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Participating Authors, Groups, & Publishers in 2018


Kenn Amdahl is best known for writing “funny books on dull subjects.” His first book inspired all the books for Dummies and helped launch the self publishing revolution. His latest novel was a finalist in the 2018 Oregon Book Awards.

Death of MarcellusDan Armstrong graduated from Princeton University in 1972 with a BSE in Aerospace Engineering and has been a free-lance writer since 1980. He has self-published eight novels and a collection of short stories through his website Mud City Press.

A. Lynn Ash is the author of two solo camping memoirs and a memoir about growing up in Eugene, Oregon in post-WWII. Currently working on Dark Canyon Diary, a third camping memoir.

Ken Babbs will be selling his Vietnam novel, Who Shot the Water Buffalo, all about a Marine helicopter squadron in ’62 and ’63. See also his new chapbook, “We Were Arrested” featuring adventures with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.

baoding (2)Lee Barckmann a former IT consultant, and China expat is the author of two highly praised novels. “… depiction of time and place and character that rivals more classic tales of flawed individuals” or “a fast-paced, sharp-turning plot…”

C. Steven Blue, producer, publisher, poet, performer, has six published books, has been published in twelve countries, interviewed on television, radio and literary publications, both in print and online, hosts a monthly literary series at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Eugene, Oregon.

Jan Boal is a registered psychiatric nurse. She is an inspirational speaker, founder and facilitator of workshops. Jan resides with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and is always interested in ways of expressing herself as a steward of the planet.

51Lkay9-J7L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_Connie Strome Bradley spent 50 years in nursing and administration. She was recognized as “First Citizen” of Florence, OR for community involvement. Snowball, the Nanny Goose of Sutton Lake, LuLu, the Dancing Snail and Madge and Bill, Barn Owlets are illustrated by Carol Unser.

Patsy Brookshire lives on the Oregon Coast, all three of her books are located in Oregon. She has a new book that is primarily poems and prose inspired by the Oregon coast. Patsy hopes to see you at the Festival.

Douglas Card is a retired University of Oregon sociology instructor and author of “From Camas to Courthouse, Early Lane County History,” 2008. He served as Lane County Chair of the 1996 Applegate Trail Sesquicentennial and contributed historical material to “Long Tom Watershed Assessment,” 2000.

Melody Carlson is one of the most prolific novelists of our time. With more than 200 novels published, and book sales topping seven million, she’s received numerous national writing awards. She makes her home in Central Oregon.

G. A. Cockerham has several published books including Murder On The Oregon Coast, the first in her murder mystery series. Bruce Cockerham is the author’s technical consultant for the law-enforcement theme, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Leslie Compton began writing as a teenager, receiving second prize for her submission to “Seventeen” magazine. As a teacher, she has created numerous courses and workbooks. Dearest Minnie, a Sailor’s Story is her first published work on the Great White Fleet.

H. S. Contino is the author of Shipwrecks of Coos County and Shipwrecks of Curry County. She gained her appreciation for history from her grandfather, who owned an antiques shop. Contino is a proud U. S. Army veteran.

Kristi L. Cramer writes about hard-working people living realistic lives. Her heroes are cowboys and outlaws, her heroines are tough cops and social outcasts. She puts ordinary people into extraordinary situations, and lets them discover true character in the face of danger.

Ryan J. Cunningham discovered his passion for writing poetry and children’s stories at an early age. His poetry and stories have been published in anthologies and magazines. Ryan presently resides in Coos Bay, Oregon where he spends time hiking and with family.

Kurt Cyrus is a writer and illustrator of many picture books for young children, and also some middle grade books. Subjects range from bugs to dinosaurs, from bones to bricks, and from trucks to whales on stilts.

Diane DeVillers is from Eugene and the author of “The Eve Chronicles.” The book is a fictionalized memoir about moving to Oregon wand working in the Wallowa Mountains doing timber inventory. “From the Waters of Coyote Springs” is the first of three books in the series.

