BookFest 2018 Authors & Vendors
Mandy Greenfield is a suspense/romance author represented by The Prospect Agency and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She’s also an artist. She teaches art in a local studio in Bucks County, Pa., and uses recycled/damaged books to create unique works of art.
Alicia Stankay is a local fiction writer and photographer. Her most recent endeavors include her Natural Splendor photo exhibition at the Merrick Art Gallery in October 2017. Also, she is hard at work on the second book in a series, following last year’s release of Summer of Secrets: A Stonecliff Mystery.
Stefanie Hohl, M.Ed., has been teaching children to read for years. Through her experience teaching preschool, homeschooling, and running storytime at a local bookstore, Stefanie has developed the ABC See, Hear, Do series of Learn-to-Read books. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and five children.
Wendelin Gray is a linguist, writer, dancer, and long-time volunteer with the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization in Pittsburgh, Pa. She has also written five novels, including the award-winning, genre-bending ghost story The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak.
Greg Dillensnyder is a retired psychotherapist. He makes his home in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and three cats; two adult sons and their families are nearby, and his granddaughter and grandson are the joys of his life. Greg has his roots in a small eastern Pennsylvania town similar to the town Mountain City in Murder at Mountain Tavern, his first novel.
Ruth Webster was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, and now lives in metro Pittsburgh. She is a retired National Board Certified Teacher, having specialized in language arts and U.S. History. Ruth was a newspaper columnist for more than seven years. Her most recent award was the 2017 Author Zone award for 1st Place in Historical Fiction for Henry.
Abbey Faith is a twenty-two-year-old graduate student and daycare teacher. Her hobbies include petting fluffy dogs, telling three-year-olds to sit down, and hanging out with her family. She collects strange Victorian objects, including a xylophone, baby dolls, shoes, dresses, and so much more.
Nadette Rae Rodgers is a young author who published her first novel, Illusion, at just eighteen. Nadette lives and writes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The idea for The Illusion Trilogy came from Nadette’s interest in dreams. She hopes her writing will inspire her readers to follow their dreams. Nadette is also the author of children’s book Hoo Loves You.
Audrey Jane Snyder is retired after working in the corporate environment for 40+ years in the fields of human resource management and customer and community service. Audrey holds a BA in Business Communications and a Masters in Professional Leadership. Audrey is a member of PennWriters, Sisters In Crime, and Mindful Writers Group. Audrey grew up in Pittsburgh.
Sheila Rae Myers is a resident of New Sewickley Township. She has been writing since 2009 and has several novels (crime fiction and adventure) and Christian nonfiction books (various topics) published. She writes for the love of writing.
Wende Dikec is the award-winning author of three young adult novels, and six adult novels under the pen name Abigail Drake. After majoring in Japanese and Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, she traveled the world, gathering stories wherever she visited. She now lives in Beaver with her husband, sons, and a naughty Labrador named Capone.
Founder of the Mindful Writers Groups, Madhu Bazaz Wangu has published novels and books on Buddhism and Hinduism. She is winner of Indie Excellence Book Award and Next Generation Indie Book Award. Currently she is working on Writing and Living Mindfully: A Guidebook for Writers. Her CDs “Meditations for Mindful Writers” help writers to cultivate focus, remove blocks and increase flow.
Joey is a wife, mother, and writer in the north suburbs of Pittsburgh. In the summer of 2017, she published her first novel, No Room for Hondo. The story is deeply personal, a fictionalized account of her struggles with postpartum psychosis after the birth of her daughter.
Trisha felt she had a story inside her to add to the list of self-published authors, so she put herself to the test, and Safer With You was born. Trisha’s a mom of two beautiful girls, a wife, and has two fur babies, an unlikely pair: a black Lab and a Maltese.Visit her at trishamadley.com.
Patricia Miller grew up in a small town in Ohio and has worked as a mental health clinical counselor for the past 25 years. When not writing, she enjoys hiking/biking weekend trips or indulging in British murder mystery marathons.
Larry Ivkovich’s speculative fiction has been published in over twenty online and print publications, including Shoreline of Infinity, Across the Karman Line, and TV Gods II. He has been a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest and was the 2010 recipient of the CZP/Rannu Fund award for fiction.
