Jeffrey Acs is a self published book author. Jeff Resides in Brownstown, Michigan with his wife Stacey. They have three wonderful children. Jeffrey is a Director of Operations for an Arby’s franchise. In his spare time he enjoys being a substitute teacher and a movie extra. This is the first children’s story he has fully published, he has two more adventures penned. When his daughter was younger, she would ask him nightly to tell her the story about the girl from Alaska. From that moment his inspiration for the story about an amazing young girl’s adventure began.
William Allen leads an extraordinary life with gusto. William is in his seventies and runs 5K races every month. In 2016 he became a WPC World Champion Deadlifter for his age/weight and in 2017 became an AAPF National Champion Deadlifter and set the National Record for his age/weight. For Thirty years, William sent out a “thought for the week” to a small number of subscribers. Inspired by his positive responses over the years, he compiled fifty-two of his best into the self help guide: I’m Tired of Being Ordinary, Are You.
Tony Aued was a local teacher. He has now retired. Tony’s novels are two separate series. He has a four book FBI Thriller series. Each novel features Blair Adams as the lead FBI agent. The other series is a local Murder Mystery series. All of Tony’s books take place in the metro Detroit area, with the same lead detective in each one. Murder in Greektown is the first book in the series and an Amazon Best Seller.
Scott Bosek was born October 8, 1957 in Detroit Michigan. Scott or Mr. B as he is known, has been working with children professionally as a teacher and through a variety of volunteer organizations for over twenty five years. Scott is a husband, father, musician, storyteller and amateur nature photographer. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Oakland University and it currently working on his Masters in Education. The Alligator Man is the first of several stories from his childhood that he plans on publishing.
John Crissman lives in Birmingham, Michigan. He is a single father of Johnny, a fun twelve year old. At his son’s suggestion John has started using his love of community service and creative writing to author children’s book and help inspire children to be creative. The Sassafras Cats of Izumba is a comedy about the Sassafras Cats who use catapults to take the Rat Pack by surprise and chase the rats to the neighboring country of Lackadaisicaland.
Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy teenagers and two attention craving terriers. When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of sticks while attempting to avoid the abundant snake population who also shares her yard. Jean writes speculative fiction. Her novels include The Last God, A Broken Race and Sahmara. Her short fiction has appeared in the 3288 Review, Bards and Sages Quarterly and many more.
Jenny Deason Copeland
Jenny Copeland spent almost 40 years as an engineer/project manager in the telecommunications industry. On July 2, 2015 she started her dream occupation as a publisher. Since then she has published five books and two coloring books. Jenny is the owner and founder of Crazy Red Head Publishing. She was born and raised in Tiffin, Ohio and graduated Toledo University with a degree in research psychology. She has four U.S patents, is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit and is a member of MENSA. Jenny holds both a Black Belt in Six Sigma and is LEAN certified. She has two adult children and lives in West Bloomfield with the love of her life, Charles.
Kim Delmar Cory
Kim Delmar Cory was born in Muskegon and grew up in the greater Detroit area. After graduating from Berkley High School she left for Michigan State University and never went back. Kim holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Masters in Education, both from MSU. She has worked in higher education at Lansing Community College teaching and as an administrator for 30 years. Her first love is writing and has 5 mid-grade Michigan based historical novels which reflect her love and respect for Michigan history. Kim presented at the Michigan Reading Association Summer Literacy Conference this past summer. Her life’s mission is to live on Mackinac Island with her own horse.
Chris was born and raised in South Detroit (i.e.,Windsor, Ontario, Canada), Chris and his wife Elaine share a mutual love of all things Detroit. They traveled across the border countless times to enjoy the wonders of J.L. Hudson’s, hop on the little train at the Detroit Zoo, cheer for the Boys of Summer, line up to board the Bob-Lo boat and scarf down coneys (Layfayette!) During the 1967 Riots/Uprising, not only were they transfixed by the smoke rising across the river, Chris’s family provided safe haven for Detroit friends. Years later, one of those friends was Best Man in their wedding. They returned to the area in 1998 and launched a publishing company and a community magazine. It seemed inevitable that Chris and Elaine would look northward to the Motor City and publish their most expansive history and nostalgia book to date, 5000 Ways You Know You’re From Detroit.
