Participating Authors

Pat Hall

When Pat Hall isn't writing, she's either playing in the dirt in her garden, doing Ukrainian egg art, or off volunteering for the hospital, a theater group or the performing arts center.  Pat's book are illustrated by her daughter, Emmeline Hall Forrestal.  "Ida May's Borrowed Trouble" won a 2104 Moonbeam Silver Award for Best Picture Book All Ages, a 2014 Purple Dragonfly First Place Award for Illustration and a 2014 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention in the Charity/Making a Difference category.  Pat and Emmeline's book "Beasties", which includes a scrumptious cookie recipe developed just for the book by Pat's son Matthew.  Pat's newest book is "Gloppy."
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Catherine Blakemore


    A Graduate of Wellesley College, Catherine, holds M.A.s in education from the University of Colorado-Denver and in economics from the University of Michigan. She worked as a teacher in a charter school in Denver and as a policy analyst for the US Congress. She is the author of Faraway Places, How Big Is Your Class?, Mixed Heritage, "My Reading Buddy Is a Dog!",  A Public School of Your Own and Basic Level Literacy Programs for English-Speaking and Non-English-Speaking Adults.

Andrew Oliver 


A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he also earned an M.S. in English education, he taught English in Wisconsin and, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, in Nigeria. In addition to teaching, he has done freelance writing and photography. He is the author of Missing What's-Her-Name, Beyond the Enchanted Bridge - A Visit to Scarecrow LandIf Photos Could Talk  - A Sam & Stephanie Mystery as are: Haunted Hill and Scrambled.

Christine Keleny 

    Rosebloom  A Burnished Rose  Rose From the Ashes  Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up The Red Velvet Box   Living in the House of Drugs Intrigue in Istanbul - An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure

 Christine is an award-winning author, writer, reader, editor, book designer and publisher. She really enjoys writing and helping others publish the book of their dreams through her publishing company: CKBooks Publishing. She started writing stories in college (a while ago!) and hasn’t stopped since. Two of her books have won awards: Rosebloom and Intrigue in Istanbul. And Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up, was a finalist for a Midwest Book AwardYou can see all her books at This is also where you can sign up for Christine’s Readers Group.

Christine lives with her husband and pets (the kids have moved away) in the country in southcentral Wisconsin. 
Here books are the Rose Series: Rosebloom, A Burnished Rose, Rose From the Ashes;  Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up,  Living in the House of Drugs,  The Red Velvet Box, Her first middle grade novel published just this year Intrigue in Istanbul: An Agnes Kelly Mystery Adventure has garnered 5 stars from Readers' Favorite, is a Moombeam Beam Book Award and Midwest Book Award-Winner! Her latest book is the second book in the Agnes Kelly Series: Narrow Escape in Norway.

Mary Behan (Valerie Behan)

I live with my husband in a settler's log cabin, built in 1854. It's a bockety place. Irish readers will understand the meaning of that word, but for the rest of you, it means unsteady or wobbley. The cabin is in Mazomanie, near the Wisconsin River, about 20 miles from the university town of Madison. The land around it is green and hilly and it reminds me of Ireland.
 I've always loved to write. During my six years at boarding school I had to write a letter home each week. I also had to write a composition in each of the languages we studied: Gaelic, English, French and for a while, German. So I got used to writing at an early age. There's a lot of writing in science: preparing lecture notes, research manuscripts, administrative documents, etc. I still curl up on the couch at home in the mornings, imagine a friend sitting opposite me with a cup of tea in hand, and embark on the conversation - with pen and paper. 

Besides reading, spending time with friends, and doing lots of exercise, I love to travel. Here are a few pictures from recent trips to Patagonia, Guyana, Italy, Scandinavia, France, VietNam, Cambodia, Mexico, and of course Ireland

Lucy Sanna

Lucy Sanna has found commercial success in both fiction and nonfiction writing. THE CHERRY HARVEST (HarperCollins Publishers, 2015) is her debut novel. For this and other works, she has been featured on national television and radio, including CBS, NBC, NPR, and FOX, and her books have been recognized by national press, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, The Wisconsin State Journal, The San Jose Mercury News, Playboy Magazine, and Men’s World Magazine, to name a few.
Lucy Sanna

THE CHERRY HARVEST - A NOVEL (William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers, 2015). When a desperate Wisconsin farm wife invites German POWs to work the family orchard, she brings the war home. Order print, eBook, or audio 

Kristen A. Oakley

Kristin A. Oakley’s debut novel, Carpe Diem, Illinois, won the 2014 Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award for non-traditionally published fiction, was a finalist in the Independent Author Network 2015 Book of the Year, and a runner-up in the 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Its sequel, God on Mayhem Street, was recently released. Kristin is past president and co-founder of In Print Professional Writers’ Organization, a Chicago Writers Association board member, the managing editor of The Write City Magazine, and a UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies writing instructor.

