Deborah Dolan Hunt, Children's Author and Professional Speaker

Both of my books address important themes. Same Inside Different Outside is about cultural diversity, the human body, and overcoming fear. The One Eyed Pug is about pet adoption (which could also relate to adopted children), acceptance, love, and overcoming a disability.

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Linda Maria Frank, Author, TV Producer, Speaker

With the introduction of Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda Maria Frank has been launching her career as an author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew mysteries and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to create a new fiction series.

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Eric Heister, Author, Guest Speaker, Art Director, Commissioned Artist, Prop Master, Actor, Paid Photographer, and Voiceover Artist

My book, Instagram Husband, A Guide to Discovering What it Takes to be an Amazing and Perfect Partner for the Rest of Your Entire Life... Oh and a True Hollywood Love Story, is my true Hollywood love story and a salty, self help guide for men. What I want most for reader to get out of this book is the best possible relationship with their other half, and to inspire someone to prepare to be in an amazing relationship, even when all hope is seemingly lost.

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Christina Dorr Ph.D., Professional Author, Speaker, Consultant, Media Specialist, University Faculty

Now many years later I'm in my 30th year in libraries, public, colleges, but mostly schools. The last few have been middle schools, which I'm loving! My education includes a Ph.D. in children's & YA literature/literacy from the Ohio State University (OSU). I'm so proud to have been mentored by both Rudine Sims Bishop and Janet Hickman. It doesn't get any better than that. I've also loved the last 10 years teaching adjunct for OSU and Kent State University. I have the unique experience of having taught from preschool to grad school.

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Diamante Lavendar, Author, Artist, Songwriter

I am an award-winning author of three published books in the genres of inspirational fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. I am also an award-winning artist. I dabble in writing music as well. I write to inspire my readers to find hope, healing and new possibilities in life.

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Michael Daigle, Author, Fiction, Mysteries

Michael Stephen Daigle grew up in the Northeast U.S. from the snowbelt shores of Upstate N.Y. to the woods of Maine and the piers of New Bedford, Mass., all the while writing. He and his family now live in New Jersey.

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Aprel Phelps Downey, Author

Aprel created Frankenpumpess as a way to show children that there is nothing wrong with just being yourself. As a victim of bullying herself, Aprel knows the pain and heartache of not fitting in and wants children to avoid changing who they are just to make that happen.

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Jim Petipas, Author, Illustrator, Musician, and Publisher with Boardwalk Books

Jim has always been creating art. When he was a kid he would often be found drawing cars, animals, or boats. Throughout his teen and college years, he was creating music as a drummer in a local band. After college, he worked in the business field for a few years and then went to seminary.

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Shirley Moulton, M.S., Magic Moon's Author

The author has been close, personal friends with Magic Moon for her entire life. He asked her to write some of his stories, so, naturally, she did. He observed the author as she worked professionally with children (for 35 years), which is a much shorter time than the millions of years he’s been around. His author (and best friend) has a few university degrees (which seem like “next to nothing” compared to his vast knowledge), and he is best buddies with her adult children, grandchildren, and sister (who is his illustrator). In fact, he’s part of her family! He became rather excited when YouTube videos with excerpts of his stories were published, especially as some of his worlds don’t have any technology at all.

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Elizabeth Raum, Children's Author, Educator, Speaker

I want kids to find history and historical characters as fascinating as I do. People in the past were not cardboard figures but real people who were shaped by the time in which they lived. By getting to know the past, we gain a better understanding of the present and can work to create a better future. When talking about animal or weather topics, I focus on the joy of uncovering new facts. Research, no matter the topic, is a treasure hunt!

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Eileen Hobbs, Children's Author

Eileen Hobbs lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She teaches English composition to international students at a nearby university. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family. She grew up in Thailand, where her parents were missionaries.

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Mike Allegra, Children's Author/Professional Speaker

There’s this great little moment in the movie Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade where the young Indy (played by River Phoenix) fails to rescue a historical relic from a group of mercenaries. After Mr. Mercenary snags the relic, he turns to Indy, and showing great respect for the young man, says, “You lost this time, kid. But that doesn’t mean you have to like it.” I love that line.

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