AuthorMelissa (Mel) Algood is a proud Navy Brat who’s moved over twelve times in her life. While in high school she published poems, and while in community college she was a staff writer on the schools bi-weekly newspaper. Later, Mel made Houston,Texas her home. She graduated with honors, and produced a monthly newsletter for fellow Cosmetology students, from San Jacinto College South. She now earns a living as a hairstylist and resides with her long-term boyfriend and their tuxedo cat Madame Bijou. She loves to binge watch T.V., listen to music, eat Mexican food, and read Kafka. She’s a contributor to the Eclectic Series from Inklings Publishing. You can read her work as the featured author in ‘Eclectically Criminal’, which can be purchased on Amazon, ‘Eclectically Vegas’, which includes her first sci-fi story ‘The End’, and ‘Eclectically Carnal’, which includes her short story ‘Blood On The Potomac’ that inspired her first full-length novel which is out now. Mel has won an Honorable Mention for her flash fiction piece ‘Thomas’ from Spider Road Press, and her horror story ‘Hair Dying’ was a finalist in The 2015 Channillo Short Story Contest. Book: Blood on the Potomac
Barbara A. Andrews
Writer, History EnthusiastBarbara A. Andrews a writer and history enthusiast,creates fictional stories inspired by historical events in the 1700 and 1800’s telling of the lives of individuals who were actually there. A native of Nebraska, she graduated from the University of Nebraska in Business Education and has extensive experience in adult education administration, technical writing, sales management, and state legislative administration. She currently is affiliated with the Houston Writers Guild, the Gulf Coast Association of Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She served as Delaware’s first woman Executive Secretary of the Senate, president of a technical school campus, national accreditation commissioner for proprietary schools,and as a genealogy consultant. Book: Hetty’s Song
Lourdes Badgett always wanted to write stories that move the heart, but the pull of being a healer was too great. She built a career in natural medicine and provides the occasional workshop and blog supporting health and nutrition. She is very excited to finally pursue the joy of writing and sharing her stories. For her fictional work, she uses a pseudonym.
Wall Street professional
I’m a Wall Street professional with more than 20 years in investment management and research focusing on the more distressed segments of the market. I am an engaging public speaker and the media loves me for my contrarian insight and pithy quotes. Our sales teams calls me The Closer. I’ve written professionally for more than 20 years, mostly on business topics, publishing investment analysis every day under a heavy deadline on breaking news. That’s what I do, but I recently have been working to recover who I am, or who I loved being in the past before I got older and so serious and so tied to my office I can go for days without seeing sunlight. Back then I wrote music and fiction filled with love and outrage and humor and curiosity. I made up marvelous and sometimes silly tales for story telling sessions or just to keep me company during my 5-mile runs or 100-mile cycling tours. I’m not that girl anymore, and yet I am. We’ll see.
Visit Vicki online at: Gimme Credit
Wendy Cederberg, a native of Ohio, wrote to New York publishing houses at age 10 asking how to get a job as a writer. Her editorial path took her to PR jobs in universities, healthcare institutions and energy, before morphing into an award-winning Houston freelance writer, specializing in energy, healthcare and business. She is now knee-deep into research and writing her first novel on the consequences of making tough choices.
Author, Retired EngineerJim Cole is a retired civil/structural engineer. While traveling around the world on various engineering projects, he always dreamed of becoming a writer. When he retired after 42 years as a consulting engineer, he saw his chance to fulfill that dream. He attended Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies in Houston, taking classes in creative writing. Later, he joined the Houston Writer’s Guild and was fortunate to be under contract for several years to the Houston Chronicle for stories for their Sunday supplement magazine, Texas. Today, Jim and his wife Marian live quietly in their hometown, Victoria, Texas, where Jim continues his interests in writing. Book: Never Cry Again
Award Winning WriterChristie Craig, an Alabama native, is an award-winning, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, and writing teacher.. Her non-fiction articles and photography have appeared in almost three thousand national magazines. A Golden Heart finalist, and a finalist in more than fifty RWA-sponsored contests, she has gained a well-deserved reputation for writing romance fiction that has both witty humor and a suspenseful, sexy tone. Published by Silhouette in the 90s, she recently broke back into fiction in a big way, making four book sales in one day. Her seventh humorous single title romance novel, published by Dorchester, will hit the stands in June 2010. Her non-fiction book, co-authored by Faye Hughes, released September 08, is The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and their second non-fiction book, a humorous self-help relationship book, Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel is scheduled to be released December 2010. Craig’s latest writing adventure is the sale of a young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls Camp, that will be published by St. Martins Press in the near future. Book: Divorced, Desperate and Dead
Bob DeLuca has always had a strong interest in writing, which he cultivated at Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh, where he holds BA and MBA degrees respectively. After college, he served with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam and left as a Captain to join the Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, where he was a national accounts real estate lending officer. Eventually, he settled in Houston to become the chief financial officer for a residential construction company. He also spent time as a lender with the local office of Citibank, N.A. He founded Desert Southwest Realty which offered an array of industry services. In fact, his extensive business background provides a strong platform and fertile resource in support of his writing endeavors.
He has raised a family of four sons, and resides with his awesome wife, grandchild-of-the-week, and bullmastiff in Friendswood, Texas.
