Meet the Authors
For more than 25 years Susan worked with children and adults as a speech pathologist and administrator. As a published songwriter her credits include The Magical Future®, the official anthem for the inaugural National Children’s Day as well as One Voice One Light, the official song for the Children’s Torch of Hope UN50 tour. She is co-author of the Magical Future® Song book and Magical Future®, both self-published children’s books. She is a member of RWA. Christmas Wish Upon A Star is her debut novel with Sands Press.
Susan resides in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. In addition to writing, Susan enjoys playing the piano, walking in the woods, yoga and spending time with her friends. She is a firm believer in knowing dreams do come true!
Kristina Brune has loved books for as long as she can remember and has put her passion for words to work as a copywriter and editor. She's worked with businesses and entrepreneurs around the world, including digital influencers, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and one of the largest investor-owned utilities in the Midwest. Her work has been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc.com, and various other publications.
Kristina lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. When she's not busy being her kids' personal shuttle to hockey, baseball, softball, and rehearsals, she always has her nose in a book and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her laundry fairy. Weight of Memory is her first novel.
Laurie Carter is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work appears in books, newspapers, magazines and online. Born in Ontario, she lived in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley for more than two decades. She shares a cozy home with her husband, writer/photographer Bruce Kemp, and an SPCA rescue cat.
Henry Cline was born in 1994 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been writing since he was seven and started writing novels at the age of eleven. His other passions include playing the electric guitar, cooking, and baking. His first album, ‘Resilience’, was released in September of 2016.
Nicole started as another mom who used to love telling her children bedtime stories when they were young either from a book or from her own wild imagination. A nurse, but also a lover of literature, she started putting her ideas to paper. If she is not reading she is writing or chasing down a random thought in the east side of Ontario. She lives with her husband and dog; both of whom have a firmer grasp on reality.
The Ties that Bind is her third novel - the first two unknown gems were under her maiden name.
Heather Cratchley is a mom of two teenage sons and runs a full house, including two dogs and a cat. With various careers under her belt, Heather chose to change course and pursue her passion for writing. Her relationship with reading started at a young age with books like 'Little Women' and 'Salem's Lot'. She gets her inspiration from music, people-watching, and authors such as Katie McGarry, J. Sterling and Colleen Hoover. When she's not engrossed in writing, you can find her walking her dogs, enjoying a good glass of wine, watching a movie, or spending quality time with her kids. Heather currently resides just outside of Toronto, Canada.
Facebook: Heather Cratchley
Alison is a life-long resident of the West Midlands region of England. She studied psychology in college and when she’s not juggling busy work life and writing novels, she enjoys researching the wonders of astronomy. Alison has two grown daughters who live and work in the vibrant city of London. Alison resides in a historic home in the charming town of Tettenhall, U.K.
From her earliest memories, Lisa Dewald has been writing in one way or another. Sometimes it is the traditional pen and paper, while other times it is in the private recesses of her mind. A lot of her storylines are borrowed from actual experiences in her life, where fact has proven to be stranger than fiction. Although her genre is romance, she feels it is secondary to the main story of the human condition that we all can relate to. The longing to trust and to be vulnerable. To forgive and admit your need for forgiveness. The Ring is her first book to be published. She lives in Oshawa Ontario, where she also feeds her other passion as a home chef. Her perfect night is not only about being lost in a world of words and emotions but in a world of flavours and scents.
Mark Dorey was born in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada, the youngest of 5 siblings. He began his adult life as an artist carving stone and antler, painting, and any other medium of art he could get his hands on. Mark's author influences are Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, and Frank Herbert, which inspired him to write The Chronicles of the Great Neblinski, a hilarious story of his adventures with his newfound friends Grarr, Durik, Raz, Beornag, and Musky. It is a story of companionship, tolerance, loyalty, devotion to friendship, and healing.
Today, Mark lives in Ontario, Canada, with his partner and a pack of giant wolfdogs, where he still makes art, composes music, and continues to write about the Great Neblinski and his friends.
