WWA 2014 Spring Conference
May 2-3, 2014

Author Registration: Registration form is here.

About the Author: Rodney Schroeter grew up in Sheboygan County on a farm. He aspired to become a comic book writer and artist. For a few years in the 1970s and 80s, he drew a comic strip for his hometown, weekly newspaper, called The Weirdo. He collected these strips and self-published them in two comic books. Rodney decided to give up drawing and concentrate on writing. He moved back to Sheboygan county in 2006 with his wife of 25 years.

About their Work: Wrote, drew and self-published four comic books. Did freelance reporting for local newspaper. Wrote various articles and pieces of short fiction. Wrote an article on Norman Pettingill, north Wisconsin cartoonist. Wrote a short novel featuring the Park Avenue Hunt Club, a group of crime-fighters. Wrote articles analyzing the comics work of Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man. Wrote the comic book Human Interest Stuff, published by the WWA Press. Edited and graphically designed the WWA Press anthology, A Wisconsin Harvest Vol. II.

About the Author: As an industrial designer, Ed Abell drew pictures for most of his career. When promotions pulled him from the drawing board the pen would replace the brush as a creative tool. Ed has written about many of his climbing/trekking adventures including; Mt. Fuji, Mt Kilimanjaro and crossing the Grand Canyon rim to rim.

About their Work: At once a trek to the highest peak on Earth and the deepest place of the heart, My Father's Keep captures the experience that all adult children share: the pain ans suffering of growing up in the chaos of alcoholism and the dogged belief that they can-and must-somehow save their affixed parents from their torment. As a child Ed vows that one day he and his father will see the Himalaya together-a vow he kept twelve years after his father's death. My Father's Keep is a story of hope for healing of our most complicated family relationships through understanding, compassion, and forgiveness, peace for ourselves despite our inability to save our loved ones from the ravages of addiction, and strength for the arduous yet enriching journey.

About the Author: Dave Gourdoux is a lifelong resident of the state of Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The Midwest Prairie Review and Left of the Lake magazine. He is a featured contributor to the arts oriented website www.2ndFirstLook.com and maintains his own web site, “Drivel by Dave,” www.djgourdoux.com. He leads a local Parkinson’s disease support group, and volunteers as a tutor for adult literacy. He is a member of the board of directors of the Kenosha Writers Guild. Ojibway Valley is his first novel.

About their Work: In the wooded rolling hills and farms of rural northwest Wisconsin, the presence of the past is felt as acutely as the warmth of the summer sun or the chill of the wintry wind. Traces of it can still be seen in the crumbling barns of deserted farms and the rotting foundations of abandoned logging camp bunkhouses. "Ojibway Valley" is about a fictional community in the heart of this setting, and chronicles the lives of people, largely forgotten now, who have either directly or indirectly shaped the present. It tells the stories of Native Americans, farmers, eccentrics, drunks, and the refugees and exiles who came to the valley in hope of either eradicating or memorializing their own tragic pasts. It tells of the undiscovered secrets they carry with them, and stories about love lost and found, about heartbreak and triumph. There are murders, horrific accidents, tornadoes, blizzards, and foreign wars that they must endure as they intersect and collide in the hills and woods and fields, the ridges and the rivers, the farms and small towns. Spanning the 20th century through the first decade of the 21st, "Ojibway Valley" is about how the past shapes the present. It’s about deceptively simple people dealing with complex issues of love and death and loneliness. More than anything, it is about people and a setting that somehow endure

About the Author: Lisa Lickel is a multi-published award-winning and best-selling author, newspaper features, short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. Editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine, Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new authors. Find her at LisaLickel.com

About their Work: Lisa Lickel is the author of the Buried Treasure cozy mystery series, romance, and inspirational fiction. She has also written a series of creative historical books for early readers based on true events, one of which won a Jade Ring in 2013.

About the Author: Nicholas Dettmann has emerged as one of the country's top journalists as he is an 11-time award-winning writer and the only two-time finalist for Penn State University's Excellence in Youth Sports Coverage, which nationally recognizes the best sports writing, covering youth sports. Dettmann's writing style reflects that of Mitch Albom and John Grisham, two writers he admires, a heavy and intense narrative.

About their Work: Nicholas Dettmann's novel, "A Life Worth Dreaming About," is his debut novel and was an Author House bestseller, reaching No. 2 on its chart. The story is about a man who is afforded a rare second chance at life, even though he may not have deserved it. It is the ultimate redemption story, said one reader.

