C.D. Albin
Genres: Short stories, Poetry

C. D. Albin was born and reared in West Plains, Missouri. He is the author of the story collection Hard Toward Home, for which he received the 2017 Missouri Author Award in Fiction, and the poetry collection Axe, Fire, Mule.

He holds a Doctor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi and has taught for many years at Missouri State University - West Plains.

His stories, poems, and reviews have appeared in a number of periodicals, including Arkansas Review, Cape Rock, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Natural Bridge, and Slant.

Published works include:
Hard Toward Home
Axe, Fire, Mule: Poems


Barbara R. Barbre
Genres: Christian Fiction

A retired senior, I've written many shorter items throughout my life for school, college, newspapers, and my own pleasure. Canaan's Fire is the first book-length manuscript I have completed, though I hope, now that I have the time, to write others. My current book has not yet been "officially" printed, although I have put it together myself in three-ring binders. I hope to have it professionally printed soon.

Published works include:
Canaan's Fire

Bonnie Best
Genres: Fiction

Bonnie Best was born in Northeast Arkansas. She has written two children's books.

Published works include:
Olivia's Gloomy Day
Olivia's Wonderful Day

Kim Bond
Genres: Christian Fiction, Memoir, Prayer Books

Kim Bond writes inspirational poetry, wholesome fiction, and relevant personal essays. Her writing appears in over thirty publications. Additionally, she serves as editor for multiple Christian publications. Word lovers are invited to read her poetry blog at

Published works include:
Beseeching Grace: An International Prayer Collection, Childhood Remembrances, The Footstool: A Christian Short Story Collection, Menagerie: An Anthology of Christian Writing, Never Forsaken: A Testimony Collection, Spiritual Citizens: A Christian Fiction Anthology


Mary Cambron-Collard
Genres: Christian Fiction

Mary Cambron-Collard is a retired teacher. She enjoys traveling and studying other cultures. She has taught here in the States in both private and public schools and has also worked in four different countries overseas. She now lives with her husband in the Ozark Mountains of Southern Missouri near where she was raised.

Published works include:
Family Secrets
An Odd Soul
Survivor's Guilt
Incident at Indian Cave
McDugal's Kirk: Book 1 of the Bigfoot Tales
Redemption: Book 2 of the Bigfoot Tales

Morgan Straughan Comnick
Genres: paranormal, mystery, romance, supernatural and action

Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her "bubbliness." It is Morgan's mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.

Published works include:
Spirit Vision series:
  Spirit Vision
  New Beginnings
The Power of Mortals Hunter and Bringer series:
  The Hunter and the Bringer
  The Monster and The Mortal (released April of 2019)
  A Sweet Little Dream
  Fallen Star Dust

Website: Page

Christina Crawford
Genres: nonfiction

I have always loved poetry. As a young child, I began reading all the poetry I could get my hands on and would write short funny poems to make people laugh. As I got older, I began using poetry as a way to cope with the mishaps in my life. My father was killed in a car wreck and I used poetry as a way to cope with the loss.

Published works include:
As Time Goes On

Steven Michael Cross
Genres: Contemporary and some fantasy

Steve Cross is a retired English teacher who still teaches part time for Three Rivers Community College. He's also a freelance writer who has published plays, fiction, and poetry and also done well in screenwriting competitions. He's married to Jean Cross, and they have one granddaughter. He enjoys listening to music, reading, and following the St. Louis Cardinals.

Published works include:
Dark Woods
Fall of Knight
Home for a Knight
Eyes Mined
Beyond the Manor
Walt Michaels Is a Weenie


Jim Dille
Genres: Religion

James Francis Dille was born in Villa Ridge, Illinois, in 1937. He graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1959. Since then, he has lived in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where he started and served as CEO of five businesses.

Since 2000, he has taught a Bible study class at the First Methodist Church in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He has no formal training in Bible studies and does not have the imprimatur of any church for his writings. They are based upon life experiences, the Bible, and many other books and personal opinions.

Mr. Dille has five children, all of whom have college degrees; he also has nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren have degrees, and currently two more are studying towards degrees.

Published works include:
Questions With Answers from Saints
Philosophers and Old Men
Answers to Prayers Asked Along the Way to the Grave

John C. Fisher
Genres: Non-fiction/History

Fisher is the author of four nonfiction books. The topics of his books range from food history to regional history of southeast Missouri. He lives in Kennett, MO and frequently speaks to community groups.

