2021’s FEATURED AUTHORS
Dee “Buckshot Dot” Strickland Johnson: Native Arizonan “Buckshot Dot,” grew up on the Hualapai Reservation and the Petrified Forest. She and her husband, Ol” Buck, operated a cattle ranch in the Ozark Mountains throughout the 1970’s.
Dot is an Arizona Culture Keeper and has opened for Lyle Lovett. She has been awarded the Academy of Western Artists Female Cowboy Poet of the Year. One of her books was named Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year, and she has received the Will Rogers Medallion Award. She has written seven books, five dance folk operas, and has produced four CD’s. She and Buck live in Payson, Arizona.
You can find “Buckshot Dot” at: www.buckshotdot.com
Marshall Trimble: Official Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble is a noted historian, author, folksinger and humorist. He’s been a board member of the Wild West History Association since its founding. The author of 22 books on Arizona and the West, he writes a monthly column, “Ask the Marshall,” in True West Magazine. He has won numerous honors and awards. He was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame and in 2012 he was selected for the U.S. State Department’s “Cowboy Hall of Fame Tour,” a goodwill visit to Kyrgyzstan to share American cowboy culture.
Find out more at MarshallTrimble.com
Authors (listed alphabetically)
*Elizabeth Ajamie-Boyer: Elizabeth Ajamie-Boyer is from Phoenix, Arizona for most of her life, and graduated from East High School, South Mountain Community College, and Arizona State University. She is married to, and co-writes with TJ Boyer, primary author of The Mirror Gate Chronicles series. As a Christian writer, Elizabeth feels called to write about the accomplishments of other Christians to make the United States of America a great country. Elizabeth and TJ have two children and three grandchildren.
Find out more at MirrorGateChronicles.com
*Tom Alberti: Tom Alberti is a forty-six-year resident of Arizona. Tom and his wife, Dru, live on a horse property in Queen Creek, and enjoy riding their horses all over Arizona. Many of the riding adventures described in his books are the based on his own experiences throughout the state.
His first novel, The Horseman, has been followed by three more Horseman stories. This four-book series is based on the adventures of Tom and Dominique Blandini, a Tucson cattle family. Tom has also written two independent novels, and a book of western short stories.
Find out more at TomAlbertiNovels.com
*Susan Anderson: Susan Clare Anderson has an Associate Teacher Certificate and 29 units in Child Development including two practicum courses. She also has a skill certificate in School-age Programs and one in Preschool. She has experience working with children as well and strives to create books that are age-appropriate and fun to read. In her books, she offers opportunities for children to sharpen their developmental skills along with colorful pictures and interesting characters in order to capture their imagination.
Find out more at SusanClareAnderson.com
*Bonnie Bahn: Animals, birds, and disabled children prompted Bonnie to write the Applevale Holidays series of books. Her goal is to encourage disabled children to think of themselves as heroes. There are four books—Christmas Alligator, Raccoon Rainbow, Moon Balls and Saving Yankee and Doodle. The most recent one, Saving Yankee and Doodle, features a family of golden eagles
Her first book Bumblefoot, Murder is For the Birds, is about a trio of teenage sleuths who enlist the help of a telepathic screech to solve a murder. Works in progress include a middle grade story and a historical fiction.
Visit Bonnie at BonnieBahn.wordpress.com.
*Timothy Boyer: Timothy J. Boyer was born in Allegan, Michigan. He now lives in Phoenix Arizona with his wife, Elizabeth Ajamie-Boyer. He has been telling stories his whole life, but writing since he was 17 years old. He began seriously writing his Mirror Gate Chronicles in 2005 when he began telling his friends at work about his dreams. They encouraged him, and along with his wife’s prompting, TJ Boyer has completed eight stories of the series. Mirror Gate Chronicles is Science Fantasy, however TJ writes action and mystery stories, as well.
Find out more about the series at MirrorGateChronicle.com
**Bob Boze Bell: Bob is the author of a dozen heavily illustrated books on the history of the West. He is also the executive editor and co-owner of True West magazine, which has been publishing since 1953. True West magazine is published in Cave Creek, Arizona and Bell is bringing some of his best writers and authors to the Payson Book Festival this year.
