Born on the banks of the Detroit River in an orange crate house next to a pot-belly stove in the cold spring of 1930, Guerrino Amati worked his way through a BA English from Wayne State University and, later, after a stint in the US Army, an MA from the University of Chicago. Associate Editor for Popular Mechanics Magazine in the early sixties, he taught English grammar, rhetoric, literature, logic in City Colleges of Chicago from 1962 to 1995. Amati began writing in 1982, happily enconsed with his wife in an old farm house in rural Crete, just south of Chicago. He has written three novels and eight short stories. With five children -- two daughters, three sons -- this "old man is trying like Hell to get someone to publish his ironic, sardonic take on this most absurd of species."
Jean Blasiar is the award-winning author of the Emmy Budd mystery series for young readers, ages 7 to 13, and the award-winning series “Poor Rich” and “Richer” for young adults. Jean’s previous experience as a playwright and theatrical producer in the Los Angeles area resulted in one of Jean’s plays optioned by Twentieth Century Fox for a pilot.
Fresh out of high school, suppressing his dream to embark on a career in writing, Hans Brinckmann, born in The Hague, joined the Far Eastern staff training program of Nationale Handelsbank, Amsterdam. He was assigned to the bank’s Kobe branch in Japan, eventually rising to Tokyo Branch Manager at age 29.
Anoop Chandola, an American linguist-anthropologist, was raised in a priestly Brahmin family in India near the Nepal-Tibet border. Dr. Chandola, a graduate of the Universities of California-Berkeley and Chicago, has taught Indian literature, culture, and religion at S.V. Patel University, M. S. University of Baroda, University of California-Berkeley, University of Washington-Seattle, University of Texas-Austin, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, Association for Asian Studies, Linguistic Society of America, and Linguistic Society of India. Dr. Chandola, now Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona, lives in Tucson with his wife Sudha. He is a frequent guest lecturer on Hinduism and related religions.
Jim Currie is a Seattle writer and ecologist whose credits include works of fiction, non-fiction, and over twenty publications on natural resource management and biology. He holds an honor's degree from Harvard and a masters from Berkeley. His writing and teaching reflect an interdisciplinary perspective and wide-ranging curiosity in the arts, science, humanities and philosophy.
Helen Doan is a Vietnamese-American writer born in Kien Giang, Vietnam. She arrived in San Jose, California in 1986 where she grew up. Doan self-published a book of poetry in 2002 and has been writing feature-length screenplays for ten years, while keeping a journal of her independence. Currently living and working in the county of Los Angeles, Doan aspires to make her mark on both the literary and entertainment worlds.
Sue Dolleris: Constantly inspired, I welcome inspiration and am practically handed the manuscript, screenplay, or short story in its entirety. I can barely type fast enough to capture their stories. Over the years, I've learned to fine tune the nuances of inspiration into feasible works. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, I'm a writer who masquerades as a Medical Recruiter during the day. I am married with two grown daughters and have lived in Nashville, Tennessee for more than twenty years. Author website at http://normajean.yolasite.com/
Tom Donnelly has a background that includes work as a U.S. Customs officer, business intelligence analyst and trade compliance professional. He is currently working on several other novels that are in various stages of development. A graduate of Northeastern University, Tom lives with his wife, Judi, near Boston, Massachusetts.
Mike Farris is an attorney-at-law with Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein P.C., whose practice includes complex commercial litigation as well as entertainment law, focusing on the movie and publishing industries.
Mike and his wife Susan man Farris Literary Agency, Inc., in Dallas, Texas. As an agent, Mike placed several award-winning novels for publication, including Balaam Gimble's Gumption by Mike Nichols, winner of the 2004 Texas Institute of Letters John Bloom Humor Award, and Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush by Sheldon Russell, winner of the 2006 Langum Prize for Excellence in American Historical Fiction.
Author website at http://sites.google.com/site/
Jimmy Flint-Smith is from typical small town, USA (High Ridge, Missouri, specifically). After graduating with two bachelors degrees (one in marketing and mass communication), he moved to LA to pursue a career as an actor and model. At night and between jobs, writing, which started as a hobby, quickly became an obsession. The characters he created allowed him to revisit some of the most important times of his life, and he decided to share them with the world. Author website at http://about.me/jimmy_fs.
