, relatives and events in a weekly newspaper column called Fennimore… As I Remember.
My latest book, Still My Story, And I’m Sticking to It! is the third gathering of a number of yarns and tales from years past. The first book, That’s My Story, And I’m Sticking to It! was followed by, That’s My Story, And I’m Still Sticking to It! I trust readers will find this latest account to their liking and that my narratives of Fennimore, past and present, will give you similar affection for my favorite hometown and its history. I caution people that these too could be your stories, merely change the names and your friends may appear on every page.
I recently read that author, Studs Terkel, said, “People are hungry for stories––its part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.” Sounds good to me, for I’m a story teller, not an author.
As for my background, I was educated as a mining engineer, followed by a stint in an Arizona copper mine and then pursued a career in sales and management in mining and construction related industries. After living in eleven locations around the country my wife, Dorothy, and I have settled down in the Ft Myers Fl area. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After teaching second graders, raising five children, and supervising a Social Security office, I fell into owning a mobile pet grooming business. Instead of dealing with humans, I acquired new skills such as trimming hair to disguise a dog’s missing eye and crawling under vans to detect which hose was spewing green fluid. Upon retiring, I tried to purge my nightmares about that quirky career by writing about it. I joined GCWA, and with its guidance, terrific speakers, and workshops, I wrote my creative nonfiction, humorous tale, Going to the Dogs; Confessions of a Mobile Pet Groomer. New Chapter Publisher’s Editor-in-Chief, Chris Angermann, and our own Grammar Granny, Martha Jeffers, guided me through the maze of content and grammar editing.
Released in October 2010.
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Jan's blog is www.authorjannieman.blogspot.com
Violet Niggl aka Violeta Barrett
Violeta Barrett has always written stories since she learned to write at the age of four. Short stories were her favorite genre after falling in love with O. Henry (pen name for William Sydney Porter) and his classic short Christmas tale of sacrifice and love, The Gift of the Maji. Poetry and children's stories were also at the top of her list but as a child of the Great Depression, she refused to write about conflicts, preferring fantasies with "happily ever after" endings. Ironically, conflict is what makes a story worth reading and why, First Love, her memoir of sacrifice and love, may become an all-time favorite.
Subsequent to a forty-two year career in both the public and private sectors, Barrett, a Brooklyn transplant of Italian ancestry, moved from Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida, after her second husband's death in 1993, where she resides today. She was encouraged to write a story on reinventing her life, which was published in an anthology of stories called Beyond Coping. A Valentine love letter she wrote on a whim won a prize and was published in her local newspaper. She began writing articles for a political newsletter soon after, eventually becoming its co-editor.
Barrett attended the New York Institute of Finance and graduated from the American Institute of Banking, The Institute of Children's Literature and York University in Toronto, where she earned a B.A. in Humanities-Religious Studies and Sociology, at the age of sixty-one.
Her passions are classical music, writing, reading, travel, photography ... and love.
I began writing as a child in Bermuda when a favorite teacher had one of my essays published in a local newspaper. I am a charter member of Louisville Christian Writers and a new member of Gulf Coast Writers in Florida. I have been a contributing writer for Kentucky Monthly Magazine and my work has appeared in Essence's Celebrating the Season and Alive! magazine. The publication in 2011 of my children's book, Benny's Angel, fulfills a dream.
In addition to writing, I have enjoyed drawing and painting since childhood. Three limited edition prints have been produced from my art, including "Old Timer," which took first place in the portrait division at the 2006 Kentucky State Fair. Because of my interest in the arts, I am on the planning team for Artful Missions, which produces juried art shows and donates most of the proceeds to ministries that help women and children escape human trafficking.
I have three children, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren from my marriage to my first husband, Bob McCrea, who is now with the Lord. With my second husband, Paul, I have two stepsons and four more grandchildren. Our blended family is a blessing.
I am a trail lover since childhood when riding my horse on the well-developed trails of the Watchung Reservation in NJ was a treat. Later when there was no longer a steed at hand, my own feet served me well. Then I learned about the benefits of exercise and endorphins and just kept walking.
My work life has centered on land use having been a legal secretary specializing in real estate, and land use board administrator and now a realtor.
