Friel Black grew up in Canada, listening to her grandfather read Beowulf and the Brothers Grimm during the deep dark winters. She studied literature and music in university. She lives in a little old house with her family, writing ghost stories into the wee hours of the morning. When she isn’t writing or corralling littles, she enjoys playing the cello and consuming unhealthy amounts of coffee
Jon Bond is one of the advertising and marketing industry’s most recognized thought leaders and entrepreneurs. He has developed several significant companies and marketing concepts over his 30-year career. Bond co-authored “Under the Radar,” which has been published in 5 languages. He is a keynote speaker and has lectured at Harvard Business School, Columbia, NYU, The University of Texas and his alma mater, Washington University (St. Louis). Bond has appeared on CNN, 20/20, CNBC, 20/20, Barbara Walters, Deborah Norville and Piers Morgan, and in 2010 was voted number 4 in Adweek’s “Executive of the Decade” poll.
Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian living in the Deep South, where she traded “eh” for “y’all.” An author of long, short, and flash fiction for both children and adults, she has won several awards including those sponsored by the University of Toronto, RWA, Bethlehem Writer’s Roundtable, and Women Who Write. You can find her work in print anthologies, magazines, ezines, and ebooks. She leads workshops at Lawson Writer’s Academy, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, including her popular Sizzling, Scintillating Synopsis, Potent Pitches and Brilliant Blurbs, Revision Boot Camp and Margie Lawson’s Big Three classes.
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 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.
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.
Melissa Yap-Stewart is an award-winning children’s book author and acclaimed script supervisor of numerous movies and television shows filmed in New York. She hails from a small seaside town in West Malaysia and graduated with honors from Columbia University. When she’s not writing or working on set, she can be found having a cuppa at her favorite teashop or hiking the magnificent trails in the Hudson Valley.
Meagan Church is a writer, wordsmith and storyteller by trade. She has a degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Indiana University, and works as a freelance writer/storyteller for brands, blogs and organizations. A Midwesterner by birth, she now lives in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart, three children and a plethora of pets. To learn more about her writing, visit www.MeaganChurch.com, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter @mchurchwriter.
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 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 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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