Amanda M. Thrasher
Award-winning author Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, where she lives with her family. She writes YA, General Fiction, Middle Grade, Early Reader Chapter books, and Picture books. She is the Founder and CEO of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press.
Jannifer Powelson was born and raised on a farm in Northwestern Illinois. Her passions include writing, photography, nature, and reading mysteries. Powelson works as a conservationist and resides in northwestern Illinois with her family. She is also the CFO of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press.
William Speir is an award-winning author living in Texas. Raised in Alabama, he graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is an amateur historian, Civil War artillery expert, and is the General Manager of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press.
Matthew Gene is the webmaster for Progressive Rising Phoenix Press and the author of two Science Fiction novels: “Hope” and “Terminus X.” He is also the bass player for the band: Never Your Zero.
Darrell D. Bartell is an author, actor, playwright, Texas Hold ‘Em dealer and player, and US Army veteran, as well as a former private investigator, security officer, cab driver, stage magician, and cancer survivor.
David A. Bedford was born in Fort Worth, Texas and grew up in Argentina. He received a BA and MA from Texas Tech University, and he earned his PhD in foreign language education from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently teaches Spanish at Texas Christian University.
Author, artist, and Illustrator based in California.
M. C. Berkhousen
M.C. (Peg) Berkhousen has been writing all her life. She was raised in Three Rivers, Michigan, and now resides in Ottawa Hills, Ohio. After receiving her Nursing degree, Peg continued to write, produced and directed staff training videos, and also provided Management Training and Consultation to other hospitals.
Author Catalina Claussen is a founding English teacher at Aldo Leopold Charter School and writes poetry, short stories, YA novels, and memoirs.
Prakash Dighé lived in India, Germany, and Kenya before settling in the US. He lives with his family in Dallas, Texas.
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Caroline grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and joined the Marines shortly after she graduated from High School. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1985, and became a Registered Nurse in 1996. She had her husband (also a Marine) now call Louisiana home.
Award winning author Donna Arlynn Frisinger loves to recreate Bible stories to make God’s Word come alive in fresh ways for kids of all ages. She and her husband live in Indiana.
Nelda Bedford Gaydou was born and raised in Argentina by missionary parents from the U.S. She has degrees in English Literature, History, and Spanish Literature, and she speaks several languages and works as a translator in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
Tania Glenn works with first responders to focus on healing these warriors from the horrors of post-traumatic stress disorder. She has dedicated her entire career to working with first responders and military members. Tania resides in Central Texas.
John & Kim Herrington
John and Kim Herrington were regular visitors to Bali, before making the decision to live there permanently in 2009. After a family tragedy, they found writing an important part of their healing process. They have been married for 29 years and continue to live and write in Bali, Indonesia.
Deanna K. Klingel, author of many books for young readers from Pre K to high school, lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. She is a member of SCBWI Carolinas, NCWNwest, Catholic Writers Guild, and other professional organizations.
Darrell Lee, born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas, received his BS in Computer Science and moved to Houston for a job on NASA’s Space Shuttle program. He currently works on software systems for the International Space Station.
USA Today Bestselling author Loree Lough has published over 120 books that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options.
Caleb is a science teacher at St. Louis Catholic School, in Lake Charles, LA. He studied Chemistry at McNeese State University, and is married to Jamie Gautreaux Monroe.
The late Jimmy Porter was a West Texas native. He spent his life living in Midland, Texas, and he worked as a building contractor, custom painter, and oil & gas operator.
Norma M. Stricklen is an accomplished Special Olympics coach, wife, mother, grandmother, nature photographer, and animal lover with over 30 years of literary experience to her name.