Laura Doyle has been writing since she was a little girl and she is passionately dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of both children and adults. She has written My Child, As You Grow Older for anyone and everyone.

C. Edwin (Ed) Fender retired in 2011 to refocus his writing skills on novels and memoirs. He has written two memoirs, two adventure novels and one children’s book. He lives in Eugene and has a seaside cottage in Yachats.

fisherJanet Fisher will present her Nancy Pearl Book Award Finalist The Shifting Winds, a historical novel of the Oregon frontier, and A Place of Her Own, a true story about her pioneer great-great-grandmother, both published by Globe Pequot Press/TwoDot.

IMG_1914Judy Fleagle co-founder of FFOB, has written Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges, The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans, Around Florence, and Devil Cat and Other Colorful Animals I Have Known. The Oregon Coast Guide to the UNEXPECTED is due out Fall 2018.

Michael Foster has authored a series of fictional historic novels, the Wakanisha series, that follow the lives of one family of Lakota Sioux circa 1865 to present. He also published Tangent, An Unusual Romance and Through Time a collection of short stories

Louise Fugate is the author of a two-book series: The Testimony of Christ in the Old and New Testaments. Book one is A Shadow of Good Things to Come and book two is The King is Coming.

Elizabeth King Gerlach is an author and publisher who lives in Eugene, OR. Her books on autism received awards from the Autism Society of America, and her writing has been featured in many national publications and help teach children about autism.

Leigh Goodison is the author of Renascence, Wild Ones, The Jigsaw Man and Limboland (the St. Augustus Chronicles medical thriller series), and two nonfiction titles. Her articles, essays, short stories and poetry have appeared in publications across North America.

Suzanne Grant writes mystery novels that capture life in interesting Oregon settings. History and romance are woven with a cast of unique characters to take the reader on an enthralling sleuthing adventure.

N. J. Hanson specializes in horror and speculative fiction. He started taking is writing seriously in high school and published his first book at twenty-four. At the beginning of a long career, he still has much to write.

John Herbst is a is a local novelist with three published books: Destination Unknown:the Rogue life of Jake Messiner, Tales from the Mountain, and More Tales from the Mountain.

Linda Johansen is an artist who makes blank journals and art books and covers them with commercial and hand dyed fabric. She has also authored 7 fabric art books through C&T Publishing.

Denise Kawaii is a woman of many names (she writes under more than one pen-name these days), who wears many hats. A lover of stories, she enjoys mixing fact with fiction, and seeing what comes out in the end.

Aline LaForge is the author of historical fiction book Hooked by the Stars, which weaves together ancient and modern stories with an unlikely hero, Pueo, the owl. Follow the adventures of two girls as they seek aloha across time and the Pacific Ocean.

Ron Lovell, a magazine journalist, taught journalism at Oregon State for 24 years. He writes two series: the Thomas Martindale Mysteries about a crime-solving college professor, and the Lorenzo Madrid Mysteries about an Oregon immigration attorney. His newest novel is Dangerous Decisiones.

AUTHORS, contd.

Mary-Kate Mackey is an award-winning writer and author of Write Better Right Now—The Reluctant Writer’s Guide to Confident Communication and Self-assured Style. If the act of writing is challenging, but you have to do it—this is the book you need.

Tracy L. Markley is a nationally recognized fitness specialist and author of The Stroke of An Artist, The Journey of A Fitness Trainer and A Stroke Survivor; Tipping Toward Balance; and Young At Brain. Tracy is on the MedFit Education Foundation’s Education Advisory Board.

James D. McComb is a writer of literary fiction. The Cold Line Crosses, a novel, has recently been re-published and will be available at the Florence Festival of Books. The Junk of Chance, soon to be published, will continue the trilogy.

Sherrie McCorkle  “Unforgiveness is a destructive force in the lives of all humanity.  Hidden Unforgiveness by Sherrie McCorkle provides a biblically based list and discussion of reasons why learning to forgive one another is vital to our spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.”

