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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KaraLynne Mackrory

Award winning author KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of thirteen when she wrote her first set of bad poems. Angsty, emotional, and filled with teenage drama, they were unbelievable disasters. Such contributions to the literary world were so terrible that today they are kept behind lock and key to protect others from their awfulness.…Read More

Award winning author KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of thirteen when she wrote her first set of bad poems. Angsty, emotional, and filled with teenage drama, they were unbelievable disasters. Such contributions to the literary world were so terrible that today they are kept behind lock and key to protect others from their awfulness. As a young adult she steered clear of soap opera-inspired works and achieved a degree in social work. It was not until her late twenties that she returned to her roots in writing. Since then she has published four Jane Austen-inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a toothache and a grin and hopefully a few contented sighs. Her book Haunting Mr. Darcy won a 2015 IPPY Bronze Medal in the category of Romance. Visit her online at karalynnemackrory.merytonpress.com.

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Donna MacMeans

Award winning author Donna MacMeans made a wrong turn many years ago when she majored in Accounting at Ohio State University. What the heck was she thinking? Balancing books just can’t compete with crafting plots and inventing memorable characters. While still a licensed CPA in Ohio with an active tax practice, she also writes witty and seductive Victorian historicals and the occasional time-travel.…Read More

Award winning author Donna MacMeans made a wrong turn many years ago when she majored in Accounting at Ohio State University. What the heck was she thinking? Balancing books just can’t compete with crafting plots and inventing memorable characters. While still a licensed CPA in Ohio with an active tax practice, she also writes witty and seductive Victorian historicals and the occasional time-travel.

MacMeans’s books have won numerous awards including the Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America (RWA), and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Historical Love & Laughter. Her books consistently receive high praise and glowing reviews and have been published in Japanese, Deutsch, Turkish and Norwegian. Her debut novel was even turned into a manga graphic novel. Who would have imagined that! She’s published six historicals with the Berkley imprint of Penguin Books, a romantic suspense with Samhain Publishing and a rollicking reverse time-travel via independent publishing. A French charm teacher from 1853 suddenly lands in modern day New Orleans in Charming the Professor. It’s a long way from debits and credits.

But maybe not that far…she’s also the current Treasurer for RWA, the recipient of a 2013 RWA service award and the 2014 Pro mentor award. She’s taught Taxes for Writers at RWA University, at the national convention, and at numerous chapters across the country and Plotting workshops for the Nora Roberts Writing Institute. When not at her keyboard, Donna enjoys painting, traveling, and creating luscious alcoholic desserts. An avid reader, she uses the analytical skills learned as an accountant to analyze novels in an effort to constantly improve her own craft – and then teaches those skills in workshops around the country. You can find her blogging with the popular blog group, Romance Bandits. A resident of Columbus, Ohio, she lives with her husband of forty+ years, a daughter who does all the cooking, and a shy vampire-cat with a taste for ankles. It’s never a dull day in the MacMeans household. Please contact her at DonnaMacMeans.com

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Erica Magnus

A first generation American, Erica Magnus grew up in rural Connecticut’s natural beauty, delighting in her three freedoms; exploring nature’s wonders barefoot whenever possible, fulfilling her deep love for drawing in color or with sticks in the dirt if that was all at hand, and satisfying her endless passion for stories. Her Norwegian family kept their European culture and values their cornerstone through good times and bad.…Read More

A first generation American, Erica Magnus grew up in rural Connecticut’s natural beauty, delighting in her three freedoms; exploring nature’s wonders barefoot whenever possible, fulfilling her deep love for drawing in color or with sticks in the dirt if that was all at hand, and satisfying her endless passion for stories. Her Norwegian family kept their European culture and values their cornerstone through good times and bad. For them, creative expression was assumed and expected. ! Later, these forces all came together when Erica began her career in publishing. Picture books proved a good home for her wide range of freelance art skills as author and illustrator, and illustrator for others, for over 22 years. She continued to write and illustrate them until her passions for stories drew her to film as storyboard, concept, and creature design artist. Moving to LA to work and live led to exciting creative collaborations in television. She also applied these skills to graphic novel development projects for professional writers. ! Teaching art classes throughout her career continues, providing many opportunities to contribute what she has learned. But most of all, Erica is happy to return to Athens County, Ohio, where she lives again near family and grandchildren, good neighbors and old friends. Her journey brought her back to publishing too. Now her three freedoms bring daily delights once again and a new old way to share them.

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Amit Majmudar

Amit Majmudar is a diagnostic nuclear radiologist in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, twin sons, and daughter. He is also an acclaimed poet, essayist, and novelist. Majmudar’s poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Granta, New York Review of Books, and Best American Poetry.…

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Amit Majmudar is a diagnostic nuclear radiologist in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, twin sons, and daughter. He is also an acclaimed poet, essayist, and novelist. Majmudar’s poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Granta, New York Review of Books, and Best American Poetry. His poetry collections include: 0°0° (2009) and Heaven and Earth (2011) which received the Donald Justice Prize. His first novel, Partitions (Metropolitan Books, 2011), received featured reviews in the Wall Street Journal and on the National Public Radio program “All Things Considered.” Visit him at http://www.amitmajmudar.com/.

