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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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y Z

Mary Ann Winkowski

Mary Ann Winkowski was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has been communicating with earthbound spirits for most of her life. Her earliest memories include talking to spirits of the deceased as if they were living people and helping these entities cross over into the White Light. Over the course of work as a paranormal investigator, Mary Ann's reputation has spread.…Read More

Mary Ann Winkowski was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has been communicating with earthbound spirits for most of her life. Her earliest memories include talking to spirits of the deceased as if they were living people and helping these entities cross over into the White Light.
Over the course of work as a paranormal investigator, Mary Ann’s reputation has spread. She is a consultant to the CBS hit television show Ghost Whisperer, has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, and spoken at countless lectures. What once she between raising two daughters, foster parenting, and pet grooming has now become a fulltime vocation.
Still living and working primarily in the Cleveland area, Mary Ann has offered her abilities to those in need as far away as New Mexico, St. Lucia, and Scotland. In When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits (Grand Central Publishing, October 2007) Mary Ann shares a lifetime’s worth of information about the spirit world and reveals her often surprising interactions with some memorable ghosts.
Mary Ann shows the human side of the paranormal — stories about ghosts told from the perspectives of the ghosts themselves – and teaches us how we can coexist peaceably with the spirits that surround us.
Unlike the sensationalized tales of most ghost lore, When Ghosts Speak presents real stories of troubled people — both the living and the dead — not simply the terror of sinister paranormal manifestations served up by horror novels and Hollywood.
Mary Ann offers lessons on death and the immortality of the spirit that only someone who can actually speak with the deceased could teach. Her abilities have offered solace to countless people, either by reuniting them with loved ones who have died or by removing unwanted spirits and negative energy from homes, businesses or possessions.

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Eric Wittenberg

Eric J. Wittenberg is a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan and native of southeastern Pennsylvania. Having grown up in the early 1970s, he understands losing baseball teams. He is a lawyer in private practice and an award-winning Civil War historian. He and his wife Susan reside in Columbus, Ohio, where he struggles to follow his beloved Phillies.Read More

Eric J. Wittenberg is a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan and native of southeastern Pennsylvania. Having grown up in the early 1970s, he understands losing baseball teams. He is a lawyer in private practice and an award-winning Civil War historian. He and his wife Susan reside in Columbus, Ohio, where he struggles to follow his beloved Phillies.

Lucy S. Wolfe

Lucy S. Wolfe is a lifelong resident of Columbus, a realtor, and a member of the board of trustees of the Columbus Historical Society.Read More

Lucy S. Wolfe is a lifelong resident of Columbus, a realtor, and a member of the board of trustees of the Columbus Historical Society.

James M. Wood

James M. Wood is an award-winning journalist, former about-town columnist for Cleveland Magazine, and author of four books on Cleveland social history: Halle’s: Memoirs of a Family Department Store, One Hundred Twenty-Five, Helen’s Twentieth Century, and The Tavern.Read More

James M. Wood is an award-winning journalist, former about-town columnist for Cleveland Magazine, and author of four books on Cleveland social history: Halle’s: Memoirs of a Family Department Store, One Hundred Twenty-Five, Helen’s Twentieth Century, and The Tavern.

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newberry Honors for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way, and a National Book Award winner for Brown Girl Dreaming.…Read More

Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newberry Honors for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way, and a National Book Award winner for Brown Girl Dreaming. Other awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Miracle’s Boys. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Robin Yocum

Robin Yocum is known for his fiction set in the Ohio River Valley. His latest novel, A Welcome Murder, will be released in April 2017 by Seventh Street Books. He is the author of three additional works of fiction: A Brilliant Death (2016 - Seventh Street Books); The Essay (2012 - Arcade Publishing); and Favorite Sons (2011 - Arcade Publishing) Favorite Sons was name the 2011 Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense by USA Book News.…Read More

Robin Yocum is known for his fiction set in the Ohio River Valley. His latest novel, A Welcome Murder, will be released in April 2017 by Seventh Street Books.

He is the author of three additional works of fiction:

A Brilliant Death (2016 – Seventh Street Books);
The Essay (2012 – Arcade Publishing); and
Favorite Sons (2011 – Arcade Publishing)

Favorite Sons was name the 2011 Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense by USA Book News.

