Author of the Month

2020 April Author of the Month: CAS MILLER

In the midst of the continuing coronavirus event, I am grateful for writers, readers, and books. This month I've invited a YA fantasy writer to sit in the virtual writer's chair. I met Cas Miller at the Marion Public Library in 2019 during their ReadLocal Author Fair. She was gracious enough to accept my invitation to share her writing journey with us. Janet Irvin: Greetings, Cas. Let's get started with a brief overview of you background and how you came to this writing gig. Cas [...]

By |2020-03-31T13:04:42+00:00March 31st, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2020 March Author of the Month: MEGAN HART

Our March feature is a NYT Best-selling author with a slew of books to her name. When she moved to our Dayton, she joined our community of talented writers working here in the Miami Valley. It's my pleasure to welcome Megan Hart to AOTM. Janet Irvin: Hi, Megan! I'm so glad you're here to share with us your writing thoughts. Let's get started. You are a New York Times and USA best-selling author and your output is prodigious. Can you share with readers how you [...]

By |2020-02-29T22:57:21+00:00February 29th, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2020 February Author of the Month: DAVID LEE GARRISON

2020 arrives as a leap year, gracing us with an extra day in February. It's always nice to have more time to read and write and speak with authors. This month it is my pleasure to introduce you to David Lee Garrison, an educator and a writer and a member of the celebrated and well-published group the Greenville Poets. The poetry of this retired Wright State University professor has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Two poems from his book Sweeping the Cemetery were read [...]

By |2020-02-01T18:47:20+00:00February 1st, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2020 January Author of the Month: TIM SMITH

A brand new year means a brand new look at authors from the area and beyond. This month I welcome a writer who makes it his business to tell romance stories from a male point of view and spice them up with mystery and suspense. Please say hello to Tim Smith, an award-winning, bestselling author and freelance writer. His books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. When not writing, he can often be found in the Florida Keys, indulging his passion for parasailing [...]

By |2020-01-28T21:32:50+00:00January 28th, 2020|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2019 December Author of the Month: CATHRYN ESSINGER

In this holiday time when we carve out a span of weeks to remind ourselves of myths and miracles, of solstice lights and winter sights, I offer this guest for your enjoyment. Cathryn Essinger is an extraordinary poet expresses our deepest revelations in and among the everyday rituals of our lives. One of my favorites is "A Blessing for Unholy Things" and these lines from the final three stanzas: I want a blessing for unholy things-- for the catbird that empties the sparrow's nest,   [...]

By |2019-12-30T23:58:25+00:00December 30th, 2019|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2019 November Author of the Month: JEANNE OATES ESTRIDGE

November is that month when we turn to the holidays, grateful for the good things in our lives and seeking opportunities to share that goodness with others. This day transcends race, color, religion, politics, and binds us together in thankfulness for the blessings we've been given. Speaking of the spiritual, this month's author offers a tantalizing twist on the paranormal romance genre. Instead of werewolves or vampires, Jeanne Oates Estridge offers us demons. I must admit I was fascinated by this unusual approach to what [...]

By |2019-12-31T00:08:42+00:00October 31st, 2019|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2019 October Author of the Month: JOHN KACHUBA

October is the orangest month! All those pumpkins and colorful leaves and, of course, the search for costumes in anticipation of Halloween. Who better to fill our author of the month slot than the 'spooky' John Kachuba, whose books about the eerie and the supernatural here in Ohio and beyond have garnered acclaim and a loyal audience. It is my distinct pleasure to share our conversation below. Janet Irvin: Welcome, John. It's great to have a chance to chat with you about your writing. How [...]

By |2019-12-31T00:11:04+00:00September 30th, 2019|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2019 September Author of the Month: NATE WILSON

I love meeting authors, and every once in a while, I encounter one who has overcome obstacles that might destroy many of us. Nate Wilson is one of those young writers who inspires and astounds. His debut novel,  ZERO TO HERO, is an uncompromising look at the addictions that threatened to destroy him. That he has emerged and gone on to serve as a role model for others is a joyful thing. Please welcome Nate as my featured author of the month for September.                                  [...]

By |2019-12-31T00:12:35+00:00August 31st, 2019|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2019 August Author of the Month: TJ Turner

I am so very pleased to introduce you to the August Author of the Month T.J. Turner, the author of  the Lincoln's Bodyguard series of novels. Todd has served our country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He has been active in the Dayton-area writing community as well, serving as president of the Antioch Writers Workshop. Welcome, TJ, to our August dialogue! Janet Irvin: It is always interesting to learn of a writer's journey to publication. What first inspired you to write? TJ [...]

By |2020-01-02T21:07:27+00:00July 25th, 2019|Author of the Month|0 Comments

2019 July Author of the Month: LESLIE BUDEWITZ

Last month was a bit of a surprise -- lower than average temperatures and rain, rain, and more rain. Still, the wildflowers have grown tall and the potatoes are doing well. And, as all things do, the days pass swiftly. Now it's time for fireworks and picnic celebrations, and  another amazing authort. Allow me to introduce you to our celebrated and award-winning author for July -- Leslie Budewitz. Janet Irvin: Welcome, Leslie. You have become a real force in our writing community. Your novel series [...]

By |2020-01-02T21:08:59+00:00July 1st, 2019|Author of the Month|0 Comments