Our Authors

Aaron Cheney is an award-winning songwriter, a guitarist, an artist, and an author. His songs run the gamut from country to heavy metal and have been recorded by artists across the country. His teaching experience includes courses in songwriting, music history, and music psychology. Aaron currently plays guitar in a band and lives with his wife, Kathy, in the Seattle, Washington area.

´cause I wanted to know
Songwriting Step by Step

Caitlyn E. Moore began traveling with her parents as an infant and has already visited six continents. She participated in three Study Abroad trips to Australia/New Zealand, Japan, and Costa Rica during her college years, and traveled to Peru with her parents as a teen, where she visited Lima, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon jungle. Caitlyn and has traveled to over a dozen countries in Europe, and visited Tangier, Morocco in northern Africa. Her love of traveling and learning about new cultures inspired her to write Fun Down Under.

Caitlyn took gymnastics classes beginning at age three, and ended up on the Show Team. She began ballet lessons at age five and danced in the academy’s annual shows through her senior year in high school. She enjoys writing, photography, music, and cooking, in addition to traveling.

Ms. Moore graduated from Western Washington University, where she earned her degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and editing, and minored in Spanish language. Caitlyn was married in April, 2016, and currently lives in the Seattle, Washington area with her husband.

Fun Down Under: Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji

Vicky Nickelson has lived in the Pacific Northwest all her life. She and her husband, Ron, currently reside in Kent, Washington. They share their home with a little cocker spaniel named Betty Cocker and a big ol´ tomcat named Fat Chance. Even as a young girl, she enjoyed the outdoors. To her, you have to love the outdoors to be a basket maker. When walking through the woods, they always come home with something in their pockets to add to a basket! She enjoys gathering just as much as designing and stitching a basket. Hours of time and love are entangled into each piece.

Growing up, we were a "camping family." One particular camping trip inspired me for life. A Native American lady was camped next to us, and I was amazed to see she was making baskets out of pine needles. She noticed I was watching with interest. She took me under her wing and taught me the lost art of Pine Needle Basketry. Little does she know the influence she had on my life. The rest is history…

My baskets have won many awards, including the Grand Champion at the Puyallup Fair. I have shared the art of pine needle and gourd basketry with many of my students. I am also a member of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild.

Nature´s Touch: Basketry by Hand from Pine Needles and Gourds

Melissa Eskue Ousley Melissa Eskue Ousley is the award-winning author of The Solas Beir Trilogy, a young adult fantasy series. Her first book, Sign of the Throne, won a 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award and a 2014 Readers´ Favorite International Book Award. The Sower Comes, Book Three in the trilogy, won a 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award.

Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family, a piranha, and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she´s not writing, she can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

Before she became a writer, Melissa had a number of jobs that contributed to her education and enlightenment, ranging from a summer spent scraping road kill off a molten desert highway, to years of conducting social science research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona. Her interests in psychology, culture, and mythology influenced her writing of The Solas Beir Trilogy.

The Solas Beir Trilogy:
Sign of the Throne, Book One
The Rabbit and the Raven, Book Two
The Sower Comes, Book Three

C. Morgan Kennedy has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Otterbein University. Marketing and Entrepreneurship were her MBA focus. Throughout her seventeen-year career in Corporate America, she has worked in international and large account sales, corporate training, and product marketing. She is currently a Product Marketing Manager for a $20 million global product portfolio. Ms. Kennedy is based in Portland, Oregon.

Author Marketing 101: Guide and Journal

Therese Patrick has been an active member of RWA for ten years. For Rose City Romance Writers, she was a past treasurer on the newsletter staff, and has been a coordinator with the Golden Rose Contest teams since 2003. A former Business Operations Consultant and Technical Writer, she was part of the start-up team for a national electrical services company. Ms. Patrick is a mother of four daughters, lives in Oregon, and writes contemporary romance and memoirs. She is an active blogger (since 2009) and is actively marketing both her fiction and nonfiction books. Her contemporary romance novel, Checkmate First Mate, by Terri Patrick, was a September 2013 release from Soul Mate Publishing.

