Debra R. Sanchez leads writing groups and hosts writing retreats. She is also a translator (Spanish/English) and language tutor, teaching Spanish and English as a second language.
Her writing has won awards in various genres including children's stories, poetry, fantasy, fiction and creative non fiction.
Her dystopian play about libraries Pages (Paginas) was published in both English and Spanish. She also has had other plays and monologues published as well. Other works have been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies including several poems in the online magazine Postcard Poems and Prose.
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Debra R Sanchez
Take a pub crawl through time with Diane McCormick, author of "Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History: Pennsylvania Pubs Where Rabble-Rousers and Rum Runners stirred Up Revolutions" (Sunbury Press 2018). Diane is a freelance writer and journalist whose fascination with history, and a stop at the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, inspired this collection of the uprisings, insurrections, espionage, hangings, and bootlegging conspiring in 12 Pennsylvania taverns where you can still enjoy good food and drink. She and her husband live in a circa-1910 home in Harrisburg, PA with two cats who never lift a paw to help renovate.
Dr. John C. Rubisch has over thirty years experience working with the perpetual dysfunction of the American mental health system as a parent, social worker for abused children, substance abuse counselor, college and high school counselor.
Along with Christopher's Story and Mill River Senior High , his other published works include Mill River Junior High, an audio/text program for middle school students, as well as numerous articles in publications on Counseling, Education and Sports.
His video productions Video Magic won the 2001 Mahnke Award, a national award given for excellence in amateur educational productions.
Holding a PhD in Instructional Systems from Penn State University, Dr. Rubisch has done many nationwide presentations on education, counseling, and the use of technology in the classroom. His proudest achievement is assisting the very many of his High School students reach their post-secondary dreams.
Dr. John C Rubisch
Joseph Max Lewis served as a member of an Operational Detachment in the U.S. Army's Seventh Special Forces Group, the storied Green Berets. During his service, Lewis received antiterrorist training and his detachment was tasked to "Special Projects". Afterward, he served as an instructor at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Lewis attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the University of Tel Aviv in Israel and the University of Pittsburgh, receiving degrees in International Politics and Law while being certified in Middle East Studies.
After living and studying in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, Lewis returned home to practice law. He is a columnist for the New Bethlehem Leader-Vindicator and currently lives, writes and practices law in and around Pittsburgh
Karen Ciccarone is the co-founder of OASIS , a faith-based healing ministry for sexual abuse and assault survivors. As a wounded healer, she helps lead recovery groups and plan meaningful conferences where victims may experience hope, find support, and reclaim their lives.
Her novel, PEARLS OF INNOCENCE: Shattered and Restored, is based on a true story of miraculous survival and restorative love. She is currently writing a Restoration Guide that will complement the book.
Karen lives with her husband in Pennsylvania. She is the mother of two grown children.
Andrew Katz published his first novel The Vampire Gideon's Suicide Hotline & Halfway House for Orphaned Girls in October 2018 via Philly's Lanternfish Press and could not be more proud. When he is not reading or writing Fiction, he enjoys puppers and doggos, black coffee and writing bios that read like poorly made dating profiles. He also owns several paintings, which he created himself, but now hides from the world because they're bad. He is from, lives and works in Philadelphia.
Joan Grimond is an author/illustrator who lived in Philadelphia for many years and worked with Running Press Publishers early in her career, illustrating books for the company such as "Classic Treasury of Silly Poetry" After moving from the city to the country mountains of Pennsylvania, she now runs her own press called English Hill Books that produces the books- "Let's Go to the Fair", "Silly 123's", "Silly ABC's", among others.
Damian and Em Bouch are a married couple brought together by their love of writing and reading! Damian published "No Delight in Fools" in 2014, hoping to give a fresh coat of ink to the dystopian genre. Em published "Moving the Chains" in 2018, a young adult sports novel that deals with mental health issues in a realistic and hopeful way. Damian is from Dubois, Pa and Em is from Pittsburgh. They now live in Pittsburgh.
