Ann Marie Ackermann is a former American attorney with focuses on criminal and medical law. She now lives in the German town in which the assassination occured. Her intimate knowledge of Germany enabled her to bring the German and American sides of this story together.
Susan Amond Todd was born and raised in Neenah, WI and currently lives with her family in North Carolina. White Lake is her first novel combining her love of Wisconsin with that of the south; her second book,Return Home will continue the story of White Lake.
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. She is also the author of Forge, Wintergirls, Twisted, Prom, and many other titles.
Abayomi Animashaun is the author of two poetry collections and editor of two anthologies. A recipient of the Hudson Prize and a grant from the International Center for Writing and Translation, Animashaun teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Raised by therapists; married to a defense attorney, Laura Jean Baker writes where mental health, crime, and family intersect. Her memoir, The Motherhood Affidavits, was released in April 2018. She continues to teach in the English Department as well as in Women’s and Gender Studies and the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Callie Bates is a writer, harpist and certified harp therapist, sometimes artist, and nature nerd. When she’s not creating, she’s hitting the trails or streets and exploring new places. She lives in the Upper Midwest. THE WAKING LAND is her debut fantasy novel.
Robert A. Birmingham is the author of Spirits of Earth: The Effigy Mound Landscape of Madison and the Four Lakes and the coauthor of Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town. Now retired, he served as the state archaeologist of Wisconsin for many years and taught Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin Waukesha. He received the Increase Lapham Research Medal from the Wisconsin Archeological Society
Emily Bleeker is a former educator who learned to love writing while teaching a writer’s workshop. After surviving a battle with a rare form of cancer, she finally found the courage to share her stories, starting with her debut novel, Wreckage, followed by the Wall Street Journal bestseller When I’m Gone. Emily currently lives with her family in suburban Chicago. Connect with her or request a Skype visit with your book club at www.emilybleeker.com.
Kathy Buchen Beson is the author of eight novels in the Rhiannon Nolan cozy mystery series. She holds a degree in education and a Master's in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked for many years as a librarian near her home town of Appleton, Wisconsin.
James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters. He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic, and many other magazines and newspapers. His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by Amazon in 2004 as the #1 Outdoor title of the Year.
Roberta Capasso is one of ten siblings born to an Oneida mother and European-American father. Growing up in Milwaukee and Lac du Flambeau, she received her BS in Elementary Education from UW-Milwaukee. She is a devoted wife and mother of two grown sons. Boston Marathon finisher and operatic singer, Roberta’s research into her Indigenous Oneida Tribe continues today.
Originally from Ohio where her Amish thrillers are set, Linda Castillo knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer--and penned her first novel at the age of thirteen. She's published thirty books for three New York publishing houses and won numerous industry awards, including a nomination by the International Thriller Writers for Best Hardcover, the Golden Heart, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a nomination for the prestigious Rita.
The 2011 exotic zoo outbreak in Ohio – where scores of lions, panthers, and tigers ran loose around the county – inspired Crystal Chan’s most recent novel, All That I Can Fix. She loves talking about diversity and other important things in person, online, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. Her debut novel, Bird, was published in nine countries.
Bruce Chudacoff was born and raised in Appleton and practiced law here for over 45 years. He is currently retired and resides in Glenview, Illinois, and Palm Island, Florida, with his wife, Nancy, of almost 50 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is a first time author.
Born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin, Louis V. Clark III (Two Shoes) turned to poetry to continue the oral tradition of his people, the People of the Standing Stone. He and his wife live in Omro, Wisconsin, where their home is filled with love.
Tricia is professor of communication at UW-Rock County. Her debut novel, The Haunted House Project, published in 2016 by Sky Pony Press. She also co-edited Gendered Identities: Critical Readings of Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, in 2016 by Routledge.
Matt Cook is the author of four books of poetry: In the Small of My Backyard, Eavesdrop Soup, The Unreasonable Slug, and most recently, Proving Nothing to Anyone from Publishing Genius Press.
