Exhibiting Authors For the 2022 Williamsburg Book Festival
Robert Archibald is Chancellor Professor of Economics Emeritus at the College of William and Mary. He started writing mystery novels after a forty-one-year career at William and Mary. Blue Fortune Enterprises has published his first four novels. The initial three, Roundabout Revenge, Guilty Until Proven Innocent, and Crime Might Pay, tell the story of a group of people who think of themselves as righteous vigilantes. They try to right wrongs they see in the world, and on occasion they bend laws. His fourth novel, Who Dung It? breaks new ground. It’s the story of George Wilcox who has been reincarnated as a dung beetle. By typing a message on her computer, George recruits Julie to take him from Africa to the U.S. to find his killer. Eventually, they have some luck, but it is not easy being a dung beetle who can only communicate by typing.
Bob has been married to his wife Nancy for 50 years. They have two children and four grandchildren, who unfortunately do not live as close to Williamsburg as Bob and Nancy would like.
After relocating from California, Carol J. Bova discovered the deep friendships and rivalries of rural Virginia. She draws on those elements in her Chestnut Springs novels. Her latest, Breaking the Eighth, explores embezzlement in a small town church.
Her 2014 book, Drowning a County, stands as a landmark reference on the impact of failed Virginia state road maintenance. Carol writes on regional topics for Chesapeake Style magazine and BaconsRebellion.com. She is the treasurer and immediate Past president of the Chesapeake Bay Writers.
Ginny Brock was born in South Africa and has travelled extensively throughout her life, living in many different countries, worldwide, before she and her family made their home at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Using her background in journalism, a career that spanned three decades, and co-existed alongside a lifelong interest and study of metaphysics, she is the author of multiple books on the subject.
Following the publication of three non-fiction books, Ginny turned to fiction. Most recently, she wrote and published her first novel, When the South Wind Blows, followed by its sequel, The Writer’s Cottage. She anticipates the release of her latest novel, A Scent of Lemons, by the end of the year.
After thirty years at Smith Mountain Lake, in South Eastern Virginia, Ginny Brock now makes her home in Eastern Virginia, near Williamsburg, where she writes full time, when not travelling.
David Reid Brown
David Reid Brown is an artist, pastor, and retired Navy Chaplain. His first books, Spirit Soundings: A Chaplain’s Journal of Life at Sea and Lost Summer, were born out of his global experiences in the chaplaincy, spanning twenty-one years of peace, war, and three overseas deployments. He is living out his God-given passion to “build people” through teaching high school government, history, and art at Grace Christian School in Mechanicsville, VA.
David has been married to his beautiful wife, Rayna, for twenty-eight years. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia State University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, and a Master of Elementary Education degree from Hawaii Pacific University.
You can purchase any of David’s books at:
You can follow all social media posts at the following:
Facebook: Spirit Soundings - @SpiritSoundings3vols; Lost Summer - @LossandRecovery
Thomas A. Burns Jr. writes the Natalie McMasters Mysteries from the small town of Wendell, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and son, four cats and a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, earned B.S degrees in Zoology and Microbiology at Michigan State University and a M.S. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University. As a kid, Tom started reading boys’ mystery series with the Hardy Boys, Ken Holt and Rick Brant, then graduated to the classic stories by authors such as A. Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner and Rex Stout, to name a few. Tom has written fiction as a hobby all of his life, beginning with Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backed copybooks in grade school. He built a career as technical, science and medical writer and editor for nearly thirty years in industry and government. Now that he’s a full-time novelist, he’s excited to publish his own mystery series, as well as writing stories about his second most favorite detective, Sherlock Holmes. The sixth book in the Natalie McMasters Mysteries, Killers!, was released in September, 2021, and Tom’s Holmes story, The Camberwell Poisoner, appeared in the March–June issue of The Strand Magazine. Tom has also written a Lovecraftian horror novel, The Legacy of the Unborn, under the pen name of Silas K. Henderson‒a sequel to H.P. Lovecraft’s masterpiece At the Mountains of Madness. He’s currently at work on the seventh Natalie McMasters Mystery, Sister! as well as a book of Sherlock Holmes stories.
