Northwest Arkansas Author Book Fair 2013 @ the Springdale Public Library

About the Event

The Springdale Public Library is excited to invite you to our 2nd Annual Northwest Arkansas Author Book Fair on October 5, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. Whether you enjoy adventure, romance, horror, humor, nonfiction, photography, poetry, self-help, or children's books, our local writing community has you covered! More than forty-five area authors will be participating.

These talented authors who call Northwest Arkansas home will be on hand to visit with you and sell and discuss their work. Read on or use the links to the left to find out more about the authors who will be in attendance.

Additionally, stop by the Library October 3 - 5 for the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale to find old and new gently used favorites during the book sale. Friends members receive a 50% discount on all book sale purchases. For more information about joining the Friends of the Library, call 479-750-8180 or visit us in person.

Please note that the Friends discount does not include any items purchased directly from local authors.

Travis Ayres

The Bomber Boys

Travis L. Ayres was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in the Bayou State (Go Tigers! Who Dat!) He is a Viet Nam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd Class / Fire Control Tech.

After the Navy, Ayres began a 33 year career as a radio broadcaster. Using the "radio-name" Marc Sommers, Ayres worked on the air at such legendary radio stations as WTIX and WNOE (New Orleans) and WABC and WCBS-FM in New York City. At CBS-FM he was a member of the airstaff that won two Marconi Awards and his radio program was used as the soundtrack for the Ace Award winning HBO documentary "Yours To Keep." While still working in broadcasting he wrote and self-published his first book: Shiloh To Stones River - The True Story of John H Sullivan and the 16th Louisiana Infantry.

While hosting the morning drive program at Hartford's WDRC-FM Ayres met WW II veteran airman Anthony Teta and was inspired to write The Bomber Boys - True Stories of B-17 Airmen (Author House - 2005). The book found a market on the internet.

In the summer of 2009 Penguin Books approached with an offer to publish a brand new "updated" edition and on Oct 6, 2009 The Bomber Boys - Heroes Who Flew The B-17s In WW II hit book stores nationwide. The History Book Club has selected The Bomber Boys for "Hardcover" publication. The Library Journal has given The Bomber Boys a "Star Review" and rated it as "Highly Recommended."

Ayres and his family now call Arkansas and New Jersey and (of course) Louisiana home. Visit Travis's website at

Dan Borengasser

Dan Boregasser

Dan Borengasser has had two books published – Whisker’s Pond, a children’s novel, and Cat Horoscopes and Other Diversions, a collection of humorous essays from his syndicated newspaper column. He has written numerous plays for stage and screen. Many of his stage plays have been performed or received staged readings and three have been published. One 10-minute play – The Gospel According to Bowser – has been produced across the United States, as well as in India, New Zealand and Australia. Three short films, based on his screenplays, have been produced in addition to a feature film he helped to write.

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Charity Bradford

Charity Bradford

Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys. She’s the mother of four kids that keep her on her toes, constantly reminding her that imagination still makes the world go round. Her preferred writing genre consists of a mix of science fiction, fantasy, adventure and romance. She also enjoys reading detective novels, YA in all styles, paranormal, and whatever a friend recommends.

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Velda Brotherton

Velda Brother

Velda Brotherton writes of romance in the old west with an authenticity that makes her many historical characters ring true. A knowledge of the rich history of our country comes through in both her fiction and nonfiction books, as well as in her writing workshops and speaking engagements. She just as easily steps out of the past into contemporary settings to create novels about women with the ability to conquer life’s difficult challenges. Tough heroines, strong and gentle heroes, villains to die for, all live in the pages of her novels and books.

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Alice Cai


Alice Cai is a 5th grade student in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She loves reading, writing, math, art, music, sports, and to party. At the age of 6, she started to produce children audiobooks. As of today, she has produced seven audiobooks based on unabridged classic children novels, which include Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Aesop’s Fables, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. At the age of 10, she began to write short stories and a novel.

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Bethany Campbell

Campbell Book

By kindergarten, Sally McCluskey (pen name Bethany Campbell) decided that all she wanted to do in life was be an artist and draw animal pictures. In first grade, she reasoned artists shouldn’t waste time on such useless tasks as learning to read, so she wouldn’t do it.  She hadn’t counted on the formidable opposition of Miss Kline, who was due to the retire the next year, experienced in whippersnappers, and didn’t put with any nonsense.

She had a conference with Sally’s mother, and together they formed an alliance to make the kid learn – and like it.  A family friend, Elsie Davis, a bookseller, recommended books that would tempt the most reluctant reader.  Elsie knew her stuff and soon it was off to the library to find more of the same.

Sally’s father came up with another irresistible strategy: the comic book, especially Disney Ducks.  Sally couldn’t get enough of them.  Her life was changing.  Reading and writing became the center of her interests. 

