D. Scott Dickinson is a retired NASA Public Affairs manager at Kennedy Space Center. Starting as a copy boy in the newsroom of U.S. News and World Report, he went on to become a reporter and editor, Peace Corps personnel director and university research fellow. His published works include:
Violet Favero is known as the Greek grandmother character, Silly Yaya, in many of her children’s picture books about family, fun and traditions. When she’s not visiting school or libraries getting kids excited about reading, you can probably find her in the kitchen.
Violet’s third book, Unkie Munkie Lives at The Zoo, was named Amazon’s #1 New Release in its genre. It followed her first two books that are international sellers, Silly Yaya and Sunday Dinner at Silly Yaya’s. Her first early chapter book, Gracie’s RV Mis-Adventure,
a series about a dramatic dog, was also named Amazon’s #1 New Release. Her newest book, Pete Comes To America, was named Amazon’s #1 New Release in four categories. Violet is the author of numerous journals and companion coloring books under the
imprint of Meadow Road Books.
Violet is passionate that we are raising readers, one book at a time. She is a frequent visitor to schools and libraries and has read to thousands of students to get them excited about reading and to use their critical thinking skills. She is a frequent guest on podcasts, radio shows, and panels promoting reading. She travels with her husband and two dogs in their RV doing book signings and appearances. Find out more about Violet on her website SillyYaya.com.
Joanne is a Canadian-Italian-American author who has penned eight books. Additionally, she has written four short stories for Space Coast Writers' Guild anthologies. In April, 2019 Joanne was elected President of Space Coast Writers' Guild. She lives on the Space Coast of Florida with her adoring husband Dan, and her two Dachshunds, Wally and Madison. Her books include:
Cindy has published 6 books, including fiction and poetry with painting and photography. Cindy just finished her term as the Guild president and has served as treasurer and director. She is a past winner of the Don Argo Award and is a contributor to the anthologies. Cindy also is a musician and gardener. Her repertoire of published books includes:
Terri Friedlander, a native New Yorker, has held several notable job titles including writer, college professor, teacher, freelance journalist, and MIS Director of a global law firm. She created an original column that appears in print in Florida Today and online about education in today’s world entitled In Front of the Classroom.
Her latest venture is a series of two new children’s books, The Adventures of Percy the Siberian Cat and No More Bullying. Terri has also authored three novels: The Dorm, Chasing Her Destiny, and Work Hard Play Hard.
Jay Heavner is an award-winning author of seven books, four in the Braddock's Gold Mystery series, and three in the Florida Murder Mystery Novel series. Mr. Heavner has always been a storyteller. It used to get him in trouble when he was young, but now people keep asking him for another. Recently retired, he spends his time between homes in the beautiful West Virginia hills and the flatlands of Florida. Jay's books include:
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Gene Luke Vlahovic is of Serbian origin. Born and raised in the former country of Yugoslavia, he acquired his love of literature from reading European Classics at an early age. At fourteen, his first short story was published by his hometown magazine, and at nineteen, several of his poems were published by the University Press and the Literary Magazine for Young Poets. Gene Luke lives in Florida and continues to write and publish stories in his second language. He is a member of the Space Coast Prolific Authors, the Space Coast Writers Guild, the Florida Writers Association, and the Brevard Authors Society. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gene Luke's works include:
Mark is the 2019 winner of the prestigious Don Argo Award. Mark did not begin writing novels very early in his life, but since he began a few years ago he has completed three, with a fourth well underway. So far all of his stories involve big crimes perpetrated in Florida. These stories of fiction contain much more than purely crime elements. All are seen through the eyes of Mike Lyman, a nurse, and so have medical factors that are key in the stories.
For over 45 years, Mark worked as a nurse when not working on his farm in Minnesota. He was the only man in his nursing school graduating class, and he always said he didn’t even meet another male nurse for the first ten years of his practice.
His biggest heroes have always been those who work toward the same end. Mark currently works in an assisted living facility.
UnabASHed by Disability is the autobiography of a girl who learned how to live with her handicaps, overcome obstacles, and achieve goals. It is a story of hope and encouragement for both the able-bodied and those with disabilities.
Ashley's writing has been included in other anthologies and local publications. She is the Don Argo Award coordinator and a former Space Coast Writers’ Guild board member. She is active at her church in Palm Bay, Florida.
In August 2011, Zeenat Mian went to a beach on the east side of Oahu to see a Hawaiian monk seal pup. She had never seen one, and was very curious. When she saw that incredibly active, little black seal and her very doting mum, Zeenat fell in love! This was Ka'iwi.
After that, she decided to follow the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal population in Hawaii, more specifically on the island of Oahu. Zeenat has logged more than 16,000 hours observing and taking footage of the behavior of the Hawaiian monk seal and her pup.
Ka'iwi the Hawaiian Monk Seal: Get to know me is a short story targeted toward children and narrated by the main character, a young female Hawaiian monk seal called Ka’iwi. Born on August 11, 2011, and a very popular seal with the locals, Ka’iwi belongs to a critically-endangered species of seals. Using real life photos in a simple manner, Zeenat explains the Hawaiian monk seal's main habits and outlines a few simple steps we all can take to help protect this fragile marine mammal.
"Everything we do ripples through time," J.P. believes. We leave ourselves and what we do behind as footsteps in life.
As a Science Fiction author and Researcher, J.P. focuses on space travel, the precarious laws that govern space-time, and issues relating to space travel, exploration, and colonization of Mars and exoplanets. J.P. most recently was a top finalist for the Patrick D. Smith award through the Brevard Library Foundation.
She has written ten novels, mostly science fiction: from exploring Mars in her book Cosmic Rift, to space-folding to an ancient alien world in the following books: First Communication; Battlefield Matrix; and, Astrocity Sagan. She has won several awards, including the prestigious Rupert Hughes' Award at the seminal Maui Writers Conference for her sci-fi novel, The Matter Stream, which she is transforming into her Nelta Series. She won First Place for her play, The Man Next to Me, subsequently published in the San Diego Writer's Monthly magazine. Her new collection of short stories, Commuter Collection, is now available for your reading pleasure as well as her sci-fi short story collection, Pareidolia.
Nicholas Taylor, author of The Long Game, is a graduate of the University of Missouri and The George Washington University. He has worked in Aerospace, Military Contracting, and Academia. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East for work and pleasure. He is currently retired and lives with his wife beachside in Florida.
Scott Tilley is the president and founder of the Center for Technology and Society, a professor at Florida Institute of Technology, where he is the Director of the Systems Evolution Lab, president of the Big Data Florida user group, and a Space Coast Writers' Guild Fellow. His books include: