Krysten Lindsay Hager
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of award winning Landry’s True Colors Series, Next Door to a Star, Competing with the Star Dating the It Guy, Can Dreams Come True, and In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety. She received her BA in English and master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.
A lifelong Ohioan, Harper taught English before writing full time. She is a NYTimes bestselling author who has won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She writes both historical novels and contemporary suspense. Karen and her husband make their home in Columbus but love to travel. Her author collection is housed in Rare Books and Manuscripts at The Ohio State University.
Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author. At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.
Writing has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create.
Leanna Renee Hieber
Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright and the author of thirteen Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy novels for adults and teens for Tor and Kensington Books such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul trilogy, the Eterna Files trilogy and The Spectral City series. The Strangely Beautiful series hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards, with revised editions now available from Tor. The Spectral City, Leanna’s new ghost-filled series set in 1899 NYC with Kensington Books, has been a bestseller across several genres and platforms. A four-time Prism Award winner and Daphne du Maurier Award finalist, her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and her books have been translated into many languages, with forthcoming serialized work with Scrib’d. She tours the country with By the Light of Tiffany: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll, a one-woman theatrical presentation about the 19th century designer of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s lamps. A proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, she lives in New York City where she is a licensed ghost tour guide for Boroughs of the Dead and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum. http://leannareneehieber.com
Hieber is an actress, ghost tour guide and the award-winning bestselling author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy novels for Tor and Kensington Books such as the Strangely Beautiful, Magic Most Foul, Eterna Files and Spectral City series. She’s been featured in film and television on shows like Mysteries at the Museum.
Sara Holbrook, a resident of Mentor, OH, is the author of over a dozen poetry books for children, teens and books for adults. Her newest book is a middle grade novel, The Enemy, historical fiction. She is a frequent speaker at schools and teacher conferences all over the world. Along with co-author Michael Salinger, she is also the author of four teacher professional books on poetry, vocabulary instruction, and performance.
Kerrie Logan Hollihan
Author Kerrie Logan Hollihan channels her inner sixth grader, who read Compton’s Encyclopedia “for fun,” to write award-winning nonfiction for young people. As a kid, she followed the Mercury and Gemini space programs, pasted Chicago Tribune clippings in her scrapbooks (“HOW GLENN DID IT”), and convinced her principal to send her and another girl to see astronaut Edward White, the first American to walk in space. (“Two boys got to go, so we decided we should too!” ).
With both history and journalism degrees, Kerrie’s best author moments are making connections between past and present in her books and book talks. Her books appear on classroom reading lists from grades 4-12. She shares her enthusiasm for learning with young readers during school visits–both live and on the web. Kerrie also reaches out to inquisitive older adults with book programs that speak to their lives.
Kerrie enjoys the challenge of putting the past into context for today’s wired youngsters. “Kids don’t get enough credit for being able to understand history as it actually happened,” she says. “As I write, I explain the whys of situations as well as the whats.”
Kerrie blogs with other nonfiction authors offering content-based, kid-friendly activities at http://hands-on-books.blogspot.com/.
Kerrie is iNK THINK TANK’s Wondering Woman. Her books on women war reporters, women’s suffrage, Theodore Roosevelt, Elizabeth Tudor, and Isaac Newton have been honored by the Children’s Book Council, National Council for the Social Studies, VOYA, Smithsonian magazine, and the National Science Teachers Association. MUMMIES EXPOSED! garnered four starred reviews.
Michelle Houts writes both fiction and nonfiction for elementary and middle-grade readers. She the author of SEA GLASS SUMMER, stunningly illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Her STEM-based chapter book series, LUCY’S LAB encourages young readers to be curious explorers of the world. Houts has written the biographies of a woman who played baseball (KAMMIE ON FIRST), a midcentury modern artist (COUNT THE WINGS: THE LIFE AND ART OF CHARLEY HARPER), the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail (WHEN GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A HIKE) and a great-horned owl (SILENT SWOOP). Houts writes from a restored one-room schoolhouse and is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences. Find out more about Michelle Houts, including her 52 Letter Challenge and The Mark Boney Promise, an anti-bullying campaign, at http://www.michellehouts.com.
