About the Writers

Co-Author Tess Hardwick

Tess Hardwick is a novelist, playwright, reader, mommy, wife, daughter, sister and friend — the order of which depends on the day. She has a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2000 she wrote her first full-length play, My Lady’s Hand, which subsequently won the 2001 first place prize for new work at the Burien Theatre. Her first novel, Riversong, was published by Booktrope in April 2011 and became the Bestselling Nook Book in October.

Like her main character in Riversong, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon but now lives in western Washington with her husband, two daughters, and puppy. She is currently working on her second and third novels and blogging at www.tesshardwick.com. All of which is possible because of her husband, Dave Hardwick, giver of dreams.

Co-Author Tracey M. Hansen

Tracey M. Hansen is an author and blogger who resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her boyfriend, two American Staffordshire terriers, and a teacup Chihuahua. She attended Florida Gulf Coast University and originally pursued a career in broadcasting. Tracey cannot imagine a world without coffee. She loves to travel and is competitive to a fault.
In the third grade Tracey started writing fiction and poetry but didn’t discover her true writing voice until her late twenties – and hasn’t looked back since. Inspired by her childhood friend, Holly, who decided to give birth to a daughter diagnosed in utero with both Down Syndrome and a major heart defect, Tracey wrote Not a Perfect Mom, which will be published in 2012 by the amazing Booktrope Publishing. Visit Tracey at www.traceyhansen.com.

Contributing Writers

Gordon Bonnet

Gordon Bonnet has been writing with great enthusiasm ever since his first story, Crazy Bird Bends His Beak, won critical acclaim in Mrs. Moore’s first grade class at Central Elementary School in St. Albans, W.Va. His more recent works usually have to do with the realm of the paranormal, although frequent excursions into the world of the past betray his fascination with history.

When he’s not writing, Gordon can be most often found teaching high school biology or playing the flute in contra-dance bands in and around Ithaca, N.Y.  He also plays the bagpipes (but would prefer if you’d keep that hush-hush).

Galit Breen

Once upon a time, Galit Breen was a TRAVELER. She met amazing people and ate delicious food. All was well with her world. Then she started her real life. She became a STUDENT, earning a B.S. in human development and an M.A. in education. She became a classroom and reading TEACHER. She met a man on the Internet (when it was still gasp-worthy and new) and became his WIFE. Shortly after that, she became a MINNESOTAN. (He still owes her one for that.) But the biggest earthquake shake to Galit’s soul was becoming a MOM. The interrupted sleep, the crying, the diapers. But there was also the attachment, the touch, the bungee cords to her heart. Today her labels are woven together. Tightly. A wife of one! A mama of three! And a brand-new puggle owner! To keep her grounded and to offset the lack of sleep, Galit writes. An accomplished essayist, she has work scheduled for publication in forthcoming anthologies about motherhood, marriage and faith. Galit is currently writing her first novel and blogs at TheseLittleWaves.com.

F. Jo Bruce

Once upon a time, F. Jo’s first-grade teacher instilled in her a love of phonics, words and reading. Her fifth-grade teacher was the first to comment on F. Jo’s love of creating the written word, followed later by acknowledgements from her eighth-grade teacher and a pair of English instructors in high school. Decades after being in her class, F. Jo encountered her eighth-grade teacher, who asked F. Jo if she was still writing. She replied, “I was, I am, I do.”

Drawing not only from her own personal life experiences but also from those of anyone willing to share, F. Jo’s chosen genre is short stories and memoirs. Her dad was a storyteller, and F. Jo absorbed his tales. Harboring his stories and those of which she has personal knowledge, she remembers and treasures the tales of her past. There are whole books in her brain, but the short story light shines brightest at this time in her life.

F. Jo and her husband live in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains on their 5-acre “homestead” with three dogs. Returning to the basics of living, they live in a one-room cabin with solar power, a composting toilet and no running water (yet). It’s hard work, and sometimes overwhelming, but F. Jo finds the rewards make it all worthwhile. The work never ends; every day brings something new. She describes their lives as simplistic but comfortable and satisfying.

A passion for natural healing keeps F. Jo busy learning and studying about the uses of herbs and plants. An herbalist is just one of the things she would like to be when she “grows up.” Written words are F. Jo’s friends; through them she finds expression, comfort, joy, fodder and a way to give to others. For them and what they bring, she is forever thankful and blessed.