Ellen Butler is an internationally bestselling author of historical fiction, mystery, and romance. Her spy novel, The Brass Compass has won multiple awards for historical fiction including: the Indie Reader Discovery Award, a SpeakUp Talk Radio Firebird Award, and a Readers' Favorite Silver Medal. Her fascination for historical fiction ignited when she learned her grandfather was a cryptographer during WWII. October 26, 2022, Butler's 12th novel, Operation Blackbird (a companion novel to The Brass Compass) will be released. Butler is also the author of the Amazon bestselling Karina Cardinal mysteries--an amateur sleuth series which takes place in Washington, DC. In addition, Butler writes suspenseful women's fiction, and the award winning romance series Love, California Style. When she's not writing, Butler enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and home decorating.
You can find Ellen at:
Website ~ www.EllenButler.net
Facebook ~ www.facebook.com/EllenButlerBooks
Twitter ~ @EButlerBooks
Goodreads ~ www.goodreads.com/EllenButlerBooks
Bookbub ~ www.bookbub.com/authors/ellen-butler
Carolyn Zacheis, writing under the pen name of Carolyn Court, has always been drawn to the history of lighthouses worldwide. She still marvels at the courageous lives of over 28 long-forgotten American female lightkeepers, and she’s fascinated by the heroic spirit they possessed.
Over the years, she has seen numerous lighthouses on her travels to France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Turkey, Central, and South America, The Galapagos Islands, The Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Tahiti, and America, including Alaska and Hawaii. Her imagination flourished as she invariably took the path less traveled but well worth the effort to reach those storied towers in the sky.
She is a current member of the United States Lighthouse Society as well as the Chesapeake Lights Chapter, which serves Virginia. This is where she currently lives with her husband and weaves history into the romantic suspense novels under the Pen Name of Carolyn Court.
She was a longtime member of the Caribbean Tourist Board in Washington, D.C. Her travel memories from Scotland, Ireland, Tahiti, and France are woven throughout The Sea Crest Lighthouse Series.
My website: CarolynCourtBooks.com.
SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is an award-winning poet and author who has published fiction, non-fiction, juvenile fiction and poetry in magazines, newspapers, journals and anthologies. She has also published four children=s books; four books of poetry; a memoir, and a pictorial travel journal. Her newest book is titled, Twenty-Four Months that Changed the World. She has received awards from the National League of American Pen Women, Poetry Society of Virginia, Christopher Newport University Writer’s Conference, Chesapeake Bay Writers, and Gulf Coast Writer’s Association. You can see her books, poetry cards, and blogs on her website at sharoncanfielddorsey.com.
Richard Easton has been writing and speaking about the history of GPS since 2006. He is the co-author of GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones. It was selected in 2016 for the National Security Space Professional Reading List and was used as a textbook in 2019 by the Air Power School. Richard has spoken at the Explorers Club, Air Force Space Command (now the Space Force) and the New York Military Affairs Symposium. The talk he gave at NYMAS with his co-author aired on C-Span. He works as an actuary for an insurance TPA in Irving, Tx.
Mari K. Eder, retired U.S. Army Major General, is a renowned speaker and author, and a thought leader on strategic communication and leadership. General Eder has served as Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and as an adjunct professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School and Sweden’s International Training Command. She served in senior positions in the Pentagon, on the Army Staff, as Deputy Chief of Public Affairs and Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve, and with DoD’s Reserve Forces Policy Board. General Eder speaks and writes frequently on communication, history, and cyber security topics in universities and for international audiences and consults on communications issues.
General Eder is the author of The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women who Changed the Course of WWII. Her latest communications book, American Cyberscape: Trials and the Path to Trust, was released in November, 2020, a partner book to her earlier volume, Leading the Narrative: The Case for Strategic Communication. When not writing, lecturing, or traveling, she works with rescue groups and fosters rescue dogs.
Author Website -https://bensons-review.com/book-table/stories-with-purpose/
Amazon Author Page -https://www.amazon.com/Mari-K-Eder/e/B00565OO2E/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk
Mike has wanted to write since he was very young. His earliest memories are of carrying a battered old notebook around full of illustrations and stories. He would often transpose those ideas on his grandmother's old typewriter. Recently, Mike has pursued an interest in writing screenplays for feature films with his first option being a medieval epic, Song of Roland. He continues to focus on a variety of script/movie projects, most recently a horror thriller, Feast of Saint Nicholas, and a political thriller, The Prince.
Annwyn's Blood was recently relaunched in anticipation of book two of the series, Ash and Ruin, a tale set after the death of King Arthur, which he wrote with his childhood friend, Steve Arnold. Together, they also wrote The Silver Horn Echoes: A Song of Roland, based on Mike's original screenplay. In 2021, he released Tales of the Lost Horizon, a collection of speculative short stories and poetry that span ancient myth and legend to modern day thrillers, science fiction, and a vision of a post apocalyptic world.
