2022 Book Fair
Authors and Vendors
Ricki Walters has a Master of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing, and has had two short stories published: The Plague Doctor, published by Learning through History, and The Morality Play, published by Aria Kalsan. Ricki is an SCBWI member and teaches writing at Riverland Community College in Austin. Her debut novel, The Enchanted, is a fantasy-adventure for middle-school readers that is set in metro Minnesota parks. The fairy characters are taken from Irish Celtic mythology. rickiwalters-author.com
Jeff Ollman and his siblings grew up by the Red Cedar River. In this idyllic existence. they had the river, the woods, and a golf course across the road. The outdoors always called to him, and he continued the outdoors journey in his writing, using many Minnesota locales. His books, The Book Club Murders, The Devil’s Kettle, and White Devils, are mostly mystery/thrillers, and include places many of you will recognize. jjollman.com
Jessie Chandler is the author of seven novels, including the humorously suspenseful Shay O’Hanlon Caper Series, and a number of short stories, usually involving her series characters, in various anthologies. Her crime fiction has garnered a Lambda Literary finalist nod, three Golden Crown Literary Awards, three USA Book Awards, one American Fiction Book Award, and an Independent Publisher Book Award. Fall and winter finds Jessie feverishly writing, and she spends springtime knee-deep in edits and revisions. Summers are spent selling T-shirts, books, and other assorted trinkets to conference and festivalgoers. jessiechandler.com
M E Fuller is a Minnesota-based author, writing coach, and visual artist. In 2015, Fuller took the plunge to work full-time as a writer and visual artist. She received grant assistance from her regional arts council to take classes and workshops that taught the craft of creative writing. Her first novel, Saving the Ghost, is a powerful story of survival and emotional healing. Her other titles include Filthy Dirty Garden Gloves (Book 1), and Blood on the Bridal Wreath. Another published work is Creative Writing: Cozy Mystery, Essay, Flash & Literary Fiction. mefullerwords.com
Maria Murad has published memoirs and essays and, when she’s in the mood, she writes light-hearted stories like Lighting Out; Suzy, the Default Detective; and Suzy the Super Sleuth. A third Suzy book is in progress. muriamurad.com
Nancy Poland is a writer and speaker focusing on caregiving. She has published two books, issues a monthly newsletter for caregivers, and offers resources and information on her website. She is a volunteer Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Nancy enjoys training and sharing her stories virtually or in person. Professionally Nancy is a Contracts and Compliance Manager where she utilizes her writing and negotiation skills to support Be The Match®. Her two books include Dancing With Lewy: A Father Daughter Dance Before and After Lewy Body Dementia Came to Live With Us, and Remarkable Caregiving: The Care of Family and Friends. nancyrpoland.com
Daniel O’Brien, literature teacher with a MA, Advanced Japanese Studies, created the Japan Series: Exploring Japanese Culture & History Through Mystery. An active Minnesota author, he has also lived in Japan. His Japanese Ghost in America (2018) is the first in a trilogy of self-discovery for Jimmy Swenson. Next in the Japan Series is Pilgrimage, and completing the trilogy is Resolution. O'Brien’s first novel was Star Points: Connections Old and New. japanseries.com
Paul Legler is a former lawyer, now turned writer. He grew up on a small farm in North Dakota and was educated at the University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota, and Harvard University. He worked as a poverty and civil rights attorney, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Social Policy at Harvard University, and policy adviser in President Clinton's Administration. He is the author of two novels: Song of Destiny and the award-winning Half the Terrible Things. paullegler.com
Jason Lee Willis is a Minnesota writer who has published over a dozen novels, including his recent historical fantasy, The Alchemist’s Map. In 2022, he will be releasing a collection of historical fiction short stories, Tales of the Blue Earth, as well as new installments in his popular Bible study series. jasonleewillis.wixsite.com/novels
Helen Holder’s childhood ambition was to be a teacher, an author and an artist. She spent 34 years in the first grade (33 of them as a teacher). Since retiring from teaching, she writes children’s stories. Other activities include origami, book making, crocheting, traveling to visit 12 grandchildren and collecting nativity scenes, which makes them a tourist attraction in Austin. She has written several children books, including Sleepover With Grandma, Terrific Tongues, and What Goes Up Must Come Down. facebook.com/authorhelenholder