Julia Hoffman

 Julia C. Hoffman lives and works on a farm in Wisconsin owned by her and her husband. Born and raised in Madison, WI. Graduated from UW-Madison. Before sitting her butt down to write, she worked as an R.N., volunteered as a ski patroller at Cascade Mountain Ski Resort, and other community stuff.

Julia's website is:  https://  and she can be found on FB: Julia C. Hoffman, author

Beverly Ovalle


Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. Beverly decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back. Contract in hand she has never looked back.
Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. She’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event SHTF.
An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share. She hopes you enjoy her tales as much as she loves writing them.
A Navy Veteran, Beverly has traveled around the world and the United States enabling her to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today. 

Mary Gray

Mary Gover Gray, a native of Mattoon, Illinois, has lived her adult life in the Waukesha, Wisconsin area. She taught elementary school while raising her son, Nathan. Mrs. Gray combines her passion for training standard poodles for therapy dog work with visits to senior citizens in her community. Dixie Doodle’s fun personality remains in the hearts of those who knew her.

Laura Hawks

Demon's Kiss (Demon Saga Trilogy Book 1) Demon's Dream (Demon Saga Trilogy Book 2) Demon's Web (Demon Trilogy Book 3) Flaming Retribution The Ghost and the Grimoire Shifter's Pride (Spirit Walker's Saga Thrillers) (Volume 2) Shifter's Hope (Spirit Walker Suspense/Thrillers Book 1) The Balconies of New Orleans

 Ms. Hawks has always been interested in writing in some form or other. A few years back, she was involved with and then ran a Star Trek Interactive Writing Group which was successful for a number of years. Yes, she is a trekker and proud of it.

A few years back, she received her Master's Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.

She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her three companions, all males... cats. She travels as much as she can to various Author/Reader conventions and loves to meet established fans and make new ones, some of which she considers friends more than fans. 

Nicholas L. Chiarkas

I grew up in the Al Smith housing projects in the Two Bridges neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When I was in the fourth grade my mother was told by the principal of PS-1 that, “Nick was unlikely to ever complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation.”  Instead, I became a writer, with a few stops along the way: a New York City Police Officer; the Deputy Chief Counsel for the President’s Commission on Organized Crime; and the Director of the Wisconsin State Public Defender Agency. On the way I picked up a Doctorate from Columbia University; a Law Degree from Temple University; and was a Pickett Fellow at Harvard. How many mothers are told their child is hopeless? How many kids with potential simply surrender to desperation? That’s why I wrote “Weepers”—for them.
Author of Weepers, an award-winning mystery/suspense set in 1957 NYC

Margaret Goss

Margaret is an award-winning author, hockey mom and registered nurse. She has a B.S. in Nursing from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her novel, The Uncommitted, is inspired by her Italian-Catholic culture and upbringing. Her writing skills were mentored by her father who taught English and Journalism at her high school. Her love of the arts was inspired by her mother, a painter and art teacher. Margaret resides in Madison with her husband, three children and her adorable dog, Hobey.

Kenneth Farmer

Kenneth Farmer began his thirty-four year legal career as a public defender in Louisville, Kentucky, before moving back to his native Wisconsin, where he served as a prosecutor until he retired in 2011. During this time, he has defended or prosecuted thousands of cases, including everything from the mundane traffic matter to the not-so-routine capital murder charge.
He has lived and traveled extensively in France, speaks French fluently, and has studied the French criminal justice with the assistance of lawyers and prosecutors native to that country.
He has published two novels to date: Real Lawyers, the story of a newbie public defender who proves himself to be a real lawyer, and now Chez Betty.

Susan L. Spahn

Susan L. Spahn is finding out just how much work goes into writing a book!  She spent eight years writing the story of her brother's life, self-published it and is now trying to market it.   Her book, Never Give Up, won the 2017 Finalist Indie Excellence Book Award for New Self-published Non-fiction.  She recently found out that she is also a B.R.A.G (Book Readers Appreciation Group) Medallion winner and will be featured soon on their website.  Sue recently started working on her second book.

Sue was born, and still resides, in Madison, Wisconsin.  She lives with her two dogs, Callie and Sophie.  Sue studied business in college but went back to school for writing and publishing classes.

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