MEET THE AUTHORS

MEET THE AUTHORS


April Sharp- is a graduate student at Kent State University studying creative nonfiction. When she isn’t writing, she keeps busy with her husband, 2 sons and dog. She also spends a great deal of time trying to like black coffee.

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Amanda Leonard- is a vegan from Cleveland, Ohio. She has written poetry and short stories and is working on a book. She enjoys running and her pet rats, Shea and Nutmeg.

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Ben DiCola- is a freelance writer and a former Little League and Pony League second baseman. He couldn't hit much, but he had great range in the field and a good glove. He also still has the bruises from childhood when a baserunner once slid into his shins. Ben has covered numerous football and basketball games in Stark County for nearly 40 years, and has written high school sports press guides while working as a correspondent for several newspapers.

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Bob Gray- is a local writer working on two projects: (1) The City I Often Dream About is based on several hundred nightmares that take place in a post-industrial hell worse than any existing city. On most nights, he is killed there by criminals, police, demons, industrial accidents, warfare, natural disasters, fires, etc. (2) Heather is based on a series of 56 dreams he had in 2008, in which he helped Heather, a cunning, ruthless general, save her people from annihilation by invincible demons and their many allies.

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Brett A. Tipton- has been distinguished as: Instructor of the Quarter, Circle of Excellence Outstanding Instructor, the Favorite Instructor of the Women’s Volleyball Team, Toastmasters Competent Communicator, and Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Bronze. He has taught a variety of speech, writing and management classes at: The University of Akron, Kent State University, Liberty University, Bohecker College and National College. He has about three decades of experience in front of an audience doing: drama, preaching, teaching, speaking, singing, and standup comedy. He has served as the V.P. of Membership for Tree City Toastmasters in Kent, Ohio and been a member of Soapbox Speakers Advanced Toastmasters Club in Akron, Ohio. He currently teaches online English classes to kids in China. His writings include: The Secret of Dynamic Public Speaking, Amazon; Theater of the Mind, Amazon; Social Awareness and Standup Comedy, Buried Letter Press; Learning is Fun, But Education Stinks, Amazon; Overcoming Stage Fright, Amazon; Go Ye Therefore and Teach, Amazon; Stories I Wrote, Amazon; Biblical Keys to Success, Amazon; Why We Light the Menorah: A Hanukkah Spiel, Amazon; Purim Spiels, Amazon; Instructor’s Manual Building Communication Theory 3rd Edition co-author, Waveland Press; The Sabbath: A Blessing to Man and Proclamation of God’s Glory, Nook & Amazon.

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Carol Grzeschik- Hi I'm Carol Grzeschik a fun, lovable woman about to embark upon my 2nd half of my life. The first half was a black satire! I’m hoping for a romantic comedy going forward. Life has taught me many lessons. The best one is to just laugh. Laugh at your mistakes. Laugh at the hard times. Most of all, laugh at all the good! If it wasn't for laughter with a little twist of sarcasm I probably wouldn't be here today.
The date was December 23, 1967. It was late at night but she knew if she didn't bust out soon she would be typecasted as "The Christmas Eve Baby." Not wanting to be second fiddle to a major holiday she made her escape... Carol was born!!! She has went on to cause havoc and mayhem with her playful shenanigans on into her late 40's. Finding that writing is a wonderful way to take her dark past and transform it by adding her playful optimistic sarcastic twist to her memories. She enjoys her life in Kent, Ohio with her boyfriend Don. She continues to work on and fine tune her empire "What Will Carol Do Next?"  Stay tuned…More adventures daily!