He lives in Loudoun County, Virginia with his wife, Lori, and his wonderful children. He dreams of one day driving in his old Defender to Alaska with his dog, Rufus.
Laura grew up and was educated in New England; its influence is undeniable, yet Virginia is home, and it is there she enjoys her garden with her beloved kitties, Jefferson and Adams, who both romp among the perennials while she weeds. When not gardening, Laura writes and reads those whose words have stood the test of time. She is humbled by their talent.
Laura Fiorentino is the author of God Does Not Feed the Birds... I Do. This skillfully told memoir showcases a life, marriage and profound healing.
Tracy Gharbo grew up in Central Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Journalism. She has fond memories of her first writing experiences, including as a staff reporter and photographer for the university's student paper and as a student intern in the athletic department's sports information office. She went on to make a career in advertising and marketing and is currently a marketing manager in the healthcare industry. Tracy's interest in child advocacy stems from a difficult period in her early teens that left her feeling unheard and isolated. She works as a CASA to give children in crisis a voice and a reliable advocate for their needs. She has volunteered since 2017 as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she resides
I am a British and American scientist whose career in reproductive science spanned from Cambridge, England, to Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. I now divide my life between Williamsburg, Virginia, and West Virginia as a writer, visiting scholar at William & Mary, beekeeper, and Virginia Master Naturalist. I launched Jamestowne Bookworks LLC in 2012 to publish memoirs in science and medicine and recently in other genres.
Leslie Gruis obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Sciences from Northwestern University. She worked as an intelligence officer for the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) for 30 years. Early in her career, Dr. Gruis developed disruptive technology solutions to difficult national security challenges, and served as the first president of NSA's Women in Mathematics Society. As a senior intelligence officer, Dr. Gruis contributed to the debate on alleged privacy abuses from the inside. She worked with government attorneys to explain the capabilities that technologies brought in order to develop legally defensible sources and methods to protect national security while also preserving civil rights. Her last two assignments were at US Cyber Command and the National Intelligence Council at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Since retirement, Dr. Gruis' interests are privacy, and mentoring K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students.
Tim Holland is the author of three Sidney Lake Lowcountry Mystery Novels, including The Rising Tide, What the Mirror Doesn't See, and The Murder of Amos Dunn. His fourth novel, Deception, was released in June 2022 by Black Opal Books. He is a director of the Williamsburg Book Festival, a past director of Chesapeake Bay Writers, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and The Brontë Society of Haworth, England. He recently received a Keating award for his short fiction. Earlier this year he was one of the featured authors at the Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival. Over the years, his freelance articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, as well as having written book reviews and literary criticism for Recorder Publishing’s eight newspapers in New Jersey (while working in New York in the world of global trade finance). He has given speeches and presentations in 12 countries and 22 states, and served as president of the lifelong learning program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where he also taught a course on the Brontë sisters. Visit him at www.tim-holland.com
Teresa Inge is an author in the Mutt Mysteries series Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Coastal Crimes: Mysteries by the Sea, and Murder by the Glass. She is president of the Sisters in Crime, Mystery by the Sea chapter, and a member of the Hampton Roads Writers, and Short Mystery Fiction Society.
Teresa grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. Combining her love of reading mysteries and authoring professional articles led to writing short fiction and novellas.
Today, she doesn't carry a rod like her idol but she hot rods. Teresa attends classic car shows showing her Torch Red, 1955 Thunderbird. She resides in Southeastern Virginia with her husband and two dogs and can be reached on all social media or by visiting her website www.teresainge.com.
Teresa Inge’s Links
Website and Blog: http://www.teresainge.com
Amazon Authors: https://www.amazon.com/Teresa-Inge/e/B06XGZ7RTG
Reed Johnson, author and a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia. A five-star rated amazon book, “A Horse Named Ray-Ray” teaches all children valuable time-honored life skills. A full time wastewater engineer consultant, helping the world protect water resources, I spend my spare time writing about current events, music, dedicated to serving my community through free masonry, and have started have second book. This book is dedicated to my sister and her Arabian horse Ray-Ray. Jennifer suffered a brain aneurysm in December of 2019. The book proceeds will help pay for Jennifer's care, and a little compensation for the author.
