Kenneth E. Brigham
Gilbert Byron (1903-1991) grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a waterman’s son like his young fictional protagonist, Noah Marlin. A schoolteacher for twenty-eight years, he began writing full time in 1957 and was the author of eleven books. His beloved classic, The Lord’s Oysters, and its poignant sequel, Done Crabbin': Noah Leaves the River, are available in paperback from Johns Hopkins and as e-books from Secant Publishing.
Helen Chappell lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she tries to keep a low profile and stay out of the line of fire. She was written about the area for forty years. In addition to her fiction and non-fiction, she has also written a produced play and a novel about Oysterback, A Whole World of Trouble. Her Sam and Hollis mystery series garners positive attention. Her journalism and articles have appeared in the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, in addition to many magazines. She is currently a columnist for Tidewater Times and at work on a new book.
Born in the cradle between two historic watersheds – the James and New Rivers in Southwest Virginia - Bruce Ingram has spent a lifetime exploring their woods and waterways. He is a devoted float fisherman, birder, hunter, and paddler, sharing his love of the outdoors in five books and more than 2,000 magazine articles. A high school English teacher by day, Ingram lives with his wife Elaine in Troutville, Virginia. They have two children and two grandchildren.
He has also written two novels reflecting his career as a high school English teacher, Ninth Grade Blues and Tenth Grade Angst.
Bruce and Elaine were named Landsavers of the Year in 2014 by the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy for the couple placing 412 acres under conservation easements and for Bruce's magazine articles on conservation and the environment. The Oudoor Writers Association of America has honored Bruce six times for writing excellence, and the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Virginia Trapper's Association all have honored Ingram for his conservation work. Bruce is a Field Editor for OUTDOOR AMERICA and a Staff Writer for WHITETAIL TIMES. He and Elaine are cooking columnists for WHITETAIL TIMES and the Quality Deer Management Association.
Karen Huston Karydes had a twenty-four-year career at the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Libraries, focusing on adult acquisitions and reference. She then ran the library for inmates inside the Arlington County Detention Center for five years. She has master’s degrees in English from New York University and Library Science from the University of Maryland. At sixty, she pursued her interest in literary biography by entering the University of Maryland’s Ph.D. program in English Language and Literature. After receiving her degree in 2010, she returned to full-time public library work as the Acquisitions Librarian for the Talbot County Free Library in Maryland. Her book, Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and Their Detectives, is based on her dissertation.
Charles McRaven is an expert stonemason, blacksmith, and restorer of historic buildings, with five published books on these heritage crafts. A native of Arkansas, he now lives near Charlottesville, Virginia. Build Me a Tower is his first novel.
William A. Schiemann
Bill is a thought leader in the human resources field, having authored scores of articles and multiple books on talent management, including The Rise of HR, co-edited with Dave Ulrich and Libby Sartain and sponsored by HRCI in 2015; Hidden Drivers of Success: Leveraging Employee Insights for Strategic Advantage, published by SHRM in 2013; The ACE Advantage: How Smart Companies Unleash Talent for Optimal Performance, published by SHRM in 2012; Reinventing Talent Management: How to Maximize Performance in the New Marketplace, published by Wiley and SHRM in 2009; and Bullseye! Hitting Your Strategic Targets Through High-Impact Measurement, published by The Free Press in 1999.
Susan Yaruta-Young's roots in Maryland soil are deep. In 1634 her ancestor, Richard Nevitte, sailed into St. Mary's on the Ark and the Dove. The family moved to the Eastern Shore, and Susan's mom, Louise Truitt, grew up on a dairy farm known as Money Make in Trappe. Susan lived on a small farm in Baltimore County until 1996 when she and her husband, Luther Young, moved their family to Downeast Maine. A published poet and short story crafter, Susan was a Maryland State Arts Council Poet in the Schools from 1974-1996, often conducting workshops in Talbot, Dorchester, and Wicomico counties. She is a retired pastor who enjoys writing for all ages in all genres.
Author image credit Tom McCall.