Heidi Beckman author of THE DIABETES MOTIVATION BOOK and POCKET CHANGE Home Page
Dr. Heidi Beckman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Educator in Personal Finance. She currently works in the field of health psychology at a large academic medical center. She is passionate about understanding what helps people change so that
they can lead lives that are physically, emotionally, and financially healthy. She has designed and led a number of psychotherapeutic groups that help medical patients optimize their coping and health management. Dr. Beckman writes about the well-tested willpower techniques that enhance motivation. She is excited to help readers find their own unique way to change their habits, one habit at a time.
D. L. Burnett author of IN THE KINGDOM OF DRAGONS: ROSE AND THORNE Home Page
D. L. Burnett grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, wanting to write books like those that made her fall in love with reading. She wrote IN THE KINGDOM OF DRAGONS: ROSE AND THORNE from a love of Dragons, Fairies, and women who strive to make their own destinies.
Sylvia Gilbertson author of THE MUSE Home Page
Sylvia Gilbertson was born in Gary, Indiana. A former civil litigator, she left the practice of law to study medicinal herbs and wild plants, eventually moving to the mountains of northern Italy, where she and her husband raised their family. She is now a freelance legal translator in Madison, Wisconsin. Her short fiction has appeared in Wisconsin People and Ideas, the magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, and Black Heart Magazine.
Jan Levine Thal author of CLEAN TO THE BONE, a Cooper School novel Home Page
Jan Levine Thal began writing fiction in grammar school, once winning a copy of Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man in the Sea as first prize in a contest. Until then, she had no idea that writing might pay off. She awaits further confirmation. In the following decades, she moved to several cities where she wrote for and edited myriad publications. After settling in Madison, WI, she became a radio personality at WORT-FM, penned a popular advice column in the Madison Insurgent, and volunteered for community theater. Numerous of her short plays have been produced by several theater companies. Her feature-length comedic dystopian play, Cassandra’s Gift, was produced in December 2013. She served as president of the Board of Directors of Broom Street Theater, one of the oldest continuously operating experimental companies in the United States, and as Artistic Director for the Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre, which produces work written and directed by women. With degrees from Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she makes her living as the managing editor of an academic journal in economics. She has one son, Jeremy Thal, a French horn player who has performed with The National and Neutral Milk Hotel as well as co-administering Found Sound Nation.
M. J. Jones author of CRIME IN ITS TIME
MJ Jones grew up in Wisconsin and lives there now. She taught college English in the South and Midwest. Her crime fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Scribblers & Ink Spillers, and elsewhere in print and online. Her story “The Witch and the Relic Thief” received Mystery Writers of America’s Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best Short Story (2001).
G. Egore Pitir author of FACE OF OUR FATHER Home Page
G. Egore Pitir grew up near the shores of Lake Michigan, reading too much, writing too little, and ignoring arithmetic altogether. Naturally, he obtained an engineering degree, flew as a fighter pilot, and then got an airline job. Having successfully faced the math demon in college, he decided to conquer the last item on the list and wrote FACE OF OUR FATHER, a novel exploring how today’s clash of cultures reaches into our lives, our marriages, even our beds.