About the Author: Doug Welch wrote and edited newspapers in Southern Wisconsin for more than thirty years, most recently as editor of his hometown weekly newspaper in Milton. Along the way, he’s garnered numerous awards for column and editorial writing as well as news and sports reporting. His weekly “Welch’s Grapevine” column was a popular staple of the Milton community’s reading diet for more than two decades. An avid baseball and softball player his entire adult life, Welch managed Milton’s town ball baseball team, the Milton Junction Pub Raptors, into the Rock River League championship series in 2012 and 2013. He was named Rock River League South Division 2012 Manager of the Year. Welch resides in Milton with his wife, Jean, and daughter, Lauren. The Ashippun Trap, A Novel of Baseball and the Milwaukee Braves Final Season was published January 30 by Black Rose Writing, Texas. The novel is Welch’s first crack at fiction, though some long-time readers of his editorials and news stories will argue he’s been making things up for many years.

About their Work: Milton, Wisconsin’s Doug Welch fused a thirty-year journalism career with his lifelong association with baseball to spin a yarn about amateur ball hustlers and the final summer of the Braves in Milwaukee. The Ashippun Trap, Welch’s first novel, touches two stories Welch has lived and researched. It explores the gritty, unheroic existence of amateur ball players, intertwining the book’s fictional characters with real-life Major Leaguers to recreate for the first time in novel form, the unique story of the Braves’ final season in Milwaukee.

About the Author: Nicolette Pierce was raised in Hartland, Wisconsin and currently lives in Jackson, Wisconsin. Born a chronic daydreamer, she muddled through school never knowing her destination. She then went on to get a degree in Television and worked for PBS and Fox news. Still muddling along, she took a step off the path and became an accountant. Odd step? Yes, she knows. Ten years later, the path shifted. Nicolette never thought she would write a novel until one day in June, 2011 she read a book that would change her life. She found her "writer's voice". And while she still works as an accountant, she has written six novels and currently writing her seventh.

About their Work: My work could be considered Woman Sleuth or Romantic Suspense. I have two series, both staring women who solve mysteries, and they have man problems that aren't so easily solved.

About the Author: B.C. Brown is a short, tan-haired biped living in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

About their Work: Spot's Parking Lot is a children's picture book wherein a terrier considers alternative uses for parking spaces

About the Author: Janet Kay is the author of several historical fantasy fiction novels, WATERS OF THE DANCING SKY and AMELIA 1868, both of which have earned excellent reviews. She lives and writes on a pristine lake in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin where she finds inspiration in the lakes and woods that surround her as well as her love of family and friends.

About their Work: Janet Kay specializes in historical fiction with paranormal undertones. She does extensive historical and geographical research to ensure that her settings and time periods are accurate. Her themes include love and loss, the healing power of nature, and life beyond death.

About the Author: Greg Peck is Opinion page editor of The Gazette in Janesville, Wis. A 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he has worked and written for Wisconsin newspapers the past 35 years. He has won a variety of journalism and nonfiction awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Inland Press Association and the Wisconsin Writers Association. He serves on the board of directors of the WWA.

About their Work: In 1927, Johnny Pirkl, a handsome young farmer from a large family in southern Wisconsin, proposed to Hazel Ferguson, only child to a farm family from a neighboring community. Her parents objected because Johnny was Catholic and Hazel was not. What followed this clash of religions was a shocking wedding-night tragedy in Portage that made national news and left both families grieving for decades. The tragedy inspired Zona Gale, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and native of Portage, to write her fictional short story, “Bridal Pond.” In “Death Beyond the Willows,” journalist Greg Peck applies his award-winning skills to weave a story about the family farm and how we’re losing that part of our heritage. The story also involves an old Chevy in the days when roads offered primitive transportation. Peck uncovers startling twists to the religious prejudice at the root of this saga. “Greg Peck’s work is a breath of fresh air,” says Ben Logan, Wisconsin author of “The Land Remembers.” This new edition of “Death Beyond the Willow” includes updates and fresh graphics. An Afterword tells how the book inspired bus tours of key sites and of stunning coincidental stories that emerged and brought this rich history full circle.

About the Author: Christine Keleny runs her own self-publishing company: CKBooks Publishing that offers editing, designing, formatting and writing services. She enjoys sharing the information and skills she has accumulated in the eight years she's been writing and publishing. Christine has written and published 5 novels to date - 4 historical fiction pieces and one memoir, and is about to publish number 6. Her first novel: Rosebloom, won an IPPY award for historical fiction. In her free time she likes to read, watch movies and take walks in the great out there.

