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Martin D. White

*Staff Position*
President/Publisher
Staff Writer

Email

Martin@livingthesimplelife.com

Site Administrator
www.poetstage.com
 

         

My Book
My Poetry Book
Poetic Monthly Social Network
Poetry Forum

Marty's Place
Tech Forum
MCMALL
Web Design Service

www.AGPress.8m.net   

Cheryl T. Pillsbury

*Staff Position*
Partner/Publisher
Staff Writer

Email

agpress@comcast.net  

or

fknight420@comcast.net


 

Pen Name: Kellie Wynne

Cheryl T. Pillsbury

I began writing in my teens, in a diary and noticed the diary turned into a story and that’s where Angus Grady began.  Over the years, other stories came along.  I had my daughter at 35, her name is Alicia.  She’s a special needs child, PDD-Autism.  The list is too long but she’s my life line.  I got married at 36. 

I met Al Blanchard who’s also a published writer, ‘Murder on Walden Pond.’  He was a close friend and my mentor.  He sadly passed away November 14, 2004. 

I have several books published:
Angus Grady; The Beginning and AG; Spirit of Arachula
Bradley & Farley; 33rd District
Nathan: The Chosen
Peleport
Amie and the Purple Butterfly (series for Autism)
My Underworld (Kellie Wynne—pen name)
AG Press: a company I developed from past experiences with other publishers.  I wanted something that could be inexpensive and help other author’s see their name and words in print.  We have low prices; offer a huge variety of services for your book plus your personal/business life.  We’re a team and we work that way among ourselves and with the author.  So far in six months, we have published 8 books.  We’re on Amazon, working on Barnes and Noble, Books-in-million, Toadstool Bookstore and our website.
www.AGPress.8m.net

Carol Hunn

*Staff Position*
Chief Editor
 

 

Born and raised in Northern Indiana, writing was a talent that came natural to me at a young age. From writing in a diary to starting newsletters in my community, not a single thought passed about making writing and editing a career. I have a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Journalism from Bethel College in Indiana and just received my Masters in Digital Media Communication from Regent University in 2010. I've held several positions from public relations to graphic design and web development. I currently volunteer for a non-profit animal rescue organization maintaining a website I designed while in my last semester at Regent. I also do contract work for a graphic and web design company based out of Indiana.

Vic White
* Staff Position*
Former -Radio Show Host

My father who hosted our
Radio show for 2012-2013
passed away Jan 10, 2014
 

He will always be remember
and part of our staff.
I have a memorial page
for those of you that know him.
www.poeticmonthly/vicnic/

 

Host of Wednesday Night Radio Show

Hello , My name is Vic to all my friends. I was born on 10-10-1940. I have 5 children and 11 grand children and several great grandchildren. I truly love my family and friends here and gone . My philosophy is simple. Whatever is bothering you or I today won't really matter in 50 years. As time marches on , I realize one thing that is very true. No one has ever left this world and come back except for Son of God . So every day is precious and not to be wasted on sorrow , shame or unhappiness. God Bless you and thanks for reading this and listening to our radio show. Vic

  Active Staff Writers

Maggie Grinnell

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer &
Book Reviewer

Email
walkingthruwords@yahoo.com

Website
www.wirter65.com
 

My name is Maggie Grinnell. I began writing in 1992. I write short suspense stories, children's stories and poetry. Writing is an extension of me because everything comes from the heart.

My children's picture book,

The Ketchup Bottle and the Takeover

will be published by Living Waters Publishing.

This is a story about Tommy Tomato, a ketchup bottle who tries to

take over the refrigerator and the lesson he learns.

 

 

Jan Phillips

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer

Email
adfti1@sbcglobal.net

Website
 

www.janshouse.net
 

Hello,  I am 67 years old and have lived in Oklahoma all of my life.  A true Okie to the bone.  I have only published the one book of faith based poetry, God Speaks, I Write.  I am currently working on a novel.  I have two daughters and 12 grandchildren 8 of which I have adopted.  Writing has been in my blood since the day I learned to read.  I have had no formal training for writing.  God gave me the talent.  I was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and grew up close by in Beggs, Oklahoma.  We lived on a farm until I was in the seventh grade in school and we had to move to town because my father was so sick.  He died when I was 16 years old and a senior in high school.  I missed him then and I still miss him and think about him a lot.  We were very poor and had very little to eat or wear.  But that’s another book being written.  We had to work hard just to survive and we did a lot of farming.  The first house I remember living in was built badly and we had to stuff newspaper in holes in the walls.  We papered the walls with any newspapers or magazines we could get.  That is how I learned to read and write at the age of five.  I started writing poetry then, it just wasn’t very good at that time.  I still love nature and all its glory and I believe living as we had to do gave me a solid foundation on which to build to learn to cope with the world and people as they are today.  It instilled the love of family and God into my life.  I accepted God as my savior at 15 and started to grow as a person.  I hope some of that part of me went into the poems I have written to help others to fulfill their destiny with God as I hope I am doing. 

 

 
 
 
      Past Issues -  Staff Writers

Paulette Stewart

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer

Email
paulettestewart@xtra.co.nz
 

Moderator
www.poetstage.com

Paulette work goes under the pen name of Paulette Sharron Stewart. Her work can be viewed at the following places, www.myspace.com/pauletteahttp://groups.msn.com/LETTIESART,

Paulette is an Ordained Minister, Counselor, artist and writer with Grade 8 in 'Speech and Drama with the Royal Trinity College of London. Her writing came out of a childhood where her active  imagination was feed, she made up imaginary stories with her dolls, plays, which she coerced her youngest sister to perform with her to family,  friends, neighbors, with the lure of money as prizes from school concerts where cries from her sister,
“Don't worry , we will make it up as we go,” and they did.
After many years where life took her on other parts and her thinking was that she could live without developing her creative part, thus deny a part of who she was through circumstances she came back to writing five years ago.
Since seriously writing she has been published in the following,

International Library of Poets in several  Anthropologies including 'Best Poems for 2004, up for nomination for best poet for 2005, Noble House  in U.K.  And U.S.A., Womans' Corner, Auckland Poetry Society, Byline, Firstwriters, Voicesorg, MasquePublshing, Voicesnet. Won poetry contest for the month 2006,  Anthropology 2006 ,
From A Common Spring Vol 11  edited by Mic Johnson.