Tammy Kersey is the founder of Tale Wagger Stories and author of the Rascally Pup Learns and Grows picture book series. Using a fun-loving dog to guide the way, children learn to be part of the story in imaginative ways that engage and inspire learning. What the Dickens!?!? The Tale of a Rascally Pup introduces the adventurous character who brings the stories to life. Kids can relate to this mischievous puppy who learns through everyday activities, just like they do!
Tammy has a degree in History from The College of William and Mary and has worked as a marketing professional for most of her career. She lives in Williamsburg, VA with her husband, Ian, and enjoys visiting their adult children, Emily and Andrew. The Tale Wagger Stories team includes two rascally pups, Mosby and Dickens (of course), who work hard to provide a source of daily inspiration and joy.
Website Link: https://TaleWaggerStories.com
Grady Koch is the author of several books about LEGO of both fiction and nonfiction. He also created a website at www.hightechlego.com dedicated to advanced LEGO inventions. Grady has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and works at NASA Langley Research Center.
Mike Krentz writes medical suspense, psychological thrillers, and military women’s fiction based on his experiences as an emergency physician and US Navy medical officer. Born and raised in Arizona, Mike earned a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Johns Hopkins University. Following a successful civilian career as an emergency physician, Mike rededicated his professional life to serve America’s Navy and Marine Corps heroes and their families. His last active-duty assignment was as 7th Fleet Surgeon on board the flagship, USS BLUE RIDGE. After retiring from the US Navy, Mike continued his service as a consultant to the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Health Analysis Department. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to his earliest life passion as a full-time writer.
Mike sits on the Board of Directors of The Muse Writers Center, where he also teaches fiction writing and participates in advanced fiction studios.
Mike, his wife Kathryn, and miniature schnauzer Yoshi live in Norfolk, VA.
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Mike’s ZACK WINSTON SERIES of medical conspiracy thrillers transports the reader into the stressful environment of emergency medicine. Life battles death amid terrified screams, plaintive whimpers, and shouted orders; fallible humans strive to postpone death, restore life, or eliminate misery. These would-be heroes sometimes fail. What evil might lurk amid such chaos? What opportunity for medical villains to trade in drugs, murder, or human trafficking?
The first novel in the series, DEAD ALREADY, was published by TouchPoint Press, November 27, 2020. Dr. Zack Winston uncovers a medical conspiracy dealing in drugs and murder-for-hire.
The second novel in the series, WARM AND DEAD, will publish in July 2022 from TouchPoint Press. Zack Winston and his attorney colleague Bridget Larsen become targets of a medical cabal.
Mike’s standalone psychological thriller, ANGELS FALLING, launched from TouchPoint Press January 10, 2022. The ritualistic murder of a Catholic archbishop scrambles the lives of an ex-seminarian criminal profiler, a renegade priest cult leader, and the former nun they both desired.
Mike’s MAHONEY & SQUIRE SERIES, in production with TouchPoint Press, portrays the lives of servicemen and women, their challenges, and interactions; and their wounds—physical and emotional—that evolve into professional and personal conflicts more daunting than combat. Can essential human relationships survive such brutal demands on hearts and souls?
The first novel in the series, HER SHOW OF FORCE, will launch in the fall of 2022. A divorced single-mom US Navy captain wages professional and personal battles across the Pacific.
E Compton Lee
My work as a therapist has been extremely helpful since my tales are mainly about people in all their wondrous forms of good and evil, courage and cowardice and heart-rending humanness. My books include Native which is about a woman who leaves her abusive husband and returns to the Allegheny Mountains to make a life on her own. My Name is Sloan, a modern-day David and Goliath in which Clare Raffienne takes on the State of Pennsylvania. Coming this summer is The Heartbreak of Josie Whitt. A story that takes place In the Hudson River valley about a woman’s journey through grief and its resolution.
Sharon Lyon is a geologist and science educator. She is thrilled to share her first novel, Fossil Woman, an Amazon best-seller. Ms. Lyon has worked as a paleontologist, a petroleum geologist, and environmental scientist. However, her true passion is teaching and as a geology professor at Howard Community College (MD), she shares her love of the earth with her students. Ms. Lyon earned a B.S. in geology from The College of William and Mary, and a M.S. in geology from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Read her geo-blog at www.sharonlyon.net. Follow her on Instagram @fossilwomanauthor.
Sonja McGiboney, author of “Jazzy's Books,” lives in Smithfield, Virginia with her husband Dale and her dog Jazzy. She combines beautiful photography with lyrical writing and rhyme to create engaging, concept books for young children. She is a member of the Isle of Wight Writer’s Group, the Virginia Writers Club, and is the president of the Chesapeake Bay Writers.