Jean Alicia Elster
Formerly an attorney, Jean Alicia Elster is the author of the novel The Colored Car, a book for ages 8 and older. The Colored Car was selected as a 2014 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. Elster was awarded the 2014 Midwest Book Award in Children’s Fiction for The Colored Car. Elster is, also, the author of the novel Who’s Jim Hines? Among other honors, Who’s Jim Hines? was selected as one of the Library of Michigan’s 2009 Michigan Notable Books. Elster is also the author of a book series called Joe Joe in the City, published by Judson Press. She was awarded the 2002 Governors’ Emerging Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts. Jean was also awarded residencies at the internationally acclaimed Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, in 2001, 2003, 2005.
Maxine Ferris is the author of more than 50 popular publications focusing on communication and management, and six nonfiction books. She retired in 1996 as a professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and Communications Systems at Michigan State University, where she was also the Director of Outreach Communications. For 15 years she also led a team of professional communicators whose mission was to help the public access resources from the university in whatever format they preferred. Maxine has degrees from Ohio State University and Michigan State University. She and her husband are the parents of two sons and are proud grandparents. They currently reside in East Lansing.
After teaching many years, Kelsey Fox fell in love with children’s books. Her experience in the classroom inspired her to start writing her own children’s stories. All of Kelsey’s characters are based on students she has known through her teaching career, children of friends, and of course family. Kelsey loves to incorporate what she knows into her work because it makes for stories the reader can relate to. Her stories also teach life lessons.
A travel photographer for many years, Cathy Gangwer one day decided to put the story in her head onto paper. What happened after that is history. What started out as a book, turned into a series. She created new worlds, peopled with modern and old world men and women.
Lewis G. Gazoul
Lewis Gazoul has always enjoyed wilderness hiking, hunting and camping, and great stories. These wonders were combined in small ways as bedtime tales for his two children and now have inspired a vast mystical land of heroism, treachery, natural beauty, revelation, struggle and idealism. All seen through the eyes of remarkable individual characters. This still-evolving grand story began with the two-volume Druids of the Faerie. Each book stands on its own as a complete experience. Lewis makes his home with his family in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Andrea Grennan was born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School and went on to earn a Fine Arts BA from the University of Detroit. Her childhood dream of becoming a ballerina was cut short when a knee injury negated that future a the age of 13. Her post graduate career took her to many places which included delivering pizza, being a magician’s assistant, billing supervisor, actress and now works in the international automotive party industry. Her storytelling abilities are legendary which have been put to good use along with her intellect and wit to produce this, her first novel.
Dr. Corey Gut is a veterinarian in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and has published two children’s books to help introduce the emotional topic of the death of a family pet.
Don Haffner is a graduate of Melvindale HS and Albion College with a BA in history. Directly out of college, Don joined the Peace Corps and served for three years in the Republic of Korea as and English and Second Language teacher at the middle school level. After Peace Corps, Don spent two years teaching at US military bases in Korea and at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. He returned to Korea for ten more years working as a resident director. Since returning to the US. Don had worked as an Associate Dean for Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts, as the Studio Director for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic’s Michigan Unit, which closed in 2009. He is not an adjunct history professor at OCC. In addition to his MA from the School of International Training, he also has an MS in education from the University of Southern California, and an MA in history from Oakland University.
Krysten Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star series: Book 2), and Dating the It Guy, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for the best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.
A long time Lake Orion resident, Ron’s earliest known ancestor arrived in the colony of Virginia from what is now Northern Ireland, in 1635. Three hundred and thirteen years later, Ron was born in central Tennessee. His parents moved him to Michigan as an infant, where he’s lived ever since. He once worked for some of the world’s largest advertising agencies, and had a long public relations/marketing career with General Motors in Detroit. He was writen multiple award winning works of fiction.
