Ohio Author Profiles

Ohio has a rich literary heritage as well as some wonderful contemporary authors. Learn more about them here! You can sort by various categories and see who has participated in our annual book festival by using the category search on the left, or search by keyword (including partial author names) by using the search field on the right.

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Mary Beth Earnheardt

M.B. Earnheardt lives in Youngstown, Ohio, transplanted from her childhood home in Mahaffey, PA, where she grew up on a small farm, surrounded by trees and books. Although she has written a smattering of academic articles and news stories, Switch-A-Wish is her first work of fiction. When she’s not writing, Earnheardt directs the Anderson Program in Journalism at Youngstown State University, and teaches journalism courses in media law and news reporting.…Read More

M.B. Earnheardt lives in Youngstown, Ohio, transplanted from her childhood home in Mahaffey, PA, where she grew up on a small farm, surrounded by trees and books. Although she has written a smattering of academic articles and news stories, Switch-A-Wish is her first work of fiction.

When she’s not writing, Earnheardt directs the Anderson Program in Journalism at Youngstown State University, and teaches journalism courses in media law and news reporting. She advises the student newspaper, preparing the next generation of great storytellers. When she’s not teaching, she helps her husband, Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt, raise their four lab experiments (re: kids) in a Petri dish they call “home.”

Earnheardt earned a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University, a M.S. degree in communication, B.S. in communication, and a B.A. in political science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Her blog is available at mbearnheardt.com.

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Jeffrey Ebbeler

Jeff Ebbeler has been creating art for children for almost twenty years and has illustrated over 50 picture books. He has given many lectures and demonstrations in grade-schools, colleges, and museums about the process of bringing words to life through pictures. Jeffrey and his family currently live in Cincinnati.Read More

Jeff Ebbeler has been creating art for children for almost twenty years and has illustrated over 50 picture books. He has given many lectures and demonstrations in grade-schools, colleges, and museums about the process of bringing words to life through pictures. Jeffrey and his family currently live in Cincinnati.

D. Rose Eder

D. Rose Elder teaches ethnomusicology and humanities at Ohio State-ATI, Wooster OH. Growing up in Shaker Heights, the experience of meeting real Shakers as well as members of other surrounding religious communities resulted in her lifelong interest in how a religion influences the daily lives of its practitioners. Her current research is based in Ghana, West Africa, where she annually leads an Ohio State-ATI study abroad tour.…Read More

D. Rose Elder teaches ethnomusicology and humanities at Ohio State-ATI, Wooster OH. Growing up in Shaker Heights, the experience of meeting real Shakers as well as members of other surrounding religious communities resulted in her lifelong interest in how a religion influences the daily lives of its practitioners. Her current research is based in Ghana, West Africa, where she annually leads an Ohio State-ATI study abroad tour. Her spouse Peter teaches at Kenyon College and her three wonderful children live and work in Columbus and Wooster.

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Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards is an advertising creative director and copywriter. He studied communications and film history at The University of Pennsylvania, and has attended many industry events, including The Cannes Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and The Cleveland International Film Festival. He has an extensive collection of cinema collectibles and memorabilia, which began when he entered the movie business at age eleven changing marquees, selling popcorn and sweeping aisles at a small neighborhood theatre managed by his father in upstate New York.Read More

Scott Edwards is an advertising creative director and copywriter. He studied communications and film history at The University of Pennsylvania, and has attended many industry events, including The Cannes Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and The Cleveland International Film Festival. He has an extensive collection of cinema collectibles and memorabilia, which began when he entered the movie business at age eleven changing marquees, selling popcorn and sweeping aisles at a small neighborhood theatre managed by his father in upstate New York.

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Kathy S. Elasky

Kathy S. Elasky is a retired teacher/counselor from Southeast Ohio. She lives on a small farm with her husband, three dogs, one cat, several squirrels and the occasional raccoon or possum. She loves her family, church activities, nature, reading, crafting of all sorts and, of course, writing.Read More

Kathy S. Elasky is a retired teacher/counselor from Southeast Ohio. She lives on a small farm with her husband, three dogs, one cat, several squirrels and the occasional raccoon or possum. She loves her family, church activities, nature, reading, crafting of all sorts and, of course, writing.