For most of the first 49 years of his existence, James Moore has lived a technical and analytical life. Born in Brooklyn, New York he excelled at science and mathematics in grade school. Later, he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Then he worked as an Industrial Engineer as a commissioned U.S. Air Force officer.
This entire time however there has been a creative storyteller side to his personality waiting in the wings, waiting for an opportunity, the right moment.
That moment came seven years ago in 2014 when he decided to write a novella. The experience was more than he bargained for. The process of outlining, writing, re-writing, and re-writing over and over was beautifully excruciating. One might have thought he would give it up but it’s too late. The storyteller is on stage and will not go back.
In the past seven years he’s written two novellas, two feature-length screenplays, and dozens of short film scripts and short stories. James Moore now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with Donna, his wife of 30 years. As an IT technician James still does technical work but labors for the day when he can make his living as a writer.
Caterina is passionate about history, music, romance, old languages, and travel. She regularly intertwines these subjects in her Servants of Morrigan: Four Horsemen Series and in Tale of Rouen, a romantic tale that combines fantasy, time travel, and historical fiction.
She holds a degree in Music Management with a minor in Vocal Performance from Old Dominion University in Virginia, a second B.A. in History with a minor in Italian from the University of Texas San Antonio, and a M.A. in Public History from Texas State University. As part of her studies, Caterina studied abroad in Italy and England. She took full advantage of her time overseas to conduct research for her coursework and literary works. While she is a fan of all history, her heart resides in Antiquity. An obsession with cappuccino and Greek coffee started her down a path of researching commodities and gastronomic history in her free time.
If you would like to connect with Cat or learn more about her books, please visit her website: https://caterinanovelliere.com. You can also find her on Facebook @CaterinaNovelliere or Instagram: @chantueserouge. For all the other locations she frequents and to follow her podcast Cat-astrophic Ramblings, please check out her link tree: https://linktr.ee/catnovelliere.
From an early age, Charles Oldham had a feeling that he could write a good story, especially one about true crime. He was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina, the son of a community college professor and a math teacher. His parents instilled in him a natural curiosity, and a love for reading. Early on, Charles had a special interest in history and politics, most especially that of North Carolina, where his family roots go back more than two centuries. He also has a keen eye for mysteries, for searching out the details of a story that needs to be explored. It is a talent that led him to become an attorney.
Charles graduated from Davidson College in 1997, and from law school at the University of Georgia in 2000. Afterward he practiced law in Sanford for a time, including a term as President of the Lee County Bar Association. He now lives in Charlotte, where for ten years he had a solo legal practice focused on criminal defense and civil litigation.
Ship of Blood is Charles’s second book, which he wrote after having a wonderful time with his first, The Senator’s Son, published in 2018.
In his spare time, Charles can be found doing just about anything outdoors, especially hiking and camping. He also loves spending time with his family in the summer at their favorite vacation spots, including Ocean Isle Beach and Lake Junaluska in the mountains of North Carolina.
Both of my books (The Senator's Son and Ship of Blood) are featured by my publisher at the following links:
My personal author website is as follows: https://charlesoldhamauthor.com/
Nicole R. Ordway lives in Virginia Beach, VA. Her debut novel (Hollow Thunder), its sequel (The Loyalty of Dew), and the first book in the Civil Dusk series (Civil Dusk) are all available through HCS Publishing and at amazon.com. Follow her on Facebook (nicolerordway), Instagram (nicolerordway) and at her website: https://www.nicolerordway.com
Linda Palmer is a former public-school teacher and business owner. Trained in educational counseling at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia, she has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate since 2012. She values her experience in court mediation and enjoys writing children's books. Linda resides in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Mark Piggott, a native of Phillipsburg, N.J., enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1983, beginning a 23-year career.
He served on three aircraft carriers and various duty stations as a Navy Journalist before he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He retired from active duty in 2006.
His first novel, Forever Avalon, was published in 2009, followed by his second novel, The Dark Tides, in 2014. The Outlander War, Book Three of the Forever Avalon series from Austin Macauley Publishing, was released in 2020. The Outlander War won 2nd Place for Fantasy in the Speak-up Talk Radio 2021 Firebird Book Awards.
The Last Magus: A Clockwork Heart is his latest steampunk fantasy book, released in 2021 through Lulu. The Last Magus won 1st Place for Steampunk in the Speak-up Talk Radio 2021 Firebird Book Awards and Grand Prize for Fiction in the 2022 Authors Marketing International Indie Book Awards.