My first book, You Can Get There from Here – Hiking Hunterdon County Trails, in collaboration with Sue Dziamara grew from our walking and exploring in Hunterdon County NJ and wishing to share the wealth. A sequel trail book soon to be launched, You Can Get There from Here Too broadens the quest.
As a transplant to sunny southwest Florida, I have my sights set on sharing the fun of Lee County trails.
In the end walking and embracing the trail connection is the most fun land use pursuit yet and writing about it a bonus.
Also on my agenda a kitchen tips and tricks manual, Life is Too Short to be Stuck in the Kitchen.
The name Denege rhymes with beige. Many years ago in upstate New York, Denege’s career-preference test indicated she might be an author, and she thought it was a mistake. At the time, she was a math major. (A semester of differential equations convinced her otherwise.) She switched to psychology, and after a most interesting career as a family therapist, she moved to Bokeelia, Florida where she explored art, archaeology, and authorship. Today she belongs to the Pine Island Writers, the Pine Island Sketch Group, the Southwest Florida Archaeological Society, and the Friends of the Randell Research Center at Pineland, where she leads weekly tours as part of their partnership with Captiva Cruises.
Her 2010 book, Edisonia Native Girl, the Life Story of Florence Keen Sansom, Artist Born on the Edison Estate, Fort Myers, Florida, is an authentic oral history as told to Denege by the daughter of Thomas Edison’s groundskeeper of 1917. Florence’s award-winning art illustrates this beautiful book, which may be purchased at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store, or from their website, edisonfordwinterestates.org. It is also available from Amazon.com and locally on Pine Island, Florida, at Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery, Wildchild Gallery, and Randell Research Center. Denege is currently writing three books. You may read about them on her website at denegecreates.com.
Martha Lou Perritti
Independent scholar and author Martha Lou Perritti began her writing career when most people start thinking about slowing down. She was 50 years old when she ventured into writing and book publishing.
Her first works were popular cookbooks. Cooking Our Way (Morris Press) was published in 1993. A second cookbook was written and published again by Morris Press in 1998, 1999 titled, Martha Lou's Kitchen. But it wasn't until Perritti moved to quiet Pine Island, Florida that she began her first historical novel. The story was about her father who lived to be 101. After several years of research and writing, she published Crossing in the Rain (Lifestyles Press). The story about Perritti's father fascinated not only her readers but came as a revelation to many of her family members. Martha Lou discovered her father had several families, and that she had 13 siblings instead of the nine brothers and sisters in her family. In Crossing in the Rain we meet each of those families.
After reading her first novel, many readers expressed a desire to learn more about Martha Lou's mother. In the early research stages about her mother, Perritti's focus shifted dramatically. Martha Lou uncovered a long-held secret in the family — their Cherokee heritage. She discovered three full-blooded ancestral grandmothers. Thus, Standing Against the Wind (Lifestyles Press), follows the lives of these three courageous Native American Indian women. Her fact-based story begins in the Cumberland Gap and follows the path her Cherokee family unfolds. The reader travels through early Native Americans living peacefully in the Carolina mountains, to the treacherous Trail of Tears, the Civil War and to the final removal of Native Americans from Martha's family homestead in the Caddo Mountains of northern Alabama. In 2006, Perritti presented a signed copy of Standing Against the Wind to officials with The Smithsonian and The National Museum for the American Indian. Perritti released the third book in her historical series: From This Fertile Valley. The fourth book in the series, Ribbon of Time, was released in 2013.
As a young mother, military wife and budding writer, she travels the world sharing her innate ingenuity, intuition and appreciation for nature with others. Martha currently is dedicating time for speaking engagements and book lectures. An excellent speaker, the diminutive Perritti will take you on her fascinating journey, offering tips on finding your own personal heritage. She has proven to be much like her Cherokee ancestors — steady and calm, displaying a solid sense of purpose when a goal is laid out before her. "If I can start a writing career at 50, anyone can," she remarks. "My life has been a summation of the attributes of my Cherokee and Irish legacies. Benefiting from the inner strength of my ancestors, I follow my own path."
Marsha J. Perlman’s environmental poetry book, SPIRIT LIFE, received first prize at the 2011 Florida State Conference of the National League of American Pen Women. In this book, she shares her wildlife experiences along Florida’s Gulf Coast, and encourages the reader to enjoy and protect our dwindling natural resources.
