Our Authors

Thomas Belisle

Thomas Belisle leverages his extensive career in the military and aircraft industry to build stories of suspense, action, and intrigue. He has hands-on experience with a wide range of aircraft, weapons and explosives, and feet-on-the-ground time in the Middle East, Europe, the Far East, and Asia. His first novel, Raptor Bloom, was published in April 2020. His second novel, Taking the Dream Spinner, will be ready for release in early summer 2021. He lives with his wife Cathy in Florida. Visit Thomas’ WEBSITE or AMAZON PAGE.

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Sylvia Bigit

Sylvia Bigit authored her first book, Escape from Tyranny: Through a Child’s Eyes, as a memoir of her early childhood living in communist Yugoslavia. Additionally, she has written numerous business articles, press releases, Wikipedia pages, technical user software manuals, and other business-related documents. Prior to writing her book, Sylvia held positions such as VP of Operations, Director of IT Services, Business Manager, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, and Corporate Communications Writer.

Sylvia has a passion for world culture and has traveled extensively to many parts of the world for both business and pleasure. She now lives in the Sunshine State, Florida. Please visit Sylvia’s AMAZON PAGE.

D. Scott Dickinson

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.  Visit Scott’s AMAZON PAGE

Carol Ann Didier

Carol Ann Didier’s passion is the American West and its first Americans. In high school, all her book reports and term papers were about our westward expansion. As an adult she was fortunate enough to visit some of the places she had researched which only fueled her love for Native American lore and caused her to write the book of her heart, APACHE WARRIOR. She has been writing historical romances for 10 years. Her stories are about the taboo love between a Native American male and a white woman in Southwest America in the 1800’s. Visit Carol’s WEBSITE.

Violet Favero

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. 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.

Joanne Fisher

Joanne is a Canadian-Italian-American author who has penned eleven 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. Visit Joanne’s WEBSITE.

Cindy Foley

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. Visit Cindy’s AMAZON PAGE.

Terri Friedlander

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.  Find Terri on AMAZON.

Jay Heavner

Jay Heavner is an award-winning author of nine books, four in the Braddock’s Gold Mystery series, and five 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. You can sign up for Jay’s newsletter or leave comments at jay@jayheavner.com.  Visit Jay on AMAZON.

Betty Whitaker Jackson

Betty Whitaker Jackson writes fiction, memoir, poetry, nonfiction, devotional guides, and anthology pieces. Although she has written for years, retirement from a forty-year career as a secondary language arts teacher has given her the required time to devote to her craft. She has won First Place in the Reader’s Digest Life Rich Memoir Writing Contest, and has published with WestBow Press, Life Rich Publishing, and CreateSpace. She resides in Palm Bay, Florida after living in New York, New Jersey, and Iowa. Visit Betty’s WEBSITE.

Nicholas Kaplan

Nicholas Kaplan, a first-time author, has published several short stories on life events and politics. Now retired, he has written articles and essays for the Brevard Scribblers anthology Driftwood, is a member of The Space Coast Writers Guild, contributed to the anthology PANDEMIC, and has a self-published novel under the nom de plume of Nicholas Taylor titled The Long Game. It is a story of intelligence, espionage, and government corruption. Available on AMAZON.

T.W. “Thom” Lofgren

T.W. Lofgren’s career began as a photographer, passing through a period in construction trades and as a claims adjuster for a major company. His creative writing developed from a challenge set down by his daughter—to explore a talent first discovered in a college creative writing course. His writing style blends satire, reality, and fantasy to make a poignant commentary on today’s critical issues. Visit T.W.’s AMAZON PAGE.

Gene Luke Vlahovic

Gene Luke Vlahovic is of Serbian origin. Born and raised in the former 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 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, and the the Florida Writers Association. You may contact him at brevardauthorssociety@gmail.com.  Visit Gene’s AMAZON PAGE.

Mark Lyons

Mark Lyons 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. Visit Mark’s AMAZON PAGE.

Ashley McGrath

Ashley McGrath is a quality analyst for a call monitoring company. A University of Central Florida alumna, Ashley published her autobiography UnabASHed by Disability (available on Amazon) in 2014. Her writing has appeared in online columns, a disability blog, local publications, and several anthologies. Ashley is a Lifetime Member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild and the coordinator of its Don Argo Award. She lives in Palm Bay, where she is active at her church. Find Ashley on AMAZON.

Zeenat Mian

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. Find Zeenat on AMAZON.

K. Turk Osman

K. Turk Osman currently lives in the mystical land of Florida, where tourists flock to get sunburned and part with their cash. Turk did his undergraduate studies at Wabash College, obtained a Master’s Degree at Drake University, and finished his coursework towards a Ph. D. at Florida Atlantic University. Turk is married to the lovely Robin and has one daughter, Maddy, who is the oldest soul he knows. His writing influences include Tom Robbins, Michael Crichton, and Richard Bach. Find Turk on FACEBOOK.

J.P. Osterman

“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. Osterman 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.  Find J.P. on AMAZON.

Rose Padrick

Rose draws upon her experiences as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother as inspiration for her writing, but especially for her column Rose’s Room, which ran weekly in the Florida Today newspaper for three years. Also, having previously appeared monthly in the Hometown News-Forever Young magazine, Rose’s Room and On the Road with Rose now appear monthly in the Port Saint John Happenings newspaper. Her articles and short stories have appeared in national magazines including Grands, Bark, Woman’s World, Camping Today, and more. Her hilariously helpful book The Absolute Best Way To Make The Holidays Stress Free……….Almost is presently on sale on Amazon as is The Blinks, a children’s book co-written with her brother. Her newest project, Are You Sure I Said I Thought This Was A Good Idea? follows the absolutely true, sometimes dangerous, mostly comical, trials and tribulations of two Florida flatlanders surviving simultaneous mid-life crises on Misty Mountain in North Carolina. Find Rose on AMAZON.

K.J. Pierce

Thanks to her Army Brat upbringing, author K. J. Pierce has an insatiable curiosity for both the world at large and the people who inhabit it. She loves to travel but rarely does, so she combats her “itchy-feet” syndrome by rearranging the furniture. She loves heroines who are misfits and outcasts, and who are stronger than they think. Like many of her favorites, she’s prone to the occasional bout of melodrama and suffers from the not-so-occasional foot-in-mouth disease. She currently lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her cat Dorian Gray, who lives up to his name by striving to be the state’s most prolific lizard serial killer. Yours Truly is her first novel. Find J.P. on AMAZON.

Scott Tilley

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.  Find Scott on AMAZON.

Linda Zern

Linda Zern is the only person to have won the coveted Space Coast Writers’ Guild Don Argo Award twice! Her first award (2018) was for The Gryphon’s Glade. In October 2020 she won her second Argo Award for book 3 in the Strandline Series, Keeping the Strandline.  “Born in Florida, raised on sunshine and bug spray, I read every cereal box I could find and every book I could get my hands on, and when other people’s books ran out, I started writing my own. I write because there can never be too many good books or the people who love them.” Visit Linda’s WEBSITE.

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