23 October, 2018


David J. Marsh came to belief as a child and grew up steeped in biblical narratives. His father was a pastor and a student of both theology and  biblical languages. Growing up, Dave often asked him to read aloud the scriptures in their original Hebrew and Greek. While Dave could not understand them, the music of these languages in their original tongue fascinated him. His late father’s library of commentaries now lines a wall in his home.

In his debut novel, The Confessions of Adam (Bold Vision, Fall 2019, a re-telling of the universal and dramatic narrative that opens the book of Genesis, he has crafted a richly imagined story of creation and its aftermath – drawing on a lifetime of familiarity with the text as well as more recent study.

Mr. Marsh holds a BS in Communications from Grace College and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Butler University, Indianapolis. A fascination with Hebrew biblical narratives drives much of his fiction. Dave’s work has been recognized by or appeared in Utmost, Booth Online, NoiseMedium, and Fixional. 

Dave is founder of the Westside Writers’ Workshop and twice monthly he records what he’s learning about the craft of fiction on his blog “Revel and Rant” at www.davidjmarsh.comDave and his wife Cyndi reside in Danville, Indiana.

11 September, 2018


Erik Forrest Jackson is an award-winning playwright, musical book writer and novelist. He is the recipient of a 2017 residency grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and a full fellowship at the Chulitna Artists Residency for 2018.

His latest original play, the darkly comic drama Like a Billion Likes, premiered at Stage West Theatre. It is the winner of the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award; the winner of the Southwest Playwriting Contest; a finalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference (top 54 scripts out of more than 1,450); a top 10 finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award; a semifinalist for the Inkslinger Playwriting Competition; and was named runner-up in the Todd McNerney Playwriting Contest, where it was read as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s “Stelle Di Domani” series. 

A member of the American Theatre Wing’s Advisory Board and the selection committee for the Clive Barnes Foundation awards, Erik is also part of the writers’ group at the Musical Theatre Factory, where he is currently developing a musical adaptation of Like A Billion Likes with composer Brad Alexander and lyricist Jill Abramovitz.

His musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, co-written with Ben Winters and featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka (arranged by Tom Kitt), was developed at New York’s Capital Rep and the Actors’ Playhouse in Miami; it has since been licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and performed in cities across the globe, from London to Seoul. He also adapted the beloved TV comedy Cheers for a live stage event, which premiered in Boston and was followed by a run in Chicago.  Erik’s comic adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie premiered Off Broadway at New York’s P.S. 122, as did Dolla twisted take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; the comic thriller Tell-Tale (transfer to the Cherry Lane Theater, GLADD nominee for Best Play); and the comedy Charlie! He also penned the screen adaptation of Charlie! The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

He is the author of a humor series for middle-grade readers and adults firmly in touch with their inner kids. Published by Penguin Workshop, the first book, Muppets Meet the Classics: The Phantom of the Opera, is out now, and Muppets Meet the Classics: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm will hit shelves in October 2018; both are from Penguin Workshop.

Erik was a staff writer and story editor for season two of Here TV’s supernatural series Dante’s Cove. His screenplay Heartbreaker, a psychosexual thriller, was a finalist for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. Erik’s poems appeared in the Showtime film The Escape, starring Patrick Dempsey.

Erik spent more than a decade as an executive editor at Entertainment Weekly and InStyle, one of the world’s largest fashion media brands. (To read an interview about his time at InStyleclick here.) He is known as an expert producer of compelling, visually dynamic content that engages and activates readers who love pop culture, style, home decor and entertaining, plus all aspects of fashion, beauty and grooming.  Previously, Erik was the editor-in-chief of Show People magazine, published by Time Inc., and an editor and critic at Us Weekly and Time Out New York. His articles as a freelance writer have appeared in GlamourWReal SimpleTown & Country and Out, among others. 

He has been an on-air reporter for the TV program Talking Movies on BBC/BBC America; acted as host of ABC’s entertainment program The Us Weekly Report; and was a correspondent for ABC’s News One radio show. As a correspondent, he has appeared on CNN, VH1, Entertainment TonightThe ViewAccess Hollywoodand, in a moment of shining glory, on MTV’s How to Live Like a Celebrity Pet.

Find Erik at:, and follow him on Twitter:  @MrErikJackson

4 August, 2018


Eileen Rivers is a digital content editor for USA TODAY’s Editorial Page for which she writes, develops and edits online interactive content. She won an Emmy for her recent “Re-entry Project” during which she headed a team of journalists who visited prisons across the country to tell the stories of repeat offenders. Her goal in developing, editing and publishing the project was to get the stories behind America’s recidivism numbers and figure out what’s lacking for prisoners in the U.S., a country with one of the highest repeat offender rates in the world. 

She has been a journalist for more than 20 years, covering government, crime, incarceration and the military. Before becoming an editor at USA TODAY, Eileen was a copy editor at The Washington Post and wrote for the Post’s Real Estate, Metro and Arts sections.