Find out more at BobBozeBellArt.com
*Vee Browne-Yellowhair: Learn more at VeeBrowneYellowhair.com
*Susan Budavari: Susan Budavari has always been an avid mystery reader. After years as a scientific writer/editor and encyclopedist in the pharmaceutical industry in New Jersey, she moved to Arizona and began writing fiction. Her short stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies. She writes the Merano & Bell Novel series featuring a small-town Arizona PI (and ex-NJ cop) and his physician wife. Reason to Hide is the next book in the series. She serves as an advisor on the board of directors of Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter.
Learn more at SusanBudvari.com
*Caren Cantrell: Caren is the author of Fine-ly Fabulous – A Survival Guide for the Fine-Haired Girl, Maximize Your Golf Swing – A Golf Exercise Plan for Hitting Longer and Straighter Every Time, two children’s picture books: Annie Argyle’s Amazing Adventure and The Sweet Dream Fairy and a storyboard journal for picture book writers, Picture Book Storyboards. She also writes a series of eBooks called Planet Discovery Books for Kids under the pen name Matthew Taylor. She, her husband Bill, and their two dogs live in Scottsdale, AZ. When she’s not writing, or helping others to get published, you can find her traveling the country to see her five grandchildren.
*Nan C. Cataldi: Nan was born and raised in a small town in western Pennsylvania. After raising her two children in Richmond, Virginia, she decided to move out to the Old West. She is currently retired from the medical profession and lives in Arizona. Nan has taken several children’s writing classes over the years and written many short stories. Since she was young, she has had a talent for storytelling and has a great imagination. In addition to the Keys of Being trilogy, she also writes picture books.
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*Tam Chronin: Tam Chronin is a figment of the imagination, which might be why she lives there often enough to find her main characters and convince them to share their stories.
Before becoming an author, she slayed trolls for many years in the wilds of the Internet. She was occasionally granted the legendary weapon, Ban Hammer. It was a relief to retire from such harrowing adventures, but for a coin and a stiff drink she might recount them over a campfire. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family and pets, including a vicious attack tortoise who guards the back yard.
Find out more about Tam at TamChronin.com
*Jan Cleere: Author, historian, and lecturer Jan Cleere writes extensively about the people who first settled in the desert southwest. As the author of five award-winning historical biographical books, she travels around the state presenting the stories of early pioneers who were instrumental in settling and civilizing the Territory of Arizona. Jan is also a Roads Scholar with Arizona Humanities. Her column, “Western Women,” appears monthly in Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star newspaper detailing the lives of Arizona’s early amazing women. A magna cum laude graduate of ASU West, her freelance work appears in national and regional publications.
Find out more at JanCleere.com
*Connie Cockrell: A 20-year Air Force career, a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for Connie Cockrell’s story-telling.
She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published 20 books, has been included in five anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Connie’s always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one.
*Marc David: Marc David is a veteran journalist whose writing career spans four decades, during which time he has covered the sports spectrum from world boxing champions to the Olympics. He has written for lifestyle and health magazines.A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Marc now resides in Chandler, Arizona, where he writes books, contributes articles to newspapers, and is available for speaking engagements. Marc is an everyday runner who enjoys travel.
He has written three nonfiction books: The Addicted Runner, Available Male Tale, and 1,001 Things You Didn’t Want to Know.
You can find out more at TheAddictedRunner.com.
*Chrisann Dawson: Chrisann Dawson, who was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has experienced a life of travel and missionary adventure. She successfully published her first book, Congo Crisis, early September 2015. Chrisann then finished teaching another year of high school English in her small town in Arizona. She looks forward to spending more time studying, researching, and writing.
Chrisann and her husband, Gale, are currently pumping fresh vision into their national-led Congo ministry, called Rise Congo. Chrisann believes regular contact with the Congo and its incredible people will bolster her goals to write more Congo-themed stories.
Chrisann enjoys spending time with her family and supportive Christian friends; reflecting on her past victories in Christ; and anticipating the next chapter in her life.
See more at ChrisannDawson.com
*Dave Elston: Dave Elston is a retired engineer, a trained Wilderness First Responder and a true Accidental Explorer. He set himself a personal goal to spend a year, a few days and nights at a time, exploring the Grand Canyon. Today, he has exceeded that goal and keeps a growing list of new and remote places he still intends to hike.
