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 has 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.
Bob has written video scripts, press releases, collateral materials and more. To learn more about his services visit his LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-mccarthy-ba614832.
Below are a few of the clients Bob helped:
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 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
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
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