Our Authors


Introducing Our Authors

Norman Maclean1Norman McClean

Born in New Zealand and having taught secondary school students for all of his adult life, he has made numerous trips to the Mediterranean to examine archeological sites and locations that have held for him a life-long fascination with ancient empires, especially Minoan, Greek and Roman.
 
Teaching Art, Art History and for several decades, Classical Studies, much of his writing has been based on knowledge acquired of antiquity.  A parallel interest in the Jewish Graeco-Roman era that saw the decline of Judaea, has led to numerous visits to Israel and surrounding regions.
 
Two previous publications, JESUS ON OUR OWN GROUND and PHARISEES AND FALLACIES have examined Christian origins along with Jewish and Christian history.  The former title won a national literary award in New Zealand for works in the Body, Mind, Spirit genre.
 
REVELATION is a novel that examines the socio-political and religious factors that led to the writing of that so-named last book of the New Testament, perhaps the most widely misunderstood yet oft-quoted Biblical book.
 
Intrigued by an apparent lack of any fictional title dealing with Revelation – the mystical letter composed some nineteen hundred years ago – the author stresses that his novel avoids Revelation’s supposed prophetic nature but emphasizes the upheaval of Jewish religious and political life in the first century C.E. that saw the destruction of the Jerusalem temple and the annihilation of the entire Jewish state.  The psychological and spiritual shock of this is strongly reflected in the last book of the Bible, that lengthy document entitled Revelation.
 
Since the emergence of Christianity coincided with that century of chaos, Revelation – the novel – brings both themes together.  It would disturb and hold little appeal for conservative Christians but be welcomed by readers who are interested in the evolution of belief and the ways in which strongly held convictions have so powerfully shaped subsequent history. Contemporary fears of what are often termed End Times are dismissed in understanding why and how the original Revelation came to be composed.

Ian Cattell

Ian Cattell is a software developer who wanted a change from staring blankly at a computer screen all day. So he decided to write a book. Yeah, I know… Over the next six months he learned that there are many advantages to writing a book compared to writing software, the main one being that he doesn’t have to re-write it whenever Microsoft decides it’s “time”. He enjoys astronomy, baking organic bread, and trying to figure out why some people insist on using Macs – but when his neighbour is out he likes to play his drums. He’s got a Roland TD-11KV with the extra CY-12 Crash cymbal and double kick pedals, he runs it through a 150W Mosfet PA amp via a BOSS… Oh… your eyes have glazed over… never mind. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Wanda Luthman

A Multi-Award-winning children’s author, Wanda Luthman, utilizes her expertise in both mental health and guidance counseling to infuse each of her children’s stories with social/emotional messages such as forgiveness, perseverance, self-acceptance, and love conquering evil. She writes fantasy adventure stories that show lives being changed by the magic of love. She lives in sunny Florida with her two adorable yorkies and 15 rescue feral cats (all fixed responsibly and still residing outside and on her porch in their colony)! She loves the outdoors and finds it a great source of inspiration whether she is riding her bike, swimming, or walking. Her books are available in many formats from hard cover; paperback; ebook; and audio. Her audio books include The Lilac Princess; A Turtle’s Magical Adventure; Gloria and the Unicorn; Little Birdie Grows Up; and Sophia the Christmas Eve Snow Bunny & the Real Gift.

Joanne Ruth

Joanne Ruth was born and lives in New Zealand, one of the world’s favourite tourist destinations and adventure capitols. Writing has been her passion since childhood and with inspiration from adventurous children and grandchildren, the beauty and wonders of the world around her and the amazing and unlimited capabilities we humans have, it was inevitable that she should become a novelist. Publishing later in life, her novels ‘The Unexpected One’ and ‘Waking Fire’ are the first 2 in her ‘TAMSIN’ series.

Mark McQuillen

Hi everybody,
This is Mark, welcome to my author page. Author page I can barely believe this. When I started this process four months ago. I could have scarcely imagined what an emotional ride this would be.
I was born in 1958 at Malestrom AFB in Great Fall’s Mt. So I was raised in a military family. I was keenly aware of what PTSD can do to family and friends. I kept that in mind when writing the book. Gil Swanson is a combination if things, my father, friends and people I served with in my own stint in the military.
Mist and Sif, the co- heroines are based on the classical Valkyries but in the process of writing them. I was inspired by Wonder Woman, the Aes Sedai of Robert Jordan.
I’m still on the journey and I look forward to have you all come with me.

And remember: “Be careful of what you say and do in life, you never know who’s watching.”