He also has written two works of non-fiction: Dead Before Deadline . . . and Other Tales from the Police Beat (2004 – University of Akron Press); and and Insured for Murder (1992 – Prometheus Books), which he co-authored with Cathy Candisky.

Yocum joined the Columbus Dispatch in 1980. He worked at the paper for 11 years, including six years as the senior reporter on the investigative desk. He won more than 30 local, state and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing. Before joining the investigative team, he covered the police beat for four years, which was the basis for his book, Dead Before Deadline.

Prior to joining the Dispatch, Yocum was the associate sports editor of the Martins Ferry, Ohio, Times Leader, and a reporter for the Lancaster, Ohio, Eagle-Gazette.

He is the principle at Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing consulting firm in Galena, Ohio, that he founded in 2001.

Yocum grew up in the Ohio River village of Brilliant, Ohio.

He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.

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R.G. Yoho

R.G. Yoho, Washington County, is the author of Return to Matewan, which is his first historical novel, a story taking place during the brutal coal mine wars in West Virginia and Colorado. Primarily a Western author, Yoho has published, Long Ride to Yesterday, in addition to his four books in the Kellen Malone series, Death Comes to Redhawk, Death Rides the Rail, Nightfall Over Nicodemus, and The Evil Day.…Read More

R.G. Yoho, Washington County, is the author of Return to Matewan, which is his first historical novel, a story taking place during the brutal coal mine wars in West Virginia and Colorado.

Primarily a Western author, Yoho has published, Long Ride to Yesterday, in addition to his four books in the Kellen Malone series, Death Comes to Redhawk, Death Rides the Rail, Nightfall Over Nicodemus, and The Evil Day. The author’s passion for Westerns began with the reading of Flint, a novel by famed Western author, Louis L’Amour.

Yoho has also published three non-fiction works, America’s History Is His Story, a book written as a request from a friend, Major Impact, the biography of former West Virginia quarterback, Major Harris, and Heroes In Our Midst, a profile of World War II veterans which received an award for historical preservation.

A graduate of Hyles-Anderson College, Yoho has been employed in chemical manufacturing for over thirty years. He lives in Southeastern Ohio with his wife of over thirty years.

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Maria Zampini

Maria Zampini runs the horticultural marketing firm, UpShoot, LLC, in Lake County, Ohio. She researches plant trends and develops and introduces new plants to the horticultural market. Zampini lives in Springfield, Ohio.Read More

Maria Zampini runs the horticultural marketing firm, UpShoot, LLC, in Lake County, Ohio. She researches plant trends and develops and introduces new plants to the horticultural market. Zampini lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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Scott A. Zanon

Scott Zanon is the author of two gardening books, Desirable Trees for the Midwest and his most recent, Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest. An accomplished and long-time gardener, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Agronomy (turfgrass science) and Horticulture (landscape horticulture) from The Ohio State University.

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Scott Zanon is the author of two gardening books, Desirable Trees for the Midwest and his most recent, Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest. An accomplished and long-time gardener, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both Agronomy (turfgrass science) and Horticulture (landscape horticulture) from The Ohio State University.

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Julie Zickefoose

Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest (2016), The Bluebird Effect (2012), and Letters from Eden (2006), is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Her blog, Julie Zickefoose on Blogspot, entertains more than 32,000 visitors each month. A five-year run as a commentator on NPR's “All Things Considered” sharpened her storytelling skills.…Read More

Writer/artist Julie Zickefoose, author of Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest (2016), The Bluebird Effect (2012), and Letters from Eden (2006), is a Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Her blog, Julie Zickefoose on Blogspot, entertains more than 32,000 visitors each month. A five-year run as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered” sharpened her storytelling skills. Her writing style, while breezy and entertaining, packs a high information content, and great empathy and understanding of the mental and emotional capabilities of animals and birds. Some say that, after reading her books, they see birds in an entirely different light. Julie loves to introduce people to birdwatching, and now leads natural history excursions abroad. She travels to speak for nature festivals, clubs and horticultural societies, and lives with her family on an 80-acre sanctuary in Appalachian Ohio. Indigo Hill has hosted 194 bird species and 78 species of butterflies as of 2016.