Maggie Grinnell

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer &
Book Reviewer

Email
walkingthruwords@yahoo.com

Website
www.wirter65.com
 

My name is Maggie Grinnell. I began writing in 1992. I write short suspense stories, children's stories and poetry. Writing is an extension of me because everything comes from the heart.

My children's picture book,

The Ketchup Bottle and the Takeover

will be published by Living Waters Publishing.

This is a story about Tommy Tomato, a ketchup bottle who tries to

take over the refrigerator and the lesson he learns.

 

Alysun Sanders
*Staff Position*
Staff Writer

Email
 hazeli1313@yahoo.com

Website
www.sunshine1313.proboards99.com

 

I, Alysun Sanders, was born in Vallejo, California on October 13, 1990. Started trying to write my first book in first grade, but I always wanted to be a storyteller. I moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho when I was nine years old, and thought of the idea for EKTA when I was fourteen. Continued working on it through the end of middle school and throughout all of high school, along with a few short stories. Finished my first novel in my sophomore year, and immediately began work on the second. Now 17, I live with my mom and dad in Hayden, and I hope to continue writing for the rest of my life.

Larsen M. Callirhore

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer

Email

v.mikelash@zoomtown.com
 

www.Poetstage.com
Monitor

 

 

 

My pen name is Larsen M. Callirhoe.    I am 37 years old male born  March 31, 1971.  I was in a car accident in August 1996 which changed my outlook in life.  My wife Joyce left me then and I am now divorced and single.  I now believe I can make a difference in the world with my writings.  In this accident I became a quadriplegic because I broke my neck. I can move my arms and right hand and right fingers allowing me to do daily functions such as bathing, shaving, brushing my teeth, combing my hair etc... and it also allows me to type on the keyboard with that hand also.  I started writing in June 2000.when I lived on my own in a apartment in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am now a resident in a nursing home called Glencare in Cincinnati, Ohio.  You can drop me a line oh i mean letter because my name is listed a few sentences below in this article and the address of this nursing home is listed on the internet too.  My birth name is Victor M. Lashewitz.  As i said I believe my writings especially my poetry and short stories that I write can impact the world and make a difference and are now very spiritually oriented and focused.    I have been studying college grammar on my own with  computer disk I purchased bin 2003 June.  I have learned how to write more accurately with this computer program.  Well I look forward to being on the writing staff of Poetic Monthly.  I also look forward to getting to know the staff.  Here is a little more back ground information on me.  I was born in south Florida and grew up in that area.  I lived there till November 1999.  I love the beach, reading Anne Rice novels, Stephen King Novels, many other writers novels, I'm a Star Wars geek (lol), I love music, I believe in spirituality, and I love reading and writing poetry.  I used to love collecting and reading comic books until I got hurt in 1996 and had to give up this hobby because I couldn't afford the comic books anymore.  I miss reading comic books dearly.  Well now you have gotten a better understanding of me.  I now emphasize wearing a seatbelt when driving in a vehicle.  I didn't and became paralyzed in a accident because I didn't wear one.  So please take care of yourself. 
 Til next time.  Larsen M. Callirhoe.

Gertjan Zwiggelaar

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer

Email
gertjan@shaw.ca

Website
www.gertjan.ca

 

Born: Amsterdam, the Netherlands, December 26, 1950
Emigrated to Canada in June, 1960
Entered the University of Regina on a BFA entrance scholarship, 1970
Graduated with distinction and great distinction in Visual Arts in 1974.
Returned to university in 1977, eventually completing a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Art Education, with distinction in 1982.
In 1978 I began teaching junior and senior high school art and drama.
I taught secondary Art, Drama and Visual Communication Technology over a period of 20 years. During that time I produced a lot of art work and showed regularly.
To date I have written nine plays, a collection of poetry and six novels. I am at work on number seven.
I have two daughters and a son, plus five grand kids. I live in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Gertjan's 548 page novel, A Pirate's Tale was published by PublishAmerica on July 18th, 2008

Charlene LaRose

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

Char22love@msn.com 

BIOGRAPHY

A.K.A DARK DECEPTION 

My name is Charlene LaRose.  I was born and raised in California. I have one son that is the sunshine of my life.  I enjoy role playing, writing short stories and writing forums. I have been writing for a little over three years now.  I have two wonderful sisters and an excellent mother.  I am also work for AG Press.

 

Rima Rahal

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer/Illustrator

Email

rahal.rima@gmail.com

Website

www.number1artist.com/rimarahal

 

Hello. My name is Rima and I am a 4th year student at the Art Institute of Boston studying Illustration and Graphic Design to earn 2 bachelors of fine arts. I then am planning to attend graduate school for a masters in art education. I grew up in Delmar, New York and in the spring of 2008, I studied a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, taking studio art courses. I traveled around Italy, France, Lebanon and Switzerland. I can speak Lebanese and have studied French and Italian.

 

Lisa Maresca Smith

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer/

Email

Lmsartsolutions@mac.com

Website
 www.lmsartsolutions.com

 

Lisa Maresca-Smith has been in the writing and art industry for over 20 years. She writes, edits, designs and publishes marketing materials for companies and publishers throughout the United States.
She started her career as a journalist working for Suffolk Life, Smithtown Messenger, Smithtown News and other periodicals. She continues to freelance her writing services today. Additionally, she expanded into art design (her mother is an artist), and to this day continues to offer writing and design services.

 

Steve Lapan

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer

Email

Lapanfam@mail.com

Book
http://astore.amazon.com/livthesimlif-20/detail/0595275419

Steve is a recovered poet currently residing on the southeast coast of North Carolina. The son of a French father and a French-Italian mother,   he had no choice but to learn to love cooking and great food. He began cooking at 9 years old and it has been a passion since that time.

In 2003   his first cookbook was published, The Bubba Gourmet. His second, devoted to grilling, is due out in early spring.