John Baird Rogers has published two thrillers in the Mayfield-Napolitani series: Fatal Score and Skins and Bone. The third in the series, Fail Deadly, was longlisted for the 2019 Grindstone International Novel contest. His story, “New Orleans Purgatorio,” was shortlisted for the 2015 William Faulkner—William Wisdom prize. He has studied at The Loft in Minneapolis, the Cape Cod Writers Conference, and was a 2021 senior judge for the Royal Palm Literary Award. johnbairdrogers.com
Lynn Garthwaite is the author of the Dirkle Smat Adventure four-book series, written especially for first and second-grade reading levels. She has also written picture books for clients, including Radio Flyer and Shutterfly, and an historic non-fiction titled Our States Have Crazy Shapes. In addition to the printed book world, she has written seven screenplays, and is still hoping to one day see them produced. Lynn is an award-winning producer and co-host of the cable TV show “That’s Odd” and a committee member for the annual WOW Women of Words Writers’ Conference. Lynn lives in Bloomington, MN, with her husband and a big garden. lynngarthwaite.com
Gene Wood spent his first 20-plus years on his parent’s family farm, walking, talking, and learning from his father. Gene is the creator and owner of Earth’s Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash, and can be found speaking to various business associations and doing product demos. At the request of his grandchildren, Gene shares stories about his life on the family farm in Shhh...Can You Hear It? A Memoir.
Duane Paetznick is a co-author of Behind the Pulpit. He was the Director of Christian Education at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, for 13 years while attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul. After graduation from the seminary with an M.Div. in 1993, he was called to be an Associate Pastor at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SOTV). In 2019, Duane retired after 27 years at SOTV. authorsbehindthepulpit.com
Theresa Klug Murray grew up in a large, close-knit family rich in love for God, each other, and nature. Working as a school nurse for 25 years, she has witnessed many young students experience the death of loved ones. Recent personal experiences of death by suicide and death associated with addiction have called her to write her first children’s book. The Four Stones is a story designed to illustrate death in a way that is easy for children to understand. It includes guided questions to generate conversations with their families and caregivers as they navigate the emotional journey through grief. Finding her inspiration in nature, she co-created the illustrations with her talented sister and son-in-law. It is her desire to point readers to the limitless love of God so that they may find hope and healing within its pages. theresaklugmurray.com
Joan Treppa is a writer and social justice advocate for the wrongfully convicted. Though she has no legal training, her determination and commitment to become an outspoken voice for the wrongfully convicted was born out of having been bullied as a child. Her motto, “Nothing about me truly matters unless I matter to others,” speaks to the familiarity of feeling left out, forgotten, and traumatized. Joan is a wife and mother who lives with her husband, Mike, in the Minneapolis suburbs. Her first edition of Reclaiming Lives: Pursuing Justice for Six Innocent Men won three national independent book awards. joantreppa.com
Gloria VanDemmeltraadt’s writing career began late in life after her long-time husband died, and then marrying another wonderful man. It was also after retirement that she became an amazingly successful writer. She is the award-winning author of seven books, including Trouble In Deep Lake, part of The Deep Lake Series, and she is already working on number eight. She is thrilled to mention that her writing has been compared to Danielle Steel and Carla Cassidy—a special honor—and Tom Brokaw has also praised her. But, most of all, she is grateful to readers who enjoy her stories, and she prays our rewarding relationships to continue as long as she can press the keys of her computer. She writes life stories for hospice patients and helps people write their memoirs. gloriavan.com
Proud publisher of great writers and gifted storytellers, Kirk House Publishers was founded in 1994 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At Kirk House, we believe that a good book can fuel imagination and inspire humanity. That is why Kirk House publishes books with a cause—books that inspire and make the world a better place. We like working with their authors to develop their books and careers over the long term. Kirk House Publishers is a hybrid publisher—a publishing house that combines self-publishing and traditional publishing. Hybrid publishing is based on a contribution to be paid by the author. We offer a competitive royalty and work with each author to support their cause. kirkhousepublishers.com
