Meet PRPP Authors


PRPP Authors

Several of our PRPP authors are multiple award winners, while others are on their way. They all continue to produce new work.


Meet PRPP Authors

Amanda M. Thrasher

Multiple Award Winning Author Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas and resides there still. Author of several children’s books including picture books, middle-grade chapter books, YA and even a reader’s theater titled What If… A Story of Shattered Lives. She conducts workshops, writes a blog and contributes to an online magazine. As Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, she assists authors with their work and shares her writing process and what she has learned as a publisher with people of all ages. She’s a multiple Gold recipient of the Mom’s Choice Awards for The Greenlee Project, YA and General Fiction, and for Spider Web Scramble, a Mischief book.

The Greenlee Project, a book about the consequences of bullying and cyber bullying, also won the first place Young Adult Book Award at the 16th annual North Texas Book Festival (NTBF). The NTBF helps schools, public libraries and literacy programs in North Texas. Since it’s beginning it has awarded more than $45,000.00 in grants to deserving programs. She was the Key Author and Speaker at the NTBF and often speaks at conferences, conducts workshops, and visits with local schools, teens, and organizations that are interested in the work that she does.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.

Works in progress include the fourth installment of the Mischief series, a sequel to the The Ghost of Whispering Willows, and two adult novels.

Amanda is the Co-Founder/Co-Owner and CEO of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC.

For additional information about Amanda and her work visit her author site HERE.


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Jannifer Powelson

Born and raised on a farm in Northwestern Illinois, Jannifer Powelson’s interest in writing, conservation, and the natural world was sparked at an early age.  She majored in biology and conducted wildlife research, furthering her interest in nature.  Switching from her earlier scientific writing background to fact-based fiction, Powelson is the author of four picture books in the Rachel Raccoon and Sammy Skunk series. These books use entertaining storylines, colorful and realistic illustrations, and photos taken by Powelson, to educate children about nature.

She is also the author of two cozy mysteries in The Nature Station Mystery series, “When Nature Calls”, and the soon to be released “An Unnatural Selection.”

Jannifer is employed as a conservationist and resides in northwestern Illinois with her husband and two daughters.

Jannifer is the Co-Founder/Co-Owner and CFO of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. 

For additional information about Jannifer and her work visit her author site HERE.


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kevin o'neill

Kevin James O’Neill

Kevin James O’Neill is an award-winning film director who has been writing and directing short films through his production company Olive Ranch Road Productions since 1990. Kevin was an actor for thirty years and lived in Los Angeles for ten years in the 80’s working in television and film. He worked on shows like “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman”, “Beverly Hills 90121″and “Highway to Heaven.” Kevin’s thirty-year background in acting has made him a strong director with actors.

Kevin has written and directed the short films, “Clark”, “Captain Fin”, “Lean” and “Undertaking.” His film “Undertaking” starred Los Angeles veteran Eddie Jemison and won over ten different film festivals. Kevin is currently in pre-production for his first feature film “50 Hours” that he wrote and will direct and a television series titled “Gone Dark” that he hopes to shoot in the near future. Kevin has also written several feature film scripts including “Thundersmack”, “Trestles” and “The Flamingo Kid.”

Kevin is a Course Director at Full Sail University where he has taught directing for the last ten years. He has taught acting classes for the last twenty years at the Maile School in Winter Park and Truthful Acting in downtown Orlando.



Loree Lough

Loree Lough

Once upon a time, Loree sang for her supper. That space reserved in pubs for “the piano lady?” Well, that’s where she sat, strumming her Yamaha in cities all over the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from the old 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes. And with the release of the 3rd book in her third series for Harlequin Heartwarming, “By Way of the Lighthouse,” she’ll have 113 books on the shelves. She feels blessed that, over the years, most of her stories have earned 4- and 5-star reviews, but what Loree is most proud of are the dozens of (non fee-related) “Readers’ Choice” awards she has won, because it’s the readers’ opinions she cares most about!

Loree and her husband and live in a modest home in Maryland and enjoy spending time at their cozy cabin in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains (where she has nearly perfected her “identify the critter tracks” skills. They have two lovely daughters and seven ‘grandorables,’ and because she believes in giving back, Loree donates a generous portion of her annual income to several worthwhile charities. (See the full list on the “Giving Back” page at

While you’re there, Loree hopes you’ll drop her a note, because she loves hearing from her readers, some of whom have become lifelong friends! (You can also interact with her at Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.)




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David A. Bedford
David A. Bedford teaches Spanish at Texas Christian University (TCU). Next academic year he will have completed 20 years on the faculty. He was born, in the year of the Great Flood, in the very city where he resides now. However he grew up in Argentina from when he was a toddler until he returned to the U.S. for college at age 18. He lived in the industrial hub of Rosario on the Paraná River, Comodoro Rivadavia, the largest and most important city of the Patagonia, on the Atlantic Ocean, and in the world-class capital city, Buenos Aires. He has worked with language teaching in some way or another for his entire career, living in Georgia, Illinois, and Brazil before settling for good in Fort Worth. He is the author of Liliana y el espejo y otros cuentos, a book of fantastic short stories in Spanish.


The Angela series of three short novels in English is a social critique packaged in a coming-of-age story that is age-appropriate down to middle school, but at the same time greatly appreciated by adults. He has three very different book projects in mind now and has begun work on the first of these. When not busy teaching during the Fall and Spring semesters, he is available for book events and can usually manage interviews at any time during the year.


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Linda Boyden

Linda Boyden has loved words all of her life. After teaching for many years, her husband’s work took them to Maui, Hawai’i where she stopped teaching and focused on getting her stories published. Her first book was “The Blue Roses,” (Lee and Low Books, 2002) illustrated by Amy Cordova. Her other titles she has both written and illustrated: “Powwow’s Coming,” and “Giveaways an ABC of Loanwords from the Americas,” (University of New Mexico Press, 2007, 2010), and ”Boy and Poi Poi Puppy” (Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, 2013). In 2015 Progressive Rising Phoenix Press will publish her fifth picture book, “Roxy Reindeer.”

Besides picture books Linda has had poems published in many journals and belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and Writers Forum of Redding CA.

“The Blue Roses”  from Lee & Low Books 2002, winner New Voices Award, Paterson Prize and Wordcraft Circle’s Book of the Year, 2003
My first illustrated book:   “Powwow’s Coming” from the University of New Mexico Press, 2007.
“Powwow’s Coming” is included on Reading Is Fundamental’s 2011 Multicultural Book List!
“Giveaways, An ABC Book of Loanwords from the Americas”, written & illustrated by Linda Boyden (University of New Mexico Press), 2010

“Giveaways”, winner of three Finalist awards from the 2011 International Book Awards, two Finalist Awards from the 2011New Mexico Book Awards and included in 2012 California Collections form the CA. Reading Association.

Check out GIVEAWAYS’ trailer HERE

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