She majored in Enlish in college, then went on to get her master’s and Ph.D. and teach literature and writing at several colleges and universities.  She also work as a contributor to twenty English textbooks and special education materials for Harcourt Brace and Holt.  She published articles and poetry, as well.

In the 80’s, Harlequin accepted her first romance novel, After the Stars Fall.  Soon, she was writing full time and had 53 more novels, novellas, and short stories published by Harlequin, Silhouette, Bantam, and Loveswept.  She has been an eight-time finalist for the Rita, the highest American Romance award, winning three times.  She has three Romantic Times awards and its award for Lifetime achievement in Romantic Suspence.  She also won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Contemporary Romantic Suspense. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and she has spoken at readers’ and writers’ conferences in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, California, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, and Hawaii.

She wants to thank everyone who helped along the way, her parents, Miss Kline, Elsie Davis, and dozens of librarians.  Special and affectional thanks to Donald and Scrooge and Huey, Dewey, and Louie – and husband Dan Borengasser.

Phyl Campbell

Mother Confessor

Phyl Campbell has been scribbling dialogue on pieces of paper ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She has plenty of experience living in the worlds of academics, scientists, and storytellers, but is most at home watching her son become all of these and more. Kids grow up fast, don't they? When neither writing nor thinking up diabolical plots to take over the world, Phyl enjoys spending time online, curled up with a book, creating music, with her husband and son, or teaching. Phyl Campbell appreciates your questions and comments. "Like" her Phyl Campbell author page on Facebook for more information!

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Brad Carter

Brad Carter

Brad Carter is a lifelong resident of the great state of Arkansas. He is a product of the state's public school system and a liberal upbringing that resulted in him becoming well versed in the arts of beer swilling, hog-calling, and writing. After discovering the delights of both pulp and literary fiction, Brad developed the urge to write and set about drafting page after page of sometimes horrific, sometimes humorous prose. He attended the University of Arkansas, where he discovered the joys of writers' workshops and honed his craft in a genre-unfriendly atmosphere that taught him to focus on the crafting of character and setting, and worry less about catering to genre conventions. Brad currently lives in Northwest Arkansas, where his wife and daughter barely tolerate his behavior.

Brad's first novel, The Big Man of Barlow, published in 2011, is in the process of being made into a movie. (Dis)Comfort Food, his second novel, was published this year.

Quinn Cole


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Marilyn Collins

Collins publishing

Marilyn H. Collins is an award-winning author of history books, how-to books for writers, and magazine articles. Her how-to books include: Memoir Writing: Brighten Your Leaf on the Family Tree and You Can Write a Book about Your Family. Her local/regional history books are: Rogers: The Town the Frisco Built; a pictorial history, Rogers, Arkansas, and The Old Burying Ground, Beaufort, North Carolina. Collins offers a free online newsletter for writers, Proficient Writer NEWS -

She is a frequent speaker for writers’ conferences, genealogical and historical groups, and offers individual coaching for writers. Her online courses are offered through Story Circle Network, a national memoir writing group, and in-class courses with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/Univ. of AR). She held executive positions with the Washington National Cathedral Association, American Association of University Women, and Beaufort Historical Association/ Foundation (NC). She currently owns CHS Publishing

Houstine Cooper

Ruby's Mountain

When Houstine Cooper was growing up, her family moved a lot. She attended Springdale High School from 1936 - 1940. Following her graduation from Joplin High School, she left immediately to work in Colorado.

That "moving often" bug has stayed with her. Married to a professional Air Force man in 1946 who later taught school and coached, she kept her packing boxes in a back room, ready to move. She wrote short stories, poetry, and won several prizes by entering writing contests. A number of her poems have been published. One poem, "Phone Conversations," won a third place position among over 3000 entries.

Now retired, she is an accomplished needle tatter and author.  She also keeps busy with family, friends, and her church.  Books by Houstine Cooper: Tatting ABC’s and 123’s, Man an I Love You, Livespan of a Leaf, and Ruby’s Mountain.

Jack Cotner

Mystery Death Hearth

Jack R. Cotner is an author, poet, and artist. A native of Arkansas, he grew up in the Ouachita Mountains. He comes from a long line of Celts who emigrated from the Rhineland Pfaltz region in the early 1700s. The branch of the family that eventually made its way to Arkansas brought few material
goods with them, but they held close many stories and folktales from their native Germany and Switzerland.  Over the years these tales took on a distinct Arkansas mountain flavor, with each generation of storytellers adding their voices to the collection. 
   As the years passed, Jack carried these stories with him as he traveled wirdely, first in military service and later as a professional artist.  After retiring, he returned to his Arkansas roots and now devotes much of his time to writing, working in the grde, and researching Arkansas and Cotner family history.  He is the author of Storytellin’ True and Fictional Short Stories or Arkansas and Mystery of Death Hearth: A Runevision Novel.  He now makes his home in northwest Arkansas.