Published works include:
Southeast Missouri From Swampland to Farmland: The Transformation of the Lowlands


Ralph Wayne Freer
Genre: Children's Books

Artist Ralph Wayne Freer has been creatively active for over four decades. His sculptures can be found in diverse collections in the U.S. and abroad. Recently, he has translated his art into written form, self-publishing two children's books illustrated with pictures of sculpted-characters found in the stories. School presentations have made in several local schools in Butler, Ripley, and Scott counties.

Published works include:
Piper's Posse...A Children's Story of Friendship
The Abbreviated Life and Times of Iggy Skunk...A Story of Character


Helen Gray
Genres: Christian Fiction (Historical & Contemporary Romance & Contemporary Mystery

Helen Brown grew up in a small Missouri town and changed colors when she married her pastor and became Helen Gray. Now retired, with the children grown and gone from the nest, she and her supportive husband still live in their native Missouri Ozarks. He likes to roam the woods, hunt and fish. She enjoys gospel, sacred, and concert band music and is a member of ACFW. Her idea of sheer luxury is to curl up with a good book and a nice cold Coke. She thanks God for the time and opportunity to spin Christian romance and mystery stories, and considers it an added blessing if they should touch others in even a small way.

Published works include:
Ozark Sweetheart, Ozark Reunion, Ozark Wedding, Bandit Bride, Prairie Bride, Bootheel Bride, Bootheel Bachelor, Bootheel Betrothal, Show Me Love, Heartland Illusions, Mozark Vision, Missouri Catch, Paige's Proposal, Brooke's Bargain, Haley's Hero, Kelsey's Keeper, Schoolhouse Justice, Educated in Murder, Preyed in Murder, Coached in Murder, Rivaled in Murder, Keyed in Murder (There are also 9 novellas.)


Nancy Griffin
Genres: Fictional Western

I enjoy watching westerns, so I wrote a series about a bounty hunter and an accountant. This has been my most accomplishment I had done. I even surprised myself writing this series.

Published works include:
The Diary of Steve McFall and Kaddie Griffin Book I, II, III


Phyllis Hardin
Genres: Military, Healthcare

I am a registered nurse in the state of Missouri. I graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2010 with a masters degree in Nursing with emphasis on leadership in health care administration. I have spent over 20 years caring for America's heroes. I have spent most of my career advocating to help others. In 2014, I created a non-profit titled Stop Military Medical Negligence (SMMN) following the death of my son Master Sergeant William Cornett. The goal of the organization is to raise awareness of the current state of the non-combat military health care system and to effect change to bring this system into the 21st century with Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) healthcare.

Published works include:
The Dead American Dream: The Hidden Face of Military Non-Combat Healthcare


Ray Joe Hastings
Genres: Nonfiction sport Fishing

After a lifetime of practice and 16 years of devoted, extensive research, Ray Joe Hastings has compiled a landmark story documenting the history, techniques and methods of a native sport anthropologists say is exclusively Ozark that still thrills hunters and fishermen today.

Published works include:
Bows and River Gigs used in the Clear Streams of the Ozarks

Judy Goodman Howard
Genres: Christian Fiction - Mystery/Romance

Judy Goodman Howard is a retired elementary teacher and a lifelong resident of Southeast Missouri. A book lover from childhood, she enjoys a good mystery and has written several poems and a few short stories. A special interest in the nineteen thirties, forties, and fifties has prompted her to revisit those years through the characters in her novels. Her hobbies include collecting anything having to do with dogs, foxes, and turtles, playing the piano, memorizing scripture, and of course reading and writing.

Published works include:
"Dreams and Secrets - Bluebird Valley Series Book 1, Christmas and Clues - Bluebird Valley Series Book 2, Quests and Crimes - Bluebird Valley Series Book 3"

Phillip Douglas Howerton
Genres: Non-fiction, Literature

Phillip Douglas Howerton is a sixth-generation Ozarker and professor of English at Missouri State University–West Plains. He is co-editor of Cave Region Review, general editor of Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, and the author of The History of Tree Roots, a collection of poems .

Published works include:
The Literature of the Ozarks : An Anthology


Mary King
Genres: Fiction

Mary King lives in Farmington, Missouri. She is married and works as an LPN in Fredericktown, Missouri. Mary has four children whom are all married and live in the surrounding area. She loves to read, crochet and travel.

Published works include:
The Beginning

Debbie Manber Kupfer
Genres: YA fantasy, Children's and Puzzles

Debbie grew up in the UK in the East London suburb of Barking. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children and a very opinionated feline. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything

Published works include:
The P.A.W.S. Saga, Adana the Earth Dragon, Paws 4 Logic, and others.