Perlman has been a Fulbright recipient in Great Britain, and a teacher trainer in China. She co-produced and co-anchored La Lucha Sigue, a biweekly FM radio program reporting current Latin American news and views. As a photojournalist, Marsha’s work appeared in numerous magazines and journals, and received many awards from Colorado Press Women and Photographic Society of America.
She was a contributing author to the books Unraveling Mysteries (2011), an anthology on women and aging, and Until They Have Faces (2012), an inside look at the homeless population in Boulder, Colorado, and Women's Voices or the 21st Century: Experiences that Shape Women.
Marsha was invited to participate in ArtPoems in 2012, 2013, and again in 2014.
She divides her time between Pine Island, FL and Colorado, kayaking and biking half the year and hiking in the Rockies the other half.
Contact Marsha at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with an undergraduate minor in history from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in economics from Case Western Reserve University. A veteran of service in Vietnam on board a destroyer in the United States navy, I am proud to be referred to as a “tin-can sailor.” During a varied career as a stockbroker, trust officer with two banks, planned giving officer with a state university, a small business owner, self-employed, and both an employee and contractor of the Department of Defense, there was often the thought of writing but life for me was too busy.
This would change with retirement when I began writing letters to the editor to three different newspapers. The scope of these letters ranged from economics to government and politics to interpretations of the Constitution. The letter writing would be interspersed with the writing of a blog on one newspaper’s blog site. Also, periodically, I will write papers about the political economy and other important macroeconomic issues. Recent papers were entitled Thoughts About Current Economic and Political Issues and A Micro-Macro Dichotomy.
And then, the realization of a lifetime would be fulfilled, that is, to write a meaningful book. And with this my passion for history took control. With many questions requiring answers, the research began. The information and answers which this research discovered would lead to the writing of the book A Right to Bear Arms? What Were the Founders Thinking?
Born on Broad Street not far from where the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers ply their trades, a graduate of three local schools (Bishop Neumann High, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and Temple University), it's hard for me to imagine anyone being more Philadelphian than I.
Nonetheless, during the 40s and 50s, if you asked me or my buddies what's your nationality, to a man we'd say, we're Italians. A badge of honor, we knew Italian was the way we could distinguish ourselves from other ethnic groups that surrounded our little world, our little Italy, known to us simply as South Philly. Filled with immigrants from Naples, Sicily and Calabria, we grew up eating the best Italian food, listening to the best music sung by the likes of Como, Bennett, Sinatra, and Deano; rooting for great athletes like Graziano, Marciano and DiMaggio; going to the same schools with other South Philly Italians, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Darren, Buddy Greco, Bobby Rydell and Mario Lanza.
While growing up Italian, few if any of us kids ever aspired to visiting Italy let alone having the chance to live there for a year. Well, I did live in Italy. More accurately, Nancy and I did. The experience changed our lives. What we learned could fill a book. So, we wrote one. When you read it, we hope it will inspire you to do something exciting, something adventuresome. For us, it was Italy. For you, it might be something else. Climb a mountain. Write a book. Ask for that raise. Life is short. Find your Italy and do it. Avanti.
Visit Nancy and me at www.NotInATuscanVilla.com.
Nancy Petralia grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and will forever be a Steelers fan. Always moving eastward, she lived in Harrisburg then Philadelphia where she met husband John. He taught her about good olives, opera, tennis and Italian cooking. She taught him about Irish stew and having a dog. Together they started a book club that's met every month for nearly 20 years.
They retired to the Jersey shore where Nancy improved her backhand and discovered a talent for ceramic sculpture. They took Italian lessons. And they dreamed...of living in Italy. When they decided to make that dream a reality it was the start of the best year of their lives--and a story they wanted to share.
Nancy and John recently relocated to Fort Myers, Florida, a city they hope to love as much as Parma, Italy.
Visit Nancy and John at www.NotInATuscanVilla.com.
Born in Norwalk, Ct in 1954 and lived there until 1964. Moved to Warwick, Rhode Island until he graduated from High School. Served in the United States Air Force from 1973-1993. He's been around the world a couple of times and has lived in Germany, Turkey, Thailand, the Philippine Islands and other fun places like Omaha.
