Who's Coming (2018 Edition)?
This is the directory of who will be joining us on December 8th!
PRESENTERS IN THE ONEOHONE AUTHOR ROOM
We're not quite ready to announce this yet.
SCBWI HOLIDAY READER STAGE
Thanks to our friends at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, we'll have readers throughout the Festival at Mesa's Christmas Tree, a 30' tall Christmas tree that is the centerpiece of Mesa's annual holiday celebration, just for kids. Schedule TBA.
VENDORS & AUTHORS
These are the authors, publishers and other vendors that are signed up to join us so far! Support them by visiting their websites and buying their products. You can register yourself, Right Here!
Brick Cave Media- Arizona's premeiere publisher of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Poetry. Featuring authors such as Sharon Skinner, Bruce Davis, J.A. Giunta, Scott Woods and others. [Web]
East Valley Tribune- The East Valley Source for news and more! [Web]
i-Wonder.biz (Represented by Joe Ferreira)- Just a man of flesh & blood, creating worlds of pen & ink. [Web]
Donna O'Donnell Figurski, Author- My book, Prisoners without Bars: A Caregiver’s Tale, releases on November 1, 2018. It tells the story of how my husband's and my lives were turned upside down when my husband had a brain injury. [WEB]
Leah Moyes, Author- I live in San Tan Valley, I'm a teacher, coach and mom. Author of the Berlin Butterfly Series. A Historical Fiction Series surrounding the Berlin Wall. [WEB]
Jewel Leonard, Author- I'm a Steampunk who writes sexy biographies for fictional people. When I'm not breathing, eating, and sleeping all things related to my tales, I enjoy yarn crafts and glass engraving. [WEB]
Matthew Duncan, Author- Matthew O. Duncan is a Sci-fi/Fantasy Novelist who lives in Peoria AZ. [WEB]
Connie Wesala, Author- Author of three novels. Live in Gilbert. Retired educator. [WEB]
Connie Cockrell, Author- An Air Force career, computer operations company manager, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for Connie Cockrell’s stories. After 16 books, inclusion in 5 anthologies and published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com, Connie's still on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be next. [WEB]
Tolsun Books (Represented by David Pischke)- We are a small press based out of Tolleson, Arizona. We publish poetry, short stories, essays, hybrids, photo essays, comics poetry, and photography. [WEB]
Tanabata Wishes Enterprises, LLC (Represented by Sara Fujimura)- Sara Fujimura is an award-winning young adult author (TANABATA WISH and BREATHE), creative writing teacher, and literacy advocate. Sara writes stories for adventurous, intelligent, globally-minded teens who aren't afraid to fall in love with someone outside of their own ethnicity. [WEB]
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange- Independent Bookstore in Mesa. [WEB]
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Ohana Books Publishing LLC (Represented by Christoff Orr)- Author of the Lost Nation Series, as well as the upcoming YA Series, the Gate Keeper Chronicles. Published under Ohana Books Publishing, a local owned and operated, independent book company. [WEB]
Dreaming in the Shadows (Represented by Ross Caligiuri)- Local Phoenix author of the 'Dreaming in the Shadows' series. Recent vendor at Phoenix Comic Fest, Leprecon, Prescott Valley Fandomania and Game On Expo. Series is written for all ages and is appropriate for any public setting. Strong local following and presence. [WEB]
The Electric Scroll (Represented by Mischa Borgnaes)- We're a small press featuring Science Fiction, Romance, and Romantic Suspense, catering to grown-ups and teens who enjoy great, clean books. [WEB]
FSF/Hellbat- Indie publishing group who sells own books. [WEB]
Kryptic Leaf LLC- Small independent book publishing business to support local Arizona authors. [WEB]
102nd Place LLC (Represented by Caren Cantrell)- I write picture books about characters who are a little different and don't quite fit in with everyone else. I love to champion the underdog. [WEB]
Pam Sears, Author- Author of two Books, Whispers of the White Dove and Heart of the White Dove. She is also a speaker. [WEB]
The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing- The Virginia G. Piper for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is a home for writers, readers, and the literary community, offering classes, talks, conferences, and more. [WEB]
Diana Terrill Clark, Author- Diana Terrill Clark and D.S. Harders have co-authored the Chloe's Story series, a post-apocalyptic adventure-romance. Work is progressing on book three. [WEB]
We are all Overcomers™ (Represented by Teresa Irizarry)- Teresa Irizarry writes 17th century historical novels as well as historical and current screenplays. Her published novel is highly recommended by Blue Ink for readers of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. [WEB]