Award winning authors Jim and Suzanne Gindlesperger of Johnstown are members of the Johnstown Heritage Association, Friends of Gettysburg Foundation, The Civil War Trust, The Friends of Flight 93, The Save Historic Antietam foundation, The Johnstown Civil War Round Table and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Their first book as a husband and wife team, So You Think You Know Gettysburg? was selected for the ForeWord Reviews 2010 Book of The Year Bronze Award.
The second book that they wrote together SoYou Think You Know Antietam? was a finalist for the 2012 Book of The Year Award. That was followed by a second volume of So You Think You Know Gettysburg?
Jim's most recent book Arlington--A Color Guide to America's Most Famous Cemetary was published in March 2017 and was nominated for two national awards. It has also been selected to be stocked at such prestigious institutions as The Arlington National Cemetary gift shop, The Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, The National Building Museum, The Library of Congress, The National Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Museum Shops and The Manassas Museum store.
Jim is also the author of three additional published books on the Civil War: Escape From Libby Prison, which was featured in a Discovery Channel documentary and was optioned by Warner Brothers to be made into a feature movie, Seed Corn of the Confederacy; and Fire on the Water. He has recently completed his manuscript detailing the locations and histories of nearly 200 Gettysburg field hospitals that both armies used during and after the famous battle. This book, titled Bullets and Bandages, will be published in the Spring of 2020.
Sue is a co-founder of Pennwriters, a professional organization of published and aspiring authors and she has chaired literary committees at that organizations annual conferences. She is currently researching the history of quilts and the stories that they tell, with an eye to eventual publication.
The couple lives in Johnstown and presents seminars and lectures on their books to schools and non-profit groups throughtout the eastern part of the country.
Jim and Sue Gindlesperger
Robert Ford has published the novel The Compound, the novellas Ring of Fire, The Last Firefly of Summer, Samson and Denial, Bordertown and the short story collection The God Beneath my Garden. He is co-author of Rattlesnake Kisses with John Boden and a Penny for Your Thoughts with Matt Hayward. In addition, he has several screenplays floating around in the ether of Hollywood. He can confirm the grass actually is greener on the other side, but it's only because of the bodies buried there.
Kelli Owen is the author of more than a dozen books, including the novels TEETH and FLOATERS, and novellas WILTED LILLIES and WAITING OUT WINTER. Her fiction spans the genres from thrillers to psychological horror with an occasional bloodbath and an even rarer happy ending. She was an editor and reviewer for over a decade, has attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels and spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA regarding both her writing and the field in general. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she now lives in Destination, PA.
Michelle Andrea Williams, MBA is an industry news writer for an acclaimed healthcare analytics company in Boston MA. She has over two decades in business management with experience in employee training, quality systems, procedure writing, supply chain and human resources.
She wrote and published her first book, "Finding My Damascus" in July 2017 and released her first workbook, "Wound-Proofing Our Writing Practice" in summer 2018. Her second workbook, "Tending The Beloved: Healing Wounds Into Scars" was launched in late 2018.
Michelle currently serves as the Central PA Chapter Leader of the nonfiction Authors Association, which meets the 2nd Tuesday monthly helping writers build their authorship business.
Michelle is the co-founder of MBS4God International Inc., a non-profit organization helping the poor and underserved around the world by supporting self-sustaining projects and continues to volunteer as an officer on the Board of Directors.
Michelle co-leads a women's group and assists her husband Greg in teaching an Adult Sunday School class. Occasionally, she teaches small group sessions on various topics including healing from trauma, journaling to heal, changing habits and self-care. She lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband Greg.
Mary SanGiovanni is an award winning American Horror and thriller writer of over a dozen novels, including The Hollower trilogy, Thrall, Chaos, The Kathy Ryan series and others, as well as numerous novellas, short stories and non-fiction. Her work has been translated internationally. She has a Masters Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh and is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers and Penn Writers. She is a co-host on the popular podcast The horror Show with Brian Keene and hosts her own podcast on cosmic horror, Cosmic Shenanigans. She has the distinction of being one of the first women to speak about writing at the CIA Headquarters in Langley , VA and offers talks and workshops on writing around the country. Born and raised in New Jersey, she currently resides in Pennsylvania.