Before he became a mystery writer and freelance reviewer, Carl Brookins was a freelance photographer, a Public Television program director, a cable TV administrator, and a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Carl has reviewed mystery fiction for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and for Mystery Scene Magazine. His reviews appear on internet review sites, including Buried Under Books, GoodReads, and Amazon Books. He has authored a number of novels including Traces, Sins of Edom, Devils Island, and Reunion, Red Sky. carlbrookins.com
Mike Lein started his writing career by submitting short and humorous creative non-fiction stories to magazines such as The Lake Country Journal and Cabin Life. More than 75 of these outdoor and lake life-related pieces have now appeared in over 25 separate magazines and anthologies. His first book, Firewood Happens, won the Humor Award from MIPA in 2016. He now has published four books, including 2021’s Cabin Fever.
Judy M. Kerr is a lifelong Minnesotan who’s always enjoyed reading, and now writing, mysteries. Silent Service, new in 2022, is the second installment in her planned series with a postal inspector protagonist. The first in the series, Black Friday, was published by Launch Point Press in August 2019. A number of Judy’s short stories have been published in various anthologies. judymkerr.com
Valerie Jennings is an artist and illustrator. She started painting in 2005 and did what she loved: painting dogs. Her first year she sold 38 commissioned paintings of people’s beloved dogs. Then in the summer of 2019 she had a strong feeling (perhaps from God) that she should paint trees, so she painted outside, going around her yard and painting all the trees. After she finished, three days later author Joan Moses, who was looking for a watercolor painter for her book, Why the Birch is White, connected with Valerie by phone, and their first meeting was at a book fair. Joan loved Valerie’s dog paintings, but it was the “forest” painting that sold her on Valerie doing the illustrations for Why the Birch is White.
MB Panichi’s first book, Saving Morgan, won a Goldie Award for Science Fiction. Running Toward Home is the sequel, followed by Blood and Roses. All three are fast-paced Sci-Fi Adventure/Romances, and are meant to keep you turning the pages with their intrigue and a taste of mystery. Choosing Love is a present-day romance set in northern Minnesota. MB hails from Minneapolis, and her non-writing obsessions are reading, drumming, heavy-metal music, bikes, and Star Wars. facebook.com/mbpanichi
Cheryl Stephani brings her educational background to her writing through her knowledge of best practice in literacy skill instruction. Cheryl’s experiences with young readers have inspired her writing style to include accessible high-level vocabulary. Cheryl resides in suburban Minneapolis with her husband and her Maine Coon, Big Cat. In this tale of tails, Big Cat will unleash the power within to be your best. Big Cat, Little Fox was the 2019 Recipient of Purple Dragonfly Awards for Picture Book Ages 6 or Older, Best Illustrations, and Best Interior Design. bigcatbooks.com
Carol Maschke has a BA in English from Hamline University in St. Paul. Ghost stories and things intangible fuel her imagination, and the results are stories of paranormal fiction. She blames her love of Cairn Terriers on Toto and the Wizard of Oz. Her furry friends have trained her to see to their needs; they compete in conformation, agility, and other dog sports. Her Gaelic Moon Series includes Ghost of the Gaelic Moon and Call of the Gaelic Moon. cairnmoon.com
Rob Jung is a life-long student of history, geography and religion, and has traveled in every continent except Antarctica; his books often find their origin in historical events discovered in his travels. His newest, The Sower, is a psychological, political and legal mystery/thriller. His other novels include The Reaper and Cloud Warriors. Jung is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and The Loft Literary Society, and his nonfiction writing has been published in various periodicals. His monthly newsletter is “The View from Middle Spunk Creek.” robjungwriter.com
For over sixty-five years Joan Moses has written poetry, song parodies, and served as publicity person in social clubs, schools, and church. She has published dozens of articles. After twenty-two years of volunteering in private schools, she became a certified paraprofessional in special education in public elementary schools. She served sixteen years and worked with mainstream students in storytelling, creative writing, and poetry presentation classes as Artist in Residence. She maintained her own classroom for addressing behavioral needs, small group classes, and grant writing for school spirit activities. Her volunteer experiences include facilitating personal writing classes in schools, churches, homes, and a women’s prison. In 2019, she wrote Why the Birch is White, a book illustrated by Valerie Jennings.