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Nathan Elias

Nathan Elias grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of The Reincarnations: Stories and the forthcoming novel Coil Quake Rift (Montag Press, 2020/21). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, his writing has been nominated for the Puschart Prize and Best Microfiction, and he was a finalist of The Saturday Evening Post 2020 Great American Fiction Contest.…Read More

Nathan Elias grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of The Reincarnations: Stories and the forthcoming novel Coil Quake Rift (Montag Press, 2020/21). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, his writing has been nominated for the Puschart Prize and Best Microfiction, and he was a finalist of The Saturday Evening Post 2020 Great American Fiction Contest. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in publications such as PANK, Entropy, Hobart, Pithead Chapel, and Barnstorm. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and rescue dog.

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Mary Ellis

Mary Ellis is a former schoolteacher turned USA Today bestselling author who’s written twenty-six novels including Amish fiction, historical romance, and suspense. Her first mystery, Midnight on the Mississippi, was a finalist for the RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. Her latest series is the Bourbon Tour Mysteries from Severn House.…Read More

Mary Ellis is a former schoolteacher turned USA Today bestselling author who’s written twenty-six novels including Amish fiction, historical romance, and suspense. Her first mystery, Midnight on the Mississippi, was a finalist for the RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. Her latest series is the Bourbon Tour Mysteries from Severn House. Book two, One Hundred Proof Murder released August 3, 2021. Her latest Amish novella is Missing available on Amazon Kindle. She enjoys gardening and bicycling and lives in Ohio with her husband and dog. http://www.maryellis.net or http://www.facebook.com/Mary.Ellis.Author

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Alex Erickson

Alex Erickson has always wanted to write, even at a young, impressionable age. He’s always had an interest in the motive behind murder, which has led him down his current path. He’s always ready with a witty—at least in his opinion—quip, and tries to keep every conversation light and friendly. Alex lives in Ohio with his family and resident felines, who provide endless amounts of inspiration.…Read More

Alex Erickson has always wanted to write, even at a young, impressionable age. He’s always had an interest in the motive behind murder, which has led him down his current path. He’s always ready with a witty—at least in his opinion—quip, and tries to keep every conversation light and friendly. Alex lives in Ohio with his family and resident felines, who provide endless amounts of inspiration. He can be found online at alexericksonbooks.com/

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Terry W. Ervin II

Terry W. Ervin II is an English teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His science fiction novels include Relic Tech and Relic Hunted (Crax War Chronicles), and Thunder Wells, a post-apocalyptic alien invasion novel. Genre Shotgun is Terry’s short story collection.…Read More

Terry W. Ervin II is an English teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His science fiction novels include Relic Tech and Relic Hunted (Crax War Chronicles), and Thunder Wells, a post-apocalyptic alien invasion novel. Genre Shotgun is Terry’s short story collection. It includes SF, mystery, horror/suspense and inspirational tales.

 

Terry’s post-apocalyptic fantasy series, First Civilization’s Legacy, includes Flank Hawk, Blood Sword and Soul Forge. His newest series (Fantasy/LitRPG) Monsters, Maces and Magic includes Outpost, and Betrayal.

 

He is currently working on Relic Shield, the third novel in the Crax War Chronicles and Guild, the third installment in the Monsters, Maces and Magic series.

 

To contact Terry or to learn more about his writing endeavors, visit his website at http://www.ervin-author.com.

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Harmony Evans

Harmony Evans lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a single mom to a beautiful daughter who makes her grateful for life daily. Evans is an award-winning author for Harlequin Kimani Romance, the leading publisher of African-American romance. Evans was a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards Double-Finalist (“First Series Romance” and “Kimani Romance”), and was the recipient of the 2013 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for “Debut Author of the Year.” She is a member of Romance Writers of America.…Read More

Harmony Evans lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a single mom to a beautiful daughter who makes her grateful for life daily. Evans is an award-winning author for Harlequin Kimani Romance, the leading publisher of African-American romance. Evans was a 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards Double-Finalist (“First Series Romance” and “Kimani Romance”), and was the recipient of the 2013 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for “Debut Author of the Year.” She is a member of Romance Writers of America. See more at http://www.harmonyevans.com/

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