Jason Alster-Jason Mark Alster MSc is an award winning researcher who works in Neurodiagnostics and tutors students with ADHD. He also teaches pastel art and Chinese brush painting. He hosts the TV show "Meet The Author " with WCTV14 out of Wethersfield Connecticut and is on the board of CAPA (Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association). Jason’s memoir, Leaving Home Going Home, Retuning Home was published in 2009. For more information, visit his website at johnalster.com
Rick Arruzza-Inspired by a wonderful dog named Sparky, Stamford, CT, native Rick Arruzza has written and independently published six books for beginning-to-young readers: Sparky’s Walk, No Rest for Sparky, Sparky Coast to Coast, Sparky’s Big Race, The Great Candy Caper, and Sparky Goes to School. Production is currently underway on a new Sparky book for preschoolers called Little Sparky 10 Spots. A portion of the proceeds of the Sparky book sales is donated to animal organizations. Currently, the donations are earmarked for the Animal Center in Newtown, CT, in honor of Catherine Violet Hubbard, one of the young Sandy Hook victims. For more information, please visit Rick’s website at www.sparkyswalk.com.
Paul Bently- Paul Bentley has led a diverse life ranging from serving in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne, to working in factories, digging graves, writing free lance, coaching, and teaching for 33 years. As a longtime newspaper contributor he was voted Favorite Columnist in his area many times and has over 400 published columns to his credit. Bentley is the author of Sh*t A Teacher Thinks (and sometimes says). And the recently released novel August Descending. There is always a stack of books next to his reclining chair as well as a back scratcher, cat comb, and tv remote.
Jack Chauser-Jack Chaucer is the author of the sci-fi thriller Queens are Wild, first available in 2012 as an e-book and published May 27, 2013, as a paperback (Amazon, $9.99). Chaucer's first two novels -- Rocco & the Russian Mountains and Freeway & the Vin Numbers, both released in 2010 -- are available for free at booksie.com. He is currently writing a young adult novella, Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School, which will be published this fall. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund. When he is not writing fiction, Chaucer's real identity is John Cullen, a page designer, copy editor and web video producer for the Republican-American newspaper.
Marc Fitch- Marc E. Fitch is a graduate of the Western Connecticut State University MFA program. He is the author of the novel "Old Boone Blood" and his fiction has appeared in such publications as The Big Click, Cezanne's Carrot, Thuglit, and eHorror. He was the winner of the Leslie Leeds Poetry Prize and The Barbara Winder Award. He currently works in the field of mental health and lives in Harwinton with his wife and three children. Marc can be reached through his website at www.marcfitch.com.
David Garnes- David Garnes is the author of three books: After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood; From My Life: Travels And Adventures; and the forthcoming novel Waitin’ for the Train to Come In. His work has also been published in many anthologies and academic reference titles. He is the recipient of two writing awards from the Connecticut Authors And Publishers Association. David began his professional career as an English teacher and then worked as a librarian at Columbia University and eventually at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. For more information, please visit David at www.authorsden.com/davidgarnes
Frances Gilbert- Frances Gilbert was born and educated in the UK and immigrated to the USA with her husband and family. Frances has published eight children’s books: Turtle on a Summer’s Day, Celeste and Regine in the Rain Forest, To Know the Sea, and A World of Numbers, all with GreeneBark Press; and Goodnight World Outside, Elephant Blue, The Cookie Thief and Today the Teacher Changed Our Seats, for her own company Frances Gilbert Books. Her work is also on Calibre, tapes for blind children, in the UK. Her books are available on Amazon and can be seen on her website www.frances gilbert.com and on her face book page, Frances Gilbert
Jeff Hutton- An award winning landscape designer by profession, Jeff has published three books (fiction and non-fiction) as well as poetry. He has had several columns for local newspapers (The Journal Inquirer and The New England Entertainment Digest) and teaches a popular writing class through Manchester Community College as well as through a Regional Adult Ed. program. A long-time acoustic guitar player and song writer, Jeff and his daughter Susan have been performing at several venues with guitar and vocal harmonies.