His book is A Year in the Grand Canyon: A Collection of Experiences and Colorful History from a Lifetime of Exploring the Grand Canyon. See more at VishnuTemplePress.com
*Sherry E. Engler: Engler, a member of the Raconteurs of Payson, writes articles for Get Your Mountain On Arizona. Inspired by her passion for writing, she wrote Living with LEO: Law Enforcement Officer sharing light-hearted observations of family life with LEO’s. Daisy Doo! Daisy Doo? What? Who? is a delightful fable, written and illustrated by Sherry for preschool age, promoting self-esteem and self-reliance as a green caterpillar, Daisy Doo, searches for her identity. Her latest release, Holden’s Magical Blue Marble, is a chapter book for children and teens who like magical mysteries.
*Annemarie Eveland: In her new book Hurrah for Humans she shares true-life stories that inspire and celebrate humanity’s kindness and courage. She has also written Be The Ripple, which consists of stories that show how small events in a day can have lasting effects on us and Real Women Don’t Wear Glass Slippers includes stories of challenges that bring us deeper insights and gratitude from life experiences. Her first book, At First Glance, What Faces Reveal, is a self-guided book that teaches how to instantly read people’s personalities by understanding human behavior through our physical structure.
*Suzanne Flaig: See more at MissyJenkinsMysteries.com
*Jon Fuller: Jon’s fascination with rivers began in early childhood, and he paddled his first real boat at age five. In graduate school in Arizona, Jon studied the flood histories of the Salt and Verde rivers. There, the subtle magic of rivers in the desert captured him, and he made Arizona his home. Over his 34-year career as a well-known hydrologist and geomorphologist, he authored hundreds of reports about rivers throughout the West. Jon worked and played on the Verde River throughout his career and has witnessed firsthand the river’s steady decline. Verde River Elegy: A Paddling Journey to the River’s End is his first book.
Learn more at VishnuTemplePress.com
*Lucy Geringer: As a former elementary teacher, Lucy T. Geringer educated children for more than 27 years. She applied her knowledge and understanding of young children to developing the Cleo-cat-tra series of Early Concept Books for children ages 2-6. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and takes great pride in writing early reader books that are fun to read and educational at the same time.
*Rita Goldner: Rita Goldner’s passion for nature and love of drawing and writing made picture books a great fit for her. Her audience is young, aged 4 to 8. Rita hopes that instilling understanding of endangered animals/habitats and global ecology will ensure that her readers will strive to preserve all this when they grow up. Her storytelling style, colorful whimsical pictures, and lively action-packed plots make learning fun. Her new book, Agent H2O Rides the Water Cycle precipitated (pun intended) from her desire to teach the importance of water. Rita’s books have won several awards.
Find out more at RitaGoldnerBooks.com
Kristi Grimm: It would be hard to predict Kristi’s love of writing if you understood her difficulty with dyslexia and ADD. Thankfully, her mother read to her, which cultivated her deep love of storytelling. After a horseback riding accident left her paralyzed at 15, by God’s grace, she graduated from Biola University, met her husband, and became a mother. With her love of stories, a background in education, and her husband’s artistic talents Kristi was set to write her first children’s book in 2012. She has 5 books in the Mommy, Tell Me a Story…series, and 3 in the Mitty’s Gamen, series.
Find out more at KristiGrimm.com
*Susan Haught: A multi award-winning author and Australian black liquorice connoisseur, Susan Haught writes deeply emotional stories of family, friendship, and the healing power of love. She believes Love is Ageless and has the power to change lives. Susan calls the mountains of Arizona home, and when she isn’t writing you’ll find her tending her flower garden with a notorious brown thumb or curled up with someone else’s words.
Find out more about Susan and her Award-Winning Whisper of the Pines series and sign up for her Love is Ageless newsletter at SusanHaught.com
*Arlene Hittle: Arlene Hittle is a Midwestern transplant who now makes her home in northern Arizona. She suffers from the well-documented Hittle family curse of being a Cubs fan, but will root for the Diamondbacks until they run up against the Cubs. Longtime friends are amazed she writes books with sports in them, since she’s about as coordinated as a newborn giraffe and used to say marching band required more exertion than golf.
