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Annette DashofyAnnette Dashofy (2021)

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today bestselling author and multi Agatha Award-nominee of the Zoe Chambers mystery series. Zoe Chambers is a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. Annette's latest release, a standalone, is Death by Equine, about a veterinarian at a second-rate thoroughbred racetrack seeking the truth about her mentor’s mysterious death. Annette is a member of Pennwriters and is the vice president of the Pittsburgh Sisters in Crime Chapter. She and her husband live on ten acres of what was her grandfather’s dairy farm in Washington County with their very spoiled cat, Kensi. Visit her website at: www.annettedashofy.com.




Susan GableSusan Gable 

Susan Gable is a formerly-trad-pubbed author gone indie.

Since going indie, she’s made the USA Today Bestsellers List. Reviewers and readers alike often cite her ability to convey strong emotion in her books, to make them both laugh and cry. Her books have been Golden Heart and Rita ® Award finalists, been recognized by Romantic Times nominations for Best Superromance of the Year. She’s won numerous awards, including the National Readers’ Choice Award. Over a half-million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.

A former elementary teacher, Susan is a popular workshop presenter who has spoken at many writing conferences. Visit www.SusanGable.com to learn more about her books.




Susan GourleySusan Gourley 

Susan Gourley taught high school for thirty-four years before retiring to become a full-time writer. She is a member of RWA and the award-winning chapter, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers. She serves as president on the board of the state-wide writers’ group, Pennwriters. She is published in epic fantasy and writing as Susan Kelley, has had many best-selling romances published including dystopian and space opera series.

Susan resides in the Hershey area in a large country home with her husband. She is blessed with five sons, one daughter, and all the joys of having a large family. Visit Susan on the web at: www.susangourley.blogspot.com.



Catherine McLeanCatherine McLean (2021)

In the quiet of the rural Pennsylvania countryside, Catherine writes lighthearted tales of phantasy realms and stardust worlds (fantasy, futuristic, paranormal adventure-romance, and medieval romance). Her short stories have appeared in hardcover and online anthologies and magazines. Her books include Hearts Akilter (a fantasy/sci-fi romance novella), Jewels of the Sky (sci-fi adventure), Karma & Mayhem (paranormal fantasy romance), and Adrada to Zool (a short story anthology). She is a long-time member of Pennwriters. Her nonfiction guidebook for writers is Revision is a Process - How to Take the Frustration Out of Self-Editing. Visit Catherine at www.CatherineEmclean.com or www.WritersCheatSheets.com.



Kathy OttenKathy Otten (2021)

Kathy Otten (Coming soon).





Deborah Riley-MagnusDeborah Riley-Magnus (2021)

For over twenty years, Deborah Riley-Magnus has taught people how to creatively think outside the box, helping artists, quilters, designers, cooks, bakers, and writers explore different and new ways of looking at their personal creative process. For authors, she has brought these concepts for marketing and craft, opening doors for author success.

Deborah is an author, Author Success Coach, and Creative Brilliance Coach with forty-plus years as a writer, marketing, advertising, and public relations expert. She has been a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and has been a ghostwriter for several clients. Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She teaches online and live workshops for advanced creativity exploration. She writes instructive and creative blogs, speaks, and coaches authors, artists, and business professionals, one-on-one, in search of their unique creative brilliance.

Her current focus is on helping people of all walks of life develop their personal creative brilliance for problem solving and creative projects. She is in the process of developing The Creative Brilliance Factory and has been working with creative people in The Creative Brilliance Academy: A workshop series that specifically focuses on the group’s needs, whatever their goals or business. Her newest nonfiction entitled The Creative Brilliance Academy is scheduled for publication in spring, 2022.

She belongs to several writing, speaking, and professional organizations. She has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and returned in 2011 after living in Los Angeles, California for several years. Visit Deborah on the web at: Facebook.com/authorsuccesscoach or DrMagnusFantasy.com



Fritze RobertsFritze Roberts

Fritze Roberts is a freelance editor and former project manager who helps authors commit to their writing projects and enjoy success.

