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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Chelsea Bobulski

Chelsea Bobulski is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in history, although she spent more of her class time writing stories than she should probably admit. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, but now resides in northwest Ohio with her husband, two children, and one very emotive German Shepherd/Lab mix. Autumn is her favorite time of the year, thanks to college football, falling leaves, cozy fireplaces, and the countdown to the most magical holiday of them all: Christmas.…Read More

Chelsea Bobulski is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in history, although she spent more of her class time writing stories than she should probably admit. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, but now resides in northwest Ohio with her husband, two children, and one very emotive German Shepherd/Lab mix. Autumn is her favorite time of the year, thanks to college football, falling leaves, cozy fireplaces, and the countdown to the most magical holiday of them all: Christmas. She is the author of the All I Want for Christmas series, as well as The Wood (2017) and Remember Me (2019).

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Oris Regina Bond

Oris Regina Bond is a consultant, instructor, and advocate in substance use disorder and mental health education. As a former school substitute teacher and current adult instructor, Regina has an innate passion for enhancing the lives of children and adults. This book is the first in a series that helps children evaluate real-life scenarios to make positive choices.…Read More
Oris Regina Bond is a consultant, instructor, and advocate in substance use disorder and mental health education. As a former school substitute teacher and current adult instructor, Regina has an innate passion for enhancing the lives of children and adults. This book is the first in a series that helps children evaluate real-life scenarios to make positive choices. Inspired by her husband to appreciate nature, Regina wrote BUZZ the Premier Bee to pay tribute to her beloved late father, Chauncey Lee Hodge Sr. In the early development stages, her great aunt Oris Elizabeth Carter Cross, an educator and author, consistently cheered Regina on from the sidelines. Regina’s mother continues to encourage her to use her gifts and talents to be a blessing to others. After learning that one meaning of the word kaya is “wise child,” the town name Kayacomb was sealed in Regina’s heart. Regina lives in Ohio with her husband two sons.
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Lindsay Bonilla

Lindsay Bonilla is a professional storyteller and children’s book author from North Canton, Ohio. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in theatre and religion at Northwestern University, she fell in love with folktales and world travel and has been performing interactive theatre, sharing stories and teaching workshops all over the world ever since. Her picture book, POLAR BEAR ISLAND, which celebrates inclusivity and diversity, was the winner of a 2018 Parents’ Choice Award.…Read More

Lindsay Bonilla is a professional storyteller and children’s book author from North Canton, Ohio. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in theatre and religion at Northwestern University, she fell in love with folktales and world travel and has been performing interactive theatre, sharing stories and teaching workshops all over the world ever since. Her picture book, POLAR BEAR ISLAND, which celebrates inclusivity and diversity, was the winner of a 2018 Parents’ Choice Award. Her latest book, I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEARTS, was featured in The Wall Street Journal. She has four other titles coming from Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, Page Street Kids and Holiday House. Lindsay has visited 28 countries on 5 different continents, but usually you can find her at home with her wildly creative kids and husband who give her loads of inspiration for her stories, but limited time to write them. Learn more at http://www.lindsaybonilla.com

 

 

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Kristy Boyce

Kristy Boyce lives in Pickerington, OH and teaches psychology as a senior lecturer at The Ohio State University. When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she’s usually writing, reading, putting together fairy gardens, or watching happy reality TV (The Great British Bake-Off is a perennial favorite).Read More

Kristy Boyce lives in Pickerington, OH and teaches psychology as a senior lecturer at The Ohio State University. When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she’s usually writing, reading, putting together fairy gardens, or watching happy reality TV (The Great British Bake-Off is a perennial favorite).

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Kinley Bryan

Kinley Bryan applied her love of writing to the world of corporate communications before her fascination with historical fiction became too great to ignore. Her debut novel, Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury, is set during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. It was inspired by stories of her great-grandfather Walter Stalker, who was at the helm of the four-masted schooner Golden Age, his wife Annabel serving as ship’s cook, when the storm hit.…Read More

Kinley Bryan applied her love of writing to the world of corporate communications before her fascination with historical fiction became too great to ignore. Her debut novel, Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury, is set during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. It was inspired by stories of her great-grandfather Walter Stalker, who was at the helm of the four-masted schooner Golden Age, his wife Annabel serving as ship’s cook, when the storm hit. Kinley graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a degree in English, and earned a master’s degree in communications management from John Carroll University. Her love for the inland seas swelled during the years she spent in an old cottage on Lake Erie. She now lives with her husband and children on the Atlantic Coast, where she prefers not to lose sight of the shore.

