Award Winning Author Meaghan Fisher has over ten years experience working with children as a former Nanny. She has a BS in Psychology and a Minor in Women’s Studies. Meaghan is a published children’s author and poet and has several Five Star Reviews from Readers Favorite, as well as Best Picture Book of the Year: 2013 Award for Mousekabitz! Meaghan lives in Ohio with her two children, husband, and dog, Sadie.
Olivia Behm is a high school junior. She has been writing and telling stories since she was a young girl, and has always wanted to be an author. She was inspired to write this story for a Power of the Pen competition. Olivia lives with her parents, Ron and Krista Behm, in Napoleon, Ohio.
John Bankhead comes from a family of firefighters in the Philadelphia Fire Department. He was initially assigned to Engine 2 from the Fire Training School at his father’s request, to “get some experience”. After an 8 year career in both Engine 2 and Ladder 3, he moved into the old fire rescue service as it was expanding. After several years he was asked to join the first class of paramedics trained at Philadelphia General Hospital.
Completing his training and finishing 2nd in the class, he was assigned to the first Mobile Intensive Care Rescue stationed in center city Philadelphia. After years of dedicated service he was stricken with Lymphoma requiring double hip replacements, and an end to his Fire Rescue Service. He went on to enroll and graduate from Thomas Jefferson University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and obtained his RN in the State of Florida where he now resides. He completed 18 years of practice in nursing, eventually teaching nursing for the last two years of his career.
Nioma Stephan has been writing since junior high, when she first felt she could write a better story than the one she had just read. Her first book, Low Bridge, was published in 2005. She attended Edison State Community College. She has five grown children and lives in Piqua, Ohio. Photo by Annette Kauffman.
John Sheppard developed an interest in writing later in life than many. He grew-up reading and enjoying the works of authors; E.G. Poe, Jack London, Leo Tolstoy, and John Hersey. Currently, John is an engineer for a major Japanese automobile company. He has a BA in Biblical studies. John prefers to mix history and suspense as he writes. His books TEN DAYS, and Seeds of the Bitter Harvest are part of the “Fallen” Series.
Donna Vance lives with her husband of 36 years in a small Midwestern town. Now retired, Donna first and foremost defines herself as a daughter of Christ. She loves spending time with her friends and family and especially enjoys her role as grandma. Donna gets great satisfaction in creating a home that reflects her interest in all of the domestic arts, and takes great pleasure in expressing her thoughts through poetry. Her passion, however, is that of advocate. Donna has been driven for the past 26 years to be the eyes, ears, and voice of her son Travis, and will continue to be until Christ calls her home.
Greg Enslen grew up an Air Force brat and has visited every state in the union, living in a good chunk of them as well. He’s been writing since High School but has recently found the time to get serious about it since moving to Ohio from the hustle and bustle of Washington D.C. He’s written three novels and two works of non-fiction, and has several more books on the way.
Jeremy Wenning is a Graduate of Celina High School, Celina OH. He resides in Coldwater, OH with his wife Vickie, of 13 years, two daughters, Brianna & Lauren. He is an entrepreneur and works for Mercer Health transport squad. In Jeremy’s spare time, he enjoys writing & hunting, volunteers for the local emergency squad and coaches softball.
Mary Bingamon Haller is a graduate of Fairview High School, Dayton OH . She resides with her husband of 51 years and lives on the Stillwater River in West Milton OH . Her fondness and respect for nature is the reason for her writings of children’s books. Besides gardening, she enjoys genealogy.
Nancy Shuler is an artist/illustrator who lives in Troy, Ohio, with her husband of 35 years, Brian. She has Associate Degrees in Fine Art and Information Technology from Edison State Community College, where she works. Brian and Nancy have three grown sons and and two grandsons. Nancy’s passion for life is expressed in music and visual art.