Pen Name: RD VincentRay Depew (pen name RD Vincent) is an American author born in the historic village of Goshen, New York, on February 14, 1979. He was raised on a small dairy farm along with his brother and sister and attended Pine Bush Central Schools. In late 1997, he attended SUNY Potsdam and began his studies as a Music Major. Feeling a bit overwhelmed in the music world, he sought refuge in both the English and Business Econ Departments. By the fall of 1998, he had a rare opportunity to meet New York author and poet Maurice Kenny. Over the next year, Vincent studied with Kenny in his creative writing class. Later that year, inspired by Kenny, he began writing for The Racquette, SUNY Potsdam College’s Newspaper with a small cooking column called “Something to Cook About.” The columns were published once every two weeks and contained a short story which always had the characters cooking or baking. Vincent included the recipes. It was at this moment that the idea for Donbridge came about while collaborating with his Grandmother and Great Aunt who both had a multitude of stories passed along to them from their elders. This project would take Vincent nearly 15 years to storyboard. RD Vincent’s first publication, Donbridge, The Ring of Lazarus, was published. Books: Donbridge Collection
HWH Press Director
Elizabeth was born and raised in Bryan, Texas, and is probably the only Mexican who doesn’t know how to speak Spanish. As a transplant to Houston, she fell in love with the city, the pulse and has never left. On the verge of a middle age roller coaster with the husband # 2 and her blended four kids along for the ride, she is anything but a grown-up. She doesn’t let her taste in music or style define her, it simply makes her that much cooler. From baking cupcakes and cutting crusts on PB&J’s to late night Depeche Mode concerts and mosh pits, she is a dichotomy.
This leg of her journey began while attending the University of Houston-Downtown. She enrolled in a Creative Writing class in Fall of 2007 with a Dr. Joe Aimone. Attending for the sake of fulfilling a requisite for an English credit for her Art degree, she found that he opened her heart and mind to writing. And ultimately herself. She became addicted to writing, writing workshops and critique groups and in the spring of 2009 contributed four short stories to the on campus publication, The Bayou Review. Upon leaving school she maintained her writing of short stories as well as an online blog entitled Ramblings of an Ovary and then became a staff writer to a lifestyle magazine, Act Badd, in 2012 until January of 2014. She currently contributes short story fiction and poetry to another blog, Curators of Dopeness every Tuesday while maintaining the grind of her legitimate 9-5 job that keeps her children fed and her lights on and water running.
Author, Writer ServicesMarianne Jakmides Dyson – A former NASA flight controller with a degree in physics, I share my passion for space with adults and children through books, articles, stories, and speeches promoting the eventual settlement of space. Speaking of Space…I offer programs for adults and kids, STEM workshops for kids and teachers, and editing and self-help services for writers. Sign up (via the Contact page) for my FREE monthly Science Snacks newsletter to learn more about space, upcoming publications, and appearances. My books explain why the space station falls and never lands (Space Station Science); how to get oxygen from rocks on the Moon (Home on the Moon); where we might build the first settlement on Mars (Welcome to Mars), and, what it was like to be one of the first women in NASA’s Mission Control (A Passion for Space). I also write short fiction and poetry on space themes. Book: A Passion for Space
I recently won 3rd in the Houston Writers House anthology contest, Tales from Texas. Excited about seeing it published. Find me online at Sabrina Eads.
Laura Elvebak is the author of The Flawed Dance, a standalone thriller, from Black Opal Books. Elvebak also authored the Niki Alexander mysteries, Less Dead, Lost Witness, and the upcoming A Matter of Revenge.
Her short stories are included in four of The Final Twist anthologies. Elvebak also co-wrote the script for a 48 Hour Film Project and has optioned two full-length screenplays. She is a member of Houston Writers House, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-In-Crime, The International Thriller Writers, and The Final Twist Writers. Book: The Flawed Dance
AuthorAfter 26 years in Corporate America, as an SVP for industry giants, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Countrywide/Bank of America, Belinda left the briefcase and the boardroom, and opted to make a difference through the power of the pen. “My financial services career gave me experiences of a lifetime, of which the most rewarding were hiring or promoting someone for a job well done. Mentoring and career development were privileges I hold in the highest regard. Helping a person become the best version of themselves is a true honor and a responsibility that I value more than the job itself.” From early childhood, the written word has been a passion and Belinda chose to pursue dreams of artistic self-expression through writing. After completing creative writing studies at Rice University in 2014, writing projects became the priority. Books: It’s Just A Song, Summer Vacation
Deborah K. Frontiera
Deborah K. Frontiera grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has lived in Houston since 1985, and taught in Houston ISD until 2008. Three of her books have been honor or award winners. She has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for all ages in both books and periodicals. Her most recent books are: Simon and Company Flea Market Mice (co-written with Mary H. Wright and produced through By Grade Enterprises) and four poems in the anthology Special Needs, an anthology of stories and poems about children with disabilities published by Inklings Publishing in Houston.
Books: The Chronicles of Henry Roach-Dairier Series
Born into a blue-collar family in Piedmont North Carolina, Jim Garrison attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he nurtured his interest in creative writing, and then Duke Law School, where he was drafted during his first year and shipped off to the Mekong Delta to serve with the U.S. Army Military Police. The violence, corruption, and poverty he saw in Vietnam—as well as the daily challenges of being a military cop in a war zone—left a lasting impression that reached well beyond his years of practicing law. He arrived home from Vietnam on a cold, gray Christmas morning in 1970 and returned to law school the next month. Over the years he wrote reams of legal briefs and other legal folderol before he was challenged by his son to begin QL 4, after an interview about “what did you do in the war, Dad,” for the son’s art project at The Cooper Union.