D. Ann Davis

Born in Stockton, California D. Ann Davis, a transplanted native, resides in the beautiful Ozarks of Arkansas. A dreamer and wordsmith, D. Ann spends her time weaving tales of things to come while enjoying life with her family and pets.

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Meg Welch Dendler

Meg Welch Dendler is a former pre-k, elementary, and middle school teacher who celebrated publishing her first book, Why Kimba Saved The World, in February 23, 2013. This story is based on her true-life crazy cat and the other cats in her home…and the idea that they are all really part of an alien race that wants to rule the earth. The sequel, Vacation Hiro, is already underway.

Visit Meg on Facebook or on Twitter as @KimbaBaby. 

Keyth Dickson

Keyth Dickson has worked as a teacher, archaeologist, and in radio and television. He is the author of two books and many articles on archaeology and natural history. He is also a published poet. Keyth spent many years studying religion and spiritual topics and has written many articles on these subjects. His most recent book, Spirituality, the Universal Path to God, attempt to show that the same basic spiritual teachings have been promoted by adepts in all religious traditions, so all of them should be respected. Keyth was born in Arkansas and now resides near Gentry in the northwest corner of the state and is semi-retired.

Tommy Estes


Tommy Estes has seen much change in life from the blackboard and paddles to I-Pads and E-Books and poor discipline in our schools and nation. He was raised to respect others and especially our elders, but find these elements rapidly disappearing in our current culture. Thomas Edison warned about too many inventions taking away our relationships with other people and with all the electronics, that is true. He was raised as a poor boy on a small farm in western Arkansas. With help from my Lord, Tommy was able to attend and graduate from Arkansas Tech University. He was proud to have served my duty in the military of the United States. Tommy taught and coached school for 35 years. After he retired, he traveled some and enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing golf. Bad health brought an end to many of his physical activities. Then God stepped in once again and replaced what he had lost with writing. He gave Tommy the ability to see or hear something and to turn that into a poem. He is glad to be able to share this God-given talent with others in a positive and spiritual way. Tommy makes his home and do his writing in Northwest Arkansas. 

Jim Fairbanks

Fairbanks book

Jim Fairbanks grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas and finished high school in Greenwood, about 70 miles south of there. After graduating from the U of A in 1986, he did what thousands of college grads from Arkansas do—headed to the city. First, it was Tampa, then Kansas City, Dallas, and briefly in Austin before fate brought me back to the Ozarks. After growing up diabetic, complications from the disease started in his late twenties. He probably would have stayed in Austin a long time. It was a lot like Fayetteville, but bigger. His life has been anything but ordinary.

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Derlyne and Lanny Gibson


Lanny Gibson is the author of the best-selling collections of short stories:The Magic of Scrub Holler and Scrub Holler Revisited, stirring stories of adventure and comedy in the Ozark Mountains, illustrated by Derlyne Gibson.  Other Gibson’s Back Forty Books include Homeless Willy, a children's book, A Long Hard Road to Freedom, co-authored with Lai Nguyen, and House of Love, a satire. 

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K. Lana Givens

Givens books

“A charmed and challenging life” is how K. Lana Givens describes her sixty-nine years.  Job transfers gave Lana and her husband opportunities to live and travel worldwide.  Returning to college with the tag “mature student”, Texas-born Lana received a degree in Behavioral Science from Missouri Baptist University.  Lana moved to northwest Arkansas in 1991 where she and her husband enjoy and blessed and purposeful retirement as church construction volunteers and disaster relief workers.  Lana’s love of books is rooted in her twenty years as a book dealer.

To mark one off the bucket list, Lana and her sister co-authored the book Peculiar, Texas under the combined name of Stacy Givens.  Peculiar, Texas surprised the sisters by being awarded the Independent Book Publisher’s IPPY bronze medal for the South Regional Best Fiction Award in 2012.

For her first solo effort, Lana wrote what she enjoys reading the most – historical fiction with an inspirational message and a touch of romance.  In Home to Cates Creek, Barbary West leaves behind the guilt and disappointment of her life in eastern Tennessee to join her neighbors, the Graham family, in their 1856 move to the Ozark foothills of southwest Missouri.  The trials of living as a single mother during the turmoil of the Civil War test both Barbary’s faith and her ability to survive, but she finds that love can come again. 
Journey from Cates Creek continues the post-Civil War story through Barbary's daughter Abbie Neal.  From school in St. Louis to the Oklahoma Indian Territory in the 1880’s, God challenges Abbie to move beyond the foothills of the Ozarks to expand her world and to develop her nursing skills through education and practical experience.   The third book in the series follows the life of Robert Houser, the orphaned boy Barbary welcomed into her home during the Civil War.  While the Graham and Neal children are loved and supported by their extended family, there are others Beyond Cates Creek who must find their own way. As Robert nears adulthood, he wants his own land – the now overgrown farm at Deer Hollow that his father once claimed and cleared.  Robert realizes his dream of having his own place, but longs for a wife to help fill his solitary life at Deer Hollow. Cates Creek Legacy, the fourth and final book of the series, skips two generations to bring Hannah Graham to Cates Creek during the middle of the Great Depression.  Hannah has never lived at Cates Creek, but is drawn home to the family land by a surprise inheritance.  In God’s wisdom, the inheritance comes at a time when Hannah needs a place to heal. 

