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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Crissie Ann Leonard

God found Crissie when she wasn't looking for Him. At first, she ran from him but he continued to pursue her. After a few years, she found herself in a difficult and dark season and that is when they met. He provided the light to illuminate her dark season and she promised to follow him wherever he wanted to take her.…Read More

God found Crissie when she wasn’t looking for Him. At first, she ran from him but he continued to pursue her. After a few years, she found herself in a difficult and dark season and that is when they met. He provided the light to illuminate her dark season and she promised to follow him wherever he wanted to take her.

He called her to use the pain and the journey through the dark season as her message. That is when Letters to My Father was born. Crissie writes Christian fiction books to show people God’s presence in their lives and all around them.

She lives in Blacklick, Ohio with her family and her cat, Smokey.

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Kristen Lepionka

Kristen Lepionka is the author of the Roxane Weary mystery series. Her debut, The Last Place You Look, won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel and was also nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards in 2018. The follow-up, WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE, won a Goldie for Best Mystery and a Shamus Award for Best P.I.…Read More

Kristen Lepionka is the author of the Roxane Weary mystery series. Her debut, The Last Place You Look, won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel and was also nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards in 2018. The follow-up, WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE, won a Goldie for Best Mystery and a Shamus Award for Best P.I. novel in 2019. She grew up mostly in a public library and could often be found in the adult mystery section well before she was out of middle school. Her writing has been selected for Shotgun Honey, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Grift, and Black Elephant. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cats.

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Susan Sachs Levine

Susan Levine grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and started her career in marketing with Procter & Gamble. She then moved to Columbus where she became VP of Marketing and Environmental Affairs with SIG, an international packaging company. A wildlife enthusiast, Susan has traveled extensively to learn about endangered species. After the birth of her two children, Susan focused her energy on being a Scout leader, volunteering at a special needs pre-school, and serving as enrichment specialist at her children’s schools .…

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Susan Levine grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and started her career in marketing with Procter & Gamble. She then moved to Columbus where she became VP of Marketing and Environmental Affairs with SIG, an international packaging company. A wildlife enthusiast, Susan has traveled extensively to learn about endangered species. After the birth of her two children, Susan focused her energy on being a Scout leader, volunteering at a special needs pre-school, and serving as enrichment specialist at her children’s schools . It was in this role that she identified the need for picture books about major Ohio cities. Her first book, Packard Takes Flight: A Bird’s-Eye View of Columbus, Ohio has become a standard in 4th grade classrooms that study Ohio. Her most recent book, Harriett’s Homecoming: A High- Flying Tour of Cincinnati, Ohio highlights all that is special about the Queen City. In both titles, Susan blends her interest in wildlife with her knowledge of Ohio to create books that entertain and teach young children, while being a great resource for teachers and parents.

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Carolyn Bailey Lewis

Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis retired from public media in 2011 following a distinguished 38-year career, the most recent position as director and general manager of WOUB Public Media at Ohio University in Athens where she served for 13 years as the first woman and first African American to lead this entity and the first woman to be Emerita.…Read More

Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis retired from public media in 2011 following a distinguished 38-year career, the most recent position as director and general manager of WOUB Public Media at Ohio University in Athens where she served for 13 years as the first woman and first African American to lead this entity and the first woman to be Emerita. She was also general manager at WNPB-TV in Morgantown, West Virginia, and was the first African American woman named to head a public television station in the continental United States (1994). She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2020 Medal of Merit for Professional Achievement from the Ohio University Alumni Association. Other honors include the Neil S. Bucklew Award for Social Justice at West Virginia University (WVU). Dr. Lewis has served as a consultant to public stations and was elected or appointed to numerous national and state public media committees and boards, including the Association of Public Television Stations’ Board of Trustees in D.C. and the Sesame Workshop in New York City. Dr. Lewis taught in the Scripps College of Communication, is an adjunct professor for Hocking College, serves on several local and state committees, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and is an ordained minister.She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism from WVU in Morgantown, the first African American woman to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Journalism from WVU (1971) and she earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. She is an advocate for accessibility and inclusion and consults on those issues. She and her daughter, Caryn M. Bailey, MPA, are co-founders of the Dr. Carolyn Foster Bailey Lewis Family Foundation, a charitable organization which promotes health, wellness, and education for those with acute chronic illnesses and disabilities (www.drcarolynfosterbaileylewisff.org). They also created LifeDay Greeting Cards, Inc. (trademarked), a unique card line set to be launched in October 2021 that celebrates surviving a life-altering event. She has two adult children: Carey Bailey, a professional football coach with the Ottawa, Canada, Redblacks; Caryn, assistant director of development, Major Giving, at Ohio University and a doctoral student; and two granddaughters. Her motto is: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

J. Patrick Lewis

J. Patrick Lewis earned his PhD in Economics at The Ohio State University and taught at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. In 1991 he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for his adult poetry. He has three grown children. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his wife Susan. Lewis writes full-time, visits elementary schools, keynotes at literature conferences, and presents teachers’ workshops on introducing poetry in the classroom.…Read More

J. Patrick Lewis earned his PhD in Economics at The Ohio State University and taught at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. In 1991 he was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant for his adult poetry. He has three grown children. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with his wife Susan. Lewis writes full-time, visits elementary schools, keynotes at literature conferences, and presents teachers’ workshops on introducing poetry in the classroom. He is the author of over sixty books for children. Visit his website, http://www.jpatricklewis.com/.