Following a corporate merger in which he was paid to go away, he decided to stay home for the kids, one in Europe, the other on the east coast—just in case they called—and to pursue his first loves, reading (mostly) good literature and writing.
QL 4, a literary crime novel set in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War, is scheduled for release by TouchPoint Press in early 2017.
Lynne Gregg was born in Davenport, IA, but ended up a Texan forty years ago. She has a Masters in English and taught English for 30 years ending with high school seniors and college freshman.
After retiring from constantly grading papers, Lynne began writing seriously.
She has published many magazine articles, co-authored a book called Shake on it and Spit in the Dirt, and is currently writing novels and short stories and editing the anthologies they appear in. Book: Shake on It and Spit in the Dirt
AuthorJennifer Hritz was born in Pennsylvania and has avid memories of lugging armfuls of books home from the public library in her neighborhood. A few years after moving to south Texas at the age of nine, she immersed herself in the novels of S. E. Hinton, books she credits with providing her inspiration to write. The author of two novels, I, too, Have Suffered in the Garden and The Crossing, Jennifer also holds an M.A. in Literature and Language as well as a PhD in American Literature. Her short story, “Mixed Media,” won the 2009 Chris O’Malley Fiction Prize and was published in The Madison Review. Themes of memory, psychological trauma, and betrayal fill her fiction, including her forthcoming third novel, but she’s keen on keeping her personal life light. She lives in Austin with her son, where she practices yoga, collects local art, and once posed as a mermaid in an underwater photo shoot. Books: The Crossing, I, too, Have Suffered in the Garden
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, award-winning and best-selling romantic mysteries, and hilarious nonfiction from deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. Her What Doesn’t Kill You romantic mystery series is Janet Evanovich meets Sandra Brown and a smidge of Alice Hoffman’s practical magic, featuring a revolving lineup of interrelated female amateur sleuths. She is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, riding her gigantic horses, experimenting with her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile.
Patrick Jankowski is a regional economist and senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. Prior to working as an economist, Jankowski worked as a business writer for Houston Magazine, Houston City Magazine, Houston Engineer and Houston Business Journal. The fact that three of those four publications are no longer in business is not a reflection on his ability as a writer.
Mr. Jankowski is a frequent speaker on business and economic issues and has served as an expert witness in cases regarding local business trends. The fact that three of the four clients he worked for are no longer in business is not a reflection on his ability as an economist.
AuthorMy childhood was filled with glorious books, Little Women, Lad A Dog, Black Beauty, Little House on the Prairie, Caddie Woodlawn. They were as real to me as the life around me, a lower middle class one in a small oil refinery town in Texas. My grandfather, an invalid, was a huge fan of the writers Frank Slaughter, Frank Yerby, and Zane Grey. By the time I learned to read, I was sneaking his square, cheap (a dime, I think) paperbacks off and reading them. Pirates. Passion. History. It has never occurred to me to write anything but historicals, a kind of time travel into other minds, other lands, other eras, other cultures, other worlds. That’s what I wish for my readers, that my books take them far away into another place and time and that they enjoy themselves there and maybe even learn an interesting fact or two. Website – Blog – Books: Before Versailles, Through a Glass Darkly
By day, I am a software engineer for Boeing. I have worked on NASA’s manned space flight program since the 1980’s, including the Space Shuttle, Houston Mission Control Center, and Kennedy Launch Control. Currently, I am working on assorted software systems for the International Space Station program.
By night I am a writer, secluded in my home office with a wife that softly brings me snacks and falls asleep on the couch waiting for me to go to bed. I am a member of the Houston Writers Guild and the Houston Writers House.
My wife, Yamilet, and I reside in the Houston area and enjoy all that the big city has to offer: ballet, symphonies, plays, and Astros baseball games. We also enjoy time at our lake house, a warm and cozy space on the shore of a lake nestled in the tall pine trees of east Texas. On the weekends and holidays we spend there, we enjoy summer afternoons fishing on the water and crisp fall mornings walking in the woods. Click here to visit me online. Book: The Gravitational Leap
Meg Lelvis’s fiction and poetry have won awards from Houston Writers Guild and Houston Writers House.
Her short story featuring Jack Bailey was published in Houston Writers Guild mystery anthology, Waves of Suspense.
She published articles in a NCTE periodical as well as in several local newspapers. Meg grew up in Minnesota and taught English and psychology in Houston and Dallas. She resides in Houston with her husband and two dogs. Book: Bailey’s Law
Mack Little holds an undergraduate in English Literature from the University of Dubuque, Iowa and a Masters of Information Science from the University of North Texas. Born in Conyers, GA, Mack has gone on to live, as a University Student in Seville, Spain and, as a soldier, in Wurzburg, Germany. Her studies and career has taken her and all over the United States. She now resides in Houston, Texas.
Mack is currently the Membership Director of the Houston Writer’s Guild. “The First Daughter” is her first novel and is under contract with Ellysian Press. She co-authored “Disaster Planning: a How-to-Do-It Manual”, published by Neal Schuman. She has also authored several articles for professional library journals.
