B. A. Hughes, author of Glimm, A Glimpse of Light Found, is a short story writer from Greenville, Ohio, mother of six children, and grandmother of thirteen. As a homeschooling pioneer in the 1980s, Hughes schooled her own children during the early years of their education. She earned her bachelor's degree the same year her firstborn graduated from high school. In addition, she wrote parenting curricula for local courts and served as a substitute teacher for public schools for nearly 20 years.

Barbara Wood Polak is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and a graduate of Miami University. She is a former elementary school teacher and resident of several other states. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and soon-to-be great-grandmother. Boomerang Lies is her first novel.

Linda Hart is the author of the reference book Thesaurus of the Senses, a tool for writers, students, teachers, and word lovers. She is a technical editor, writer, and word collector from Ohio. Linda has a bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry and master’s degrees in biochemistry, journalism, and library science.

Kerry George is the author of the novel Black Damp Century, a historical account of the coal mining families and feuds of the 2oth Century. He is a retired Federal Coal Mine Inspector and a graduate of Ohio University. He resides in Adena, Ohio, with his wife, Christine.

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The University of Dayton Writers' Group is a long-standing group of authors from southwestern Ohio who meet at the University of Dayton's Lifelong Learning Institute. They are the authors of Anthology of Christmas Memories and Anthology of Tragedies and Triumphs.

Mollie C. Cain, author of the novel Keys to the Cages (2013), is a native of Ohio, educator, and historian. She writes with detailed research. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines. She lives with her husband and divides her time between Ohio and Florida.

Faye E. Duncan, author of Seasons of Life, a collection of poetry, photography, and essays, began her writing career in the early 1960's when she started jotting down poems as they came to mind, often writing quick lines with soap-suds hands. She has been married to her husband Ron for 61 years, has three sons, a daughter, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Faye is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Dayton, Ohio. She served 17 years as a teaching aide for Kettering City Schools, assisting mentally challenged children. She enjoys oil painting, needlepoint, and making her own patterns for her counted cross-stitch creations. Seasons of Life is her first published work.

Don Peacock is the author of A Peacock Speaks, a short story collection (2013). Peacock was born in Indiana and received a B.S. Degree in Physics from Tulane University in New Orleans. He worked as a physicist for the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. After retiring, creative writing courses taken at the University of Dayton led to these fiction short stories.

Mary Osweiler Powers, author of the genealogy book From Bethlehem to the Boiling Fork, was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. After a stint as a research chemist at the Mound Laboratory in Miamisburg, Ohio, she raised three children, while earning her Master of Science in Education from Wright State University and her PhD from the University of Dayton. She reentered the paid workforce as a teacher, psychologist, counselor and supervisor in area schools, qualifying as a field genealogist for the Daughters of the American Revolution after her retirement. Ground support for her research and literary flights has been enthusiastically provided by her husband of over fifty years, James Powers.


Judith Craig Fryman, author of It's a Sweet Thing: Candy Break, The Taste of Homemade Goodness, has been the founding owner and manager of Candy Break Sweet Shop for over 33 years. A proud graduate of Northridge High School, Judith continued her education at Sinclair Community College and Light University. In addition to working for City Loan, Dayton Daily News, Chick-Fil-A, and Sinclair Community College, she has been an avid volunteer in her church. Currently, she is a member of Wright Writers Group in Dayton, Ohio, and has published two other books.