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Jerome C. Godffrey

Godffrey book

Jerome C. Godfrey grew up in a small town on the prairie in America's heartland, an early member of the postwar baby boom of the 1940s.  In high school, he did well with the natural sciences.  He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy for two years, but fell in love with economics there and left  to finish that degree at Oklahoma State University with minors in political science and marketing.  He returned to the Air Force as an officer during the Vietnam conflict, but did not see combat duty.  In the 1970s, he studied sociology with emphases on criminal corrections and public administration at OSU's graduate school.

Born Catholic with his first communion at age seven, raised Methodist by a parent's remarriage, born-again Baptist, and having visited an “unprogrammed” Quaker meeting for two years, Jerry's religious exposure is eclectic.  Following a ten year period of skepticism and cynicism, from age fifteen to twenty five, a religious experience bonded him to Jesus, as he remains ever since.  His immediate effort then was to harmonize the gospels.  His peripheral studies beyond Christianity include Judaism and Islam, the Tao and Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, classical paganism, contemporary agnosticism and atheism, and secular humanism.  He recently returned to the Catholic Church in the hope that its cohesion might resist secular humanism's constant progress.

Jerome is convinced that the Church can witness more effectively in modern times by  including an emphasis on the material realities of the ancient times in which the Biblical events occurred, along with the spiritual and supernatural meanings of those events.  The humanity of Jesus, as he walked among mankind, should not be diminished in order to emphasize his divinity.  The strength of the Church does not rest on incomprehensible “mysteries.”  The strength of the Church is in the winning of souls committed to serving our Lord Jesus.  What God has troubled Himself to do, the Church should be careful not to undo.

Even the gulf between science and faith can be closed by a re-examination of the original Hebrew in Genesis I.  In the Bible, we find many truly fantastic accounts.  But these accounts are real, and the Church should strive to convey these accounts with as much depth and realism as possible, avoiding the tendency to measure our “faith” by our blind acceptance of the fantastic.  Our duty is to win souls for Jesus, not to magnify our own faith.

Visit Jerome at www.WorldFaithCenter.US

Mariellen Griffith

Journey in nature

Mariellen Griffith has been writing poetry for the past 20 years.  Her interests are combining poetry with nature photography.  She has been a member of the Garden Writers Association since 2001.  She is a Master Gardener with the state of Arkansas and is an organic gardener who practices sustainable and ecological principles in her garden.  She is a member of the National Wildlife Association and has received a certificate for having a garden that meets their standards.  She lives in Holiday Island and is a member of the Holiday Island Photography Guild, Gardening Club, And Art Guild, as well as the Eureka Springs Historical Society and Garden Club.  She is Professor Emeritus from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana having taught there for 26 years.

Brenda Hancock

Journey in nature

Born in Dallas, TX, Brenda Hancock grew up in Irving, TX and graduated from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M at Commerce) with a BA in English and math and an MEd in elementary education and French.  A retired teacher, Brenda taught various levels of English, French, and math in Daingerfield, Texas; with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Taegu, Korea and in both Frankfurt and Heidelberg, Germany; in Waynesville, Missouri; and at Farmington High School and Fayetteville High School in Arkansas.  The younger daughter of Nicole Holland, the subject of One of the Lucky Ones, she currently lives with her husband in Fayetteville, AR.

Tracy Harger

Self Help and the Bible

Tracy Harger is a theologian living in Northwest Arkansas. He has a varied work history and a military background. He uses his in-depth knowledge of scripture to connect self-help topics to Biblical facts in such as a way as to induce faith. This book was written to assist readers in their own personal growth.

Nancy Hartney


Nancy Hartney writes short stories and non-fiction articles.  Washing in Water: Tales from the South is her debut collection of short stories published in July 2013.  Previously her short stories has been published in Voices, a mid-west regional anthology.  Echoes of the Ozarks, Cactus Country, and Frontier Tales have featured her work in their print and e-zine editions.  She contributes to The Chronicle of the Horse, Sidelines, and Horsemen’s Roundup.  Daily and weekly newspapers - Ft. Worth Star Telegram (TX), Fayetteville Free Weekly (AR), and The Northwest Arkansas Times – have carried her book reviews, photographs, and articles.  She has written touring pieces for American Iron.  General interest work appears in the Ozark Mountaineer, and Flashback, the Washington County (AR) historical quarterly, and Dead Mule, an e-zine.  A member of the writing community, she works with the Ozark Writers League (MO), Ozark Creative Writers (AR), Tallahassee Writers Association(FL) and Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. 