Joanne Huspek maintains and empty nest in SE Michigan, with husband Brad, Boston terrier Millie, and the very badly behaved orange tabby, Purrby. In addition to writing, she enjoys cooking and creating twisted wire jewelry, which means her housekeeping skills are practically non-existent. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America and the Independent Book Publishers Association.
For more than 20 years,, Deanna Kahler has worked tirelessly as a professional writer to inspire and educate others. Now as an author, she brings that same passion and hope to a larger audience. Her award-winning stories portray people overcoming obstacles to live a better life. Her latest work, Part of Me, has been called “a young love story like no other” and recently received a 5-star rating from Readers’ Favorite. When Deanna is not busy writing, you can find her outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out in parks, near lakes or anywhere that can soothe her soul and give her a sense of peace and serenity.
Elisa Koopmans is an attorney specializing primarily in estate planning, trust administration and probate who is licensed to practice law in both NY and MI under the name Elissa Koopmans Schwartz. When Elisa is not writing or practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her two adult children, working in her yard, walking on the beach, spending time with friends and going to Broadway musicals. Elisa resides in both Novi, MI and Miller Place, NY on Long Island where she lives on the shores of the Long Island Sound.
Metro Detroit native Laura Lee divides her time equally between writing and producing ballet educational tours with her partner, the artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Foundation Laura is the author of 20 books with such publishers as Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Running Press, Broadway Books, Lyons Press and Black Dog and Leventhal. The San Francisico Chronicle has said of her work, “Lee’s dry, humourous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.” Her most recent titles are Oscar’s Ghost by the UK publisher Amberley and a revised edition of The Pocket Encyclopdia of Aggravation.
Donald Levin is an award-winning writer and poet. He is the author of four Martin Preuss mysteries: The Forgotten Child (2017), Guilt in Hiding (2016), The Baker’s Men (2014), and Crimes of Love (2011). Book 5 in the series is underway. Donald is also the author of The House of Grins (1992), a novel; and two books of poetry, In Praise of Old Photographs (2005) and New Year’s Tangerine (2007). Donald’s poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous print and e-journals.
Andy Lockwood got his start in filmmaking, which is where he rediscovered his love of storytelling. He is the author of two novels, Empty Hallways and House of Thirteen. He is also the author of a 12 part serial thriller: At Calendar’s End. He is currently working on his next novel, as well as a follow up to House of Thirteen. He also writes short fiction for anthologies. Andy lives in mid-Michigan with four cats, his supportive girlfriend and a runaway imagination.
S. Ciara Mitaro
S. Ciara Mitaro holds a Master of Arts from the University of Detroit Mercy, and currently teaches morality, ethics and social justice courses at a private high school. In addition to her teaching career, she has taught, developed, and implemented programs and curriculum that focused on teaching children the importance of value-driven lives centered on love and the importance of living an altruistic life. Her series, The Good Eggs, is a trilogy focused on the importance of virtues, diversity and service — essential concepts for young people to integrate into their lives as they grow into Good Eggs.
Beth Anne Niemela
Beth Ann Niemela is a Detroit native, who has lived in various Michigan locations including the Upper Peninsula. Beth has been writing poetry since she was a child but turned to fiction in 2011. Her first novel, Overheard in Suki’s Diner, was published in 2014. She is working on two more novels that she hopes to complete in the next year or two. She loves Michigan, and spends as much time as possible in the woods of Up North and on the beaches of the Great Lakes. Her favorite contemporary authors include Jojo Moyes, Dennis Lehane and Liane Moriarty. Beth currently lives in Dearborn with her youngest of three children, Keira, her dog, Pippi, and her charismatic guinea pig, Mrs. Nesbit.
E. M. Olson
A Michigan native, E. M. Olson is a business attorney by day, and a storyteller and children’s book author by night. He believes that all children’s books require two essential elements: adventure and a point. His stories focus on imagination and adventure, the two most powerful learning tools. Edward is married with two children of his own.
