Each year, KABAM! brings Featured Authors and Poets to our community, with authors chosen to appeal to a wide variety of age groups and interests. Our featured authors for the 2016 KABAM! Festival will present on the main stage during the festival. 

Along with the presenters, authors will be signing their books and talking to interested readers throughout the festival. Be sure to check back for details on authors who will be at the KABAM! Festival.

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Lynne Avril is the illustrator of more than 80 children's books. Her most popular characters are the young Amelia Bedelia, from the well-known author Herman Parish (Harper Collins, 2010-2012), and Nellie Sue, from Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni (Dutton, 2010). In 2011, she was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association for her illustrations in The Pirate of Kindergarten (Atheneum, 2010). Lynne lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is also known in the music scene as a blues bass player.

Deborah Laurent was born with the gift of writing. At 12 she began her first novel, Desires of the Heart, having experienced being an author by handwriting, hand-pecked and electric typewriter, and current word programs. Considered the step-child of Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom, her love stories intertwine in-depth meaning and significance. 

Deborah’s first novel, The Glass Table, tells the story of a woman’s life through letters from her friends and family. After a tragic accident, these love letters are given to thank, aid, and pay homage in an attempt to help her heal. Taking place on the Hampton Coast, this novel reflects on the unique manner in which grief is dealt with. It has captivated 40,000+ readers in an indie- publishing format.

Deborah’s second novel, The Christmas Robeis an award-winning short story picked up by Chicken Soup for the Soul, then converted to a Christmas novel. As the timeless story of how important those cherished Christmas memories are, especially after the loss of a loved one, it has sold 12,000+ copies and is on the short list to becoming a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Her third novel, Desires of the Heart, began 40 years ago. The 620 page epic chronicles the life of a woman through her heritage, past, present and future during the civil war era, available in 2015.

Ever grateful for the gift of writing, and never dashing the hopes of being traditionally published, the self-publishing format has allowed Deborah to donate 50% of her book sales to aid the homeless.


J.C. Amberlyn loves art, animals, and adventure in the Great Outdoors. She is an artist, book author, photographer, and animator. Her creative goal is to create visual and written works of art that strike a chord with her audience and that express her love for the life that shares this planet with us. Her work has received a number of awards and recognitions and has been published in various media, including fine art magazines, comic books and the New York Times!

She has written and illustrated three successful how-to-draw books: Drawing Wildlife, Drawing Manga Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures, and The Artist's Guide to Drawing Animals: How to Draw Cats, Dogs, and Other Favorite Pets. Her latest book, How to Draw Manga: A Beginner's Guide, is due out in Spring of 2016. All are published by Watson-Guptill Publications, a division of Random House. JC’s work as a photojournalist for the Kingman Daily Miner has resulted in numerous state and local awards for photography and writing. Photojournalism has allowed her to meet many interesting people and see beautiful places and she feels privileged to be able to observe and document the ebb and flow of life in her local community. She was especially honored to receive recognition from the Arizona Game and Fish Department for her work on wildlife in 2008 (Outdoor Writer of the Year) and a community award from Kingman, Arizona for her contributions to the arts in her community (Women Making History (Arts)).


Jim Turner grew up visiting Arizona's natural and historic wonders, and has been studying, writing, teaching, and giving tours related to Arizona history since 1974. He is the author of Arizona: A Celebration of the Grand Canyon State. His new book, The Mighty Colorado River: From its Sources to the Sea, is due out later this year (and he will be presenting on the subject during the KABAM! festival).

Plus, keep an eye out for these other great names in attendance:

Stephanie J. Cress is the author of the recently published fantasy novel, Gilded Shadows (New Link Publishing, 2015).

Shawna Leigh and Grace Ware, co-authors of the middle grade fantasy novel, Adrianna and the Four Guardians and the middle grade adventure novel, Gidget the Archaeology Pup Goes to Machu Picchu.

Alexandra Livingston writes a variety of young adult fantasy. Find a list of her books here!

Sherry Engler is the author of Living With LEO (Law Enforcement Officer).

Elaine Auerbach is the author of the women's empowerment book, Fairy Tales For Women Who Have Been Through the Mill.

Tom Keller is the author of the Vegas Fae series.

Kelley Heckart, author of an array of fantastical tales of myth and legend.

Alan Black is a #1 Amazon bestselling author for Metal Boxes, a young adult, science fiction, military, action adventure. He has published over fourteen books to date. Black is an indie multi-genre writer who has never met a good story he didn't want to tell.

T.L. Smith's experience in the U.S. Air Force taught her to appreciate the military culture and ever-changing technologies, giving life to the Science Fictions she loves so much. This perspective helps her write about strong women, holding their own as humanity reaches out into the universe.