Sharmin Fairbanks McKenny

Sharmin Fairbanks McKennySharmin 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.

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Jan Nieman

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 McLouth

Gary McLouth

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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.

Editorial Services for hire: Concept, Content and Line editing; ghost writing and coaching.

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Irene Smith

Irene Smith

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!


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Cheryl Abney

cheryl_yard_5Cheryl Abney writes wholesome, Christian, middle-grade, historical fiction and lives in the Florida Glades setting of her Belle of the Glades series. She has taught high school and counseled both middle and elementary students during her 31 years in the field of education. Her professional memberships include: National Education Association (NEA, FEA), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Florida Writers Association (FWA), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as the Gulf Coast Writters Association (GCWA).

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Angelina Assanti

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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Karen Auriti

Kerryn-Reid-250x3001Karen Auriti (aka Kerryn Reid) grew up the daughter of a professor in a New England college town. But she inherited her mother’s passion for the British Isles. After high school, she traveled around the British Isles with her best friend. Inevitably, they fell in love with a couple of Irish lads – oh, those gorgeous accents! Roaming the Rock of Cashel in the dark with your first love? Totally illicit, totally romantic!

Her love for the man didn’t last. But a piece of Karen’s heart still lives in the old country, and when the itch to write needed scratching, that’s where her imagination took her. She’s lived in Florida long enough to feel like a native, with her children, her dogs, and the love of her life. He’ll never have an Irish accent, but he’s amazing!

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Lisa Batch

LLisaBatchisa Batch, aka Lisa Manning Batchelder, is a transplant from Boston via NYC and Montauk, NY. She is a children’s author and published her first two books in November, 2014. She also produced a CD of her original music and a narration of one of her books. In her former life, Lisa was an entertainer, working for Richard Rodgers on Broadway. She traveled the world as a headliner on the Queen Elizabeth (QE2) as well as a dozen other ships, and still enjoys singing and traveling. Lisa started a critique group in Estero in 2014 and is actively seeking dedicated children’s writers. She also occasionally seeks women to share a room at a conference (SCBWI and FWA) or a writer to share a table at a fair.

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Jeannette M. Batko

photoJeannette M. Batko teaches creative writing for seniors in Fort Myers, Florida. Her friends tease that perhaps four activities a day might be adequate. She enjoys playing cards, handwriting analysis, spiritual classes, writing, sketching, painting, fabric art, and playing the piano. Her lifelong passion is reading varied genres from the comic strip to esoteric studies and everything in between. Retired from a real estate career in Friendship, WI, she has happily discovered a Florida State of mind. The matriarch of a multi-generational family, she knows that the best expressions of all are love and laughter.

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