Cascade of Authors

Cascade of Authors is from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Miller Room at the West River Branch on Saturday, November 4th. Refreshments will be served.
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Tammy Heidenreich Miranda Gargasz
Email: riverwillowbooks@gmail.com
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Miranda Gargasz is a freelance writer from northeast Ohio. Many of her essays can be found on sites like ScaryMommy, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Huffington Post. In 2014, she published Lemonade and Holy Stuff, a collection of personal essays. In 2016, she published Plus Size Mama, a memoir about her struggles with an endocrine disorder that affects 1 in 10 women, and most never know they have. Her first novel was published last May. Entitled Haunting Suspicion, it is a gripping mystery with a paranormal twist. Her second novel, Dragonfly, debuts October 29 and is the story of learning to cherish what you have before it's gone. She is currently at work on the sequel to her paranormal mystery entitled Haunting Grounds.

Angelina Walsh Andrew Bajda
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Andrew Bajda is an assistant professor at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is lead faculty for the Entrepreneurship Program. Bajda gives frequent talks on his book, Captured in Liberation: the adventure and struggles of his father as a Polish teen during World War II. Through these talks, Bajda has established a close relationship with the Polish Government in their quest to promote the Trail of Hope Exhibit, commemorating the fascinating journey of Polish General Wladyslaw Anders during WW II. Most recently, he was invited with his father by the Polish Government to attend services in Poland and Italy this past May to honor Poland’s war veterans.

Daniel J. Cleary Theresa Linden
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Theresa Linden is the author of award-winning Christian fiction. She has over ten published novels, two of which won awards from the Catholic Press Association. Her novels include a dystopian trilogy, a contemporary young adult series, and a New Adult mystery romance. Her short stories appear in Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body and Secrets: Visible & Invisible. Her books are featured on CatholicTeenBooks.com, Catholic Reads, FORMED, and Virtue Works Media. A wife, homeschooling mom, and Secular Franciscan, she resides in northeast Ohio with her husband and three teenage boys.

M.T. Bass David Mittler
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David Mittler has been a lifelong resident of northern Ohio, growing up and still making his home in Elyria. Since his graduation from Otterbein College, he has been involved in education, serving as a junior high language arts teacher, as a college writing and English instructor, and as an assistant principal. He now devotes his time to writing, reading, and lecturing. While a teacher, he shared with students his humorous experiences from the 1950s and 60s, and the popularity of his storytelling was the inspiration for his four novels: Love, Eddie; Legacy of Fire; The Deliverer; and Breckenridge Towers.

Kelly Boyer Sagert Peggy A. Wyar
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Peggy A. Wyar is married to Mark, her husband of thirty-six years. She is mother to three lovely daughters, mother-in-law to two sons of her heart and “Oma” to four wonderful grandchildren. Her experience of schooling her own children ignited her passion to learn. As a disciple, she writes about her faith journey. She hopes to encourage others to gain fresh insights as they journey through the joys and challenges of this imperfect world. She’s a native of Elyria and has lived in Lorain County for most of her life.

Melissa M. Sasina Marci Rich
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Marci Rich is the author of Looking Back at Elyria: A Midwest City at Midcentury, forthcoming from The History Press in November 2019. She has twice won Excellence in Journalism awards from the Press Club of Cleveland for her Chronicle-Telegram feature series, “Look Back, Elyria,” upon which her book is based.She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oberlin College and an Associate of Arts degree from LCCC. She also studied memoir writing with Dani Shapiro at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Marci lives in Avon, Ohio. For more information visit marcirich.com.

Nancy S White Megan Slayer
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Megan Slayer, also writing as Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and white hot themes.

La’Shaun Garcia John Vanek
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John Vanek is a retired Lorain County physician, novelist, and poet with works published in numerous literary journals in four countries and showcased on public radio. He has garnered awards in both fiction and poetry, and has been invited to read his work at colleges, the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Clinic, and the George Bush Presidential Library. The Father Jake Austin Mystery Series features a Roman Catholic priest protagonist. DEROS (book one), Miracles (book two), and his poetry book, Heart Murmurs: Poems, are available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

La’Shaun Garcia Jim Jablonski

Jim Jablonski, an Elyria resident and 1964 EHS graduate, attended Elyria Public and Parochial schools before receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in sociology. He was an adjunct faculty memer at Loarin County Community College for nearly thirty years and was a supervisor at Lorain County Job and Family Services. Him still lives in Elyria with a Jack Russell Terrier, Archie, and his cat Lily.

La’Shaun Garcia Nancy Rudisill

Nancy Rudisill truly loves writing. She currently works as a LPN nurse. Before that she was a secretary for a Veterans' organization, which initially set the spark for the book that she has published, Through the Fire. She is currently working on a second book.

La’Shaun Garcia Mark R. Lowery

Mark R. Lowery is author of Wilfred’s Dream. The son of a preacher who seemingly never unpacked his bags, Mark lived in five states before reaching high school. It was during those many upheavals that he sought solace in reading and writing.The public library became and remains one of his favorite places. After graduating with a communications degree from Rowan University in New Jersey, he took a series of jobs writing and editing for magazines and newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, New York Newsday and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Mark lives resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio.