Kellina Kilts

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Kellina Kilts

 

 

kellina-kiltsI was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and reared in Des Moines, Iowa.  I graduated from Norwalk High School and have Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in business from Buena Vista University.  My passion to become an author did not reveal itself until a good friend convinced me to write about an idea for a story I had conveyed to her at age 27.  As I sat down to write the series Angel of Hell, the story suddenly took a life of its own, causing me to rework the first novel multiple times.  Angel of Hell was finally published in March of 2014 (17 years after I started writing it!)
I attribute Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for inspiring my novel with the belief than even the most evil of all the villains, Darth Vader, had the potential to be turned to the “light”.  I currently live in Mason City, Iowa and I enjoy writing about inspirational subjects as well as fantasy.

Joyce Knock

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Joyce Knock

 

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Joyce Knock is a retired  teacher with  experience at  all levels of education…from preschool through college.  She was inspired to write “I am NOT dumb and I am NOT a stinky butt!” as a result of volunteering in her grandson’s first grade classroom.  While working with the students she was privy to the names that they were calling each other either in the classroom, lunchroom or on the playground.  Being aware that name calling is the number #1 form of bullying and the damage and hurt that it can permanently inflict on children she decided to write a “child friendly” book addressing the issue.  When not promoting her book she is active in volunteer work in her community, Des Moines, Iowa.  Her volunteer work includes mentoring an adult student at the Drake University Reading Program, advocating for children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate [CASA], as a relief manager at the Ronald McDonald House and a general population library assistance at the Women’s Prison at Mitchellville, Iowa

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Dennis Maulsby

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Dennis Maulsby

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Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames, Iowa. His poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Passager, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review, and on National Public Radio’s Themes & Variations. His Vietnam War poetry book, Remembering Willie won silver medal book awards from two national veterans’ organizations. His second book of poetry, Frissons, a collection of haiku was published in 2012. Prolific Press released a third book of poetry, Near Death/Near Life, on May 30, 2015. A book of short stories, Free Fire Zone is under contract to Prolific Press and will be released in mid 2016.

Darrel Day

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Darrel Day

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Darrel Day is the published author of 14 books. He writes in the Genre’s of Suspense Thrillers, Paranormal {Includes witches, vampires and zombies}, Sci-fi and Biography. He is working on his next two novels presently. He enjoys anything outdoors but writing is his passion.

https://www.amazon.com/author/darrelday Author of 9 suspense novels and a series titled The Forest Has Ears. Quitting is Never an Option… It’s never goodbye, only see you later…

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Bartenn Mills

 

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Bartenn Mills

 

bartenn millsI can never remember a time when books weren’t part of my life. Every week I would go to the library and check out the ten book limit. Because the fattest books lasted longer they were my favorites. Librarians were those wonderful people who knew the best books. Surely books were magic and writers were magicians. Although I’d always written snippets of stories and shoved them under my friends’ noses – here, read this, it wasn’t until I was thirty that I realized that real people, average people who lived next door, wrote books. Even I could write a book.
So I joined Romance Writers of America, I read books on how to write, I went to conferences and entered contests, I stayed up late and got up early studying and writing. Then life sidetracked me with children and work. Quilting became my creative release. But after my children flew away I picked up the writing thread again and rejoined Romance Writers of America.
Old skills had not been forgotten but the publishing world had changed. As I entered contest after contest the scores were good but again and again I’d receive a mysterious NR in the comments. NR? NR? Not a romance. Not until I had a short story accepted in an anthology – Love in the Land of the Lakes and then read all the stories in one sitting did I see it. No, I wasn’t writing Romance. A writing friend introduced me to Sisters in Crime where they understood that sometimes you just have to kill somebody.
Not that I have abandoned romance entirely. Bishop to Queen’s Knight is a love story, there just happen to be dead bodies along the way. And Jane Vanilla needs to stop discovering murders so that she can find the right man.

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Ann Morris

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Ann (Ana) Morris.

 

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Ann  has a deep interest in education.  She knows that children have vivid imaginations and an insatiable love of learning.  Morris developed an interest in writing children’s stories with the intention of recording memorable experiences with young family members sprinkled with memories of her own youth.
As a teacher and as a community worker, Morris has collaborated with and served people from many cultures new to our country, including our Latino friends. She speaks and writes Spanish as well as English.  Her hopes are to encourage children and parents learning to read their native language, as well as to motivate language learners.  She includes a positive adult role model, a curious child and a unique learning experience in each story.

Ann (Ana) Morris is the author of
Mommy and Mikel Go for a Walk/Mikel y Mami dan un paseo
Surprise in Auntie’s Garden!/¡Sorpresa en el jardín de la tía!
Everything Is Different/Todo es distinto
She has other works in progress and many other memories yet to record.

You can meet Ann in person at Read Between The Vines!

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