R.Christian Bohlen has been involved in ministry and church leadership for over 30 years, including oversight of a prison ministry program, which is his signature cause as an author. He holds an M.S. degree in Communications and has received multiple personal and team awards as a human performance improvement consultant, instructional designer and program manager to Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and Canada.
Wayne Carey, a former pharmaceutical research scientist, is a regular contributor to QUATERMAIN: THE NEW ADVENTURES published by Airship 27 Productions. His passion for Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, Isaac Asminov, Talbot Mundy, Robert E. Howard and H. Rider Haggard informs and permeates his own fiction. His pulp influences coalesced in his new adventures of Haggard's seminal adventurer, Allan Quatermain. He has contributed two novels to the expanded Quatermain canon, including ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THE BEAST MEN and ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THE LIGHTNING BIRD. Airship 27 has also released COMPANY OF SHADOWS, his novel of modern day Civil War reenactors caught in a supernatural battle. He is the author of THE NANON FACTOR- a young adult contemporary science fiction thriller from Leo Publishing- and has appeared in a variety of anthologies including the award winning LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION
Nancy was a single mother with five children under the age of 14. They endured hard days and what she called "The lean years". Yes, there were programs to help, but in many ways, those programs were designed to make them a permanent fixture in an impersonal system. They were designed to make them stand still in life. But another factor made all the difference for them. It was the ministry that they received from Christians of various faith traditions. Because needs aren't always material. A welfare check doesn't heal the kinds of wounds divorce and poverty cause. But the love of Christ does.
This type of ministry doesn't make you stand still in life. Instead, it lifts you to a new place. It doesn't just provide. It encouraged. It brings healing.
And it showed Nancy that the Church is bigger than she thought.
During their years of need, Christians encouraged her as she earned a bachelor's degree in English at Penn State and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Encouragement continued as she embarked on a career in journalism and later her master's degree from Indiana University of PA. Currently, she is an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, craft projects for her grandchildren and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
Yu can visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedln at Nancy E Head or on her website at
Adora Forney writes under the name A.M. Forney. She lives in Altoona, PA with her husband Brian and their two children, Roman and Avana. She enjoys writing poetry and psychological thrillers. Her work can be found at www.smashwords.com as well as Barnes and Noble's website and other online sites. Follow her on instagram for more of her poetry work. @TeaTwoSugrs
Wesley Southard is the author of The Betrayed, Closing Costs, One for The Road and Resisting Madness and has had short stories appear in outlets such as Cover of Darkness Magazine, Eulogies II: Tales From The Cellar and Clickers Forever: A Tribute to J.F. Gonzalez
When not watching numerous hours of ice hockey, he spends his free time reading and drinking copious amounts of green soda.
He is a graduate of The Atlanta Institute of Music and he currently lives in south central Pennsylvania with his wife and her cavalcade of animals.
Renee D. Pellegrino was born and raised in Altoona, PA and is currently working at IQOR. She lives with five German Shepherds August, Tory. Sofia', Roman and Rey.
She began writing at the age of 17 and continues to follow her dream of being a published author. Her book Because of You can currently be found on Amazon. In August 2019 her book The Kaleidoscope Memories will be released.
When John Skerchock sold his first story while still in high school, he knew what he wanted to do for a career. As he honed his skills at Penn State, John quickly learned that writers need a real job to pay the bills and , shortly after graduation, be came a Pennsylvania State Trooper.
During off duty hours, John continued to write and became well known in the horror industry as a columnist for Scary Monsters Magazine with the persona of Johnny Scareshock. John worked the horror beat for more than 20 years interviewing over 100 celebrities, attending special horror movie premieres, and being a guest columnist at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. In 2005, John even produced a horror movie called HELL ON EARTH.