Thom Cantrall

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer &
Book Reviewer

Email

twangg1@yahoo.com

Website

www.ghostsofrubyridge.com

Thomas Cantrall is a native of northern California where he graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 1961.  He is Navy Veteran and attended the University of Washington.  Years logging in the Pacific Northwest led to personal experience with Sasquatch which developed into a life long interest in the creatures.

Lin Ross

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

linjazzbro1@gmail.com

Website
http://lmross-moanerplicities.blogspot.com/

 


 
L. M. Ross is a New York poet and LAMBDA Award-nominated novelist.  His true heart is that of a poet, and most everything he composes contains a certain jazz-tinged rhythm. He was first published nationally while in high school; and in the succeeding years his work has appeared in well over 200 magazines, journals and anthologies including:  African American Review, Black Writer, Catalyst, Class, Essence, Free Lunch, Gypsy, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal and numerous others.  He was featured prominently in the landmark "In The Tradition, An Anthology of Young Black Writers" and "Freedom In This Village." 
 
His novel "Manhood… The Longest Moan" was released in 2007, followed by "The Moanin' After" published by Q-Boro/Urban Books in the spring of 2008. Currently he is set to release his next book entitled "Like Litter in The Wind" as an e-book later this year.
Ross also records his life experiences, poetry and rants in an online blog called "Moaning Moanerplicities."

Lanaia Lee
* Staff Position*
Chair Person:
Poetry Selection Committee
& Staff Writer

Email

MKellis566@aol.com

Website

 

 Lanaia Lee was born in 1957 to a Navy father and a schoolteacher mother who home-schooled her. In second grade, she was reading on a 4th grade level, so they moved her to a private school to enhance her education. When she was nine years old, her mother died from a massive stroke. Because her father was rarely home, her grandmother, a professed black witch, gained custody.
When Lanaia was 14, her grandmother abandoned her, and she landed in foster care where she had four different sets of foster parents within a year, because she kept running away to avoid men who attempted to molest her.
At age fifteen, she went to boarding school on her dad's GI Bill. She graduated in her junior year after which she drifted, living with various people with neither a family nor a home. At eighteen, she married and divorced having three miscarriages. By nineteen, she began working in management for convenient stores and restaurant chains.
In 2001, David dared her to write a poem. Out of curiosity, she posted it in an online poetry forum. The feedback was so positive, she kept writing. At first, she wrote just poems, then short stories and finally novels. All of her work is typed one-handed because of her disabilities.
Lanaia gives credit to the grace of God which has helped her overcome immense adversity, hold her head high, and she claims she won’t quit until she hits the best seller list.

Ginny Muller


*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

lifestweet@bellsouth.net

 

I am 64 years old, live in Florida with my husband Ray and our Rottie "Shebubba."  I have two beautiful children, two terrific stepsons, all grown, and four awesome grandchildren.  

Recuperating from a quadruple cardiac by-pass in June of 2007, I had plenty of time to begin taking my "ramblings" a little more seriously.  Poetry has always been a fascination of mine, as well as a deep desire to write short stories.  Most of my writings previously were short poems for friends and family, but with extra time on my hands during this period, I decided to take this ambition to a more serious level.I began submitting a few poems to the poetry sites on the Internet to see what responses I would receive.  Well, clearly, I had mixed reviews, some good, some awful.  This encouraged me to seek out and complete several creative writing courses and to participate in our local college Poetry Weekend program - I loved it!  From then on, I knew this was going to be my challenge.

I began to read all types of poetry, learn the various forms, and to break my old habits of writing all rhyming poetry.  Now, jotting notes everywhere I go, be it the grocery store, the beach, a road trip, anywhere, I find so many things of which to write.  The beauty of our world opens doors of such creativity, if we just open our eyes and appreciate what we see.  It is all there for our minds to consume and to do with whatever we wish. As a start, A.S.P. Books published a few of my poems in two anthologies.  The first being Doors of Creativity and the second, Doors 2, with some wonderful writers and artists featured as well. In December of 2008, A.S.P. Books published a first edition of my poetry and a couple of short stories, Attempting Possible Dreams. I know I have a long way to go, but I intend to travel the miles, learn, and do the work it takes to accomplish my dreams. I thank God for all the blessings I have received during my lifetime, and I now know that the tumultuous life led during my childhood and young adult life has had a purpose, leading me to become the person that I am today.

Mary Woodruff


*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

marywoodruff20@gmail.com

Website

http://marywoodruff.blogspot.com/ 

 

I am a full time Secretary At South East Real Estate Management Company. I am an empty Nester with one 10yr old grand child (she's the apple of my eye). I have been married to my personal hero for 30+ years (my life mate). I love to read. More than that, I love creating my own characters. Giving each birth. To watch them spring to life that they literally jump off the pages throughout their story. They are my passion.. To be a good writer, you have to feel the words with your heart. This cannot be taught from books or joining clubs.

 

 I believe  the stories I create are not mine but my characters'. I have been blessed by God to have been given the ability to slip their porthole, whether it be fiction or fact. What I strive for my readers is this: My readers will not be disappointed.. My characters will be keepers.

 

Richard Alvin Blanchard


*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

Richardab79@yahoo.com

Website

http://www.freewebs.com/richardab79

 

 I began writing when I was in third grade back when I was like 9 going on 10. I loved to write. Had a passion but I let it die off. When I graduated high school that passion came to life again. It wasn't until I was 29 that my dream would see the light. That was when Cerebral Palsy a condition I was born with came back and changed my life forever. The Doctor I had when I was young said it would come back in my adult years.
I had asked God. "What do I do with my life?" He gave my that answer in a way I would never have guessed! He changed me forever and gave me a purpose in life. And I will see his wish though to the end.

Richard Blanchard
 

Shana Barhydt


*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

Shanabarhydt@gmail.com

 

Shana Barhydt is a long-time writer who owns a closet full of journals – a 15 year collection of stories and thoughts. She has written consistently since the age of 12, to personally determine the meaning of life – or at least her own, if nothing more. Shana is enthusiastic over anything that might offer an idea to be explored or figured out. She is a writer, a painter, a deep thinker and an over-analyzer that writes to offer idea’s and hopefully shed meaning on some of life’s most complicated situations. From information to new ideas, Shana hopes not to change your mind on any one thing, but to expand your horizons of thought. She believes that life is one big canvas for an always beautiful picture, no matter where the mistakes hide out. Life, painting, and writing – these are her passions.

