Phyllis York is an author, blogger, and unapologetic fan girl. She lives in the Ozarks, but loves traveling - especially on Route 66. York is a four time winner of NaNoWriMo, and the author of many novels, articles, and Yelp reviews. She is currently querying agents and writing her next novel. When not writing, she works with specially challenged children as a paraprofessional in the local school system.
Fines is a comic book writer and newspaper editor. C.H.A.R.L.13, Poppy and Poe, and Enigma Inc. are available now and he has more projects in the works.
Chelle Renee is, first and foremost, a lover and maker of words. She doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t write, and this passion has led to several of her poems being published in magazines and websites. In 2007, she won the Missouri Health Care Association Essay contest. It was a fitting award, given her eighteen years of experience in health care.
When she isn’t writing, she works as a nurse in a residential care facility, and she and her husband of 19 years live in the beautiful Ozarks.
Brea Brown lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and three sons. Her sixteen published irreverent rom-coms keep readers turning pages late into the night and have been known to make people laugh out loud in public. Watch for "Ready or Knox," the latest book in the Underdog series in 2019!
Joyce Ragland grew up on a post-WWII modernized dairy farm, but could hardly wait to escape. "Get out and make something of yourself," her mother urged. At age seventeen, Ragland fled. With four university degrees, professor gigs in three states and one Canadian province, after thirty-six years, she decided it was time to officially retire and write for fun. After two academic books and various articles, short stories, and poetry published during the academic career, she turned to creative nonfiction and fiction for YA and adult audiences. She now lives in Lebanon, Missouri with two rescue dogs, Bessie Jo and Opie Jo.
Laura L. Valenti lives near Bennett Spring, Missouri and her first two novels, "The Heart of the Spring" and "The Heart of the Spring Lives On" are based on the history of the famous state park. Her third novel, "Between the Star and the Cross: The Choice" tells the story of a small town county sheriff and the Salvadoran woman who comes to his town to run the Christian mission there. Based in great part on her many years with the local sheriff's department, the sequel "The Election" was released in June 2012. "The Election" continues the story of Sheriff Dale Harper and Milagro Palacios as the sheriff struggles with the challenges of a re-election campaign that is plagued with political hot potatoes and small town politics. Milagro, once again, suggests a spiritual response which catches Sheriff Harper off guard,and yet he is intrigued. All four of her novels have been well-received and continue to sell. A long time freelance and historical writer, Laura, a former Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador enjoys travel, writing fiction and non-fiction and keeping up with her husband, grown children and five grandsons.
Steve was born and raised in the eastern Missouri Ozarks -- his folks grew up on adjoining farms, and their family roots go deep in Madison, Iron, and Reynolds counties.
He’s an avid canoer, rafter, and kayaker on Missouri's float streams.....a longtime member, friend, and supporter of the Quincy, Illinois, Unitarian Church.....a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.....a hiker (ok, make that walker).....a former president and board member of the Missouri Writers' Guild. I find pennies on the sidewalk more frequently than anyone I know
Karen Craigo builds a rich and embracing vision of life from the bricks of mundane experience. She strikes a surprising and sturdy balance between the pressure of new motherhood on an aging body and the electric energy of a sleepy toddler. With the delicacy of a spider's climb towards the ceiling and the strength of a bending knee, her work illuminates the essential connective tissue of life through a poetic voice that is tirelessly compassionate.
Elizabeth Donald is a writer fond of things that go chomp in the night. She is a three-time winner of the Darrell Award for speculative fiction and author of the Nocturnal Urges vampire mystery series and Blackfire zombie series, as well as other novels and short stories in the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres. She is the founder of the Literary Underworld author cooperative; an award-winning newspaper reporter and lecturer on journalism ethics; a nature and art photographer; freelance editor and writing coach. In her spare time, she... has no spare time. Find out more about her at elizabethdonald.com.
Jeanette Pickering has always been an adventurous person. Having been raised in a small rural community and given the freedom of earlier times to explore her world, small though it may have been, prepared her for the enjoyment she would find in the larger world of her future.
She and her husband of forty-seven years raised their children over the funeral home that they owned and operated most of her life. After his death, Jeanette left grief and chose to see what else this world had to offer.
