Diana Plopa

Diana Kathryn Plopa is an avid writer and book lover. Her goal is to write one book in each of the major genres. To date, she has penned a satirical novel, memoir, collection of poetry, and now this children’s book. She has two more novels coming out in 2016, and another children’s book is due out in 2017.

 Jeffrey Schoenherr

Jeff live in Clinton Twp, Michigan. His books are based on real events in his life growing up on a farm in White Cloud, Michigan. The inspiration came from his mother who was an avid reader. She is who the character is based on. He has a son and a daughter, who are both in college now, leaving him more time to write Lillie stories. He also works with people who have T.B.I.s, and enjoys golf and writing about real life. He is excited to be a part of Leon & Lulu’s Books & Authors event.

 Anastasia Hamel

Anastasia Hamel was born in Florina, Greece. In 1970 she emigrated with her family to the United States, settling in Michigan. She currently enjoys living in southeastern Michigan with her husband and two sons. She loves the challenge of growing rare orchids, and spends her spare time going fishing and traveling.

 Lewis Gazoul

Lewis G. Gazoul has always enjoyed wilderness hiking, hunting and camping. The astonishing wonders of the outdoors became the context for a short bedtime story he whispered to his two children. Later, during an especially slow day at work, Lewis wrote that adventure episode onto a piece of paper, and from that page grew his vision for an entire, vast inhabited, mystical and wondrous land, which is the setting for this book. The still-evolving land and story remain true to the tale that enchanted his children, allowing their imaginations to flourish.

 Tom Ulicny

Tom Ulicny lives in the Detroit area and is the proud father of three daughters. He also has a grandson and is expecting a new granddaughter soon. A retired engineer, he holds two degrees from Wayne State University and, besides writing, enjoys travel, woodworking and guitar.
He’s currently working on a third novel and on a travel-log feature highlighting his recent solo trip to China.

Gary Dembs

Gary Dembs has been writing poetry for over 30 years, mostly for enjoyment and for therapeutic reasons.  Thimble Flood, is his first publishing venture, and is a compilation of various types of poetry, with each chapter offering unique twists.

 Donald Levin

An award-winning fiction writer and poet, I am the author of three Martin Preuss mysteries: Guilt in Hiding (2016), The Baker’s Men (2014), and Crimes of Love (2011). Book 4 in the series is under way. I am 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). My poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous print and e-journals. I am retired dean of the faculty and Professor Emeritus of English at Marygrove College in Detroit.

K.M. Guerin

K.M. Guerin first grew interested in the Middle Ages during her time in high school theatre, due to the overwhelming love of the local Renaissance Faire by her peers. While preparing for her first visit, she picked up a Tudor historical fiction novel by Philippa Gregory to help get into character. Before she finished the very first chapter of the book, she knew she had found her literary “home”. Devouring stories about England, France, and even Germany, she couldn’t help but notice the distinct typecasting of Spain as the one-dimensional “Big Bad”, and thus, THE TRASTÁMARA SERIES was born. K.M. Guerin has lived in Michigan (USA) her entire life, with her husband, son, and Boomer-dog.

Jill Sammut

Jill Sammut is a public-school teacher, veterinarian, mother, and foster parent. As Jill watched many kids struggle to find themselves represented in popular culture, she decided to look for books where the characters faced the types of adversity she saw challenging children each day. Jill wanted to find a kid’s chapter book where the main characters worked through mental and physical health issues in a compassionate manner. She wanted a series where the main characters were a little different, and lived in a neighborhood where everyone didn’t look the same. When she was unable to find such a book, she wrote it herself. Inspired by the needs of her students and family, Jill wrote “The Cloud at the End of My Rainbow” specifically for a particular child who felt no one understood her worries.

Diane Tracey

I am a retired elementary teacher who has written four children’s books. I am self published and look forward to sharing my books with the public.