Of Cherokee/Creek/Scot-Irish ancestry, Four Arrows (Wahinkpe Topa), aka Don Trent Jacobs, Ph.D., Ed.D., is former Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College and current ly a professor with Fielding Graduate University. He is the author of 19 books and more than 100 chapters and articles on topics relating to Indigenous worldview, education, criticial inquiry and social/ecological justice. (See www.teachingvirtues.net) He is the recipient of the 2004 Martin-Springer Institute Moral Courage Award. He lives with his artist wife in Mexico.
Bentley Gates brings a strong background in investigation, research, martial arts and education to the novels he writes helping create realism in his works. He has garnered the prestigious "Editor/Publisher Award" from the Journal of the National Association of Legal Investigators. Called a 'maverick' when working in the corporate environment he left that setting to settle on the plains of Texas to write novels. Author website at http://www.thebahrainconspiracy.com
A doctor of Optometry, S. Stanley Gordon created a chain of optical offices in department stores throughout the country, which were later sold to Pearle Vision. The proceeds enabled him to fulfill a lifelong ambition to be a part of show business and start at the top as a theatrical producer in New York and London. Currently retired, he lives with his husband, Joe, in Pasadena, California. His son and his wife have blessed them with four terrific grandchildren (and two great-grandchildren).
Laurie Hanan lived in Hawaii until the age of eleven, when her family moved to the Mariana Islands where she lived until the age of nineteen. She studied at the University of Washington, moved to Israel and later to London, traveling extensively in Europe and Asia before settling down again in Hawaii. Laurie retired from the U.S. Postal Service three years ago and lives on Oahu with her husband and two youngest children.
A. G. Hayes studied television writing at UCLA and has published short fiction, "Cover up"- "Not a Penny Pincher”- :Home"- "Payment in Full"-"Small Wonder"- Fate Magazine-"Guided Through a Mine Field" and other scripts to CBS TV and other television productions. He lives in Northern California, and spends his time writing and traveling to nearly every part of the world. He has used personal experiences gained during service with the British intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to enrich the characters of his protagonist teams.
Ilan Herman is a 41-year-old musical-producer-turned-author who lives in the Sierra Foothills of California (www.emily-music.com). He has a novel, "The Gravedigger" (Casperian Books 2010); a novella, "Lord of the Cats" (Wild Child Publishing, 2010); as well as numerous short stories to his publishing credit.
George B. Hudson was born in East Tennessee in 1947, into a family of seven other siblings. His life was deeply impacted by the Tennessee Valley Authority and by the lakes throughout the area in which he was raised. He has been a lifetime educator, teaching history in the public schools in Tennessee for thirty years. George also taught as an adjunct professor of history and is presently teaching at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In his writing, he intersperses bits of history about the area to add local color and sentiment. He and his wife, Gail, live in Chattanooga.
Daniel S. Janik is a physician-educator-linguist-writer with over seventy published works across numerous genre under a variety of pen names. He is the recipient of a New Millenium Writer's Award, two Eric Hoffer Awards, three Neurobiological Learning Society "Choice" book, a Hollywood Book Festival Award and numerous article awards. He is a 2007 Poet of the Year recipient.
Janis Kalns, a graduate of the Higher School of Psychology in Uzhgorod, Ukraine, is a scientific research deputy director in Laija Latvian Media Centre. His goal is ambitious and honest: collect, process and deliver knowledge to make people’s lives better. Kalns has traveled Latvia, Russia, Lithuania, Byelorussia, Ukraine and Germany gathering material for his newest and most ambitious work.
Contemporary satirist and native Californian R. Page Kaufman was born, raised and schooled in Los Angeles. His experience as a psychotherapist gives him unique insight into both the humorous and tragic side of the human condition and its various interesting manifestations within the Southern California Lifestyle. Author of numerous socio-political essays, he is particularly interested in human communication and love relationships. He is currently living in New Mexico, in his words, "taking a well-earned break from the L. A. freeways." Author website at www.rpagemedia.com.
A Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Ph.D. metallurgist by training, Ronald Klueh brings a wealth of scientific knowledge and experience to contemporary techno-thriller fiction. A freelance science writer (Washington Post, Popular Mechanics), he makes the present and future interesting for adventure as well as romance readers.
Tatsuyuki Kobayashi began making woodblock-prints while studying at Sugino Fashion University. In 2006, he presented his collected works in an international exhibition entitled "Rashoumon" at the Gallery La Mer in Tokyo. He exhibited more of his works in a second exhibition entitled "Self-portrait," a part of "The World of Five Individual Artists," again at Gallery La Mer in Tokyo. Inspired by Daido Moriyama's photography, he is continuing his exploration of the "Interzone" (upcoming Savant book) in mixed media - mainly paint and collage - at his studio in Tokyo. Author website at http://kobatatsu.com.
