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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Mary Beth Earnheardt
M.B. Earnheardt lives in Youngstown, Ohio, transplanted from her childhood home in Mahaffey, PA, where she grew up on a small farm, surrounded by trees and books. Although she has written a smattering of academic articles and news stories, Switch-A-Wish is her first work of fiction.
When she’s not writing, Earnheardt directs the Anderson Program in Journalism at Youngstown State University, and teaches journalism courses in media law and news reporting. She advises the student newspaper, preparing the next generation of great storytellers. When she’s not teaching, she helps her husband, Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt, raise their four lab experiments (re: kids) in a Petri dish they call “home.”
Earnheardt earned a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University, a M.S. degree in communication, B.S. in communication, and a B.A. in political science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Her blog is available at mbearnheardt.com.
Jeffrey Ebbeler has been creating art for children for over 20 years. He has illustrated over 50 children’s books and has given many lectures at grade schools, colleges and museums about the process of bringing words to life through pictures. Jeffrey currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife and twin daughters. Learn more at his website: https://jeffillustration.com/
D. Rose Eder
D. Rose Elder teaches ethnomusicology and humanities at Ohio State-ATI, Wooster OH. Growing up in Shaker Heights, the experience of meeting real Shakers as well as members of other surrounding religious communities resulted in her lifelong interest in how a religion influences the daily lives of its practitioners. Her current research is based in Ghana, West Africa, where she annually leads an Ohio State-ATI study abroad tour. Her spouse Peter teaches at Kenyon College and her three wonderful children live and work in Columbus and Wooster.
Scott Edwards is an advertising creative director and copywriter. He studied communications and film history at The University of Pennsylvania, and has attended many industry events, including The Cannes Film Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and The Cleveland International Film Festival. He has an extensive collection of cinema collectibles and memorabilia, which began when he entered the movie business at age eleven changing marquees, selling popcorn and sweeping aisles at a small neighborhood theatre managed by his father in upstate New York.
Kathy S. Elasky
Kathy S Elasky is a retired teacher/counselor from SE Ohio. She lives on a small farm with her husband, dogs, one cat, several squirrels and the occasional raccoon and possum. She loves reading to her grandkids, sewing, church activities and of course writing and illustrating books.
Nathan Elias grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of The Reincarnations: Stories and the forthcoming novel Coil Quake Rift (Montag Press, 2020/21). He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, his writing has been nominated for the Puschart Prize and Best Microfiction, and he was a finalist of The Saturday Evening Post 2020 Great American Fiction Contest. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in publications such as PANK, Entropy, Hobart, Pithead Chapel, and Barnstorm. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and rescue dog.
Mary Ellis is a former schoolteacher turned USA Today bestselling author who’s written twenty-six novels including Amish fiction, historical romance, and suspense. Her first mystery, Midnight on the Mississippi, was a finalist for the RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. Her latest series is the Bourbon Tour Mysteries from Severn House. Book two, One Hundred Proof Murder released August 3, 2021. Her latest Amish novella is Missing available on Amazon Kindle. She enjoys gardening and bicycling and lives in Ohio with her husband and dog. http://www.maryellis.net or http://www.facebook.com/Mary.Ellis.Author
Alex Erickson is the author of both the Bookstore Café and the Furever Pets mysteries. When he’s not writing, he enjoys spending his time gaming or playing music. He lives in Ohio with his wife, son, and their three crazy cats. He can be found online at alexericksonbooks.com/
Kelcey Ervick is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir, The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law that Changed Women’s Lives, about growing up in Cincinnati and playing for nationally ranked soccer teams in the early years of Title IX. She is the author of three previous award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction, and co-editor with Tom Hart of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature. Her stories, essays, and comics have been published widely, including The Washington Post, The Believer, Lit Hub, and The Rumpus. She has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities. A Cincinnati student from grade school to grad school, Kelcey has a PhD from the University of Cincinnati and is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Indiana University South Bend. Learn more about her writing and art at kelceyervick.com
Terry W. Ervin , II
Terry W. Ervin II is an English teacher who enjoys writing fantasy and science fiction. His science fiction novels include Relic Tech and Relic Hunted (Crax War Chronicles), and Thunder Wells, a post-apocalyptic alien invasion novel. Genre Shotgun is Terry’s short story collection. It includes SF, mystery, horror/suspense and inspirational tales.
Terry’s post-apocalyptic fantasy series, First Civilization’s Legacy, includes Flank Hawk, Blood Sword and Soul Forge. His newest series (Fantasy/LitRPG) Monsters, Maces and Magic includes Outpost, and Betrayal.
He is currently working on Relic Shield, the third novel in the Crax War Chronicles and Guild, the third installment in the Monsters, Maces and Magic series.
To contact Terry or to learn more about his writing endeavors, visit his website at http://www.ervin-author.com.