 R.L. Herron

Award-winning Michigan author R.L. Herron grew up in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale and has published multiple works of fiction. He once worked for some of the world’s largest ad agencies and a major Fortune 10 Corporation. A member of the National Writers Association, the Association of Independent Authors, Michigan Writers and the American Academy of Poets, he is available to talk about his writing to book clubs, bookstores, conferences, libraries and schools. His musical taste leans heavily toward classic, bluesy rock (like Bob Seger, ZZTop or Creedence) and, although he hates the winters in Michigan, he still lives and writes there with his lovely wife, an ugly mortgage and one extremely large cat.

 Elisa Koopmans

Elisa Koopmans is an attorney specializing primarily in estate planning, trust administration and probate who is licensed to practice law in both New York and Michigan under the name Elissa Koopmans Schwartz. When Elisa is not writing or practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her two adult children and her Chihuahua, Oreo, who travels with her between Michigan and New York’s Long Island where they live on the shores of the Sound. Elisa also enjoys working in her yard, walking on the beach, spending time with friends and going to Broadway musicals.

 Allyson Martinek

Allyson has been a constant on Detroit Airwaves for over two decades. A popular television host and beloved radio host, her morning show has been a favorite not only to local listeners but to an audience across the country. Known for her strong opinions comedic wit, and infectious laugh, Allyson entertains and inspires her fans doing what she loves most, cracking that microphone every morning to talk about it all. She Prides herself on being a strong voice for women while still maintaining her signature and organic brand of silly.

 June Rado

During ninety years much can happen. In my case, classical piano training from ages six to twenty, a fifty-five year marriage, seven children and teams of critters. And all along, adventures in writing. In college during WWII we girls wrote countless letters to our servicemen in Europe and the South Pacific. Then, writer for Fenn College, Cleveland, and light verse in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. A forty-year membership in Farmington Musicale, Farmington, Michigan — programs, skits, four years Publicity, six years Editor of the Metronome and the club’s successful application for the Distinguished Service for the Arts Award. As lyricist, I enjoyed a twenty-two year collaboration with my composer friend, Charlene Slabey. We wrote art songs, song cycles, a chancel opera, two full-length musicals, all performed in the Greater Detroit Area. Now, “The Hamlet and the White Owl.” It seems things are still happening.

Kelsey Fox

Kelsey Fox lives in Royal Oak, MI with her husband Steve, her son Cody, five chickens and “Little Cat”! Kelsey graduated from Oakland University with an Elementary Education degree. After teaching many years, she fell in love with children’s books. Her experience in the classroom inspired her to start writing her own children’s stories.

 Jenny Deason Copeland

Jenny Deason Copeland is a West Bloomfield resident who lives in an antique house from the 1820s. For thw last thirty eight years she has been an engineer, project manager for the telecommunications industry. She has four patents, a Six Sigma Black Belt, LEAN certification and is a PMP. She is currently on the Board for the MI S.T.E.M. Partnership. She paints watercolor cloud angel pictures when she isn’t writing her next book.She has two grown children and lives with the love of her life, Charles. Another book by this author, New Shoes for Elizabeth is a tweenager chapter book. It is also a Christmas story. Future works can be expected in a variety of subjects. Jenny is also a historical cook and entertainer.

 Marion Chard

Marion lives in a rural town in northern Michigan with her husband Lee. Among her numerous interests are writing, history, music, cooking, science, perennial gardening, photography, website design, reading, remodeling/re-decorating, and volunteering in her community. The word ‘boredom’ does not exist in her dictionary. She has a great sense of humor and loves to surround herself with like-minded friends and family.

William Allen

Retired corporate director Wm. Allen is just an ordinary man. He was invisible in high school, joined the US Army at seventeen and served in both Iran and Vietnam before returning home to spend ten years as a part-time college student. After finally graduating at age thirty, he started his slow climb up the corporate ladder, earning his MBA along the way. For thirty years Allen 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?

 Susan Kline

I was born in Alexandria, Virginia at Fort Belvoir Army Hospital. My family moved to Michigan a few years later where I grew up near Lansing. My interest in cooking and baking began at around the age of 13 when I started experimenting in the kitchen creating dinners and desserts for my family “just for fun”. I’ve also had a life-long compassion for animals and that is what ultimately led me to become vegan over 25 years ago. So, it seemed only natural for me to begin instructing vegan cooking classes, hosting vegan potlucks and other social events to educate others about the amazing vegan lifestyle I enjoy.

