I started making up stories to tell whoever would listen, virtually when I started talking. I started writing the stories down when I was nine or ten. Yet, somehow as an adult, for about thirty years, the only writing I did was business and technical writing. I spent those years working for corporations in the High-Tech industry, specializing in implementing company-wide Information Systems. At age fifty, I started writing for pleasure, again — first poetry, then short stories, and finally novels.
My first published novel, The Janus Code, written under the pen name J.C. Ferguson, was awarded the FAPA President’s Gold Medal. It is an international thriller about trying to stop a very deadly computer virus. I published my second novel in 2015 — Mangrove Madness, a humorous mystery set in Florida. It is about a newly licensed female PI trying to track down first one, then two…then seven missing people.
Next, I’m working on a follow up novel to Mangrove Madness.
I am currently self-employed — designing websites, educating users on computers, designing covers and formatting books for CreateSpace and Kindle.
Visit her author website at: http://jcferguson.net
J.C. Ferguson’s books
Doug MacGregor is a native of Binghamton, N.Y. and a graduate of Syracuse University. He has lived in Southwest Florida since 1988. He was the full-time editorial cartoonist for The News-Press in Fort Myers for twenty-three years tackling local, state and national issues on the editorial pages. You can still spot his cartoon work every Sunday in the News-Press.
Doug also visits schools, libraries, art centers and civic organizations sharing his love for drawing and lecturing on creativity. He has also written and illustrated seven children’s books including his most recent, Morgan McKinney’s Bigger-Than-Life Bedtime Story. His other books include, Turtellini, The Turbo-Charged Turtle, and Rad Hair Day, both self-published in 2011. In 2009 he published, Get Creative Turn On The Bright Side Of Your Brain; a book to help folks of all ages become more creative in everyday life.
Doug is also a local musician and plays harmonica in various blues bands in the area. He has won numerous state and national awards for his cartoon work and is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators. You can see Doug’s work and hear his music at http://dougcreates.com
Currently, he is enjoying his position as coordinator for the Arts in Healthcare program, which brings bring art and music to patients and families within the Lee Memorial Health System in Southwest Florida.
Doug MacGregor’s books
Arrived safely in a Keene, N.H. hospital on Dec. 11, 1924. Graduated from High School in Somerville, Mass. in 1942, and waded ashore in Bombay (India), wearing the uniform of an Army Private, on my 20th birthday Dec. 11, 1944. The next year carried me over the Burma Road to Kunming, China. The A-Bombing of Hiroshima then took me to Shanghai where I fell in love (several times), and that led to my re-enlisting. I wound up in Germany until my discharge in 1948. Attended Northeastern University for 7 years gaining degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
Moved to Florida in 1978, with second wife, Evelyn. In early 2004, she showed signs of serious dementia, and gradually regressed until she passed away in August of 2014. Rather than go crazy, I decided to put some of the early adventures into print. The result, thus far includes, “Lost in Burma” (52 Poems and Ballads) which was published in June of 2015, “A World War 2 Trilogy” (a short bio, a Shanghai adventure, and a Military Intelligence/Cold War adventure that takes place in Bavaria), and “24 A.A. Ballads” which will find its way onto Amazon later in the year as well.
Visit his website at: http://ftmyersbob.blogspot.com
Robert Maloney’s books
Author and editor of Three Crones: Over the Fence — published on Amazon February 2016
Judy Marksteiner’s books
Since 1979, Bob has been a professional writer, editor and producer in both freelance and corporate positions. He has written video scripts for marketing and training along with numerous collateral materials. He also creates content for web sites and social media. Bob’s articles have been published in regional, national and international magazines. He also served as the editor for a business-to-business publication. Bob has an M.A. from Arizona State University and a B.A. from Western New England University. His e-book on social media, Collaborative Blogging: A Team Approach to Social Media in 6 Easy Steps, is available on Amazon. Originally from Massachusetts, Bob now lives in Fort Myers.
I’m an experienced professional writer and editor, whose articles have appeared in regional, national, and international magazines. I write web content, video scripts, training manuals, social media content, and collateral material. With experience both as a freelance and in-house writer. I’ve tackled subjects ranging from gas turbine engines and flexographic printing presses to college recruitment videos and learning programs for children. To learn more about my services and see samples of my work, visit my web site, www.theb2bwriter.com.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Cell phone is (239) 220-7981.
Below are a few of the projects for which I was the writer and/or editor.