Bill has mined his experiences as a former intelligence analyst and foreign operative during his twenty years in the military to create prose and poetry that speaks with sensitivity to aspects unique to veterans of the Viet Nam era. He is currently working on some fiction pieces derived from his military and intelligence experience. Not your usual spy stuff, but the dangerous, unglamorous, brutal and essentially pointless power politics of the 70’s and 80’s. They will encompass three novels
James Ring is a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent who investigated the American La Cosa Nostra and the Sicilian Mafia in New England. Ring received the Department of Justice’s highest award as the architect of the first and only electronic interception of the La Cosa Nostra/Mafia induction ceremony of new members, including the Omerta oath.
Ring has testified in federal court as an expert witness on La Cosa Nostra and has served as a media commentator on organized crime. He participated in a series by National Public Radio analyzing the current Department of Justice Informant Guidelines. Ring served for one year on the Department of Defense advisory board, mandated by Congress, to review their civilian and military investigative capabilities. The board reviewed the growing military preference of favoring electronic intelligence gathering at the expense of human intelligence.
Ring founded a business information and investigative service within a prestigious Boston law firm where he remains today.
During the investigations into New England organized crime, Ring married a former FBI agent. They chose to live in Boston’s North End not far from the street headquarters of the La Cosa Nostra. The success of these investigations, and subsequent prosecutions, helped transform the North End into the vibrant community it is today. Both Ring and his wife continue to live in the North End. In their daily lives, they walk the neighborhood, visit friends, and frequent the diverse shops and interesting cafes within their community.
James's book Necessary Assets was published in 2013
I spent many years in the Tampa Bay area as a commercial and residential designer/space planner which produced an instant income while writing my first novel. It took nearly 10 years to write. During that time I wrote design articles for several magazines, copy for ads, sales manuals, and interior design books. None were fulfilling. I needed to write fiction to use my imagination. All my books are written solely by me. I love sweeping readers away to another time and place where they can play out fantasies without leaving their home--only their challenges are left behind for a few hours. Oh, I also had two children during that time so I was a little busy.
My first novel-a mystery/romance set in Manhattan, called Chocolate Days Margarita Nights has a real surprise ending. The second book is fiction mystery set in Birmingham, Alabama, Strawberries in December. The first book was published under a pen name, mckenna davis. When it was restocked someone used my real name instead--so much for anonymity. I have just released two new books. Blue Moon Red Blood 2012 End of Times is a thriller about ruthless terrorists plotting to destroy America and Israel on the date the Maya predict the world will end, December 21, 2012. These three books are available at Amazon.com, print and all major book stores. My latest book, 1+1+Murder is a mystery about two look alike girls from very different lifestyles. All four books are available for Kindle, Nook, ebook, ipad, iphone and other electronic reading devices. (more - pdf)
Laurie "Lori" Ruhl (Lori Flying Fish)
Ms. Ruhl was born on the island of Aruba, also known as One Happy Island. She spent many carefree hours enjoying the natural surroundings of the island. Her father encouraged her to explore and observe all the beauty around her. She wrote A is for Aruba and One Shining Starfish to share with others the many marvelous discoveries the island has to offer.
Geva Salerno is an author, artist, musician and speaker. She is both a creative and technical writer and is passionate about understanding the world and seeks to inspire others through her writing. Her latest book is a memoir, which chronicles her year-long experiment in re-inventing and reclaiming her life. Ms. Salerno has degrees in science and international policy. She started her spiritual journey at the age of 15 and has lived in both India and Mexico.
Monica A. Sanchez was born and raised in her hometown of Dover, New Jersey. She is a mother of four young boys and currently lives in Fort Myers FL. She is always seeking to innovate and inspire children through creativity, expression and content. Her passion and her purpose is to fulfill the lives of others through her writing using real life experiences to inspire children one page at a time.
Patricia Herchuk Sheehy has authored four books, including the Amazon best selling novels, Field of Destiny and Veil of Illusion, which explore destiny, past lives and soul mates through ordinary characters who find their past colliding with present day experiences. Her non-fiction books include: Dancing Under the Full Moon: 101 Ways to Attract Money Into Your Life and Giving with Meaning. She has published close to 100 essays and articles in local and national publications and has three times been awarded Honorable Mention by Writer’s Digest for her personal essays. Patricia holds a Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University. She facilitates workshops and critique groups and coaches emerging writers. Her books are available in paperback and in e-book formats.