Shana Barhydt writes internet content for several websites. She ghost writes for various blogs around the Internet and about different topics relating to cars - including sales and dealership practices, insurance and loan information. Shana is presently working on her first book, although she suspects it will never be finished.

Adrianne Hurtig


*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

montanadiva58@yahoo.com

My Face Book

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/profile.php?id=1375479879

 

 

 

I can't remember not writing. As a child, I would write little poems for my mom and grandmother for their birthdays and other occasions. One of my happiest memories is finding a poem I had written to my grandmother, framed and hanging in her office. I knew then that that's what I wanted to be when I grew up. Except when asked that very question, I would answer, "I want to be a teacher." Knowing that I would teach when I grew up, I was forever organizing the neighborhood kids to be in my class, and of course, I taught spelling and writing. My favorite subjects. When school let out, I was the kid writing plays for the other children to perform to entertain our parents on those long, hot summer evenings.

When I became a mother and began reading to my children, it sparked an interest in writing children's stories. As I faced numerous challenges in my life, I began to journal, and found that it made for some pretty good reading. 

I have not declared a specific genre for my writing because I write all of it depending on my mood. I'm currently editing my children's book, I'm writing a novel that I hope to finish, I'm working on a cookbook, and I continue to write poetry.

After raising my eight children, it is finally my opportunity to take time for myself and my craft. In addition to a small hand painted baby shoe business, I am the secretary of Friends of the Library, and organizer of the Montana Author's Month. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading and playing with my grandchildren.

Chessly Nesci
 

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

chessly1@yahoo.com

MySpace - http://myspace.com/chessly1

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com
/facebook#/profile.php?id=1383858482&ref=profile

 

I grew up in Dallas but have lived in Nebraska since my marriage.  My husband and I own a industrial cleaning equipment business that has been in the family since 1968. We have two children, Jimmy and Christian.   I have always loved writing and used to journal when I was a young child. I didn’t start writing poetry until I found my father deceased in his apt two years ago. It has been wonderful therapy for me and I hope it will help others who are grieving for a loved one.
 
 My mother has been my inspiration and has helped me figure out what kind of novels I want to write. She is a New York Times bestselling author with twelve books under her belt. She wrote her first novel at the exact age I starting writing. I am currently writing a romance novel and hope to have it completed by the fall of this year. My children have been my first priority for the last fourteen years.
 
 My youngest Christian has a form of autism called Semantic Pragmatic Disorder. He is in a special class and receives speech therapy three times a week. Anyone who has a child with autism knows it consumes most of your time leaving little room for anything else.
 
We are just now finding out that our special child has savant characteristics. He has been reading since he was two and designing his own logos. I feel having a child with autism is such a blessing because they are not affected by all the emotions that we feel.   The next novel that I plan on writing is my life with my son. I have always tried to help others and hope this book will give parents hope for a brighter tomorrow.
 

Anastasia Cassella-Young

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email
authoranastasia@authormeetingplace.com

Website

www.authormeetingplace.com

 

 

:  Anastasia Cassella-Young was born in Bar Harbor, Maine. She left Maine and got married in New York.  She has one son and lost her husband when her son was only 9.  She has travelled the eastern seaboard extensively and has come home to Maine. She loves the Maine atmosphere which is included in all of her writings.  She is currently remarried and living in Cherryfield, Maine.  She loves to write and currently has ten (10) titles to her name.  She runs a web site for free advertising for authors because it is her calling to assist authors because she too knows the woes connected with advertising costs for authors. Editing is her forte and she enjoys reading the books as she edits them.  She has 20 years experience in editing and puts all the experience she has to good use at low fees. Anastasia takes everything she does to the fullest extent of enjoyment.

 

 

Sophia L. McMorris

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

Mackysophia1@verizon.net

Website

www.publishedauthors.net/Mackysophia1

 

 

Sophia L. McMorris is a native from Spanish Town, Jamaica. She received her elementary education at Spanish Town Primary. She then attended The Queen’s High School where she received her high school education. After high school, Sophia heeded to the call that had been on her life from an early age, and went on to teacher’s college. At St Joseph’s Teachers` College she majored in Elementary education.

 After graduation, Sophia started her career at Hydel Prep School in Jamaica where she taught a fourth grade class. Within her first year of teaching, Sophia excelled in every area .Her fourth graders performed exceptionally well. At the end of the school year, she was awarded Teacher of the Year. She then felt a strong calling to work nearer to her home and made the decision to teach at Harrison’s Prep School which is located in Spanish Town. She taught a first grade class and again her students excelled in every area academically.

 Sophia then migrated to the U.S.A. She continued her education at Lehman College in Bronx, New York. She then moved to Florida to be nearer to her family in Jamaica and also to be with her brother. She worked at Harvest Christian Academy which is located in Tampa, Florida. Here again Sophia did a tremendous job as head of The Junior High Department. At the end of her final year at Harvest, Sophia was awarded Teacher of the Year. She presently works at King’s Ave Christian School which is located in Brandon.Fl.As a third grade teacher, she strongly believes that she has found the grade that God had intended her to teach.

 Sophia is a committed Christian. She worships at Faith Christian Center in Brandon, FL under the leadership of Pastor Thomas Garrett and Min.Stephanie Garrett. She actively serves in the hostess department. Sophia loves the Lord dearly and is determine to serve Him to the end. She is single and resides in Brandon, Fl.             

Sheila Deeth

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer & Book Reviewer
 

Email

sdeeth@msn.com

Website

http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com/

Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. She moved to the States with her husband and three sons in 1996 and now lives near Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys reading, writing, drawing and telling stories.

With roots in the Catholic, Methodist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Free Evangelical traditions, Sheila describes herself as a Mongrel Christian deeply devoted to the Bible. She recently self-published her Christmas and Easter drabble books (available from www.lulu.com/sdeeth ), has had stories in www.nightsandweekends.com , www.theshinejournal.com  and www.joyfulonline.net , and has posted a growing number of book reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

 

She is a regular contributor to the Gather writing community (www.smd.gather.com) and blogs at www.sheiladeeth.blogspot.com .

