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 four novels: Breakdown at Clear River, Fragile Brilliance, Code for Murder, and A Knife's Edge. Fragile Brilliance was a 2016 Finalist for the Southern Book Prize in Thriller Writing. He also received the Bronze Award from the National Literary Habitat organization for mystery/thriller writing.

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Eliot Parker is the author of four novels: Breakdown at Clear River, Fragile Brilliance, Code for Murder, and A Knife’s Edge. Fragile Brilliance was a 2016 Finalist for the Southern Book Prize in Thriller Writing. He also received the Bronze Award from the National Literary Habitat organization for mystery/thriller writing. He also won the West Virginia Literary Merit Award. He currently teaches writing and literature at Mountwest Community and Technical College. Learn more at http://www.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 East, an ALA Notable Book; Fire Arrow, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year; and the New York Times best-selling picture book Mrs. Spitzer's Garden. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her online at www.edithpattou.com and follow her on Instagram: @ediepattou and Twitter: @epattou.…Read More

Edith Pattou is the author of East, an ALA Notable Book; Fire Arrow, a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year; and the New York Times best-selling picture book Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. She lives in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her online at http://www.edithpattou.com and follow her on Instagram: @ediepattou and Twitter: @epattou.

 

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C. F. Payne

C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow.…Read More

C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Mousetronaut by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.
Sue Macy is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, among them the award-winning Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom; Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map; and Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly. A former editor at Scholastic, she lives in Englewood, New Jersey.

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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.

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David Pepper

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L. Philips

Philips went to Ohio University for a degree in music education, decided that job was entirely too noisy, and became a librarian instead. When she’s not working, she enjoys belting out show tunes when she thinks no one is listening and watching the same episodes of Thomas the Tank Engineover and over (or at least that’s what she tells her toddler son). …Read More

Philips went to Ohio University for a degree in music education, decided that job was entirely too noisy, and became a librarian instead. When she’s not working, she enjoys belting out show tunes when she thinks no one is listening and watching the same episodes of Thomas the Tank Engineover and over (or at least that’s what she tells her toddler son). L. Philips is a cataloger at the Chillicothe and Ross County public library in Chillicothe. She was born in Chillicothe, educated at Ohio University and Kent State University, and now raises her son in Chillicothe. She is the author of SOMETIME AFTER MIDNIGHT, PERFECT TEN, MY FAIRE LADY (under the name Laura Wettersten), and the ghost writer of the forthcoming Anonymous book, BREAKING RACHEL.

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