Like stepping into a living dream, Jaimie Engle writes visually stunning fiction where magic turns ordinary into extraordinary. She loves weaving lore into her stories and taking her readers on wondrous adventures. Engle is a cosplayer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and speaker at schools, conferences, and colleges across Florida. Engle has successfully published 7 books and currently works with Saritza Hernadez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency on her upcoming projects. Check out her story-scented candle line Wick Books(tm) and follow her at www.thewriteengle.com.
Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Adjunct Professor, and Hospice Counselor for teens. She’s currently a Guidance Counselor at a local High School. She has self-published 4 children’s books (The Lilac Princess, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, Gloria and the UnicornGloria and the Unicorn, and Little Birdie). She belongs to the National Pen Women Organization in Cape Canaveral; the Florida’s Writers Association; Space Coast Authors; and Brevard Authors Forum. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 22 years and 2 dogs. Her daughter is away at college, like Little Birdie, she has left the nest. To download a free ebook, visit Wanda Luthman’s website and follow her on Facebook.
Diane Carr daydreams and creates in wondrous ways. Her vivid imagination envisions mystical creatures and exciting adventures that come to life through words. Freedom’s Dragonflight is her most recent chapter book and the enchanting sequel to River Dragon ~ A Real Florida Fairytale co-written with her daughter, Kira (Earley) Marion. Both stories are based on the Merritt Island dragon statue, Annie, and her hatchlings, Freedom, Joy, Charity, and Sunshine. Other writing credits include children’s chapter books co-written with members of the Space Coast Writers Guild (published in Florida Today) and several spotlight Interviews for Natural Awakenings Magazine. An adventure seeker at heart, Diane loves to climb mountains, ride her bicycle, garden, and travel to exciting places.
Award-winning author Steve Altier was born in a small town in central Pennsylvania. He currently lives in the Tampa Bay Metro area with his wife. Steve has four daughters and three loving cats. He enjoys bowling, reading, and spending time at amusement parks. He loves to travel, take trips to the beach, or just laying around the pool spending time with family and friends. With his vivid imagination, he enjoys writing YA and MG children’s stories. Find him on his WEBSITE and grab books on AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, BOOKS-A-MILLION and INDIE BOUND.
Donald L. Gilleland, an Evangelical Christian, served 30 years in the U.S. Miliatry, eight years enlisted in the Navy and 22 years commissioned in the Air Force. After retiring from the military in 1984, Don served as director of public relations and advertising for the AM General Corporation. From 1987-1994 he worked for General Dynamics Corporation where he retired as corporate director of public affairs. Following retirement, he wrote a history of General Dynamics covering operations from 1851-1997. He also wrote an expansive series of article for an international magazine on Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines. Don is a frequent contributor to Florida Today, TC Palm, and Vero’s Voice. He has over 500 published articles. He has lived in 12 states and his international travels have taken him to 29 countries on four continents.
Melissa Gibbo is a writer of dark and unusual fiction. She is also know as Squirrel of the Dark Alley Crew. Melissa is an ambassador for the non-profit group Diversely Geek, judge for the Royal Palm Literary Awards, and a regular panelist for Orlando area conventions. Since 2013, she has published the Nova Nocte Series, Mental Molting, and Boredom Kills: A Serial Killer Love Story. Find her on Barnes & Noble and Audible.
John Catapano is an author, an artist, and an engineer. He has been a genre movie fan since his first double feature at age 3. Fifty -eight years later he has traveled extensively, consulted on feature movies, and dug for Dinosaur fossils in the badlands of Montana. His genre trivia book and short stories are available at Smashwords. His new book, “The Unusual Suspects” is the follow up to his popular Dr. Sarcophagus story “Clarence”. He currently is working on two novels, both with Central Florida locales.
Alyssa and Keith Helton are a husband and wife author team who children’s books and historical fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. The Dogwood Alley series is set in rural East Tennessee, beginning in the forties. The Michael Tallen novel series highlights Florida history with a modern twist. SamBoy Vs the Closet Monster is a children’s book based on the imaginary adventures of their autistic son, Sam. Rest assured, there are more books on the way, as well. You can check out published works and what is soon to come at www.alyssahelton.com.
Dianna Dann Narciso publishes in a variety of genres under her imprint, Wayward Cat Publishing. An award-winning author, she writes literary fiction and romantic comedy as Dianna Dann, children’s books and fantasy as Dana Trantham, paranormal humor as D.D. Charles, and non-fiction as Dianna Narciso. While she can be found all over the Internet, her favorite spot is www.waywardcatpublishing.com
I am a 57 year old wife, mother of three grown daughters and Nana to one beautiful grand-daughter. I currently live in Palm Bay, Florida where I spend my time writing my books, focusing on my detective series and some smaller projects, and looking after family. I was born and raised in Washington, DC, where I attended grade school, high School, and college. I also met and married my husband of 33 years as of this coming September at Howard University. My writing began in High school when I was offered a chance with the Literary Arts Program at the Penn Center. I have worked in both public and private schools, six years with the federal government and part-time as a CNA in DC and Florida. I spent eleven years homeschooling my daughters and other children and graduated the last one in 2010. Buy books at my STORE.