Richard O Jones
After twenty-five years writing the first draft of history as a writer and editor for his hometown newspaper, the Hamilton Journal-News, Richard O Jones left the grind of daily journalism in the fall of 2013 for a life of true crime. He is the author of two books on the History Press imprint, Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal (October, 2014) and Ohio Bluebeard: The Strange Confessions of Alfred Knapp (Spring, 2015), and maintains the True Crime Historian blog, where he remembers the scoundrels, scandals and scourges of America’s past and publishes the Two-Dollar Terror series of novella-length ebooks. Mr. Jones, a creative writing graduate of Miami University, Ohio, spent most of his career as an arts journalist and has won numerous awards for his reviews and profiles. In 2004, he was named a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts Theatre and Musical Theatre program at the Annenberg School of Journalism. The Ohio Associated Press named him Feature Writer of the Year in 2011. Since leaving the newspaper world, Mr. Jones has become an active member of his local history community as a board member of the Butler County Historical Society, a member of the History Speakers Bureau and a regular presenter at Miami University in a program titled “Yesterday’s News.” The Michael J. Colligan History Project of Miami University presented Mr. Jones with a Special Recognition for Contributions to Public History for his coverage of the Centennial Commemoration of the Great Flood of 1913. Visit him online at http://www.truecrimehistorian.com.
Marlane Kennedy is the author of two middle grade novels published by HarperCollins: Me and the Pumpkin Queen and The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes. Both books were nominees to a variety of state award lists. She is also the author of the Disaster Strikes series published by Scholastic—adventures featuring ordinary kids in extraordinary situations that test their strength, smarts, and courage. Booklist praised the first release of the series: “Full of action and realistic friend dynamics…this holds strong appeal for both girls and boys and features a diverse cast of characters. A rare find in transitional chapter books.” A life-long Ohio resident, Marlane was born in Waverly, Ohio and now lives in Wooster, Ohio with her husband and daughter. Find her online at http://marlanekennedy.com.
Jonathan Knight has written nine books on Cleveland sports. Called “one of the most articulate and devoted sportswriters in Ohio” by the Akron Beacon Journal, Knight has been praised by the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Magazine, and ESPN’s Grantland.com. He’s a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his two sons. You can learn more at http://www.jknightbooks.com and follow him on Twitter at @jknightwriter.
An Ohio native, Christine (Rhodeback) Kohler is the author of 17 nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, she lived in Japan and Guam, the setting for her debut novel NO SURRENDER SOLDIER (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster). She is also published in educational books, articles, poetry and photography.…Read More
An Ohio native, Christine (Rhodeback) Kohler is the author of 17 nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, she lived in Japan and Guam, the setting for her debut novel NO SURRENDER SOLDIER (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster). She is also published in educational books, articles, poetry and photography.
Kohler now lives in Texas with her husband, whom she met at Kent State University. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org ; website http://www.christinekohlerbooks.com/ ; facebook https://www.facebook.com/ChristineKohlerbooks/ ; twitter https://twitter.com/christinekohle1
Trudy Krisher is the author of many award-winning books for young adults and children as well as a scholarly biography. She has a reputation as a talented writer who does not hesitate to explore sensitive issues. In novels like SPITE Fences, Kinship, Fallout, and Uncommon Faith, social issues are always embedded in a lively historical context with a dramatic story line.
Trudy Krisher has won many awards for her writing. They include Best Book for Young Adults selections of the American Library Association; International Reading Association Award; The Jefferson Cup Honor Book of the Virginia Library Association; Parents’ Choice Honor Book; Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award; Amelia Bloomer Project Recommendation; Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year; and Capitol Choice Book.
A professor (retired) from Sinclair Community College, Trudy Krisher is comfortable speaking about books and writing to groups young and old. For more, go to trudykrisherauthor.com
Kurt Landefeld is the author of Jack’s Memoirs: Off the Road, a fictional exploration of Jack Kerouac’s life had he not died in 1969 presented as a memoir from Kerouac. Landefeld is a longtime advertising and public relations executive, writer and producer in Toledo, Akron, Cleveland and Huron. In addition, he is the co-founder of VanitaBooks, a children’s book publishing company. Landefeld was born in San Francisco and, next to Rocky River, Ohio, where he attended high school, considers it his second home. He is a G=graduate of Bucknell University with graduate work at University of Toledo and is married with one daughter, one dog, and one cat. For more information check out Landefeld online at his Facebook account.
Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public–just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio,” where she writes science fiction adventures for Disney Hyperion.…Read More
Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public–just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio,” where she writes science fiction adventures for Disney Hyperion. Visit her online at http://melissa-landers.com.
Tracy Lawson knew she wanted to be an author from the time she could read. After a long career in the performing arts, she shifted her focus to writing. Her first fiction efforts spawned the Resistance Series. She also has to her credit Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More (McDonald & Woodward), winner of the 2012 Ohio Professional Writers Association’s Best Non-fiction History Award. Tracy may be contacted at email@example.com http://tracylawsonbooks.com
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