Lynne Diebel grew up in Minnesota and now lives with her husband Bob in Wisconsin, where they raised their four children. Her many books are centered on the natural worlds of Wisconsin and Minnesota. She and Bob paddled almost 3,000 miles together researching their two guidebooks to Minnesota’s rivers.
Judy DuCharme is a retired fifth-grade teacher and ridiculous Packer fan from Door County, Wisconsin. She and her husband have two children and are expecting their first grandchild this summer. Judy has authored six books and writes for Guideposts Magazine. Her passion is to write that others may be strong in the Lord.
Michael Edmonds is a writer and public historian living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writings on history and nature explore ways that ideas have moved through time and space in oral, printed, and digital forms. He’s also Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
De’Shawn L. Ewing, a poet and spoken word performer. He has represented Milwaukee in both regional and national poetry slams. He has taught writing and expression workshops. He has also appeared on artist panels to discuss poetry. He has been known to “transfix with a deliberate, yet rhythmically pleasing delivery”.
Ron Faiola is an author, photographer and filmmaker, with three documentaries on PBS including Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience and two books on supper clubs including his latest, Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, released on Agate Publishing’s Midway imprint in May, 2016.
Brenda Felber is author of the Pameroy Mystery Series for middle-grade readers. She loves a good road trip and will take readers along with imagineer Lillia Pameroy to all fifty states by the end of the series! In each story Brenda takes threads of local history and twists of paranormal to weave a mystery that encourages curiosity in young readers.
Jim Feldman is a Professor of History and the Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
PJ Fiala has toyed with many careers in her life, looking for that perfect fit. Finally, when her love for writing took root, a match was made. An avid biker, she plots most of her stories while riding and enjoying new adventures with her husband. Creating stories filled with steamy passion and suspense, and always ending with a happily ever after, 'cause who doesn’t love that?
Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
Neal Griffin is a veteran cop and graduate of the FBI National Academy. His debut novel, BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT, was an L.A. Times Bestseller.
His latest novel, BY HIS OWN HAND, features the return of Detective Tia Suarez who Tess Gerritsen called, “brash, persistent and smart as a whip.”
Jim Guhl grew up in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin in the 1960s and '70s and now lives in Hudson, Wisconsin. He is a writer and visual artist, retired from a career in engineering.
Dasha Kelly is a nationally-respected writer, artist and creative consultant. She has delivered her uniquely engaging sessions to college campuses, corporate teams, churches, correctional institutions, arts groups, class rooms in every K-12 grade, elderly recreational programs and non-profit organizations.
Duachaka Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.F.A. in Entertainment Design and concentration in Comics and Sequential Art. She resides in central Wisconsin with her husband and son and enjoys reading and watching movies in her spare time.
Joseph Heywood grew up an Air Force brat, graduated from Rudyard High School in 1961, and from Michigan State in 1965 with a degree in journalism. He served as USAF instructor navigator, and he is a Vietnam vet. Heywood is the author of 18 novels, two short story collections, and a memoir. The author lives seven months in the UP and patrols 30 days yearly with Michigan COs.
Michael Hittle taught Russian history at Lawrence University from 1966 to 2001. His love of fishing led him in 1972 to the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, where his family purchased land and built a cabin. He served on the board of the flowage property owner’s association and is an editor of its newsletter.
B.J. Hollars is the author of several books, most recently, The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders.An associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he lives a simple existence with his wife, their children, and their dog.
Heather is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker spending much of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. She is the author of, Pollinators of Native Plants and most recently,Bees, recipient of five book awards. Heather currently lives in Minnesota with her husband.
Victoria Houston: A Biographical Sketch
She is the author of DEAD SPIDER, the seventeenth book in her Loon Lake Mystery Series, which has been featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and on NPR. You can see the features on her website: www.victoriahouston.com.
Karla Huston, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2017-2018), is the author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013), winner of a Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement Award. She has published 8 books including Grief Bone, recently from Five-Oaks Press.
During his career, he’s won many awards, broken many big stories, covered many big games, appeared on many big networks and shows, and penned many profiles on high-profile athletes. After moving back to the Twin Cities, Sean hatched the concept for a book series that partnered with famous athletes to tell their inspirational childhood stories. So far Sean has written 4 books in the Middle School Rules series with a 5th on the way.