Andrew Jay Gillespie, part Irish, part First Nations, is a police officer of 25 years and author of the novel I Am Madness. Born in the early 1970s, it was around this time his father accepted a job with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After a childhood of moving from place to place, his family eventually settled in Ontario, Canada. Here, Andrew Jay ended up finishing high school, then graduating with Dean’s List Honours at the top of his class with a degree in Paralegal Studies. Policing now entrenched in his psyche, Andrew Jay entered his career in 1993 and served at various locations across Ontario. He excelled in this field and after being promoted to detective he began work on complex, in-depth criminal investigations and used these experiences to fuel the I Am Madness novel. Following the years spent as a detective, Andrew Jay is now serving as Police Chief in southern Ontario. With the blood of the Irish flowing through him, Andrew Jay is a self-professed beer and chicken wing enthusiast. To date, he has tried hundreds of different types of beer worldwide and maintains a continuing quest to find the hottest chicken wings known to man. I Am Madness is his first novel.
Earl Alexander Green is currently a freelance writer engaging in social media posts and quasi-blogs in which he promotes the Gospel of grace, he is a practicing charismatic Christian. Earl was born in St. Andrew on January 12, 1969. Trained at the University of Technology in Finance and Management, he graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration (Honours). A Wolmerian through and through he attended both Wolmer`s Preparatory School and Wolmer`s Boys School. Earl’s career includes stints at the National Works Agency/ Ministry of Transport & Works for 15 years, Jamaica Association of Composers Authors & Publishers, Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd, Clarendon Parish Council – Local Government, and The Marketing Counsellors Ltd. During his formal career he pursued many entrepreneurial projects and has written 5 music lyric book catalogs, and one book of movie and TV show treatments. He has also written, recorded, produced, and marketed 4 songs. He is a member of the Jamaica Association of Composers Authors and Publishers (JACAP) and the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY).
Shayna Grissom was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She currently resides in Seattle with her husband, two children, and her beloved pets. Shayna draws inspiration for her writings from binge-watching too many shows with far too much wine. She is a lover of the macabre, the strange, natural sciences, and films that feature vivid colors and imagery. Her favorite film director is Guillermo Del Toro, and her favorite books growing up were Anne Rice novels.
Websites: GoodReads.com or www.sgrissom.com
Bess Hamilton was born and raised in St. Marys, Ontario. While her roots are in southern Ontario, she now calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, home. Remembrance is her first novel.
Crystal Jackson is the creator of the Heart of Madison series, an ongoing southern romance set in the charming real-life town of Madison, Georgia, where she lives with her two wild and wonderful children. A former therapist turned author, her work has been featured on Medium, Elephant Journal, Elite Daily, and The Good Men Project. When she's not writing for Medium and working on her next book, you can find Crystal traveling, paddle boarding, running, throwing axes badly (but with terrifying enthusiasm), hiking, doing yoga, or curling up with her nose in a book.
E. L. Johnson
Erin L. Johnson is extremely passionate about writing and writes on the train commute into London, during her lunch hour, and on the train ride home. When not penning story ideas she runs a successful book club in London and is the marketing director of the Hertford Writers Circle, where she recently gave a talk on how to use Twitter to build your author platform. She also has a number of short stories published in anthologies in print and online.
P. L. Jonas possesses a creative spirit with a passion for literature, art, and music. She began writing novels in 2018 after a long career in marketing and technical writing and editing. A native Arizonan, she has traveled all over the U.S. and ten other countries (so far). Drawing on her personal experience, a fascination with history, and a love of research, she weaves stories of romance, fantasy, and suspense. In 2021, her first novel was awarded First Place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards, Goethe category, for late historical fiction. When she's not writing or editing, she is reading and painting while her beloved cat looks on.
Originally from Ireland, Jillean McClory emigrated to Canada with her family and settled in Toronto. She wrote her first story at eight – titled The Docherty’s, it was the tale of an Irish family of ten, who happily raised sheep on Docherty Mountain until their eldest daughter came home from school unable to speak. At ten, she announced to her family that she was going to be a writer. That Christmas her father and mother bought her a 315 Underwood Typewriter, and her Aunt Bridie taught her how to type – fff jjj. She’s never looked back. Her career began in a newspaper editorial department, and from there she went on to be a researcher, journalist, history columnist, and editor. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her family, where she is at work on her next book.
