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    Authors listed alphabetically:  Laureen Kruse Diephof, William Walter Foskett, Sumi Sevilla Haru, Kris Kissman, Jeanne Marie Olin, Wanda Sue Parrott, A. Irving Rosenberg Esq., Michael Staley, and Barbara Callahan Quin

Emery L. Campbell is an award-winning writer of poetry and short works of fiction and nonfiction. Multicultural Books, a Canadian press, published his book of selected poems and translations from French of poetry by classical French poets. This Gardener’s Impossible Dream: A Not So Green Thumb (or Why I Took Up Poetry Instead) was nominated for the 2006 Georgia Author of the Year Award; a poem chosen from it received a nomination for a Pushcart prize. His second book, Selected Fables and Poems in Translation, published by Print1Direct of Marietta, Georgia, consists of both the original French texts plus his English translations of verse fables of Jean de La Fontaine and poems of Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine. His writings have appeared in numerous publications and on the Internet, winning awards from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Georgia Writers Association, the Georgia Poetry Society, among other organizations. He is a past vice-president and long-time member of the GPS and also belongs to the Utah State Poetry Society, the Southeastern Writers Association, and the Georgia Writers Association where he contributed a regular column on grammar and usage to the GWA organizational newsletter for twelve years. He is a two-time recipient of the National Senior Poet Laureate Award. A native of Monroe, Wisconsin, Emery served as a naval aviator for five years in his youth. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin with a BA in French language and literature, and spent two years as a post-graduate student in France; he resided for many years in France, England, and Argentina, as well as in the United States, and traveled widely for business and pleasure. Emery and his wife Hettie, a native of the Netherlands, live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Their adult son Lucas resides in suburban Atlanta.

I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, in the community of Shannondale. Our home sits on top of a peak overlooking the Shenandoah River and valley below. The vistas I share are absolutely stunning and I believe this encourages my muse and creative brushwork. My husband Jeff and I share our home with two very lively terrier mixes and three parakeets. I am a proud Mom of two grown children, Peter and Meagan; they are both successful and trying to make our world a better place for everyone. What more could a Mom ask for? I have been thrilled to win Senior Poet Laureate of West Virginia in 2010, 2012, and 2013. I was also delighted to have my original bark painting of an Indian Chief featured on the front cover of White Buffalo, Gifts of the Great Spirit, Volume ll. Though Celtic, I know, and married an Italian, my Native American vibes were honed by the very intriguing Wanda Sue Parrot and Barbara Quin. Wanda made me an honorary member of her "White Buffalo" tribe. Not bad for an Irish lass! I was also chosen to illustrate a children's book called Playing Possum, available on Amazon. I wrote and illustrated Bones Finds a Home about 25 years ago, while my children were still quite young and my husband was still on the job as a police officer. This story is completely true, and illustrated so that young folks can see and understand the very positive side of police work, which, unfortunately, is not televised enough. I hope you enjoy the story! The forward was written by my husband, the rescuer, and told in his own words as he remembers it. I hope this story will prompt positive interaction about law enforcement and rescuing animals.

Laureen Kruse Diephof

     Laureen Kruse Diephof, of Marina, California, was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, and then attended Graduate School in Education at National University in San Diego. A photojournalist for several newspapers, Laureen's work has been featured in numerous print publications and online. She has lived in The Hague, Holland, and in San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica, and spent a year traveling abroad, including Iceland, Ireland, England, Europe, Holland, and back again, from April 2012 to April 2013 (her journey can be explored on her blog at www.expatlaureen.com.  

     Laureen is a member of the Central Coast Writers branch of the California Writers Club in Monterey, California. She holds a private pilot's license that she earned in Durango, Colorado. She has three sons, three grandsons, and one granddaughter.

     To contact Laureen, send an e-mail to her at ldiephof@att.net; find her on FaceBook at Laureen Diephof, or follow her on Twitter at LaureenDiephof.

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William Walter "Walt" Foskett, a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated with a Bachelors in Criminology from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor, both from John F. Kennedy University. He also spent two years at San Francisco State University where he studied film and cinema. William worked for the Oakland Police Department for twenty years and retired as a Lieutenant of Police before becoming an investigator for the Alameda County Public Defender's Office. He and his wife Jean have been involved in cattle ranching and land development. They enjoy short trips, exercising, good food, and wine.

In addition to Heaven on 9/11, William is the author of A Series of Adjustments and Rattles; he is working on his fourth novel. He has also written eight screen plays, a TV script, and short stories.

     Contact William through the publisher at greatspiritpublishing@yahoo.com. 

Sumi Sevilla Haru

author of Iron Lotus: 

Memoirs of Sumi Sevilla Haru


     Some of the “firsts” in Sumi Sevilla Haru’s life include:-

     - First Filipino American to appear regularly as a television talk show host in Los Angeles.

