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Courtney Annicchiarico grew up in New Jersey where she was a high school teacher and a conflict resolution curriculum 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 Samplerand is her first published piece.

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.  "A Redheaded Holiday: Countdown to a Christmas Hug," appears in A Christmas Sampler. He resides in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania with his wife, Mary, their redheaded children, Ashley and Ryan, and their dogs, Casey and Mimi. Visit Jeff's website and blog.

Carol A. Hanzl Birkas resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with her husband, Gene. She has had several articles published in both newspapers and magazines, and one short story, "Visions of Sugarplum Grandmothers," which 
appears in A Christmas Sampler. In addition, she has a short story in BWG's anthology Once Around the Sun. Her greatest achievement is a children’s picture book, illustrated by her daughter, entitled Christmas Treena, which debuted during the 2009 Christmas season.



Terrie Daugherty has her debut fiction publication, "Broken Heart Cake," in A Readable Feast.

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 novel, The Falling of the Moon, from World Weaver Press was published in October 2015. Like all writers, she is owned by three cats. 

Bernadette De Courcey was born and raised in Connemara, Ireland, where the Connemara pony is still bred by her family. She graduated with an MA in Modern English Literature from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and and works as an adjunct professor of English at Keiser University. She enjoys writing creatively and co-editing the BWG Writers Roundtable.

Marianne H. Donley writes quirky novels fueled by her life as a mom and a teacher. She makes her home in Pennsylvania with her husband and a tank full of fish. Marianne has a monthly blog at All Day, All Night: The Mariannes, and an occasional blog at A Slice of Orange. You can follow her on Twitter @mariannedonley.

Headley Hauser
would stop carping about the monetary system if only some of the monetary would come his way. In the midst of his complaining, he has managed to write three novellas: Trouble in Taos, and Volition Man, available as eBooks on Amazon. He has serialized
 Dirk Destroyer's Less Destructive Brother, on his nearly popular, but entirely unprofitable blog, Just Plain Stupid. Headley lives, and does most of his whining in Winston-Salem, NC.

Anne Hamilton is a librarian who spends her free time writing historical mysteries. Her story, "Coot," appears in the BWG anthology Once Upon a Time: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for All Ages.

Ralph Hieb enjoys reading and writing paranormal fiction. He resides in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 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 being a member of the Bethlehem Writers Group, he 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. 

Cindy Kelly
 
was  born in Rome, New York, and is currently living in Pennsylvania with her husband Mike and her son Michael. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from SUNY at Oswego. "Wishing Well Christmas" which appears in A Christmas Sampler, is her first published story. 

A native of Wisconsin and Connecticut,
 D.T. Krippene deserted aspirations of being a biologist to live the corporate dream and raise a family. After six homes, a ten-year stint in Singapore and Taiwan, and an imagination that never slept, his muse refused to be hobbled as a mere dream. D.T. writes science fiction and dystopia. His current project is about a futuristic matriarchal society, and a gene-altered young woman who discovers the real reason otherworldly beings saved humanity from extinction. You can find D.T. on his website and his social media links, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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. 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 Scene, Once Around the Sun, A Christmas Sampler, A 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.

Stanley W. McFarland was raised in Acton, Massachusetts, and has written dozens of short dramas, primarily aimed at church audiences. He has also written the librettos to three produced musicals, Acton 1775, Light, and Joe and Mary’s Rock ‘N Roll Jellyroll Christmas Story. In 2008, a collection of McFarland’s poetry, Confessions of a Protestant, was published by Marriwell Publishing. He is currently at work on a novel. He is a Go Figure Reads author. For more see their website.
Josie Myers is a freelance writer and sometimes educator who can often be found wandering comic conventions. She was raised in and resides in Bucks County, PA, with her three children and husband. She received an MA in English from West Chester University where she won an award for fiction and publication in Daedalus. A realist-fiction writer, she is currently working on short stories with an eye to the absurd and is crafting her first novel.


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, and A Readable Feast: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales for Every Tasteamong other publications. After growing up in Pennsylvania, she has relocated to the Washington, DC area with her husband Adam, their two children, and their two cats. Visit  Emily's website

With established careers in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and software, Christopher D. Ochs is also an accomplished CGI animator, classical organist, and voice talent on radio and DVD.
His foray into the world of writing began in 2014 with his debut self-published epic fantasy novel Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifacts. In March 2015, his horror/suspense short story "Eight" was published in the GLVWG Writes Stuff mixed short fiction anthology. His current literary projects include his own anthology of mirthful and macabre short stories due out during or soon after September 2015, and the second installment of the Pindlebryth saga. If all that weren't enough to keep him busy, he is active in several hobbies including anime (The Voice of OTAKON) and electronic music.


Sally W. Paradysz
 writes from the cabin she built in the woods in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her memoir, From Scratch: Why I Walked Away From My Life and Built This Home, tells the story of building her house and rebuilding her life after the pains of rape and divorceShe works as a spiritual counselor, and won Honorable Mention for an inspirational story in the Writer’s Digest 78th Annual Writing Competition in 2009. She was a finalist in the Salem Literary Festival in 2010, and published a non-fiction story in 11:11 magazine. Her essay, "Tool-belt Spirituality" appears among those of such other authors as Gloria Steinem and Jimmy Carter in the collection 65 Things to Do When You Retire, and her essay "Just With Your Heart," appears in the anthology, 70 Things to Do When You Turn 70.  Visit Sally's website and blog: Finding Paradysz in the Woods

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 has written poetry and fiction for over 35 years, starting with journalism, children's stories, middle-grade adventures, sci-fi, and YA novels. She has recently added romance and teen historical horror to the list. She is the founder of the Network for the Arts and connects thousands of artists with workshops, events, and publishing news every day. She is a frequent guest speaker on radio talk shows all over the country and a guest author for blogs, newspapers, and magazines. In addition to BWG, she is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers, and is a past VP of the Pocono Lehigh Romance Writers. 
Visit her website


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’s work has 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 lawyer, adjunct law professor, pre-law advisor, and book editor. She is the author of several articles on law-related topics, and of the book, The Ultimate Guide to Law School Admission. She has published several short stories, and is currently at work on a murder mystery set in the Berkshire foothills of Massachusetts. She is a life member of Sisters in Crime and the Jane Austen Society of North America, and a member of SinC Guppies. She is married to her college sweetheart, and lives in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Visit Carol's website.



Will Wright, a former actor, singer, and director, published his poem, “Sadness,” in Poetry Dot Com’s best poems of 1999. He has spent the last decade writing children's fiction and songs. In addition to two stories appearing in A Christmas Sampler, he has published three e-books available on Smashwords.comWithout a Tear is a collection of four short stories geared to younger children. Salt for the Journey is a collection of stories featuring humor, tragedy and acts of bravery. Cinder is a full-length fantasy novel about an orphaned dragon in danger. Several of Will’s songs (Just a Poet, Bumbarumba, and I Like the Amish in the Springtime), were featured on CATTV’s Headley and the Rug. His story, Fall of Brother Moon, received honorable mention in Writer’s Digest magazine’s seventy-sixth writing competition in 2007 and can be seen in Salt for the Journey. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a Go Figure Reads author. For more see their website.