March Author of the Month: TARA TYLER

I love Book Fairs and Book Signings, not only for the opportunity to talk with readers and the public in general but also for the chance to interact with fellow writers. I met Tara Tyler at Mulberry Street Books in Lebanon, Ohio, where proprietor Angela is incredibly supportive of local authors. Tara, a sci-fi fantasy and adventure author, impressed me with her stories aimed at the middle-grade reader. She describes herself as "a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. [...]

By |2022-02-28T17:01:18+00:00February 28th, 2022|Author of the Month, Featured, Uncategorized|0 Comments

February 2022 Author of the Month: KIMBERLY BECKETT

February has many celebratory events, but the most recognizable has to be Valentine's Day, and what could be more appropriate than inviting a romance author to visit this month? It's my pleasure to introduce Kimberly Beckett, who loves horses and infuses her romantic tales with a strong dose of equine healing. Beckett is a fellow member of the Central Ohio Fiction Writers organization, which supports all things romance as well as other writers in the Buckeye state.   Janet Irvin: Welcome to my author's corner, [...]

By |2022-01-31T17:08:24+00:00January 31st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

January 2022 Author of the Month: MAGGIE BLACKBIRD

It's a new day in a new year...welcome, 2022, and welcome, as well, to Maggie Blackbird, who writes romance novels set among Canada's indigenous people. About herself, Maggie is an Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario. She resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes, one of whom is pictured below.  "When I'm not writing," Maggie says,  "I can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up [...]

By |2022-01-01T14:42:22+00:00January 1st, 2022|Author of the Month|0 Comments

December 2021 AUTHOR of the MONTH: GREG ENSLEN

What a year this has been...ongoing pandemic concerns, a gradual return to in-person activities, a chance for new beginnings in all things, and a wonderful roster of authors to interview and add to my reading list. This month is no exception. With a drum roll, I present to you Greg Enslen, a writer engaged in his community and turning out new novels as we connected. A founding member of the Downtown Tipp City Partnership, Greg has been involved in his community on multiple levels. His [...]

By |2021-11-30T12:58:31+00:00November 30th, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

November 2021 Author of the Month: BARBARA KYLE

Every once in a while, an author comes across a website or page and simply captures my attention. Upon further investigation, I usually find new books to read, new inspiration from a fellow writer, and a desire to know the person in the real world. That is exactly what happened with my November author -- Barbara Kyle, whose amazing mini-lessons through her newsletter offer aspiring and established writers excellent advice and clear instruction in improving their work. Let me share with you her brief bio. [...]

By |2021-10-31T23:56:16+00:00October 31st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

October 2021 Author of the Month: SHULY XÓCHITL CAWOOD

Dayton, Ohio, and its environs host a large, diverse, talented pool of writers. The small town of Yellow Springs has given birth to many of those talents, the comedian and philanthropist Dave Chappelle, for one. This month I want to introduce you to another of the Springs' delightful creatives, author Shuly Xóchitl Cawood, whose beautiful and insightful work includes poetry, essays, and short stories. She is also a gifted teacher who shares her expertise with others through workshops and conferences as she mentors aspiring writers [...]

By |2021-10-01T16:30:19+00:00September 30th, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

September Author of the Month: KEN SCHNECK

For a teacher like me, September has always meant beginnings...the opportunity to meet a bright new crop of young minds and watch them grow. For this journalist, the month also allows me to introduce you, dear reader, to an author and comedian I met virtually during this past year of Zooming. I was so impressed by his presentation and his personality that I invited Ken Schneck to be a guest...and he agreed! Ken wears many hats. He is a tenured professor of education at Baldwin [...]

By |2021-08-31T14:47:34+00:00August 31st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

August Author of the Month: JEFFREY MARKS

The dog days of August are here, dear reader, and so is our wonderful August author, Jeffrey Marks, who identifies himself on his website as an author, publisher, husband, and doggie daddy.  Retired from teaching in 2020, Marks is the author of two series, both mystery novels. One features a department store cosmetics department, and the first book in that series was awarded the very first Malice Domestic Grant. The other series comes from his short story work and features US Grant as the historical [...]

By |2021-07-31T17:29:55+00:00July 31st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

July 2021 Author of the Month: JOE OESTREICH

Okay, readers, I have a real treat for you this first ever musician-author, the personable, talented Joe Oestreich. I met Joe at the now-defunct Antioch Writers Workshop and came away very impressed with his ability to make a large audience feel comfortable and eager to share their thoughts and writings. Joe is the author of four books of creative nonfiction: WAITING TO DERAIL (co-written with Thomas O’Keefe, 2018), PARTISANS (2017), LINES OF SCRIMMAGE (co-written with Scott Pleasant, 2015) and HITLESS WONDER (2012). His work [...]

By |2021-06-30T13:23:58+00:00June 30th, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments

June 2021 Author of the Month: ELLEN BIRKETT MORRIS

Connecting to other authors during my extended homestay has been both challenging and rewarding, especially since my introverted personality enjoys closing off the noise of the world and living the stories in my head. Last year, however, I had the good fortune to review fiction by Ellen Birkett Morris and found a new colleague and friend. This month I'd like to introduce her to you. Ellen is the author of Lost Girls, a collection of short stories called "a varied set of tales from a [...]

By |2021-05-31T15:05:23+00:00May 31st, 2021|Author of the Month|0 Comments
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