Victoria Holt Abramson


The Adventures of Kirby: My Mom and I

Victoria Holt Abramson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She enjoyed a successful career in real estate before finding her true passion of teaching third-graders. The mother of two grown boys, Timothy and Jacob, Vicky lives in Valencia, California. Now a retired elementary school teacher, she loves ballroom, swing, and Latin dance, gardening, cooking, hiking, traveling, watercolor painting, writing stories about growing up in her beloved hometown of Hopewell, Virginia, and of course, spoiling her precious Kirby-Boy.

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The Adventures of Kirby

Aaron Cheney


Songwriting Step by Step

'cause i wanted to know 

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.

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Kid Cosmic

Joanne de Simone


The Metro Cats: Life in the Core of the Big Apple 

The Peculiar Plight of Milicent Wryght

Joanne de Simone is an author, dramatist, and film historian. Two of her seven 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.  Joanne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the English Speaking Union, the Shakespeare Guild, the Episcopal Actors Guild, and the Drama League, is a board member of the Veronica Moscoso Foundation, and serves on the judging committee for the Hudson River Classics Showcase Theater Playwriting Competition.

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The Writing Desk

Patricia Eckley Guerin


Northwest Vignettes Volume One: Creative Nonfiction Stories by NW Writers

Northwest Vignettes Volume Two: Creative Nonfiction Stories by NW Writers

Patricia Eckley Guerin was born in Paso Robles in 1928 on the way to Los Angeles, California for her father’s new job on the aqueduct. When the Great Depression hit, he lost his job, and the family moved to a logging and farming town in southern Oregon to work the family ranch. She was her class valedictorian at Myrtle Point High School, and while attending Oregon State College, Pat worked on the school paper. After graduating, she taught at Taft High School in Lincoln City and, while raising three children, also spent time working as a school librarian in Coos Bay. In her later years, she liked to "mess with plants," read, and help people improve their reading skills. Pat lived in Astoria on the Oregon coast with her husband and a few cats until she passed away at age 90 in December 2018.

C, Morgan Kennedy


Author Marketing 101: Guide & Journal

C. Morgan Kennedy, co-author of Author Marketing 101, 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.


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Author Marketing 101

Vicky Nickelson


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

Vicky Nickelsom has lived in the Pacific Northwest all her life. Vicky and her husband, Ron, reside in Kent, Washington and share their home with a little cocker spaniel named Betty Cocker and a big ol’ tomcat named Fat Chance. Even as a young girl, Vicky enjoyed the outdoors and still enjoys gathering just as much as designing and stitching a basket. On one special camping trip with her family, a Native American lady was camped next to them, and Vicky was amazed to see she was making baskets out of pine needles. The woman noticed her watching with interest and took Vicky under her wing and taught her the art of pine needle basketry. Vicky's baskets have won many awards, including the Grand Champion at the Puyallup Fair, and she's a member of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild.

Melissa Eskue Ousley



      Sign of the Throne

      The Rabbit and the Raven

      The Sower Comes

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. 





Howard Parsons


Tails from Colony Island: Urban Mermaid

Howard T. Parsons was born in Petersburg, Virginia 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, he 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. 



Therese Patrick


Author Marketing 101: Guide & Journal

Therese Patrick, co-author of Author Marketing 101, 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 the mother of four daughters, lives in Oregon, and writes contemporary romance and memoirs. She is an active blogger since 2009 and is 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.





Caitlyn M. Schmidt


Fun Down Under: Australia and New Zealand

Caitlyn M. Schmidt began travelling with her parents as an infant and has already visited six continents. During her college years, she participated in three Study Abroad trips to Australia/New Zealand, Japan, and Costa Rica. She graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English with an Emphasis on Creative Writing. She enjoys photography, music, pottery, and cooking, and her love of traveling and learning about new cultures inspired her to write Fun Down Under. Caitlyn and her husband currently live in the Seattle, Washington area.

Gail B. Schwartz


Agamede, A Tale of Magic

Gail B. Schwartz’s 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.  

William W. Steidel


Whose Move: A Dragon's Tale

Mallory in the Forest of Lost Kites

In the window of a small, rustic gallery on the corner of First and Hemlock Street in the village of Cannon Beach, Oregon, the artist, William Steidel, can often be found. 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. 



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Jean Young


Charlie, the Dog Who Could Sing  

Midlife Senior Moments at the Danville Center

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.