Mara Reitsma

I love to write.
No, that’s too general. I love to write books filled with wicked stories.
Nope, still not good enough, how about this?
I have dabbled in the whimsical world of wording, cast spells across the pages of time, and given life to not only the story line itself; but to a whole new universe, in which thousands of stories can now take place. And will….
I’ve always been told I have a wild imagination, and the stories I have published so far, should be enough to prove it; if not, take a peek at some of my videos!!!

Chloe King

I live in the middle of the wilds of North Wales with my pets. I love to write and give a hot story to my readers.
Hot they certainly are. Better read when your partner is around…

I love animals, fresh air and the occasional trip overseas. Yes, I’m single though I do enjoy the odd lover now and then. You can read more about me on my website or get to know the real me from my deliciously sexy novella.

Kyrena Lynch

J C Christian

J.C, Christian is a new author living in the rolling green fields of Nebraska with her husband, David Christian, a musician. After nearly two decades as a social worker, J.C. is now a full time author and advocate for survivors of childhood trauma.
“Reaching for the Light: Incest Survivor’s Story” tells the very personal story of her recovery from the trauma of incest. When asked why she chose such a personal topic for her first published book, J.C. shared “I wrote this book as a gift of hope, inspiration, and healing for the approximately 40 million women in the United States who are or will be victims of this crime. It’s time we take incest out of the dark where it hides and shine the light on the lives it devastates. The survivors of this crime deserve to be recognized for the incredibly courageous people we are”.
“Reaching for the Light: An Incest Survivor’s Story” is now available for purchase on Amazon.com
J.C. ‘s next book “Searching for the Light Together: Incest Survivors and the Challenge of Relationships” is scheduled for release in February, 2017. The third book in this series “The Light Through the Trees: Trauma Survivors Through the Generations” is planned for the Spring of 2018

Warren Lockie

A retired teacher who loves a good story which reflects our human condition. His interests include literature, music, science (and Sci-fi), nature, ecology, psychology, philosophy, spirituality, the simple pleasures of everyday life and interaction with family, friends community and nature. Weta the Insect Wars, was over twenty years in the making from the first scribbles to the final full stop after retirement made time available for its completion. The sequel, Bali the Insect Wars is underway and several more story ideas have been sketched out.

Jim Cartwright

Jim Cartwright is a contemporary Australian spiritual writer, not aligned with any particular religious organization. He has a natural ability to simplify the most complex of issues relating to spirituality, while also introducing new logical concepts and alternative perspectives. Jim Cartwright’s teachings provide a fresh unique reading experience, delivering valuable wisdom to those readers who are enthusiastically pursuing their spiritual path of least resistance.

Keith Broad

Keith F. Broad is a parent of 5, a step-parent of 2, and a grandfather of 3. He is portrait artist, cartoonist, writer, illustrator and sculptor. One of his favorite memories is reading bedtime stories to his children.

Catherine Schythe

Poppy Mann

Poppy Mann ( nom de plume) was born in Melbourne Australia and after a fashion design career with top Australian fashion houses was offered a job designing sportswear and lingerie for a leading fashion house in Wellington New Zealand. Here she met and married her husband, a career army officer and travelled overseas on various postings with him and her 3 children. She lived in Singapore and Indonesia before returning to Rotorua after her husband retired from the military. Here they both opened three successful restaurants , the most notable being Poppy’s Villa which stayed open for 20 years. Poppy also tutored in fashion at Waiariki Technical Institute and wrote food columns for various magazines and newspapers.
She has been published in an army wives’ memoir in Australia and has written two other novels, yet o be published.

Marjorie Hembroff

After retiring M.E. Hembroff decided to pursue her dream of writing a book. Her daughter adopting an abandoned cat motivated her to start creating a story and soon the character of Bess was born. For inspiration, she tapped into her childhood from the 1950’s when she grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba, Canada, the fourth of five children. M.E. Hembroff now lives in Strathmore, Alberta, with her spoiled Shih Tzu, two cats, and two budgies. Bess’s Magical Garden is her first book.

Michael J Elliott

Michael J Elliott was writing stories since his early schooldays and was described by his school principal as “A Second Alfred Hitchcock”. Michael continued his love of writing in high school where he wrote and acted in films for his Media Studies class. He went on to study Media briefly at College, writing film scripts and radio ads. As a member of a community social theatre club, Michael wrote many of the sketches and routines that were performed for the benefit of senior citizens clubs. His most notable writing success was having one of his previously written comedy sketches chosen for a television comedy special.
Michael lives in a bayside suburb in the State of Victoria, Australia. When he isn’t writing tales to terrify readers, he’s often uploading new content to his You Tube Channel, The Dark Realm Diaries. It’s a channel for lovers of horror/thriller fans. It features book and movie reviews, trivia and myths and legends from around the world.
Michael has also been commissioned to illustrate the childrens book series, Girlies Adventures by author Claire Plaisted (Available on Amazon.)
Michael can be found relaxing with books, cooking, drawing and watching Golden Age Hollywood movies.