Brian Lutterman is the author of Downfall, which launched the Pen Wilkinson series. His other books include Nightfall, Deadfall, and Bound to Die, a Minnesota Book Award runner-up. Nightfall was named 2019 runner-up for Minnesota’s best indie adult novel in the Minnesota Library Association’s annual competition. Lutterman lives with his family in the Twin Cities. brianlutterman.com
For writers who want maximum control and the highest quality when self-publishing, AuthorScope offers all the author services required to turn a manuscript into a stunning, bookstore-worthy volume, and helps authors connect with readers. AuthorScope support for self-publishing is available as individual services or in affordable bundles. You only pay for what you need. authorscope.org
Publishing has entered a new era, and Calumet Editions is an author-focused publisher on the leading edge of these changes. We seek authors who want to develop a strong presence in publishing and are willing to work hard to achieve that goal by author branding. We find the old model—acquisition, print, distribute, sell, return unsold copies, remainder, pulp, put the book out-of-print—disastrously unhelpful for authors; thus, in our new publishing model we seek authors who are willing to fully partner with us for shared risk and shared success. calumeteditions.com
Chris Norbury is an award-winning author of the Matt Lanier mystery-thriller series: Castle Danger, Straight River, and Dangerous Straits. His writing has also appeared in the Boundary Waters Journal and Brokerage-Review.com. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, he currently lives in Owatonna, Minnesota with his wife and golf clubs. chrisnorbury.com
Evelyn D. Klein is a prize-winning poet, essayist and illustrator, has an M.S. in teaching English, and has taught in public schools, Century College, and The Loft Literary Center. She is editor of The Minnesota Scholar. Variously published, her books include From Here Across the Bridge, illustrated by Wolfgang Klein; Once upon a Neighborhood; and Seasons of Desire, illustrated by the author and placed in the Minnesota Historical Society’s library collection. evelynkleinauthor.com
Shipwreckt Books has published more than 150 authors since 2010 via its three literary imprints and the eclectic Folk Opera magazine. Shipwreckt received a silver medal for poetry in 2014 from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. Shipwreckt Books mission—besides giving voice and opportunity to writers of all stripes—is to elevate independent publishing to the same level as Indie music and film. shipwrecktbooks.com
Twin Cities Sisters in Crime is a community where you can meet mystery authors at all phases of their careers, network, advance your skills, promote your work, and get and give advice. Every month we have presentations from experts in fields from the writing craft to book marketing. We also invite experts in related fields such as law enforcement and the publishing industry. Our members are valuable resources. Talk with peers about resources and challenges, including social media and marketing, editors, photographers, publicists and subject matter experts. Many of our members are subject matter experts themselves. Connect with us on our Facebook FanPage and follow us on Twitter. twincitysinc.org
The National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional organizations for over 5,000 women artists, composers, choreographers and writers that promotes the development of their creative talents. The Minnesota Branch encourages the production of creative work of professional standards through educational activities and programming for both established and aspiring artists and writers. Dance with Me, The Minnesota Pen Women 2021 Anthology, compiled by Ute Buehler, showcases twelve artists and writers of the NLAPW–MN branch. penwomenminnesota.org
Jan Strootman is a retired kindergarten teacher and writer whose work has been published in MINN Post, Cathay Pacific Magazine, The Minnesota Pen Women 2021 Anthology, and WINK magazine. She enjoys writing groups including WOW (Women of Words), PINK (Poets in the Know), NLAPW-MN, and taking classes at the Loft. Child Heart: Notes from a Kindergarten Teacher, was released in 2021 and published by Cloud 9 Press. It is a compilation of stories about teaching in Minnesota, Hong Kong, Belarus, and Slovakia.
