Diana Howard

IMG_0260I am a published children’s author and poet. My writing career took off 25 years ago with the encouragement of friends and family. Over the years I have attended workshops in Iowa City (home of the Iowa Writers Workshop), California, Omaha Nebraska, and Florida. I love honing my craft of poetry with revision being my favorite activity. I have been published online and also in South Dakota publications. My children’s book APPLESAUCE was published in 2011. I belong to a poetry group in Ft. Myers where I have the opportunity to listen to amazing poets and also share whatever I am working on.

Visit her website at: http://thecottonwoodtree.com

Diana Howard’s books

Tim Jacobs

CIP-7-ZF-8518-56360-1-012Timothy Jacobs was born and raised on the shoreline of Connecticut. He lived in California twice, traveled across the country three times, and lived in Europe for a couple of years before settling in Fort Myers. He is the CEO of Jacobs Writing Consultants, LLC, which offers writers such services as editing, proofreading, and ghostwriting. Jacobs is a regular contributor to the Santiva Chronicle, the Island Sand Paper, and is the feature writer Unique Harbour Living. He has written 6 books and has over 400 articles published. You can check out his blog on Lee County History at www.lchistoryblog.blogspot.com. One of his latest ventures is he is co-owner of the Gulf Coast Bookstore with fellow writer/illustrator Patti Brassard Jefferson, located in the Butterfly Estates. It’s toted as being the first bookstore ever tailored to self published authors, and has 53 local author’s titles for sale. Jacobs has been a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Associations for 11 years, and served as president from 2012-2013, he currently serves on the Corporate Board.

Visit his website at: http://jacobswc.com

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Tim Jacobs

Q: Tell us your story…

CIP-7-ZF-8518-56360-1-012Tim Jacobs:

I’ve been a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association since 2004. When I first joined, the membership was still under 50 members and a “large” meeting was about 25 people showing up. The organization has come a long way over the past eleven years of my membership. I’m grateful that I got to be the speaker twice during that time and I have also given back by serving on the nominating committee for three years, and also held the positions of Program Director, Vice President, and President on the Executive Committee, and currently serve on the Corporate Board.
 
Each meeting I’ve always walked away with something, whether it be a new contact, a new lead, another story idea, or simply left the meeting with the inspiration to go home and write some more. I’ve made some great friendships and even some business partners.
 
What I truly love about GCWA is that when you’re at a meeting, everyone is on the same level. Everyone is there to help a fellow writer get to that next level in their writing. It’s a joy to be a part of the enthusiasm of other writers when they get published or win an award for their work.
 
Also the speaking guests and workshops over the years have been wonderful. Regardless of what kind of writing you do, or what stage you’re at, you get something from each speaker. The same goes for the Special Events that take place throughout the year.
 
With this group, the education of writing is a fun process!

Marty Leake

MartyLeake1After 27 years in law enforcement I have down sized from the large home, the kids are on their own, the dog died and I have survived to live among my fellow retirees. So, after years of detailed planning and scheduling of life events, I’ve embarked upon a journey as an aspiring writing, blogger, and photographer of my nomadic outdoor adventures and discoveries. I post daily blogs & photographic details of my new retirement lifestyle for my children and hopefully provide them something to strive for in their’er professional lives. I’m currently comprising short stories of fiction for the world to read.

My current lifestyle is like my childhood, when I would play in my backyard all day, stopping only to eat and occasionally go to the bathroom. Now, I live a similar lifestyle, except I take my lunch and I just have to search for a bathroom, except when I’m at the beach.

Visit his website at: http://007pandas.com

Patricia Sheehy

Pat Sheehy

Patricia Sheehy

Patricia Herchuk Sheehy is the author of four books, including the Amazon best selling novels, Field of Destinyand Veil of Illusion. She has published close to 100 essays and articles and has earned several awards, including three from the prestigious Writer’s Digest contest, which receives more than 13,000 entries annually. She is a self-employed Working Writer, providing copy-writing and communications support to corporate, non-profit and small business entities. She facilitates workshops and coaches emerging writers. A Connecticut native, Patricia holds a Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University. She and her husband have recently relocated to Estero, Florida.

Visit her website: www.patsheehy.com

Patricia Sheehy’s books

 

 

Geneva Kelly

genevaGeneva grew up in NJ but has been living in Florida for 5 years.  She has a long history of writing and performing both her songs and poetry.  Both of these, reflect life through her eyes.  These days you can find her working on a column, or some sort of light hearted story.  And soon, she will complete a new children’s books inspired by her son.

Now that Geneva has decided to plant her feet in the sand, she’s hoping to make publishing her next reality.

 

Carol Kennedy

image001Dr. Carol Kennedy has three decades experience teaching, consulting, writing and speaking to varied audiences. Just recently Dr. Carol received a medal for her fourth book, A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL, from Florida Authors/Publishers Association, in the category of spirituality. She transforms a God Whisper into a book or seminar laced with knowledge, humor and inspiration. Favorite topics are “How Can I Unlock God’s Power in My Life?”, “How is Life Like Chocolate?”, “Raising Readers and Thinkers” and “”What’s Your Monster?”

Visit her website at: http://drcarolkennedy.com

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Scott Kingdon

I was a litigation attorney for many years. In recent years, I have mediated lawsuits. Most of the articles I have published were published in law journals. I have written some articles for sports publications, such as the Chicago Track Club. I am currently working on a book on the history of high school athlete eligibility litigation in the state of Indiana. The book is an outgrowth of a law journal article I wrote in July, 2012.

Hunter Leake III

10636425_1377162025924857_2802613498196025321_o1Born in New Orleans in 1937. I practiced pediatrics in academia and in private practice before retiring in 1999.
Tried painting and photography before settling on writing for my retirement day job. My delight and challenge as a writer is for my readers to understand and experience the emotions my characters instill in me. Furthermore, I want readers to predict character behavior in any given circumstance based on how I have portrayed them – but then, maybe not.

David Litwack

Dave-Portrait-Hi-ResThe urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process — and without prior plan — becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

In this new stage of his life, he’s published Along the Watchtower in June, 2013 and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky in May, 2014. His next book, The Children of Darkness, is the first of the Seekers series, a dystopian trilogy, that was published in June, 2015.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Visit his website at: http://davidlitwack.com