Eileen was an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army and served in Kuwait after the Gulf War. She was also a Spanish linguist and served on intelligence collection missions in Central and South America.

BEYOND THE CALL (Da Capo/Hachette, November 2018), her first book, focuses on the work of three women who served on female engagement teams during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A native Marylander, she lives in a suburb near D.C., and has two incredibly stubborn (but sweet) cats.

10 July, 2018


Michael Reichert Ph.D. is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, all the while managing an independent clinical practice, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding of children with practical, even life-saving, challenges.

He has also immersed himself in research and consultation experiences that have afforded a deeper understanding of the conditions that allow a child to flourish in natural contexts: families, schools and communities. He has created and run programs in both inner city communities and in some of the most affluent suburban communities in the world. Working closely with children across such varied conditions, he has come to a profound appreciation for the hard science of human development.

For ten years he helped to create and led an intervention for high-risk youth in the tri-state region around Philadelphia. The program raised over $4 million in grants and was named a “promising practice” for reducing youth violence by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

As an extension of his work with schools, boys and their parents, he was asked to pull together top national experts by a highly regarded boys’ school outside of Philadelphia and to create a unique program combining research, advocacy and service. The program was the first school-based research center devoted to understanding the particular needs of boys, which eventually grew into a research collaborative between more than 15 independent schools and the University of Pennsylvania.

He continues to lead The Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, which has honed a model for student empowerment, Youth Participatory Action Research, training high school students in rigorous research methods so they can explore pressing questions about relationships and identity. Each year, these student researchers come together at Penn with over 125 others to present their projects and consider action step recommendations.

His work with the Center led to a request by the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, an organization of over 300 state and elite schools around the world, to conduct a series of global studies on effective practices in boys’ education. In conducting these projects and for subsequent presentations based on the studies’ findings, he has traveled and spoken to audiences of boys, educators, and parents throughout Africa, the U.K., Canada, and in many states in the U.S.  He has led workshops and consulted to hundreds of schools of all types.

Since 1984, Dr. Reichert has maintained a clinical practice outside Philadelphia, PA.,  specializing in work with boys, men and their families. In addition to direct patient care, he has served as the supervising psychologist at an independent boys’ school and has had the opportunity there to create and lead a program designed to enhance boys’ emotional literacy.

This body of experience has led him to publish numerous articles and several books, including Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Lessons About What Works—and Why and I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners. He currently writes a column for Yahoo! News, The #MeToo Guide to Raising Boys, and has a forthcoming book for parents, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men, which will be published in April 2019 (Tarcher/Perigee/Avery, division of Penguin Random House).


13 June, 2018


John Christianson is the Founder and CEO of Highland®, a boutique wealth advisory company located in Bellevue, Washington. For the past 25 years, John has managed the financial lives of some of the most successful wealth creators in the country, including executives at Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Nike, and Facebook, along with other successful entrepreneurs and professionals. As a guide and steward to these high net worth individuals and families, he has acquired unique insights into the challenges and opportunities for wealth creators as they seek to have it all and live fully.

John has co-authored Hello Someday, an inspirational retirement book, and his writing has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and other local and national publications. His book, The Wealth Creators’ Playbook (Praeger, March 2019) guides readers to have a fully rich life, not just in terms of wealth accumulation. It is also available from Gildan Media/Recorded Books on audio.

John is also the host and creator of The Wealth Confidant Podcast which focuses on issues at the intersection of money and life through interviews with prominent wealth creators such as Howard Behar (former President of Starbucks), Whitney Johnson (author and co-founder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund) and others.

John is married to the love of his life of 32 years, and they share a home in Woodinville, Washington with Blue, their extremely friendly rescue dog. John is a spiritual agitator, an avid and competitive rower, enjoys learning all he can about personal growth and development, and strives to model the belief that to whom much is given, much is required.

You may connect with John at, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @jcchristianson.


4 June, 2018


JoAnneh Nagler is an author, artist and life coach with a focus on shortcuts to happinessShe’s the author of three non-fiction books, including, Naked Marriage: How to Have a Lifetime of Love, Sex, Joy and Happiness (Skyhorse, May 2018) ,as well as two Amazon Top-100 books, How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass and The Debt-Free Spending Plan.  

She believes in the simple and the easy, and all of her books offer start-from-today (no digging up the past), easily-applicable tips for people with busy lives.

She writes across genres, authoring short stories, plays, teleplays, music, and travel.  She lives with her (adored) husband Michael, a film and creative writing professor, in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Find her at Artistry Life : JoAnneh Nagler’s Official Website



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6 May, 2018


Michael Volpatt is the co-owner and co-founder of Big Bottom Market. For seven years now the Market has been serving the Guerneville community and travelers to California’s Western Sonoma County and has become one of Sonoma’s favorite places to visit.

n addition to his work at the Market, Michael is also a PR guy and has dedicated his time to promoting the Market and the Guerneville community. Michael played an important role in the Market’s Biscuit Mix and Honey bring recognized as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. He also credits the town’s growing number of entrepreneurs for their role in keeping Guerenville gorgeous and making sure that the town keeps its charm while also evolving for the changing community and the modern traveler. The Market has played a role in the ongoing transformation and Michael along with his business partners Kate Larkin and Donna Prowse, are proud to be a part of the growing community.

