Paul McFarlane

Paul McFarlane

Mr. McFarlane finished a 34-year federal career in 2015. He resides in Millville, DE with his wife, Karen; their two adult sons live in Maryland. He writes memoir, fictional mysteries and enjoys family history research. He facilitates weekly FreeWrites for two other writing groups and plans to offer these to GCWA members.

Lisa Ellis

Lisa EllisLisa Ellis, owner , operator of Boost Your Health Wellness Center.

Lisa has spent more than 2 decades assisting not-for-profit organizations and developing programs for personal and professional enhancement.

Lisa is proud to announce, her new book  “What’s Stopping Me From Being Happy?”
Now on sale!

She has assisted individuals with self-esteem challenges, overcome employment barriers and demonstrate the value of building bridges toward a healthier community through life skills coaching.  Lisa applies interaction and thought provoking messages to guide an individual toward self-discovery and self-awareness. Each step increases confidence through a personalized program enabling participants to explore new opportunities with clarity.

Clarity is the key to unlocking potential and recognition of personal drivers. Understanding and leveraging personal drivers can have a substantial positive impact on motivation and collaborative energy in our lives.

Lisa Ellis, Author of “What’s Stopping Me From Being Happy?”

Bilingual Facilitator (English or French).

Certified Life Skills Coach ~ Reiki Master/Teacher ~ NGH Certified Hypnotherapist ~ Energy Facilitator ~ Ancient Black Pearl Technique ~ CCMBA (Complete Cellular Mind Body Alignment) and so much more..

Lisa’s book

Ell Maldonado

Ell Maldonado
Ell Maldonado is a two-spirit author and educator living in Florida with their family. Ell is passionate about teaching the Tainonaíki language and helping to teach others the Taíno culture. Ell is also a tribal member of the tribe Arayeke Yukayek.

JC Bruce

jc bruce

I’m a journalist and author of a series of books recounting the misadventures of Alexander Strange whose weird news column is published by Tropic Press. The five books chronicling Strange’s adventures are are, in sequence, THE STRANGE FILES, FLORIDA MAN, GET STRANGE, STRANGE CURRENTS, and MISTER MANNERS. They are available as hardcovers, trade paperbacks and eBooks at all major online book retailers. MISTER MANNERS is also now available as an audiobook. Recently, STRANGE CURRENTS and MISTER MANNERS received top honors in the Royal Palm Literary Awards for Best Mysteries published by a Florida author.

When I’m not busy deciphering Alex’s notes and publishing his stories, I write and podcast regularly about current affairs, news of the weird, arts, culture, politics,, books, movies–basically anything that strikes my fancy. Those posts appear here and on other media including Facebook, Twitter, and Medium. I also capture the best of all that in my free newsletter. You should subscribe!

I first encountered Alexander Strange when we worked together at the Phoenix Daily Sun, which, sadly, like so many newspapers these days, has seen its shelf life expire. Alexander now lives in Naples, Florida aboard his fishing trawler, the Miss Demeanor. I live in a house. I was the journalist-in-residence at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and, earlier in my newspaper career, I served as an editor, managing editor, or reporter at, among other places, the Naples Daily News, the Dayton Daily News, the Austin American-Statesman, the Longview News-Journal, the Mesa Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) and the Tampa Times (now deceased).

Once, I even served as the press secretary in Washington, D.C. for a congressman who ended up getting indicted and sent to prison. This job hopping has allowed me to experience varied swaths of our great country, sometimes without flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror. (Next to the law of gravity, my favorite statute is the one about limitations.) At various times along this journey, I nailed down a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University Midwest, a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University, and I also served time at the University of South Florida.

A perpetual joiner, I’m a member of or have been a member of various professional organizations including the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, the American Society of News Editors, the Society of Professional Journaists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Société pour L’étude des Nouvelles E’tranges et des Phénomènes Paranormaux. (I just made that last one up.) I’m a former director of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and a former director (and lecturer) for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. I’ve served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and the National Journalism Awards, and am a member of American MENSA, which I like to mention so you’ll think I’m smart. And last week I scored a word worth 134 points in Word Chums.

DJ Kristoff

DJ Kristoff

DJ Kristoff is a world traveler, adventurer, seeker of truth, and award-winning science teacher extraordinaire. The locations in her story are real. The science and history are real. She earned the nickname Dino Diane on a dinosaur dig with the Museum of the Rockies at Camposaur in Montana, the excavation site of the real Dr. Alan Grant of Jurassic Park, paleontologist John Horner.

Kristoff has backpacked and rafted the Grand Canyon, scuba-dived the Great Barrier Reef, ridden a camel around the Pyramids at Giza, cruised the Nile, and explored the tombs of the pharaohs. She’s trekked the outback of Australia and the tropical rainforests of Hawaii, ventured along volcanic lava flows, gone on photo safari in Tanzania, helicoptered over Victoria Falls, walked with lion cubs in the African bush, hot-air ballooned over the Maasai Mara, witnessed the male elephant gathering on the Zambezi River, and much more.

Currently living in Fort Myers, Florida, DJ Kristoff began her education career teaching eighth-grade science in Tempe, Arizona. There she founded and directed the Students for Environmental Awareness Club. Kristoff guided as many as 50 adventurous eighth graders hiking and backpacking into the deserts and wildernesses of Arizona and Utah, teaching  geology, biology, anthropology, paleontology, and ethnobotany. Now, as a children’s author, she inspires middle-grade students to love nature and science with her magical books.

