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Courtney Annicchiarico grew up in New Jersey where she was a high school teacher and a conflict resolution curriulum writer and facilitator. She moved to Pennsylvania with her husband and two children to be a stay-at-home mom--the best career move yet. Her story "Mis-conceptions" appears in A Christmas Sampler, and is her first published piece. Her stories also appear in Once Around the Sun, A Readable Feast, Untethered, and Fur, Feathers, and Scales.

Jeff Baird
is a career educator at the 
secondary and post graduate level, and a self-proclaimed computer junkie. He has presented at numerous state and national technology conferences, and has published in the field of educational technology. In addition, his memoir, Redhead Ruminations, tells about growing up and living life as a redhead. He resides in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania where he loves hiking nearby mountains with his dog, Bailey.
Pete Barbour has been writing for over 30 years. He published a memoir, “Loose Ends”, in 1987. He most enjoys creating short fiction.  His stories have appeared in Short-Story.meStoryStar.com, Rue Scribe, Piker Press, and ARTPOST Magazine, and The Starlit Path.  He wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Gus at Work”, 2016. He is the graduate of University of Pennsylvania where he completed his BA in biology. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and  Stanford University Medical School where he completed a residency in Neurology. He practiced neurology in the Lehigh Valley until his retirement in 2015.  He is married enjoys travel and the outdoors.  He believes what comes from the heart goes to the heart. Please visit his website, Pete Barbour Stories and Illustrations, www.PeteBarbour.com.

Paula Gail Benson

A. E. Decker
has been a member of the Bethlehem Writers Group since 2011. A former ESL tutor and doll-maker turned writer of fantasy, her short stories have appeared in such magazines as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside Magazine, and The Sockdolager as well as in the BWG's own anthology, Once Around the Sun, which she helped edit. Her YA novels in the Moonfall Mayhem series include The Falling of the Moon and The Meddlers of Moonshine, both from World Weaver Press. Like all writers, she is owned by three cats. 

Bernadette De Courcey
as born and raised in Connemara, Ireland. She has a masters degree in Modern English literature and is an  English Professor for Keiser University's online departments. She also works in further education for the cork Edication and Training Board. Her stories have been published in the BWG anthologies and other publications. She continues to be a co-editor of the Roundtable and a member of BWG.  

Larry Deibert is a Pennsylvania native who, after serving in the Army during the Vietnam war, worked for Mack Truck and the US Postal Service. He wrote about his Army experiences before turning to writing fantasy. His "Christmas City" series of books (named for Bethlehem, PA), include Christmas City Vampire, Werewolves in the Christmas City, The Christmas City Angel, and his latest, A Christmas City Christmas. Staying with the Christmas theme, he also penned the children's book, Santa's Day Jobs. He is currently at work on a series of time-travel novels.

Debra Goldstein

Marianne H. Donley writes fiction from short stories to funny romances and quirky murder mysteries fueled by her life as a mom and a teacher. She makes her home in Tennessee with her husband, son, and a new puppy. Marianne blogs at A Slice of Orange. She’s also a member  Romance Writers of America and Music City Romance Writers. You can follow her on Twitter @A_SliceofOrange and Facebook @AnOrangeSlice.

Ralph Hieb enjoys reading and writing paranormal fiction. He resides in Bethlehem, PA, with his wife Nancy The couple enjoys travel and makes a point each year to take a trip to someplace they have never seen before. In addition to BWG, Ralph is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group where he has served as president and a member representative on the board of directors.

Veronica Jorge
Manager, Educator, and former High School Social Studies teacher, Veronica credits her love of history to the potpourri of cultures that make up her own life and to her upbringing in diverse Brooklyn, New York. Her genres of choice are historical fiction where she always makes new discoveries, and children’s literature because there are so many wonderful worlds yet to be imagined and visited. She currently resides in Macungie, PA.

Cindy Kelly is originally from upstate New York. She is a former teacher and the author of "Wishing Well Christmas" which appears in A Christmas Sampler.

A native of Wisconsin and Connecticut, DT Krippene deserted aspirations of being a biologist to live the corporate dream and raise a family.  After six homes, a ten-year stint working in Asia, and an imagination that never slept, his muse refused to be hobbled as a mere dream. DT writes science fiction, dystopian, and alternate-world fantasy. His current project is set in a near future dystopia where over 95% of the human population has been wiped out by a virus, and survivors unable to procreate … until a small number of women give birth on the same day. You can find DT on his website and his social media links, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Neetu Malik writes poems, short stories and articles. She has lived in three continents and weaves her impressions and experiences into the tapestry of her work. Human actions and motivations intrigue her, forming the substance of her vivid and visual poetry, and her character-driven stories. Her work has been published in the NY Literary Magazine, the Australia Times Poetry Magazine, Prachya Review, The Poetic Bond Anthologies (UK), Poetic Imagination Anthology of poetry (Canada) and a few others. She is a mother of two children and resides in Pennsylvania, USA.