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Tamara Hart Heiner


Tamara Hart Heiner lives in Arkansas with her husband and three children. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English. She teaches in the mornings and spends the rest of the day avoiding the laundry and other chores, all in the name of parenting. Sometimes she gets to sit down in front of the computer and write for a few hours. And if her husband's lucky, she makes something for dinner besides macaroni and cheese.

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Susan Holmes


Susan Holmes penned her first story at the age of four.  Despite the brevity (three pages of crayoned text) and the title, Three Bears Visit New York City,  her father gave it the same careful consideration he gave to C. F. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower series. When he finished the story he announced, “You are going to be a writer.”
To be a writer, of course, one must also be a reader. In the pre-digital world that meant a trip to the local library (a very long walk across town, requiring an escort/bodyguard in the form of her older brother) where a new world awaited.  By the fifth grade she’d progressed to Shakespeare, an experience that came in handy when she was stationed in England at the start of her military career. For the next twenty years, she wrote stories about the lands and the people she met around the world.

She spent much of her military years writing and editing all sorts of materials, tailoring the voice and content to the target audience. She produced the books Quality Approach and The Process Improvement Guide as part of the Air Force’s Total Quality initiatives. That proved great training when she moved into
academic publishing and then into poetry and fiction. Today, she lives in northwest Arkansas where she works as a writer, editor, and college professor. Her third book, Deadly Ties, is the first in the Waterside Kennels mystery series.

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Lou Honderich


Lou Honderich is a life-long horsewoman and former teacher.  She taught kindergarten and first grade for many years, as well as elementary PE.  Her experience riding and showing horses was helpful writing Ricki, the story of a young deaf girl who longs to win a blue ribbon.  The author’s hearing loss as an adult led her to sign language and the deaf community.  She worked as a teacher and classroom aide in various deaf education programs.  Combining her love of horses and children, she volunteers at Horses for Healing, a therapeutic riding program.  She and her husband, Jeff, have five children and seven grandchildren and live in northwest Arkansas with their horses, dogs, cats, and chickens.

Donna Welch Jones


Donna Welch Jones’ fiction book, Killing the Secret, is the first in a series featuring Sheriff Lexie Wolfe. Her short stories have appeared in Woman’s World Magazine, Shades of Tulsa Anthology, and The Storyteller Magazine. Her fiction has won awards at the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation Conference and in the Writer’s Digest National WritingContest. She is a member of Tulsa Night Writers and the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation.

She worked for twenty-one years as a Child Development Specialist/ Technical Supervisor for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Her nonfiction work is an outgrowth of her education, knowledge and experience in child development and children’s mental health. Her Bachelor’s Degree was earned at the University of Tulsa, and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education was awarded through Northeastern State University in Tulsa. 

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M. Keaton

Calamity's child

M. Keaton has been writing professionally in one capacity or another for over twenty years.  While primarily know for his award-winning short fiction, he is also the author of two novels currently in print, Speakers and Kings (epic fantasy) and Calamity's Child (space opera).  Keaton's short fiction has appeared in publications ranging from Ray Gun Revival to Apex and Abyss as well as numerous anthologies.  His series of steampunk novellas and short stories, the Brass Africa project (primarily published in the Dark Oak "Dreams of Steam" anthology series) has recieved considerable critical approval and plans are in the works to collect the entire series into a single volume.  A reissue of Calamity's Child (including hard-cover and electronic versions) is set to be released by Dark Oak publishing in September.  Keaton has also written more technical non-fiction than is healthy, serves as Bard-in-Residence to the Missouri Rennaisance Festival, is a senior instructor of the Sanctuary Press Writer's Workshops, and even once long ago had a television program...and then there are the YA and children's stories but let's not get into that.

Susan Knapps


Susan Wadino Knapps grew up in Southeast Kansas where she’s been delighting audiences with her storytelling since she was in the fifth grade.  She received her BA degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University and her MA in Ed. Administration from Williams Woods University.  Last May, her first children’s book Baby Bear to the Rescue was published and released nationally.  Susan has been a guest speaker for reading/writing workshops throughout the area.  She loves the opportunity to inform educators about the effectiveness of using storytelling in their classrooms.  She is a Literacy teacher at Irving Elementary in Joplin, Mo.  She is married to Michael and they have two sons Adam and Ethan.

Robert Laurence

Robert Laurence was the Robert A. Leflar Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He also taught at the University of North Dakota and Florida State University, and at the American Indian Law Center in Albuquerque and at the Kulkereskedelmi Foiskola (College for Foreign Trade) in Budapest. Now retired, he looks after equally retired racehorses near Hindsville, Arkansas. This is his first novel.

