Speakers and Guests

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Author Guests:

E.S. Moore: E.S. Moore is the author of the Kat Redding series and the eBook Little David Lost.  He was born and raised in Ohio where he still lives with his wife and son. He attended Ohio University, majoring in Electronic Media and then later, Telecommunications. Writing has always been a big part of his life, with paranormal and horror being especially important to him.  When he’s not writing or reading, he can usually be found feeding his online gaming addiction or listening to loud, obnoxious music.

Susan Gee Heino: Sussan Gee Heino is the author of Mistress by Mistake, winner of the RWA’s Golden Heart Award, Damsel in DisguiseTemptress in Training, and Passion and Pretense. Today, she resides in rural Ohio with an ever changing menagerie of creatures, her husband, and two children.

Troy Lewis: Troy Lewis is a recent walking miracle (transplant recipient), speaker, and author. He resides in Northwest Ohio with his lovely wife Stephanie and two beautiful daughters Corrine and Allison.  He loves sharing “Wow God stories” to inspire and encourage others.  For nine years Troy had played the part of Jesus Christ in a Passion drama, but that was only in preparation for what God had in store next. Since his near death experience, he now shares what’s called”God’s Story,” the amazing testimonial message of hope for groups, conferences, and churches all around!
He has been interviewed on TV, radio, and featured in media articles.

Wendy Koile: Wendy lives in southern Ohio with her husband and 9 year old daughter, Emma. She holds a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching Language Arts. Currently, she enjoys teaching at Zane State College as a Development Reading and English teacher. She is also a member of Not In Our Write Minds writers group of Dover, Ohio. Wendy has vacationed at Geneva on the Lake every year of her life. Wendy continues the tradition with her husband, daughter, and extended family.

Laura Bickle: Laura Bickle’s professional background is in criminal justice and library science, and when she’s not patrolling the stacks at the public library she’s dreaming up stories about the monsters under the stairs (she also writes contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams). Laura lives in Ohio with her husband and five mostly-reformed feral cats.

Mary Ellis: Mary Ellis grew up near the Amish and fell in love with them.  She has now written twelve bestselling novels set in their communities, along with two romantic suspense.  When not writing, she enjoys gardening, bicycling, and swimming.  Before “retiring” to write full-time, Mary taught school and work as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate.  Living in Harmony, the first book in her current series, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish fiction.  He debut Christian novel, A Widow’s Hope, was a finalist for the 2010 ACFW Carol Awards.  She is currently working on a three-book historical romance series set during the Civil War.

Sarah WellsSarah M. Wells is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes from Wipf and Stock Publishers (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009).  Sarah’s poetry has been honored with two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her essay, “Those Summers, These Days” was named a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2012.  Sarah serves as the Administrative Director for the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University and Managing Editor for the Ashland Poetry Press and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative. She resides in Ashland, Ohio with her husband and their three young children.

Nathan SingerNathan is a novelist, playwright, composer, and experimental performing artist from Cincinnati, OH. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels A Prayer for DawnChasing the Wolf, and In the Light of You.

Paul Richmond: Paul Richmond is a fine artist and illustrator. He is represented by the Lyman-Eyer Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the country. He is also the Associate Art Director for Dreamspinner Press, a publisher of gay male romantic fiction, where he has created over 200 original cover illustrations as well coordinating all cover art and advertising for Dreamspinner and their young adult imprint, Harmony Ink Press. Additionally, Paul is the co-founder of an anti-bullying organization called the You Will Rise Project that empowers victims of bullying to speak out about their experience through the arts.

Publisher and Editor Guests:

Kelly Quinn (Assistant Editor at Tor Books): Kelly Quinn is an assistant editor at Tor Books, the world’s leading publisher of science fiction and fantasy. Winner of the Locus Award for Best SF Publisher for the past twenty years, Tor publishes numerous bestsellers, including Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series and Orson Scott Card’s science fiction classic Ender’s Game. Tor’s imprints include Tor Books (SF & fantasy), Forge Books (mainstream fiction including thrillers and mysteries), and Starscape/Tor Teen (books for young readers). Kelly is originally from Santa Cruz, California, and is a bibliophile, an amateur baker, a dilettantish classicist, and a lapsed early modernist.  She is actively seeking adult and middle grade science fiction and fantasy.

James O. Barnes (Loconeal Publishing): James, the author of Thief King, is a writer, publisher, teacher, speaker, amateur archaeologist, outdoor enthusiast, and father. Though his background is in Education and he holds a Masters in Ancient and Classical History, James has learned much in life and writing from his many jobs too numerous to count.  He continues to teach, dream, and tell stories as he has for most of his life. Currently, James is working on his second Book of Orenck, and a graphic novel based on his short story, Adventures In Purgatory.