Meet the Authors of Your Favorite Reads
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.
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, a Civil War artillery expert, and is the COO 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.
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.
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.
Author Catalina Claussen is a founding English teacher at Aldo Leopold Charter School and writes poetry, short stories, YA novels, and memoirs.
Deanna K. Klingel, the 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, NCWN-West, Catholic Writers Guild, and other professional organizations.
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 and her husband (also a Marine) now call Louisiana home.
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.
Darrell D. Bartell is an author, actor, playwright, Texas Hold ‘Em dealer and player, and U.S. Army veteran, as well as a former private investigator, security officer, cab driver, stage magician, and cancer survivor.
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.
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.
John and 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.
David A. Bedford was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Argentina. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Texas Tech University, and he earned his Ph.D. in foreign language education from The University of Texas at Austin. He currently teaches Spanish at Texas Christian University.
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 and gas operator.