As a young girl, Sloan discovered and excelled at writing assignments in school but never considered writing as part of a career. After school, Sloan spent over thirty years in the field of real estate property management, specializing in low income and affordable housing. Over the years, Sloan applied her writing skills to creating resource material for the rental housing industry, and eventually her own property management company. Producing technical documents geared to advanced property management tactics led to writing projects for Housing and Urban Development and Public Housing Authorities throughout the United States and its territories over the past two decades. The majority of the deliverables were focused on “how to” subjects relating to property management. Although still writing for HUD and its partners, Sloan decided to try to use that writing skill to take the time to tell some of her personal stories in a nonfiction format and memoir. A short time after “retiring” and relocating to Sanibel, Florida, Sloan joined the Sanibel writing group for feedback from other writers on a memoir project. Two years later, Sloan joined the Gulf Coast Writers Association after relocating to the Ft. Myers area. Sloan brings both strong business skills and technical writing skills to GCWA as a current executive committee board member.
Retired to SW Florida. 1st wife deceased; married widow Edi Pollaert in 2010 & resides in Cape Coral.
Hobbies and activities include volunteering, community gardens, antique/classic cars,
Writing interests – mainly History & Humor.
I wrote my first short story when I was nine or ten based on the video game Asteroids from Atari. I have an English Lit degree and have taken multiple creative writing courses. I wrote Editorials for the Democrat & Chronicle during my early twenties and for the Rochester Magazine until it closed. Once that happened, I purchased an AB-Dick printing press and started a mini-periodical called The American Register. As the editor, I worked with four writers, as well as writing articles myself. I then went online at the AmericanRegister.com and advertised on our local radio in Rochester, NY. After a few years, the funding faded and I shut down the site. Although I did not stop writing, I did take a break from the industry.
Moving to Florida three years ago rejuvenated my mind, and I began to write feverishly and created a blog as well. Currently completing Draft IV 80K words, The Diary of Sergeant Stark, a psychological thriller. A story about a veteran cop who wants to do good but finds himself covering up a slew of his own murders. I will self-publish if it does not get picked up by an agent. The story-line has purposely placed options for a prequel, sequel, and interlude. Additional books have been shelved in order to focus on this one since I work full time at a bank.
I began writing as a child in Bermuda when a favorite teacher had one of my essays published in a local newspaper. I am a charter member of Louisville Christian Writers and a new member of Gulf Coast Writers in Florida. I have been a contributing writer for Kentucky Monthly Magazine and my work has appeared in Essence’s Celebrating the Season and Alive! magazine. The publication in 2011 of my children’s book, Benny’s Angel, fulfills a dream.
In addition to writing, I have enjoyed drawing and painting since childhood. Three limited edition prints have been produced from my art, including “Old Timer,” which took first place in the portrait division at the 2006 Kentucky State Fair. Because of my interest in the arts, I am on the planning team for Artful Missions, which produces juried art shows and donates most of the proceeds to ministries that help women and children escape human trafficking.
I have three children, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren from my marriage to my first husband, Bob McCrea, who is now with the Lord. With my second husband, Paul, I have two stepsons and four more grandchildren. Our blended family is a blessing.
Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny is a transplant from the Midwest where she received her BSN and Master’s degree in Nursing. She was a pioneer in civilian flight nursing, transporting critical patients by helicopter and fixed wing. She earned her private pilot’s license as a teenager and actually soloed before she had a driver’s license.
Sharmin is a farmer’s daughter and nature lover. She mounts orchids in the trees on the golf course at her Florida community. Playing golf three times a week, Sharmin enjoys the orchids, sunshine, and fresh air. She also paints using acrylics on canvas, usually birds, landscapes, and people.
As her first novel, the first in a series, Sharmin is writing an historical fiction about the original settlers of the Fairbanks family from 1600-1791. The Fairbanks family came to New England in 1633, thirteen years after the Pilgrims. In 1637, they built the oldest frame house still standing in North America. As active early American settlers, the Fairbanks founded the towns they settled, Dedham and Lancaster, Massachusetts. This first book will take the family through the Revolutionary War in Massachusetts. Later books in the series will follow their move through Vermont, Ohio, the Civil War, and Kansas.
Writing about the Fairbanks’ family history has opened other writing opportunities for Sharmin. She has articles in the Fairbanks Family of America Newsletter, the GCWA annual writing contest 2018, and the National Society of Daughter’s of the American Revolution, American Heritage Contest, “Honoring our Patriots While Preserving our Family Stories.” Her enthusiasm and passion for her work makes her a perfect fit for co-chairperson of the membership committee of the 2018 Gulf Coast Writer’s Association.
After teaching second graders, raising five children, and supervising a Social Security office, I fell into owning a mobile pet grooming business. Instead of dealing with humans, I acquired new skills such as trimming hair to disguise a dog’s missing eye and crawling under vans to detect which hose was spewing green fluid. Upon retiring, I tried to purge my nightmares about that quirky career by writing about it. I joined GCWA, and with its guidance, terrific speakers, and workshops, I wrote my creative nonfiction, humorous tale, Going to the Dogs; Confessions of a Mobile Pet Groomer. New Chapter Publisher’s Editor-in-Chief, Chris Angermann, and our own Grammar Granny, Martha Jeffers, guided me through the maze of content and grammar editing.
Released in October 2010.
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Gary is a past president of (the) GCWA, an adjunct professor of English at FSW, and a member of several SW Florida writers organizations including, Sanibel Writers, Art Poems, Poetry Alliance and the international Poets and Writers. Gary has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in addition to authoring too many technical and informational manuals, speeches and syllabi to recall or remember. He holds a doctorate from SUNY Albany (NY), and is Professor Emeritus at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.
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Irene “Susie” Smith
I have always been a take-charge person, sometimes not by choice. And at times, I reach for things that seem unattainable. For example, completing Angel of Tears seemed impossible in the beginning, but thanks to the friendship and support of many members of the Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), I have gained the confidence to achieve whatever I want, including writing my second novel. Who knew writing the second book would be more challenging than the first? Maybe it is even better.
For the past four years, I have been the GCWA Membership Chair. This experience has allowed me to meet and work with many wonderfully talented people. And it reminds me of one thing that I know to be true: I will never retire. Age is a state-of-mind, and mine is young!
Angelina is from a small town in Massachusetts. She moved to Florida to attend college and decided to make Florida her permanent home. She is the author of two books. Her debut novel is called “The Lottery Heiress” and follows a young woman who inherits $300 million dollars. It is set in Fort Myers Beach and is a romantic comedy. Her most recent novel won a FAPA (Florida Authors and Publishers Association) President’s Award in the Humor category. This book is called “Mark Taylor’s Checkered Past” and is about a movie star making a movie in Miami, where he seems to attract trouble. Some of the scenes were set in Naples, FL where he went to rehab. Angelina was allowed to do the research for this book at Hazelden-Betty Ford.
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