Jo Lightfoot


Jo likes to design and salvage, whether that involves a technical manual, training presentation, greeting card, broken necklace, or poem. Besides calligraphy, her current art interest is artistic doodling, which she teaches. She journals through her daily poetry, which is serious and silly, personal and universal, sacred and profane.

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Mark Clark Lloyd

Lloyd book

Mark Lloyd served in Vietnam as a US Army Green Beret. He was a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for two years, before joining the Drug Enforcement Administration as a special agent, where he worked foreign and domestic assignments for thirty-one years. Lloyd makes his home in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Maeve Maddox


Maeve Maddox is an academic generalist who has taught language and literature at every level from pre-school to university in the United States and abroad.  Now a freelance writer, she writes fiction and nonfiction.

Her academic articles have been published in Education Today, The Christian Science Monitaor, Translation Today, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and a recent textbook about the Middle Ages.  Her children’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Highlights for Children and Jack and Jill Magazine.  Two of her children’s novels were published by David C. Cook.

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Blanche Day Manos

Manos book

Long before The Cemetery Club or Grave Shift, Blanche sold stories and poetry to children’s magazines including Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, Wee Wisdom, Cricket, Jack and Jill, Guide, The Friend and Keys for Kids. Other writing credits include sales to Grit, Ozark Mountaineer, Good Old Days, Cappers, The Secret Place, Christian Life, The Gem, Leanin’ Tree, Instructorand Christian Teacher. One of her poems was accepted by Fitzhugh Dodson in his book, Give Your Child a Head Start in Reading. She has written on assignment for Gospel Press for more than two decades. Her first two books were The Heritage of Etta Bend andRemembering Etta Bend, chronicling her mother’s life in the early part of the twentieth century. She has given talks to several civic groups on early day Oklahoma using these two books as a basis.

Her interest in history led Blanche to write feature stories for The Daily Press while she was living in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. These stories highlighted many of the older homes and businesses, and the people who had contributed to the building of Cherokee County.

Since Nancy Drew captivated a young girl growing up in rural Oklahoma, Blanche has preferred mysteries to other genres. A mystery centers around a protagonist faced with a problem which includes danger. Her efforts to solve the problem usually get her deeper into trouble until at last, she brings the evil doer to justice and right prevails. A mystery is a satisfying book to read and to write.

Since retiring from a teaching career, Blanche has more time to pursue her love of writing. She moved from her native Oklahoma a few years ago to northwest Arkansas and is blessed to be near her grandchildren and watch them grow and blossom. She enjoys gardening and learning about the many uses of herbs as did her ancestors. Playing the piano and painting are ways to relax and center a writer’s mind on the next story and just where it will take her intrepid protagonist.

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Jeffrey Aaron Miller

Miller book

Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a 1997 graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, from social worker to bus driver, from postal carrier to pastor, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is the author of numerous novels, both print and e-books, in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and YA. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.

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Radine Nehring

Nehring book

Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a 1997 graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, from social worker to bus driver, from postal carrier to pastor, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is the author of numerous novels, both print and e-books, in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and YA. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.

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E. Perez Santiago


Ezequiel Perez Santiago was born in Puerto Rico, raised in NYC, educated in the NYC public school system and studied architecture at the CUNY School of Architecture. He is married, has raised 2 children and presently resides in Bentonville, AR.

Wade Peterson


Wade Peterson is a speculative fiction writer and co-founder of the Black Coffee Fiction short story blog. Hi sshort stories have been knocking on the doors of magazines and contests across the country, most recently appearing in the current issue of Encounter Magazine. He is working on his first novel, which will be completed as soon as his cat quits napping on the keyboard.

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William H. Powell


William H. Powell, MA, CFRE was raised in Kansas City, MO. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he entered graduate school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. For five years, he and his wife, Marilyn, were house parents and worked with troubled teenage boys. He served as CEO of Class, Ltd. in Kansas and Progress Industries in Iowa for a total of 28 years. During his career, he developed expertise in fund-raising and nonprofit leadership. He now consults part time and he and Marilyn now reside in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Nancy Powell


Nancy Powell is married, and the mother of two children, and seven grandchildren. She is a member of the Church of Christ, a member of River Valley Writers of Fort Smith, Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., and Roundtable Poets. Nancy went to the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She is a native of Greenbrier, Arkansas and retired from the City of Fort Smith with 29 years of service as Traffic Coordinator. She is now a full-time author.

Dark Secrets, originally called Ollie’s Angels, won first place in the 2010 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc, (OWFI) Mainstream Novel Contest. Angels For All won third place in another 2010 OWFI Contest category. In addition, Nancy has won several awards for short stories and poetry. The cover art and title page pictures are copies of Nancy’s oil paintings. The third book in the Ollie’s Angels Series, to be released early in 2014, contains many of her oil paintings and one award-winning poem. Ollie (the point of view character) is the author’s mother.