John wrote several comic books, a movie script, hundreds of articles and dozens of stories. He has edited or written 24 books ranging from a PA State Police murder mystery (the first novel ever to feature the Pa State Police), a joke book (under the name Zombo), a World War I history book and more. John continues to write and has no intention of retiring.
Frank "Hezzie" Thompson was born in 1932 in the small town of Newry, PA. Growing up with eight brothers and three sisters provided a plethora of amusing and sometimes harrowing tales which he shares with the reader.
After a lifetime of regaling his friends and aquaintances with his true-to-life stories and hearing "You should write a book Hezzie!", he decided at the age of 79 to do just that.
As a result, "Tales From The Bench" was born and has sold over 700 copies since it's first printing in 2011. Although encouraged over the years to write a sequel, Hezzie admits that at 87 years of age, he just doesn't have the time. His days are full with volunteering, fishing, hunting and gardening. He and Charleen, his wife of 66 years, live in Altoona and enjoy the company of their three daughters, eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Stephen founded ReadyAimWrite Publishing in April of 2015. In 2018, he founded ReadyAimWrite Kids LLC, a publishing company for books written by kids for kids. Also, in 2018, he co-founded a non-profit endeavor called Student Author Movement. Stephen grew up near Harrisburg, PA in a small town called Bressler. From an early age, he enjoyed writing and creating stories. His passion for writing started with poetry in grade school, followed by writing music lyrics and short stories in high school. Post graduation, he attended Harrisburg Area Community College where he studied literature and honed his craft in various creative writing courses.
At present, Stephen maintains residence in the Harrisburg area with his whimsical wife, two enigmatic children, dog Axl and cat George.
Paige was inspired to write her first book, The Three Sisters of Doom in response to author/publisher Stephen Kozan's visit to her school where he issued a "Flash Fiction" challenge to the students. She had twenty-four hours to produce an idea for a story and the winner of the challenge was given the opportunity to have the story published. Paige is an avid reader and is rarely seen without a book in her hands. In her free time, she trains in martial arts, plays tennis, enjoys crafting, sewing and quilting. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.
Annie lives in Bellefonte, PA, with her parents, her younger sister and her dog, Xander. In her free time, Annie enjoys working with technology and animals, photography, softball, soccer, karate, writing, reading and Math 24. She also loves boating and going on long road trips with her family
Sophia is eleven years old and lives in Pennsylvania with her parents and little brother. She's been writing since she was six. Some of her hobbies are art , singing, piano and soccer. She loves to read (especially Percy Jackson) This is her first novel/published book.
Alex Laskowski is a sixth grade student in Central Pennsylvania. Aside from being an author, she loves to sing, write , draw, act and perform. She also loves animals. One of Alex's favorite quotes is "I just want to remind you that creating goals is important but following them is even more important." You can learn more about Alex and her future projects at
Cynthia Carver, a U.S. Navy Veteran writes about the realities of the paranormal in her Paranormal Suspense novels. Small Bit of Justice will be released July 2, 2019 as a stand alone novel. Shamaness in Silhouette is a series of five novella's showcasing her main character growing up. Her novelette Arm-Chair Ghost Hunting is available on her website.
After her husband passed in 2015, she began to travel in her Class C motorhome, with her two fur companions, Cleo a six year old Westie and Joe a five year old Pomeranian. They share their travels and interview authors on their YouTube channel.
For twenty-six years, C.S. McDonald's life whirled around a song and a dance. Classical trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011, she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014, she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald to write children's books for her grandchildren. In 2016, she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries has seven books with an eighth slated for release in November--the books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg.
Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly By Night Stables near Pittsburgh, PA with her husband Bill and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.
Karen Myers is a fantasy and science fiction author, best know for her heroic fantasy novels.
After a degree in Comparative Mythology from Yale University and a career as an industry pioneer building software companies, she has devoted herself to writing speculative fiction. Her stories feature heroes in real and imagined worlds filled with magic, space travel and adventure.
When she's not writing, she enjoys hunting, fishing, photography and playing her fiddle.