Children's Picture Book Authors (Represented by Rita Goldner)- Award winning Children's Picture Book Writer/Illustrator. [WEB]
Pamela Eaton, Author- Pam Eaton is the author of The Extraordinary Series, a young adult science fiction series. Her next book is due out November 2018. [WEB]
Reading with Peaches LLC (Represented by Kathy Peach)- At a time in life when most people begin to slow down, Kathy Peach decided to move across country and pursue her lifelong dream of earning a college degree and publishing a children's picture book. Come meet a woman who believes everyone can be all he or she is meant to be! [WEB]
Mindy Tarquini- Quirky Stories, Quirky Worlds. Mindy Tarquini grew up convinced that there are other worlds just one giant step to the left of where she’s standing. Author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Hindsight (SparkPress 2016) and The Infinite Now (SparkPress 2017), Tarquini believes words have power and plies hers to the best of her ability from an enchanted tower a giant step left in the great Southwest. [WEB]
Red Coyote Press/Mysteries & More- Award-winning, multi-published authors, Susan Budavari and Merle Mccann are representing Mysteries & More in connection with Red Coyote Press. [WEB]
ICNA - WhyIslam (Represented by Asif Mohammed)- The project’s foremost aim is to provide accurate information about Islam, the fastest growing religion in the world which is practiced by over 1.6 billion people across the globe. In doing so, it hopes to dispel popular stereotypes and persistent misconceptions about Islam and Muslims. [WEB]
Goose Flats Graphics & Publishing (represented by Keith Davis)- We are an independent Publisher of books located in historic Tombstone, Arizona. We publish Non-Fiction, Fiction and Journals. [WEB]
Author, LLC (represented by James Bultema)- Author and publisher of books related police history in the U.S. [WEB]
DKG Studios LLC (Represented by Kristi Grimm)- I write and my husband illustrates children's book and middle grade novels. [WEB]
Bunny 17 Medfia (Represented by Kevin Moyers)- Bunny 17 Media is an independent publisher focused on books, audiobooks, comics, ebooks, and graphic novels for all ages. [WEB]
Blueberry Bear Tales (Represented by Eileen Pieczonka)- Eileen Pieczonka is a freelance writer with a graphic arts degree. She’s a wannabe cowgirl who loves animals, has long hair, and dreams big. She spent years teaming up with her rescue dog Jamie to assist children in reading therapy. This fueled her passion for children’s literacy and her Blueberry Bear series. She holds great compassion for animal welfare and supports rescue shelters. [WEB]
Joan Sowards- Author of seven published novels. Native AZ.
SILVERBROOK IMAGES (Represented by Sheryl Brooks)- My husband, Joe Brooks, and I co-published a book of inspirational poetry and photography entitled, The Restorative Power of Spirit: Poems of Faith and Hope. In addition, we have framed and unframed prints, including a collection featuring the images from our book, along with handcrafted greeting cards, and embellished gift items. We have a website specific to the book, but we ‘re in the process of developing an online store-SILVERBROOK IMAGES- to promote our photography. [WEB]
Books by Suzanne (Represented by Suzanne Flaig)- Books by Suzanne is a publishing, editing and book promotion company featuring self-published works by local authors. The owner of Books by Suzanne is Suzanne Flaig--writer, editor and author of the Missy Jenkins musical mystery series. [WEB]
InspirAction Ink (Represented by Lori Severson)- I am a writer; Coach and Speaker-focused on women's leadership. [WEB]
Serenity Project Publishing (Represented by Randy Lindsay)- RANDY LINDSAY is a world traveler. Which sounds impressive until you realize the worlds he visits exist only in his mind and on the pages of his novels. He claims to prefer this method of sightseeing because he can stop at any time, go to the kitchen, and indulge his ice cream addiction. [WEB]
J. F. Castillo- For more than ten years, I have been a writer. Over that time, I have written a five part young adult fantasy adventure series, and two mature dark fantasy novels that are the beginning of a trilogy and another five part series. I also occasionally write poems and dabble in painting and sculpture. I have previously attended the Mesa Book Festival, Tuscon Festival of Books, and Phoenix Comic Fest (aka. Phoenix ComiCon, aka. Phoenix Fan Fusion). [WEB]
Howard Gershkowitz- I am a new author, my first novel published this year, The Operator. I also am published in several anthologies (Short stories and poetry, I'm a local author and active in the writing community.
