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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Wolfgang Parker

Wolfgang Parker is the accidental author and illustrator of the Crime Cats children’s mystery series, which has sold over four thousand copies in the Columbus area since summer of 2014. And no one has been more surprised by the success of the series than its creator. After twenty years, it’s the last place Parker expected his artistic journey would take him.…Read More

Wolfgang Parker is the accidental author and illustrator of the Crime Cats children’s mystery series, which has sold over four thousand copies in the Columbus area since summer of 2014. And no one has been more surprised by the success of the series than its creator. After twenty years, it’s the last place Parker expected his artistic journey would take him.

Wolfgang has been previously known as a music pioneer. His debut album Hep City Swing (1998) was the first Punk-Swing album ever recorded. After its release, his band went on to record three full-length albums, an EP, and a couple of vinyl 7″ singles. Then, during a creative lull, Parker picked up a camera and his artistic journey suddenly changed direction.

The rocker spent a short stint being published as a fashion and art photographer before burning out on the grueling process. However, he walked away with love of visual storytelling rekindled. Parker parlayed that into a graphic novel titled 1888: Deklin Skurlock Investigation Casebook, Vol. I., which was successfully funded by private backers via Kickstarter. The campaign’s success spurred him to pursue writing while he coped with the loss of his band of nearly two decades.

Wolfgang wrote Crime Cats: Missing as a gift for his nineteen nieces and nephews as a way to impart wisdom and share his Columbus neighborhood. But he soon found people of all ages enjoyed reading the adventures of the Chicken-Boy of Clintonville and his cat detective partners as much as he has enjoyed writing them. Parker took this latest artistic turn in stride and happily occupies duel roles as fiction writer and singer/bassist of his new band, Weedhaven Laughing Academy.

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Eliot Parker

Eliot Parker is the author of three novels: Breakdown at Clear River (nominated for a Weatherford Award for Outstanding Fiction), Making Arrangements (named a "Best Book of 2014" by USA BookNews) and the novel Fragile Brilliance. He is a graduate of the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned an M.F.A.…Read More

Eliot Parker is the author of three novels: Breakdown at Clear River (nominated for a Weatherford Award for Outstanding Fiction), Making Arrangements (named a “Best Book of 2014” by USA BookNews) and the novel Fragile Brilliance. He is a graduate of the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. He resides in Chesapeake, Ohio and he currently teaches writing and literature at Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia. Additionally, Parker hosts the television show “Chapters” on Armstrong television which profiles authors, editors, and publishers in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. His short fiction as appeared in Speck Literary Journal, Apex Books, Mountain State Press, and others. In 2016, he was awarded the Bronze Award for mystery/thriller writing by the National Literary Habitat Foundation. For more information, visit eliotparker.com

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Sam Pathy

Sam Pathy was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago. In the early 1970s his mom and his aunt took him to Ladies Day games at Wrigley Field to cheer on his beloved Cubs. Before each game began he watched batting practice, begged his heroes for autographs, and salivated over the myriad of concession items.…

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Sam Pathy was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago. In the early 1970s his mom and his aunt took him to Ladies Day games at Wrigley Field to cheer on his beloved Cubs. Before each game began he watched batting practice, begged his heroes for autographs, and salivated over the myriad of concession items. They were the best days of his childhood. His youthful love affair with Wrigley Field turned into an obsession. Twenty-seven years ago he vowed to find out everything he could about the ballpark. Wrigley Field Year-by-Year is the written result. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and his work has appeared in The Baseball Research Journal. He received both a B.S. in Elementary Education and an MLS degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1989 he has worked as a youth services librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, OH.

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Karen A. Patterson

Award winning author Karen A. Patterson has recently released Recipes from Ohio’s Must Places to Eat, the second book in her Ohio travel series and the companion to Eating Your Way Across Ohio. She has also written Herbs for All Seasons and a World War II memoir entitled Allies Forever: The Life and Times of an American Prisoner of War.…Read More

Award winning author Karen A. Patterson has recently released Recipes from Ohio’s Must Places to Eat, the second book in her Ohio travel series and the companion to Eating Your Way Across Ohio. She has also written Herbs for All Seasons and a World War II memoir entitled Allies Forever: The Life and Times of an American Prisoner of War. As a syndicated columnist for the Gannett and Thompson newspapers, she has penned hundreds of articles on travel, food, and gardening.

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Donna Alice Patton

Donna Alice Patton is a gardening enthusiast from the Midwest who has won numerous ribbons and trophies for her flowers and vegetables. In the winter when she can't play in the dirt, she soothes her creativity by writing instead. She is the author of five books for children including: Saddle Up! Based on a real California horse camp and Snipped in the Bud: A Tale from the Garden of Mysteries.…Read More

Donna Alice Patton is a gardening enthusiast from the Midwest who has won numerous ribbons and trophies for her flowers and vegetables. In the winter when she can’t play in the dirt, she soothes her creativity by writing instead. She is the author of five books for children including: Saddle Up! Based on a real California horse camp and Snipped in the Bud: A Tale from the Garden of Mysteries. Find out more at: http://www.donnaalicepatton.com.