Derek Flynn

Derek Flynn is an Irish musician and writer who resides in Waterford, Ireland. Derek’s work has been published in The Irish Times, and he was also first runner-up for the 2011 J. G. Farrell Award for Best Novel-In-Progress. His writing/music blog, titled “Rant, with Occasional Music,” can be found at derekflynn.wordpress.com. You can find and follow Derek on Twitter at twitter.com/ – !/derekf03.

Jesse James Freeman

Jesse James Freeman’s first novel, Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird, was released by Booktrope in December of 2011. Under normal circumstances, he writes about skateboards, devil birds, time zombies, emotionally unavailable vampires and Jimmy Hoffa. He’s also studied psychology and film and scripted comics. Jesse James lives on a Texas ranch that is haunted by the ghost of LBJ; he is currently writing a Billy Purgatory sequel. When he’s not writing books, Jesse James trains falcons to kill leprechaun robots and will continue to do so until the world is relatively safe.

Laura Kilmartin

Laura Kilmartin is an attorney who lives in southern Maine and spends her spare time traveling and writing. Laura’s contributions to this anthology represent her first professionally published work, but she is shopping for a publisher for her debut novel, Next Year I’ll be Perfect, in hopes that it will not be her last!

If you liked Laura’s essays and want to read more from her view of the world, please visit laurakilmartin.wordpress.com or follow her (elsiekay17) on Twitter.

Marni Mann

A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann, is now a Floridian who finds inspiration in the sandy beaches and hot-pink sunsets of Sarasota. A writer of literary fiction, she taps a mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark, harrowing and gritty journey. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, she’s scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading or walking her four-legged children. Her debut novel, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales, was released in December 2011.

Karla J. Nellenbach

When she’s not writing, Karla Nellenbach enjoys taking a beat-down from that evil invention commonly known as the treadmill, drooling over Sam & Dean Winchester and losing herself in a really good book.

Owned by one very ancient, very fat cat (whose purr machine is in serious need of a muffler) and two rather large, scary-looking dogs (who are afraid of their own shadows — not to mention the neighbor’s Yorkie), Karla resides in the land of eternal sunshine that she affectionately refers to as the Seventh Circle of Hell, which can actually be a lovely place to visit from time to time — as long as you remember to bring sunblock.

Karla blogs at karlanellenbach-lastword.blogspot.com and tweets via @LastWord0524.

Terry Persun

Terry Persun has been writing and publishing for more than 25 years. He has published six novels in a variety of genres, including science fiction, mainstream, historical and literary. His work has won the Star of Washington Award, the POW Award for Best Fiction and was a runner-up for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award. His novels have been published through small, independent publishers for years.

Also a poet, Terry has published two full-length poetry collections and six poetry chapbooks. His short stories and poems have appeared in the Wisconsin Review, Oracle, Yarrow, Riverrun, NEBO, Oyez Review, Starsong, Hiram Poetry Review, Owen Wister Review, Late Knocking, Kansas Quarterly, Rag Mag, Main Street Rag and many others.

Terry owns and operates a PR/advertising agency for high-tech companies. His technical articles are published monthly in national and international trade journals. Additionally, Terry and his business partner, Bruce Wiebusch, publish a trade magazine, Entertainment Engineering, about the technologies used behind the scenes of movies, theme parks, concerts, etc.

You can find Terry online at www.TerryPersun.com as well as on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Laura Tiberio

Laura lives in North Seattle, Wash., with her home-remodel-happy husband, three energetic children and one very old cat. Laura has worked in a variety of professions, ranging from movie theatre management to medical clinics. She currently teaches childbirth and family education in the Ballard area. In her spare time, Laura enjoys camping and exploring the great outdoors with her family, reading both adult and children’s fiction, dinner parties where adults drink wine and kids run amok, and belly dancing.

Laura has been writing a diary/memoir of her life and family for the last few years and has attended several writing courses and workshops. In addition to her introspective writings, she is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and earned one of 20 “Most Promising Works in Progress” awards at the 2011 SCBWI Western Washington Regional Conference. Laura is currently working on a variety of middle-grade novels and the occasional picture book.

Laura Zera

Laura Zera has lived and worked in Canada, South Africa and Cameroon; she now makes her home in Seattle, Wash., where she is currently working on her second book, a memoir about being raised by a schizophrenic mother. Laura’s first book (written as Laura Enridge), 2004’s Tro-tros and Potholes, chronicles her solo adventures through five countries of West Africa. Follow her on Twitter @laurazera and visit her blog at laurazera.com.



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