Ronald C Tobin LLC (Represented by Ron Tobin)- Author of A RUBY FOR VICTOR and DEBTS OF BLOOK. [WEB]
Sandy Wright- Sandy Wright publishes the paranormal suspense series Ancient Magic. [WEB]
Carolyn Mitchell- I worked in senior care facilities for many years. I wanted to write a fun children's book so they might understand a little about what goes on there before they visit their Grandma's and Grandpa's. I live in Avondale with my rescued Shih Tzu, Rio, and volunteer at a local animal shelter.
ChiWow Media LLC- We are the co-founders of ChiWow Media, Rick and Donna Wylie. I write the poems, Rick adds the graphics that bring them to life. Our goal is to make the world a little kinder, happier, and more hopeful. [WEB]
Caro McDonald- I write books on Red the Pasta Pig Children's Books
Suzy Jacobson Cherry- Suzy Jacobson Cherry writes in a variety of genre. Her work has appeared in collections, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and broadsides in Massachusetts, South Dakota, Arizona, and Texas as well as on websites across the globe. Her first published piece, when she was fifteen, was a poem in the genre now called "fan fiction" about Tolkien's characters Arwen and Aragorn. Suzy's prize winning poem "Glaciers" appeared in the 1983 edition of American Collegiate Poets. [WEB]
Georgic Publishing LLC (Represented by Ann Griffin)- I write historical fiction, play golf, and love Arizona. [WEB]
G.L. Stuart Enterprises, Inc (Represented by Gary Stewart)- I am a lawyer, writer, law professor, and publisher. I've written eleven books and a trunkload full of stories, essays, op-eds, rants, motions, opinions, and briefs. [WEB]
Edeleboom Books (represented by Patricial Boomsma)- I am an Arizona lawyer with an MFA degree from Queens University of Charlotte. This is my first novel. [WEB]
Read Kid Stories.com (Represented by Kira Larsen)- ReadKidStories.com supplies easy online access to a wide selection of children's stories that I write and post, free of charge. I am passionate about encouraging families and children to spend quality time reading together. It is my mission to facilitate another way for children to develop a love of reading and improve their literacy skills. [WEB]
The Mirror Gate Chronicles (Represented by Timothy (TJ) Boyer)- I am the author of a series of Science Fantasy books. My wife, Elizabeth, is my co-author. [WEB]
The Small Tooth Dog Publishing Group LLC (Represented by Michelle Buvala)- We are a small, niche-based publishing company in Arizona. We publish books in the arts and creativity for adults and kids. We want to build personally-rewarding and profitable relationships with our authors, illustrators, and staff.
We are a diverse, friendly, and welcoming company. [WEB]
Dharma Kelleher- I write gritty thrillers about renegades, outlaws, and misfits. I'm a member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. [WEB]
Gene Twaronite- Gene Twaronite is a Tucson poet and author of seven books, including two juvenile fantasy novels, two short story collections and the poetry book 'Trash Picker on Mars.' His latest book of poems 'The Museum of Unwearable Shoes' was recently published by Kelsay Books. [WEB]
Mamafox Books- (Represented by Phoebe Fox)- Phoebe Fox is the author of Starry's Haircut, Starry Gets Lost, Up Up Up, and Babies Nurse ~ Así se alimentan los bebés. She has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.A. in Early Childhood Development from ASU's Barrett Honors College. She is a mother of three and a former teacher and library media specialist. She enjoys writing stories, collecting children’s books, and sharing both with young children! [WEB]
Sharon Skinner- Sharon holds a GPC, a BA in English, an MA in Creative Writing, and a poetic license. Her work has been published in a number of local, national and international publications. She previously served for eight years as the Executive Editor of Anthology magazine, a small press literary magazine published in Mesa, Arizona. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ. [WEB]
Robert Harding- 23 years of middle school teaching experience I have spent 14 of those years working with At-Risk students in an Alternative to Suspension Program. My book will provide you with many proven antidotes, strategies, and skills. It will teach you, not only how to survive your child’s adolescence, but also how your child can thrive through it, and most importantly, be prepared to face a mature life of independence. [WEB]
DG Lamb- Award winning Author of a Science Fiction series Driven to the Hilt [WEB]
In LUMOS Libertas- (Represented by Elizabeth Wheeler)- Maker of bookish Goodies! Book Sleeves, Mugs, Prints and more! [WEB]
jlipsky agency (Represented by Janice Lipsky)- I am a writer and marketer in Scottsdale. My middle grade novel, "Woot!" is available at http://a.co/d/g7M807t
Patrick Hodges, Author- I am an Arizona-based author. I love writing fiction in many different genres.