Judy Lindquist is an educator and author. She was a contributing writer to a nonfiction book on motherhood, Discovering Motherhood( 1991) and had an historical fiction young readers book published Saving Home( 2008). This book was published by the Florida Historical Society, endorsed by the Florida Humanities Council and was featured at the Florida Heritage Book Festival in 2009 and the University of Central Florida Book Festival in 2011. Saving Home is also on the recommended reading list for several Florida school districts. Judy also had a column in the monthly publication for mother’s Welcome Home from 1985 through 1993. She is a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project and in that capacity, provide workshops for teachers on the teaching of writing. Judy has a Master’s Specialization Degree in Teaching Writing K-12 and has been a classroom teacher in Orange County Florida for 23 years. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, where she teaches Children’s Literature classes in the college of Education. In addition to reading and writing, Judy loves to garden, cook, spend time with her granddaughter Ellie, and ride motorcycles with her husband Jeff.
Kristy Kryszczak is the author of Unexpected Love, a debut novel about one woman’s journey navigating through life in her thirties and the complicated romances she gets pulled into along the way. A former actor and beauty publicist in New York City, Kristy relocated to Naples, Florida, to enjoy all that the Gulf Coast has to offer with her family. When she isn’t creating captivating fictional love triangles, Kristy is busy working as an editorial director/director of marketing and communications for the local law school. She is a dog mom to her cockapoo, Maisy Mae, and enjoys cooking and hosting get-togethers for family and friends.
Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) is an international speaker, former television host of Puppets on Parade, and author of twenty-five books for women, children, and families. She has a heart to help families build strong, wholesome bonds. She has written more than seven hundred articles for sixty+ publications and loves to let creativity splash over the pages of what she writes. She writes for Leading Hearts, The Kid’s Ark, and Molly Green Magazines. Her awards include the Christian Retailing Best Award, children’s nonfiction (The One Year My Princess Devotions) and the Military Writer’s Society of America Gold Medal (Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front). Karen speaks in China to inspire creativity in students and share ideas with parents, teachers, and camp staff. She rode a camel in the Canary Islands; white water rafted in Australia; rode horseback in Jamaica’s ocean; and enjoyed scuba diving off the coast of Bermuda.
B.J. Hunter moved to Florida in her early teens and has lived there ever since, enjoying the mild weather and abundance of wildlife. She even spent several hurricane seasons raising orphan squirrels. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and has spent her working career in the legal profession. Her first novel, Touch of the White Wolf, was inspired by her daughter, as well as her need to escape from the real world once in a while. You can purchase a signed hard copy of Touch of the White Wolf on B. J. Hunter’s website. Follow B. J. Hunter on FACEBOOK.
Janie Nugent always dreamed of becoming a writer. As a lifelong supporter of animals both personally and financially, sharing Doug’s story was the perfect reason to write her first book. The opportunity to raise awareness and provide financial support with proceeds from this book is a dream come true. For more information, visit https://outskirtspress.com/adogformichael Outskirts Press, Inc., 10940 S. Parker Rd – 515, Parker CO 80134 Phone: 888-672-6657 Fax: 888-208-8601
Kate Wars was once a reading teacher, but is now a novelist and journalist. When not writing, she can be found with her nose stuffed in a book or binge-watching “The Walking Dead.” Either way, she’ll have a cup of artisan coffee or tea in close proximity. She also keeps a pen and paper nearby, because sometimes, her dreams try to tell her haunting stories. Her family calls Central Florida home.
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Hangin’ With Web Show
The Hangin’ With Web Show is an internet based web talk show series that highlights the work of aspiring, independent as well as well established artists, authors, filmmakers, entertainers and creators with in the arts and entertainment industry. As the world wide web has shifted the arts and entertainment paradigm, show host and creator G.W. Pomichter, an independent author himself, founded the show to assist in sharing the growing community of creative arts professionals with a hungry and growing internet audience.
The show is hosted and directed by G.W. Pomichter (an author/creator and a professional journalist, who has penned more than 400 byline articles for The Hometown News and Florida Today ) but it would not be possible without the talent and hard work of its staff. Sage Ia: Sage is a consummate professional who works both on set as the show’s artistic relations coordinator and scheduler, but behind the scenes as a co-producer and the show’s social media marketing director. Sage is a native of Pittsburg, PA, and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Organizational Management from Eastern Florida State College. Deanna Marie: Deanna is the Hangin’ With Web Show’s co-producer and serves on set as a camera and sound technician, and as well as show host G.W. Pomichter’s P.A. In addition to these functions, Deanna also serves as the show’s primary merchandising, advertising and marketing executive director.