*Patrick Hodges: Patrick lives in his native state of Arizona with his wife, Vaneza. By day, he is a medical biller, and by night, he continues to discover new passion as a writer of Young Adult fiction.
*JK Hoffman: Judy Hoffman is an Arizona native. Born in Prescott, Arizona; her early life was spent in Mayer, Arizona where her parents owned a grocery store. Then the family moved to Phoenix where her father began working for Safeway Foods. That job took the family north to Holbrook, Sedona and Tuba City. She attended Northern Arizona University then began her work as a dental assistant. She has made her home in Flagstaff for over forty-six years raising her three children to adulthood. She enjoys spending time with her two teenage grandsons, her dog Bo, and two cats.
Find out more at FlagstaffsForgottenCowgirl.com
*Brandy Isadora: Brandy has always been an artist at heart. An award-winning author and photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally, Brandy believes that everyone (including mannequins) have a story to tell.
Her debut book, Tattle Tales: Tattoo Stories and Portraits, gives her readers a new insight into the people who have chosen to permanently ink their bodies. Through compelling portraits and heartfelt stories, Tattle Tales offers a modern perspective on tattoos. She is currently working on her next book, which will be a collection of short stories that examine the emotional impact of life.
Visit her at BrandyIsadora.com
*Marlene Jaxon: Marlene is the author of Jinxed! Laughing in the Face of Alzheimer’s. While serving as caregiver to her mother, Jinx, Marlene discovered laughter and creativity to be her most powerful tools for easing the daily challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Combining those tools with her professional experience as an elementary school teacher and speech therapist enabled her to devise the unique methods and strategies that contributed to her family’s overall success in making Jinx’s final years extraordinary. She shares their story in this informative, heartwarming and humorous book. Marlene Jaxon is a member of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers.
Find out more at MarleneJaxon.com
*Marie Joy: Marie is the author of Buddy the Soldier Bear. She has a master’s degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She volunteers with the Blue Star Moms and the American Legion Auxiliary. Marie’s dad served in WWII and her oldest son served in Iraq and Afghanistan. When sending care packages to soldiers, she dreamed of writing a children’s story that could give back to our brave warriors. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire children to dream big, and to bring awareness to military and veteran causes. She donates a portion of the proceeds from her book to nonprofit organizations that support military and veteran’s causes.
Find out more at MarieJoyWrites.com
*Dharma Kelleher: Dharma Kelleher writes gritty crime fiction with a feminist kick and is one of the only openly transgender authors in the genre. She writes the Jinx Ballou Bounty Hunter series and the Shea Stevens Outlaw Biker series. Her work has also appeared in anthologies and on Shotgun Honey.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the International Thriller Writers, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She lives in Arizona with her wife and her feline overlords.
Learn more about Dharma and her work at dharmakelleher.com.
*Leslie Keller: Leslie Keller used her experience in the restaurant business, and love of the Arizona desert, to create the characters for her cozy mysteries. Menu for Murder, is the first book in the series and has received five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Cocktails at Sunset continues the story of Jayne Stanford the less-than-stellar server.
She spends her limited free time hiking in the desert, savoring wine volunteering for Ebeauty, helping breast cancer patients, and animal rescues. She lives in Phoenix, with her partner and their two rescue cats.
*Jan Kelly: Jan Kelly: Jan Kelly is a native Arizonan with an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University where she taught for 30 years. She has one daughter and lives with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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*Allan Kules: After years of technical writing and many more in research of the UFO subject I ventured into writing a novel about President Eisenhower’s meeting with aliens in 1954/55.
My reading of Michael Salla’s research paper about the event had a profound effect on me. The well documented paper led me to conjecture that a film must surely have been made of the event. With a rogue government agent focused on disclosure liberating the film from a warehouse and gifting it to the UFO researcher, I had my story. Two additional volumes complete the trilogy.
*Barbara Lacy: In collaboration with Vernon Mayes, a range-conservation instructor at The College of Ganado (Ganado, Arizona) and the staff at the NHA, Barbara put together the plant book, NANISE’, a Navajo Herbal, a user-friendly resource book that showcases the deep understanding Navajos have of plants that grow in the harsh Southwestern region. In 1990, the book earned an honorable mention in the annual National Federation of Press Women communications contest.