Books by Ethan Sarem- (Represented by Theodore Vermaas)- Self-published author through lulu.com. Utopian fiction in narrative poetry form. Composing a melody with word sounds. One of a kind unique style. [WEB]
Fantasy Publishing- (Represented by Dick Enos)- Action adventure, detective fiction. All done with a flare for humor and suspense
alexandria rizik- I am a writer/filmmaker based out of Arizona. I published my children's book, "Chocolate Milk", September 2017. This story is geared toward young kids to promote anti-bullying and embracing one's differences.
Stevie Lewis has been living on the road in a van (she built out herself!) for the past 3 years, furthering her passion for climbing, art, and the outdoors. After working for several years at DreamWorks Animation, she now illustrates children's books and creates art based on her travels. Her latest work includes Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, Lost in the Library by Josh Funk, the Finding Serendipity series by Angelica Banks, and the upcoming SUN! One in a Billion by Stacy McAnulty. [WEB]
Andi Cann- is a best-selling, award-winning children's author with 14 titles now available! [WEB]
Mark Ozog- Actor, Public Speaker, World Traveler, Triathlete, and NOW Author!!! My name is Mark - I am originally from Michigan, a graduate of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School, film, tv, and stage actor, public speaker ( have given over 10,000 presentations), and been to 51 countries and even lived in Sweden and Turkey. My book focuses on going for your goals, dreams, and aspirations in life!!!! I hope to help people achieve whatever they set out to with my book!
Usborne Books & More (Represented by Misty Grace)- My name is Misty Grace and I am an Independent Consult with Usborne Books & More. We offer award winning children books from infant to young adult. I have always been a bookworm and hope to spread my enthusiasm for reading. [WEB]
Mo Triplett- I am a mentor author tutor and humanitarian who writes books the have real world impact.
Kevin Douglas- My name is Kevin Douglas I have a background in graphic design, an interest in Technolgy and love anything tech or sci-fi. I live in Chandler with my two cats George and Ashton. [WEB]
Diane Hodges- I am an elementary teacher and the author of I Wish Someone Told Me.... Elementary Teacher Edition. My goal is to make sure that others know that they are not alone. Be on the lookout for other books in the series! [WEB]
Mark Ozog- Actor, Public Speaker, World Traveler, Writer, and Triathlete! My name is Mark. I am originally from Michigan. I went to Hollywood to pursue a career as an actor. I am also a graduate of Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School and have written my first book on self motivation and inspiration to follow ones dreams. I hope to help others to do the same as I am also a professional public speaker where I have given well over 10,000 presentations and have traveled to over 50 countries!
Learn 2 Read Read 2 Learn LLC- (Represented by Guy Lodge) Guy Lodge, is a devoted father who home-schools his daughters. He found out what a valedictorian was at his graduation rehearsal when the principal introduced the valedictorian Well, that didn’t sit well with Mr. Lodge. It bothered him so much that he wrote Valedictorian, a trajectory changing children’s book that empowers readers from an early age, and inspires them to strive for academic excellence. [WEB]
Evangelina Guevara- Preschool teacher
HelloFresh (Represented by Claire Weiler)- We are a meal- kit delivery service. We promote a healthy lifestyle for active people. All of our meals are created by certified nutritionists, and use locally sourced ingredients. Our service removes the burden of grocery shopping, and makes cooking at home enjoyable again. We do not conduct any sales, we only focus on promoting HelloFresh and educating the public about easier ways to eat healthy. [WEB]
Michele Medlyn- Michele Medlyn is the author of "If I Were A Mermaid," her first published book. She is a mother of 4, grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 7.
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