Alan Gold is an influential columnist for The Spectator, The Australian and other highly regarded magazines and related media. He appears regularly in the media as a commentator on human rights and international politics. Alan’s career as a novelist started with the publication of the internationally-successful The Jericho Files followed by best selling The Lost Testament.

Allan Levine is an award-winning writer, historian, and educator. He is the author of nine books, including the Sam Klein mystery trilogy (which was published in Canada and Germany). He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Allen Johnson holds an MA from the University of Washington in communication and a PhD from Washington State University in psychology. He is an international keynote speaker and consultant. His platform style tends to be humorous and dramatic. He served for several years as a contract presenter for Franklin Covey. Johnson is also a jazz instrumentalist, singer, entertainer, and actor.

Bob Weintraub grew up in the Dorchester area of Boston. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston University School of Law. His stories have appeared in Spitball, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, Fenway Fiction, the Sun: A Magazine of Ideas, Response, and 96 Inc. He resides in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife, Sandra.

Chris Angus is the author of several works of nonfiction and is also a newspaper columnist. He has published more than four hundred essays, articles, book introductions, columns, and reviews in a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Albany Times-Union, Adirondack Life, American Forests, Wordsworth American Classics, Adirondack Explorer, and many more. Angus lives in Canton, New York.

Christopher L. Webber is an Episcopal priest with degrees in theology and an honorary doctorate. He has always used his scholarship to make teachings of the past accessible to ordinary Christians today. Among his thirty-plus books is his most recent biography of James W. C. Pennington, one of the leading African American voices in the pre–Civil War abolitionist movement. Webber lives in San Francisco, California.

Elyce Wakerman is the author of Father Loss: Daughters Discuss the Man That Got Away, which captured the immediate and long-range effects of a father’s absence. She resides in Sherman Oaks, California.

Frances Vieta was born and raised in New York City. She lived in Rome, Italy, for twenty-seven years, working as an investigative reporter and writer for American and Italian media. She has written on a variety of socioeconomic issues. She resides in New York City.

Jennifer Edwards is an accomplished actress and daughter of film director Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). Her passions include writing songs, screenplays, and novels. She is a mother of two in a large show business family. Edwards lives in Topanga Canyon, California.

John Babb is a former US Assistant Surgeon General, as well as a retired Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service. Gumption is the story of the author’s great- grandfather as he transitions from boy to man in the mid-nineteenth century. The writer’s unique information comes directly from his kinsman’s daughters and grandchildren, an old journal that was kept by his great-grandfather, and countless trips to museums and geographic locations to ensure historical accuracy in the story.

John R. Carpenter is a writer, editor, and leading translator of books and poetry. A gifted talent, he has achieved the National Endowment for the Arts three times and won a series of awards honoring his translations. Carpenter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, John Enright holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the City College of New York and a master’s degree in folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. After working in magazine journalism and book publishing, Enright left the United States to teach at the American Samoa Community College. He remained in the South Pacific for twenty-six years, directing environmental, cultural, and historical preservation programs and writing extensively about the islands. His collection of poems about Samoa, 14 Degrees South, won the University of the South Pacific Press’s inaugural International Literature Competition in 2011. The author of the Det. Apelu Soifua Jungle Beat Mystery series (Thomas & Mercer), Enright now lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island, with his wife, ceramicist Connie Payne.

Mike is a licensed pilot, life-long aerospace aficionado and amateur space historian who grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. As a child, he felt the ground shudder-often - as the Saturn V moon rockets were tested at nearby Marshall Space Flight Center, and went to school with the children of Von Braun’s German rocket scientists. Trained as an Army Ranger and Military Freefall (“HALO”) Parachutist, he is a former Special Forces officer who has served across the globe, including deployments to Africa, Central America, Haiti, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. As a Special Forces survival instructor in the early Eighties, he worked directly with LTC James N. “Nick” Rowe (RIP) and other former Vietnam POWs to develop the Army’s SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) School at Camp Mackall, North Carolina. Mike and his wife, Adele, make their home in Trussville, Alabama.

Paul Heald teaches law at the University of Illinois. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he lectures worldwide and has taught at many universities including Oxford, Vanderbilt, and London. Before joining the law faculty, he clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama, whose landmark civil rights rulings included the Montgomery bus boycott. Heald sings baritone and lives in Champaign, Illinois, with his wife, Jill Crandall, a choir director.

Peter Riva has worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration. His daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. He resides in New Mexico.

Robert Bruce Cormack spent thirty-six years in advertising before beginning You Can Lead a Horse to Water. His short stories have appeared regularly in Rosebud Magazine along with numerous other publications, including one anthology. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Since reading his first Hemingway novel in 1986, Robert Wheeler has been a Hemingway enthusiast. Robert was moved by the humanistic writing of the man—a writer capable of transcending his readers to foreign settings and into the hearts and minds of his protagonists. Hemingway and his work have inspired Robert to travel throughout France, Italy, Spain, Africa, and Cuba, where he has sought to gain insight into the motivation behind Hemingway’s books and short stories. As a teacher, lecturer, and photojournalist, Robert set out to capture and interpret the Paris that Ernest Hemingway experienced in A Moveable Feast. Through his journal and photographs, Robert portrays the intimate connection Hemingway had with the woman he never stopped loving, Hadley, and with the city he loved most, Paris.