Lesley Kagen is an actress, sought-after speaker, audio book narrator, and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of nine novels. Her work has been translated into five languages. A mother of two, a grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in a small town in Wisconsin.
Keiko was born in Japan. She started her career as a graphic designer but soon her interests moved to children’s books. Her first book was published in Tokyo in 1981. She has published 22 books, of which G. P. Putnam published 16 and Japanese publishers published 6.
Catherine Kautsky is Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence Conservatory. She has played and taught on six continents and spent two sabbaticals in Paris, where her book was born. Ms, Kautsky has won the Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award and holds a named professorship. She performs frequently locally and across the country.
Kathrin Köhler is a writer interested in intersectionality, the interstitial, and ideas interdisciplinary. They are most comfortable writing in places 'between.' Their work tends to explore the internalization of social power structures, what it means to belong and to be accepted, and how people conceive of and interact with nature.
Steve Krueger is an accomplished historian who specializes in bringing to life the obscure and forgotten facts and events of local history. He was born and raised in Menasha, Wisconsin where he still resides with his wife and children. Steve immerses himself in the subjects he studies and spends countless hours exploring, researching, and preserving local historic relics in order to present tangible artifacts alongside the stories.
Sharon Lamers was born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1944. Moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 1967, she earned two Montessori certifications in Primary Childhood Development/Education and taught preschool for thirty years. Sharon retired and moved back to Wisconsin in 1999 with her husband. They live in New London with three cats.
An avid reader since childhood, Appleton resident Amanda Lauer is the author of the Heaven Intended Civil War trilogy. A World Such as Heaven Intended is a No. 1 best seller and is under contract with an LA studio to bring this compelling and entertaining story to the big screen.
Lori is the author of the Gates of Thread and Stone series. She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and an excitable shih-tzu.
James Lowder’s publications include the bestselling, widely translated dark fantasy novels, as well short fiction, comic book scripts, film reviews, and critical essays. On the other side of the publisher’s desk, he serves as executive editor for Chaosium’s fiction line. He has edited more than a dozen critically acclaimed anthologies.
A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.
Carol Mainville Van Boxtel, a Kaukauna native, is a historian and genealogist. Her eleven books are concerned with the rich history of the City of Kaukauna and the citizens who helped develop the city. Carol received the 2017 Lillian Mackesy Historian of the Year Award for three of her books.
All of her life Jean Long Manteufel has called Appleton home. She is the owner of A-1 Moving & Storage, as well as Long’s Senior Transitions. Her joys are family and volunteering.
For seven years, Manteufel has been writing a column for the Post Crescent; entitled Transitions. She helps seniors through life’s transitions.
Adrian R. Martin is a 1962 graduate of St. Mary Catholic School. He has a Bachelor of Science from UW-Oshkosh and a Master of Science from UW-Stevens Point. Martin is the author of five books. He taught English and coached high school athletics for 32 years.
Jay Matz was born and raised in Northeastern Wisconsin – living in Kewaunee, Two Rivers, and Menasha. Fond memories of that time inspired him to create Nicholas Northwoods, with hopes of producing a series of children’s books, starting with Nicholas Northwoods: An Ode to the Seasons.
Melanie Radzicki McManus has worked as a radio news reporter, press secretary with the Wisconsin State Legislature and editor of two local publications. Since 1994, she has worked as a freelance writer specializing in travel and fitness. McManus has won three prestigious Lowell Thomas Gold and Grand Awards for travel journalism.
Mel Cieslik Miskimen is an award winning writer. Her book, Sit. Stay. Heal. published by Sourcebooks, was a selection on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day. For a more detailed account of her daily adventures go to www.melmiskimen.com. She is represented by the Kathy Green Literary Agency.
Jack Mitchell was the first employee of NPR, the first producer of All Things Considered, Director of Wisconsin Public Radio, and Professor of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Wisconsin on the Air: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting in the State that Invented It.