 Jean Alicia Elster

Formerly an attorney, Jean Alicia Elster is the author of the novel The Colored Car—for ages 8 and older—published by Wayne State University Press and released in September 2013. 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 by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. The Colored Car was chosen as an Honor Book for the 2014 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Elster is, also, the author of the novel Who’s Jim Hines?—for ages 8 and older—published by Wayne State University Press and released in August 2008.

 Mary Ann Slavcheff

M.A. De Neve is a retired college writing instructor. She lives in Royal Oak with her husband Peter, her many cats, and her dog Tiki.


Lisa Fiema & Amanda McDole

Lisa Fiema graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in elementary education and went back to Michigan State to receive her Master’s Degree in education concentrating on literacy. She currently teaches first grade and uses the lessons she learned from Room 114 to inspire her daily teaching. Amanda McDole graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Social Work. She is currently a testing coordinator, latchkey director, social media coordinator, paraprofessional, and food service director. Amanda still wears a lot of hats!

Sharron Renée Rhodes

Sharron Renée Rhodes is an author with a penchant for mystical and shadowed stories loved by children of all ages.

Corey Gut

Dr. Corey Gut is a veterinarian at DePorre Veterinary Hospital in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Jennifer Thomas-Like

J. Thomas-Like lives in St. Clair Shores, Michigan with her brilliant son, a passel of cats and a dog. When she isn’t bludgeoning the keyboard working on her latest novel, she loves to read, knit, and contemplate her next tattoo, while simultaneously indulging in all things ice cream.

Andy Lockwood

Andy Lockwood owes his continued fascination for the macabre to a lifetime immersed in the genre. Raised on the stories of Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, he grew up with role models like Vincent Price, Alice Cooper, the Munsters’ and the Addams’. As the years piled on, he found an incessant necessity to not only absorb the writings of others, but to put pen to paper himself. While studying filmmaking, he found the catalyst that would propel him to complete his first novel, Empty Hallways. With that first story in print, more followed, and he found himself with one story after another being poured onto the page.

Robert McGowan

Poet Bob McGowan, who has published in several publications, spent thirty-five years in creative roles and partnerships with advertising agencies in Detroit and Los Angeles. Bob also founded and is executive director of Bittersweet Farm Plant-A-Row Community Garden, that, for 25 years, has supplied the food bank with organically-grown vegetables, averaging around 2,500 pounds a year. He and his garden have been the subject of dozens of articles in local, state (including HOUR Detroit) and national media.

S. Ciara Mitaro

S. Ciara Mitaro, holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and currently teaches morality, ethics and social justice courses at a private high school in Michigan. In addition to her teaching career, she has taught, developed, and implemented programs and curricula that focused on teaching children the importance of value-driven lives centered on love and the importance of living an altruistic life. This final book in The Good Eggs series completes her “trilogy” of Virtues, Diversity, and Service – essential concepts for young people to integrate into their lives as they grow into Good Eggs!

James Windell

James Windell is an author, editor, and teacher. He teaches at Wayne State University and Oakland University. A former family therapist, he worked with adolescents and divorced couples. He is the editor of “The Michigan Psychologist” and the author of more than 25 books. One of his most recent books, coauthored with Kristin Meekhof, is “A Widow’s Guide to Healing: Gentle Support and Advice for the First 5 Years” (Sourcebooks, 2015).

Misty Provencher

Misty Provencher is a prolific author who writes fantasy stories suitable for young adult audiences and up, while Misty Paquette writes contemporary romances, literary fiction, and even some erotica for the adult crowd.

Jennifer Friess

Jennifer Friess is an author, blogger, and editor who lives in Lenawee County, Michigan, with her husband, son, and dog. She loves entertainment trivia. She doesn’t match her socks. She is a picky eater and likes it that way. Jennifer is the author of The Riley Sisters series, available now in paperback or on your favorite device.