Jim Woods

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer & Book Reviewer
 

Email

jwoods@ultrasw.com

Website

 

 

Jim Woods is an independent editor assisting book authors, small presses, university presses and corporations with line, style, and substance editing.  He applies his expertise to novels and short story collections; and to nonfiction– memoirs, history, biography, travel, and corporate image.  His corporate clients have included Safari Club International. Honeywell, Hughes Aircraft, Litton Industries, and RCA.  He has served in staff positions-Editor, Editorial Director, Managing Editor and Contributing Editor-with the commercial magazine publishers: Petersen Publishing Company; Publishers’ Development Corporation; and The Omega Group.                 

          In addition to his life’s work as an editor, he is a widely published author.  A partial listing of national and regional magazines in which his more than four-hundred articles have been published include: Outdoor Life, Popular Mechanics, Digest Books, Western Outdoors, and Southern Outdoors.  His six books in print include the crime collection, Gunshot Echoes: a co-authored collection of mainstream fiction, Olla Podrida; a novel set in South Africa, The Lion Killer; a memoir of his world hunting experiences, Honk If You Love Geese;  a collection of general short fiction, Journeys; and a writing tutorial, Two Dozen lessons From an Editor. He has contributed to various hardbound anthologies including Hunting in Zimbabwe, Safari Press; Guns of The Gunfighters, Bonanza Books; and A Guide to Handmade Knives, Janus Press.        

          His professional associations include American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA); Society of Southwestern Authors (SSA); Society of Technical Writers and Publishers (STWP); and Outdoor Writers of America (OWAA).

          Jim Woods lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.

Suzi Sundquist

*Staff Position*
Staff Writer
 

Email

lilsuzi1@yahoo.com

Website

Myspace;
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Hello and thank you for your passion.  I was born and raised in heart of the heartland, Omaha , Nebraska , 43 years ago and have lived a very interesting life.  I am a lover of life and everything that comes with it... good, bad and indifferent.  My blessings are plentiful. Happily married to my polar opposite (I'm 4'10" tall and he is 6'7") for over 22 years, gifted with a spunky daughter of grace and filled with love and compassion from friends and family around the world, I cannot complain.

The love of writing came to me when I was seven years old.  My grade school guidance counselor advised me to write down my emotions, fears and frustrations while she tried to teach me that I could not save the world.

Over the years, I have written more than a hundred poems and several short stories.  I am currently currently working on three novels.  The first is nearly complete, a suspense thriller with many hidden messages of self help, believe it or not.  This one is sure to be a best seller, as it includes a bit of everything for every reader.  I call it, "The P.J.'s".

The second, a short story, is a memoir of my trials in becoming a Playboy bunny, in the early 80's, against all odds.  It is funny, inspirational and will warm the hearts of manyI've titled it, "Little Tail, Big Tale".

The third novel has just begun.  I had to put the previous two on hold while I live the pages of  my biggest challenge, yet.  "A Book and Its Cover", is the story of my fight to slay breast cancer using the strength I've earned from my childhood, or what I like to call Boot Camp.

I look forward to sharing my artistic expression of words with each and every one of you.  Thank you for the opportunity!

BM Song

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Staff Writer
 

Email

bmsong@publishedauthors.net

Website

www.authorbmsong.com

Jan 7, 1977 in her hometown of Clarksville, TN, B.M. Song

(Brandy-Michelle) is an up and coming newly signed author/poet. She is ecstatic about her first book of prose, "Liquid Reflections: A Stream of Fluid Prose" to come out within the year! She has been writing since the age of twelve starting out, unknowingly as a lyricist. After her grandmother passed away from a long fight with cancer...at the age of 16, Her poetry became even more defined and profound, which has thus enabled her to further develop herself as the poet and author she is today.

Many of her close friends and people she holds dear to her heart have given her the honorable title of 'Renaissance Lady," due to the fact that while her soul belongs to another era long gone, her poetry is classic while maintaining an innovative and modern approach.

Erin O'Riordan

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Staff Writer
 

Email

erinoriordan@sbcglobal.net

Website

www.erinoriordan.blogspot.com

Erin O'Riordan lives in the Midwestern United States with her husband. She has been writing compulsively since she could hold a pencil, and professionally since 2006.  Her short stories, essays, and film reviews have been published in numerous magazines and websites. Her first novel, Beltane, debuted in October 2008. Midsummer Night, the second book in the series, will be released in December 2009."

 

Lillian Brummet

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Staff Writer
 

Email

Drumit@shaw.ca

Website

www.brummet.ca

- Dave & Lillian Brummet -
Authors of:
- Purple Snowflake Marketing - How to Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd 
- Trash Talk - Learn how you can impact the planet 
-Towards Understanding - a collection of 120 poems on society, the environment & overcoming trauma.  
Hosts of:
Conscious Discussions talk radio show:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/consciousdiscussions
Authors Read radio program: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsread
 
Websites: 

Jack Huber

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Staff Writer
 

Email

jack@jackhuber.com

Website

jackhuber.com
 

Jack's background includes several years of business development and over twenty-five years in the computer industry. During this time he has had many articles explaining technology to the layperson published in various print and web magazines and journals.

Jack had his first poems published at age 10 when his fifth grade teacher submitted two pieces that were accepted by a literary magazine. Since then Jack has written poetry off and on throughout his life, taking it up seriously in the summer of 2007.

Jack began taking photos while in grade school with his first Brownie camera, given to him by his grandmother. As with his poetry, Jack prefers interesting takes on commonplace themes.

Reuben Hart

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Staff Writer
 

Email

Hartline@mailbug.com
 

Appeared as a cub scout on Channel 5, KTLA in 1950 on a kiddies show hosted by Roscoe Ates (he was once a big time comic). Played the rear end of an Elephant in a theater in Munich in 1963. Appeared daily on an English language show in Tokyo 1968-70 on Fuji Television. Dubbed Richard Jaeckel in the movie Latitude Zero. Was in the US Army 1964-66. Nearly swept overboard in a blizzard in mid-Atlantic. Unknowingly joined a sociopathic cult in 1970-83.