Visit her website: www.patsheehy.com
Ileana Sisson M.S. Ph.D. holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Natural Health and has over twenty five years of experience in the field. Dr. Sisson is a Diplomate Member of the American Psychotherapy Association and USA Certified Cycling Coach. Dr. Sisson maintains a private practice in counseling, business consulting, health & fitness, and as a natural health educator. Ms. Sisson conducts workshops and lectures and her work has been published in various magazines and newspapers. She is author founder of Pumpkin Pen Press- a publishing enterprise specializing on self-help, fitness, health & wellness, mind/body, spirituality. Ms. Sisson lives in Florida with her animal companions where she is an avid cyclist, and enjoys nature.
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Irene "Susie" Smith
IRENE “SUSIE” SMITH has been writing most of her life. Publications include over 30 articles in the SouthWest Florida Women’s Digest. Susie and her husband richard, former Ford employees, moved to Cape Coral not to retire, but to “refire.” Angel of Tears is Susie’s first published novel; there are two other novels in the works.
Visit her website at www.angeloftears.com.
George P. Walmsley
A profession delayed . . .
This author started writing in his youth, but never attempted publication. He just hoped this might be one of the ways to distinguish himself in the creative arts. Although art and music were on his mind too, they were not to become his challenge to obscurity. In High School English he was caught making up book reports from "books" that didn't exist. Detentions seemed to become a part of his High School life.
As a young man from Philadelphia, the author enlisted in the US Air Force, serving four years as a crew chief on the B-47 bomber. Soon after discharge he became a police officer in a New Jersey community. Over the next twenty five years he served in many capacities as he moved through the ranks. He retired as Deputy Chief of Police, a rank he held for several years.
After retirement, he and his wife, Gloria, moved to Naples, Florida. He wanted to pursue creative arts in the form of painting, music, and writing. The best of plans many times get delayed by circumstances. Among those delays were several years engaging in real estate sales in Naples and trading stocks and options on line. He and his father, George Sr., attended Professional Writing classes for several years, which resulted in George's father being published at age 79. That was encouraging. Now all George had to do was couple perspiration with inspiration. The result: "The Virtuoso: A Love Story in Scarlet". His latest publication is an anthology, Through the Looking Glass.
I have had a passion for the written word ever since I could pick up a book. I have worked as a nurse for 15 years and write whenever I get a spare moment. I enjoy writing fiction, particularly mystery or macabre, but found myself writing a story about a little flower person named Mari Gold. My new picture book "The Smelly Hero" was born from a dream my mom(and illustrator) had to do a project together. It is blossoming into a series about the flower people from Happy Flower Island.
Carla attended Cumberland College for two years before marrying her husband, Doug. They have been married for 44 years and have two grown sons, David and Michael, and three grandchildren When her boys were older, Carla returned to school, graduating with honors from the University of Louisville. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with additional certification in Special Education, plus a Masters in Reading. Carla taught in the public school system for nineteen years. Retired from teaching, she is now writing children's books. It's been said that Carla has, since early childhood, a very real talent for talking. She willingly admits to taking ordinary experiences and turning them into exciting adventures. She relocated from Louisville, KY to Fort Myers, FL with husband Doug.
Carla Webb, alias Nana Carla, can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
“You might say it’s the U.S. Army’s fault,” chuckles Suzi Weinert when asked about her attraction to garage sales. An Air Force brat turned military wife, Suzi’s investigation into bazaars, thrift shops, swap meets, and garage and estate sales was borne of necessity. Moving more than 11 times across the United States and Germany – all the while raising five children and trying to make every new house a home – she quickly learned that whatever couldn’t be taken on a move could later be supplemented by her new destination’s military or civilian thrift shops.
But what began as a need quickly turned into a bona fide passion. So much so that, following a spine-chilling experience at a garage sale in the Virginia countryside (where she and husband now live in retirement), she found herself writing a short story that would eventually turn into Garage Sale Stalker, her debut novel and the first in a series of Garage Sale mystery-thrillers. Now, living proof of the old adage that someone’s trash really is another’s treasure, Suzi Weinert finds herself in a position that most only ever fantasize about. Her literary debut, penned when she was 72 years old and published when she was 75, the Hallmark Channel created a made-for-TV movie based on the book on September 14th, 2013. Full House alum, Lori Loughlin, starred and brrought the protagonist, Jennifer Shannon, to life. “Everything bought at a garage sale comes with a story,” Weinert recently told Naples Florida Weekly. “So when I began writing, the possibilities seemed endless.”