Nikki Loftin is the author of three novels for young readers:
Wish Girl, which the New York Times called “a quietly poetic story about psychological truths”; Nightingale’s Nest,awarded the best children’s book of 2014 by the Texas Institute of Letters; and The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, winner of the Writer’s League of Texas Book Award 2013.
She lives and writes just outside Austin, Texas, surrounded by goats, chickens, dogs, and rambunctious boys.
Jae Mazer is a Canadian who was born in Victoria, British Columbia, and grew up in the prairies and mountains of Northern Alberta. After spending the majority of her life in the Great White North, she migrated south to Texas. Now she enjoys life as the mom of a toddler, a musician, and a connoisseur and creator of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. A rampant love of reading led her to believe she could weave a good tale herself, and is now the author of four published novels available on all platforms world wide.
AuthorAfter working for thirty years in elementary libraries reading wonderful books to kids, Miss Mac finally decided to write her own. The Book Boss, as she was called, decided to indulge her love of history and biography and write about famous Texas heroines. And, the first one to come into focus was Miss Ima Hogg. Miss Mac published her first picture book about the legendary Texas lady while a student at Vermont College where she completed her MFDA in Writing for Children in 2003. That first title, Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race, went on to become a children’s musical and also to win publication in “Texas Treasures”, a McGraw-Hll state adopted supplementary reader that is used in all elementary schools throughout Texas. Her second book was about Ima and her little brother Tom entitled, The Texas Stampede. Her most recent book Olé Cinco de Mayo was released in March 2013 and has fun activities for the readers. Miss Mac is currently working on mid-grade chapter books, young adult historical fiction (novel format) and apps for electronic deliver of interactive books and ebooks. Books: Ima and the Great Texas Ostrich Race, The Wild Texas Stampede, Olé Cinco de Mayo
Pamala hopes to make a difference in the lives of others. She values and tries to live her life with integrity and truth. As a retired school counselor and administrator she continues to coach others as they navigate the complexities of life—encouraging love, joy, and compassion. She is the author of My Mom was Murdered: A Survival Story, has eclectic interests, loves to read, write, and travel. Her studies and certifications include counseling, hypnosis therapy, music therapy, meditation, yoga teacher, aromatherapy, and Reiki Master.
AuthorI’ve come to accept the voices in my head… I just wish they didn’t spit when they talk. Gibson Michaels was born a long, long time ago in Beech Grove, Indiana… and it’s all been pretty much down hill from there ever since. He was an only child, as his parents took one look at him and moved into separate bedrooms. His first ten years was spent roaming alone in the forest on his grandparents’ farm, where every appropriately shaped stick became a gun, a sword or a spear in his fertile imagination. At the age of ten, his parents divorced and he was thrust into city-life in the custody of his mother, as the judge ruled that she was the loser at rock, paper, scissors — on a technicality. Blessed (or cursed) with a vivid imagination came in handy during his teen years. The forest roaming life of a solitary country kid had not provided him with the social skills necessary for life amongst city kids, so he wrote stories… lots and lots of stories. His teachers often told his mother that they looked forward to reading his papers, as they were… unique. (A very diplomatic word — much nicer than saying they were just strange or weird.) A voracious reader, he indulged himself regularly in the ultimate escapism, (no, not drugs) reading science fiction and fantasy books in their untold thousands. At work, was often identified as “the guy with a book in his back pocket — you can’t miss him.” When the economy crash of 2008 collided head-on with quintuple-bypass surgery, Michaels was finally free of the necessity of full-time employment, so he immediately dived into fulfilling his life-long ambition… writing science fiction. Storm Clouds Gathering is the first book in his Sentience trilogy, which is scheduled for release later in 2014. It didn’t start out as a trilogy, but by the time he finally got the entire story told, it was 365,000 words long. — He never did learn when to shut up. Also wrote Defying the Prophet
Rita Mills’ passions are the First Amendment, books, and literacy. She spent 20 years at a major metropolitan newspaper, The Houston Post, leaving in the early ’90s to become the Managing Editor of Arte Publico Press at the University of Houston where she was instrumental in starting a bi-lingual children’s book imprint while there.
In 1996 she started her own business, The Book Connection, where she consults with independent publishers in proper book-publishing-industry standards and protocol. She has packaged over 600 titles, ranging from paperbacks to hard-cover, coffee-table books including 2 titles which were companion books to a PBS series.
In 2010, Rita started The New Era Times, an online newspaper whose intent was to “Bridge the Gap Between Science and Spirituality”. She covered all types of subject matter from alternative health and environmental issues to archaeology, conspiracy theories and abductions.
After 20 years of book publishing consulting with The Book Connection and during a conversation with a friend, the idea for a new type of “hybrid” publishing house sprang to life. And, another crusade for the “little guy” was born in the form of 3rd Coast Books. 3rd Coast Books offers an unheard of 40% royalty structure for the author and a marketing arm, Readers Cloud 9, to sell the books which will have a worldwide focus.