Jerry McFadden has been writing fiction for the past several years. His stories have appeared in various fiction magazines and e-zines, such as Flash Fiction Offensive, Over My Dead Body, Eclectic Flash Fiction, and BWG Writers Roundtable. Many of his favorites are included in his book OFF THE RAILS: A Collection of Weird, Wicked, & Wacky Stories  published in 2019. It placed as a finalist for both the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. He received a Second Place Bullet Award for the best crime fiction to appear on the web in June, 2011, and has had his short stories performed aloud on the stage by the Liar’s League in London and the Liar’s League in Hong Kong. His stories have also appeared in various anthologies, including Hardboiled: Crime SceneOnce Around the SunA Christmas SamplerA Readable Feastand Let It Snow. He has also won honorable mentions in Writer’s Digest Magazine annual national fiction awards, as well as in several regional writing contests.

Emily P. W. Murphy is a writer and freelance editor. Her short stories appear in A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales, Once Around the Sun: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Seasons, A Readable Feast: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for Every Taste, Once Upon a Time: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Ages, and Untethered: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales of the Paranormal, among other publications. After growing up in Pennsylvania, she has relocated to the Baltimore, MD area with her husband Adam, their two children, and their two cats. Visit  Emily's website here

Christopher D. Ochs' foray into writing began with his epic fantasy Pindlebryth of Lenland. Along with several short stories published in the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and Bethlehem Writers Group anthologies and websites,.his own collection of mirthful macabre short stories appears in If I Can't Sleep, You Can't Sleep. And there's always at least one novel and four short stories bubbling in the cauldron.

With previous careers in electrical engineering and software, and his incessant dabblings in CGI animation, music, voice talent on radio, DVD and Voice of OTAKON, it's a wonder he can remember to pay the dog and feed his bills. Wait, what? 


Dianna Sinovic writes fiction in her off-hours. She has been an editor for most of her career, and currently manages a team of writers and editors for a marketing company that focuses on healthcare information. She’s originally from Kansas City, Mo., but now lives in Upper Bucks County with her husband. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking or paddling her kayak. In the realm of fiction, Dianna writes short stories and is working on a novel.

Diane Sismour lives with her husband at the foothills of the Blue Mountain range in Eastern Pennsylvania. When she's not checking guests into her Leaser Lake B and B, or supervising a cleaning crew at construction sites for Sismour's Janitorial Co., she's writing poetry, suspense, psychological horror and
​ romantic
 comedy ​
short stories and novels. 
She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers, the Horror Writers Association, and Bethlehem Writers Group LLC. Diane advocates helping others as those who have aided her along her journey by giving writing workshops, and as a motivational speaker for Women Owned Small Businesses.

Russ Uhler is a Rutgers graduate with three children. His story, "Bird Boy," appears in the BWG anthology Once Upon a Time: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Ages.

Kidd Wadsworth
began her professional life as a PhD in  Electrical Engineering, designing computer chips which passed electrical signals to living human cells. Craving a different type of creative expression, she chose to leave engineering and re-educate herself as a writer. Her first novel, Trident, Sam and Malloy, brings to life a concept she observed daily as an engineer: that the most brilliant scientists--those whose work sparkles--are those with fantastic imaginations. The greats of the scientific world draw pictures, they use crayons, they routinely get excited, they imagine and what they imagine becomes real. Kidd writes to bring to life our magical, fire-breathing world, the one we so often miss, where real people have super powers and fight evil villains. Visit Kidd's website.

Paul Weidknecht is the author of   His work has also appeared in Oregon Literary Review, Clapboard House, Potomac Review (online), The Copperfield Review, Yale Anglers’ Journal, Stone’s Throw Magazine, The Oklahoma Review, Outdoor Life, and elsewhere. He has written a feature-length screenplay, A Storm In Season, about a former slave who became the first African-American war hero. He is currently at work on a novel. When not writing, he throws flies to wild trout and gets thrown to judo mats. He lives in Northwest New Jersey. Visit Paul's website.

Carol L. Wright
is a former book editor, domestic relations attorney, and adjunct law professor. Her debut mystery, Death in Glenville Falls, came out in September of 2017 and was named a finalist for both the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award and for the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It is the first of her Gracie McIntyre Mysteries.
In addition to the new series, Carol is the author of several
short stories in various literary journals and award-winning anthologies. Many of her favorites appear in A Christmas on Nantucket and other stories, to be published in November, 2019. She is a founding member of the Bethlehem Writers Group, a life member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America, and a member of Pennwriters and SinC Guppies. She is married to her college sweetheart, and lives in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania with their rescue dog, Mr. Darcy, and a clowder of cats. You can learn more on Carol's website, or by following her Facebook page.