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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Timothy R. Gaffney
Timothy R. Gaffney is a writer and author who was born in Dayton in 1951 and has lived in the region most of his life. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus in 1974, he worked for the Piqua Daily Call, the Kettering-Oakwood Times and the Dayton Daily News, where he was the aerospace and defense writer for 21 years until his retirement in 2006. He is the author of 15 books about aviation, space, exploration and science, mainly for children and young adults. He is director of communications for the nonprofit National Aviation Heritage Alliance and a volunteer trustee of the United States Air and Trade Show Inc. and Wright B. Flyer Inc. His interests include aviation, photography, bicycling and hiking. He lives in Miamisburg, Ohio with his wife Jean. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.
Janice Gary is the recipient of the Christine White Award for Memoir/Personal Essay and the Ames Award for Essay and is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Literal Latte, Kaleidoscope, The Baltimore Review, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Potomac Review, and Women Speak Out, an anthology from The Crossing Press.…Read More
Janice Gary is the recipient of the Christine White Award for Memoir/Personal Essay and the Ames Award for Essay and is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Literal Latte, Kaleidoscope, The Baltimore Review, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Potomac Review, and Women Speak Out, an anthology from The Crossing Press. She leads writing workshops throughout the U.S., including “Writing the Memoir You’ve Been Dreaming About” at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York City. Her book, Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, was released by Michigan State University Press in 2013. For information, visit her website at http://www.janicegary.com.
Paul L. Gaus
P.L. Gaus was born in Athens, Ohio and has lived in Ohio for most of his life. In 1999 he published Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery (Ohio Univ. Press, 1999), the first of a series of mysteries set among the Amish in Holmes County, Ohio. The Names of Our Tears, Gaus’ first book for Plume, was published in 2013. Gaus’ extensive knowledge of the culture and lifestyle of the Ohio Amish comes from over thirty-five years of travel throughout Holmes County and the surrounding area, which is home to the world’s largest Amish and Mennonite population. He lectures widely about Amish culture at libraries, bookstores, and literary societies. His novels have been reviewed in prominent journals and newspapers including Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Ohioana Quarterly, and the New York Times Book Review. Visit Paul at http://www.plgaus.com/.