Michael Cole

michael-coleMichael Cole is Assistant Professor of History at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Senior Editor of FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians, a peer-reviewed academic journal.  His principal field is colonial Latin American history.  He is the author of several history articles, book reviews, and articles in specialized history encyclopedias.  His most recent article is entitled “A Spanish Entrepreneur in Early Colonial Mexico,” and is available electronically in volume 24 (at no cost) here: http://fch.ju.edu/fch_vol_21.pdf.

Anita Katherine Dennis

anitaDennisAnita Dennis received her BA in sociology, with a minor in anthropology from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1973. She was not only accepted into her husband’s Mende tribe in 1972, but she lived in his village for a year in 1983-84 as a lay missionary. She is the co-author of Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia, 2009. In 2014 she published Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief.

Visit http://anitakdennis.com for a movie of the tribal masked being, color photos, and her blog.
Watch her video at http://youtu.be/LRCCSyILJec

Anita Dennis’s books

Rebecca Elam

notavailJoined GCWA about nine years ago. I am a former Membership Chairman.
I have a children’s series that I work on when I have the time, but I mainly write for my husband who is a storyteller. He performs at least three times a month both locally and state-wide. That takes up a majority of my writing time. I enjoy this form of writing as I see my work come alive. I see what works and what doesn’t then go back and edit one more time. I am an original member of the Hurricane Critique Group. Without them, I would be lost. All my work receives a professional going over, no word left unturned, no comma ignored.

Pauline Hayton

Hayton hails from England and worked as a probation officer in her hometown of Middlesbrough for 12 years before immigrating to the United States in 1991 with her husband Peter. They live in Naples, Florida, willing slaves to four bossy cats.

Hayton never wanted to be a writer, but after listening to her father’s war stories and reading his tattered wartime diaries, she felt compelled to write his WWII memoir A Corporal’s War. Several magazine articles followed.

While researching her father’s memoir, she stumbled upon Ursula Graham Bower’s story and knew instantly that her next book would be about this amazing woman. The book is Naga Queen which is based on 8 years in Ursula Graham Bower’s life during WWII.

To celebrate surviving cancer twice, Hayton traveled to Myanmar in 2006. A travelogue of her journey is available as a Kindle book. ​

Chasing Brenda and If You Love me, Kill Me are two novellas published 2012 and 2013.

Her latest book is her memoir Still Pedaling.

Pauline Hayton’s books

Denise Holbrook

DeniseHDenise Holbrook began her writing career as a photojournalist and editor for a weekly newspaper chain in the Lake Okeechobee region of south central Florida, covering everything from rodeos to drug plane crashes. When her family moved to the Fort Myers area, her writing focused mostly on real estate marketing, political campaigns, and technical presentations.

Her editorial columns and character profiles were regular features in the Lehigh Acres Citizen newspaper and Gulf Coast Woman Magazine, running the gamut from political commentary to the ups and downs of raising a family.

More recently, she won the first place award for fiction in the 2012 Gulf Coast Writers Association Writing Contest.

She is a staff editor for Jacobs Writing Consultants, and served as the program chair and vice president of the Gulf Coast Writers Association for 2013 and 2014.

She enjoys writing a devotion blog for NASCAR fans. Her children’s book, Doors, is available through Amazon and other online booksellers.

Denise Holbrooks’ books

Connie Hope

Connie-PhotoI have always wanted to write. When I was 10 years old, I won first prize in a Patriotism contest at the Children of the American Revolution (CAR). I said to my mother, “I want to be a writer.” My mother said, “Find a profession that will pay some money.” I wrote articles for the school newspaper, the local newspaper and a few magazines, but it wasn’t until I came to Florida eight years ago that I decided it was now my time to write.

I spent a year and a half creating my first cookbook, “In Addition…to the Entrée”. It’s all about the important side dishes which compliments the main dishes. It is a personal guide to help the busy working person as well as anyone to decide what to serve as a side dish for the meal. The book has one hundred and sixty recipes, over two hundred color photos, and is divided into fourteen sections with an extensive index.

Then I started working on my novel, “The Bonnie Neuk Tea Room: Friends and Uninvited Guests (Ghosts)”. Victoria Storm is facing a divorce and wants to do something different with the rest of her life. But what? She receives a cell call from someone who suggests she opens a tea room like her grandmother in her hometown of Metuchen, New Jersey. And who was that who called?

She buys an old house, renovates it into a tea room and has lots of encounters with uninvited guests or are they ghosts?

Please check out www.cookingbyconnie.com and thebonnieneuktearoom.com for more information, ordering, pricing, and photos. The cookbook is $15.00 and the novel is $10.00, plus postage if you want it mailed.

You can also purchase The Bonnie Neuk through www.Createspace.com/4775503 or on Amazon.com Or either book from the back of my car.

Visit her website at: www.thebonnieneuktearoom.com

Connie Hope’s books

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

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.