Barbara was one of the authors of the recently published Skirting Traditions, Arizona Women Writers and Journalists 1912-2012 and wrote Pictures of the Navajo, Their Health and Environment in 1980.
Learn more at NaniseNavajoHerbal.com
*Ed Loughlin: Ed Loughlin is a retired faculty member from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona where he worked as a Counselor, Advisement Coordinator and Health Instructor. Ed attended Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he received his undergraduate, graduate and nursing degrees. He has worked as a psychiatric nurse and taught both elementary and junior high school. Ed was also a radio announcer and loves to chat about music from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
Find out more at SelfishService.com
*Betsy Love: Betsy is a fun, spunky grammie from Mesa, Arizona who loves writing quirky sci-fi romances. She’s been creating stories since she could hold a pencil. In high school her English teacher told her one day she’d be published. Love proved her correct and now has six published titles and plans to release three more books in her StarBride Chronicles series and a Christmas novel in 2018-19.
You can find her online at BetsyLove.com
*Jaela Lynndon: Find out more at www.On5Wheels.com.
*Barbara Marriott: Barbara has written fiction and nonfiction tales of the Old West for over fifteen years. Her first book, Annie’s Guest, the story of a luxurious hotel in the old Southwest, is still winning readers. Her latest Paint ‘N Spurs, biographies of the men who founded the Cowboy Artists of America, was a finalist in the International Book Awards, and selected as Best Arizona Book in the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards.
Marriott’s life as a fashion copywriter, management consultant, and university profession helps her look at life through many lenses. Her PH.D in cultural anthropology adds a nice tint.
Learn more at BarbaraMarriott.com
Jan M. Martin: Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authors—not so much for husbands. Favorite writing moment: meeting famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton during research for Heir of Deceit. She has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Black Friday, Eskimo Pies, and her messy kitchen. She wrote for a local newspaper at age 11, and worked for her high school and college journalism departments. She is the author of novels Heir of Deceit and Impressions of Innocence; My Word, That’s Absurd! (Humor); and Maintaining a Youthful Appearance (in progress).
Visit her website.
*Tom Martin: A physical therapist at the Grand Canyon Clinic at the South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park for twenty years, Tom Martin has also written a number of books including Day Hikes from the River, Big Water Little Boats, and Guide To The Colorado River In The Grand Canyon: Lee’s Ferry To South Cove, which won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award. Working with the Huntington Library in San Mareno, CA, Tom edited Otis “Dock” Marston’s 1,600-page manuscript on the first 100 river runners through Grand Canyon, From Powell to Power: A Recounting of the First 100 River Runners through the Grand Canyon.
Find out more at VishnuTemplePress.com
*Carole Emma Mathewson: California native Carole Emma Mathewson has resided in Payson, Arizona since 1992. Having majored in English and Early Childhood Education, she has been a preschool teacher and a secretary—executive and legal. She was a newspaper reporter/copy editor for 10 years.
Mathewson is the author of: The Waste of War, published in December 2014; and The Hostess of Providence: A One-woman, One-act Play, presented by Mathewson on stage in 1985 and published in 2011. A third book, World War II, On the Home Front was published in 2017.
Visit Carole at CaroleEmmaMathewson.com
*Merle McCann: Award-winning author, Merle McCann, is known for her National literature award-winning Longjohners Mystery Series for middle readers. Her first adult novel won 4th place in a National competition. She has added three more novels to her collection, all enjoying excellent reviews. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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*R Gregg Miller: After twenty-five years of chasing the bad guys on the streets of Los Angeles, Gregg retired from the LAPD to chase his toddler around the house. Instead of dragging a war bag to the trunk of a police car every day, he began tossing a stroller and a diaper bag into his SUV for another “daddy and daughter adventure day.” Now, with his daughter working on her PhD, the aging street cop lives in the White Mountains. When he isn’t building furniture or strolling through the forest, he’s working on another entertaining novel that blends his personal experiences with history.
Find out more at GoodGuyPublishingHouse.com
*Virginia Mohler: Virginia is a retired teacher from Mesa, Arizona, who now writes children’s books with a purpose to educate and inspire young minds. Virginia was born in Lancaster, Ohio. She attended college in Indiana where she received her elementary education degree before moving to Arizona. Jinny has taught students from kindergarten through high school, however, she found her love in the kindergarten classroom and has spent the last 35 years teaching that grade level. She has discovered that old teachers never retire, they just lose their class (and retread). Jinny believes that you should never stop learning or reading.