The Big Sno is delicious gourmet shaved ice! We will be located in the Vollmer’s parking lot, across from the Beaver YMCA. Stop by and enjoy one of our amazing flavors—you can even make your own combination!
Katie Blanchard was born and lives in Southwestern Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing, you can find her chasing them around or crocheting in the downtime. Pressing Flowers is Katie’s debut novel, released at the beginning of 2018. She is already writing and plotting more books to come.
Susan Lower is a thrifty, creative, adventurous gal who loves black raspberry ice cream and chocolate. She and her family reside in Pennsylvania near the home of the most famous chocolate factory. When she’s not writing, Susan enjoys reading, family adventures, and crafting. To lean more about Susan and her books, visit her at readslower.com.
Kerry Trent Haggard
Kerry Trent Haggard is the founder and host of “Wheels of the Past” productions based in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. His new novel, Traveler, is based on the April 17, 1897, Aurora Texas alien crash. It is an entertaining tale based on the actual event and the fictional hunt for the alien 100 years later and an in-depth look at how the story possibly played out in the old West.
SAVE THE PAGES!
Janet Shaddick says, “I taught first grade for 36 years. In my retirement, I’m trying to make amends for a lifelong bad habit of folding page corners. I’m trying to SAVE THE PAGES! In my free time I make and sell inexpensive, embellished bookmarkers that slide on the top corner of a book page, marking the pause in a good read. Just a simple thing to keep the books happy!”
Robert Herring is a resident of Pittsburgh, Pa. He also has a associate degree in Computer Drafting and Design.
Rebecca is a writer, storyteller, author, and blogger. A sucker for a happy ending, Rebecca strives to write the kind of stories she loves to read—gritty, suspenseful, and featuring authentic, edgy and vulnerable characters, smack dab in the middle of action that explodes from page one.
Martina Fetzer writes fast-paced, funny science fiction. Her novels aren’t the place to go for lengthy drama and scientific explanations. They’re the place to go when you want to read about space hipsters teaming up with Puritans or cyborgs trying to get Hamilton tickets. She resides in West Virginia with two cats and is afraid of Benedict Cumberbatch.
Tony Lavorgne is an independent researcher of the unexplained. He specializes in obscure paranormal and anthropological topics. A native of Pittsburgh, he was a contributing writer in the book Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania: Ghosts, Monsters, and Miracles, and co-author of Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania. Tony also has a bi-weekly podcast.
Bestselling author Kathleen Shoop writes historical fiction, women’s fiction, and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Readers’ Favorite. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013.
Joshua David Bellin writes YA science fiction and fantasy. He’s the author of the Survival Colony series (Survival Colony 9 and Scavenger of Souls), the deep-space adventure Freefall, and Ecosystem, the first book in a YA trilogy about a future Earth in which the natural world has mutated into a sentient being. He likes monsters. Really scary monsters.
Originally from Hookstown, first-time author Logan Russell holds a degree in Molecular Biology and works and lives in Pittsburgh as a genetics researcher. Inspired by the unanswered questions of his field, he wrote LUCA, a futuristic science fiction novel about the first artificial life form.
Trang Moreland grew up in southern Viet Nam. At age 21, she emigrated to the United States. After overcoming language and cultural barriers, she was able to finish trade school and become a successful business owner. Trang is a published author, motivational speaker, and vice president of the Tuscarawas County Writers’ Guild..
2018 International Book Awards Finalist Stephanie Keyes writes books for teens and adults. Her titles range from the bestselling YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, to steamy new adult romance in The Internship of Pippa Darling. She writes damaged characters who learn to save themselves and firmly believes Nutella is a food group.
Linda M. Au enjoys comedy, computer gadgets, typewriters, office supplies, reading, movies, adventure games, and crocheting. Clearly she’s an adrenaline junkie. She’s done prepress work in publishing since the 1980s—well, she stops periodically for snacks and stuff. This year Linda will have 7 books for sale at BookFest, 2 of them new since last year.
Viki Doyle Heagy hopes her writing will make a difference in the lives of children. The characters in her books will inspire and motivate children, as well as provide a springboard for parents and teachers to discuss issues facing children today.
Chris McClean is an award-winning novelist, graphic designer, and short story writer. He created the CrimeFighters: Defenders of Justice characters. The CrimeFighters are a diverse group of heroes that teach safety lessons to young readers.