After 20 years working in many aspect of the film industry, Writer-Director John Mitchell made the documentary film “Cheeseheads”, a humorously philosophical travel film about love of place. His upcoming works include the children’s book “Dreamerboy”, it’s subsequent sequel “Dreamergirl”, as well as two novels, and the romantic comedy stage play “Lambeau Leap”.
Outdoor adventures are a daily activity for Margaret Murphy who loves hiking, biking, kayaking and kite flying. She also enjoys writing and often merges this love of the outdoors into her stories. With this backdrop, unique characters, surprising romances, and humorous encounters engage and endear her readers.
Carlos is from Silverlake, California. He worked on The Simpsons TV show as a layout artist for three years, then at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as an artist in residence. He currently travels the country presenting art programs at libraries, and he is developing his debut graphic novel L.A. Calavera.
Jerald Podair is professor of history and Robert S. French Professor of American Studies at Lawrence University. He is the recipient of the Allan Nevins Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians for “literary distinction in the writing of history,” and Lawrence University’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.
Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer and typography geek who designed the multi-award-winning font P22 Marcel Script. “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate” recounts Carolyn’s obsessive quest for answers about Marcel Heuzé, the World War II forced laborer whose handwriting inspired the font.
Sarah Read is a dark fiction writer living in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year vol 10. Her debut novel will be out from Journalstone/Trepidatio Publishing in early 2019.
Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a poet and teacher interested in re-story-ation and ethnoautobiography. She is the author of the award-winning poetry book, Marilyn (The Operating System, 2015), and the founder of RestoryNation. She earned a MFA from Naropa University and is currently a PhD student at UW-Milwaukee.
Joseph Rein is the author of the short story collection Roads without Houses (Press 53, 2018). His short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies worldwide. He is also an accomplished screenwriter. He is a native of the Fox Cities, and currently lives in River Falls, Wisconsin.
Corina Rogers is a high school social studies teacher and lives in the only Waunakee in the world with her husband, three teenagers and their British Lab, named Charley. Backwards Dog is her first published children's book. Charley is thankfully not the only Backwards Dog in the world and looks forward to treats and bringing joy to all those he meets.
Connie and Peter Roop have written over 100 children’s books including biographies, novels, humor, picture books, and science books. Seven of their books are Reading Rainbow books, including the Feature Book Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie. Their publishers include Scholastic, National Geographic, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster.
Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943). She is the author and documentary film producer of Chasing Portraits. She has a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College and a master’s degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communications from UC Davis.
I am the author of several novels for young readers including Mudville (2009), Mamba Point (2010), The Tanglewood Terror (2011), The Winter of the Robots (2013), and Rooting for Rafael Rosales (2017). I am also the author of the Topps League series (illustrated by Eric Wight and Ethen Beavers).
Larry Scheckel grew up on a family farm, attended eight years of a one-room country school, military, and started a teaching career that stretched over thirty-eight years teaching physics in Tomah, Wisconsin. Larry and his wife, Ann, are both retired teachers and live in Tomah, Wisconsin. Larry has published four books.
Gavin Schmitt has been called the go-to expert on organized crime in Wisconsin. With books including Milwaukee Mafia and Shallow Grave, he has brought long-classified documents into public view. Interviewed in newspapers, on the radio, and online, Schmitt recently appeared in the documentary Milwaukee Mob.
After a tragic theater accident left Tasha paralyzed from the chest down, Tasha has discovered invaluable lessons that resonate with audiences of all demographics. Since 2007, she has been traveling across the country inspiring and challenging thousands of listeners to overcome and persevere, no matter what life throws at them.
Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing (he’s now EVP, Editorial Development and Content Innovation for Macmillan); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com; and as a journalist, writing for various publications, including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post.
Patricia Skalka is the author of the Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries: Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water. A native Chicagoan, she is a member of The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Society of Midland Authors.
Tanya Solomon was born and raised in Appleton, graduating from Appleton West. Tanya devotes much of her time to retail sales and volunteer work. She has degrees from the University of Michigan and resides in Northbrook, Illinois, with her husband, David, of over 20 years. They have two children.