 Had a nervous break-   down as a result and ended up living in a garage on food stamps for five years. Became homeless, ended up in Tucson Az. Published several poems thereafter in Evergreen and in the Pickle Gas Press.

Andrew Buckner

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Staff Writer
 

Email

moviesforlife09@aol.com

 

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Andrew Buckner is the author of two full-length volumes of original verse. They are "Song of Survival: Poetry in the Key of Freedom" and "The Human Condition". Afterwards, he went on to publish the dual autobiography "Into Existence's Immortal Flame" (co-written by Russell Stiver) and the children's book "Grand Poppa's Favorite Chair". His most recent works are the chapbooks "The Flesh is a Prison" and the two set volume "Unity Amidst Our Suffering". He will soon be featured in the anthology of formal rhyme titled "A Fancy of Formalities". 

 

 

Jerry White

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Staff Writer
 

Email

jerrywhite@jmwhitebooks.com

Website -

www.jmwhitebooks.com

 

I have been the Southeast Regional Vice President for a physician recruiting firm. I have been an outside representative for IBM in Savannah, Georgia. I have been a public school teacher in Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. I have been a bible class teacher for classes the size of many congregations in our great land. I have performed marriage ceremonies for friends and family members. For a number of years I worked with movie studios providing them with statistical analysis for their most recent on-screen presentations. Most recently, I have served three years as Director of Admissions and am currently serving as the Student Services Coordinator for the largest aviation maintenance training facility in the country.
My new book, Moments of Mine, came from the halls of Campbell High School where I would broadcast poetic emails to my fellow faculty members three to four times per week. One such week a representative from the English Department came to me. I didn't know if it was a good thing that she had come by or not. I quickly found it to be a good thing and the book Moments of Mine came, if I had to pick a day, from that visit. The encouragement of peers is a wonderful thing. After that fellow teachers would ask me to write poems on specific things like their school affiliations, poems for their sweethearts, poems for any number of things. I even got a request from a student to write one on how much her mom meant to she and her brother. All because they seemed to like poetry.

I am still writing today as I did 30 years ago. There is still fresh subject matter in the everyday world that we live. It is where inspiration, as well as frustration, lies. Somethings are lost before I can remember to put them in written form. I try to carry a not pad but sometimes it is gone before the pen hits the paper. Inspiration is the fragile sister of torment. Writers experience them both.

 

Jane Ferris

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Staff Writer
Book Reviewer

Email

Janeferris3@yahoo.com

Website

www.janeferris.blogspot.com

 

I live in Florida with my young son. I have an Associate's Degree in Metaphysics. My hobbies and interest is built around my son.  I enjoy Writing, Reading, Cooking, and being a Mom. I live a simple life filled with Love, Compassion, Honesty, Faith and Respect for others as well as Myself..

 

Jordana Ryan

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Staff Writer

Email

cryselle@att.net

Website

http://jordanaryan.tripod.com
 

Debbie has enjoyed the written word since she was a child and takes a specific liking to Contemporary and Historical romance.  Debbie began writing with poetry, which she dabbled in since childhood and continued through adulthood. It wasn't until a few years ago that she took her writing further and wrote her first book, and since, she has enjoyed the journey of exploring many genres, and finding a love of everything to do with words. Debbie finds joy in escaping to a blank screen and creating a world of her own, and loves the freedom of allowing her characters to dictate the story to her. On the flip side of that editing brings new challenges because the characters are written, and it's so much fun to work with an author to help them fulfill their dreams and find ways to see things in their characters that they might not have thought of. Debbie very much enjoys working with authors to polish their work and see it through to publication. When not writing or editing she can often be found cooking, with her friends, or with her young child doing any number of things.

  Radio Show Host - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/jordana-ryan

Alessandrina Learner
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Staff Writer

Email

aleslerner@hotmail.com

Website

www.letloverule.us

 

Alessandrina Lerner is the author of two books. “The Essence of Love” (Sep’09) is a beautiful poetry book illustrated by a precocious 10-year old Artist and daughter to the author, Amandine Love Lerner. It aspires to take the readers on a journey to the core of themselves through inspirational poems of a meditative nature.  Alessandrina’s first novel, “Spiritual Enlightenment in the Age of Cybersex” (Dec’ 09), is a comedic spiritual gem which introduces Spiritual teachings with humor and a real urban flavor, making them accessible to a modern, and maybe a little less spiritually inclined crowd.


Alessandrina Lerner has been writing poetry since she was 8, and wrote her first short novel when she was 12.  Though she left her childhood dreamworld, obtained an MBA in International Finance from French Ivy league University Paris IX- Dauphine, and went  on to pursue a high profile career in the world of International Finance, Alessandrina never forgot her true love and kept cultivating a passion for writing all throughout, continuing to write poetry and short stories as a hobby, whenever time allowed.

 

Traveling to over 55 countries in the context of her career, she fulfilled the explorative part of her dream, yet found herself seeking more meaningful experiences to further nourish her soul.  Motherhood pushed her further in that direction, propping her to quit her job and start training with a Spiritual Indian Master to become a Yoga Therapist, now her primary occupation since 2001.

 

Having grown increasingly passionate and talented in the Art of inspiring others through Yoga, Alessandrina decided to take it to the next level by going back to her roots and honoring her true essence by dedicating herself to writing.  Since writing books seemed like the most logical step to disseminate the spiritual knowledge she has acquired on her journey, Alessandrina has decided to embrace her new path  with love, dedication, and the greatest hope for the future.


Alessandrina is currently preparing a new poetry book, “Spiritual Metamorphosis”, which should be out some time in 2010.  She is working on a number of other literary projects, including a few children books, a spiritual movie script,  a Yoga manual, and sequels to her first novel that just released.  She has many other artistic projects in the pipeline, which she hopes to be able to dedicate herself to in the coming years. 


