A former high school English teacher, Laurel Thomas has written for magazines such as Guideposts, Mysterious Ways and others. In addition to her foray into fiction with her first novel, Laurel has ghosted nonfiction books and edited others. Laurel holds degrees in English and Counseling. She is a chaplain for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations as well as being a lay pastor. Check out her blog at freefreshbread.wordpress.com and her website at www.laurelthomas.org.
The bestselling author of more than forty books, William’s works include the bestselling Ben Kincaid series, the historical novel Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness (now being adapted into a miniseries), two books of poetry, and a series of books on writing fiction.
Gary Conrad is the award-winning author of The Lhasa Trilogy,Oklahoma Is Where I Live: and Other Things on My Mind, Murder on Easter Island: A Daniel ‘Hawk’ Fishinghawk Mystery and Murder at Stonehenge: A Daniel ‘Hawk’ Fishinghawk Mystery, and The Pit: Memoir of an Emergency Physician.
Annie Beth Donahue is a business content strategist that specializes in healthcare and agriculture. She is also a journalist, children’s book author, teacher, and nonprofit founder. Annie Beth lives with her husband Brad and their four children, near Charlotte, North Carolina.
Sabrina A. Fish is a fantasy and romance author living in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and two cats. Along with being an author, she owns a trophy company wher eshe collects names for her novels from lists of award recipients. She loves all things chocolate and her husband is sweet enough to never let the candy dish near her computer become empty.
Kent Frates is a lawyer, state representative, and the editor and publisher of the political and literary newsletter Common Sense. He was the editor and publisher of the newspaper “Sports Source” and the author of a poetry book “The Captain and His Crew”, a novel Don’t Never Shoot Short, and three works of non-fiction.
David Grantham is a physician for Wichita Surgical Specialists. He focuses primarily in general, trauma, and burn surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and completed his residency in general surgery from the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa.
Tamara Grantham is the author of more than a dozen books and novellas. Her Fairy World MD series has won numerous awards, including first place in Indiefab’s Book of the Year Awards, and a first place Rone Award.
A winner of numerous awards for poetry, essays, books, and short stories, Nikki Hanna is also the recipient of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation’s Crème de la Crème Award and the Rose State College Outstanding Writer Award.
Historical romance author Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a minor in history. She’s the winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, a two-time Golden Quill finalist and a finalist for the Oklahoma Book of the Year Award.
Christy Johnson is a soul health life coach, popular conference speaker and author of Love Junkies, 7 Steps for Breaking the Toxic Relationship Cycle. She’s appeared on numerous radio and TV programs including Trinity Broadcasting Network and her inspirational stories have been featured in several anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul.
After growing up in a military family, Dave spent six years in the Marine Corps before pursuing a career in commercial diving, then finally ending up in Tulsa, OK to get a commercial pilot license. In 1984 he started a private security business in Tulsa and still works in that field today. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, three greyhounds and two cats.
Russell M. Lawson, a Ph.D. historian, college professor, and Fulbright Scholar, is the author of sixteen nonfiction books. His most recent nonfiction books are Servants and Servitude in Colonial America (Praeger) and The Sea Mark: Captain John Smith’s Voyage to New England (University Press of New England).
A facilitator of dreams, Jeanie Loiacono represents over eighty authors. Her forte is mystery, romance, thrillers, historical/military/southern fiction, and all quality fiction/nonfiction. Her passion is to see her authors succeed.
Jess Lourey is the author of the critically acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, “a splendid mix of humor and suspense (Booklist),” and Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction. Jess also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, YA adventure, magical realism, and feminist thrillers. She is a regular Psychology Today blogger and a TEDx presenter.
Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. His agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of Writing the Breakout Novel, The Fire in Fiction, The Breakout Novelist, and Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012). He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.
Selma Mann discovered her inner poet after a series of devastating losses, waking the muse for her first book of poetry, Mourning Cloak. Her second book, Whimsical Warrior, a playful tribute to aging with grace and laughter , was published by Balkan Press in 2017.
Gena Maselli is a professional writer who loves to see others living their dreams. She has authored several books as well as written numerous magazine and Web articles, children’s church curriculum, direct mail and more.
Michael Mason is founding editor of This Land magazine and author of “Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath.” His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Believer, and DIscover, among other publications. He is currently working on his second book, a true life psychedelic crime story.
Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a scholar, poet, prose writer, and the 2017-18 Oklahoma State Poet Laureate.Her most recent books are What I Learned at the War, a poetry collection (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays (Lamar University Press, 2015).
T.C. Miller is the author of the BlackStar Ops novels. He published his first novel at age sixty-one. Before that, he served twenty-four years in the Air Force and taught sales techniques to military recruiters and civilians.
A former world champion athlete, Stanford University coach, martial arts instructor and Oberlin College professor, Millman has authored 16 books published in 29 languages, including his classic, Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted into a 2007 film with Nick Nolte). A popular international speaker, Dan has influenced people from all walks of life.
Mary C. Moore joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates in 2012 after earning her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, Oakland. She represents middle grade, young adult and adult fiction and is particularly seeking genre fiction that twists the tropes with unique point of view.
Marcia Preston’s career answers the burning question: What can you do with an English degree? She has edited two national magazines, taught high school English, served as PR director for a museum, and freelanced for a long list of magazines.
Dr. Robison’s book, “If the Fence Could Talk,” was listed on the Best Seller list in Oklahoma for a number of weeks in 2015. Dr. Robison currently serves on the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board and is a member of Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
Ryan’s background includes several years working in the stock brokerage industry prior to the publishing industry. Ryan started with Yorkshire Publishing in 2009 and was promoted to his current role in 2014. Ryan earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing and Management from the University of Tulsa.
Barbara Shepherd’s readers say she puts them into the scene – they can see the action and well-rounded characters come alive on the page. Her mainstream historical novel, River Bend, is set on the 1830s Texas frontier.
Fuse Literary Agent Tricia Skinner was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Professionally, she began her career as a newspaper reporter and wrote for the Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle. Tricia has 20 years of experience working with the video game industry in various roles, and she’s a published Fantasy author.
Lauren Smith is a USA Today Bestselling and National Award winning author of over 25 novels. Her love of strong characters and wild adventure stories have led to her meeting fans from all around the world.
Julia Thomas is the bestselling author of THE ENGLISH BOYS and PENHALE WOOD, contemporary mysteries set in England. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she is married to novelist Will Thomas and is currently writing her third book.
Will Thomas is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Barker and Llewelyn Victorian mystery eight-book (so far) series from Simon & Schuster, which began with Some Danger Involved. A nominee for national awards, including the Barry and Shamus Awards. A native Pennsylvanian, he lives in Oklahoma with his wife.
Kim Ventrella is the author of the middle grade novel Skeleton Tree (Scholastic Press), which NYT-bestselling author Cassie Beasley called “a powerful and tender story. Kim Ventrella knows when to be playful and when to break your heart.”
Cheryl Wicker is a PR coach, journalist and publicist with a passion for teaching effective DIY PR techniques from a journalist’s perspective to enable publicity seekers to bypass agencies and save their budget.
Rusty Williams is an award-winning nonfiction writer who writes about history through the stories of the people who lived it. His current book, The Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle (Texas A&M University Press), is the winner of the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award and 2016’s “Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History” award from the Oklahoma Historical Society.
In pursuit of her stories, Elaine Warner has flown in hot air balloons, helicopters, seaplanes and even a glider. She has climbed down into a chasm at night to see dismalites – the glowing larvae of fungus gnats – but draws the line at bungee jumping and hang-gliding.