Joshua Mertz is the son of a rocket scientist and a word-savvy mother. Poetry books include “Squids Got Nothin’,” a collection of humorous poetry, and “First And Last Wishes,” a collection of more serious poems, and more.

Ron Miner “combines his father’s writings and interviews with WWII veterans to craft a loving tribute to the young men who fought in WWII…He does his father and other WWII veterans proud.”- Publishers Weekly.

Tara Moore is the author of The Eye Thief. Based on a true story, the novel features a family battling a doctor trafficking in children’s corneas. True Tales of The Tooth Fairy encourages children to take care of their teeth.

Vanessa Newman wrote her first novel at age eight, but it did not receive parental nor peer approval. She dared to write again after college. In 2015, she chose to focus on creative writing and self-published six children’s stories and two novels.

Karen D. Nichols’ new book Here, There, Gone is here. Set in Oregon, all books contain: dog story, love story, intriguing endings: Thornton House, Unexpected Gift, Second Chance Heart, Triumph Over Fear, Moral of the Story, Roots of an Oak.

Richard Nordahl has lived in the Pacific Northwest since early childhood and since his retirement as a sawmill/carpenter workers. Trapper Fred & The Indian Girl is his latest writing. Carolyn Nordahl has lived in the Florence area since 1952 and has written some of her memories of her childhood in her book Grandma’s Window Shade, many of them from her days in the Siuslaw School system. All illustrations from the Nordahl books were illustrated by Carolyn.

Dorothea Wollin Null says: What I want most for my story to convey is that the Lord led me through the trials and tribulations of my life in order that I could find meaning, joy, and

Sally Sherwood Rash is the author of “Sally’s Silly Small Step System,” an adaptation of an award-winning speech at Toastmaster’s International Speech Contest. Sally’s second book is a memoir “Peonies by the Privy.”

Claudia Schwalm is the author/ illustrator of three books for young readers: Being Bilingual is Fun!, Penguins Can, and Zack the Rabbit Who Didn’t Like Carrots!. All of these publications are illustrated with full color photos taken by Ms. Schwalm.

Heather Curry Self is an almost-native of Oregon residing in Portland. She is a lifelong reader and writer, and has both published and won awards for her poetry. When she’s not pounding away on her keyboard, she might be found at one of Portland’s many brewpubs.

Kara Skye is a published children’s picture book author-illustrator and also has a line of chapter books under the indie name: Fae-tality Publishing. She is the illustrator of a line of wildlife-themed coloring books for kids, teens and adult naturalists; and she is working on a new book.

Bill Sullivan Oregon’s bestselling author, Sullivan has written 22 books about Oregon travel, history, adventure, hiking, and mystery. This year he released an updated version of “100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast Range” and published the third in his series of Oregon murder mysteries.

Lori Tobias is the author of the novel Wander, winner of 2017 Nancy Pearl Book Award for literary fiction. A journalist of many years, she lives on the Oregon Coast with her husband Chan and rescue pups Luna and Monkey.

Dr. Muabilai Tshionyi writes books of African Folktales for all ages. The author captures on paper the traditional folktales he grew up listening to in his childhood country of Congo. These folktales are presented in vivid narrative and vibrant illustrations.

David Turner writes about local history in central Lane County. Turner’s books include “Along the Long Tom River: Observations of the Past and Present,” 2017 and “Eugene,” a Photo History from 1870 through the 1970s, 2013.


James A. Tweedie has written and published 10 books including a 4-part fiction series based on “Mike Maurison–Private Eye” (“I Want My MoMA,” “To Have and to Hold,” “Treasure Hunt,” & “Smoke and Mirrors”), a collection of short stories, and more.


Francesca G. Varela lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She recently received her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, and she is the author of three novels—Call of the Sun Child, Listen, and The Seas of Distant Stars.

Karla Von Huben is a California transplant who put her own spin on classic Christmas tales in her “Youngest Elf” book series. She’s currently at work on “Henry, the Bookstore Cat,” featuring a kitten struggling to control his often-wonky magic.