You can find Alessandrina’s first two books on the following websites:

 

The Essence of Love is available at:

www.publishamerica.net/product85724.html

Spiritual Enlightenment in the Age of Cybersex is available at:

https://www.createspace.com/3411394 

 
Alessandrina

Cheryl Bousquet

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Staff Writer

Email

poetcb@yahoo.com

Website

http://cherylbousquet.webs.com
 

A beach kid at heart, I grew up in Simi Valley California, playing softball, camping at the beach and writing. Coming from a family of 5 siblings and artistic parents, there was never a shortage of excitement and experiences. I now reside in Denver Colorado, where I continue to write, own a business and coach girls softball.
While writing was always fun for me it was my friends that encouraged me to pursue it.
They would say, there's something greater in the words and thought I had a gift to touch people. They would share experiences with me, I would write about them and they would ask:
“How did you do that? You captured it all so perfectly” 

I never really had an answer, the words just came and I put them on paper. Over the years I’ve continued this path and found no greater satisfaction than knowing the words I write touch people’s heart. That in some way the words provide comfort, strength and the courage to help others live happier and healthier lives.


Cheryl Bousquet
Author/Songwriter
www.poetcb.info
http://www.authorsden.com/cbousquet

Jenna Dawkins

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Staff Writer

Email

dawkins.jenna@yahoo.com

 

 

Jenna lives with her husband in Miami.  Her writing is based on her observations of every day life; sometimes happy, sometimes sad, always human, and hopefully occasionally humorous.

Debbie Nicholson

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Staff Writer

Email

authordebnicholson@yahoo.com

Website
www.authordebnicholson.com

Debbie Nicholson, Author of Love And Laughter Series, is a multi-published author, in many genres including spiritual,
inspirational, romance and humor.
The Patriot Hour on Blog Talk Radio was the first to interview heron her first book of the Love And Laughter Series.
She has founded Special Circle Of Friends, a cancer support group for those with cancer, family and friends of loved ones whohave had or have it, along with those that have long since passed on.
She also is now starting non-profit group Musicians Fight For Life to help fund cancer research.

Margaret West

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Staff Writer

Email

margaretwest@hotmail.com

Websites

www.margaret-west.com
Writers blog http://margaret-paranormalromanceauthor.blogspot

Born in England, Margaret moved to the Kent countryside five years ago to get away from the busy life in London. She married with two grown up children and has worked in various fields of work. She is a Clair knowing medium, Crystal Therapist, Parapsychologist and Psychic Development tutor.

She’s been writing over 20 years and has numerous short stories, novels and articles published. Margaret writes Romance and Paranormals novels, incorporating her spiritual experiences, into her books.

 

Ami Blackwelder

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Staff Writer

Email

touch-of-grace@hotmail.com

Website

www.amiblacklwelder.com

 

I am a forbidden romance writer in the paranormal and historical romance genre. My unique experiences allow me an original perspective and a plethora of ideas to entertain readers.

 I grew up in Florida and went to UCf. In 1997 I received my BA in English and teaching credentials. 
 I decided to travel overseas and teach and have worked in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered my second home now. I have always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, my novels began when I was in Thailand.

Francis Powell

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Staff Writer

Email

powellfrancis@hotmail.com

Website

http://powellfrancis.blogspot.com/

 

I am amongst other things, a poet and writer of short stories. My most recent publication was three poems in a poetry anthology called “First Breath” published by
Savant publishing. http://www.pr.com/press-release/246307
Born in 1961, in Reading, England. I was educated at various schools, before going on to Art Schools, to do a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking.  Early working life included jobs working with children and young adults, in London.  Moved to Austria in 1995, lived there for two years and began teaching English as a foreign language.  Alongside this I have always followed a lot of other creative activities, including music.  During the nineties, did many concerts and some short tours, playing electronic music.  While in Austria, began to write stories. Moved back to England,  where upon pursued teaching career, including teaching English (literature/language) and Art. Decided to move to France at the end of 1999.
           In France I have worked as an English teacher for the past eight years, as well as having exhibitions in Paris and doing concerts in Paris area, as well as a festival in Seville, May 2006 and more recently a festival in Rome.  I am a song writer for French musicians, using English text.  As a writer, I have had four short stories published in magazine, “Rat Mort”  a magazine with dark and surreal stories as well a magazine called Freakwave. In  2006 I had various various articles  published on the internet, and a new job, sending a monthly Arts report on Paris arts culture, for the “Bohemian aesthetic”.   I am also a video maker. http://www.youtube.com/user/powellfrancis

Jungo Rivera

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Staff Writer

Email

dennis.rivera.jr.21@gmail.com

Website

 http://jungowrites.blogspot.com

 

Dennis Rivera Jr., is a poet/writer who had began his quest in the writing field as a young silent mind in New York. Only 27 years old he has accomplished his own meaning of success. In addition to his success, he is a father and a husband. Now writing as Jungo, Dennis, has become passionate about helping other writers and the world to become better in their own ways.

Aside to writing Jungo is a  relaxed person who loves to have fun. He enjoys sports and reading. Although he claims not to be complexed, Jungo allows his writing to introduce who he is in reality.

Rachel Stolle

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Staff Writer

Email

Jeanet1te@yahoo.com

Website

http://auntloubooks.weebly.com

 

 

Rachel Jeanette Hall Stolle was born and raised in a little town called Jefferson, in North East Texas.  As soon as she was born, God never left her side.  He guided her through economic hardships, sexual abuse by a distant family member, an attempted kidnapping turned carjacking, and years of spiritual warfare. 
Today Rachel is a 29 year old Baylor University graduate, preschool teacher, and stay-at-home mom in Waco, Texas.  As she looks back at her childhood with great appreciation and respect for the unending love of her Heavenly Father, her relationship with God grows even stronger.
Rachel's children's picture book, "Why Did This Happen to Me, Aunt Lou?", is the first in a series of Christian picture stories for children designed to help parents integrate God and scriptures into the everyday explanations they give their children, while honoring the life of Louise Ritchie.
Rachel writes and illustrates her own works with the help of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Paula Shene