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Dr. Peter Mansoor

Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq.…

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Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), is the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University. He assumed this position in September 2008 after a 26-year career in the U.S. Army that culminated in his service as the executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq. A 1982 distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy, Col. Mansoor served in a variety of command and staff positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during his military career. Dr. Mansoor holds a Masters and Ph.D. in military history from The Ohio State University, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy. He is the author of The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945, winner of the Society for Military History distinguished book award and the Army Historical Society distinguished book award in 2000; and Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander’s War in Iraq, winner of the Ohioana Library Association nonfiction book of the year award in 2009. His most recent work is Surge, a finalist for the inaugural Guggenheim-Lehrman Military History Prize.

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Jacqueline Marino

Jacqueline Marino teaches feature writing and other courses in the magazine sequence at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her nonfiction stories and essays have appeared in many publications including Cleveland Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction.Read More

Jacqueline Marino teaches feature writing and other courses in the magazine sequence at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her nonfiction stories and essays have appeared in many publications including Cleveland Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction.

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Sieglinde Martin

Sieglinde Martin was born 1940 at the beginning of World War II in Langenfeld/Rheinland, Germany. She completed her primary and secondary education in post-war Germany. In 1964 she came to the U.S. for a post-graduate traineeship in physical therapy. After meeting and marrying her husband Gerhard E. Martin, a neurologist from Danzig (now Gdansk), they made their home in Columbus.…Read More

Sieglinde Martin was born 1940 at the beginning of World War II in Langenfeld/Rheinland, Germany. She completed her primary and secondary education in post-war Germany. In 1964 she came to the U.S. for a post-graduate traineeship in physical therapy. After meeting and marrying her husband Gerhard E. Martin, a neurologist from Danzig (now Gdansk), they made their home in Columbus. Here they worked and raised their four children.
Sieglinde Martin received a Masters of Science degree from OSU and worked as a pediatric physical therapist in a variety of setting. She previously published the book Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals that has been published into several languages.
Now widowed and retired Sieglinde Martin enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. She is an active member of Central Ohioans for Peace, the Worthington Hills Garden Club and Columbus Folk Dancers.

Six narrators of Small Feet on the Run live in Columbus, one in Boston, one in Canada and the others in Germany.

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Jennifer Maschari

Jennifer Maschari is an Ohio native and former classroom teacher. Her debut middle grade novel came out February 23, 2016. The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price is about boy who must save his sister when she finds – and wants to stay- in an almost world beneath her bed where their mother is still alive. It received a starred review from School Library Journal and has been recommended for fans of Rebecca Stead and Sharon Draper.…Read More

Jennifer Maschari is an Ohio native and former classroom teacher. Her debut middle grade novel came out February 23, 2016. The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price is about boy who must save his sister when she finds – and wants to stay- in an almost world beneath her bed where their mother is still alive. It received a starred review from School Library Journal and has been recommended for fans of Rebecca Stead and Sharon Draper. Jennifer has two more stand-alone middle grade novels coming out from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins in 2017 and 2018. Jennifer lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their two English bulldogs, Oliver and Hank. Learn more about Jennifer on her website at http://www.jenmaschari.com.

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Jack Matthews

Jack Matthews, author of Etruscan’s The Gambler’s Nephew (2011), grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and served briefly in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. He graduated in 1949 from Ohio State University with degrees in English Literature & Classical Greek. He married Barbara Reese in 1947. To support his young and growing family, he worked at a variety of jobs, including 9 years as a post office clerk, during which time he began to publish short stories and eventually, in 1959, began to teach at Urbana (Ohio) College.…Read More

Jack Matthews, author of Etruscan’s The Gambler’s Nephew (2011), grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and served briefly in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. He graduated in 1949 from Ohio State University with degrees in English Literature & Classical Greek. He married Barbara Reese in 1947. To support his young and growing family, he worked at a variety of jobs, including 9 years as a post office clerk, during which time he began to publish short stories and eventually, in 1959, began to teach at Urbana (Ohio) College.

In 1964, they moved to Athens, where Matthews joined the English Department at Ohio University. They still live in the country near Athens. He and Barbara have 3 grown children, 7 grown grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren, with another on the way. During Spring 2010, he is teaching one course on his 2nd post-retirement contract, collecting old and rare books, and, of course, writing.

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John Matthias

John Matthias was born in 1941 in Columbus, Ohio. For many years he taught at the University of Notre Dame and continues to serve as poetry editor of Notre Dame Review. He has been a Visiting Fellow in poetry at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and lived for much of the 70s and 80s in East Anglia. His books of verse include Turns, Crossing, Northern Summer, A Gathering of Ways, Swimming at Midnight, Beltane at Aphelion, Pages, Working Progress, Working Title, New Selected Poems and Kedging.…Read More

John Matthias was born in 1941 in Columbus, Ohio. For many years he taught at the University of Notre Dame and continues to serve as poetry editor of Notre Dame Review. He has been a Visiting Fellow in poetry at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and lived for much of the 70s and 80s in East Anglia. His books of verse include Turns, Crossing, Northern Summer, A Gathering of Ways, Swimming at Midnight, Beltane at Aphelion, Pages, Working Progress, Working Title, New Selected Poems and Kedging. He has also published translations from the Swedish, editions of David Jones’ work, and a volume of literary criticism, Reading Old Friends. In 1998 Robert Archambeau edited Word Play Place, a selection of essays on Matthias’s work. Another book of essays on his poetry appeared in 2011 in the Salt Companion series, edited by Joe Francis Doerr. Since 2010, Shearsman has republished all of his poetry in the volumes Trigons (2010), Collected Shorter Poems Vol. 2 (2011), Collected Longer Poems (2012) and Collected Shorter Poems Vol. 1 (2013). In 2011 Shearsman also pubished his essay collection, Who was Cousin Alice?

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