In Donna Oram’s mid-40s, she returned to the world of academia to pursue a master’s degree in social work. Halfway through, she applied for a summer job and flunked the required physical. She was urged to see her physician, which after being sent to a rheumatologsist she found out she had lupus. Two years after her diagnosis, she began volunteering in the lupus community and worked one day a week for the Michigan Lupus Foundation. After 22 years of public speaking on the various effects, factors and outcomes of lupus, Donna retired. In February of this year, she published a book titled When Lupus Throws You for a Loop: A Handbook for the Newly Diagnosed, Lupus Veterans and for Those Who Love Them, which is available on Amazon. She says it’s the culmination of all the work she’s done in the lupus community.
Dennis Ortman has been a psychologist in private practice in Sterling Heights for 25 years. Before that he was a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit. His interest has been integrating psychology and spirituality into his work, and he specifically works with those who have a variety of addictions. He has published eight books on different topics, including anxiety and depression.
Mary Palmer was born in Detroit but grew up in Milford. She was inspired to write her very first children’s book because of her family and their everyday tradition of making toast. She has five brothers, and thinks of her family as Cheaper by the Dozen or the Von Trapp family. For 20 years she worked in the family business of manufacturing RV and automotive aftermarket products. Currently, she volunteers at a few different organizations and enjoys helping people. She says family is important to her whether they’re near or far.
Cheryl Phillips has held the positions of Vice President for Masco Corporation Foundation and Director, Global Purchasing for Masco Corporation, which has led her to co-author several business and supply chain management pieces over the years. She also conducts management seminars and lectures on a part-time basis. On a personal level, Cheryl contributes to various charities, including The City of Hope Cancer Center and Beckman Research Institute. She has served on boards for Beaumont Health, the Michigan Humane Society and other organizations. She has also received various leadership awards. She is very passionate about helping out animals and preventing animal homelessness.
Sharron Renee Rhodes
Sharron Renee Rhodes is an author with a penchant for mystical and shadowed stories loved by children of all ages. As a writer living near Detroit, she burns night oil to craft fantasies of intrigue, empowerment, diversity, self-esteem and magic. She assimilates her own children’s thoughts, emotions and fantasies, and fuses them into her magical tales.
In retirement, Lindell Ross and his wife have traveled throughout the western states. For 10 years he was a part-time ranch cook and resident poet at the Powderhorn Guest Ranch located deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He mingled with plenty of ranchers, wranglers and Native Americans. At his weekly readings around the campfire, guests were very positive in their responses which encouraged him to publish a book on the old west. Previously, he was a vice president at Campbell-Ewald advertising agency and R.L. Polk & Co., and served as a Madison Heights city councilman.
Erica Sandford is a 23-year-old Michigan native who is dedicated to helping her peers both discover and embrace their true identities in spite of the pressures of modern day influences. In 2013, Erica created a blog titled “Lost and Found” that publicly journalizes her personal observations and struggles with relationships, politics, and pop culture as a whole. Never having difficulty with using her voice to defend her passion, she has been a guest speaker for high school graduates, personally met with state representatives to discuss public policy and more. The new author has every intention on continuing her efforts to advocate for authenticity, transparency and personal fulfillment.
Jeff grew up in White Cloud, Michigan and graduated from White Cloud High School. His stories are inspired and based on his growing up on a farm and the kindness of his mother Lillian. The stories are based on actual events; they are feel good stories. He has 2 children – both in college – and is working on more Lillie stories. He works with people that have Traumatic brain injuries when not writing. He lives in Clinton Twp, Michigan
Michael J. Schultz
Michael J. Schultz, former resident of Clawson, was born and raised south of Detroit, and is the last of 10 children. He spent his formative years living the surf life in San Clemente, CA. It was there, in a dream, the storyline for The Vela Project was born. Michael is currently the lead singer of the band Jagged Wires and has released a CD to accompany his novel described as a “soundtrack to the novel.” He has also written three screenplays and has three novels awaiting publishing.
Ed Schwall was born in Cochem, Germany in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1951. He attended Fordson High School, Henry Ford Community College, Western Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University. After 30 years as a manufacturing engineer and quality manager, he retired from Ford Motor Company. He has a wife, Mandy, two children, Karen and Paul, and a grandchild, Mackenzie. He spends his time between Michigan and Florida.