     - First Asian American to serve as recording secretary, first vice-president, and acting president of Screen Actors Guild.

     - First and only Asian American elected as a vice-president of the Executive Council, AFL-CIO.

     - First Asian American elected as a national board member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. 

     Sumi's company, Iron Lotus Productions, presents with Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation, Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce and Mothers of East L.A., the annual Mariachi Festival and the Santa Cecilia Festival and Procession held at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California. She was a Screen Actors Guild board member and an American Federation of Television and Radio Artists board member for thirty-five years. In 2009, Sumi received the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Ralph Morgan Award (named after SAG's first president). Sumi has two daughters - Connie and Vanda; two dogs - CeCe and Panda; and a grand-doggie, Junior.

NOTE:  Sumi passed away in October, 2014. We are very sad to lose this beloved author and wish her family many continued blessings.

      Ruth L. Weiss Hohberg was born in Krakow, Poland. She came to the United States after WWII as a twelve-year-old having been taken a political prisoner by the Soviets and transported, along with her parents, to Siberia in 1940. Eventually, the family made their way to Central Asia. When the war ended, they were repatriated to Poland. Ruth was educated in New York City, where she studied art and later earned a degree in Social Work. She began to write her autobiographical and non-fiction work when she moved to San Diego, California, in 2000, where she lives, paints, and writes.
      Ruth is the author of Getting Here: An Odyssey Through World War II, A Girl from Bielsko: Ruth’s Story, Witness and Survivor,  Vignettes from Life, and Going Places, all available on Amazon.

When she was a child, Kay Larson realized that when she was gone her family name would go with her. Her father had six sisters and she was the youngest of his six daughters. Even if she married and had children it would be highly unlikely their last name would be Larson. A book was the only thing Kay could think of to leave behind bearing her family name.

Now, many years later, here is that book (Journal of Destiny). It was the first entry on her Bucket List, most of which have been accomplished. One item still remaining is a 1941 Chevy pickup.

Kris Kissman

author of Letters to Iceland, and Postcards to Iceland

     Kris Kissman grew up in the tiny fishing village of Siglufjörður on Iceland's north fjords where her Mamma ran a pool hall, raised eight daughters and one very spoiled son. Daily visitors at her family home told fortunes and ghost stories for entertainment.
  
    The family was forced to flee to the south coast of the island after the herring was depleted and no one could afford to play pool or gather in the family kitchen to tell ghost stories and tell fortunes.

     Kris and some of her sisters ventured further south, to America, where Kris began her career as a motel maid, then journeyed up the success ladder across eight states and many universities. She is currently a retired Social Work Professor living on California's Central Coast.

     Postcards to Iceland is a collection of poems Kris wrote during her lifelong process of learning to negotiate old cultural norms with that of her host country. She hopes these poems will help future generations in her family better understand where they came from. Kris is the author of Letters to Iceland, Postcards to Iceland, and Single Parent Families, also available on Amazon.com.

Jeanne Marie Olin

author of Dear Jude, A Cruise Between, and The Strawberry Wine Club

Jeanne Marie Olin's first fiction novel. Jeanne worked for years as a successful attorney, practicing Dependency Law in California, where she represented both children and parents in a very emotional section of the law.
     While she loved her work as an attorney, she finally left the 
legal field to pursue her love of writing, a dream inspired from her great third grade teacher back home in Collinsville, Illinois.
     "She told me I created pictures with my words," Jeanne says. "And so, I was on my way to becoming a writer, after making a few life stops along the way."
     Jeanne participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November, 2012, and was a winner, completing the beginning of Dear Jude; Jeanne subsequently wrote A Cruise Between and The Strawberry Wine Club.
     Although she has her roots in the Midwest, Jeanne says the "Wild West" beckoned her, so she followed the call, living in San Francisco for a time before settling in its suburbs with her husband Jim and their three children.

Wanda Sue Parrott

author of

How to Build a Penny Pyramid

How to Enter and Win Poetry Contests

The Last Indian on the Trail of Tears

and more...

     Wanda Sue Parrott is founder of the Amy Kitchener's Angels Without Wings Foundation, was born in 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, but was raised and educated in Southern California. She returned to Missouri in 1988, becoming active in the large community of writers living throughout the greater Ozarks Mountains area. She is past-president of Springfield Writers' Guild, honorary life member of Missouri State Poetry Society, and founder of the Springfield Writers Workshop, which has been meeting weekly at branches of the Springfield-Greene County Library District since 1992. She is a former investigative reporter and feature writer with the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, and was a syndicated feature writer with Ozarks Senior Living newspapers.