Author Marketing 101: Guide and Journal

Howard T. Parsons Howard T. Parsons was born in Petersburg, Virginia during the final days of King George VI´s reign. He grew up and attended school in nearby Hopewell. The eldest son of Lucile and Howard T. Parsons, Sr., he attended North Carolina College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Although his interests lay in Virology and Marine Biology, the need to earn a living led him to the field of Information Technology. During his stint with the Michie Company in Charlottesville, Virginia, he developed the TOOL programming language, and in 2008, wrapped up a thirty-year career in legal publishing.

Recently retired, Howard was last employed as a software engineer with the Dematic Corporation, and he currently lives in The Parsonage in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and the latest two moggies in a long line of house cats. His interests include pipe collecting, Scottish Highland Games, railroads, and heraldry. Urban Mermaid is Mr. Parsons´ first novel, and is Book One in his New Adult Tails from Colony Island series.

Urban Mermaid: Tails From Colony Island, Book One

Gail B. Schwartz interest in and experience with magic began in childhood, along with her many other talents. In addition to writing, she was also an outstanding singer and musician who played the piano, guitar, dumbek (an Arabic drum), and oud. Gail traveled widely (geographically if not through time), while living and studying in Germany and in Israel. She spent twenty-two years in Los Angeles, and then returned to her native Portland, Oregon. Ms. Schwartz died from cancer in 2009.

Agamede, A Tale of Magic

Joanne de Simone is an author, dramatist and film historian. Two of her plays, The Suicide Angel, and Earthmen, are currently in film pre-production, and several one-acts have been produced in NYC theatre festivals. Joanne´s, Judy´s Dead, took first prize in the Writer´s Digest 79th Annual Stage Play Competition. Ms. de Simone´s full-length play, Olivia´s Roses, debuted at NYC´s Thespis Theater Festival in September 2015. Her film review column appeared in the Fire Island News from 1998-2003 and returned for the 2015 season. Joanne´s work has been published in various magazines, publications, and film journals. She has written a children´s book, The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of the Big Apple, and a young adult book, The Peculiar Plight of Milicent Wryght, both urban tales set in Manhattan. Joanne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the English Speaking Union, the Shakespeare Guild, the Episcopal Actors Guild, the Drama League, is a board member of the Veronica Moscoso Foundation, and served as a judge for the 2015-2016 Hudson River Classics Showcase Theater playwriting contest.

The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of the Big Apple
The Peculiar Plight of Milicent Wryght

William Steidel, author and artist, can often be found in the window of a small, rustic gallery on the corner of First and Hemlock Street in the village of Cannon Beach, Oregon. He sits behind a simple but ingenious swing-out easel, surrounded by a hodgepodge of artistic tools and paraphernalia. Here Bill produces his particular brand of magic. He creates works of art, spins yarns, makes music, watches the passing parade of people, and delights in the view of the lush green mountains that lie in the distance.

The passions of artistic philosophy emerged very early in Bill´s life on a small farm in Newburgh, New York. His work has progressed through the years from his time spent as a student at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Oregon, to his ensuing life experiences.

Bill´s journey inspired him to open his first independent gallery and studio in Cannon Beach in the 1950s. Inside the present-day gallery is a touch of whimsy and wonder, and if you are fortunate, you are apt to find a bit of yourself present on the gallery´s walls.

"Art, I find, is an emotional food. It gives us nourishment. We feed on its many forms, and if at times it jars too roughly, tickles too uncomfortably, or soothes too frequently, it would, if not available, be sorely missed. If we were unfortunate enough to lose it, we would once more create it so we could debate why it is so very necessary."

Whose Move: A Dragon´s Tale

Jean Young was born in Wenatchee, Washington, and lived most of her life in the Seattle area in the log home she and her husband built in the 1960s. A retired senior center director, Jean filled her time with volunteer work, reading, gardening, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and international travel. Memorable trips she took included a year in Japan and a summer in Ghana teaching sewing at a high school. Jean passed away in September of 2016.

Midlife Senior Moments, At the Danville Center
Charlie, the Dog Who Could Sing