Victoria Scott teaches social studies, Latin, steampunk studies and quilting to middle schoolers at a private school in Southeastern Michigan. She has studied Shakespeare in England and at the Folger Shakespeare Library, communicated extensively in spoken Latin at Latin language immersion camps in Kentucky, Michigan and Massachusetts, and studied Roman history and archaeology as a student of the American Academy in Rome. She is an avid quilter and steampunker who enjoys Doctor Who, walking her dog Red, “the Wonder Husky,” and writing.
M.A. De Neve
When M.A. De Neve retired from teaching college-level English in 2013, she started a new career as a novelist. Her novels are about dysfunctional families – is there any other kind? Characters help and hinder each other in a variety of unusual ways. She lives with her husband Peter, her dog, Tiki, and a houseful of cats. Proceeds from her novels go to P.A.A.W., the Pet Adoption Alternative Warren, a Southeastern Michigan-based animal rescue group.
Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle-grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books but never did make it to the adult section. When she is not jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found stressing over performance classes at a model horse show. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Fine Art in graphic design, and her obsession with typography and layout naturally translates into formatting poetry on a page. Sarah recently moved to Michigan with her husband, two Boston Terriers and an Appaloosa named Mr. Pots.
Born and raised in the Great Lakes state of Michigan, Carol Trembath has made water a lifelong focus and passion. Her other interest is education. Carol has been a teacher, librarian and media specialist for over 28 years. She earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. However, her initial degree was in English from Western Michigan University, and her “first love” is literature. She now writes the stories that need to be told. Carol’s hope is that her readers will become more aware of Native teachings, and become involved in recycling and protecting the environment. She has plans for more children’s books featuring her main character, Mai. Carol is a member of the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, Michigan Reading Association, and the International Reading Association.
Tom Ulicny is a lifelong resident of Michigan and currently lives in the Detroit area. He’s proud to have three beautiful daughters and three grandchildren. A retired engineer and business executive, he holds several degrees from Wayne State University, and enjoys traveling, woodworking, guitar and of course, writing. He now writes full time and has completed three novels. Tom’s debut novel, The Lost Revolution, takes place in the turbulent 1880s of Victorian London. It earned a top 5-star rating from Readers’ Favorite. His second novel, The Caruso Collection, is a mystery thriller that takes place in the present day world of big art in New York City. Both books are available as paperbacks and E-books on Amazon, and other popular outlets. His third book, The Scientist’s Accomplice, was published earlier this year, and he’s currently working on his fourth book scheduled for release in 2018.
Carl Virgilio retired from General Motors and managed to transform is corporate letter-writing prowess into something more creative; namely, children’s books and anthology – short stories, prose, poetry and more recently, six word stories.He also became quite proficient in the advanced techniques of Photoshop during his design tenure at General Motors. Consequently, he was able to design the covers of his books and create the content of his contemporary digital art book. Carl has also expanded into designing book covers for other local writers.
As a commercial artist, illustrating children’s stories feels perfect for Joan Wilson. She is an older mom and grandma of two, a long-time storyteller, and she says she truly loves this path she’s on. Currently, Joan has begun notes and sketches for her next bird picture book. She is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and two local writer’s groups: Scribes and the Rochester Writer’s Group.
Lisa Cairn Santoro is the illustrator of Fascinating Animals from A to Z. She is a designer and illustrator with a love for color and a special interest in animals. Lisa lives in Michigan with her husband, Nick, and their dogs, Cooper and Conté.
Joe was raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. An artist at heart, Joe is a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and a Minor in Philosophy. A former musician, Joe legally became disabled in 2015 due to health problems. He enjoys spending time with dogs, as should all right thinking people.
Jeff Whitcher is a poet, author, and artist from Troy, Michigan with a background in social work and comedy. He has been sharing his love of poetry and the creativity and mechanics behind writing clever, engaging and imaginative poems with children across the state of Michigan since publishing his first book of poems, ‘What If Balloons Didn’t POP?’ in 2014. In July 2016 he published his sixth collection of children’s poetry, “I Dreamt I Was a Waffle.”