Tim Morgan
Genres: Self Help, Psychology, Spirituality

Retired New Thought Pastor. Now a Neurotherapist and President Of Heartland Neurotherapy Associates.

Published works include:
The Enneagram Of Miracles


Michael Murphy
Genres: Children's Fiction (Character Education)

I am a retired teacher who taught for twenty-five years in Missouri's public schools and colleges. I have a B.A. in History and Political Science from Murray State University and a Master's degree from the University of Mississippi. I served for over twenty years in the Missouri Army National Guard and in the U.S. Naval Reserve. I have been married to my wife Lori for over forty years. We have no children. I have had articles published in magazines such as "Instructor" and "Poet Forum." "Elsie's Story" is my first book.

Published works include:
Elsie's Story: This Story Has No Hero

Tonna O’Dell
Genres: Christian/Inspirational

Tonna ODell is a follower of Christ, wife, mother, and a middle school history teacher. She enjoys her simple life and values time with her family. Tonna and her husband, Eric, are also the song leaders at their church and feel blessed to serve their congregation in that capacity. They live in Missouri with their daughters, Lydia and Phoebe.

Published works include:
Christmas Together

Jody Reeves
Genres: Young Children

Jody Reeves is a new author working to bring joy to children through her writing. Jody was born and raised in Senath, MO. She lives in Mountain Home, AR. She graduated from Arkansas State University in Mountain Home with two Degrees. Jody works for Youth Bridge in Mountain Home, AR. She works with children in a counseling setting to help them be more successful as they grow and learn.

Published works include:
Skamp's Favorite Dessert


Marcus Robison
Genres: Children's fiction

"My family resides in Ste. Genevieve, MO. My wife is a teacher and I build cabinets in a small town nearby. Our two boys Jamison (4) and Porter (6months) manage to keep us both very busy. I have been writing stories since I was in grade school at Oak Grove Elementary in Poplar Bluff. As an adult I want to continue the adventures and excitement that I experienced through literature and share through my work, with a new generation."

Published works include:
The Butterfly Kite

Barns and Noble: The Butterfly Kite

Martha (MJ) Rodriguez
Genres: Realistic Fiction and Non-fiction

Martha (MJ) Rodriguez grew up in rural Arkansas where she attended college and taught high school. She has always enjoyed writing, and as a teacher, she enjoyed teaching her students to write essays, poetry and stories. Soon after she retired her first novel was published, and a story included in that novel inspired her to start a children’s book series, Life in the Leaves, and later another series, Life in the Trees. MJ does volunteer work at local food banks and teaches in a women’s rehabilitation facility, but much of her time is spent writing and illustrating her children’s books.

Published works include:
Modified (MG novel), Rectified (MG novel), Pepper (YA novel), Children's books:
Whip or Rill, Hannah Hummingbird, Beatrice Blue Jay, Morey Mockingbird, Goodbye Abuelita, Busy Arlo, Rusty Rabbit, Thin Girl, Brave Buster, Kind Korie, Benny Shares
Non-fiction: It Pays to be Picky


Tracy Satterfield
Genres: Children's books

I grew up on a farm in Southeast Missouri. My love of children's books inspired me to begin writing, deriving stories from my childhood.The Piper Jane Children's Book Series begin to flourish after a pause in life. I self published my first children's book in October 2018, Piper Jane Bubblegum Blunder, with a series of Piper Jane books to follow. My son, Easton Satterfield, is part of this writing adventure, as the illustrator of this book and the ones to follow. My hope is the real life stories bring laughter to a child, and the lesson learned from each story be applied in the minds of young readers.

Published works include:
Piper Jane Bubblegum Blunder


Laura Stewart Schmidt
Genres: YA Mystery

"Laura Stewart Schmidt is a lifelong avid reader and writer. Her favorite books have always been mysteries, beginning with the Trixie Belden and Judy Bolton series for girls. Her inspirations are Joan Lowery Nixon, Caroline B. Cooney, Phyllis Whitney and Sue Grafton. Laura is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration. She spent several years working as a community education coordinator, starting reading clubs for middle-school students and encouraging parents to read to their preschoolers. She also worked for several years at an agency that provides support for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. She lives near St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and dogs. "

