A life-long resident of Burlington, Iowa, Lyle Gibson is a best-selling author of two different books. His first book “A Lifetime in Motion: Lessons Learned From a Student of the Game(s)” reached #9 on Amazon in its respective category.
The book is a collection of true stories from his experience as a baseball player, a tennis pro, Boston marathoner and a coach that pass on life lesson lessons to athletes, coaches, parents and people in general. A surprise ending tells how those life lessons are helping Lyle fight the battle of his life.
Lyle’s second book “From the Bench and Beyond” broke the top 100 on Amazon. From his experience as a player and coach of various sports at a number of skill levels, this collection of true stories is humorous, occasionally serious, inspiring and sometimes almost unbelievable.
It’s exceptionally interesting and fun to get a firsthand perspective as to what goes on during a game or practice or even off the playing venue. The things you don’t see or hear will give you a whole new take on sports.
A Hollywood motion picture based on both books is presently in the works and hopes to be completed sometime in 2018.
Dennis Maulsby is a retired bank president living in Ames, Iowa. His poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Mainstreet Rag, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review (Pushcart nomination), and on National Public Radio’s Themes & Variations. His Vietnam War poetry book, Remembering Willie, won silver medal book awards from two national veterans’ organizations. His second book of poetry, Frissons, a collection of haiku and senryu was published in 2012. Some of the poems in this book have been set to classical music and may be heard at his website: www.dennismaulsby.com.
Prolific Press released a third book of poetry, Near Death/Near Life, in 2015. The book has since received a gold medal award from the Military Writers Society of America, was named a winner-finalist in the USA Book News contest, and nominated for the da Vinci Eye Award for cover art.
His latest book of linked short stories, Free Fire Zone, was released by Prolific Press in November 2016. It has been named a finalist in the International Book Awards contest. The book has been reviewed by the Military Writers Society of America and received a 2017 silver medal award. Maulsby is a past president (2012 – 2014) of the Iowa Poetry Association
Leigh Michaels is the author of more than 100 books, including contemporary romance novels, historical romance novels, and non-fiction books. More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published. Six of her books have been finalists for Best Traditional Romance novel in the RITA contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America. She has received two Reviewer's Choice awards from Romantic Times (RT Book Reviews).
Her work has been translated and published in 120 countries in more than 25 languages, including Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Bulgarian, Russian, Turkish, Hebrew, Greek, Swedish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Africaans, Arabic, Indonesian, and Chinese.
She received the Johnson Brigham Award presented by the Iowa Library Association to an Iowa author for outstanding contributions to American literature.
She is the author of On Writing Romance, published by Writers Digest Books, Creating Romantic Characters, andWriting Between the Sexes. She has produced audio programs and written magazine articles on subjects of interest to writers in general. She blogs on reading, writing, and the Regency historical period at http://leighmichaels.blogspot.com. She also writes local history books. Her husband was artist/photographer Michael W. Lemberger.
She teaches romance writing on the Internet at Gotham Writers' Workshop. Men and women from around the world have participated in her workshops, and a number of them have gone on to publish their own romance novels with commercial publishers.
She wrote her first romance novel when she was a teenager and burned it, then wrote and burned five more complete manuscripts before submitting to a publisher. Her first submission was accepted and published by Harlequin Books, the first publisher to look at it.
Carson and Connie Ode were born in Iowa at opposite ends of the state. Connie's birthplace was Mrs. Murphy's Nursing Home in Kingsley and Carson was born at his grandmother's farmhouse near Ossian. They each stayed in their respective area of the state for their college education. Connie graduated from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City and Carson from Luther College in Decorah. Their lives merged when they each obtained their first employment in Minneapolis. Connie was employed as a medical technologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Carson found work at an advertising art studio. They met, dated, married and moved to Owatonna, Minnesota, where Carson began a new job as a designer of Christmas and other greeting cards at Jostens, Incorporated. After he served two years as a Jostens branch plant art director in Porterville, California, they chose to move back to the Midwest. Carson secured a job as a graphic designer with Meredith Corporation in their Better Homes and Gardens® Special Interest Publications department. After two years in this position, he began freelancing with Connie by his side—doing everything but the artwork. They have made the southside of Des Moines their home and have raised five children in this environment. They love Iowa and won't be moving south anytime soon.
Austin Sane is a local writer and filmmaker. Born in South Dakota, he was raised in Illinois. Austin found his love for writing at the age of 16 when he was inspired by his cousin's first book entitled Life the f is Silent. By the age of 18 his first book, Life's Abyss was written. Soon to follow was his latest book, ILL Scene, a collection of short stories and poems on the subject of dealing with depression and suicide. A horror fanatic, Austin Sane's work is inspired by the wicked minds of Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, as well as his favorite author Darren Shan, and the band Twiztid. Austin Sane is now branching out set on bringing his short stories to the big screen by writing and directing his own short films. Austin Sane loves to collaborate with fellow writers and artists, Alexander J. Dawson, Scott Riege, and Craig Gaul. He is determined to make it to the Sundance Film Festival to share some of his stories on the big screen.
Connie Corcoran Wilson graduated from the University of Iowa and Western Illinois University, with additional study at Northern Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. She taught writing at six Iowa/Illinois colleges and has written for five newspapers and two blogs. She is an active, voting member of HWA (Horror Writers Assocation). Her stories and interviews have appeared online and in numerous journals. This year, her work has won prizes from Whim's Place Flash Fiction and Writer's Digest (Screenplay). Connie reviewed film and books for the Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa) for 12 years and wrote humor columns and conducted interviews for the (Moline, Illinois) Daily Dispatch.