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Author Fair: Presentations by Local Authors

St. Mary's County Library
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Come together and learn with local and aspiring authors. Spend the day discovering new authors and learning how to get started in the writing industry.

The authors:

Mary Behre
Award-winning author, Mary Behre, writes stories with humor, suspense, and a psychic love connection. She won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense in 2014 and the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award for Paranormal Romance in both 2015 and 2016.

When not writing, Mary can be found baking delicious gluten-free desserts, crocheting, hanging out at the beach, and not cooking. She’s crazy for Yahtzee, Doctor Who, anything by Joss Whedon, and her family. Mary loves to hear from readers. Find her on her website: marybehre.com, and on social media sites: Twitter/@MaryBehre and Facebook/MaryBehre.Author. Sign up for Mary’s newsletter at http://eepurl.com/bdEVFD.

Asha Fields
Asha Fields is from Waldorf, MD. Asha Fields, pen name Roxanne Ridge, self-published her debut books Woman in The Wall and Zoya: Woman in The Wall As Told by Zoya last year. Her latest book Savannah: Stone Sister Series Book One is out now. She’s a multi-genre author with a focus on horror, fantasy, mystery, and thriller. She has more projects coming soon! To find out more information, visit her website www.fielddaypress.com.

Julia Maki
Julia A. Maki grew up in northern Minnesota and enlisted in the Navy as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator aboard P-3Cs. After the Navy, Julia settled in Maryland with her husband where they both ended up working for the Department of Defense as civilians. They have three children together, which initially inspired her to write children’s books about the military. Her first book, My Mom Hunts Submarines, was Julia’s way of telling her children about what she did while in the Navy with the underlying message, “There isn’t anything you cannot do.” Her second book, All Hands on Deck! Dad’s Coming Home! was inspired by her sister’s job in the Navy aboard the USS Stennis. It is a book for children that have parents that are deployed in the military. Still My Dad was written for children with parents that are wounded veterans, but can be applicable for anyone facing a disability. From the Sky was inspired by the amazing things she saw while flying all over the world. Finally, her memoir, What They Don’t Teach You in Deer River, was released in December 2015.

When she is not writing, raising a family, or working, she finds her passion in volunteering for organizations supporting veterans. For more information visit www.tactical16.com.

Elsavietta Ritchie
Winner: Great Lake Colleges award for Best First Book of Poetry.
Four awards from NEA for stories;
Poetry prize The Ledge ($1000!)
A number of other prizes

2 Full collections of Fiction in print and another ready to go:
Flying Time: Stories & Half-Stories and In Haste I Write You This Note: Stories & Half-Stories (in print and e-book).
Ready to start submitting: The Ultimate Swan Story (tentative title)

20 Full Collections of Poetry in print:
Harbingers; Reflections: Poems on Paintings, A Poet’s Gallery; Timbot, a novella in verse; Babushka’s Beads: A Geography of Genes; Guy Wires; Tiger Upstairs on Connecticut Avenue; Feathers, Or, Love on the Wing; Cormorant Beyond the Compost, Awaiting Permission to Land; Arc of the Storm, Elegy for the Other Woman; plus several chapbooks.

Continuing and past activities:
20+ years holding memoir, fiction, poetry workshops at Calvert Library
Articles, fiction, poetry, photography in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Star, Washington Examiner, The Bay Weekly, and various general and literary publications including Poetry, American Scholar, Southern Review, Ann Arbor Review, many others.

Translations from Russian and French of poetry, prose and non-fiction for Voice of America, FBIS, and numerous newspapers and journals.
Editor, instructor and host of workshops of prose, fiction and poetry in US and abroad.

Writer and poet in a number of schools and libraries in the US (many under Maryland State Arts Council auspices), Canada, and under USIA auspices, in the Far East and Brazil.

Ex-president for poetry, then for prose divisions: Washington Writers’ Publishing House.

Domiciles: 1959 to mid-2017: Washington DC, Cyprus, Beirut, Southern Maryland, Canada & Australia. (plus brief travels to a number of countries). Now on Patuxent river in St. Leonard’s and at Asbury Solomons.

Susan Simpson
Susan Lantz Simpson has been writing stories and poetry ever since she penned her first poem at the age of six. She has always loved the magic of words and how they can entertain and enlighten others. Her love of words and books led her to earn a degree in English/Education. She has taught students from pre-kindergarten to high school and has also worked as an editor for the Federal government. She also holds a degree in nursing and has worked in hospitals and in community health. She writes inspirational stories of love and faith and has published a middle-grade novel, Ginger and the Bully. She lives in Maryland and is the mother of two wonderful daughters. She is a member of ACFW and Maryland Christian Writers Group. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, walking, and doing needlework.

Linda Stewart
After retiring from St. Mary’s County Public Schools, Linda is living her dream of writing historical mysteries located in Southern Maryland. She enhances her writing with graphics and recipes developed with the help of her friends and readers.

F.J. Talley
F. J. Talley is a Philadelphia native who wrote his first novel-length work in the summer between college and graduate school. This still unpublished work helped to develop his writing style, characterized by dialogue sprinkled with wit and dry humor, even though he doesn’t really have a sense of humor.

He now he lives with his family on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, directing a scholars’ program at a local college and is determined to become the next great American author of mysteries and science fiction. Take Hart is his second novel and the first in the Stephanie Hart series. His first novel, Twin Worlds, was published in 2017. Find more information at http://fjtalley.com.

Merideth Taylor
Merideth Taylor is a professor emerita of theater and dance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She was a founding member of the African and African Diaspora Studies and Women Studies Programs at St. Mary’s and has taught in both programs. In her work as a director and playwright, she has focused on social justice issues and local history. She has been a member of Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC) since 1996 and has served as President and Vice President of the organization. Taylor served as project director of the St. Mary’s County component of the multi-county exhibit “Strive not to Equal but to Excel,” and was Co-editor of UCAC’s book, In Relentless Pursuit of an Education: African American Stories from a Century of Segregation, which received a 2007 Maryland African American Heritage Preservation Award. From 2007 to 2017, she served as a Trustee at Historic Sotterley Plantation and was instrumental in helping to develop new approaches to interpretation at the site. In 2011, her short film Historic Sotterley: A Tidewater Legacy received a Communicators International Award, and she served as project director and writer on Sotterley’s “Land, Lives, and Labor” exhibit. In 2010, she received a Historic Preservation Service Award from the St. Mary’s County Historic Preservation Committee and County Commissioners for the documentary With All Deliberate Speed: One High School’s Story, which received an Audience Choice Award in the 2016 Southern Maryland Film Festival.

Frank Weber
I am a forensic psychologist who completes psychological assessments in homicide, sexual assault and domestic abuse cases. I testify as an expert witness in forensic cases and have completed assessments regarding the insanity plea. Murder Book is my first novel. It has great reviews on Amazon and is selling well. When I sent this to North Star Press they told me to start on a sequel right away as it would sell. I have been asked to speak at 5 universities regarding Murder Book (as all of the forensics are correct) and numerous libraries and bookstores. You can view my events on my website http://frankweberauthor.com/index.html.