Patty Fletcher

I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am enormously proud. I have a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April, 2011 through September, 2020 I owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020 King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. It is my hope to one day return to The Seeing Eye® for a successor guide.

Jane Risdon

Jane Risdon began writing following her successful career in the International Music Industry which has taken her all over the world working, including North America, Europe, Singapore, and Taiwan. She and her musician husband have worked with everything from Rock, Thrash Metal, and R&B/Pop to Chinese Opera.
She’s been involved in Artiste Management, Music Production, Music Publishing, and the facilitation of music for TV and Movie Soundtracks.

C A Keith

Welcome! My name is C.A. Keith, Charlotte, I was born to Dutch and English descendants. I spent many years living in England but grew up in Ontario, Canada.

I live in the wine district of Niagara, not far from the magnificent Niagara Falls. I am a mother of two young men, Mel is 28; a deaf chef, and Tyler is 23. I have two huge Bernese Mountain Dogs.

I have been writing poetry and short stories since I was a teenager. I’m presently exploring different genres and writing styles. My favourite place to write is at the Gulf coast of Florida where I sneak away to often. Other than writing, I am a College Professor and I work with a Physiotherapy team providing home treatment to those in motor vehicle accidents. Two qualities I exhibit are compassion and passion.

In my books, browse through some of the anthologies that I have contributed short stories to. Some are fundraisers. One for raising awareness for the LGBTQ community, the other to save the Rhino population from poachers.

Jeanne A Gioia

Life is what you make it, so make it count. Know that no matter the obstacles that get in your way, try to have fun with it. I took my chaotic life and saw the humor. You have no idea how writing ‘Chaos, An Unauthorized Autobiography’ changed my life for the good. I was able to find myself that seemed so lost, found that I have a lot of worth, and that I finally surrounded myself with positive people who have become great friends.
I have had readers tell me that they now feel I am a part of their family, that I was not alone in the hectic cycle of life, and that by sharing mine, was able to touch their hearts. That is the best compliment i could ever ask for!
I hope you enjoy reading Chaos as much as I did writing it.
Thank you!
Jeanne

Mavis Humby

Beth Bayley

Beth lives in New Zealand with her husband, three children and two cats.  She loves to write inbetween looking after her family and doing voluntary work.

Beth Bayley is a new author who write a different kind of Billionaire Story.  Yes they are romantic and have happy endings, after all most happiness is what most readers want to escape to.

Beth has three book published on Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iApple and more.

Zora Nyxx

Thanna A Setliff

Thanna A. Setliff has known she wanted to write since she was in fourth grade. She has an active and vivid imagination and loves to share it with people. She enjoys reading books of all genres and would like to branch our into several herself. Her first book is part of a series, Worlds of Darkness, of which Defying Darkness is the first. It is about Vahmpyrs verus vampires. A prequel, In “Darkness Shining” is due out May 24, 2016 and the second book, Stalking Darkness is due by December 2016.
Thanna has also written a short story “Combustion.” The paranormal psychological thriller is out May 30, 2016, in an anthology entitled “Gems of Strength.” She has another title with the Gems of Sisterhood group entitled “Oh Baby!” that is for the anthology “Gems of Gratitude.”

Winslow Parker

The author lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. They are both retired, she from elementary school education and he from adult education. Prior to retirement, he taught other blind people computer and other technology skills. Their family includes a daughter, son, a son-in-law, daughter-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.

Sandra Brewster

Sandra has always had relationships with imaginary friends. While her mother was recovering from stroke; her only source of entertainment was reading and she had quickly read through the library in her tiny town. Sandra’s imaginary friends were able to come to life in the form of novels for her mom to read. Sandra lives in the Eastern Fraser Valley of British Columbia with her husband.

Wanda L Roberts

Wanda L. Roberts juggles a full – time job in the medical field and writing wonderful children’s books. Wanda’s books are fun educational books that teach children life lessons. Each book include activities to engage children in her stories. Her Adventures of Tara and Pep book series is based on real – life rescue puppies and the many places they explore.

Starla Carr

At the intersection of queer black woman and spiritual writer you’ll find me. Every delicately delivered word is dedicated to telling the stories that aren’t mainstream but always reflects the truth.

J Franklin Payne

President of the United States Entertainment Force, supporting our military and veterans. Past Producer of USO SHOWS for our military. Selected as the United States Veteran of the Year

Philip Melcheck