Michael Chulsky, The Descending Darkness - September 2013
Michael Chulsky grew up in New Jersey and has been writing ever since his fourth grade teacher let him create a class newspaper to channel his creativity. He is the author of The Descending Darkness and currently lives with his fiancé. When not writing he enjoys browsing Tumblr, listening to music, and devouring every piece of cheesecake that falls into his line of sight.
Margo Dill, Caught Between Two Curses - March 2014
Margo L. Dill is a children's author, freelance editor, and workshop leader, living in St. Louis, MO. She is also the author of the historical fiction, middle-grade novel, Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg (White Mane Kids, 2012) and the forthcoming picture books, Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire, and the Case of the Missing Cookies and Lucy and the Red Ribbon Week Adventure. Caught Between Two Curses is her first young adult novel. She promises that she is a Cardinals' fan at heart, but the Billy Goat curse on the Chicago Cubs is too irresistible for a plot line.
Dawn Hawkins, Danny's Grace - January 2014
Dawn Hawkins was born, raised, and continues to reside in her hometown in Maryland. She tried several job options prior to the realization that writing was the only viable opportunity for her. She postponed that dream until three years ago, when she first began her adventure with Danny’s Grace. Dawn is a freelance writer who has worked in accounting positions, as a cashier, and as co-lead in the GM/HBA department of a large grocery store chain. Although grateful for the opportunities, she could not deny her true passion. Her greatest pleasure comes from her grandchildren.
Paul Hennrich, Scavengers - April 2014
Paul Hennrich was born and raised in the rolling farmlands of Southern Illinois, the same as Kent Baker, the protagonist of his mystery/suspense novels. He eventually married and settled in Southeast Missouri, first in Cape Girardeau and then in Jackson, where he now resides. He and his wife are the proud parents of a daughter and a son, and grandparents to three grandchildren, all of whom are puzzle pieces of a large, extended family. He wrote his first short story in the third grade and has been forever grateful to his young teacher who took the time to read it to the entire class, even the part about a head rolling down the stairs. That story and his classmates’ reactions to it started him on is love affair with writing.
Charlotte Howard, Seven Dirty Words, Four Letter Words - January 2014
British author Charlotte Howard was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and a growing menagerie of pets. Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then, Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010. Her debut novel, “Seven Dirty Words,” was published in January 2013, with the sequel, “Four Letter Words,” due out in early 2014. During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies, whilst eating curry and drinking tea.
Raymond Alexander Kukkee, Morgidoo's Christmas Carol - December 2013
Raymond is a Canadian freelance writer living in Northwestern Ontario. He creates the written word in many forms including poetry, knowledge-based articles, and short stories. Raymond's favorite genre is fiction, and his writing intentionally includes characteristic studies of human nature. A dedicated observer of society, he also scribbles a diverse blog in which he also showcases his author portfolio. Raymond published his first novel, The Fires of Waterland, in 2013.
Debbie Manber Kupfer, P.A.W.S. - June 2013
Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where for the last 14 years she has worked as a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!
Conny Manero, Debbie - March 2013
Conny Manero lives in Toronto, Canada, with her son and four rescued cats. She is the author of two novels, “Waiting for Silverbird” and “Voice of an Angel,” and two children’s books, “Kitten Diaries” and the upcoming “Debbie.” She has contributed to publications such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, Elite Magazine, and GreenPrints. She is also a contributor to websites such as Life Answers and Daily Glow. When not writing, Conny is an active fundraiser for the Toronto Cat Rescue and a league and tournament player in ten-pin bowling.
Kriss Royer, INNspiring Breakfasts - May 2013
Kriss and her husband own the High Street Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Boonville, Missouri, and she is the former host of a television cooking show, Recipes for Life, that aired worldwide via CTN. Kriss started her cooking career at age twelve, and her recipes reflect her travels to Australia, Fiji, Russia, Africa, Canada, London, India, and the Caribbean.
Jeff Scoggin, Elf off the Shelf, Tuffy - February 2014
Jeff was born in Detroit, MI. The oldest of four (he has three younger sisters, one of whom is also a published author), Jeff moved to the Dallas, TX area at age six. Jeff graduated from Plano High School, then attended Texas Tech and Southern Methodist University. After graduating with a degree in journalism, he spent his working career in the corporate world. In his spare time, Jeff is active in finding homes for shelter rescue dogs (five of whom are his roommates), volunteering, and spending time with his girlfriend, Carrie. Jeff currently resides in The Colony, Texas. "Elf Off The Shelf" is his first book.
Verna Simms, Water Under the Bridge - February 2014
Verna Simms was born and lived the first year of her life in an old, abandoned garage in Arizona. At age eighty, Verna joined the Jefferson County Writers' Society and began writing seriously - thus fulfilling a lifelong dream. She has been published in magazines, anthologies, and has a column in the local newspaper - The Leader. She owes her success to the Jefferson County Writers' Society and says when she autographs her first few books and hands them to those who have helped her most, she will have accomplished her goal. Her old age would have been dull without this new venture to keep her mind active.
George Sirois, Excelsior - November 2013
George Sirois self-published his first novel “From Parts Unknown” in November of 2002, which he is re-working as a five-part eBook serial and paperback release. When he self-published his Young Adult/Science-Fiction novel “Excelsior” in July of 2010, it was named “Top Pick” by Night Owl Reviews and a quarter-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. George’s writing has also been seen on 411Mania.com and Booktrib.com as a featured columnist. After living in New York City for most of his life, George and his wife and their two dogs now happily call St. Louis, MO their home. In his spare time, George is an avid cinephile, a collector of film scores, a lifelong fan of the New York Giants, and enjoys West Coast Swing dancing.
Robin Tidwell, Reduced, Reused, and Recycled
Robin is the author of REDUCED and REUSED, and lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis.
Shannon Yarbrough, Dickinstein - October 2013
Author Shannon Yarbrough is originally from the small town of Dyersburg, Tennessee. After living in Memphis for six years, he relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 2001 where he has been ever since. He wrote and self-published his first book in 2003. His second book, Stealing Wishes, was published in late 2007 and was a semi-finalist in the very first Amazon.com ABNA contest the following year. His third book, Are You Sitting Down?, was published in late 2010. He enjoys gardening and cooking. He lives with his partner of ten years, and their three dogs and two cats.
Julie Young, Fifteen Minutes of Fame - April 2014
Julie Young is an award-winning writer from the Indianapolis area whose work has been featured in a number of local, regional and national publications. As a former writer with the Associated Press, her work has been seen globally including the online juggernaut CNN.com, and she is also the multi-award nominated author of six local history titles. She has earned a reputation as a guest speaker and a mentor at schools throughout the state and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Julie lives in New Palestine with her family, and plays in a rock and roll band.
Nancy Matson, Illustrator
A native of Creve Coeur, Missouri, Nancy began drawing as child and treasured her early art supplies from the Jon Gnagy Drawing Set, with a very serious emphasis on horses and cowboys. She took basic art classes at Ladue High School, and went on to Washington University to major in Spanish and put her artistic interests aside. Raising two daughters on a farm in Chesterfield, she earned another degree in Music Therapy and then moved to Estes Park, Colorado in 1995 where she now studies drawing and watercolor. This is a new venture into illustration.