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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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?
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.