Author, SpeakerKimberly is the author of more than 50 books for children and young adults, many of them for popular series including Disney Fairies, Mary-Kate & Ashley, Animorphs, Sweet Valley, Freshman Dorm, Generation Girl, and Real Kids Readers. She has also written read-aloud stories for the Muppets, Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock, and television scripts for the animated classic, ThunderCats. Among her publishers and producers are Bantam, HarperCollins, Dorling Kindersley, MacMillan U.K., Millbrook Press, Golden Books, Scholastic, Jim Henson Associates, Lorimar-Telepictures, and Rankin/Bass Productions. Kimberly is an active speaker and workshop presenter for students of all ages as well as adults and teachers. Participants have a huge amount of fun while experiencing one “ah-hah!” moment after the other. Her workshops incorporate many of the principles she learned in the course of her own training as a writer in New York City where she attended the highly competitive musical theater writers’ workshops sponsored by BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers). Her most recent book is titled “Take Me to Your Weeder (How to Be an Earthling)”
James A. Murtha
AuthorJames was born in Detroit then spent most of his first fifty years in Ohio. After teaching briefly at Rutgers, he worked 25 years at Marietta College, where he served as Dean of the college between stints of teaching mathematics and petroleum engineering, then became an independent consultant specializing in statistical models to analyze uncertainty. He studied at Marietta College, University of Wisconsin, Penn State, and Stanford. He was active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, including being a Distinguished Lecturer and Author. He traveled extensively, working or visiting more than forty countries. Although he published technical books and papers along the way, he wanted to write short fiction and memoirs. One could argue he was accumulating material. Now Jim lives his dream in Houston. Book: The Adventures of Kalamazoo
Al Navarro was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and served three years, including a 1967-1968 Vietnam tour with a MACV advisory team in Hoi An, I Corps. Later, he was in the Texas Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of Sergeant Major. He graduated from Lamar University, Beaumont. Texas in 1979 with a BA in English. His civilian career consisted mainly with the State and Federal agencies, assisting veterans and their families with employment and training opportunities.
Now retired, Al continues to volunteer with various veterans’ organizations and community groups to provide assistance to veterans and their families. His wife, Ernestine and he live in Pattison, Texas. Book: Provincial Advisory Team Vietnam
Writer, IllustratorRebecca L. Nolen writes, illustrates, and cares for loved ones in Houston, TX. I taught children, cared for an assortment of pets, and killed poisonous snakes in the wilds of Sugar Land for twenty-two years before moving into the big city. “My blog is specific. I steer away from political and massively controversial subjects. I did not say I “steer clear”. I write across a range of subjects. I write about history, mine and otherwise. I write about the writing craft, about art and illustration, about house renovation, about taking care of aged parents and about being a full-time grandmother. Books: The Dry, Deadly Thyme
Patricia Flaherty Pagan
Patricia Flaherty Pagan loves writing and reading about complex female characters. She is the author of Trail Ways Pilgrims: Stories and the writer of award winning literary and crime short stories such as “Bargaining” and “Blood-red Geraniums.” She edited Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers. She teaches flash fiction writing at Writespace in Houston.
Editor in chief, Spider Road Press
Trade Journalist, Author
Native Texan Jennifer Pallanich is a trade journalist who has bylined over half a million words about the oil and gas industry. She has published the nonfiction book Flacks & Hacks: Trade Secrets Journalists Want PR Pros to Know and loves to read good versus evil stories. An avid scuba diver, traveler, reader, and writer, she lives with a lab mix named Houdini and a cat named Possum.
J. Dennis Papp
J. Dennis Papp, a Vietnam veteran, worked for 41 years in advertising, marketing and public relations for various multinational corporations and the Newark Public Library. He has been published in numerous trade magazines, newspapers, and the recent ghost-story anthology of the Houston Writers Guild. A graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dennis is a New Jersey native and resides in Hamilton Township.
Book: Fear Was My Only Weapon
Roger was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He attended Daniel Webster High School and graduated in 1948. He attended Oklahoma State University until 1951. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1952. During his school years, he was active in writing for the school publications, and had two short stories and a three part serial published in the the Sunday School magazines, for which he was paid $10 each. His last summer at HSU, he managed the Publicity Department.
He is the author of several published works. He is also the founder of The Houston Writers Guild, The Houston Writers House and The American Society of Freelancers. In addition, he is mentor to many writers in the Houston area. Books: Solomon’s Journey, Jonathan’s Journey
Mary Ann Pérez
Mary A. Pérez was born in the Bronx, raised in Miami and now resides in Houston with her husband of twenty years. Her award-winning essays won Houston Writers Guild First Place for non-fiction, Memoir in 2014, and have appeared in La Respuesta and Sofrito for Your Soul. Mary’s grandparents, first generation immigrants from Puerto Rico, took her in and gave her a glimpse of faith and stability. For a brief, shining spell, she had a real home —until they decided that Mama needed her. They may have been right, but Mama needed more than a little girl could give and Mary lost her way again.