Karen lives with her husband, dogs and cats in an old log cabin in the mountains of central Pennsylvania surrounded by wildlife. Bears, coyotes, deer and possums visit often, and when she fiddles on her porch, the wild turkeys talk back.
Erin M Kelly is the author of "How To Wait", her debut collection of poetry. She enjoys writing in all genres. She was born with Cerebral Palsy and wants to be recognized for her work rather than her disability. Her work has been published by The Huffington Post, Upworthy, The Mighty, The Good Men Project, Wordgathering Poetry Journal and others. She writes a monthly column entitled " The View From Here" for the local newspaper in Altoona, PA addressing the challenges she faces daily. She enjoys freelance editing and served as editor for the memoir To Cope and To Prevail, by Dr. Ilse-Rose Warg.
Writing is Erin's window to the world. She writes about disability and related topics to raise awareness about issues she and others with challenges face on a daily basis. Her main goal throughout her career has been to help her readers feel comfortable in interacting with her.
Erin M Kelly
Julia was born and raised in Altoona, PA She graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School and attended Penn State University on an ROTC scholarship earning a bachelor of arts degree in history. Upon graduation in 1979, she was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant and served 6 years in the Army Signal Corps. In 1985, Julia joined the civilian work force to pursue a career in telecommunications and Information Technology. She worked many years in the Washington DC area including a five year stint on Capitol Hill working for the Sergeant-at-arms in the Senate computer Center. In 1998, Julia returned to Altoona to work for Delta Health Systems and raise her boys here. Subsequently, Delta was acquired by Siemens and Julia found herself working in Germany for several years and in her final two years with Siemens managing a 90 person IT team based in India and Ann Arbor.
In 2014, Julia retired to focus on volunteer activity in the local area, particularly with the Blair County Historical Society and to spend time with her grandchildren. In 2017-18, Julia researched and wrote First Frontier: A Sesquicentennial History of Altoona, PA 1868-2018 along with co-authors Dr. Michael Farrow, Jared Frederick and Timothy Van Scoyoc in celebration of Altoona's 150th charter anniversary.
The limited edition hard cover book is priced at $50 and fewer than 70 of the published 500 remain unsold. Get your signed copy today because when they are gone, there will not be any more printed. ALL Proceeds from the book benefit the Blair County Historical Society.
Layne Calry is the author of nine published works. One full length novel entitled Secrets in The Shadows and eight short stories published in numerous anthologies. Layne dabbles mostly in the fantasy genre but is more than willing to cross genre lines as well as lean heavily towards paranormal. Romance undertones are present in all her written works.
Layne has been writing since she was able to hold a pencil in her hand. It started with writing down her feelings in poetry form to relieve herself of heavy and dark thoughts. This was followed by short stories all through high school, including winning some contests and she finally wrote her first novel in 2013 though it was not published until May of 2017.
Layne currently resides in Huntingdon, PA, the small town she grew up in. She is married to her high school sweetheart and the mother to three very rowdy, but sweet little boys all under the age of eight and a fur baby named Harper.
Often, Layne gathers her inspiration from the world around her and her children. She can often be found under a tree, barefoot with a pencil and a notebook.
Marianne Spaminato earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Pittsburgh and Master's Degree in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University. She was communications director for her local American Red Cross blood services region for nearly 34 years. She currently is a freelance correspondent for Our Town Weekly. She resides in suburban Johnstown, PA with her mom, Betty and rescue dog, Galla. She enjoys old movies, music, writing, reading, painting and Pittsburgh sports teams.
Barbara Barrow is the author of a novel, The Quelling (Lanternfish Press, 2018) and her short fiction has appeared in Cimarron Review, Lost Balloon, Folio and elsewhere. She adores books that are strange and/or feminist. She is Assistant Professor of English at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
Brian Crist is a paranormal novelist born in Key West, FL (yes, a "true" saltwater conch) and raised in rural Central Pennsylvania. After traveling the world thanks to five years in the US Navy. Brian married his high school sweetheart, Carla and they returned to the same small town where they both grew up to raise their two daughters, Kayla and Kimberly.