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Edith Pattou

Edith Pattou is the author of three award-winning fantasy novels for young adults as well as the New York Times bestselling picture book Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. Pattou’s newest book is Ghosting, a contemporary novel for young adults told in free verse.

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Edith Pattou is the author of three award-winning fantasy novels for young adults as well as the New York Times bestselling picture book Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. Pattou’s newest book is Ghosting, a contemporary novel for young adults told in free verse.

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C. F. Payne

Now in Lebanon, OH, C.F. Payne’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, advertisements and children’s book for more that 35 years. Graduating from Miami University with a BFA and the Illustrators Workshop began his freelance career when moving to Dallas, TX in 1980. He has taught illustration for more than 25 years. Prior to joining the Hartford Art School as Director of the MFA in Illustration program he taught at Columbus College of Art and Design for twenty years.…Read More

Now in Lebanon, OH, C.F. Payne’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, advertisements and children’s book for more that 35 years. Graduating from Miami University with a BFA and the Illustrators Workshop began his freelance career when moving to Dallas, TX in 1980. He has taught illustration for more than 25 years. Prior to joining the Hartford Art School as Director of the MFA in Illustration program he taught at Columbus College of Art and Design for twenty years. His art has been exhibited in numerous museums and university galleries including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Huntington Art Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame and more. His art has appeared on the covers of Time Magazine, MAD Magazine, Der Spiegel, the New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Reader’s Digest. C.F. Payne has illustrated 20 children’s books including, “The Remarkable Farkle McBride” by actor John Lithgow, “Mousetronaut” by astronaut Mark Kelly, Mark Twain’s classic, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and most recently “Miss Mary Reporting”.

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Shelley Pearsall

An experienced presenter in schools, Shelley Pearsall is a former intermediate and middle school teacher with a Master's degree in education from John Carroll University. In addition to teaching, she has worked in the fields of museum education and outdoor education, leading innovative workshops and programs for all ages. Shelley has six nationally-recognized fiction books for youth in grades 4 through 8, including Trouble Don't Last, a Scott O'Dell Award winner, and All of the Above, an ALA Notable.…Read More

An experienced presenter in schools, Shelley Pearsall is a former intermediate and middle school teacher with a Master’s degree in education from John Carroll University. In addition to teaching, she has worked in the fields of museum education and outdoor education, leading innovative workshops and programs for all ages. Shelley has six nationally-recognized fiction books for youth in grades 4 through 8, including Trouble Don’t Last, a Scott O’Dell Award winner, and All of the Above, an ALA Notable. Her most recent book is The Seventh Most Important Thing (Random House, 2015).

Shelley’s books have received numerous starred reviews and appear on many state reading lists. They have classroom connections to STEM, social studies, music, and art. Since 2005, Shelley has worked with 150,000 students nationwide as a school presenter and writing workshop leader. She likes to show students that “research can be fun, revision is always possible, and history will often surprise you.” Visit her online at http://www.shelleypearsall.com.

Roger Pickenpaugh

Roger Pickenpaugh is a retired history teacher from Noble County, Ohio. His books cover outstanding weather events in Ohio, and he has written four books on Civil War prisons. His book "Captives in Gray" received the James I. Robertson Award from the Central New Jersey Civil War Round Table. Pickenpaugh and his wife, Marion, live in Caldwell.…Read More

Roger Pickenpaugh is a retired history teacher from Noble County, Ohio. His books cover outstanding weather events in Ohio, and he has written four books on Civil War prisons. His book “Captives in Gray” received the James I. Robertson Award from the Central New Jersey Civil War Round Table. Pickenpaugh and his wife, Marion, live in Caldwell.

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Nancy Roe Pimm

Nancy Roe Pimm’s life-long love of animals compelled her to write her latest book, Bonded by Battle: The Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldiers from the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pimm observed military war dogs as they trained through obstacle courses and bomb-sniffing drills. Veterans shared heartfelt stories. In the past and present day, the dogs’ super senses kept our soldiers safe on base camp, as well as in the heat of the fight.…Read More

Nancy Roe Pimm’s life-long love of animals compelled her to write her latest book, Bonded by Battle: The Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldiers from the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pimm observed military war dogs as they trained through obstacle courses and bomb-sniffing drills. Veterans shared heartfelt stories. In the past and present day, the dogs’ super senses kept our soldiers safe on base camp, as well as in the heat of the fight. Soldiers formed unbreakable bonds with their dogs, as day and night, they faced life and death in the war zone. The dogs provided comfort to our battle-weary soldiers and served not only as war dogs, but also as therapy dogs. These four-legged soldiers are sometimes heroic, and sometimes supportive, but always full of courage, loyalty, intelligence, and a whole lot of heart. Open the pages of this book to meet a bunch of unforgettable canine commandos.
Nancy Roe Pimm is an award-winning author of nonfiction narratives for young readers. Her book Colo’s Story: The Life of One Grand Gorilla was selected as a Choose to Read Ohio title for 2013 and 2014 and is a Junior Library Selection. Colo’s Story was also chosen to represent the state of Ohio at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Pimm is also the author of four books selected by the Junior Library Guild: The Indy 500: The Inside Track, The Daytona 500: The Thrill and Thunder of the Great American Race, The Heart of the Beast: Eight Great Gorilla Stories, and The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World.

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