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 Q R S T U V W Y Z
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Kerry Winfrey

Kerry Winfrey is the author of WAITING FOR TOM HANKS, a romantic comedy from Berkley, as well as the YA novels LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES and THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT, both from Feiwel and Friends. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely baking a pie or watching far, far too many romantic comedies.…Read More

Kerry Winfrey is the author of WAITING FOR TOM HANKS, a romantic comedy from Berkley, as well as the YA novels LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES and THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT, both from Feiwel and Friends. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely baking a pie or watching far, far too many romantic comedies. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in the middle of Ohio.

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.

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TG Wolff

TG Wolff writes thrillers and mysteries that play within the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. Cause and effect drive the stories, drawing from 20+ years’ experience in Civil Engineering, where “cause” is more often a symptom of a bigger, more challenging problem. Diverse characters mirror the complexities of real life and real people, balanced with a healthy dose of entertainment.…Read More

TG Wolff writes thrillers and mysteries that play within the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. Cause and effect drive the stories, drawing from 20+ years’ experience in Civil Engineering, where “cause” is more often a symptom of a bigger, more challenging problem. Diverse characters mirror the complexities of real life and real people, balanced with a healthy dose of entertainment. TG Wolff holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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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Jennifer Wortman

Jennifer Wortman is the author of the story collection This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love (Split Lip Press, 2019). Her fiction, essays, and poetry appear in TriQuarterly, Copper Nickel, Glimmer Train, Electric Literature, Brevity, Hobart, North American Review, Juked, and elsewhere. A native of Gambier, Ohio, she currently lives with her family in Colorado, where she serves as associate fiction editor for Colorado Review and teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.Read More

Jennifer Wortman is the author of the story collection This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love (Split Lip Press, 2019). Her fiction, essays, and poetry appear in TriQuarterly, Copper Nickel, Glimmer Train, Electric Literature, Brevity, Hobart, North American Review, Juked, and elsewhere. A native of Gambier, Ohio, she currently lives with her family in Colorado, where she serves as associate fiction editor for Colorado Review and teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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Donna Wyland

GHOSTWRITER/CO-AUTHOR   Still Standing – Memoir/Inspirational by Kerri LeDoux – Ghostwriter/Editor – July 2018 Called to Coach – Christian Nonfiction – Co-Author/Editor with Janice LaVore-Fletcher – Nov. 2018   EDITOR/COPYWRITER   Conversations With God – Christian Nonfiction by Elizabeth Winfree – Editor – December 2018 40 Days of Shofar – Christian Nonfiction by Sadie Weldon – Editor – July 2018 Copywriter – Web Site – Impact Ranch in Bowie, Texas – www.impactranch.squarespace.com   PUBLISHING CREDITS   BOOKS: freetobe publishing – Surrender – Nonfiction Gift Book – October 2019 Elk Lake Publishing – If I Could Ask Jesus – Picture Book – July 2018 Inspirationalchristians.org – John Wesley Biography – January 2016 Viva Editions - TOASTS: The Ultimate Collection… Contributing Writer (4 toasts) - 2014 New Hope Publishers - Breaking Invisible Chains – Contributing Writer (4 stories) - 2013 Inspirationalchristians.org – Billy Graham Biography (online e-book) – December, 2012 Center Street/Hachette Book Group - To Have and To Hold – Contributing Writer - 2007 Everyday Wisdom Press - For This I Am Grateful – Contributing Writer – 2004 WinePress Publishing Kids - Your Home in Heaven – Picture Book – 2002, Second Printing 2006 Beacon Hill Press - In Step With Your Stepchildren – Contributing Writer - 2003               ARTICLES: Focus on the Family Single Parent Magazine – “Peanut Butter and Grapes” – December 2004               POETRY/RIDDLES: Story Friends Magazine - Children’s Rhyming Poem – July 2006 Carson-Dellosa - 5 Rhyming Psalms & Activity Guide for Classroom Bulletin Boards – Dec.…Read More

GHOSTWRITER/CO-AUTHOR

 

Still Standing – Memoir/Inspirational by Kerri LeDoux – Ghostwriter/Editor – July 2018

Called to Coach – Christian Nonfiction – Co-Author/Editor with Janice LaVore-Fletcher – Nov. 2018

 

EDITOR/COPYWRITER

 

Conversations With God – Christian Nonfiction by Elizabeth Winfree – Editor – December 2018

40 Days of Shofar – Christian Nonfiction by Sadie Weldon – Editor – July 2018

Copywriter – Web Site – Impact Ranch in Bowie, Texas – http://www.impactranch.squarespace.com

 

PUBLISHING CREDITS

 

BOOKS:

freetobe publishing – Surrender – Nonfiction Gift Book – October 2019

Elk Lake Publishing – If I Could Ask Jesus – Picture Book – July 2018

Inspirationalchristians.org – John Wesley Biography – January 2016

Viva Editions – TOASTS: The Ultimate Collection… Contributing Writer (4 toasts) – 2014

New Hope Publishers – Breaking Invisible Chains – Contributing Writer (4 stories) – 2013

Inspirationalchristians.org – Billy Graham Biography (online e-book) – December, 2012

Center Street/Hachette Book Group – To Have and To Hold – Contributing Writer – 2007

Everyday Wisdom Press – For This I Am Grateful – Contributing Writer – 2004

WinePress Publishing Kids – Your Home in Heaven – Picture Book – 2002, Second Printing 2006

Beacon Hill Press – In Step With Your Stepchildren – Contributing Writer – 2003

 

            ARTICLES:

Focus on the Family Single Parent Magazine – “Peanut Butter and Grapes” – December 2004

 

            POETRY/RIDDLES:

Story Friends MagazineChildren’s Rhyming Poem – July 2006

Carson-Dellosa – 5 Rhyming Psalms & Activity Guide for Classroom Bulletin Boards – Dec. 2005

Clubhouse, Jr. Magazine – Collection of Riddles – May 2005 and Dec 2003

Clubhouse, Jr. Magazine – Psalm One and Psalm Four Rewritten in Rhyme – Dec. 2002, March 2004

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

Writer of the Year – Florida Christian Writers Conference 2018

First Place – Devotionals – Florida Christian Writers Conference 2018

First Place – Humor – St. David’s Christian Writers Conference 2018

Honorable Mention, Serious Poetry – St. David’s Christian Writers Conference 2017

Second Place – Poetry and Flash Fiction – Florida Christian Writers Conference 2018

First Place, Picture Book – St. David’s Christian Writer’s Conference – 2006

Writer’s Digest Poetry Competition (1,900 total entries in category) – placed 50th, 77th and 88th in             Rhyming Poetry – 2001

 

ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP

 

ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) – Member

SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) – Member

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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.