Mila Komarnisky, a Canadian citizen, spent her childhood in the eastern part of Ukraine. She has a Ph.D. degree in nutrition and metabolism from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Diploma from the Kharkiv Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Institute in Ukraine. As a Doctor of Philosophy, she was invited to work as a postgraduate researcher at the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. After an illness, she retired, took a novel writing course at the Winghill Writing School, Ontario, Canada, and is now pursuing a career as a novelist.
Savant Publications include Wretched Land (2011).
Leon Siu and Malia Elliott aka Leon and Malia (Leon & Malia Productions) are award-winning composers, recording artists, performers and producers, known in Hawaii and throughout the world as Ambassadors of Aloha.
William Maltese was born in the Pacific Northwest. He has a B.A. in Marketing/Advertising and spent an honorable tour of duty in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of E-5. He started his authorial career, which has now extended over four decades, by writing for men’s pulp magazines. He has penned more than 200 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His esteemed credentials have earned him, among many other accolades, a listing in the prestigious WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA.
Jonathan Marcantoni has been a freelance writer and editor since 2004. He has edited ten books and was co-author with Jean Blasiar on the WWII drama Communion, released last year by Savant Books and Publications. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and three daughters, and is currently at work on his next novel.
Brian Morley was born and raised on the streets of the Bronx New York. His experience of growing up with warmth and love of family on a tree lined street was a normal one. While other parts of the borough were saturated with gang violence and murder. Dual knowledge of both plagued most growing up in the city but Brian’s life path would follow that of his fathers’ in law enforcement. He has developed a skill of sitting back and fitting in while listening to people from all different walks of life share stories and developing these stories into realistic fiction. Some humorous some terrifyingly serious are woven into fictional story lines.
Mike Munger is a retired police detective and paramilitary operative. He lives with his family outside . In the summer of 2001 he deployed for 13 months as a United Nations Police Officer in . After September 11th, he served as a U.N. Special Operations Team leader. Mike is currently working as a private security contractor for a company based in . He and Savant author Tom Donnelly were college roommates.
Tendai Rinos Mwanaka was born in 1973, in Nyanga, Nyatate, Mapfurira village, in the remote eastern highlands of Zimbabwe. He is the author of "Voices from Exile," a collection of poetry on Zimbabwe's political situation and exile in South Africa published by Lapwing Publications, Northern Ireland in 2010. He has written and worked on over 17 manuscripts over the years and won several awards. "Logbook Written by a Drifter," and "Voices from Exile" were both short listed for the Erbecce Press Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2009, respectively. He was nominated for the Pushcart twice, once in 2008, and again in 2010, as well as commended for the Dalro Prize in 2008. He has published over 200 short stories, essays, memoirs, poems and visual art productions in over 100 magazines, journals, and anthologies in the following countries: USA , UK , Canada , South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Kenya, India, Italy , France , Spain, Cyprus, Australia and New Zealand. He lives and stays in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe.
Tima Zoé Newman has written several children's books, as well as adult nonfiction. Her most recent book is "Lucid Waking: Using Dreamwork Principles to Transform Your Waking Life." Originally from Minnesota, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she practices as a psychotherapist.
Zachary Oliver continually searches for his ideal: balance. Originally from Vienna, Austria, a center for old European culture, he has chosen Honolulu, Hawaii, arguably the most geographically remote place on Earth to live and write. He has recently found his calling as an individual comfortable balancing the identity of a scholar-practitioner and as a leader of organizations that work to develop interested learners into successful professionals.
William Peever studied creative writing at a special liberal arts high school, continuing his studies at Bennington College in picturesque Vermont where he began writing about Charlie, a key character in many of his novels. He currently lives at a seaside homestead in Massachusetts, where he is writing the second book in the Jumper Chronicles series.
Born in 1961, in Reading, England Francis Powell attended Art Schools, receiving a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking. In 1995, Powell moved to Austria, teaching English as a foreign language while pursuing his varied artistic interests adding music and writing. He currently lives in Paris, songwriting, doing concerts, writing both prose and poety. Powell has published short stories in the magazine, “Rat Mort” and other works on the internet site “Multi-dimensions.”
Reilly Ridgell graduated from Palisades High School (LA) in 1965, got his BA in political science from UCLA in 1969, and an MA in the same field from UC Santa Barbara in 1970. In 1971, he joined the Peace Corps, teaching English in the outer islands of what is now called Chuuk State in Micronesia. After his Peace Corps service and a teaching contract, he left Chuuk in 1975 to teach in Guam. In 1980, he became an assistant professor at Guam Community College and in 2001 moved into administration as Dean.
