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.
Karen Huston Karydes had a twenty-four-year career at the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Libraries, focusing on adult acquisitions and reference. 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.
Author image credit Tom McCall.
Margaret A. Rice
Margaret A. “Maggie” Rice enjoyed a long and successful career as a teacher and school administrator in her native England. Born in Wellington, Somerset, to a grocer father and a teacher mother, she worked for two years in London before moving to the U.S. in 1968 with her husband, Ray, to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where Ray gained a PhD in food technology.
Maggie taught in three different early-years settings within the University and gained a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
On returning to the UK, Maggie served as the head teacher of a nursery school in Hull; Devon County Advisory teacher for Under Fives; an Under Eights Inspector with Devon Social Services; and a college lecturer and child care center manager.
Today, she and Ray enjoy family gatherings with their daughter Nicola; their son, Andrew, and his wife Maria; and three grandsons, Sebastian, Adam, and Harry. She values friendships, gardening, and music, and is a member of the Devon History Society and the Devon and Cornwall Record Society.
The Henry Bagwell Story is her first book.
In the early years of the craft beer revolution, Tony was positioned to comment upon and document the legal, economic, historical, and cultural effect breweries had over time. His first two books, Eastern Shore Beer (2014) and Delaware Beer (2016), connected beer and local culture and traced that connection from colonial times to the present.
Tony began producing independent podcasts in 2007 in addition to his work as a reporter. He produced podcasts on beer, local news, and writing, always with a focus on the individual’s relationship to their place and time.
Tony lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with his wife and the only one of his four daughters who hasn’t moved out. Together they keep their dog and cats comfortable.
William A. Schiemann
Bill has 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.