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Becca Johnson ~ February's Feature Author

Becca Johnson

Becca Johnson started penning her debut young adult novel, Dreamer, while her students were taking a test. She was teaching middle school social studies in Kentucky and she was feeling homesick for Michigan. So she set her novel in her hometown: Troy, Michigan. Johnson is currently a high school History and Health teacher back in Michigan. Her love of history has taken her to 39 of the 50 states and three foreign countries. She hopes to see as much of the world as she can.

When she isn’t teaching, she loves to spend as much time as possible with her young son. She is happy that he shares her love of books and make-believe, when he takes a minute from running to sit and listen to a story. When Johnson isn’t teaching, playing with her son, traveling the country, or writing, she can be found cooking, reading, or cheering on her favorite Michigan sports teams. Go Spartans, Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions!

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Rob Silverman ~ January's Featured Author

Rob Silverman

From his earliest memories, Rob Silverman had two dreams. One was to play Right Field in the majors, the other was to become a published author. Well, he ended up batting .500.

His first foray into writing came in 2008 when he started blogging for a popular website. An avid reader, he spends his spare time yelling at the TV during the baseball season, listening to Bruce Springsteen and classic rock from the ’80’s, re-watching all six seasons of LOST, or waiting for one of his two spoiled dogs to get out of his favorite chair so he can sit down. His first novel Plain God (Black Opal Books 2015) was set in western Pennsylvania.

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Linda Lee Kane ~ December's Featured Author

Linda Lee Kane

The sky is bigger, the ground much harder, the freshly grown produce amazing, and the people diversified where Linda Lee Kane lives in sunny, Fresno, California. She and her family moved there with little to no expectations, except to move back to their hometown in Orange County within 5 years. Thirty-five years later, they have grown to love their home in the San Joaquin Valley, the people, and the opportunities that were afforded them. She was able to receive a master’s degree. Her husband works at a job he loves and coaches a semi pro soccer team. Her sons graduated with their master’s degrees and married two beautiful, intelligent women. Whether she’s writing for adults or children, the war between Kane’s days and nights is reflected solidly in her books. Although the tendency to acknowledge the light and dark sides of life is disguised in her work, it’s there, lurking, just out of view. READ MORE

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Loretta Moore ~ November's Featured Author

Loretta Moore

Loretta Moore is an African American female writer of many genres, residing in Dover, Delaware. She is married, the mother of three, and grandmother of eight. Moore is a multi-published author with several novels to her her credit. Other published works include poetry, essays, and short stories in several magazines and journals. Wright also contributes to a church newsletter. Moore is also a playwright and several of her dramas and musicals have been full productions. Presently, two of her plays are in the hands of theater in Philadelphia, PA and Roanoke, VA. Ghostwriting is another area which Moore enjoys. She have a college degree in English and has received literary and theatrical recognition and awards. She belongs to an honor society and other laudable organizations, and volunteers in her community and church. Her interests include writing, reading, music, and attending the theater and concerts, as well as some involvement with outdoor activities. Currently, her next writing project keeps her very busy.

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Julia Joseph ~ October's Featured Author

Julia Joseph

Julia Joseph taught Theatre for nine years in Texas middle and high schools, where she wrote and produced three original plays for her students. In 2011, Joseph left teaching to devote all of her energy to her own children and to writing a novel. She earned her B. A. in English Literature and Language with a focus in Drama from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Joseph spends most of her free time reading, writing, and chauffeuring her kids between activities. She lives happily with her husband and two children wherever the army happens to station them.

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