Just out of Juvy Hall, Mary found a knight in shining armor to take her away. She became a teenage bride to a man twice her age—a man as deeply enslaved to booze as every “step-dad” she’d had as a child. She loved him anyway, even wearing the bruises he gave her, even when she tried to leave him to give their children a better life. Despite her fear and loneliness, she never imagined it would take a gunshot in the middle of the night to teach her courage. She was even more surprised when rediscovered faith paved the path to forgiveness after so many years of pain. Book: Running in Heels
AuthorWhile Darlene is not a herpetologist, or biologist, she has an interest in wildlife and conserving natural habitats. She believes it is important that wild spaces on Planet Earth be protected—and enjoyed. It is believed that her book on Texas alligators is the only book published on this precise subject. Darlene is on the board of the Friends of Anahuac Refuge, and is an active member of the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena. Darlene is an attorney by profession, and worked for the United Nations in New York for 28 years—with two overseas assignments in the Middle East and East Timor (now Timor-Leste). She has had articles on various topics of public international law published in the past, and also has dabbled in fiction writing—winning Honorable Mention in a nationwide short story writing contest in 2010. Darlene continues to write short stories, magazine articles, and poems, and is working on a novel. She also performs pro bono work in the Houston area. Another passion is traveling—and she has, to date, visited 50 countries. Australia is one of her favorite travel destinations—no alligators, but lots of crocs! Book: Texas Alligators
I never had given a thought to becoming a professional writer when I was young, though I had many other dreams as a child. As I had never liked reading myself, becoming a writer just did not seem to be a path that would have made sense. I wanted to be a scientist, like Albert Einstein and innovate things that reside only in our dreams. I wanted to invent things like “Invisible Wings” that made you fly with just a flap of your arms or maybe an “Appear Anywhere” smartphone that would not just dial in your voice but would transport your entire body to wherever you chose to call!
Just like Albert Einstein, I wanted to become a phenomenal scientist and innovator. As I moved forward in my life to pursue a degree in Engineering, I moved forward in my dreams as well. I found myself wanting to be a businesswoman and a political figure. I wanted to acquire the talent, optimism and leadership skills to flourish in a culture where women are empowered and independent.
In my life as a business woman, I wanted to be fearless, successful, and in every way, a leader. Unfortunately though, when adulthood, with all of its practicality, hit me full force, the reality of my world became crystal clear, squashing my idealistic childhood yearnings. I became a slave to the needs of my own self, and I found that the world was no supporter of dreams, but rather a depressant of them it seemed. Life subdued my dreams, and the flames of my passions were buried.
But buried though they stayed, for much longer than I would ever have hoped, my dreams never died. In time, after much trial, I began collecting every thread of the weak and dying flames within my soul and re-ignited them: I found a new direction of faith and hope. Protecting them from the vortex of denunciations and dispirit, I rose and moved one step at a time.
I became a writer.
AuthorLena Vidrine Roach was born and raised in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana. At an early age, inspired by her schoolteachers, she developed a love for reading and writing. After earning a Master’s degree in English/Education, she became an English teacher. Her first poem, “Success,” appeared in Young People’s Magazine published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Other poems appeared in Kansas City Poetry Magazine and professional periodicals. She wrote a “Dear Teacher” column for several newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. Diverse articles appeared in Louisiana’ New Orleans Times Picayune, Lake Charles American Press, Lagniappe Magazine, and The Voice. One of her short stories was published in Glamour Magazine, England. At present, she continues to live in Lake Charles and is devoted to a writing career in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Book: Whispers of the Past
Writer, EditorWriter, editor, attorney, historian, and linguist. My favorite languages are Arabic, Russian, and English. In fiction, my writing style is either popular and entertaining, as in my sci-fi novel Frenzy. Or mythological and esoteric, as in my Maalstrom series. In non-fiction, I write about contemporary affairs and Islam, primarily from an anthropological and linguistic viewpoint, using my own translations from the Quran. Book: Frenzy
Kathleen M. Rodgers
Kathleen’s stories and essays have appeared in Family Circle Magazine, Military Times, and in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. In 2014, Rodgers was named a Distinguished Alumna from Tarrant County College/NE Campus. Three of her aviation poems from the book Because I Fly (McGraw-Hill) were featured in an exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, NY.
Seven Wings to Glory is Rodgers’ third novel. Her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, has garnered four awards: First Place Winner for women’s fiction from Texas Association of Authors 2016 Best Book Awards, 2015 Gold Medal for literary fiction from Military Writers Society of America, Bronze Medal for women’s fiction from Readers’ Favorite 2015 International Book Awards, & 2015 Best Cover Awards from Southern Writers Magazine. The novel has been featured in Family Magazine, Stars & Stripes, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News, Southern Writers Magazine, and on “The Author’s Corner” on Public Radio. The audio edition is narrated by Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and Broadway actress Leslie Ellis. Rodgers is also the author of the award-winning novel, The Final Salute, featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times.
She and her husband, Tom, a retired USAF fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot, reside in a suburb of North Texas with their rescue dog, Denton. The mother of two grown sons, Thomas and J.P., she is currently working on her fourth novel and is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.
AuthorChris Rogers resides in a small community within commute of the four major Texas metropolises, where she ghostwrites business books and memoirs while turning out her own novels and short stories. She taught mystery writing at the Rice University School of Continuing Studies, the University of Houston and in private master classes. Her students have received numerous awards and acknowledgements for their works. After a career in graphic design, Chris became a writer the easy way: She read voraciously and filled blank pages with drivel until her fingers cramped and her brain defected. Eventually, she learned to craft a decipherable sentence. Author of the Dixie Flannigan series, Bitch Factor, Rage Factor, Chill Factor, and Slice of Life, Chris has published stories and essays in, among others, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Writer’s Digest.
Enos L. Russell, Ph.D
Educated in mathematics and trained in research, Enos has spent ten years researching and writing White Papers for corporations on emerging technologies. His current writings reflect an eclectic interest in the impact these new technologies may impose on individuals and social groups.
His latest research has led three series of Science Fiction techno thrillers about the ability to re-program inheritable genetic code and acquired immunity to disease.
