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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 who has indie published seven books. Check out her story-scented candle line Wick Books(tm) and support her on Patreon.
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 write 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
Marlene Potts is a 57 year old wife, mother of three grown daughters, and Nana to one beautiful grand-daughter. She currently live in Palm Bay, Florida where she spends time writing books, focusing on her detective series and some smaller projects, and looking after family. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she attended grade school, high School, and college. She met and married her husband of 33 years at Howard University. Her writing began in High school when she was offered a chance with the Literary Arts Program at the Penn Center. She has worked in both public and private schools, six years with the federal government, and part-time as a CNA in D.C. and Florida. She spent eleven years homeschooling her daughters and other children and graduated the last one in 2010. Buy books at her 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 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.
Janelle lives with her husband, three children, three dogs and one cat in Florida. It’s fun and crazy. She was born in Nebraska and grew up in the Philippines, Virginia, Alabama, Maine and Florida as a proud Air Force Brat. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing in her home office with her animals by her feet or running. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in English Literature. After several years in the work force then staying home with her children, she began the journey that is now her debut novel First Born. Her office was her car as she drove her homeschooled daughter around to her many activities. Several rewrites later, twice a month critique group, two conferences and many rejections later she decided to go for it. The people reading her work loved it, but she couldn’t get an agent, so she went the Indie route and loves it. Since then she has published First Awakened, Book 2 in the First Born Books series. Nowadays, you can find her at home working on Book 3.
Sandie Will is a young adult novelist who lives in Tampa Bay, Florida and works as a manager and geologist by day. She has written two novels and is currently working on her third. Her first novel, The Caging at Deadwater Manor, is a young adult psychological thriller that was released in 2017. Her second is a young adult historical time travel and her third will be another psychological thriller. She has been married to her husband, Charlie, for 30 years and they have two sons. Their home has been blessed by many laughs, hugs and one-too-many beer pong parties with college friends. Follow on Social Media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr & Google+.
J.D. Demers is the author of the Amazon best selling series The Hunt Chronicles. J.D. Demers served in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst for five years. After he was honorably separated from service, he continued to serve his country as a civilian Department of Defense Contractor for another seven years. Since then, he has returned to his hometown in the State of Florida. His writing interests mostly gear him toward Science Fiction, though he does enjoy Politics, International Affairs, and History.
Bob Dixon is a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the World’s Longest CartoonStrip. He is the author and creator of a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester’s Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719. Bob has written two children books, Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny; two young adult books, Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic and Rags and Ruins; An adult humor book Snafu Fubar : Nothing Heroic; and is the co-author of Will Jones’ biography A Tough Call. Bob is also the Writer/Director of the movie Dr. Prozak’s Office. Additionally, he is a certified special education teacher who works with children who have autism and intellectual delays.
Dr. Bob Williams is retired faculty in the College of Education at the University of Central Florida. He has worked as a teacher, school psychologist, principal, and superintendent of schools. Dr. Williams has published articles and coauthored a leadership book for educators. In addition, he has been a keynote speaker at several different conferences and workshops. In 2014, he wrote a coming of age novel, “The Eastside of Town”. In 2017 his novel, “A Second Life” was released. He and his wife Linda live in Orlando, Florida.
Saunnielee loves boasting about her five great-grandchildren, four boys, one girl. During her twenty-year Army career, she has lived in Europe, Central America, as well as several states. However, her home of record has been Melbourne, Florida for over fifty years. Saunnie writes about Florida, but for the last fifteen years, she has spent her summers high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She says, “My dream had always been to retire, then sit on top of a mountain and write.” Find her new release on Amazon.
Gary S. Roen is an author, nationally syndicated book critic/writer, and consultant. He has been writing for over 40 years. He is the author of “Journey” A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories by Legacy Book Publishing and the co-author of “Cats, Cats, and More Cats” by Royal Fireworks Press. Roen is the author of two books of poetry: “Look at Me World,” by Chateau Publishing and “Made By Man” by Nest Egg Publications. He is also the author of a satirical play entitled “Vamp.”
Scott has been writing for more than twenty years. He spent a lot of time sports writing before moving on to become a key contributor to several online magazines. For these he has put together 73 articles that ended up being #1 most viewed and overall his work has been enjoyed by more than 63 million readers. At the urging of friends and editors he decided to give writing a novel a try. The result was On Ice and reviewers quickly put Scott in the same category as James Patterson. Feeling pressure that he might not be able to capture that same magic, he penned Twister Town. Reviewers said that it is even better than On Ice was and the bar for Scott’s next novel is sky high. That story is in the works and should be out in 2018. You can find Scott on Twitter and on Facebook.
Edward Wysocki is a retired engineer who worked for over 30 years for a major defense contractor. His introduction to science fiction came in the third grade when he encountered Robert Heinlein’s Space Cadet. His works reflect a combination of his interests in science fiction, naval and military history and history of technology. The primary focus of his research for many years was the claim by Heinlein that one of his early stories had an influence on World War II naval technology. This research culminated in 2012 with the publication of his first book, The Great Heinlein Mystery: Science Fiction, Innovation and Naval Technology. His second book, which came out in 2015, is An ASTOUNDING War: Science Fiction and World War II.
