Leah Alford has lived with cats for decades and has been studying and writing about cats, animals, and the natural world for many years. She began drawing and painting in early childhood and writing at age 12. She has a 1971 BA in English from the University of Alabama. While she worked in a hectic t-shirt printing business and later, weathered a serious chronic disease, her art and writing was published in small art, nature, music, and literary journals. She lives with her husband and animals in the deep woods near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, near a creek. She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers' Association.
Donald B. Ball is a native of Middle Tennessee and holds a MA degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Now retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers, he resides in Louisville, Kentucky. His research centers on the history of archaeology in Tennessee and prehistoric archaeology of the southeastern United States and Cumberland and Ohio valleys but has many varied research interests.
Sam Bowman is an avid birder, finding nature a wonderful place to meet with the Lord. For five years, he headed his local Christmas Bird Count. Since 1996, he has completed routes for The North American Breeding Bird Survey, a joint project of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Canadian Wildlife Service. As a retired clinical laboratory scientist, Sam is relieved to finally be out-of-doors, pursuing his hobbies of birding and bird habitat gardening.
Susan Bowman is an Elijah House-trained prayer minister. Elijah House has long been recognized as the premier training school for ministers of inner healing and deliverance. She has studied with many other respected inner healing and deliverance ministries including Restoration in Christ Ministries, Thrive Today, Shepherd’s House, Hearts Set Free Ministries, Transformation Prayer Ministry, Deeper Walk International and the Immanuel Approach. For more than 20 years, Susan has served the body of Christ as an inner healer and deliverance minister. As well as working one-on-one with believers, she teaches the principles of inner healing and deliverance for the purpose of equipping lay persons, prayer ministers and pastors to set God’s people free.
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Donald Brown is an advanced journalism professor at the University of Alabama. For 15 years, he was the senior editor of the Tuscaloosa News and Florence Times Daily. He was also the editor of Birmingham Magazine for 11 years. He and his wife live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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Ian W. Brown
Ian W. Brown has been a practicing archaeologist for 50 years. Most of his work has taken place in the Southeastern U.S. He taught for many years at both Harvard University and the University of Alabama. He has been a researcher, teacher, curator, museum director, anthropology department chair, and president of two national professional organizations. He is a lifetime member of the Association for Gravestone Studies and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In the 69th year of life he began a blissful retirement in Tuscaloosa where he continues to ramble.
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Bill Fitts is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, graduated from Princeton University, and has made his living as a sailor, salesman, underwriter, account executive, accountant, systems administrator, information specialist, and, now, professional writer. Prior to returning to Tuscaloosa in 1989, Bill lived in Florida, the Panama Canal Zone, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Georgia.
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Before becoming a children’s author, Vikki Grodner spent her life exploring many creative outlets. Currently she is building a lifestyle brand that examines the connection between home, family and place. But she has attempted to have her largest impact in her familial role and capture those relationships in her writing.
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Susan D. Lambert
Susan Lambert is a retired physician who specialized in Occupational Medicine and served as the Head of that department at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo, California, for 25 years. She is now enjoying quilting, traveling, and especially, singing with the Contra Costa Chorale in the Bay Area. Clarence the Clam is her first book but not her last! She spent many happy years living in Greenwich, CT, where this book takes place.
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Jana O’Brien began writing short stories at just nine years old. Her love for reading inspired her to write her own stories, and before long, poetry and song lyrics. She has recently begun work in screenwriting. Although she loves writing most anything, she discovered her calling as a novelist in 2014. Her passion for history is often expressed in her writing. In addition to her work as an author, Jana works in the film industry with several acting credits, as well as credits as an assistant director and script supervisor.
Born in Dallas, Texas to a military family, Jana moved all over the U.S. in her youth, but was raised primarily in the Southeast—the setting for much of her work. Jana currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her children.
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Evan Peacock was born in the Delta and reared in the backwoods hill country of north-central Mississippi, where as often as not he could be found on a creekbank with a cane fishing pole in his hands. Creek fishing not being an especially lucrative enterprise, he followed a stint in the military with a succession of blue-collar jobs, most of which included manual labor, a strong inducement to pursue a college education. Evan obtained a B.A. degree in Anthropology at Mississippi State University (MSU) in 1988 and a M.S. degree in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy at the University of Sheffield, England, in 1990. Following employment as a professional archaeologist in the private sector and with the U.S. Forest Service, he earned a Ph.D. in Archaeology at Sheffield in 1999, after which he took a faculty position in Anthropology at MSU, whence he retired in 2018. Evan is author of approximately one hundred scholarly works and has written pieces for the public that have appeared in venues such as Mississippi Outdoors, Forest Perspectives, and Hobo Pancakes. His book Mississippi Archaeology Q&A (University Press of Mississippi, 2005) has received wide acclaim.
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Carolyn Rhodes has been recognized for her published articles, essays and blogs, and has won several writing awards. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, her home for the past twenty-five years. Carolyn’s New York City roots are evident to all who meet her. In her memoir, “Library Girls of New York,” she shares her experiences while growing up inside two New York Public Carnegie live-in libraries (NYPL). It is a unique and true story which covers the years from 1930s until her Dad retired from the NYPL, mid-1970s. Carolyn retired from the University of Alabama (worked in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa) where she wrote feature articles and edited publications.
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David Thomas Rogers
Tom Rogers is a retired biology professor from The University of Alabama. He earned his B.A. from Huntingdon College, M.S. in zoology, and Ph.D. in ecology from The University of Georgia. He has authored thirty papers in various research journals, and has been an invited participant at natural resource conferences in Honduras and Guatemala. In addition, he has been a sponsored lecturer to the biology faculty at La Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala. In 1988, Tom was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from Huntingdon College.
Pamela Wight writes fiction for children and adults. She is the published author of The Right Wrong Man and Twin Desires, Birds of Paradise, Molly Finds Her Purr, and pens a popular weekly blog called Rough-wighting (www.roughwighting.net).
She teaches Creative Writing classes in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas (email@example.com).
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Erich Otto Wildgrube IV
Erich Otto Wildgrube IV was born in New Jersey to Erich the III and Paula Castleberry Wildgrube in February of 1987. At the age of two he moved to Alabama where he has lived ever since.
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Paula Wildgrube and her family live in the one and only Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she and her son Erich IV run Zoe Home School (Zoehomeschool.org), a ministry of Soma Church of Holt, Alabama. Over the years, Paula has enjoyed the company of a variety of furry friends. Her current friends Tango, The Professor, Baggy, Tyler and Steve are the protagonists of the Mayor Tom Mysteries.
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