Dusty Richards


If there was a Saturday matinee, Dusty was there with Hoppy, Roy and Gene. He went to roundup at seven years-old, sat on a real horse and watched them brand calves on the Peterson Ranch in Othello, Washington. When his family moved to Arizona from the Midwest, at age 13, he knew he'd gone to heaven. A horse of his own, ranches to work on, rodeos to ride in - Dusty's mother worried all his growing up years he'd turn out to be some "old cowboy bum."

He read every western book on the library shelves. He sat on the stoop of Zane Grey's cabin on Mrs. Winter's ranch and looked out over the "muggie-own" rim and promised the writer's ghost his book would join Grey's some day on the book rack.

Since English teachers never read westerns, he made up book reports like "Guns on the Brazos" by J.P. Jones. Then he sold them for a dollar to other boys too lazy to read when teenagers were lucky to earn fifty cents an hour. In fact, book reports kept him and his buddy in gas money to go back and forth to high school.

After graduating from Arizona State University in 1960, he came to northwest Arkansas, ranched, auctioneered, announced rodeo, worked 32 years for Tyson Foods in management, anchored TV news and struggled to get a book of his own sold.

In 1992, his first novel, Noble's Way, was published. In 2003, his novel The Natural won the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Fiction Book of the Year Award. In 2004, The Abilene Trail won the same award. Dusty invests a lot of his time helping others who want to learn how to write by speaking at seminars and conferences all over the United States. There is no difference in writing any kind of fiction. In Dusty's words, "You simply change the sets, costumes and dialect."

He serves on the board of Ozark Creative Writers Conference held annually in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as well as on the boards of the Ozarks Writers League in Branson, Missouri, and the Oklahoma Writers Federation. He also serves on the board of his local electric co-op, and of the Springdale, Arkansas PRCA rodeo. He is a past board member of the Western Writers of America. In 2004 he was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame. Over one hundred books have been published under his own name and pseudonyms. That does not count his five dozen plus short stories and hundreds of articles and columns.

Dusty and his wife, Pat, reside next to Beaver Lake east of Springdale, Arkansas - that is whenever they aren't off at speaking engagements or writing conferences, announcing rodeos or chuckwagon racing, or researching for western novels. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters, Ann and Rhonda, two great sons in law, and four super grand kids.

If he can steal time to do it, Dusty likes to fish for trout on the White River in Arkansas.

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Vanessa Rouse


Born and raised in Brazil, Vanessa came to the U.S. in 1995 on a tennis scholarship. She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology/Adapted P.E. from the University of Arkansas in 2009 and currently lives in Fayetteville with her husband, sons, and four rescued pets.

Vanessa is devoted to her Christian faith and her family, and she is now fulfilling a childhood dream creating educational children's books with fun and engaging artwork and storylines. She is the author of Dragon Howl, The Silly Potty Story (for boys), The Silly Potty Story (for girls), Crazy Town Upside Down: An Alphabet Book, , Count my Circles, Count my Triangles, Count my Squares, Count my Rectangles, and is already working hard on her next book!

In her spare time (when she is not busy working on a new book project, or taking care of her boys, husband, and pets, or cleaning the house, or doing the laundry, or cooking, or helping with homework and extracurricular activities), Vanessa loves reading, watching chick flick movies, and working out.

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Rebecca Scarberry


Rebecca Scarberry was born in southern California. She retired as a claims analyst for an HMO in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to that she had 3 other careers: Buyer for Hughes Aircraft, legal secretary/paralegal, and manager for a builder/developer in Palm Springs, California.

She published Messages from Henry in June 2012. It was written for young adults, but adults are finding it very entertaining. She released the sequel, The Prince of Pigeons on August 9, 2013. Henry and Cecilia go to England!

Rebecca lives on a very secluded non-working farm in the Boston Mountains of Arkansas with her husband and five cats. She has devoted the last five years to her love of writing fiction. On December 10, 2012, she published a short story called, Rag Doll. This very short story is for adults only. It's a spicy crime drama, and many readers were taken by surprise with the twist in the end. She's being called Miss O'Henry now.

She published a children's picture book on July 29, 2013 with wonderful illustrations. The book is called Jumper. Many children, who read it prior to publication, loved it.

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Trella Scates


Trella Scates grew up in Arkansas not far from where she lives today. For many years she has traveled while working with nonprofit exchange student groups. Since her retirement, she has been able to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing. She also enjoys painting, gardening, songwriting, speaking to groups on a variety of subjects, spending time with her daughters and their families, and traveling with her husband.