THE BIG BOTTOM BISCUIT:  Specialty Biscuits and Spreads from Sonoma’s Favorite Market (Running Press/April 2019)  is Michael’s first book.

1 May, 2018


Lisa Romeo’s first book is Starting with Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir of Love after Loss, (University of Nevada Press, May 1, 2018).

Her short work is listed in Best American Essays 2016, and regularly published in both popular and literary venues, including the New York Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Longreads, Brain Child, Inside Jersey, Brevity, Under the Sun, Hippocampus, Purple Clover, Motherwell, Palm Beach Illustrated, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tishman Review, Sport Literate, and many other places. She’s contributed to more than a dozen anthologies, including Flash Nonfiction Funny (Woodhall Press), Feed Me (Random House), The Best Advice in Six Words (St. Martin’s), and Why We Ride (Seal Press).

Lisa works as a graduate writing instructor, manuscript editor, freelance journalist, and writing coach. She is thesis director for Bay Path University’s MFA program, teaches periodically at Montclair State University and with The Writers Circle, and serves as an editor with Compose Journal and Cleaver Magazine.

Lisa frequently presents at writers conferences and leads workshops in many locations. She’s been recognized with grants and scholarships from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Vermont Studio Center and several Pushcart Prize nominations.

A former equestrian journalist and public relations specialist, Lisa earned an MFA degree at Stonecoast (University of Southern Maine) and a BS in journalism from Newhouse (Syracuse University).

Raised in northern New Jersey, Lisa spent many years as a competitor on the hunter/jumper horse show circuit, and lived in California, Las Vegas, Florida, and New York before returning to New Jersey where she married her high school crush. She now lives in her hometown with her husband and college-age sons.

Connect with Lisa at her website, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or blog.


16 April, 2018


Rachel Sullivan is a dog-hugger and tree-lover. Growing up with three sisters sparked her passion for both women’s history and women’s advocacy, which led to her career as a birth doula and childbirth educator. These days she channels those passions into researching and writing fiction. The idea for her debut novel, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER, book #1 in the Wild Women series, came about while researching ancient goddess-worshiping cultures. Rachel noticed how mythology about goddesses and folkloric female shifted from a place of strength and power to a place of subservience and wickedness as women became more oppressed due to political/and or religious changes.  Wild Women #3: ISHTAR’S LEGACY is just published to continues the battle between the Wild Women and the oppressive Hunters.

She discovered Norse tales about the huldra, women who were said to have bark patches on their backs and live amongst the trees as powerful protectors of the forest. The folklore surrounding the huldra had changed over the years turning them into evil forest women who seduced men and could only be saved by marrying a man. Rachel saw an opportunity to create a similar story about folkloric women who used to be wild and free and powerful, who were told lies about their very existence, that their wildness must be contained due to its evil and uncontrollable nature. Until one huldra stumbles upon the truth when her own containment cracks open and her wildness flows freely.

When she’s not writing, Rachel enjoys hiking, attempting to grow her own food, or reading. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and two well-fed guinea pigs. ISTHAR’S LEGACY, the third book in the WILD WOMEN series, is her latest novel from City Owls Press.

Learn more about Rachel and her Wild Women series at her website.

 You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

12 April, 2018


Elaine Neil Orr is a writer of fiction, memoir, and literary criticism. With stories set in Nigeria and the American South, she delves into themes of home, country, and spiritual longing. Swimming Between Worlds (Berkley/April 2018) is described by Charles Frazier as, “a perceptive and powerful story told with generosity and grace.” Anna Jean Mayhew writes, “the riveting plot and real-life characters would not let me go.” In a starred review, Library Journal said of Orr’s first novel, A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa (Berkley/2013), “this extraordinary novel shines with light and depth.”

Her memoir, Gods of Noonday (University of Virginia, 2003), was a Top-20 Book Sense selection and a nominee for the Old North State Award. She is associate editor of a collection of essays on international childhoods, Writing Out of Limbo, and the author of two scholarly books.

In 2016, she was Kathryn Stripling Byer Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia.

Orr has published extensively in literary magazines including The Missouri Review, Blackbird,
Shenandoah, and Image Journal, and her short stories and short memoirs have won several Pushcart Prize nominations and competition prizes. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Orr was born in Nigeria to medical missionary parents and spent her growing-up years in the savannahs and rain forests of that country. Her family remained in Nigeria during its civil war. She left West Africa at age sixteen and attended college in Kentucky. She studied creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville before taking her Ph.D. in Literature and Theology at Emory University. She is an award-winning Professor of English at North Carolina State University and serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University. She reads and lectures widely at universities and conferences from Atlanta to Austin to San Francisco to Vancouver to New York to Washington D.C., and in Nigeria.

For more, go to,, and follow her on Twitter@ElaineNeilOrr