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Carol P. Vaccariello, Dmin., LPC- is very real, very grounded, very hard working; she is a keen serious listener and teacher, a seasoned student and administrator. Through her spiritual coaching practice, she shares and teaches the wisdom of her experience. She is committed to service and lives a simple life style of service to others. Her spiritual path is rich and diversified. She has lived and worked as a Catholic sister for five years; as a wife and supporter of a union organizer in Ohio for thirty years; as a Protestant pastor for thirty-one years; as Director of the Doctor of ministry program at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary for five years;  as co-director of the Doctor of ministry program at the University of Creation Spirituality for nine years; and later at Wisdom University; she has served as an interim pastor at a number of UCC and DOC churches, often called in to resolve conflicts or to help heal wounded congregations.  Culturally, Carol is grounded in the Italian Strega tradition which informs her Earth based, Wise Woman, Healer, Native knowing of our cosmic home. She practices deep ecumenism and is interfaith embracing a Braided Spirituality (braidedway.org). Carol composes sacred music, chants and dances, touching deep awareness and freeing revelatory inspiration. Her feet are very much on the ground. She is an Elder guiding girls and women on their spirit paths. The fruits of her healthy and giving life are there for anyone to see. She is a woman of courageous spiritual evolution. http://www.carolvaccariello.com/author

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Chris Hazen- was born during the WWII factory boom and raised in the Inner City of a small industrial town where tenement housing and government shacks crowded together workers who came from every state and many other countries to fill the 24 hour shifts as factories turned out war equipment. These wonderful migrants brought skills, card games, stories, music and Dance.She moved invisibly through this area of canals, rivers, railroad tracks, bars, dance halls, and alleys,  absorbing stories and music from longed for homelands.She has spent her life attempting to propagate the traditional music, as it was then
and telling stories of real people, places and situations to anyone who would listen. She has been a Librarian, Cosmetologist, Organic farmer and Teacher of Adults for a total of  57 years, never loosing her love of people and the stories they share. She plays music, cards, hikes and loves to dance. Chris currently resides in the West Akron, Highland Square area. This is her first published work.

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David "RedButton"Williams- Poet, Playwright, Madman. David shares his time between Cardiff and Aberystwyth thus reflecting the topics covered in his poetry. Like Carl Jung, he fell under the City of Liverpool's spell and has written poetry about the 'Pool of Life'. From a B.A in Humanities at the University of Glamorgan, where he studied under Emeritus Professor of Poetry Tony Curtis who described his work as 'Clenched Fist'. David has recently graduated with an MA in Playwriting at the University of Salford International. He is influenced by the work of American Charles Bukowski and Cardiff Poet John Tripp. He is the Artistic Director of Red Button Theatre & Film Co-operative and has published a real life adventure called Amsterdamned by Chipmunka Publishing.

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Don Abbott- (aka The Snarky Gardener)-  is a gardener, blogger, author, educator, and speaker from Kent Ohio. Professionally he’s a software developer but spends his spare time producing food at Snarky Acres, his rented .91 acre urban farm. Don’s blog – thesnarkygardener.com– assists others with growing food in Northeastern Ohio and beyond. He is a regular contributor for Around Kent Magazine, a local, regional magazine highlighting the greatness of Kent, Ohio and the surrounding area. Don is the author of "The Snarky Gardener's Veggie Growing Guide:  Create Organic Abundance By Embracing Your Garden's Wild Side".

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Don Ake- writes for only one reason – to make people laugh and to make them laugh out loud. His humor writing is sharp, witty, and totally entertaining. Don takes everyday topics and situations and makes them laughable and relatable to a wide range of readers. He started writing his popular Ake’s Pains blog in 2011. In 2015, he published his first book “Just Make Me A Sammich” which is a collection of the best short essays from the blog. In 2018 he followed that up with “Will There Be Free Appetizers? – Musings of a brilliant idiot”. If you forget your computer passwords, have problems with your smart phone, drink too much coffee, or buy bad gifts for your spouse, you will love this book. Don has been writing humor since high school. He has an MBA from the University of Akron and works as an economic analyst in the commercial trucking industry. He resides with his wife in the Akron-Canton area.

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Donna M Patterson- is a kindle author and Relationship Coach who helps single women date for marriage. Her slant is Retro-Dating: Back to basic fundamentals vs Pop Culture. It succeeds by developing a plan following a six-step process which is fully explained from Selection through Dating into Marriage. She helps women build self-esteem, identify their best match, therefore, never settling for less. Currently she is CEO of the new How-to-Date-to-Marry Group and has been involved in public speaking for 35 years. Her background includes seven years as a training instructor for a Fortune 500 company. In addition, she has studied relationships and their outcomes for more than 30 years. You can learn more about her at:  https://howtodatetomarry.com/about-you-2.