Leslie C. Halpern is the author of the nonfiction books, 200 Love Lessons from the Movies, Passionate About Their Work, Reel Romance, Dreams on Film, and three books in the Funny Children’s Poems series. Her newest book release is Silly Sleepytime Poems for early and transitional readers, which begins another book series. She is an award-winning poet, essayist, book reviewer, movie reviewer, and entertainment journalist. Leslie is a member of Florida Writers Association, Florida Freelance Writers Association, Poetry Ensemble of Orlando, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Florida State Poets Association, and Orlando Area Poets, for which she serves as Vice President.
Daniel (“Dan”) Fox was born in Apopka, Florida in 1971 and spent his entire childhood in that same town. At a very young age, Daniel became interested in mystery and horror stories, leading to several years of vivid nightmares and sleepwalking. Although the nightmares and sleepwalking were left behind many years ago, Daniel’s imagination remains. His interests include reading, painting, photography and music, but especially writing. Daniel still obsesses over any well told story, as a consumer and creator. Influences include Chuck Palahnuik and Stephen King.
Jacquelyn Lynn finds intentional joy in every aspect of her life. She is an inspirational author and former business writer whose credits include more than 30 books and thousands of articles. Jacquelyn is the author Finding Joy in the Morning: You can make it through the night (2nd edition) and Words to Work By: 31 devotions for the workplace based on the Book of Proverbs, as well as the meditations in the Christian Meditations and Faith Words Adult Coloring Books. She also compiled A Book of Proverbs: Wisdom of the Ages from Around the World. See the trailer for Finding Joy in the Morning and learn more about Jacquelyn Lynn and her husband/collaborator Jerry D. Clement.
Linda Mansfield lives in Indiana and won’t be able to attend Authors in a Box, but a limited supply of autographed copies of all four of her “Two Good Feet” books for teenagers through senior citizens will be available for purchase. Each book contains a baker’s dozen of short stories, and two stories in each book feature a fictional family from right here in Melbourne! All four books offer quick reads for short breaks in today’s busy lifestyle. The first is “Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas.” It’s followed by “Twelve Stories for Spring,” “Twelve Stories for Summer,” and “Twelve Stories for Fall.” They all make great gifts, and since the series contains 52 stories in all, there’s a story for every week of the year! Linda’s “real” job is as the owner of Restart Communications, a motorsports PR firm based in Indianapolis, but she’s in Florida periodically for races at Daytona, Sebring and Homestead. Her byline is regularly seen in Speed Sport magazine. Follow her on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Award winning pen-whipping fiend and screenwriter of four movies, Keith Rommel approaches each of his novels with a unique voice and cleverly weaves tales that move at a fast-pace and alternate between past and present. Fans of King, Rice, Koontz, Straub and many others will enjoy Rommel’s tales that have been classified as, “Intelligent fiction.” Keith lives in Florida with a ghost that often pays him a visit in the middle of the night (who do you think gives him ideas for novels?). He might be making up the pen part because he uses a keyboard. Darn writers…always making up stories.
Joanne Fisher was born in Canada and lived there until she was 20, at which time she moved to Italy with her parents. She married and had three children. When her father died, she, along with her sister, their respective families and mother, returned to Canada. Her husband didn’t fit well in Canada, they divorced, and he returned to Italy. She met the love of her life, Dan and now lives in Florida with her husband and her two Dachshunds, Wally and Ozzie. Her book With All of Me is available at online retailers.
Amanda Byrd has always had a deep love of science fiction and fantasy, whether it was horror or mythical creations. She is a full time psychology major and administrative professional. She started with non-fiction but enjoys writing fiction more, as she has an extremely active imagination and enjoys creating with words. She also has a tendency of writing while doing homework. Amanda currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and two cats.
Prior to beginning her career as a children’s picture book author/illustrator, Violet Favero (Silly Yaya), worked as a medical administrator, is a grandmother to eight granddaughters and is well known for her Sunday Dinners and lavish holiday gatherings. Violet’s third book, Unkie Munkie Lives at The Zoo was named Amazon’s #1 New Release in its genre. It followed her first two books, that are international sellers, Silly Yaya and Sunday Dinner at Silly Yaya’s. Violet is passionate that we are raising readers, one book at a time. She is a frequent visitor to schools reading to students and getting them excited about reading. She travels with her husband and dog in their RV doing book signings and appearances. Find out more about Violet on her website.
Kristen Stieffel is a freelance editor specializing in science fiction and fantasy and is associate editor of Havok, a flash fiction magazine focused on the speculative genres. She provides a full range of editorial services and has worked on various projects including business nonfiction and Bible studies, but she is a novelist at heart and has edited novels in many genres for both the general market and the Christian submarket. Kristen is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Christian Editor Connection and is Word Weavers International mentor. Her fantasy novel Alara’s Call debuted in September 2017 from Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing. Visit Website.
Dena Yohe is the award-winning author of You Are Not Alone: Hope for Hurting Parents of Troubled Kids (2017). Co-founder of Hope for Hurting Parents, she is a blogger, former pastor’s wife and CRU affiliate staff. She and her husband Tom have been guests on Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, Family Life with Dennis Rainey, and Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. A proud mom of three adult children, she loves being Mimi to her grandchildren, music, and gardening. Find out more on HopeForHurtingParents.com.
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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.