Jeanne is a late-bloomer, outdoors woman, wildflower lover, and a cheerleader for women who try. Her only regrets in life are––she’s never lived on a farm and she never got to Woodstock. After twenty-eight years in business, Jeanne and her husband sold their video security company. In that previous life, she was the Illinois governor’s Small-Business Person of the Year. She served as township tax collector, Chamber of Commerce president, and on bank and hospital boards. She writes light-mystery novels. Rim to Rim and Wolf Pack are backpacking adventures. Her cozy series, Tennis Team Mysteries, includes Gator Bait and Killer Serve. She belongs to Mystery Writers of America and critique groups in Illinois and Florida. Her passion is encouraging grandparents to write their life stories and has formed a group to do just that. When not writing, Jeanne bicycles long distances, hikes, entertains grandchildren, volunteers with the historical society, or plays tennis, golf or pickleball. She lives with her husband of fifty years in Florida and in a Chicago suburb. www.jeannemeeks.com
Terrie Farley Moran is thrilled to be co-author, along with Jessica Fletcher, of the long running Murder, She Wrote series. Murder, She Wrote Killing in a Koi Pond and Murder, She Wrote Debonair in Death will be followed by Murder, She Wrote Killer on the Court (May, 2022). She has also written the beachside Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series, and is co-author of Laura Childs’ New Orleans scrapbooking mysteries. Her short stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly Magazine and numerous anthologies. Terrie is a recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards. Find her online at www.terriefarleymoran.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-winning author Violet Niggl (pen name Violeta Barrett) has always written stories since she learned to write at the age of four. Subsequent to a forty-two year career, holding executive positions in both the public and private sectors, Barrett. a Brooklyn transplant, moved from Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida, after her husband’s death. She was encouraged to write a story on reinventing her life, which was published in an anthology of stories titled BEYOND COPING. A Valentine letter she wrote on a whim won a prize and was published in her local newspaper. She began writing articles for a political newsletter soon after, eventually becoming co-editor.
Inspired by a dream, Barrett published her debut book FIRST LOVE in 2011, a romantic memoir of a love she experienced over fifty years ago. It was later translated into Spanish titled PRIMER AMOR. Although her latest book ANGEL IN DISGUISE was inspired by her love for children and pets, “the underlying story of recuperation and the restoration of hope may resonate with readers who have also experienced loss..”* A Children’s Edition of ANGEL IN DISGUISE, with an upbeat ending, was published the same year.
Barrett graduated from the N.Y. Institute of Finance and the American Institute of Banking. She is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and York University in Toronto, where she earned a B.A. in Humanities — Religious Studies and Sociology, at the age of sixty-one.
Her passions are classical music, writing, reading, travel, photography…and love.
*Excerpt from KIRKUS REVIEWS