Larry Rodness was born in Toronto, Canada and lived there until he moved to Los Angeles with his family in the early sixties. Much of the material for his first novel, “Today I Am A Man”, comes from the three years he lived there, after which, he and his family returned to Canada.
Richard Rose hails from Kokomo, Indiana. Teen dances, basketball and too many greasy French fries gave way to a BA at Wabash College. After a tour of duty fighting the Cold War on the East/West German border, Richard began a long career as a First V.P. with a major investment firm in Chicago, where he did market reports on TV and radio. Richard’s wife and true love, Kay, supports his passion for writing, which includes short stories, novels and screenplays. She also keeps him healthy. No more greasy French fries.
Buz Sawyers resides in Rowlett, Texas, where he taught English in the Garland Independent School district for twenty years. He graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BA in Literary Studies and an MA in Creative Writing. He currently teaches Englsih and writing at Argosy University in Dallas. He has four published books under his belt: "No Point in Dying Now" (PublishAmerica 2003), an historical novel about the Civil War; "A Debt Unpaid" (PublishAmerica 2005), a post-Civil War sequel; "Decades in Anadar" (PublishAmerica 2006), a collection of short stories; and "Murder: Shaken, Not Stirred" (PublishAmerica 2009), a murder mystery circa 1969.
Gloria Schumann's love of reading romance novels brought her to a love of writing them. Keen observation of the human condition is her favorite pastime. A highly developed interest in relationships what makes them work are central in her writing. Gloria resides in Austin, TX with her husband and three children.
David B. Seaburn is the author of three previous novels, Darkness is as Light, Pumpkin Hill and, most recently, Charlie No Face (Savant Books and Publications, 2011). Chimney Bluffs, his second novel with Savant, is currently in preparation. Seaburn is also a psychologist, marriage and family therapist as well as an ordained minister. He is retired and lives in the Rochester, New York area with his wife, Bonnie. They have two wonderful adult daughters and two fabulous granddaughters.
William E. Sharp Jr began his association with Asia in 1968 while serving with US Army military intelligence in Vietnam. He has an A.B. Degree in Political Science focused on Chinese and Japanese politics from the University of California, Berkeley. In Hawaii he received an M.A. Degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa along with the James Shigeta Award for Excellence in Asian Studies and the Lee-Shao Chang Award for Excellence in Chinese Studies. He studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan and Beijing. During the 1980s, he lived in Japan where he taught English and worked as a free-lance writer. Returning to the US in 1989, he attended Harvard University where he earned an Ed.M. (Master of Education) Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. In the early 1990s, he served as Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. He currently teaches classes about East Asian politics at Hawaii Pacific University and hosts Asia in Review, a weekly TV show dedicated to substantive discussion of contemporary Asian affairs. He often travels to Asia to meet with a variety of experts to glean the most contemporary insights on Asian affairs.
Orest Stocco, author of the provocative novel, "What Would I Say Today If I Were To Die Tomorrow?" was born in Panettieri, Calabria, Italy. He immigrated to Canada and studied philosophy at university. He Lived in Annecy, France before taking up residence in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write novels, short stories and poetry. Visit him at http://www.oreststocco.com/
Born in 1943, Tony Tame has been associated with the marine industry since the mid 1960’s. After 1970 he became directly involved in the supply and service of equipment to the commercial fishing industry in Jamaica. His lifelong interest has been the methods used in various types of fishing and the people who work in this field. Still active in this field his fascination with these topics is undiminished.
Originating from a small, dilapidated suburb west of Sydney, Australia, David Allan Williams has tried his hand at many things before turning his intellect to writing. His professional career as a technical trainer and specialist in computer hardware took him to some of the best parts of America, Asia, Europe and the tropical islands before he decided life should be more challenging. He then turned his hand to warehouse and operations management for a few years before feeling like life needed yet another bend to put him on the right path. Thus, Light Surfer festered in his head and computer for a couple of years when the journey suddenly became a "strap-me-in-and-let-gravity-take-control" kind of ride. Writing has now become the career path of his choice, and with his slanted view of reality, this indeed could be a long ride. Visit him at www.lightsurfer.biz
Robin Ymer spent her formative years in France and North Africa. She attended university in California and earned a Master's degree. Moving about in support of her husband's career she raised two daughters and worked primarily as a Foreign Language instructor. She sculpts, draws, tends to her garden and writes.
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