Business2Community Town Library Children’s Program
The Santiva Chronicle Copy Machine Remanufacturer
Printing Press Mfg. Saw Blade Mfg.
Oil Fired Burner Mfg. Real Estate Agents
Envelope Mfg. Fiscal Services Consultant
Gas Turbine Engine Mfg. Attorneys at Law
Private Four Year College Auto Repair Service
Upscale Shopping Mall Fuel Additives Mfg.
Visit his website at: http://theb2bwriter.com
Bob McCarthy’s books
Denise is retired in Fort Myers Florida, and lives with her husband and (at last count) fifteen ‘trap and release cats’. She is the author of The Lives of Riley for 7-9 year olds and Blood-Born a YA novel. Mrs. McCoy holds a BSA degree from International College and an AS in Opticianry from HCC. She holds certificates from The Institute of Children’s Literature as well as certificates from several writing courses. She is a past member of Penpusher’s creative writing class and a current member of GCWA. Future writings include two more books in The Friend’s of Riley series, a devotional for writers and as a homeschool mom for eighteen years, a journal of the first year and various unit studies.
Denise McCoy’s books
Jeanne Meeks describes herself as an outdoors woman, a late bloomer, and a cheerleader for women who try. In 2007 she dared herself to backpack across the Grand Canyon. There she was inspired by a tragedy in the canyon to write her first novel, Rim to Rim, which was nominated at a Chicago mystery writers convention for Best First Novel in 2014. Wolf Pack, the second in the Backcountry Mystery series, soon followed.
To escape Illinois weather, Jeanne winters in Florida. Days in Fort Myers are filled with tennis, golf, and parties. Her tennis teams supported her first two books, but teased her until she agreed to write a story around them. Gator Bait was born.
Jeanne comes from a family of ten, has two sons, loves wildflowers, kayaking, camping, golf, reading, and gardening, and occasionally has fits of baking. She adores her five grandchildren and loves to teach them outdoor skills.
After twenty-eight years in business, Ms. Meeks and her husband, Bob, sold their security surveillance company, so she now writes full time.
Jeanne Meeks’ books
Agatha Award Best First Novel recipient Terrie Farley Moran’s cozy mystery, Well Read, Then Dead is followed by the newly released Caught Read-Handed. Look for the third book in the series in 2016.Terrie’s short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and various anthologies. Her stories have been short-listed twice for Best American Mystery Stories. Terrie blogs amid the grand banter of an eclectic group of writers known as the Women of Mystery.
Visit her website at: http://terriefarleymoran.com
Terrie Farley Moran’s books
Mark Morgan was born in Naples, Florida, the son of a Jehovah Witness minister. He developed a love of psychology and studied it in college until leaving school to become a capitalist. He is now a Florida Pool Service Contractor.
The religious environment Mark grew up in taught him that just because a majority of people say something is a fact, doesn’t make it a fact. So when Mark was searching for a single definition of love, he didn’t stop thinking when the majority explained love with poems or songs, and said it came from the heart or Cupids arrow. He needed to developed a theory based on facts that would hold up under every condition. He has done so in his groundbreaking book Love Explained.
What’s a small town boy like me doing, publishing another book of stories about Fennimore, Wisconsin, the town I grew up in, then left a long time ago; but can’t quite ever leave in my mind? Thanks to an assignment from the Fennimore Times newspaper, in 2002, I have had the wonderful opportunity to recall friends, acquaintances, relatives, and events in a weekly newspaper column called “Fennimore… As I Remember.”
My latest book, That’s My Story, And I’m Still Movin’ on, is the sixth gathering of a number of yarns and tales from years past. The first book, That’s My Story, And I’m Sticking to It! was followed by, That’s My Story, And I’m Still Sticking to It! followed by third, fourth, and fifth. I trust readers will find this latest account to their liking and that my narratives of Fennimore, past and present, will give you similar affection for my favorite hometown and its history. I caution people that these too could be your stories, merely change the names and your friends may appear on every page.
I recently read that author, Studs Terkel, said, “People are hungry for stories––its part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.” Sounds good to me, for I’m a story teller, not an author.
As for my background, I was educated as a mining engineer, followed by a stint in an Arizona copper mine and then pursued a career in sales and management in mining and construction related industries. After living in eleven locations around the country my wife, Dorothy, and I have settled down in the Ft Myers Fl area. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Tom Nelson’s books