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Gary Buettner

Gary Buettner (Bit-ner) has been writing spooky stories since junior high, but he’s been making up his own superheroes and stories since he was a little kid. Once, he even won a ten-speed bike by making up his own superhero for a contest on the back of a cereal box! Buettner studied creative writing in college at Indiana University, where he won awards for his stories.Read More

Gary Buettner (Bit-ner) has been writing spooky stories since junior high, but he’s been making up his own superheroes and stories since he was a little kid. Once, he even won a ten-speed bike by making up his own superhero for a contest on the back of a cereal box! Buettner studied creative writing in college at Indiana University, where he won awards for his stories.

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Marcy Campbell

Marcy Campbell is an award-winning author of picture books and middle-grade novels, which have earned praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, School Library Review, The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and many others. Her debut picture book was selected for the Junior Library Guild, chosen as a Top 10 Indie Next Pick, and was the recipient of awards including the Comstock Read Aloud and Crystal Kite Awards.…Read More

Marcy Campbell is an award-winning author of picture books and middle-grade novels, which have earned praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, School Library Review, The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and many others. Her debut picture book was selected for the Junior Library Guild, chosen as a Top 10 Indie Next Pick, and was the recipient of awards including the Comstock Read Aloud and Crystal Kite Awards. Her books have been translated into eight languages and adapted for stage. Campbell lives in Ohio with her husband, two children and three furry companions. Visit her at http://marcycampbell.com/

 

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Mary Kay Carson

Mary Kay Carson is an author of books for young people about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and history. After studying biology in college, and a stint in the Peace Corps, she began her writing career working for the classroom magazine SuperScience at Scholastic, Inc. Her books have received more than a dozen starred reviews, as well as multiple awards, including the 2019 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books for Alexander Graham Bell for Kids.…Read More

Mary Kay Carson is an author of books for young people about wildlife, space, weather, nature, and history. After studying biology in college, and a stint in the Peace Corps, she began her writing career working for the classroom magazine SuperScience at Scholastic, Inc. Her books have received more than a dozen starred reviews, as well as multiple awards, including the 2019 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books for Alexander Graham Bell for Kids. She’s written six titles in HMH’s acclaimed Scientists in the Field series, including and The Bat Scientists, an ALA 2011 Notable Children’s Books for Middle Readers and The Tornado Scientist, a State Library of Ohio Choose To Read Ohio (CTRO) title for 2021-22. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband in a century-old house surrounded by urban greenspace, deer, hawks, woodchucks, and songbirds.

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Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a lover of books. She is an avid reader and is a book review blogger. Writing stories since she was little, she is constantly thinking of ideas that could be used as a plot for a novel. She is a journalist by trade and has written numerous newspaper articles. She has also worked in the public relations and marketing fields.…Read More

Sarah Anne Carter is a lover of books. She is an avid reader and is a book review blogger. Writing stories since she was little, she is constantly thinking of ideas that could be used as a plot for a novel. She is a journalist by trade and has written numerous newspaper articles. She has also worked in the public relations and marketing fields. She grew up as an Air Force brat and has lived in many states and countries. Currently residing in Ohio, she spends her time enjoying her family, reading and writing. She is a lover of travel and cats.

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Marianne Chan

Marianne Chan grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, and Lansing, Michigan. After she earned her B.A. in English from Michigan State University, she went on to study poetry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she earned her MFA. Marianne is the author of All Heathens, which was the winner of the 2021 GLCA New Writers Award in Poetry and the 2021 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry.…Read More

Marianne Chan grew up in Stuttgart, Germany, and Lansing, Michigan. After she earned her B.A. in English from Michigan State University, she went on to study poetry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she earned her MFA. Marianne is the author of All Heathens, which was the winner of the 2021 GLCA New Writers Award in Poetry and the 2021 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Between 2017-2019, she served as poetry editor for Split Lip Magazine.She lives in Cincinnati with her partner, Clancy, and her cat, Bella. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English & Creative Writing at the University of Cincinnati and serves as the Assistant Poetry Editor at Acre Books.