*Margaret C. Morse: Margaret used her experience as a criminal defense attorney to create her protagonist, lawyer Petra Rakowitz, who turns into a witch during her first murder case. Murder Casts Its Spell is Margaret’s debut paranormal mystery. When not fashioning a magic world, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and bird watching. She shares her Phoenix home with her husband and seven rescue dogs.
*Dave Munsey: Legendary weatherman for Channel 10 in Phoenix for over forty years, Emmy Award winner and Hall of Fame Journalist Dave retired in 2017. He is the founder of the water safety program, “Watch Your Kids Around Water,” and wrote a recently-released autobiography, Munsey Business.
Learn more at www.MunseyBusiness.com.
*Michael Norman: Mystery writer Michael Norman is a former police officer and state parole board member. He spent 25 years as a Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah. Norman is the author of the Sam Kincaid mystery series including The Commission, Silent Witness, and his latest release, Slow Burn. In addition, he has two novels in the J.D. Books mystery series: On Deadly Ground and Skeleton Picnic.
Michael lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sedona, Arizona, with his wife, Diane, and their pit bull Annie. He enjoys collecting western art, rescuing pit bulls, hiking, and skiing.
Find out more at MichaelNormanAuthor.com
*Kern Nuttall: Kern Nuttall lives with his wife Lucinda “Cindy” Stafford in Page, Arizona, chosen for the nearby hiking opportunities in northern Arizona and southern Utah. Kern is a retired chemical pathologist formerly with the University of Utah Department of Pathology in Salt Lake City. He also worked for a short time as a medical biochemist at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, and later as a private consultant in laboratory medicine in Bellingham, Washington. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of New Mexico before attending medical school in Albuquerque, where he met his wife.
He is the author of In A Better Place: Cemeteries & Gravesites of Grand Canyon
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*Christoff Orr: Christoff, was born in Bitburg, Germany, and found his love and passion of history early in life through the influence of his father, a US Air Force NCO. Christoff graduated from Arizona State University with Honors, Sigma Cum Laude, with a degree in Business, Economics and US History. Christoff’s love of writing and storytelling began at a young age and is still present today. Christoff’s stories will make you think as well as entertain. His stories are described as non-stop action, and are enjoyed by men, women and teenagers.
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*Glenda Paradee: Glenda grew up in the Bay Area of California. She moved to Arizona following her parents move there in the 70s. Eventually, her brother and three sisters also moved to Arizona.
Glenda is a retired Computer Programmer. For the love of music, Glenda, started her company, Thanks For The Music in the 90s, and still publishes country music news on her website: thanksforthemusic.com. She lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her loving husband, Sam, and her cocker spaniel, Taffy. They all enjoy the summer months up at their cabin in the cool pines in Overgaard, Arizona.
Find out more at ThanksForTheMusic.com
*Kathy Peach: At a time of life when most people begin to slow down, Kathy Peach decided to head for the Southwest to live near family after being in Tennessee her entire life. She followed her dream of earning a college degree and writing a children’s book. Peach graduated from Arizona State University in December 2014, with a degree in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education. In developing The Tiniest Tumbleweed, she portrays that readers can believe in a life filled with limitless possibilities. The Tiniest Tumbleweed, Peach’s first book, is not only a delight, but an inspiration.
Find out more at TiniestTumbleweed.com
*John Jay Pelletier: John has had a life full of adventure, starting out in Boy Scouts where his troop raised enough money selling fireworks to travel down the Grand Canyon on a river trip. He became an Explorer Scout, worked at Disneyland as a Matterhorn climber, and joined the Army where he became a Green Beret. He attended survival schools and eventually became an instructor at the Air Force Academy teaching survival skills. Now retired, he teaches desert safety and survival at the Superstition Mountain Museum and has written Desert Safety and Survival Guide.
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*Stefanie Phillips: Stefanie is a mother of two girls and a seasoned educator who is passionate about teaching children self-love, acceptance and belief in their ability. After many years of teaching kindergarten, she pursued writing a book to help her students as well as other children. She believes that every child has the potential to do more, if they believe in themselves.