She visited Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe. She backpacked through the U. S. with her brother, enjoying the western mountains and deserts. At the age of seventy, on a trip to the Caribbean, she met and married a sailor. They sailed those waters in a small twenty-eight foot sloop for nearly eight years. Jeanette authored a weekly column in her local newspaper, telling stories of those adventures.
“Sweet Winds Of Egypt” is a personal travelogue of her adventures after passing the milestone of eighty. “It’s an amazing world out there. And there is still so much more for me to see.”
Enjoy her travels as you read her views of the glorious past and the evolving present.
J.R. Rogue first put pen to paper at the age of fifteen after developing an unrequited high school crush & has never stopped writing about heartache.
She has published multiple volumes of poetry and novels.
Two of her poetry collections, La Douleur Exquise & Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, have been s Choice Awards Nominees.
Dave Malone is the author of seven books of poetry, including You Know the Ones. He has also authored two novelet series; coauthored the stageplay, The Hearts of Blue Whales; and coauthored the latest history book for Ottawa University (Kansas): Ottawa University: 150 Years of Significance. His honors include the Brinley-Hardy Writing Fellowship at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and the Plainsongs Poem Award. His poems appear in Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozark Studies, Meadow, and San Pedro River Review. His poem, "Spring Dress," was featured on Michel Martin's NPR program Tell Me More. He hosts the weekly Friday Poems series at his website, and for events and art fairs, he brings a manual typewriter to compose poems for interested poetry lovers.
Bobby Thompson is an artist who likes to tell stories. He does this by making photographs, shooting films, and even writing. His approach is simple. He looks for subjects he finds interesting, then tell the story in the most compelling way possible. Every story is different.
Matthew Decker, who serves as Stone Pi Media’s president, CEO, CFO, chief writer, editor, penciler, inker, letterer and occasional dishwasher. Established as Stone Pi Comics in 2008, its first publication was "The Paranormal Misadventures of Zombie Dave" No. 1 in late 2009, and it followed with the second issue in 2011 and the third issue in 2016 and the fourth issue in 2018. The fifth and final issue in the first story arc is pending.
Danna York lives in Missouri, outside Kansas City in a small town called Belton. She is married and has three grown children. She taught art to many kids and still does today! She loves putting art into the lives of children.
Lori Stillman discovered her love for words and stories at a young age. Writing short stories in a notebook and acting them out. In her young adult years the life stories of real people caught her attention. Everyone has a story to tell and she loves listening to them.
Leigh Savage lives in Saint Louis, MO with her husband. Leigh is known for the Erotica for the Truly Wicked with Seven titles currently released. Her novel Bound by Blood is set to start filming in the Spring of 2019 turning the short story horror collection into a television series.
Dana Lockhart grew up on the outskirts of a town of 199 people. Humble beginnings begot lofty ambitions. Small town life couldn't contain her spirit.
Dana is a career woman and self-declared scholar. Her favorite accomplishment so far is being elected the first vice president of the Hannibal Writers Guild in 2018. More than anything, Dana hopes that her writing can serve as modern fables, teaching readers about life and what it means to live it, all while exploring the fantastic reaches of the imagination.
The Un-Life of William Moore is her debut novel and she has more in the works. Dana Lockhart primarily writes urban fantasy, ranging from young adult to adult. She's also been known to write a short story or poem now and then. She regularly posts on her website's blog about writing tips, book reviews, and more.
Sean Poindexter is the author of the urban fantasy series The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles, and Moth, the first book in a series of paranormal mysteries. Exiles of Forlorn is his first YA novel, as well as his first foray into traditional fantasy.
His literary influences include H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Lawrence, and R.A. Salvatore. Sean has been writing his entire life, but was inspired to begin writing professionally in 2008 after watching a terrible–albeit, popular–vampire franchise film. Sean was so annoyed with the film that he entertained himself by imagining dragons killing the vampires, which went on to inspire his first novel, The Shadow of Tiamat, the first book in the 4-part Dragon’s Blood Chronicles.
Sean lives in the Lake Ozark region of Missouri with his wife Amanda and several cats. When he’s not writing, he enjoys reading, watching films, playing Xbox and collecting firearms
Steve graduated DLI EC German course in Washington DC before working in Germany for two years with the Army Security Agency, and has studied the German language, history, and culture since 1972.