I like to think of myself as a 20-year-old with 13 years of experience. I had a wonderful childhood - playing outdoors with my neighbours, swimming in our backyard pool, and goofing around with my family filled my summer days and winter nights. I liked to follow in the footsteps of my 2 older brothers. They played baseball, so I signed up to participate in the sport as well. I wouldn’t go on to make a major league throw from home plate to second base to tag a base runner out, but I had fun just the same. At the age of 14, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and a rare neuromuscular disorder called Friedreich Ataxia. F.A. affects a person’s balance but has left me with a strong sense of humour to get me through hard times. I have a degree in Psychology from Brock University. Although becoming a career writer wasn’t on my radar until the past five years, being a published author has been on my bucket list for decades. Once I explored writing, I fell in love with the whole process. Writing a book hasn’t always been easy, but I continue to follow my dreams. I love to spend time with young children, whether they be my own nieces and nephew, or babies belonging to my friends. I adore the little people in my life in such a way that I feel discomfort when they are hurt or sad. I’m not your average young lady, but who wants to be average anyway? My life is never dull and always full of fun! Currently, I live with 2 roommates that I refer to as Mom and Dad.
Sonia Nicholson has worked in archives for fifteen years. Her work has appeared in Mosaic Times, A Time of Singing, and the Living Hyphen podcast. A first-generation Canadian who grew up in a Portuguese immigrant family in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada, she went on to study French and Spanish at the University of Victoria. She’s been to France several times and might be obsessed with the country and culture. She lives in Victoria with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs.
Brad Oates grew up in the small town of Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada. He developed a passion for literature at an early age. Many of his first memories involve being curled up on the couch with his parents and siblings as they read ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
Now living in Edmonton, Alberta, with his dog, Bogney, and his partner, Janine, Brad enjoys spending his free time writing in the bars along Whyte Avenue… when it isn’t too cold, of course.
Brad is also the author of ‘Edgar’s Worst Sunday,’ and has contributed to three anthologies of short stories with the Edmonton Writer’s Group. On his blog, www.BradOHInc.com, he enjoys producing a wide range of content—including poetry, political commentary, philosophical reflections, and more. He generally finds himself leaning towards a darkly comedic literary approach and often dwells on the themes of human virtue and self-deception.
Connie was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1954 and grew up in Scarborough where she attended Woburn Collegiate Institute. She married in 1975 and began raising a family in 1977. In 1993 she and her family moved west to Calgary, Alberta where she resides to this day. She spent many years as a stay-at-home Mom and loved every minute of it. Her working years consisted of various occupations (Secretary, Administrative Assistant, and Aquatic Fitness Instructor). In 2012 she began writing poetry as a hobby and continues to take great delight in doing so. She’s currently enjoying her retirement years living in close proximity to her two sons, two grandsons, and her two daughter-in-laws. Her family, friends, and everyday occurrences never fail to inspire and motivate her muse into crafting new poems for her readers.
Peter was born in Toronto, Canada, and after studying Business Administration at Ryerson University he embarked on a thirty-four-year career in the business world, primarily spent in the executive ranks. He retired in 2007 after serving as the Chief Operating Officer of a major national company. Peter has unfortunately passed away, but his work lives on in his novels.
Emily Pickard was born in Tacoma, Washington, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember (just ask her 5th-grade teacher). Emily feels it’s important to travel as much as possible and has walked the Spanish Steps, gazed out over the Cliffs of Moher, walked the lava at Kilauea, and even explored Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern. Ireland is one of her favorite places to visit and has been a great inspiration for her writing. When she’s not reading (often with a fluffy black cat in her lap), she can be found at a local beach.
Perry Prete was born in Sudbury, Ontario, but grew up in London, Ontario. Later, he relocated to Brockville to work as a Paramedic. Perry continues to work as a Paramedic for Leeds Grenville Paramedic Services. With over 42 years of experience and counting, those calls provide a wealth of information for the Ethan Tennant series. His first book, “All Good Things”, introduces his readers to Paramedic Ethan Tennant as he works the streets and tracks down a serial killer in Ottawa, Ontario. “The More Things Change”, continues to follow Ethan and his work partner Tom, as they assist the police in uncovering a plot kept secret since World War II. A prequel, “The Things That Matter Most”, brings together Ethan, Tom, Maddy and Galen as they work to capture the killer of little girls. “All Things Must Pass” is currently in the works and continues the Ethan Tennant mysteries.