Diana Weinberger has led an adventurous life, from her days with YWAM and Mercy Ships, to her career as a court reporter and in prison ministry. She and her husband Larry live in Southern Idaho with their dogs, Sophie and Sienna.

Bob Welch is a longtime R-G columnist, founder of the Beachside Writers Workshop and author of more than 20 books, including the just-released “The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York).

Kari Wergeland is a librarian and writer. She moved to Oregon at the age of 14 and eventually attended the University of Oregon, where she earned a BA in English. She also holds an MLS and an MFA in creative writing.

Tami Whitmore has been writing books all of her life, but was published for the first time in 2014. Her children’s books focus on the Long Beach Peninsula and include a book about birds, beach safety rules, coloring books, a book of things commonly found at the beach, and the true story of a dog who lives on a cranberry bog.

Bob Williams has pastored churches on the West Coast and in the South. The Perils and Parables of Pastor Preechet is about a western pastor who takes a church in the south. Western ways soon collide with southern culture.

Bob Welch is a longtime R-G columnist, founder of the Beachside Writers Workshop and author of more than 20 books, including the just-released The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution (Skyhorse Publishing, New York).

Jennifer Dalen Wolfe: I am an artist and author of mostly children’s books. I currently have six self-published stories about my son: Lawrence and His Crayons. I hope you choose to visit my booth and introduce yourself!

George Byron Wright is the author of a six novels rooted in the northwest: Baker City 1948, Tillamook 1952, Roseburg 1959, Driving to Vernonia, Newport Blues, and In the Wake of Our Misdeed. His seventh novel, I Am Ned Pine, is nearing publication.


Siuslaw School District Writers: The Siuslaw School District Anthology is a combination of stories and illustrations written by children and adults connected to the Siuslaw School District.


First Steps Publishing has years of publishing and design experience and, being authors ourselves, we’ve been on both sides of the fence. Our team of professional editors, designers and marketing experts work closely with our authors to ensure each project receives the attention needed to build a solid foundation.

GladEye Press is a publishing company in Springfield, OR specializing in regional non-fiction and fiction titles. Our FFOB authors are Sharleen Nelson: The Time Tourists a rollicking thriller with time travel. Patricia Brown: A Recipe for Dying is her debut in a mystery series set on the Oregon coast. Julie Bolkan brings her charming memoir Teaching in Alaska: What I Learned in the Bush.

unnamedLuminare Press offers a one-stop shop to meet all your self-publishing goals. Our services include book design and layout, custom covers, editing, distribution, marketing, promo packages and more. We’re fast, friendly and affordable and we produce first-class books.

Picture1Maple Creek Press, formerly Pacific Publishing, has been designing publishing fine books since 2007. Maple Creek is a full-service book publishing company located on the central Oregon coast. Published works range from historical, architectural, art, children’s, poetry, hunting and trapping, how-to, inspirational and memoir.


Port HolePort Hole Publishing was founded in 2000 by author Ellen Traylor as a means to reissue her own books after she procured rights from her former publishers. Over the years Ellen was approached by other authors who had projects, and in 2009, the demand and interest had grown to the point where she could no longer refuse. Presenting authors with a message…Port Hole Publishing is proud of the writers who have entrusted us with their priceless words and vision. Port Hole authors represented at this year’s Florence Festival of Books are Carol Gunderson, Ned Hickson, Robert Joe Saia, Sharity Saia, and Ellen Gunderson Traylor.  

Watchtower, Bible, & Tract Society The Watchtower has a circulation larger than any other magazine in the world. Each issue has a print run of more than 42 million copies. Awake! is second, with a circulation of 41 million copies each issue. Learn more at

mi1_838Stone Ring Press Edwin Wollert publishes novels under his two pseudonyms. Dale Geraldson has written Dreamers of the Grail, about the Arthurian legends and featuring a female Galahad. D. T. Kizis offers Packs, about backpackers and wolves and their encounters in Alaska.