Each series of novels is supported by several short stories and stand-alone novellas that depict people dealing with the personal and social consequences of their emergence into a new human species, Homo Evolutis. Books: Deadly Awakenings, Onset, Reset, Mindset
AuthorDenise Ditto Satterfield, a native Texan, is a freelance writer who loves writing for children. She started working on The Tooth Collector Fairies series in 2012. She also enjoys writing about a variety of other topics, often focusing on recollections from her childhood and growing up in Houston. Her short story The Art of Ironing was published in OMG, That Woman!, a woman’s fiction anthology released in April 2013.In addition to writing for children, Denise is the former director and CFO of the Houston Writers Guild. She took on this responsibility in September 2014 after spending a year on the board of directors as the treasurer. She resigned her post effective May 31, 2016 to focus all of her attention on her writing career. She currently holds the position of honorary chair person on the board. Additionally, she’s been an active member in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2012. Book: Batina’s Best First Day
Carolyn Schield writes articles for alternative media and international magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband and children.
Long ago, a violent war erupted between the Children of the Nephilim, who had once taken Eve’s daughters as wives, and the Pure of Heart. The Nephilim’s thirst for revenge rages through history as they slowly infiltrate global corporations, secret societies and international politics. The goal: is total domination.
Book: Keys of Life
Anne Sloan is the author of The Apothecary’s Demise and Houston Heights (Images of Modern America). The Apothecary’s Demise is a mystery set in pre WWI streetcar suburb Houston Heights involving construction of Houston Ship Channel.
Founded in 1891, Houston Heights, one of the earliest and largest planned communities in the state of Texas, weathered the national decline of urban neighborhoods and has entered an era of growth, new construction, and a denser use of its space. Located approximately three miles from downtown Houston (the fourth-largest city in the nation), Houston Heights is now prime real estate. As townhomes, condos, and large apartment complexes continue to be built, the area’s “small-town feel” has become diluted. Houston Heights is struggling to maintain its walkability, residents are trying to remain connected to their neighbors, and preservationists are striving to save its history. Almost everyone who lives here appreciates the quirkiness of the neighborhood, the visual impact of art that is part of their daily lives, the ethnic diversity, and the respect that residents show toward young and the old. Three City of Houston historic districts preserve portions of the neighborhood’s traditional fabric.
Bill Stevenson, a native Texan, first wrote professionally as a young reporter in Colorado in the late sixties and early seventies. After a twenty-year hiatus, he returned to writing poetry and fiction as a freelancer, in the early nineties.
Stevenson became associated with “The Poet’s Canvas,” a seminal on-line literary magazine, at the beginning of the new millennium, helping develop and implement a long-term business and artistic plan. Since that time he continued writing and has been a member of a number of critique groups that include many published authors.
Before I was a writer, I was an avid reader. As a child, I adored any book that featured a plucky young girl, especially L.M. Montgomery’s Emily of New Moon, which I read repeatedly. Emily’s ambition to become a “poetess” struck me as lofty and romantic, the perfect choice for my beloved heroine. It never occurred to me that writing was a profession to which I might aspire. I wanted to be an archaeologist: traveling to exotic locales far from my small Pennsylvania hometown, digging up artifacts, and writing about my discoveries.
In college, I changed my mind and studied journalism instead. Then life kicked into high gear. I wrote and edited nonprofit and corporate publications, married my college boyfriend, and switched to freelancing when our first daughter was born. Two more daughters (one named Emily) followed. I gave up freelancing to be a full-time mom and, for fun, enrolled in a community college creative writing class. The following semester, I studied fiction writing, joined a writers’ group, and applied to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Book: Playing St. Barbara
I’m a free-range romance novelist living in the wilds of Cypress, Texas, with my darling husband, Dan, and two fur kids. Mother of two young men who turned out pretty well, considering I didn’t know what I was doing while mothering them. A graduate of Louisiana State University in Broadcast Journalism. BA in “Thank you, Jesus, for letting me finally finish”.
As an individual with a disability, I have lived with cerebral palsy since birth. Although CP affects my entire body, I am fortunate to have the abilities to walk, speak, and care for myself to a great extent. I depend on daily assistance from caregivers and paratransit services to live adult life as independently as possible. My experiences with a physical disability have taught me to advocate for myself and others with disabilities. In my life and through my writing, I remain realistic in describing the daily challenges and rewarding triumphs of living with disability.
As a graduate of Houston Baptist University, I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and technical writing. My work has included numerous online articles exploring education, special education, and mental health topics. I also wrote an online newsletter for supported employment professionals focused on obtaining work for individuals with disabilities. Book: Keeping My Balance
Pam Van Scoyoc
Pam Van Scoyoc has been writing since the early nineties. Until then she had never considered writing. Art—yes, writing—no. As fate would have it, she has been writing since. She has a background in art that makes visualizing stories, as she reads and writes, a real asset. Picture books are her favorites, of which she has 3 in print, and she has two novels in the works, but that was before the musical. She currently lives out in the country south of Houston. She is the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 6 and they gave and still give her plenty of ideas for her stories which have all begun with one of her “real life experiences.”
Member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Served on the Local Advisory Board of First Book, a national nonprofit for literacy. Book: Angel Wings
A native Texan, Rodney Walther is the award-winning author of two bestselling novels (BROKEN LACES and SPACE IN THE HEART), emotional stories that weave together themes of regret, grief, and parenthood.
