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Deanna AdamsDeanna R. Adams

Deanna R. Adams is an award-winning writer, speaker, essayist, and author of eight books, both fiction and nonfiction. She is far too interested in books of all genres to stick to just one and so, she writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her articles, essays, and stories have been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including an article on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for the Encyclopedia of the Midwest. The Truth about Justyce, the third in her Peggy Sue series, is her first young adult crossover novel.

Other books include Rock ‘n Roll and the Cleveland Connection, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant, Scoundrels & Dreamers, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Venues, Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl, and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots and The Writer’s GPS: A Guide to Writing & Selling Your Book. She is a longtime coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference and the “Book Whisperer” for The Cuyahoga County Library’s Writers Center. She also teaches online writing courses for the Pennwriters organization. Visit Deanna at www.Deannaadams.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.




Hilary HaukHilary Hawk

Hilary Hauck is an Italian-speaking Brit living in the US. Her publications include poetry, articles, and short stories. Slated for 2020 release, her debut novel, From Ashes the Song, is a historical novel about a young musician who looks for a new start in the coal mines of Pennsylvania after losing his grandfather and the family vineyard in Italy.

Inspired by her travels, Hilary uses writing and photography to explore the cultural and sensorial lenses through which people experience the world. Whether she’s dining with an indigenous tribe in Costa Rica, attending a cremation on the banks of the River Ganges, or photographing the wonders of nature in her own backyard, she is on a constant quest to gather stories for her fiction, poetry, and blog about the extraordinary in the ordinary, #storyeverywhere.



Holly JacobsHolly Jacobs 

Award-winning, bestselling author Holly Jacobs has over three million books in print worldwide. The first novel in her Everything But. . . series, Everything But a Groom, was named one of 2008's Best Romances by Booklist, and her books have been honored with many other awards and accolades. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania and when she's not writing, she's in her pottery studio. You can visit her www.HollyJacobs.com.





Liana LaverentzLiana Laverentz

 Liana Laverentz, a charter member and past president of Pennwriters, has published three contemporary romances with The Wild Rose Press: Thin Ice, Jake’s Return, and Ashton’s Secret. Thin Ice is a Golden Leaf and EPIC Award winner, Jake’s Return a Golden Leaf Award Winner. Her most recent releases are PMDD and Relationships, and PMDD: A Handbook for Partners, non-fiction books about women's hormonal health and wellness, based on posts from her highly successful blog, 'Living on a Prayer, Living with PMDD'.

For the past decade or more, Liana has been editing under a pseudonym for The Wild Rose Press. Her editing credits include mainstream novels, womenʼs fiction, women in jeopardy, mystery, suspense, suspense with elements of romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, contemporary romance, lighter fantasy and paranormals, vintage stories, and a handful of sweet romance short stories and novels. Liana is also a freelance book editor with several award-winning clients. For more information, go to www.lianalaverentz.com



Barbara LockwoodBarbara Lockwood 

Barbara is multi-published in the non-fiction periodical field and has been editing for Running Wild Press since 2018. Frontal Matter by Suzanne Samples, one of the books she edited, was named one of the top 100 books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews.





Carol SilvisCarol Silvis

 Carol Silvis is the author of six college textbooks and three business books published by Cengage, the article “Time Management for Writers” in the 2012 Writers Market, an inspirational piece, and a dozen creative nonfiction stories in magazines. She was interviewed for ABCNews.com, CBSMoneywatch.com, AARP online, and Yahoo.com, and appeared on several local television programs. Carol has a Master’s in Adult Education. She was president of Pennwriters for six years, former vice president, former author advocate, conference coordinator multiple years, and was awarded the 2008 Meritorious Service award. She has presented at multiple conferences and for various writing groups.


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 Web Master. He has also been active as a member of the Area 1 Mini-Conference Board and numerous time presenter.




Patricia Thrushart

Patricia Thrushart

Patricia Thrushart is an award-winning poet and writer living in the Northern Appalachian region of Pennsylvania. She has published two books of poetry, Little Girl Against The Wall, and Yin And Yang, through an independent publisher, Quimby, Pickford and Cheshire, Ltd. 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. Visit her on the web at: www.patriciathrushart.com




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