Adrienne Frances

Adrienne Frances lives with her husband, two sons, and K9 daughter in a small(ish) lake town in southeast Michigan. With a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and English, she can always be found at her MacBook or glued to her Kindle. Her favorite things, in no particular order, are Michigan summers, sparkling lake water, her family, football, the Oxford comma, and wine.

Terrence Shulman

Terrence Shulman is a native Detroiter. Mr. Shulman completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Michigan in 1987. He graduated from The Detroit College of Law in 1991 and has been an attorney-at-law since 1992 specializing in mental health law and criminal defense work. He returned to and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 and has since then been a full-time certified social worker and addictions therapist. Since 2004, Mr. Shulman has been the Founder/Director of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft , Spending and Hoarding in metro-Detroit.

Ginny Grush

Ginny Grush lives in Farmington Hills with her husband. She has two grown children and one grandchild. Ginny is a former Peace Corps Volunteer and Spanish teacher. She writes poetry, personal essays and short stories. She’s been published in the MacGuffin, Peninsula Poets, the Free Press, the Farmington Observer, Above the Bridge magazine, The Great Lakes State Anthology and Ridgewriters Anthology.

Joan Wilson

Decades have passed since art school, and my career as a commercial artist serving the automotive industry in Detroit. Currently, I am the mother of three wonderful young adult children and grandmother to theirs. They have been the encouragement I needed to combine years of storytelling with my art. At the same time my fascination for birds and their habitats and needs seem to dominate my reading. And, for the young reader I want to contribute to their early environmental interest with my bird characters, Kessy, an American kestrel and Lodin, a snowy owl fledgling.

Charlotte Fisher

Charlotte Fisher began her writing career passing notes in the 7th grade. Since then, she’s worked as a journalist, dog walker, greeting card writer, communications manager, drum teacher and garment streamer at Casual Corner. Based in the Detroit area, her non-fiction work is largely biographical, focusing on sobriety, spirituality, healing and hope. Fisher shares her tragic, comedic, tender and twisted stories with the goal of helping others, having learned that, “Our pain is our greatest gift.” She credits writers Anne Lamott and Erma Bombeck for their ability to find humor in adversity and wisdom in everyday life.

John Smolens

John Smolens has published ten works of fiction, most recently Wolf’s Mouth, which has been selected as a Library of Michigan Notable Book for 2017. Three of his earlier novels, Cold, Fire Point, and The Invisible World, will be reissued in paperback by Michigan State University Press in 2017. His new novel, Out, which is a sequel to Cold, will be published in 2018 by MSU Press. His work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Columbia Journal of Literature and Art, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Karen Tintori

Karen Tintori is an internationally bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction whose novels have been translated into more than 25 languages. SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE (Doubleday, 1993), written with Jill Gregory, became a CBS-TV Movie-of-the-Week. THE BOOK OF NAMES, their hidden history thriller (St. Martin’s Press, 2007) spent 19 weeks on German bestseller lists, and sold to 22 countries. Their second thriller, THE ILLUMINATION, 2009, sold to seven foreign countries. Karen has also written two nonfiction books detailing the Italian immigrant experience.

Jan Tighe

WEBCAM is written by Jan Tighe, married for 46 years and mother of two grown daughters. She has two fabulous sons-in-law and four precious grandchildren. After 30 years of active church ministry, retirement blessed Jan with enough time to finally connect with her passion for writing. When Jan retired from active pastoral care, her main loss was not with her identity as an employee, rather, with the huge loss for helping people heal, forgive and grow in virtue on a daily basis. WEBCAM allows Jan to reach more souls now through her writing than she could ever imagine. Her grief turns into joy as the words of her book come together, letter by letter, falling directly from the author’s heart.

Penny Lowes

Penny Lowes is a teacher, pastor and storyteller. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served three Michigan churches over the last twenty years. She is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers and enjoys sharing stories with others. Penny is a mother and grandmother and lives in Rochester, Michigan with her husband and chocolate Labradoodle, Preacher Brown.