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Jacqueline Baxter- Multi-talented barely seems to cover the depth and breadth of Jacqueline Baxter's accomplishments. She is a singer, line dancer, choir director, and now a published writer. During her tenure AT her prominent family church, Jacqueline had sung and directed with various choirs throughout Akron, Ohio. One of Jacqueline's most highlighted milestones is when she sung with Walter Scrutchings & Company, and the Douglas Miller Community Choir. Jacqueline also had been an active member of the Gospel meets Symphony Choir for over a decade. Currently, Jacqueline is still a lifelong resident of Akron, Ohio and is teaching and directing music with her own choir J.J. & Company. "I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalms 34:1

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Joseph Pryweller- is a professional journalist who has worked at a variety of publications for more than 25 years. He currently serves as conference director at Plastics News, a Crain Communications publication that is the largest global newspaper for the plastics industry, and was currently both senior reporter for the automotive and packaging industries. His career has taken him to several daily newspapers, including The Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and The Des Moines (IA) Register, and hie written award-winning feature stories and business news. He is working on his first book of poetry. Joseph graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University.

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Kora Sadler –  Founder of The Writers Group  { Google Me }

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Laurie Peel- is, first and foremost, a storyteller. Whether it is historical fiction, a love story or a tale of Christmas, the story always takes center stage. Laurie is currently completing a historical fiction novel entitled Cottage in the Glen, a story of love interrupted by the Great War.  As Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, Laurie, writing under the pen name of Louise Richards, has published A Christmas Story a Day, a collection of twenty-five stories available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Laurie has also published a self-help book for those who have experienced emotional abuse.  You Are Beautifully and Wonderfully Made uses scripture to help the reader find healing.

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Lewis Jenkins- My dad was an Electrical Engineer and began my formal education at bedtime by reading me Pogo comic books. He probably lighted my fascination with history by explaining the political satire in Walt Kelly’s work. My academic career had a matte finish but with a few bright spots. The business of getting good grades rarely interfered with learning how things worked. I studied Engineering until I decided not to follow so closely in my father's footsteps, and graduated as a teacher with a double major of history and math, but went into business for about ten years. Since then, I've worked as a hired gun (consultant programmer) at Office Max, Sherwin Williams, etc., and recently retired from Goodyear. Now I’m a writer. The necessary education of a writer is to be a reader, which I have been doing ever since Pop read me Pogo.

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Matthew Davenport- is an aspiring author and to his kids he is known as the most awesome superhero in the universe.

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Pat Hunsicker- lives in Tallmadge, Ohio. She is married and has four grown children. She has ten grandchildren.  She started writing about the things she loves to do, so her grandchildren
and their children will know a little bit about her. Pat joined the Writers Group in 2016 and is now writing some poetry, flash fiction and one day maybe a book…

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Patty Lovell- writes mystery novels, children’s books and essays for her blog at http://pjlovell.wordpress.com. She is a former high school English teacher and librarian whose interests include reading, baking, and traveling. She is married to a wonderful and supportive husband whose one fault (if you can call it that) is being kind to strangers!

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Rui Xu- is a Chef from Akron, Ohio. Graduating from St. Vincent- St. Mary’s in 2006 and then from the culinary institute of America with an associate in culinary art’s. He writes for fun and loves to learn new things. During his free time, he stay’s busy trying to finish his other novels. Hoping to be a true novelist in the future.


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Russell Henley-  enjoys writing flash fiction. His stories follow the same format he has used for almost forty years. He’s accidentally adopted certain rules. His characters have no names, and death is always lurking among just a few words.  When he’s not writing or enjoying the company of his friends in The Writers Group, he is sharing a very happy life with his wife Angelica in their home in Akron, Ohio.