P.S. You may want to know Hallmark has made 3 TV movies based on Suzi's work: “Garage Sale Mystery (2013), “All That Glitters (2014) and “The Deadly Room” (scheduled to premiere in April 2015). Another interesting tidbit, these movies can he seen on the renamed Hallmark Movie & Mystery Channel (used to be Hallmark Movie Channel). The history-making viewership of “Garage Sale Mystery” prompted them to rename their Channel.
(Side Note: these movies are not her actual books but based on the books. They bought her characters and concept of danger at garage sales but sterilized many story parts to meet Hallmark’s “formula” to offend no one, no violence, no sex, no profanity, no controversial current issues, etc.) Suzi's books are a little thornier than a Hallmark movie.
Dave Wilcox is a retired banker from Cleveland Ohio who resides on Fort Myers Beach. He writes travel articles and novels. His first novel is entitled Born Again: A Conspiracy to Create a Theocracy. It is about an unscrupulous religions leader who plots to overthrow the government and sets the plan in motion. He believes the benefits of the new order will justify the costs required to achieve it. The book is available through amazon.com, authorhouse.com, the Fort Myers Beach Library, and the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
His second novel is Sicilian Spring. It is a story of love, Mafia revenge, and a clash of cultures. It takes place in southwest Florida and Sicily. Published at the end of 2010.
Sonora Revenge is Dave’s current project. It reflects his experience on the Arizona border and is a fictional story about human and drug trafficking, Mexican cartels, violence, and corruption. It highlights the plight of illegal aliens in their quest to live in America.
Dave is a graduate of Ohio University with a BA in government.
Cruise of a Lifetime, a four month cruise around the world, is posted to his travel blog at http://www.travelpod.com/member/ospry
Lorraine Walker Williams
Lorraine Walker Williams, Author of Split Poems (Kelsay Books 2014), Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water.
Lorraine is the creator and Chair of ArtPoems. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. She has read and recorded her work at the Library of Congress and was Literary Artist of the Year (2009). Lorraine has received first prize awards from Gulf Coast Writers Association, Sanibel Writers Conference, National League of American Pen Women and Artists Embassy International, San Francisco.
Mary Lou Williams
Mary Lou Williams, professional storyteller and writer, is a retired educator who has spent 35 years as a high school teacher of English and also of mathematics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Queens College and a Master of Education degree from Columbia University. She has been a member of the Fort Myers Toastmasters for the past eight years where she has earned the Advanced Toastmasters Silver Award specializing in the Storytelling and Entertaining Speaker categories. She was the club’s Toastmaster of the Year for 2006-2007. She is a member of the Florida Speakers Association, where she received the New Member of the Year Award for 2005-2006. She is a member of the Tamiami Tale Tellers of Fort Myers and the Gulf Coast Writers Association. She is a member of the board of the Florida Storytellers Association and was recently nominated for the 2010 Literary Artist of the Year award by the Lee County Alliance for the Arts.
Mary Lou also wears another hat as a nutrition lecturer and writer. She has lectured extensively in this field and writes a nutrition column for four local newspapers.
In addition to all of this, Mary Lou has illustrated a new Children's book, Silly Sally, written by Marilyn Lane Hurley.
You can contact Mary Lou @ email@example.com
See her website @ www.story-theartre.com
Tom Williams - PRCW member
I’m a veteran of the Vietnam War and a former Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. I was raised in NYC and currently live in Burnt Store Isles. I have an undergraduate degree in engineering and master degrees in finance, accounting, and taxation. I worked for ExxonMobil, but decided that I wanted to take a shot at telling a tale about war’s impact on people so I came to Florida.
Foreign travel and world history are both primary interests of mine. I use my own experiences as well as the actual historical period to write about the effect of events on people’s lives. As a combat veteran I experienced war first hand. Drawing on these experiences I try to write realistically what war really is like and how people’s lives are changed by it.
I also give lectures on the historical background of my novels and how I write historical fiction. My novels are available as both kindle and paperback through Amazon.com.
