Cavalcade of Authors this year.
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Zahn was born and raised in the Chicago area. He earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Michigan in 1973 and an M.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1975. Zahn began writing science fiction in 1975 as a hobby. In 1978, he sold his first
Since he was quite young, Rick Yancey knew he wanted to be a writer. After earning a degree in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Rick returned to his native Florida to pursue a career in the arts. While teaching part time and dabbling in the theater, he decided to
When Jim Whiting’s seventh grade PE class ran a 100-yard dash, Jim finished dead last among more than 60 boys. A few years later, Jim discovered that he had some talent for running. So if he ever wins the lottery he plans to track down everyone and re-run the race.
Robin Wasserman decided to be a writer when she realized no one would pay her to be a reader. (She was 7.) Since then, she’s written the Cold Awakening trilogy, the Chasing Yesterday trilogy, Hacking Harvard, several Star Wars and Pokémon books, and the Seven Deadly Sins series, which was
Stephen Wallenfels served as a contributing editor to Club Business International magazine, a leading fitness trade journal, since 1989. During that time he has written over 50 feature articles, columns and interviews with leaders in the health and fitness industry. While Stephen enjoys journalistic writing, his first love is fiction. He
Terry Trueman was born on December 15, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, but grew up in Seattle. He attended the University of Washington, where he received his B.A. in creative writing. He also has an M.S. in applied psychology and an M.F.A. in creative writing, both from Eastern Washington University. The
I live on an island. I eat chocolate every single day. The worst job I ever had was chopping up buckets of squid at the Seattle Aquarium. The best job I ever had is the one I have now—writing books. My favorite writer is Roald Dahl. And, YES, that’s a
Renee Riva writes humorous stories with a message, for both children and adults. Having been raised in a large Italian family with a great sense of humor, she has much to draw from for developing quirky characters. A former greeting-card verse writer and popular speaker, Renee has two published picture
Deborah Reber has authored a number of books for teens, including Chill: Stress Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You (Simon Pulse, April 2008), In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers (Simon Pulse, 2007), the teen self-help series Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal
Ridley Pearson likes to climb trees – really tall trees – in his spare time. He says he’s lucky not to have too much spare time! He also plays in a rock and roll band with some other authors which has gotten him on stage with Bruce Springsteen, among others.
David Patneaude finally heeded the advice, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood,” and began writing seriously (more or less) in the mid 1980’s. His first novel, Someone Was Watching, was published in 1993. His books have been placed on more than thirty state young readers’ lists and
Blake Nelson was a great builder of forts as a boy. He preferred backyard tree forts but was not above building the occasional underground fort, (digging a hole and putting a board over it), the back of the garage fort (under dad’s workbench), or the old classic: the kitchen table
Ben Mikaelsen is winner of the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writer’s Golden Spur Award. His novels have been nominated to and have won many State Readers Choice awards. These novels include Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, Touching Spirit Bear, Red Midnight, Tree Girl
Arthur T. Lee started writing creatively when he was six years old. When his first book, a 1-page story entitled The Rainbow Goes to Japan, was chosen to go to the local Young Author’s Conference, writing became much more than an assignment. Says he, “It was clear to me then—while
I was born in 1952 in Berkeley, California. I lived in the Bay Area until I was five, by which time I had three younger siblings. In 1958 we moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where my parents continued to produce offspring. I now have four brothers and two sisters.
When Lorie Ann Grover grew to be six feet tall, everyone knew male dancers in the ballet company would have a hard time lifting her off the floor. Instead of plies and pirouettes, she now Repulses the Monkey, becomes the White Tiger Who Plays With Tail and stands as the