Beth Spencer began writing poetry at about age eight. An early success was winning first place in a contest “Why I like to Read Good Books” by replacing an essay with a poem inside a cigar box “book.” She has been hooked ever since.
Scott Spoolman is a science writer who has focused on stories of natural science and the environment related to Wisconsin and surrounding states. He grew up in northern Wisconsin, earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, and worked in the publishing industry before becoming a freelance writer.
Karl Stewart, author of four award-winning novels, brings his eclectic background to his work, from the seminary to the Green Berets, from Appalachian forests to bucolic Wisconsin countryside. His latest novel, Up Harvey’s Creek, a boy’s memoir, won an Honorable Mention Award at the 2018 Great Southeast Book Festival.
L.R. Strasburg is an avid storyteller, acting out dramatic stories for children and young adults. He has written plays, skits, and novels with truth in one hand and imagination in the other.
Jeanne Styczinski’s life-long dream was to write/ illustrate picture books. In 2014 she created a small publishing company, JeanneKay Publishing (jeannekaypublishing.com), a website (mrsjeanne.com), promotes writing and illustrating by presenting to elementary schools/libraries and conferences. Her three picture books have won Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.
Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books—Disintegration and Breaker (Penguin Random House Alibi), Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, Staring into the Abyss, Tribulations and The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, and Thriller awards. His over 140 stories in print include Cemetery Dance (twice), PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad (numbers 2-4), and Shivers VI.
Susan Amond Todd has lived in North Carolina for the past 30 plus years but was born and raised in Neenah, WI. She is married with two grown daughters and grandmother to one little boy. Her career has been spent raising her daughters and in banking. As a young person she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry thinking maybe someday she would pursue more. White Lake is her first novel, combining her love of Wisconsin with that of the south. Return Home, her second book, will continue the story of White Lake.
Joan Treppa is a wife, mother, social justice advocate for the wrongfully convicted, and award winning Minnesota author of, Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men. She champions for the release of the six men convicted in the 1992 death of paper mill worker Tom Monfils and has become a strong voice for their families whom she describes as the, collateral damage of wrongful convictions.
Jill Van Den Eng is the author of the young adult novels, Divided Moon (Solstice 2012) and Gangbanger (Solstice 2016). She lives in NE Wisconsin and thrives on the internet. Follow her on Twitter @MoonOverMadison, Instagram: jill.vandeneng, Facebook, and read her children’s book reviews at jillysbookblog.blogspot.com.
Linda Vander Heyden is the author of three picture books, Mr. McGinty's Monarchs, A Horse Named Jack, and Hannah's Tall Order: An Alphabet Sandwich. She is drawn to stories with heart and humor. Linda lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs, three cats, and a horse named Jack!
Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel tale, Blue Bells Chronicles, spent her childhood in Europe, among medieval ruins. Holding a B.A. Music from Lawrence, she worked as a freelance musician, and now runs Gabriel’s Horn Publishing and hosts the radio program Books and Brews with Laura Vosika.
Laura Vosika, author of the acclaimed time travel tale, "Blue Bells Chronicles", spent her childhood in Europe, among medieval ruins. Holding a B.A. Music from Lawrence, she worked as a freelance musician, and now runs Gabriel's Horn Publishing and hosts the radio program "Books and Brews with Laura Vosika".
Christopher Welch resides in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. He’s a freelance reporter and an English instructor at Madison College’s Eastern Region campuses. His short stories have appeared in various small press and professional horror and fantasy publications, and he’s served as a jury member for the Bram Stoker Awards.
Scott Winkler is an author, husband, father, teacher, scholar, and concerned citizen. His 2018 novel,The Meadow(Peregrino Press), is the first of a trilogy exploring the impact of trauma and moral injury on servicemen and their families, friends, communities, and nation. Scott and his family live in rural Wisconsin.
Beth Ann Ziarnik is co-founder of Word & Pen Christian Writers in the Fox Valley and an avid fan of romantic suspense. Her debut novel, Her Deadly Inheritance, earned two major awards—most recently the 2017 Selah Award for First Novel. Its exciting sequel, Her Deadly Reunion, releases November 15.