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Leigh Lewis

Leigh Lewis is a children's writer and poet who has been “playing pirates” since she could walk. She does her best work in loud cafes, on long journeys, or in bed, late at night while everyone else sleeps. Her adventures on the high seas have enabled her to call many places home, including Turkey, Greece, Japan, England and Russia, as well as states all over the U.S., and she eventually navigated her way back to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio.…Read More

Leigh Lewis is a children’s writer and poet who has been “playing pirates” since she could walk. She does her best work in loud cafes, on long journeys, or in bed, late at night while everyone else sleeps. Her adventures on the high seas have enabled her to call many places home, including Turkey, Greece, Japan, England and Russia, as well as states all over the U.S., and she eventually navigated her way back to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Leigh spends her time there dreaming up stories for kids of all ages, buoyed by an amazing crew—her Turkish delight of a husband and their three swashbuckling daughters.

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Terri Libenson

Terri Libenson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Emmie & Friends series (HarperCollins) and cartoonist of the Reuben Award-winning, nationally syndicated comic strip, The Pajama Diaries (2006-2020). Prior to this, she was an award-winning humorous card writer and illustrator for American Greetings. Terri lives with her husband, two daughters, and spirited puppy in Cleveland, OH.Read More

Terri Libenson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Emmie & Friends series (HarperCollins) and cartoonist of the Reuben Award-winning, nationally syndicated comic strip, The Pajama Diaries (2006-2020). Prior to this, she was an award-winning humorous card writer and illustrator for American Greetings. Terri lives with her husband, two daughters, and spirited puppy in Cleveland, OH.

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Theresa Liggins

Theresa E. Liggins has been writing and publishing her works of fiction since 2000 when, of all things, her ballroom dance training became the inspiration of her first two novels, Life is But a Dream and Dance Me to the End of Love. From that point, she knew she had been bitten by the writing bug.…Read More

Theresa E. Liggins has been writing and publishing her works of fiction since 2000 when, of all things, her ballroom dance training became the inspiration of her first two novels, Life is But a Dream and Dance Me to the End of Love. From that point, she knew she had been bitten by the writing bug. Nine novels later, she wrote, You Danced On My Dreams – Beyond the Ballroom to cement the dramatic series; and was further inspired to write her tenth novel, Sis Loyalty, to bring the story full circle. In addition to several new books, Liggins went on to breathe new life into several of her earlier projects including, The Escort Series, as well as, Under the Purple Moon and its sequel, Under the Cover of Darkness.

Although born, raised, and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, along her journeys, Ms. Liggins has fondly called Northern California and Chicago, Illinois home. Her love for writing and photography keeps her exploring and following her dreams. She has met some interesting characters along the way— some of whom have even inspired the colorful and beloved characters in her novels. Never short of relatable life experiences, wherever her journey takes her, you will find her conjuring up her next compelling page-turners.

Among her many passions is financial literacy. She enjoys educating and empowering consumers with facts on how to raise their credit score. Theresa, also known as The Ultimate Credit Warrior,  has spent a decade analyzing and researching credit scoring and has been inducted into the Elusive 850 Club, which consists of only 1.2% of all FICO scores.

To learn more about Theresa E. Liggins and her books, visit http://www.romanticreations.com or follow her on social media.

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Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than twenty-five novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books. When she's not writing the stories that keep her up at night, Julie stays busy in Ohio with her extremely patient husband and three amazing kids.…Read More

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and national bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than twenty-five novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books. When she’s not writing the stories that keep her up at night, Julie stays busy in Ohio with her extremely patient husband and three amazing kids. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is represented by Jill Marsal at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. She is the 2019 Director of PAN for Kiss of Death. Learn more about Julie at julieannelindsey.com

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Jacqueline Lipton

Jacqui Lipton, LL.B., M.F.A., Ph.D., is an attorney, law professor, literary agent, and sometimes an author. She has a particular passion for young adult and children's books, as well as romance and sci-fi. She is a member of RWA, AWP and SCBWI. She loves to blog about books, writing, and legal and business issues facing creative artists.…Read More

Jacqui Lipton, LL.B., M.F.A., Ph.D., is an attorney, law professor, literary agent, and sometimes an author. She has a particular passion for young adult and children’s books, as well as romance and sci-fi. She is a member of RWA, AWP and SCBWI. She loves to blog about books, writing, and legal and business issues facing creative artists. She writes regular columns for the SCBWI Bulletin (Legally Bookish), Luna Station Quarterly (On the Books), Catapult Community Page (Legally Speaking), Savvy Authors, and Authors Alliance. She is a frequent presenter on legal issues for authors and artists at writing conferences and organizations around the country as well as teaching fiction and nonfiction courses both online and face-to-face for organizations including Savvy Authors, the William N. Skirball Writer’s Center, the Writing Barn, UGotClass, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Jacqui’s latest book, Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers (University of California Press, 2020) is an attempt to demystify the major legal challenges writers may face in their publishing careers.