Tom Williams - MIW member
Tom Williams is a feature article writer and novelist in Southwest Florida. After the publication of "Lost and Found" in September 2008, Tom began a promotional media tour featuring television and radio interviews across the nation. With over 30 flattering reviews to date and the endorsement of New York Times Best Selling Author Steve Alten, "Lost and Found" is proving to be: "A promising debut novel that combines a Pirates of the Caribbean flavor with 21st Century technology. Perfect for sipping Pina Coladas on a tropical azure shoreline."
Lost and Found was ranked in the "Top five books to take on vacation" by Sport Diver Magazine in 2013
Williams' latest book is a non-fiction historical narrative about the golden age of the American space program. "Surrounded by Thunder-The Story of Darrell Loan and the Rocket Men," reads like an adventure novel, but the characters, the timeline, and all the incredible achievements of the early days of space exploration are true. Surrounded by Thunder was awarded the gold medal in the 2013 Florida Book Awards.
With the arrival of August 2013, Tom is celebrating 29 years as a Master Merchant Marine Officer licensed by the United States Coast Guard. He is a well-traveled and veteran scuba diver specializing in shipwreck diving with a keen interest in deep-sea archeology. With the arrival of October 2013, Williams has reached a milestone with Marriott and specifically Marriott's Marco Island Beach Resort where he has lived and worked on the waters surrounding Marco Island Florida for 35 years.
Tom lives on Marco Island Florida with his wife Vicki-Lynn and their three cats Angel, Atticus, and Scout.
The website for Williams' books is: lostandfoundadventure.com
Julie Ann Winkelstern
Julie Ann Winkelstern has been a public school educator for 39 years as a teacher, school psychologist, special education administrator, and for the past six years, as an Exceptional Student Education Staffing Specialist with The School District of Lee County in Fort Myers, Florida. She obtained Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Educational Specialist degrees from Michigan State University with Educational Leadership programming at Grand Valley State University. For three years, Julie Ann served as a member of the Special Education Advisory Council to the Michigan State Board of Education. She was co-director of a three county consortium providing training, resources and support leading to improved services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in lower mid-Michigan. Julie Ann co-authored two books which are part of the Treatment Planner series published by Wiley & Sons, Inc.: The Special Education Treatment Planner and The Early Childhood Intervention Treatment Planner. She has designed coursework and programming in the areas of Learning Disabilities, and Evaluation and Assessment for special education endorsement programs at Olivet College in Olivet, MI.
Joan Heller Winokur
Joan Heller Winokur graduated from Connecticut College as an art major and has been involved in the arts throughout her life. She discovered the joy of writing poetry in her mature years and it has been her passion ever since. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals. Joan lives in Fort Myers, Florida where she ballroom dances when not writing. In June, 2014, Aldrich Press released her book of poetry, The Sand Recognizes My Footprints.
Chuck Wood, Playwright, is the two-time winner of the Naples Players Playwriting Contest -- Tonight is Forever (2005) and Waiting for My Vote (2013). Chuck won the Firehouse Community Theatre's Clarence Bud Jones Memorial Playwriting Contest in 2013 with his play, Up Close From a Distance.
B.A, Speech/Theatre, Fairmont State College, WV
M.A. Theatre, Kent State University, OH
Retired Speech Professor, Lakeland College, OH, and Edison College, FL
1919 to 2011
Betzi Abram joined GCWA during its first year. A former teacher, her published works include short stories, novels and light verse. Her novel, Sweet Comfitty Tea, won first place in the writing contest for the 2000 Writers Conference in Ft. Myers. Her syndicated columns, especially Lagnappe and The Joy of Writing showcased her use of humor. GCWA members learned to improve their craft after participating in her many workshops. She was loved by all and will be missed. News-Press Obituary
1943 - 2012
Stephen R. Cafaro, Jr. was a member and past Treasurer of GCWA. Stephen was in the landscape business in Pittsburgh, PA and in Fort Myers, FL. and more recently Stephen was a Real Estate Agent in the Fort Myers area. Mr. Cafaro was the author of two books about economics. He had resided in the Fort Myers area for the past 25 years coming from Pittsburgh, PA.