Robert J. Smith


Bob Smith was born and grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  After graduation from high school, he spent two years at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, before joining the Navy.  During his time in the Navy he met and married his future wife, Barbara Williams.  Upon discharge from the Navy, he went into the aluminum products business with his father in Hot Springs.

In the early 1980's, Bob sold the business and went back to college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, where he received a business degree with a major in accounting.  Soon after graduation in 1985, Ouachita Technical College in Malvern, Arkansas, hired him to teach math and accounting.  During those years he commuted to Henderson State in the evenings, where he earned a master's degree in business.  Bob retired from teaching in May 2000.  He wrote on and off for a number of years before finally getting serious about it after retirement. 

Bob and Barbara live in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, where Bob enjoys golf, writing and being active in his church.  They have two children and six grandchildren. Their son, Greg, and his wife, Sue, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia and their daughter, Sharon, and her husband, Robert, live in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Tommy B. Smith


Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, and the author of Poison. His works have been featured in numerous publications over the years including Every Day Fiction, Morpheus Tales, Night to Dawn, Black Petals, and a variety of other magazines and anothologies. His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats.

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Jonathan D. VerHoeven


Jonathan D. VerHoeven, a native of Springdale, developed a deep affection for naval history at a young age. A postcard of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial sparked an interest in the Pearl Harbor attack at the time of its 50th anniversary. By age 6 he began checking out episodes of the classic World War II documentary series Victory at Sea from his local library. By age 10 he discovered the writings of Samuel Eliot Morison and began hand-writing one-page summaries of World War II sea battles. Had the skeptical librarians guessed that nearly 20 years later he would be a published author, they might have approved more visibly of the home-schooled boy and his fascination with war. As a history major at John Brown University, he wrote his honors thesis on the battle for Leyte Gulf and read Alfred Thayer Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power Upon History for fun. Later, while pursuing his master’s degree, he placed runner-up in a white paper contest sponsored by the Maritime Security Expo. Peril on the Sea is his first published novel, and he plans several sequels telling the stories of the Pacific War  for a generation that has seldom heard them. 

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Tonya York


Tonya is a an Arkansas author, model, actress, and business woman. She is a passionate seeker of God, new challenges, and someone who loves the quiet solitude of reading on a beach.

Adele Williams


Adele Williams is a Psychic Medium and Energy Healer whose calling is to raise vibration rates and release fears concerning the spirit world.  Adele holds a BA and MSE degree in English and Adult Education and is a certified Quantum Touch Therapist.  She is an author, educator, healer, psychic investigator, medical intuitive, Angel and Alien communicator, and past life regressionist who has appeared on Canadian and U.S. radio programs.

After a move to Sun Valley, Idaho in 1980, clear visions and premonitions became a part of daily life. One vision enabled her to give detailed descriptions of murderers who had killed a friend's uncle. Another involved finding a client's son who was schizophrenic and had been lost for some time. Her Guides relayed the exact location, along with other detailed health and personal information.  She currently lives in Dardanelle Arkansas and facilitates Group Readings.  Artistic expressions include: designing gemstone jewelry, transformative acrylic paintings writing songs, playing guitar, and singing.

Adele’s first book “Psychic Sunrise” is an autobiography describing her journey through life with heightened spiritual gifts, including heart-warming animal stories, and practical advice for others with similar metaphysical talents. She received a third place award by The Arkansas Writers Conference for "Sonya's Serenade", a short story entered in the Human Society Pulaski County category about an older pet rescued from a shelter. 

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Barbara Youree


Barbara Youree is a freelance writer and former teacher of French and English. Her narrative nonfiction book Courageous Journey, Walking the Lost Boys Path from the Sudan toAmerica (New Horizon Press, 2008) is the story of two Sudanese refugees whom she met and mentored in Kansas City during their first year in the United States. The book was endorsed by former President Jimmy Carter and became a finalist in The National Best Books 2008 Awards. The sociology department at Avila University in Kansas City has selected it as required reading in their classes.

Youree has written a series of historical romances set in Italy for Heartsong Presents/Barbour Publishing. Because of their popularity, four have been combined under one cover: Renaissance Brides. Together the romances have sold over 130,000 copies. Republication of the series in large print is not included in this number. Her six children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, with Beacon Hill Press are about children of missionaries who make friends with children in foreign cultures. Her many magazine articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Fate, True Reports of the Strange & Unknown; Miracles Magazine; Mature Living; Spider, the Magazine for Children; and 2NJoy. For eight years she served as Contributing Editor of the internationally distributed Potpourri, A Magazine of the Literary Arts.

Among activities that Youree enjoys, traveling tops the list. She has visited most of the countries where her stories are set: Italy, France, Haiti, Guatemala, and the Netherlands. Her two trips to Greece provided background for two novels: the recent publication of Race to Glory: Olympics from the First Centuryand the forthcoming romance, Heart at War, set during the Greek Revolution in the mid-nineteenth century.

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