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Staff Writer

Email

phshene@gmail.com
 

Website

www.pshene.webs.com/

 My writing career started at the age of 62.  Mandy The Alpha Dog, a story of overcoming all obstacles was written to help my grand daughter deal with her fears due to the divorcing of her parents.  Mandy, the first book in the series The Chronicles of The K-9 Boys and Girls on Locus Street is illustrated in cartoon fashion to entertain and educate the 7-12 year old, our target audience.
     I have been blessed through my marriage in traveling from coast to coast and border to border in this vast and beautiful county, the United States.  I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945 and after marriage at the tender age of 19, the adventures began.  I forwent my education to become a high school teacher/librarian and worked to educate my husband who taught in colleges, prisons, and on reservations.  He also served in the Navy which added to our transitory wanderings.  During our migration, I put my business background to work in office services and in tutoring. 
     Our goal in life has always been to help the _underdog_ and to insure that there is a healthy environment mentally, physically, and spiritually.
   The Chronicles of the K-9  Boys and Girls series with Mandy The Alpha Dog as the lead book has become a driving force in our life.  The series is populated by four rescue dogs who interact in solving serious life issues but always with humor and hope.  The dogs always seem to have a tale [they prefer tail] to tell and as long as they speak, I will record their chronicles and my son will illustrate with cartoons. 
 My genre is children and animals, helping them accomplish being all they can be, so they in turn can be the helping hand for the next generation.  A minimum of 10% of our proceeds go to animal rescue or other charities as the books deem.

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Marilyn A. White

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Book Reviewer

Email

Marilyn@mylittleprettiesmaw.com

Website
www.mylittleprettiesmaw.com

 

 As an avid reader Marilyn has read hundreds of book over her life and has edited the two books published by her husband Martin D. White.   She enjoys her time making Customized greeting cards and spending time on the beach with her two puppies, Brodie & Shadow.  
Marilyn has survived two forms of cancer and a heart attack.


Marilyn has an Associates Degree in Theology and will bring her heart and spirit into her review.

Marilyn keeps an online journal talking about her experience with surviving cancer.  It can be found at -  www.poetstageforum.com  Under Online Journals.

Please visit her Website: www.mylittleprettiesmaw.com for more information on custom made
Greeting Cards and Prayer Frames.

Jeremy Smiley

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Book Reviewer

Email

jeremy_smiley@hotmail.com

Website
www.freewebs.com/jesmiley
www.myspace.com/jesmiley

I was born in Norfolk VA, grew up in southern California and now live in Western Pennsylvania. I am affiliated with the United States Naval Reserves, I am employed in the medical field, and work on a select specialty care unit. I have three children Elana 4, Dominic 2, Juliauna 1.  I have recently published "Mice City". Mice City is in the children's genre. Shortly after I was published I received an e-mail from my publishing company stating they received a request for children's books from a Hollywood film producer. They were to pick twenty books to possibly be featured in an upcoming film. Mice City was chosen. I am currently getting another book published with the same company, in fact, another children's book.

Rebecca Guild

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Book Reviewer

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Rebecca Guild, I have always teased people that I would write a book about my life someday.  I find humor in many things and I found that I tend to inspire people and I have been told I am a strong person.  I do attribute some of my ability to remain strong and focused in my lifelong journal keeping.  I have lived all over the country and met many different people and have done many different things.  I like to remain positive at all times and try to share that with others.  One of my favorite sayings is, "You never know what could happen tomorrow."  Life is really a gift and I like to live as if I appreciate that.  I am a single parent and I have certainly used that when I am observing the world.  I find that my views are sometimes very different due to my perspective on the world.  I don't oppose convention but have been known to cause some controversy  from time to time.  

I find myself examining people and things all the time wondering how things work.  I think I have always had a questions about everything and the older I get the more questions I tend to have.  I plan on visiting Italy soon to celebrate my turning forty and getting my college degree.  I love to read and share what I have learned and with others and am thankful for all the opportunities I have been given... even  if some are because I have a famous big brother like Martin White.  

Aretha Renia
 

*Staff Position*
Book Reviewer

Email

aretharenia@netzero.com

Websites

Aretha Renia is a thirty-four year old Mississippi Native. She was born in the small town of Houston, Mississippi to Paul and Mattie Isbell on February 11, 1975.  One of her greatest joys in life is her family which consists of her parents, her four children, her brother and his wife, her eight nieces and nephews, and her one great nephew.  was born in the small town of Houston, Mississippi to Paul and Mattie Isbell on February 11, 1975.  One of her greatest joys in life is her family which consists of her parents, her four children, her brother and his wife, her eight nieces and nephews, and her one great nephew.  
It has been a life long dream of hers to become a published author. She was a young student in the Houston Public School system in Houston, Mississippi when she began writing. Her love for literature showed in all that she did. She found that she had a love the romance genre of writing when she was in the fourth grade. That was when I first read “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. By the time she reached high school, she was writing short stories to entertain her classmates, and as her stories became more and more popular among the students, several teachers and other staff members were joining the list of readers. 
Aretha Renia did not pursue a career as a professional writer at that time, but now that she is older, she has been given a second chance to follow her dreams. She contacted Publish America, LLLP in the later part of 2008 by sending them a rough draft of her manuscript. It was quickly accepted for publication, and Aretha Renia's road to becoming a published author began to be paved. 
In her personal life, Aretha Renia tends to be a little timid and reserved.  She spends most of her time in the presence of family and a small circle of friends. The rest of her time is spent at her computer working. She takes her writing seriously. Feeling that she almost missed the chance to chase this dream when she was younger, she feels that it is important to now dedicate all that she can to make it a success. After all, it is not everyday that a person gets a second chance to find their first love. 
The official release date for her first book, "Love for Kenya", is March 12, 2009. This is a special day for her as it is the day that her dream became an official reality. She is currently working on her second book, "Soothing Raiyne"and hopes to see it published before the Christmas holidays roll again.
It has been a life long dream of hers to become a published author. She was a young student in the Houston Public School system in Houston, Mississippi when she began writing. Her love for literature showed in all that she did. She found that she had a love the romance genre of writing when she was in the fourth grade. That was when I first read “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. By the time she reached high school, she was writing short stories to entertain her classmates, and as her stories became more and more popular among the students, several teachers and other staff members were joining the list of readers. 
 

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