Having been a voracious reader all of his life, he was challenged by his daughter Kayla to write books instead of just reading them. He combined the two topics his daughters were interested in to develop his genre. One was into romance novels and Lifetime movies, while the other was into the paranormal and movies he would not watch unless it was fully daylight outside (that still hasn't changed). The result being romance novels with a paranormal twist to them (no, not vampires and werewolves, more of the creepy, haunted ghost type of paranormal).
Brian and his family currently live in York, PA. He has been haunting the paranormal section of book shelves since 2018- Hey a ghost has got to start somewhere.
Jodi Moore is author of the award winning WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN, WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN AGAIN, I LOVE MY DRAGON (a board book for the youngest Dragon enthusiasts, coming this August) and GOOD NEWS NELSON. She writes picture books, as well as middle grade and young adult novels, hoping to challenge and inspire her readers by opening new worlds and encouraging unique ways of thinking. Jodi is the proud, (admittedly) neurotic mother of two talented young men and never ceases to be amazed at how far the umbilical cord will stretch. She lives in Boalsburg, PA with her husband, Larry, their dove "Bake" and an ever changing bunch of characters in her head.
Stefanie Hohl, M.Ed is the author of the award- winning ABC See, Hear, Do series. Through her experience teaching preschool, homeschooling and running storytime at a local bookstore, she has been teaching children to read for years. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and five children.
John Sabol is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist and an actor. He has written 40 books on his research and field work. As an archaeologist, he has documented and recorded the manifestation of past soundscapes at various ruins in England, Mexico, Canada and the USA. He is the director of several documentaries that are accounts of immersions into past ethnographic soundscapes. He has developed numerous scripts and storyboards for these documentaries, as a series of mediated venues that include acoustical archaeologies and ethnographic immersions. He has presented these documentaries at various scientific conferences and popular culture expositions in Europe, Canada and the USA. He has appeared in more than 30 motion pictures, TV shows, documentaries and commercials. He, together with Mary Becker, is the founder and host of the Haunted History Tours at The Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa
Deb Hockenberry has always wanted to write stories for children. she has taken multiple courses from The Institute of Children's Literature. She's also a member of The CBI Clubhouse, an online and ongoing workshop, to keep up with the ever-changing world of children's writing. She has also been published several times in various children's on line magazines.
Her debut picture book 'Where Can We Have the Party?' has been very well received by the public.
Along with her writing, Deb's a regular contributor to her church's newsletter. She also takes care of all things internet for the same church.
Deb's a Pittsburgh transplant who currently resides in Altoona.
Altoona native Grace Marchetti Topping is a recovering technical writer and IT project manager, accustomed to writing lean, boring documents. Let loose to write fiction, she is now creating murder mysteries and killing off characters who remind her of some of the people she dealt with during her career. Fictional revenge is sweet. She's using her experience helping friends stage their homes as inspiration for her Laura Bishop mystery series. The first book in the series, Staging is Murder is about a woman starting a new career midlife as a home stager. Grace is the current vice-president of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a member of the SINC Guppies AND mystery Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Northern Virginia.
Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). A college teacher by day, he has published numerous works of fantasy and science fiction, including the two part Survival Colony series, the deep space adventure Firefall and the short story collection Ten tales of Terror and Terra. In his free time, Josh likes to read, watch movies and take long nature hikes with his kids. Oh, yeah, and he likes monsters. Really Scary Monsters
Tom Catalano is the published author of nine books of rhyming poetry and two books of short stories. Three of his books of poetry are aimed toward children, grades K-8.
Tom's short stories are science fiction and Psychological Suspense.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Tom has read his work at bookstores throughout Illinois as well as Oregon, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania. His poems have appeared in newspapers across the country and in Canada. He has given poetry presentations at hundreds of schools, libraries, churches and community events. His short stories have appeared in science fiction anthologies. He has been interviewed twice on WTAJ-TV's Central PA Live. Tom and his family currently reside in Hollidaysburg.