     Wanda Sue has Chickasaw and possibly Cherokee ancestry in her family tree; she also writes under the Native American byline of Prairie Flower. She has published many short works under her own imprint, Penny Peephole Publications. Springfield Soliloquy - The Trail of Tears - Missouri is the major work published by Penny Peephole Publications. It is her only book of poetry. She has been internationally recognized in Who's Who in the World as "a new Joan of Arc" for her daring exposition in Springfield Soliloquy - The Trail of Tears - Missouri of how a city can cause what she calls "second degree manslaughter by default." The book is a modern-day exposure of conditions existent along a portion of the original Trail of Tears on which she lived in Springfield, Missouri, and over which Cherokee Indians came through Missouri during their forced relocation to Oklahoma in 1839. Wanda Sue currently resides in Monterey, California. Contact her at amykitchenerfdn@hotmail.com. 

A. Irving Rosenberg, Esq.

author of MIND According to Logos

     Written by A. Irving Rosenberg, Esq. and based on the experiments and experiences of Wanda Sue Parrott (and later, Rosenberg's experiences), MIND: According to Logos proposes the question as to whether man (or woman) can actually communicate with his/her internal organs, specifically the Pituitary, the Gateway of Consciousness, and other glands of the Endocrine system, to achieve greater Awareness, Consciousness, and Spirituality.

     Irv, a retired Attorney at Law, was born in 1921 and resides in New Jersey. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he attended Rutgers University Law School and passed the bar in 1948. Irving was experiencing a "routine" life until around 1970 when he discovered books about Edgar Cayce, the psychic, and Jane Roberts, who channeled the Seth Speaks books. Later, he became aware of Robert A Monroe's experiences in Journeys Out of the Body. He looked into Ernest Hilgard's Hidden Observer and read Henri Ellenberger's classic The Discovery of the Unconscious.

     Irv eventually made contact with Wanda Sue Parrott in California through her book, Automatic Writing (Sherbourne Press, 1974; will be re-released by Great Spirit Publishing 2013-14). This led to their correspondence and collaboration in connection with Wanda’s "Logos" dialogues. Irving joined the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISST&D), where he gave a lecture at their 1987 convention on the “Existence of the Inner Self Helper” (ISH), another name for The Executive Function, and has made talks before other professional groups. He has conducted in-depth research into psychology, parapsychology, physics, and Mind/Brain relations, and has been in contact with members of the psychological community involved with dissociation and mental health therapy in general.

     Irv considers all these activities an interesting adventure. He also enjoys boating at Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, but has slowed down on his tennis. Irv and his wife Toby celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2013; they have a son, Jeffrey, who is also an attorney. (We were sad to learn that Toby passed away in summer 2015 - our love and blessings to Irv and Jeffrey.) Irv now lives in Florida.

Michael Staley - is Executive Director at The Diarms Foundation, located in Pacific Grove, California. Michael is the author of three novels: Synthesis (1969); The Specimen (1971) (re-released as Diarma in October 2014); Loki and Simba; and a work of non-fiction, A Conspiracy of Indifference (1983). The aforementioned fictional works were originally represented by literary agent John Hawkins at the Paul R. Reynolds Literary Agency, NYC, now known as the John Hawkins Agency, for the period 1970-77. Michael is currently at work on a new novel, Quixote Junction, which is a fictional adaptation of the infamous Weisberg Incident that occurred in Los Angeles, California, in 1982. Diarma and Loki and Simba are available through Great Spirit Publishing, CreateSpace, and Amazon in hard copy and Kindle e-book versions.
 

Barbara Callahan Quin / Barbara Quin - Years ago, I entered a short story contest sponsored by Redbook Magazine. I didn't win anything but a "thanks but no thanks" letter - and admittedly, in retrospect, it was a really, really bad story. Nevertheless, I had been terminally bitten and claimed the identity of "writer," which I would not be able to shake, no matter how much writer's block camped out on my doorstep. Being a writer gets in your blood and you're never quite free of it, no matter how long you live in denial. You think in narrative, edit billboards and grocery store signs, and eavesdrop on conversations for character fuel. You write ideas on paper napkins and the back of grocery receipts and e-mail yourself paragraphs, book titles, and questions to research for that next Great Article.

Having written a lot of poetry and articles, plus a half-dozen novel manuscripts still to find daylight, recent years have seen my writing take a more inspirational and motivational direction. The "novels," with their unbirthed cousins, are still there and may be resurrected someday; in the meantime, I pursue my personal mission to write inspirational and encouraging words for my readers with the goal of helping them make their dreams come true and to live their blessed lives.

I would love to hear from readers and get your feedback. Feel free to contact me via e-mail at bquin@ymail.com, or through this website's Contact page.

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