About their Work: Christine first three books are a historical fiction trilogy: Rosebloom, A Burnished Rose and Rose From the Ashes. The first books starts in 1936 and tells of a young girl's journey (Rose) after she runs away from her farm home in Crawford County to get a job on a Mississippi river boat. Book II has Rose going to nursing school and her time as an Army nurse in Europe. Book III Rose returns home and the reader learns how she deals with what she has seen and experienced in the war. Christine's 4th book is titled: The Red Velvet Box and is set in 1953. It chronicles a thirteen year old's holiday spent with her forgetful Grandmother. Book number 5 is Living in the House of Drugs and is a memoir of a recovering addict and alcoholic who befriended Christine and her family.

About the Author: LaToya Watson is a Wisconsin resident that is an author of a great book about children who experience different feelings for each color of the rainbow called; “Colors of Feelings”. Her philosophy in life is to always stay true to your heart and soul. She is a radical dreamer, a visionary, and genuine person.

About their Work: Colors of Feelings is a great book about children who experience different feelings for each color of the rainbow.

About the Author: Mary Wagner is a former journalist and soccer mom turned criminal prosecutor and award-winning essayist. Visit the author's website at www.marytwagner.com

About their Work: Trio of national and regional award winning essay collections--Running with Stilettos, Heck on Heels and Fabulous in Flats. Inspiring and empowering slice-of-life essays that resonate and amuse, and prove that "it's never too late to make mid-course corrections."

About the Author: Larry Scheckel grew up on a family farm in the hill country of southwestern Wisconsin, one of nine children. He attended eight years of a one room country school, four years of high school, off to the military for a spell, trained in electronics as a TV broadcast engineer, married, college, and started a teaching career. That career stretched over thirty eight years teaching physics and aerospace science to over four thousand high school students at Tomah, Wisconsin. Larry Scheckel has been named Tomah Teacher of the Year three times, and Presidential Awardee at the state level for six years. He is the recipient of the Tandy Award, Kohl Award, Wisconsin Physics Teacher Award, Health Physics Society Award, Ron Gibbs Award, and Excellence in Science Teaching Award. Larry Scheckel has authored articles for The Science Teacher magazine and The Physics Teacher magazine. He has been a Science Olympiad coach, robotics mentor, organized field trip and star gazing sessions, and gave orientation flights to students. Larry has shared his expertise with teachers at National Science Teacher Association conventions, Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers, and summer workshops. He has given presentations to thousands of adults and students in such venues as Children's Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, Rotary, and conventions. Larry likes to bicycle in the Driftless area of south central Wisconsin, jog on the back roads, fly a Cessna 150 over the verdant countryside, work crossword puzzles, read newspapers, historical books, and trade magazines, and fly radio controlled planes.

About their Work: In Ask a Science Teacher, Scheckel collects 250 of his favorite Q&As. Like the best teachers, he writes so that kids can understand, but he doesn’t water things down—he’ll satisfy even the most inquisitive minds. Topics include: The Human Body • Earth Science • Astronomy • Chemistry • Physics • Technology • Zoology • Music • and that don’t fit into any category With refreshingly uncomplicated explanations, Ask a Science Teacher is sure to resolve the everyday mysteries you’ve always wondered about. You’ll learn how planes really fly, why the Earth is round, how microwaves heat food, and much more—before you know it, all your friends will be asking you!

About the Author: Dale M. Kushner is on the core faculty of The Assisi Institute, a Jungian think-tank in Brattleboro, Vermont and serves as Poetry Editor for The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling. Her most recent poetry collection More Alive Than Lions Roaring was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award at Utah State Press. Her debut novel The Conditions of Love (Grand Central Publishing) has been nominated for the American Library Association’s TLA Lariat Award for Outstanding Adult Fiction in 2013. It has just been released in paperback.

About their Work: In 1953, ten-year-old Eunice lives in the rural backwaters of Wisconsin with her mother, a manicurist and movie star worshipper. Abandoned by her father, Eunice worries that she will share her mother’s fate and become a misfit. When the devoted Sam moves in, Eunice imagines her life will become normal. Through her eyes we see the dissolution of hope when Sam gets kicked out, and she is again alone with her mother. A freak storm precipitates Eunice’s journey away from all things familiar. Rescued by the shaman-like Rose, Eunice’s odyssey continues with a stay in a hermit’s shack and ends with a passionate love affair with an older man. Through her capacity to reject bitterness and revenge and keep her heart open, Eunice saves herself from a doomed life, survives and flourishes.


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