Robert Wintner has written twelve novels, including In a Sweet Magnolia Time, which was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN/Faulkner Award. He is an avid snorkeler, diver, and marine photographer, and is the founder of Snorkel Bob’s Hawaii. He resides with his wife in Hawaii.

This is an author of unique voice (8 best sellers) and solid Publishers Weekly review status. She is a born storyteller, crafting a tale unshorn of her own experiences and yet imbued with cosmic truths that readers find enthralling and life changing. Her work is almost never out of print, has been translated into over 8 languages and cited in thousands of other works. Now that she is moving into both fiction (middle, YA and science fiction) as well as continuing her award-winning career as an essayist into the sciences and humanities. Her renaissance-woman work has grown to a maturity and capability exhibited by few contemporary authors.

Steve Anderson was a Fulbright Fellow in Munich, Germany. His thorough research on the early US occupation in 1945 inspired him to write The Liberator, his first novel. Anderson is the author of three bestselling Kindle Singles novellas. He lives with his wife, René, in Portland, Oregon.

Cheryl Dietrich spent twenty years in the U.S. Air Force. After rising to the rank of squadron commander at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, she became the executive officer for the 86th Fighter Wing, commanded the Mission Support Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, and, at the Pentagon, developed plans sent to Congress for the Air Force’s personnel drawdown. She passed away in early 2015.

Claude Salhani is an author, political analyst, and Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist. As a journalist, he has traveled to more than eighty-six countries to report on major events and covered conflicts including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, the Iraq-Iran War, and the invasion of Kuwait. As an analyst, he has written extensively about the September 11 terrorist attacks and the wars in the Middle East. He has appeared on more than forty networks, including CNN, Fox, and BBC. His work has been published in the world’s top newspapers, from the New York Times to the Middle East Times. He now lives in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Debra Ann Pawlak is an award-winning author from Farmington, Michigan. Her work has appeared in various publications such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Writer, Aviation History, and Michigan History Magazine. Pawlak is a regular contributor to Scoliosis Quarterly.

Joseph Kennedy, recently deceased, was a professional archaeologist and writer living in Hawaii who had spent a great deal of time in both England and America researching the life of Sir Richard Burton. Kennedy is also the author of the books, Coca Exotica, The Tropical Frontier, and The North Shore of O’ahu, and was a regular contributor to Natural History Magazine. In addition to many publications in professional journals, he had also written for Scientific American’s Discovering Archaeology, Mobius Magazine, Pacifica, Archaeology, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and Hawaii Architectural Digest. He lived in Haleiwa, HI

Laura Love is an acclaimed African American singer/songwriter who has released 12 CDs since 1990 and has toured internationally over the past 25 years. She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska in a chaotic household with her sister and an unstable mother. Eventually, she fled to Seattle where she built an independent music career which caught the attention of industry giant, Universal Records. Laura released two praised CDs with Universal before going back to her roots as an independent artist. Her first memoir, You Ain’t Got No Easter Clothes—which that describes her traumatic childhood—was published as by Hyperion Books in 2004. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

Lena Einhorn is an author and a successful filmmaker and director. For her book Ninas resa (Nina’s Journey) Einhorn received the prestigious August Prize (2005) and the film with the same name was awarded two Guldbagge for best film and best manuscript. The film Stateless, Arrogant and Lunatic won the 1999 Prix Europa and was nominated for an Emmy. From the Shadows of the Past was awarded the medal of Le Prix Aventure et Découverte.

Minal Khan was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and received the Presidential Award for English Literature in Pakistan in 2005. She gained a degree in economics at Cornell University, where she also served as the international news editor for the Cornell Progressive. She gained a law degree at the University of California, Davis and was recently called to at the California Bar.

Page Wilson, now in her nineties, is an active writer and social justice activist. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun and is the author of Through the Looking Glass Darkly, a Political Fantasy: A Day with President Garry Boldwater and the coauthor of How to Cook Reagan’s Goose. She lives in Washington, DC.

Victoria Andre King, while studying liberal/dramatic arts in southern California, became a successful actress and model, and then moved to Greece to discover her roots. She made her living writing for TV until 1995, when she took up a teaching position at the Lykourgos Stavrakos School of Film and Television Arts. In 1997, she started working in TV and film production, initially for local producers, eventually moving on up to larger productions for BBC, The History Channel, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and PBS. In 2009, she turned to teaching English in rural towns while also writing, translating, and editing. She resides between Heraklion, Greece and Los Angeles, CA.