Kristoff has inspired hundreds of adventurers to learn how to survive in the wilds, become self-reliant, and appreciate and respect nature, and each other. As a result of her years of teaching as a master educator, she was awarded the prestigious Silver Apple Award by Channel 3 and the Dial Corporation and was the recipient of the Science Teacher of the Year by the Salt River Project for the state of Arizona.

Dino Diane’s Adventures  is a magical science adventure cloaked in a historical fantasy that chronicles the author’s real-life experiences and fanciful inspirations. Saddlebags of Gold and The Secrets of the Five Rays of Light are the first two books in the Dino Diane’s Adventure series by the famous children’s author and educator. There are more adventures to come in Hawaii, Australia, Africa, and Egypt, with lots of new characters and amazing magic!

Diane’s books

Katharine Johnston

kate johnston

Katharine Johnston is an instructional designer, writer, and founder of Johnston Course Design, an instructional designer firm with an educational arm. She is also the author of the Stories from Strongsville children’s novel series. When teaching fourth grade, Katharine found it difficult to find books with low maturity and high readability for her students. Inspired by a lack of these types of books, Katharine created her own.

Raised in Santa Clarita, CA, Kate attended Florida State University obtaining a degree in Humanities in 2010. From 2011-2013 Kate obtained her teaching credentials in Elementary, Middle, and High School Education while maintaining a 4.0 and working full time in schools as a paraprofessional. In the fall of 2019, she graduated from Kennesaw State University in Georgia with her Master’s Degree and went back to school to get her instructional design certification from Georgia State University.

Kate taught elementary school in California and Georgia. Since obtaining her instructional design certificate, Kate became the Chief Learning Architect on The Ultimate Sales Manager’s Guide Online Course, as well as co-host “The Ladies of Learning” Podcast.

Kate currently resides in Southwest Florida. When she is not creating learning experiences, Kate enjoys hanging out with friends and family, taking barre classes, and traveling.

Kate’s website

Brian Sluga

brian sluga
My name is Brian Sluga. I am a change management consultant, author, avid bicyclist, and loving husband. I have a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bradley University.  I am in my last semester getting my MFA in creative writing program at Lindenwood University. I have a home in Pelican Bay Naples that I have been spending a few months a year at. I have self-published two Amazon books. My first book Not Just My Poetry It’s Your Life, Too was published in 2019. Other publications include the 2018 & 2019 Waco Word Fest Anthology, the Poetry Marathon and Texas’ Best Emerging Poets 2019. My new Amazon published book, From Now to The End of Time is my 2nd book.

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Brian’s books

Sarah Golden

Sarah Golden
Sarah has been writing short stories and picture books since 2019. She has a BS in Property Management and MS in Construction Management. She moved to SW Florida from Chicago in 2021 and is a hard working stay at home mom.


Xander Blue

xander blueMr. Blue is most recently from Vegas, and despite the rumors and photographic evidence, he did not work at Area 51 and has never met (several times) the aliens who reside there. Transition from desert to beach life has been a wonderful and welcome change for him. He finds that Krispy Kreme at dawn watching the waves meet the shore to be pretty inspiring.

Being a time traveler afforded Xander the opportunity to learn from various sources throughout multiple timelines. He has earned a couple degrees, and then there’s that Sumerian thing from 3142 BCE. It’s written in ancient Akkadian, and Mr. Blue just can’t figure out if it is a decree to vacate Sumer… or a degree. He would like to think it is the latter.

Creating / storytelling is something that just happens, Xander can’t stop it. He has been scribbling dialog and scenes in notebooks for many years. Many. It wasn’t until mid-1492 / early 2615 that he focused, allotted the time needed, and actually worked hard at finishing a book. His first novel, Whipping Up A New Past, was self-published thru Amazon in March, 2020.

Currently, Xander is working on two novels. The first is the tale of the daring-do of Janet, a futurepastian similar to Mr. Blue. She travels from the 23rd century to the American West of 1815 to live with a Native tribe. Some nights Xander just can’t sleep because he’s thinking about the trials Janet endures and the time traveling assassin that is plotting her demise.

The second is a romance based in 21st century Miami. It’s the typical modern Florida love story with murder, dark and light magic, a leprechaun bent on ruling the world, insane Fae, shifters, and a trip to Atlantis. Oh, and cereal. Lots of cereal.

Xander’s website

Xander’s books

Stephen J. McGuire

stephen j mcguireSteve is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and had a 30+ year legal career serving as an attorney and a federal judge in Washington, DC.  Steve retired in 2008 as the Chief Judge of the Federal Trade Commission, where he received the FTC’s Distinguished Service Award and was honored by President George W. Bush for his service to the nation’s judiciary. He has two certifications from Harvard University, one from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the other from Harvard Law School. Subsequently, he became Vice President for Corporate Compliance at the University of Louisville Hospital.

He has traveled to over 65 foreign countries, including 10 communist countries. Among his more memorable trips were those to Cuba (where his letter about the culture and lifestyle of Havana was published by Cigar Aficionado magazine), Africa, India, Vietnam, and Japan. In July 2019, he taught English to high school students in the Fujian Province of China.

Steve is scheduled for over 40 speaking engagements (May 2021-March 2022) at bookstores, libraries, country clubs, civic associations, art center and radio shows. Steve has been interviewed on the following radio shows: Beach Talk Radio, Fort Myers, FL; The Mike Boyle Show, Colorado Springs and Denver, CO; and Lars Larson, nationally syndicated. Steve is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, Inc. and The Authors Guild. He lives in Naples, Florida, with his wife, Doris, and their golden retriever and goldendoodle, Henry and Alfie.

Steve’s website

Steve’s books