Fritze writes about monsters, aliens, addicts, and animals – even though she is none of these things. Her science fiction and fantasy stories contrast the small activities of every day with the larger mysteries of life.

She “likes” a lot of writerly tweets. To learn more about her, visit www.APeculiarProject.com.




Debra SanchezDebra R. Sanchez (2021)

Debra R. Sanchez has moved over thirty times...so far. She and her husband have three adult children, five (and a half) grandchildren, and a dog. She leads and attends various writing groups in the Pittsburgh area and also hosts writing retreats. In addition, she teaches and tutors Spanish and ESL to people of all ages and is a freelance (English/Spanish) translator.

Her bilingual picture book And My Mother Cried/Y Mi Mamá Lloró won The Author Zone TAZ Award for "Best Children's Book 2017" and her writing guide Prompted, Prodded, Published: How Writing Prompts Can Help All Writers was awarded 2nd place TAZ Award in the business book category. In 2018, her book Raw & Unfinished received a TAZ award in the poetry division. In 2020, her bilingual picture book What's that Noise? ¿Qué ruido es? was published. In 2021, she had two bilingual picture books published; Chocolate Spaghetti for Breakfast/Espaguetis de Chocolate para el Desayuno and So Much Fun/¡Muy Divertido!

Her other writing has won awards at writers’ conferences in various genres, including children's stories, poetry, fantasy, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Several of her plays and monologues have been produced and published. Still, other works have been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Visit her on Twitter and Facebook @DebraRSanchez or her website at: www.debrarsanchez.com/




Dave Szymanowski

David Szymanowski

Dave Szymanowski has worked in hospitals, state hospitals, correctional and university settings. He has been Deputy Warden for a prison with mostly violent offenders. He has completed numerous TV, radio, and newspaper interviews as well as presentations and training to professional and lay audiences. Dave often provided technical assistance, served as liaison to multi-agency task forces and provided statewide responsibility for a number of different programs. He supervised on-site graduate student placements in educational research, epidemiology clinical psychology, counseling, sociology, and criminal justice. Mr. Szymanowski organized, directed and developed the state-wide Comprehensive Sex Offender Treatment and Research Program (cSTAR) as well as directed programs in other states. He trained staff and developed the computerized-assisted profiles system (CAPS).

Dave has also been an active PW Member for many years. He has held many posts on the PW Board: Area 1 Rep., Coordinator of Area Reps (CAR), Secretary, and WebMaster. He has also been active as a member of the Area 1 Mini-Conference Board and numerous time presenter.




Patricia ThrushartPatricia Thrushart (2021)

Patricia Thrushart is an award-winning poet and writer living in the Northern Appalachian region of Pennsylvania. She has published three books of poetry, Little Girl Against The Wall, Yin And Yang, and Sanctity, through an independent publisher, Quimby, Pickford, and Cheshire, Ltd. A fourth book is forthcoming from Mammoth Press. Her poetry appears regularly in regional journals and newspapers including The Watershed Journal, Bridge Literary Arts Journal, Clarion University’s Tobeco, the Indiana Gazette, The Brookville Mirror, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Beyond her local presence, Patricia’s poetry has been published in multiple national and international journals including Tiny Seed, Still Point Arts Quarterly, The Avocet, Feminine Collective, Curating Alexandria, Poets Reading the News, Saw Palm, and High Shelf Press. With much of her work inspired by the beauty of Northern Appalachia and the stories of its people, she has been featured on websites promoting the literature of the region, including Dark Horse Appalachia and North/South Appalachia.

Patricia is a frequent participant in regional poetry readings, workshops, and writers’ retreats, conducting sessions on poetry and writing craft, among other topics. She is a regular contributor to The Watershed Journal’s blog, writing on similar themes. Also drawn to historical non-fiction, Patricia’s first book in this genre is due out from Adelaide Books, New York, in September. Titled Cursed, it tells the story of a woman with ties to Brookville, Pennsylvania, whose life and tragic death have lessons for us today. Visit Patricia at www.PatriciaThrushart.com.



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