Robert Haig

I was born and raised in southwest Detroit. After graduating highschool and a year of college, I settled in at a local machine shop. Several years later, I realized this was not the plan for my future. So at the age of twenty five I joined the Detroit Police Department. In what seemed like the blink of an eye twenty seven years later I walked away from a career I truly loved. Bitter over the politics, and inept command structures I had witnessed I decided to write a book. After compiling about ten pages, I realized my career was not about the bad things that happened but it was about the men and woman of the Detroit Police Department.

Paula Dirkes

Paula Dirkes earned her Bachelors degree in secondary education from Michigan State University and her Masters degree in Human Performance Improvement from the University of Michigan. She is an author, speaker and youth advocate focused on making youth mentoring a social norm versus the exception. She offers tools and resouces that make it easier for adults to fit mentoring into their busy lives. Her book – Mentor Me! The Complete Guide for Women Who want to Mentor Girls – was published in January 2012 and is an Amazon.com bestseller.

Shelley Schanfield

Shelley Schanfield’s fascination with Buddhism and yoga arose fifteen years ago, when she and her son were pursuing black belts in Tae Kwon Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
By profession a librarian, Shelley immersed herself in research on the time, place, and spiritual traditions that 2500 years ago produced Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha. Because she loves historical fiction, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha. When she couldn’t find one that satisfied her, she decided to write her own.

Michael Massucci

Coach Michael Massucci is an educator, former varsity coach, and recent author of: An Elite Journey: A Young Man’s Leadership Story.  He is a graduate of Central Michigan University (1992) where he earned a major in history, a minor in reading, and a professional coaching certificate.  He later earned his master’s degree from Oakland University (2000) in Reading and Language Arts.

Polly Cheney

Polly attempted to teach a Junior Master Gardener class a poem to help them learn about seed formation. This book is a result! She had never met a pollinator she liked until she met native pollinators!

John Crissman

John D. Crissman lives in Birmingham, Michigan. John is a single father of Johnny, a fun nine year old. At his son’s suggestion John has started using his love of community service and creative writing to author children’s books and help the community. “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.

David Olds

Over the last 40 years David Olds has worked as a staff photographer for United Press International, the Lansing State Journal and the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun. Over the years, he has owned and operated a photography gallery, lectured extensively and taught photography, most recently as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University. David is using his personal experiences to pen a series of novels about photographers. Bulldog Blues is his first novel.

Michael D. Jones

Michael D. Jones has two collection of poetry, Unlikely Trees (2014) and Overtime and The Hours (2017), two Pushcart Prize nominated poems, and a third collection forthcoming (2020). Recently his poems appeared in Legends Literary Journal, The Garfield Lake Review, Third Wednesday and the Kerf. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Oakland University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Joanne, live and work in Holland, MI.

Charles R. Stern

Charles is a psychologist practicing in the Detroit area since 1980. He has also taught at every level of education during his career.

Colleen Nye

Having started writing in my childhood, winning some awards, I published my first novel, When in Maui, in April 2012. Several books later, I’m still in love with the art of writing and all it entails. I have found my calling. Am I the best author out there? Probably not. But I certainly love doing what I do… and so do a few of my readers.

Kath Usitalo

The bi-peninsular author of 100 Things to Do in the Upper Peninsula Before You Die grew up in Metro Detroit, attended the University of Detroit, and was vice president-communications for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau until she left to pursue freelance travel writing with kids Graham and Paige in tow. Kath edits experience Michigan magazine and writes about the Great Lakes State for a variety of print and online publications and her own e-zine, GreatLakesGazette.com.

Annetta Hobson

Author A. G. Hobson has been writing for three years. She is an avid reader. After being unable to find what she was searching for at the book store, a clerk encouraged her to write her own novels. And that is exactly what she did. She started writing in 2012 under the name Annetta Hobson and in 2015 wanted to reinvent her brand. She has a plethora of books to spark an interest in every reader. She loves to write about falling in love, but dabbles in several other genres. Please check out her republished works and all of her new titles under A.G. Hobson and her pen name Chalyn Amadore.


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