Joanna Kelly- Dr. Joanna Kelly was a reporter and historic feature writer for Citizen News, a Fairfield County, CT newspaper before joining the staff at Kent Memorial Library as assistant director. Her historic novel, Hooligan's Alley: Inspired by the Compelling True Story of a Hell's Kitchen Immigrant was released in February 2013. iUniverse at Penguin Press.
Nancy McMillon- Nancy McMillan is the author of the recently published book, March Farm: Season by Season on a Connecticut Family Farm. The book chronicles a year in the life of March Farm, a four-generation family farm in Bethlehem. In support of the publication of this book, she received a grant from Sisters-in-Script. She is also the recipient of a grant from Family Circle of Namaste, Inc., which will facilitate the placement of ten books in local libraries. She is co-author, with Gretchen Trapp, of the theatre piece Clara Schumann - A Passionate Spirit, in which she performed in 2003. Please visit Nancy’s website at www.marchfarmthebook.com.
Teresa Pelham- Teresa Pelham is a parenting columnist and blogger for the Hartford Courant. Her writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and other publications. She wrote her first children's book, "Roxy's Forever Home," to benefit the dog rescuers who saved her little brown dog from the streets of Tennessee. She recently completed a children's book for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, to be published in 2013. She lives in Farmington with her husband and their three sons. For more information on Teresa, please visit www.roxysforeverhome.com.
Richard Radune- Richard Radune is a 1965 graduate of Syracuse University with a major in U. S. History. Mr. Radune researched and wrote two award winning non-fiction books on Connecticut History. The first was Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement which was published in 2005. His second book, Sound Rising, was published in 2011. He has been a presenter at Annual Conferences of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History and at the Ninth Maritime Heritage Conference in Baltimore. For more information, please visit Richard’s website at http://www.researchintime.com.
Nan Rossiter- New York Times bestselling author's adult fiction is often compared to the work of Nicholas Sparks - especially her first novel, THE GIN & CHOWDER CLUB. She hopes readers who enjoyed GIN & CHOWDER will look for the same characters in the Christmas anthology, MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT. Nan's second novel, WORDS GET IN THE WAY, is an uplifting story about a single mom whose young son has autism. Her third novel, MORE THAN YOU KNOW, touches on the bonds of sisterhood and the tragedy and despair of Alzheimer's. Nan is also the author-illustrator of several books for children including, most recently, THE FO'C'SLE: HENRY BESTON'S OUTERMOST HOUSE. To learn more visit www.nanrossiter.com.
Jack Sheedy- Jack Sheedy was born in Torrington and now lives in Harwinton with his wife, the poet and journalist Jean Sands. Sheedy is a feature writer, hard news reporter, essayist and playwright. His honors include awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New England Newspaper and Press Association; in 2000, his play Guardrail Nikes won the Connecticut One-Act Play Festival competition. Sheedy is the News Editor of The Catholic Transcript, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Jack Sheedy has published more than 500 essays and articles over the past five years, winning 10 awards along the way. His memoir, Sting of the Heat Bug, was published by Signalman Publishing in 2012. For more information, please visit JackSheedy.Homestead.com.
Patricia Sheehy- Patricia Herchuk Sheehy has authored four books, including the Amazon best selling novels, Field of Destiny and Veil of Illusion. She has published close to 100 essays and articles and has three times been awarded Honorable Mention by Writer’s Digest for her personal essays. Patricia facilitates workshops, online classes, and critique groups and coaches emerging writers. Currently working on her next novel, A Thousand Whispers, she lives in the historic town of Old Wethersfield. All of her books are available in paperback and in e-book formats. She can be found at: www.patsheehy.com
Jessica Speart- Jessica Speart is an investigative journalist whose focus is on wildlife law enforcement and endangered species issues. She is the author of the highly acclaimed narrative nonfiction book WINGED OBSESSION about the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler. The book was an Indie Next pick and has been featured on the CBS News Blog, National Geographic Weekend, the Huffington Post, and numerous NPR stations among others. Jessica also penned the ten-book Rachel Porter Mystery Series featuring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent Rachel Porter. Jessica recently appeared in the Discovery Channel special Extreme Wildlife Smuggling. For more information, please visit www.jessicaspeart.com.