Learn more at PiperAndRuby.com
*Stella Jayne Phillips: An Arizona native, Stella Jayne spent her childhood in Phoenix making up stories as her family camped across Arizona and California. Sunday meant a visit to Grandmother’s house, admiring old photos and listening to family legends. Yoga, line dancing, reading, cooking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with family and friends keep her busy when she can be pulled away from writing. Stella lives in Scottsdale with her husband and her small white dog.
She is the author of Sweet Dreams at the Palace Hotel.
Find out more at StellaJaynePhillips.com
*Amber Polo: Amber’s fascination with lost ancient libraries and curiosity about why werewolves outnumbered dogs in literature inspired her urban fantasy series The Shapeshifters’ Library.
Love Arizona? Hearts in the Vortex and Heads in the Clouds explore romance in Sedona and the Verde Valley. Amber’s Relaxing the Writer offers stressed readers suggestions and simple exercises. Her CDs help almost anyone relax and contain the “Prelude to Sleep” track that has helped over 8,000 people find restful sleep listening to her voice on their Insight Timer app.
Learn more at AmberPolo.com
*Mary Rechkemmer-Meyer: After hearing the words, “You have cancer,” Mary knew that everything in her life had prepared her for that moment. Her blind faith in God and her focus on the inner voice led her to find integrative treatments for cancer.
Mary’s vision is to share her story in hopes of helping other people know they, too, have options and can choose what is right for themselves.
Mary’s Memoir, I Meant it for Good, will take you on a journey from life on the North Dakota prairie to sunny Arizona as she learns to overcome obstacles and dream…visualize…and become her authentic self.
Learn more at MaryRechkemmer-Meyer.com
*Kim Richardson: Kim is a personal chef, Mind, Body, Spirit Practitioner, author, and publisher teaching others how to live in a High Vibrational place of peace, love, and joy and how food plays a role in that happiness. Kim has a real love and passion for food, cooking and teaching how food plays a role the mind, body, spirit connection.
Through sharing her own personal experiences, she empowers individuals to transform their lives. She helps individuals to heal, forgive and expand without judgment. Her passion is helping people discover their true gifts and how to use them in the world. Kim teaches with unconditional love as she hopes it will have a ripple effect in the world.
Visit Kim at KimRichardson.kim
*Hayley Rose: Hayley Rose is a #1 best-selling, award-winning author, dedicated to bringing fun, educational and inspiring books to kids through her brand Books by Hayley Rose. Hayley’s children’s books have won numerous literary awards, including the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards®, KART Kids Book List Award®, Creative Child Magazine’s Preferred Choice® and four Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards®, an honor she shares alongside actor Jim Carrey. In 2012 Hayley was selected as one of “The Top 50 Writers You Should Be Reading” by the AuthorsShow.com.
*Pam Sears: Pam Sears: Pam has been a Licensed Massage Therapist, Bodyworker and Psychic Medium for over 20 years. She has a private practice in Peoria, Arizona where she lives with her beloved boxer pit rescue Chelsea. In her spare time, she writes inspirational poetry and short stories. She is also an avid photographer who loves to photograph nature and wildlife on her many hikes in and around Arizona. Her second book, Heart of the White Dove, received a 5-star review on Readers Favorite and Goodreads.
Find out more at Pamsears.com
*Jody Sharpe: Jody had a rewarding career as a Special Education teacher. Writing about angels became healing after losing her daughter and then her husband. The valuable lessons she learned about moving forward and loving life in the now have set her on a mission to tell stories with love, humor and spiritual awakening. The fictitious town of Mystic Bay has given her an avenue to put characters and themes together hopefully enlightening the reader towards contemplation of the precious life and memories we are given.
Find out more at JodySharpe.com
*Sandra Rose Simmons: Inspired by people’s struggles to not only survive but thrive and find meaning in life, Sandra draws from her social work experience to explore situations and issues that challenge people. Nature, travel, hiking, dancing and spirituality are often woven into the narrative.
Sandra belongs to Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Mesa Writers Guild, Society of Southwest Authors, and ALWAYS (Alliance for Literary Writers, Authors & Yabbering Scribes).
