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: 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.