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J.DURSKY Jdursky@hotmail.com

My goal in life is to entertain and inspire people through my writing. I write interactive fiction.  Inspired by the “which way” books I read as a kid, the Fallen book series is that plus more.  .  I love telling stories and I write with passion, writing what I would ultimately love to read.

JACQUELINE WINTERS

Jacqueline Winters writes contemporary romantic suspense, set in small Nebraskan towns like the one she grew up in. She’s a sucker for happily ever after’s, has a sweet tooth that can be sated with cupcakes, and believes sangria was possibly the best invention ever. Website: http://jacquelinewintersromance.com/

JACQUE LIEGH

Jacque’s first writing was a group of short stories, compiling a memoir.  One; a tale of a family Sunday afternoon drive, was printed in the Des Moines Sunday Register, in a column that featured memories of life in the 1950s.“Roots Through Time” is her first novel, that started as a fiction story of the life of her Great-grandfather and his family.

JAN WALTERS jan.walters@ebtmarketsolutions.com

Jan Walters lives in Warren County with her husband. Jan has four generations of men on the DMPD. With her love of the paranormal, Jan created the ‘Ghost and a Cop Series’. ‘York Street’ is the first book in the series released in 2014. ‘Red Sunset Drive’, will be released in 2016. The series focuses on a different paranormal killer in each book. Her first novel, ‘Believe’, is a time-travel romance set in Victorian England.

 

 

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MATTHEW DAVENPORT

 lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his beautiful wife, Ren. He spends his time writing, reading, and working to promote and support
writing communities in Iowa through his company Davenport Writes, LLC. You can keep track of Matthew through his twitter account @spazenport.
You can follow his blog at http://davenportwrites.com

 

KELINA KILTS Kellina Kilts was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Norwalk High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in business. Her passion for writing did not reveal itself until at age 27. She attributes Star Wars: Return of the Jedi for inspiring her novel Angel of Hell. She currently lives in Mason City, Iowa with the youngest of her three children.

 

JEANNE MARTZ

Jeanne Martz, a graduate of Iowa State University, has a love for Iowa, the rural Midwest, and small town American life, which fueled the writing of The Creekers, a collection of short stories (published 2013) and her new novel, The Women of Swenson Farm set in Story County, Iowa. Jeanne lives in Pleasant Hill, Iowa with her husband Jim, and other family nearby. 

 

RICKY DRAGONI  rickydragoni@yahoo.com

I’m originally from Puerto Rico but have spent half of my life in Iowa.  My favorite authors include Edgar Allan Poe and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  My books are based on reality but sprinkled with a good dose of faerie dust.  I hope my books can be entertaining but also thought provoking.

 

 

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BIRDIE HAWKS ajsfcng7@netins.net Romance

Birdie Hawks is from Iowa and has been married for 36 years. She is retired from the Iowa Army National Guard and as a federal technician. She has two sons, 12 grandkids and 3 great grandkids.

GRACE AUGUSTINE 

Internationally known Amazon best-selling author, Grace Augustine, grew up in Northern Montana. She considers herself a Jill of most trades. She is the mother of two adult sons and a 2 yr old cat named Bou. Grace makes her home in Hiawatha, Iowa and can be reached at graceau57@gmail.com

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EMILY WHITAKER emilyewhitaker@gmail.com

Emily Whitaker studied Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and at Circle in the Square Theatre School. She wrote Benvolio to introduce Shakespeare to young adult readers. Emily Whitaker sticks to the original plot as seen through Benvolio’s eyes while showing the unfounded belief that love will conquer all.

 

JULES DIXON www.julesdixon.com

Fuzzy sock collector, martini connoisseur, and dandelion lover, author Jules Dixon writes contemporary romance, including the Triple R Series of five New Adult romance titles, and the Cherry County Cowboys series of male/male cowboy contemporary romance, including titles Spurs, Chaps, and Whips. You can find Jules at www.amazon.com/Jules-Dixon/e/B00PUSNF90/.

 

 

 

Music and Food

Josh Sinclair (formerly of Little Mojo & Hollywood Burnout).  Some of Josh’s past credits include multiple song placements in film & television, various national tours, as well as signing 3 different record deals including a developmental deal with Universal Motown.

Again our stomachs are grateful to have Ott’s Asian Cuisine of Polk City serving their wonderful Asian food during Iowa Author Fest.

United Nations Catering Tarell Wilson has joined us.

 

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KAREN CARR  www.karenmcarr.vpweb.com

Karen’s new book published in January 2016 is Mystery at Burr Oak: A Dog Named Wang. It is a cozy mystery/romance inspired by her mother’s dog, Wang.  Another children’s book, she wrote with her 6 year old granddaughter, is currently in the publishing process (What Is That Strange Noise?).  She continues to work on a tween chapter book series and a historical Christian romance.

JOYCE KNOCKS

Retired educator and a “newbie author” of two children’s books. Active with tennis, duplicate bridge, flower gardening and community volunteering. Recently read her book “I am NOT dumb and I am NOT a stinky butt!” to 2000+ Des Moines elementary students.   jmbknock@q.com.

WENDY SIEFKEN

wendyand charlessifken@yahoo,com

Wendy Siefken (1966-Present) currently is a stay at home mom who works on writing stories and marketing the published books. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends. This all started as a school project for her youngest son and business partner, Charles Siefken, which has grown into a desire to be published.

CHARLES SIEFKEN (1992-present) is a recent graduate Automotive Tech School. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading science fiction books and playing video games among other things. Christopher Paolini was his inspiration to become a writer.

 

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J.C. HAMM  hamboart.jc@gmail.com

Emerging from the dark world of drugs, abuse, and  domestic violence, Because of Me, is a story about starting over and the lessons learned from past mistakes.

SUE RAYMOND

http://sueraymondladylaindora.wordpress.com

Lady Laindora dwells in the imagination of author  Sue Raymond. There many tales are spun of adventure with dragons, wizards, knights, and  spells. Lady Laindora’s first  novel  is Healer of Surflex. Sue writes crime  murder mystery DeBois series and a drama novel Resin La Rock. Five children books loom in the future.

ANN MORRIS http://www.authorannmorris.com

Writing is both a method of communication and a means of expression. When I write children’s books in English and Spanish, I am not only writing learning experiences for children, but the books also serve as motivational learning for those studying the respective languages.