Gary Snowden is a married, father of three. He was born inRichmond,Indianaand is a graduate ofHagerstown Jr.Sr.High school. He received his BA fromSt. LouisChristianCollegeand his MA from Cincinnati Christian Seminary.Garydid further graduate work at BMATS receiving his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation.Gary’s articles have appeared in the Christian Standard and Horizon Magazines as well as a number of local news papers. He has written college course materials for JKO publishing and forLouisvilleBibleCollege. He has spent the last 32 years working as a minister, missionary, church planter and college professor. He is presently employed by the First Church of Christ inFort Recovery,Ohioand as an adjunct professor atLouisvilleBibleCollege. He is in the process of publishing his first children’s book, “Hank and Kale Visit the Aquarium.”
David Crawford spent nearly fifteen years as an engineering officer in the United States Air Force in the 1980s and 1990s. In that time he had a very exciting, challenging, and “unique” career. He was instrumental in developing and testing several advanced aerospace technologies. Assignments included everything from Ballistic Missile Engineering, Nuclear Shock and Blast testing, Subterranean Engineering, and advanced propulsion. He worked near and on super-secret military installations at the Nevada Test Site, and the Yuma Proving Grounds. He’s been literally to the top of the world where he was involved with research on gravitational anomalies and detecting gravity waves. He currently is an engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. David lives in Tipp City, OH with his wife, Irene.
Renee is a Award-Winning Children’s Books To Improve Literacy. She is a maverick in writing children’s interactive mysteries, teaching children to believe in themselves and providing confidence to handle life’s challenges.
Laura Ceville is a 2002 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. She served as a Captain at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Since separating from the military, she has worked in real estate, as well as embarking on a number of creative endeavors. Originally from Panama City, Panama, she now lives with her husband Braden Childers in Beavercreek, Ohio.
Amy Kneisley lives in Troy, Ohio with her husband, two sons and a dog named Lupe. As a busy mom, Amy still finds time for jogging, hiking and writing poetry. Currently, Amy is working on a series of easy reader books for children, along with a novel, and a book of poetry. Her poetry blog can be found at amyekneisley.wordpress.com.
Alma Burkhart studied writing at the Institute of Children’s Literature in New England. She and her husband Jim, a retired pastor, live in Troy, Ohio. They have been married for 58 years, and they have one son and two grandchildren. Alma has taught Sunday school for 43 years. She finds passion in religion and tries to express it in her life and work. If You Could See Her Smile is Alma’s second children’s book.
Shari Mong is an experienced author who excels in poetry, and expands her talents into novels and children’s books. Her first poem ‘Heaven’s Door’ was published in 2004 and won an award. “Heaven’s Door was also republished in her first book ‘Collection of Poetry.’ Shari also enjoys hobbies such as exercising, hiking and traveling, while being a mother of two. She resides in Troy, Ohio.
Misty Steinke is a graduate of Botkins High School. She enjoys spending spare time water coloring painting, photography, or relaxing with a good book. She is a member of the Riverside Arts Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Misty resides in her country home, in New Knoxville, Ohio.
Kristen Kerns currently resides in Celina, Ohio with Seth, her husband of seven years, and her two sons, Ian and Logan. She is a graduate of Celina High School and attended Wright State University. Kristen’s boys are her inspiration for writing but her drive and passion come from the opportunity to do what she loves – write.
Tom Wehrman lives in Coldwater, Ohio, with his wife of ten years, Janelle, and their son Nicholas. He is a graduate of Minster Local High School and has a degree from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio. He enjoys spending time with family and attending University of Dayton basketball games. Tom works in the dairy industry and has written for his company’s internal website. While he enjoys telling stories to his son, this is his first children’s book.
Hope (Hegemann) Rethman is a former third grade teacher. She took a leave of absence from her career to stay home with her children. During this time, Hope taught second grade religion classes for her local Catholic parish and wrote her first children’s book, God Gives Us Choices. She recently returned to the classroom as a intervention teacher. Hope resides in Maria Stein, Ohio with her husband and their four children.
Jodie (Richard) Bohman resides in Versailles, Ohio with her family. She works at Versailles Schools as the Superintendent’s Secretary. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her daughters’ sporting events, teaching Zumba, reading, writing, drawing and painting. And I Believe is Jodie’s first novel. She is currently working on Mattie, which picks up eighteen years later from where And I Believe left off. For more information, visit her website at www.jodierichardbohman.com.