Larry Stiles was trained as an engineer and recently retired after a long career in higher education administration. He is trying to spend his “second childhood” catching up on some of the interests that were set aside for a demanding career. These include playing around with ham radio, volunteering with the Red Cross, taking classes unrelated to a degree and, in a break with the engineer stereotype, attempting some creative writing. So far the writing has been limited to poetry, some short stories and a couple of non-fiction pieces. The next Great American Novel is still in the future.
Jan Marin Tramontano, a writer living in New York and Florida is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Woman Sitting in a Café and other poems of Paris, Floating Islands: New and Collected Poems, and Paternal Nocturne. a novel, Standing on the Corner of Lost and Found and her father’s memoir, I Am a Fortunate Man. Last year, she won a prize for her poem Matrushka Dolls in the Gulf Coast Writers Association annual contest
Her poetry, stories, book reviews and interviews have also been published in numerous literary journals, magazines, and newspapers such as Poets Canvas, Chronogram, Women’s Synergy, Knock, The DuPage Valley Review, Moms Literary Review, New Verse News ,Byline and previous issues of Up the River.
She belongs to the Gulf Coast Writers Guild and served on the board and as program chair of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. She currently services as their contest administrator. She is a also a member of Poets House and the American Academy of Poets.
Visit her website at: http://jantramontano.com
From the first time she was handed a blank piece of paper and a crayon, Ronnie Walter knew what she wanted to do for a living–draw pictures and tell stories! After a rambling education at art school, a state university and a stint in England, she finally figured out how to do just that! She has been freelancing for over twenty years with her words and illustrations licensed on fabric, home accessories, gift items and more greeting cards than she can count.
In License to Draw–How I Built a FUN career in Art Licensing–and you can too! Ronnie writes about the business of how Art Licensing works. It’s chock full of personal experiences, tons of solid information and an arm around the shoulder message of “you can do this!”.
Ronnie’s cozy mystery, Gruesome Greetings- A Georgie Hardtman Mystery is a fun romp through the halls of an art and design trade show! Georgie, a greeting card illustrator, had high expectations for an exciting trip but she never expected to be in the middle of a murder case!
And if Ronnie wasn’t busy enough, she has taken the adult coloring world by storm with the publication of four new coloring books! The Coloring Cafe™ series is a challenging yet fun collection of illustrations, sayings and patterns to color and paint–just right for stress relief and just plain fun!
Ronnie and husband Jim Marcotte live in Cape Coral with their shelter dog, Larry.
Visit her website at: http://ronniewalter.com
I am a retired teacher who loves to read and write. I contribute my love for words to my mother, who was, at one time, an editor with a national magazine. While my mother enjoyed writing, my father told stories: therefore, it was no surprise to family and friends that I enjoy storytelling. I’ve been known to embellish my stories a bit, but truth, with added details, makes for a great story.
I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but was raised in San Francisco, California until we moved back to Louisville when I was thirteen years old. To this day, San Francisco has a special place in my heart.
After graduating from Seneca High School in Louisville in 1966, I attended Cumberland College, located in Williamsburg, KY for two years. While only there for a short time, this beautiful college played a role in influencing my choices in my life.
I married Doug in the summer of 1968 and was hired that same summer to teach in a local school in Jefferson County Kentucky. I was hired on an emergency certificate at the age of 19 years old. This made me one of the youngest teacher ever hired in Jefferson County. I contribute this incredible opportunity to the excellent education I received at Cumberland College.
Following my first year of teaching, our son was born, followed three years later by the birth of our second son. I remained a stay- at- home mom until our boys went to school.
I was a real estate agent for eight years. During that time, I completed my education at the University of Louisville. I received a BS in Education with certification in Elementary Education and Special Education through the 12th grade. Three years later, I received my Master’s degree in Reading with certification as a Reading Specialist. While teaching I presented many workshops to other teachers on topics pertaining to reading and writing. I was trained by the state of Kentucky to score students’ writing portfolios. For many years, I scored writing portfolios for 4th grade students and 7th grade students. After teaching for 19 years I had to retired on disability.
In 2001 I self-published my first book, The Magic in Believing-The Tooth Fairies. This was an eye-opening, fun, experience. I enjoyed being interview on the local morning news, reading articles about my book in several newspapers and have an author –signing at a large local bookstore. My favorite writing experiences included going into classrooms to share my love for reading and writing, and being on a very popular radio show.
In 2002, I became a grandmother. I now have three beautiful grandchildren and two adorable Shih Tzu’s .
My husband and I moved to Fort Myers, Florida 4 years ago. We love the sun, the beach, and the friends we have made here.
My children’s book, 4 Fairies in the Land of Nothing, was published in 2015, and I am working on my next children’s book.
Belonging to GCWA has been inspiring as well as educational. Other organizations that I belong to are Friends of the Lakes Regional Library and the Greeters Club of Greater Fort Myers. I am currently secretary at both organizations. I enjoy being involved with these groups. The secretary’s job is one that I enjoy and feel comfortable doing.
Visit her blog at: dcw0810.wordpress.com
Background includes forty years in business much of it in the transportation business.
Retired CEO of Conrail, Inc in Philadelphia.
In addition to business degrees and CPA have an MFA in creative writing.
Multiple short stories completed and a novel in process.
I was born in Schwenningen, Germany. After my fathers died in Stalingrad, Russia, my mother moved back to her hometown in Breitenfeld, Kreis Waldshut. She remarried and toke me with her to Grimmelshofen( Blackforest).
I became the oldest of 7 girls. After High School I moved to Mannheim Germany. There I meet my husband Jerry Wilbanks. He was a Soldier in the U.S, Army. We married in Mannheim. my first daughter was born in Heidelberg.
After 2 years we moved to Benton, Arkansas. There I had 2 more children, Donna Wilbanks and Scott Wilbanks. After the Children were teenagers we moved to Dallas, Texas. I worked at the Holiday Inn as manager for 14 years.
As my retirement came around I moved to Naples, Florida, later Cape Coral, Florida. My husband died in 2002, followed by my daughter Donna. Since I went to Africa 5 times for missionary work, I finally settled down to write books .My 5th book called Rise Brother Rise became a Bestseller in November 2004. That is why I ended up at the Gulf Coast Writers Meetings.
Visit her website at: http://mkwilbanks.com
Lorraine Walker Williams: Author of Split Poems, Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water was nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. She has received First Place Awards for her poetry from The National League of American Pen Women, Gulf Coast Writers, Sanibel Writers Conference, Artists Embassy International and numerous literary magazines. Lorraine has read at the Library of Congress and the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco and NPR. Creator of ArtPoems and named Literary Artist of the Year, she writes “Poetry Place” for SantivaChronicle.com and teaches poetry at BIG ARTS, Sanibel.
Visit her website at: http://lorrainewalkerwilliams.com
Joan Heller Winokur graduated from Connecticut College as an art major and has been involved in the arts throughout her life. She discovered the joy of writing poetry in her mature years and it has been her passion ever since. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals. In June, 2014, Aldrich Press published her chapbook, “The Sand Recognizes My Footprints.” It is available on Amazon.com.
In addition to belonging to GCWA, Joan is also a member of the Poetry Alliance
and the SWFL poets. A sampling of her poetry can be read on her website joanhellerwinokur.com.
When not writing, she can be found ballroom dancing and riding her bike.
Visit her website at: http://joanhellerwinokur.com
Judy Loose’s new mystery novel, Mangrove Madness by J.C. Ferguson, is available on Amazon.
Terrie Farley Moran won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for her traditional cozy mystery, Well Read, Then Dead, the first in the Read ’Em and Eat series published by Berkley Prime Crime.