Katrina Woznicki


Katrina Woznicki grew up in rural upstate New York and now lives in Los Angeles. She has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, and her reporting and essays have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, AFAR, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Week, Catapult, US News & World Report, and AAA's Westways. In 2017, her essay "Alive Among Italy's Dead" written for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel focuses on relationships, landscapes, and climate change. She is currently working on her second novel.

Veronica Mixon


Veronica began storytelling at a young age, somewhere around three when a host of imaginary friends lived in her bedroom closet and encouraged her penchant for spinning tales. A career in marketing, twenty years of world travel, and a large and boisterous southern family supply her with ample material for the suspense novels she loves to write. She lives on the Georgia coast with her husband and her nine-year-old Standard Poodle, Jasper. She is the author of Changing Tides and is currently working on her next novel.

Jackie White

author Jackie White

Jackie White lives in New York’s lower Hudson Valley with her husband, their Mastiff, and their Great Dane. She raised three wonderful daughters and long ago gave up her legal documents for other pursuits. A nature enthusiast, Jackie can be found along the shores of the Hudson River, cycling roadways of New York, or hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont. 

Marc Landas

Author Marc Landas

Marc Landas is the author of Cold War Resistance: Antibiotics and the War Against Communism (University of Nebraska Press, 2020) and The Fallen: A True Story of American POWs and Japanese Wartime Atrocities (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). He was a contributor to an anthology about Queens, New York, The Forgotten Borough (SUNY Press, 2011). His short stories have been published in literary journals such as Crack the Spine, In Stereo, the Commonline Journal, Conclave, Thrice, and the Grey Sparrow Journal.

Marian Dealy


Marian Dealy is a filmmaker and an award winning Ph.D. in Biology. Before doing her thesis at UCSD in molecular genetics, she worked on deciphering the human genome at Human Genome Sciences and as an AIDS researcher at the National Institutes of Health in a Biosafety Level 2/3 lab.

Janet Nolan


Janet Nolan is the author of fiction, nonfiction and historical fiction picture books. Her most recent title, Seven and a Half Tons of Steel, illustrated by New York Times bestselling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez, was on the ILA 2017 Teachers’ Choice Reading list, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and it won many state awards. 

Janet has a BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a master’s in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Janet lives in Oak Park, Illinois. You can visit her at her website

Peter Johnson


 Peter Johnson grew up in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Alabama. He studied English and philosophy at New York University, which somehow qualified him to serve in Peace Corps Paraguay, where he taught beekeeping to rural subsistence farmers. After the Peace Corps, Peter moved to Senegal to compete on the amateur beach wrestling circuit. He has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations and now serves in a leadership capacity at a rescue mission in Naples, Florida. His writing has appeared in literary journals including Dappled Things and Rock & Sling and in a feature-length essay in the April 2017 issue of Christianity Today. He makes his home in Southwest Florida where he and his family enjoy searching for alligators in local swamps.

Pamela Todd

Pamela Todd author

 Pamela Todd is the author of THE BLIND FAITH HOTEL (Simon and Schuster, 2008), a novel about a young girl who is sentenced to community service at a prairie preserve.  THE BLIND FAITH HOTEL was a recipient of the Midwest Booksellers Award, a co-winner of the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, an ALAN pick for December 2008, and was awarded an Illinois Arts Council grant.  Her first novel, PIG AND THE SHRINK (Delacorte 1999) was awarded a grant for contemporary fiction for young people from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  She is a speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, served as a core teaching artist for the Ragdale Foundation, and has taught writing and journaling in a women’s prison.  During her free-time Todd’s passion is gardening with native plants to increase biodiversity. She co-founded a local chapter of Wild Ones, a national organization devoted to increasing populations of birds, bees and butterflies by creating habitat in our own backyards.  

She currently lives and writes in Oak Park, IL. 

Kim Masson

Author Kim Masson

 Kim Masson is a native New Yorker and novelist who writes humorous tales about the Big Apple's quirkiest residents. As an urban pioneer, she's survived tourist seasons and hipster invasions. From her crumbly Brooklyn loft which she shares with her artist husband and tough-as-nails kitty, Masson dishes out New York adventures with a hearty dose of humor and cheeky flavor. 

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Russell Fee


Russell Fee grew up in Washington, D.C. and London. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, he served in the army as an intelligence officer and then became a trial lawyer, litigating civil rights and civil liberties cases in state and federal court, before becoming a teacher. In their inimitable ways, these careers inspired his thriller, mystery, and book of poetry. He and his wife now live in the Midwest, which they both love. Also, they are dual citizens of the United States and Ireland. He is currently working on the second book in the Sheriff Matt Callahan Mystery Series with characters who seem to appear on the page and keep him awake at night wondering what kind of trouble they're going to get into next.

David Parrish


David Key Parrish is a semi-retired technical writer and first-time author of the non-fiction book, Losing Jon   coming out in Spring 2020 from Kensington. After growing up in a blue-collar family near Durham, North Carolina, attending college, marrying his Ohio-raised wife, and following a public health job to Jackson, Mississippi, he switched careers and moved with his wife and sons to Maryland, halfway between their Ohio and North Carolina families. Three or more days a week he commutes - usually top-down in his aging green Mustang convertible - the short distance to his network security writing job. The rest of the week he does chores, plays golf, occasionally fishes a local reservoir, and meanders through county backroads on his Mustang-matching-green, retro Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.