Kathleen J. Pettit is an arts administrator, poet, and creative nonfiction writer. Currently she is the vice-president of the National League of American Pen Women Minnesota Branch, a member of the League of Minnesota Poets, Women of Words and Federated Womans Club of Bloomington. She spends her time between Osakis, Shell City, and Bloomington, MN.
Betty Brandt Passick is an independent author, inspirational speaker, and teacher. A decade ago she began her career as an author. Her first novel, Gangster in Our Midst: Bookkeeper, Lieutenant and Sometimes Hitman for Al Capone won a Notable 100 Indie Book Award. Her first two books were memorials: We Are Eight, a Memoriam (2015), and Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church, (1888-2013). She speaks frequently in Iowa where her two novels are based, and teaches workshops on writing memoirs, all ages, and Journaling for grades 5-7. bettybrandtpassick.com
Sigma’s Bookshelf is a publishing company that exclusively publishes the work of teen writers ages 12–19. The company was started by teen author, Justin M. Anderson, a sophomore at Wayzata High School. As a sponsored project of “Springboard for the Arts,” the service is entirely free to teens whose work is selected for publication. In addition, authors will receive royalties for books sold online and in stores. NOTE: There is a review process. Not all books submitted will be published. sigmasbookshelf.com
Meg Blaine Corrigan tells stories of wisdom, strength, fear, joy and risk-taking. Her memoir, Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother's Daughter to God's Child, details a life full of many trials—but many more blessings. Her second book, Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist is based on the years she spent playing percussion for a traveling Hawaiian road show. Corrigan wrote a Christian devotional blog for seven years, reaching over 9,000 viewers in nearly 40 countries. She compiled the blogs into two volumes of Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian. megcorrigan.com
Founded in 1984, the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) exists today as a vibrant professional nonprofit association that serves the upper-Midwest independent publishing community through education, networking, and peer recognition. MIPA is proud to be a sponsor of the Midwest Book Awards and a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). mipa.org
Tamara Thayer is an author and speaker whose books are compelling historical non-fiction stories that have won 14 book awards. A Country Doctor Goes to War is more than the biography of a doctor who served during WWII; it paints a vivid picture of facing the highs and lows of life with integrity. The obsession to solve the misinformation about her famous ancestor was her motivation behind a 10-year investigation for The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie, a True Patriot. tamarathayerbooks.org
Timothy McDonnell is the author of three published books and specializes in nature writing. His books are The Whole Forest for a Backyard: A Gunflint Trail Wilderness Memoir,The Contemplative Paddler’s Fireside Companion, and Where Water Collides with Stone. This third book is an excellent coming-of-age murder mystery with a captivating wilderness setting. Timothy is a retired teacher for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. tmcdonnell.com
Michael Dardis is a lifelong storyteller and traveler who specialized in 20th-century European, American, and military history. He has degrees in history, geography, and business from the University of Minnesota. Michael is a Vietnam War combat veteran and has been awarded the Purple Heart and the U.S. Army Commendation medal for valor. The Dark Side of the Sun is his first novel of historical fiction. He and his wife Nancy reside in Bloomington. michaeldardis.com