Ruben ColonDecember 16, 1929 - March 4, 2014
Born in New York City, Ruben Colon attended public schools. After serving overseas with the U.S. Army, he attended and graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy. While studying full time, he married his wife, Hilda. They have two sons. After graduation, he worked in the South Bronx and Black Harlem both as employee and employer. His stories evolved from those experiences—good and bad.
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Harold was GCWA's 2nd President. He ran the very successful First Writers Conference. He contributed to GCWA's anthologies, edited the GCWA hard copy newsletter, WRITE, contributing articles sources and website for GCWA members. He was an inspiration to all. In addition, he was a book critic for newspapers.
November 2, 1934 - July 26, 2013
Born in Mariupol, USSR to Jacob and Olga Kurdsjuk, Anatole and his parents were survivors of the Nazi Labor Camps in Germany during WWII. The family immigrated to Bellmore, NY in 1948. Tony attended Duke University before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 where he worked as a programmer on the first computer systems. Taking a job with Honeywell after the service, Tony met the love of his life Linda, proposing on their first date and marrying in 1963. He moved their family to West Windsor, NJ in 1969, where they lived until retiring to North Fort Myers in 1997. He was a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association.
February 4, 1942 - May 17, 2014
Robert William Lerew, 72, of Bonita Springs, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014. Formerly of Stamford, CT, he had been a Bonita Springs resident since 2002. He was born February 4, 1942 in Detroit, MI, the son of Thomas and Marvel (née Beardslee) Lerew. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He has been writing all his life. He was a disc jockey, actor, director, radio-tv newsman, advertising agency executive, national retail marketing director for TVB in New York, and an advertising consultant.
Bob Lerew - writer, poet, and valued member of GCWA.
Little Joe Micale
July 1, 1938 - November 26, 2011
Little Joe attended Ohio University on a wrestling scholarship having earned state titles in the sport while in high school. His father moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career and Little Joe and the rest of the family followed. Hoping to write screenplays, Little Joe took temporary employment at Cosmo's Hair Salon just around the corner from the famous Schwab's Pharmacy where legend said that Lana Turner was "discovered." Legend or not, stars abounded there and at Cosmo's, and Little Joe soon earned his title of "Hairstylist to the Stars" with clients such as Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens, Larry Storch, Red Skelton and many more.
He did write screenplays and scripts for television, including some for Hollywood Squares. Writing continued to be his passion while he pursued a successful hairstyling career. In 1999 Little Joe and his wife Ginny moved to southwest Florida, opening Beverly Hills Hair Design on Sanibel Island. His love of writing led him to write a column for the Islander, a weekly newspaper on the island, reflecting on the famous people he came to know in Hollywood. He subsequently continued the column with the News-Press, earning Runner-up for Best Columnist in Southwest Florida in 2007's readership poll. Eventually, Little Joe collected his columns into a book, Confessions… of a Hollywood Hairstylist which he published in 2010.
Madonna "Mona" Moffat
Aug.15,1921 - Dec.15, 2012
Madonna 'Mona' Moffat used her long life brilliantly, with careers in modeling, music, journalism, and free-lance authorship. She taught piano for many years, was a member of the Fort Myers Friends of the Opera from its earliest days, later serving a term as president. She spent fourteen years in Greece (1967-81), becoming active as a guide and hospitality personality in diplomatic circles, where her fluency in the Greek language endeared her to the natives and made her indispensable to expatriates and visitors. On her return to America, she settled in Fort Myers, was on the staff of the Fort Myers News-Press, for whom she wrote columns on cookery, restaurant reviews, and various free-lance projects. She founded and joined local writers' groups and became a respected and prolific editor and ghost writer. She was a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association.
Jane Kennedy Sutton
1/15/1949 - 5/9/2011
For years, moving around the globe with my husband and daughter, I considered myself a 'professional tourist.' While living in Taiwan, Korea, England, the Netherlands, Italy, and Saudi Arabia, I had the chance to explore many other places. Now that I’m back in the states, I'm an occasional tourist and full time writer.
I’ve had several articles published in the AWAR Forum magazine in Rome. I’ve won a short story contest and received an honorable mention for best first chapter of a novel.
ArcheBooks published my first novel, The Ride. It was released 2008 and is available from the publisher, ArcheBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other internet markets. Local bookstores will be able to order it if you don't see it on their shelves by providing them with ISBN-10: 1-59507-193-8 or ISBN-13: 978-159507-193-4 numbers.