Robert Forte is a multi-talented American writer and producer at Fifth Wind Films. In the last 20 years, audiences have enjoyed his work on virtually every stage, from the small screen to large silver screen. Robert has written or produced seven stage plays, three television sitcoms, one musical, four screenplays and his first crime novel, The Woman in the Yellow Dress. The Yellow Dress is based on his original screenplay and the first in the Patrick Miles Atwater trilogy. Robert has also invented a board game, writes original music and has six screenplays of development. Born in 1947 in East Orange, NJ, Robert met his wife Evelyn in high school, reuniting 40 years later. Since 2012, they have lived in Johnstown, PA where Robert has served on the Inclined Plane for three years as an operator, including raising support to preserve the "Jewel of Johnstown", as Robert calls it. Robert studied philosophy at Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) before hitting the road with his rock band. These experiences as an aspiring rock star gave Robert the idea of creating On Tour the Board Game in 1985. The game gives participants the thrill of forming a garage band and going on tour with the goal of making it to the top of the Billboard charts. Although Robert's last name sounds French, he is of Irish-Welsh decent and was raised in an Italian family after he and his sister Lori were adopted at the ages of 6 and 9 respectively.
Joe Moore is a children's book author from Pittsburgh, who has lived in Johnstown for the last 20 years. He has two teenage daughters: Maddie and Marissa who were the inspiration behind his books.
His picture books both have positive messages. "Maxwell, the Raindrop Who wouldn't Fall" encourages children to be happy with who they are. "Maxwell the Raindrop: Am I Still Me?" celebrates growth and change
With both Maxwell books, he has visited many area schools and appeared on local TV and radio. The stories have been performed live on stage by young people at The Arcadia Theatre and Community Arts Center as part of local youth acting classes. A popular local weatherman reads both "Maxwell" books to students on his school visits around the central PA region.
Recently, Joe started a Maxwell the Raindrop Fund through Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. He has been donating $4 per book to the fund, which will allow local underprivileged children to attend a week long art camp at no cost to them.
Brian C Miller is a Penn State Altoona alumni with a degree in Elementary Education and English. He learned the craft of Poetry through his poetry classes at Penn State Altoona. After graduating in 2005, he continued to pursue poetry. His poems have appeared in several magazines and journals, such as Barbaric Yawp, The Old Red Kimono, Connecticut River Review and The Storyteller. He has two chapbooks published by Finishing Line Press. Both chapbooks explore everyday feelings, such as love (all forms), remembering the past, living in the moment, and having faith in God. In his spare time, he enjoys music, baseball and hanging out with his friends. He is a special education aide for the Altoona Area School District. He resides in Altoona, PA
Viki Doyle Heagy is from western Pennsylvania. Faith and family are her top priorities. Proverbs 22:6 "Start children up in the way they should go , and even when they are old they will not turn from it. " guides her. She has four published children's books. Viki hopes the characters in her books inspire and motivate children as well as provide a springboard for parents and teachers to discuss issues facing children today. Several of her reflections have been posted on catholic365.com. She has contributed to My Light Magazine.
Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child (Inkspe;ll Publishing). In 2016, Inkspell compiled the Star Child novellas into the paperback, Into Faerie: The Star Child Novellas. Her work also appears in the anthologies Moonbeams and Magic, Blood in The Shadows and the international best seller, Ever in the After: 13 Fantasy Tales. Her recent release The Spellbinder's Sonata was an Amazon #1 new release.
She also writes adult romance as Gemma McKay. Her debut novel in that genre, The Internship of Pippa Darling was a finalist in the 2018 International Book Awards.
When she is not writing, Keyes is a technical writer and content strategist at Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and her boys, Hip-Hop and Bam Bam and dog, Duncan MacLeod. Steph is a hopeless romantic and Whovian who's shamelessly addicted to Nutella and spontaneous singing.
Michele Mikesic Bender writes a bi-monthly column for The Johnstown Tribune Democrat. To read it online, you may go to tribdem.com, click on local, then columnists. Her book Ms. Geezerette's Journey Thru Baby Boomer Land at the Speed of Wrinkles is a humorous look aback at some of her favorite columns.