Her short story, “The Hobo Shack” won the 2017 Tempe Community Writing Contest for Adult Fiction. Another short story, “Family Secrets” was published in The Blue Guitar, Fall 2019 magazine.
*Theresa Sneed: As the ninth great-granddaughter of Susannah Martin, one of the women hanged as a witch in Salem, author Theresa Sneed has a vested interest in this epic time travel. Follow her main character Bess Martin through Salem Witch Haunt, Return to Salem, and Salem Bewitched where she interacts with many of the victims from that era, including Theresa’s real grandmother, Susannah. Thoroughly researched and based on primary sources, Sneed masterfully weaves sweet romance into the freaky, fascinating, and heartbreaking stories of Salem, 1692.
Learn more at TheresaSneed.com
*Pam Knight Stevenson: Pam Knight Stevenson has been involved in researching and writing about Arizona history for more than 30 years. A native of Los Angeles, she earned a History degree from UCLA and moved to Arizona in 1972. She served as Managing Editor of the Phoenix CBS TV news department and as Manager of Production for KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS station. She has conducted hundreds of oral history interviews, including Arizona Historymakers; journalists; quilters; Harvey Girls; and Navajo Code Talkers. Focusing on women’s history, Stevenson co-authored the books, Grand Endeavors: Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers and Skirting Traditions: Arizona Women Writers & Journalists 1912–2012.
Find more about Pam Knight Stevenson at Facebook.com
*Susan Stoltz: Susan has had many writing opportunities throughout her varied career including journalism, editing, autobiography, short story, newsletter and magazine publishing, and now concentrates on children’s books with her latest release being Steve The Dung Beetle: On A Roll. Her books are educational as well as entertaining. Susan has also been a featured speaker at several writer’s conferences including Writing the Rockies at Western State Colorado University, Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Women Writing The West in Denver, Colorado.
*Gene Twaronite: Gene is a Tucson poet, essayist, and children’s fiction writer. He is the author of ten books, including two juvenile fantasy novels as well as collections of essays, short stories, and poems, and the picture book How to Eat Breakfast. His first poetry book, Trash Picker on Mars, was the winner of the 2017 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Arizona poetry. Other poetry collections include The Museum of Unwearable Shoes and What the Gargoyle Sees, to be published by Kelsay Books in early 2021.
Follow more of Gene’s writing at his website: TheTwaronitezone.com
*Michele Venne’: Michele Venne’ is an award-winning author of novels, poetry, and short stories. She published her first novel in 2008. All of her books include an introductory “Dear Reader” letter to share research and insider information, and concludes with “Questions to Ponder” so that readers may consider their thoughts on societal issues. She spends her days with the joyful practices of yoga, teaching, writing, and playing with her horses. She enjoys hearing from her readers!
Learn more at MyJoyEnterprises.com
*Alice Voyles: Alice and her husband, Melvin, have lived in Arizona for twenty years. Alice enjoys writing, sharing her desire for people to pursue their dreams through speaking and teaching, playing with her grandchildren, volunteering and hiking. After the inspiration of a high school creative writing course she pursued her passion by writing children’s books and short stories. she hopes her writings will motivate readers to search for meaning beyond their circumstances—to find springs in the barren regions of life. Alice’s hope is that the creative writings within these pages bring healing to the wounds of your soul.
Find out more at AliceVoylesAuthor.com
*Marsha Ward: Marsha lives the life of a hermit under the inspiring Mogollon Rim where she writes authentic historical fiction set in 19th century America, with plenty of action, adventure, and romance. She is the author of the popular “Owen Family Saga,” and works on new pieces to expand that universe with “Shenandoah Neighbors” and “Owen Family” stories. Among her recent works are Scandalous, Broken, Ned’s Choice, and Mended by Moonlight.
*Jim West: Author Jim West spent over 40 years in radio working up and down the dial in places like Indianapolis, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Tucson and Phoenix. He served on the Board of the Academy of Country music in Hollywood. Jim was a finalist for the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville. He volunteers his time with the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame where he got the idea to document the early Arizona recording and rockabilly music scene in his book The Phoenix Sound. Jim also helped co-write the book Ray Odom, A Lifetime of Radio, Records & Racehorses.
Find out more at ThePhoenixSound.com