He recently signed with Curious Corvid Publishing as an author. They will be publishing his fantasy novella The River of Souls in 2022. Additionally, CCP will be publishing the next installments in his fantasy book series as well as his steampunk historical fiction Corsair and The Sky Pirates in 2023.
He and his wife, Georgiene, live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three children.
Patti Gaustad Procopi is a former army brat who lived all over the world before settling in Gloucester, Virginia where she and her husband raised three daughters. After retiring, Patti returned to her first love – writing. When not writing she loves to do ancestry research, garden, bird watch and travel. Patti’s first novel “Please…Tell Me More” was published in 2020 and her second will be published this year. Her short stories have won prizes in the Golden Nib and the Keating Award. She calls her writing biographical fiction or fictionalized memoir.
Mary Shipko grew up in an aviation family, her dad, a flight instructor owned a grass strip in Dania Florida. She wanted to learn to fly at a very young age, but would have to wait. At sixteen she soloed, that day she knew she wanted to fly forever. She set her sights on the goal of becoming an airline pilot.
Over the next ten years she amassed 3,000 flight hours, numerous FAA certificates and ratings: private pilot, commercial, instrument, multi-engine, sea plane and glider rating and then Airline Transport Pilot. She was a charter and cargo pilot flying out of South Florida to destinations in the Bahamas and Caribbean. She persevered through years of limited opportunity. In 1976 after completing a Bachelor of arts at Florida international University she was offered the opportunity to realize her dreams. She made history when she stepped into the cockpit as the first woman pilot for Hughes Airwest. Today Mary is an inspirational speaker and available to tell her story. She hopes to inspire young women to fly. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), as well as of the Chesapeake Bay Writers.
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Peter Stipe has enjoyed a long and varied career that has included fourteen years in education as a public high school history teacher and track coach. He also has worked for many years in Human Resource Development and Training for a variety of businesses. Most recently he worked for AAA as Director of Training and Development for the New England region. He has worked with Employment Boards for both the state of Massachusetts and the state of Rhode Island addressing job creation and job skills development on Federal initiatives. He has a Bachelors degree in History from Boston University and a Masters in Education from Tufts.
Peter has visited all fifty states and every Canadian province except Newfoundland and Labrador. Native American culture and art is a passion for Peter. His visits to Native sites across North America have enabled him to gather a small collection of Native art. A competitive long distance runner for many years he has completed numerous marathons with six finishes in the top fifty places in the Boston Marathon and participation in the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials. In addition to his writing, Peter is an accomplished artist and photographer. He has photographs on display in the On The Hill Gallery in Yorktown, Virginia.
Peter has written four novels and an anthology of short stories. His latest novel, Bennett Falls, was published in July, 2022.
Peter spent his childhood in Virginia before moving to the Boston area in his teens. A New Englander for most of his life he now lives with his wife in Williamsburg, Virginia. His son and his family live in Charlottesville, VA. His daughter lives in the Washington, DC area with her family.
Author Alexandra M. Wallace is a life-long equestrian who fell in love with horses at the age of five and has never given up her enthusiasm for life, horses and love. Her first two books, “Liza and Libby: The Adventures Begin” and “Liza and Libby: The Adventures Continue”, are part of a trilogy that illuminates the love a young cowgirl has for her beloved friend, her horse Libby. Alexandra’s writing emphasizes friendship, devotion, kindness, independence and a love of adventure. She has ridden and competed on her horses all over the United States, and has hiked and climbed mountains all over the world.
I am a Jesus lover, web developer, video game developer, Navy Vet, foreign language nut, and a nut in general. While other people are busy thinking normal thoughts, I’m crafting corny jokes. I live in Chesapeake, VA, with my wife and daughter.
Holding degrees from the University of Kentucky and the University of California, Davis, Susan Williamson is a former newspaper editor, college adjunct and extension agent. A native of Pennsylvania, she currently lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and works as a freelance writer, editor, novelist, and riding instructor. She is the author of two cozy mysteries, Dead on the Trail and Dead in the Loft; two thrillers, Desert Tail and Tangled Tail, a children’s book and two “how to books” including Buying Your First Horse and How to Write Family Stories. Williamson recently completed the editing of Glimpses of a Public Ivy: 50 Years at William & Mary by David L. Holmes, due out in October from Schiffer Publishing.