Growing up in Johnstown, she didn't always want to be a writer. Cowgirl was her first career choince. Howe\ver, junior high school introduced her to humor writers such as Jean Kerr, Erma Bombeck and Jean Shepherd. "I always had a gift for seeing the craziness in any situation. I wanted to write and make folks smile, . Though because her parents warned her that she neded "a real profession" so that she wouldn't starve, she opted for teaching. She is one of nine students who comprised the first four year graduating class at The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, April 1971.
She says that that she gets her material from many different places. "I am handicapped but I thank God every day for medical technology and after market replacement body parts. Some folks boast about their robust gene pools. I emerged from a septic tank." She says that her elderly relatives are almost gone, but they had enough zany exploits to give her material for years.
And all of her stories are true.
Michele Mikesic Bender
Jenny Allen is the author of The Lilith Adams Series, which includes Blood Lily, Rose of Jericho (to be released in late 2019) and The Lotus Tree (currently in rough draft). She has studied forensic science, done extensive research in world cultures and myths and is currently working full time as an Rn. Her background as a published photographer and an award winning artist help her visualize the scenes when writing, contributing to her unique style of vivid imagery.
Born on a Royal Air Base in Lakenheath , England, she left the U.K. at the age of 9 to travel all over the United States and Germany before finding her way Northeast.
Currently, Ms. Allen is living in York, Pennsylvania with her loving and supportive boyfriend and their kids. They are truly the lights of her life and continual wells of inspiration.
Elaine Medasie grew up on a farm in the village of King, PA and attended elementary school in Queen. Today , she resides in Claysburg, PA with her husband. They have two children and three grandchildren. After graduating high school, Elaine took a writing correspondence course. Over the years, she has written five books, several short stories, three church Christmas plays, and numerous other writings. She especially likes to write Christian related fiction with a Christmas theme
Ruth Ann OchsWebster was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, a town on the Ohio river-the edge of the South. The location sparked a lifelong interest in both history and travel. Ruth now lives in metro Pittsburgh, near the confluence of the two rivers that form the Ohio. She is a retired National Board Certified teacher, having specialized in Language Arts and Social Studies.
Ruth has published in various print media over many decades. She was a newspaper columnist for seven years while living in Mountain Maryland She has won several awards for her writing.
Ruth's work is part of a multi-book series about the Civil War titled Toe The Mark. The novels are inspired by the lives and military records of real soldiers, based on genealogical, regimental, historic newspaper, and National Archives research. Published by Tree Shadow Press/Ancestrals.
Greg Dillensnyder has his roots in a small eastern Pennsylvania town similar Mountain City in Murder at Mountain Tavern, his first novel.
A retired psychotherapist, he makes his home in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and thee cats; two adult sons and their families are nearby, and his granddaughter and grandson are the joys of his life.
He holds a B.A in English Literature from Pennsylvania State University and Master of Clinical Social Work degree from University of Pittsburgh.
Greg has led a life of feminist advocacy, surrounded by strong women and he continues to be aggrieved by their gross under-representation in positions of significance in business, politics and popular culture.
Short of finally achieving passage of the federal Equal Rights Amendment and pay equity for women, which remain enduring commitments, he hopes that some small momentum in that direction may be achieved by the power of the pen with characters like Aubrey McKenna, the protagonist in Murder at Mountain Tavern.
Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for radio and television in Scranton, PA She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications and has written for industry and education throughout her career.
Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines and anthologies, and have received numerous awards. Her first novel Red Fox Woman won a finalist place in the Best Book Awards by USA Book News and International Book Awards by International Book News. Her contemporary romantic suspense and comedy, Four White Roses, was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards and The Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Awards.
When Judy Ann is not behind a computer, you can find her looking for anything humorous to make her laugh or swinging a golf club where the chuckles are few.
She is a member of Pennwriters Inc and Romance Writers of America. She divides her time between Central Pennsylvania and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.