Adolfo E. Ramirez
Beginning at eleven, his father brought home a worn-out typewriter that soon sparked his passion for writing. Immediately he put this new machine to work and started pumping out ghost stories for his friends and family to read. Once his typewriter broke his writing career was put on hold, and like most kids in those times, he spent his days playing outside. He impressed some of his teachers during his school years with his writing, but never had the courage or guidance to take it further. Instead, he dreamed of maybe one day playing basketball for the N.B.A. At the time he didn’t know that he’ll only grow to be 5′ 8″ and that the dream he was reaching for was almost impossible. So as the years passed by, writing became just something that came easy to him but held no future. After graduating High School, he studied to be a mechanic and quickly found a job working on cars. During this period, he learned that he could combine his passion for writing with his love for music and began composing songs. With this new love, he quit his job in the automotive field and concentrated on making it in the music business.
Meghan is an award-winning photojournalist, she was short-listed in the 2019 Unsplash Awards and has won several collegiate press awards. Previously, Meghan was published in the Huffington Post with a piece on grief.
Meghan is a mass-transit advocate, retired prom queen, and all-around delight. Some of her favorite pastimes are reading the news, Brit-pop music, collecting scrunchies, scrolling through Twitter, and wandering through antique shops. She is also interested in making grief resources accessible to all.
Meghan is currently working on her second novel and lives in New York City.
Kristina M. Serrano
After starting college at 16, Kristina M. Serrano graduated from Cape Fear Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Arts, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing Fiction and a Certificate in Publishing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, landing on the Dean’s and Chancellor’s lists. She was the Executive Editor and Prose Editor of an online literary magazine, and, while in college, had the privilege of singing the National Anthem at four large events. She currently resides in North Carolina with her hyper Bichon Frise, Jake.
Dennis Stein was born in Etobicoke on December 24, 1970, and has lived in Brockville and the area since 1977. He only began writing fiction later in life, having a busy day job working for CN Rail. With a broad variety of genres, Stein has been working on titles in drama, horror, young reader, and even romance. He currently has three self-published books, with several more in the works for release soon. When not busy with his current career with the railroad, Dennis also writes historical and human interest articles for several local publications.
A resident of central Canada, Melissa writes between visits to the lake and her work as a secretary. Melissa is living her dream; married, with an adorable daughter, dog, and paying down a mortgage. As a member of the Manitoba Writers Guild, Melissa was a bestseller in Manitoba in 2016 and 2018. In 2010 Melissa lost a friend when a drunk driver claimed her life. This tragedy inspired Melissa to write her first novel, Living Secrets. Deadly Secrets, her second novel will be released soon. She enjoys writing a monthly blog with other members of the writing community at Allinthepantheon.com.
Twitter: @melkbud and @ErebusAnd
Michaela Turcotte lives in Hamilton, Ontario where she is studying Journalism. She has been reading books since the age of 2, novels since the age of 4, and writing since she was able to hold a pen.
Yvonne Eve Walus
You won't believe this, but when I'm not a novelist, I'm a Doctor of Mathematics. A business analyst. A wife and a mother. Most of all, though - I am a writer, hoping to change the world one book at a time.
My heritage is inter-continental. The first twelve years of my life in communist Poland taught me never to trust newspapers, how to play the game within the system, to value uniformity, and to ride in public transport squashed between so many people that my feet didn’t touch the ground. The next sixteen years in South Africa’s apartheid taught me never to trust newspapers, how to play the game within the system, to value diversity, and to drive the car fifty metres down the driveway to my mailbox. The years that followed taught me that New Zealand is a fantastic country to live in – consequently, I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else.
Crime fiction is my passion. My childhood hero was, predictably, Hercule Poirot. I've changed my mind several times since, and for a time, I was totally into Harlan Coben's super-rich super-able Win (Windsor Horne Lockwood), but my current favourite is Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch… I mean, Sherlock Holmes.
Richard Zaric has had a passion for writing as far back as high school when he won the Nan Shipley Award for creative writing. Richard has been a researcher for over 25 years. His research skills helped uncover Winnipeg’s storied past. He graduated from the University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)) in 1989 and lives in Winnipeg. Hiding Scars is his first novel.