Known for his smooth narrative style and strong voice, Rodney has been recognized across the country with numerous awards for his fiction. He has been honored with first place awards from Houston Writers House, Houston Writers Guild, West Virginia Writers, Crested Butte Writers, Maryland Writers’ Association, and others, plus has earned finalist status (three times!) from the prestigious Writers’ League of Texas.
Glowing reviews from readers and accolades from writing professionals show that Rodney Walther is a master craftsman and rising talent, a storyteller in the vein of Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, and Pat Conroy.
When not writing, Rodney spends his time working as a business analyst, driving a tractor around his Texas ranch, or playing peekaboo with his grandson. Book: Broken Laces
Ann Weisgarber is the author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel DuPree that was nominated for England’s 2009 Orange Prize and for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers. In the United States, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. It was shortlisted for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction and was a Barnes and Noble Discover New Writer. It has been optioned for film by actress Viola Davis.
Ann grew up in Kettering, Ohio, and graduated from Wright State University in Dayton with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Houston. She has been a social worker in psychiatric and nursing home facilities, and taught sociology at Wharton County Junior College in Texas. Ann lives in Sugar Land, Texas. She serves on the selection committee for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Ann is currently working on her next novel that takes place in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, during the winter of 1887.
David Welling is a Houston-based writer, artist, and graphic designer. He is the author of Cinema Houston, a concise history of the theaters in Houston, including hundreds of photos, clippings and advertisements of the period. He maintains a companion website and blog on film, theaters, and preservation. Cinema Houston is the recipient of the 2008 Julia Ideson Award from the Friends of the Texas Room, and the Society of Architectural Historians’ 2009 Antoinette Forrester Downing Award.
Cinema Houston – Cinema Houston celebrates a vibrant century of movie theaters and movie going in Texas’s largest city. Illustrated with more than two hundred historical photographs, newspaper clippings, and advertisements, it traces the history of Houston movie theaters from their early twentieth-century beginnings to the present. While preserving the glories of Houston’s lost movie palaces, Cinema Houston also vividly re-creates the movie going experience, chronicling midnight movie madness, summer nights at the drive-in, and all those tasty snacks at the concession stand.
AuthorElizabeth White-Olsen founded Writespace in May of 2014. Her goal is to promote the literary arts by making excellent writing instruction widely available. This mission is largely inspired by the stellar instruction she received through her two Masters of Fine Arts in Writing degrees. Elizabeth earned her first M.F.A in Poetry at Texas State University in San Marcos, and her second in the renowned Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught writing at Writespace, Inprint, Texas State University, and at Rice University Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Ms. White-Olsen writes occasional articles for Houston Chronicle and Arts +Culture Texas and is the author of the poetry collection Given Words.
Social Media Marketing, Website Design
Carmen Wisenbaker is the owner of Penworth.com (which was established in the year 2000) and has certifications in Social Media Marketing, WordPress Website Design, and a Master Certification in (SEO) Optimization. Her area of expertise is in social media marketing, blogging, and website design.
Armed with more than 35 years of experience, Carmen loves creating one-of-a-kind websites that showcase the owner’s personality. After designing each site, she makes sure to cross all the “T’s” and dot all the “I’s” to earn them a high ranking on Google’s scorecard. Known for her energy, passion and “get-it-done” attitude, her true gift is in designing interesting and fun-to-read blogs and social media posts, which in turn, makes her a much sought-after marketing visionary.
Award Winning Author and Attorney
Manning Wolfe, an award winning author and attorney residing in Austin, Texas, writes cinematic-style, smart, fast-paced thrillers with a salting of Texas bullshit. The first in her series, featuring Austin Lawyer Merit Bridges, is Dollar Signs: Texas Lady Lawyer vs. Boots King. A graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law, Manning’s experience has given her a voyeur’s peak into some shady characters’ lives and a front row seat to watch the good people who stand against them.
Sandra Worth is the award-winning author of six novels chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England and the rise of the Tudors. She is internationally published and her books have won multiple awards and prizes, including three Reviewers’ Choice Awards and a Francis Ford Coppola-Ray Bradbury-Moxie Films sponsored prize.
I’ve been been sneezed on by an elephant, held at gunpoint and survived a killer California earthquake, which may explain my penchant for writing cliffhangers. I began my working life as a stage and TV actress, then happily moved behind the camera at The American Film Institute (AFI) as Assistant to the Director of Production.
After stints as the managing editor for Tennis Illustrated (a national magazine now sadly defunct) and D Magazine (where I earned a national journalism award), I was the contributing book editor for Five Minutes to Midnight (Delacorte Press), an international thriller. The Samantha Newman Series of mystery novels with a touch of romance includes The Body Business and The Body Next Door.
I live in Texas, and I love connecting with book clubs and community groups in person and online. If you want to ask a question or would like to book me for your group event, please contact me through my website.
Marion Young is an author, award-winning poet, and has been a teacher for twenty years. She taught Braille, students with blindness, visual impairments, and multiple impairments. Marion graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and an endorsement in Deficient Vision from Texas Tech University. Marion is also a mom and lives in Texas with her husband and their dog.
The inspiration for Love Circles the World evolved from a desire to ‘see’ how love is celebrated around the world through the five senses.