Published works include:
Until Proven Innocent


H. Ray Sigler
Genres: Historical novels set in south Missouri

Born August 12, 1936, Tyrone, MO (doesn't exist anymore), Went to H.S. in Cabool and Winona, MO, 20 years in USAF Chaplain Service, taught junior high school 1 year, 30 years in real estate business, retired to write two novels, Tyrone Dust and Tyrone Dilemma. Presently working on a trilogy of Tyrone and a political novel set in Missouri. Married to Elaine, three children, three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Published works include:
Tyrone Dust and Tyrone Dilemma

AR Simmons
Genres: Mystery, Suspense

AR Simmons is a life-long resident of the Ozarks. Simmons has worked as the school janitor (while in the 6th grade). As an adult he was, a carpenter's helper, a factory worker, a soldier, a menial newspaper employee, and a teacher. Of course, he worked the family farm. His first fiction efforts (after writing innumerable essays, term papers, and theses) were science fiction short stories which generated a blizzard of rejections. He began writing mystery/suspense with Bonne Femme, the first book in the series. In 2003-2004 he began serializing his series on-line. Today hey total 13 e-books, eight of which are now published in paperback. He and his wife (cover artist, muse, and best friend) still live on the hard-scrabble Ozark farm that his grandfather cleared and settled. Here he writes his tales of obsession during the cold months.

Published works include:
Devil's Run, Bonne Femme, Cold Tears, Canaan Camp, Secret Song, The King Snake


Anita Stafford
Genres: Realistic fiction - middle grade

Anita Stafford makes her home in the peaceful hills of northern Arkansas. She grew up on a dairy farm and retains a only a few scars from an entertaining childhood among three siblings, an extended family that included thirty-one first cousins, and a flock of ill-mannered renegade chickens. Anita is a Licensed Professional Counselor and worked in public school as a teacher and a counselor before becoming a middle-grade writer. She has taught students from kindergarten through graduate level.

Published works include:
The Legend of Sassafras House


John R. Stanard
Genres: History

John R. Stanard, a prize-winning reporter and photo-journalist, is the former editor and co-owner of the Daily American Republic, which was published by his family from 1916 to 1988.

Stanard, a 1962 honor graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, worked on the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise and The Minneapolis Star before returning to his family newspaper in Poplar Bluff in 1965. In recent years he has done free-lance editing and has conducted editorial seminars as a consultant.

Stanard's news photographs have appeared in major publications worldwide and have won first place in the Missouri-Kansas division of the Associated Press.

A native of Poplar Bluff, he is the fifth generation of his family to have lived in Butler County. Stanard has been active in conservation, cultural, and many other civic affairs.

Published works include:
Butler County: A Pictorial History, Volume I
Bulter County: A Pictorial History, Volume II
Caring for America: The Story of Family Practice

Storm Swafford
Genres: Christan, Fiction, Children

I'm just a country girl who loves writing stories. It's my goal to write stories that entertain the mind, encourage the spirit, and glorify God.

Published works include:
Chicken Girl Unleashed

Cleve Sylcox
Genres: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Horror

Cleve Sylcox is a master of suspense and tales of the supernatural. He is a risk taker and isn't scared to stand on the edge of grammars ledge. He would rather jump to new avenues than fall into conformity with Grammar Nazi's. His books are bizarre, unusual manuscripts of the Macabre, Mystery, Hard-Boiled Detective, and Sci-Fi. He likes to mix it up and isn't afraid to jab, duck, and move into twists that propel a story forward and stretch the reader's mind in different directions.

Published works include:
Fly Paper Soup, Forgetting to Forget, Missing Dolls


Lance Talbot
Genres: Children, Family

Lance was diagnosed with autism. Rather than let that hold him back, he wanted to show other kids that they should always reach for the stars and follow their dreams. He created Lance's journeys, a series of books that will encourage kids to follow their imagination and always look for ways to have fun learning new things. He also donates $1 from each book sold to autism awareness groups to help others like him see beyond their limitations.

Published works include:
Lance Goes To France, Lance Goes To Africa

Steven M. Thomas
Genres: Mystery, Comedy, nNoir, Action-adventure

I Was A Drummer She Was A Dancer: A True Love Story, a brutally honest and critically acclaimed autobiography, was first published in 2013.

Over the next several years, the author followed up with four novels in a series: Chase The Rabbit, Rabbits Never Die, The Hollywood Murders, and Aloha, Lugosi!

Set primarily in Hollywood 1932, the books have been described as utterly unexpected gems.

Originally billed as action adventure, the stories cover a wide range of genres, including mystery, comedy, romance, history and science fiction.
He has since published all four of these novels into one book.
Since gaining a cult-like following, Steven M. Thomas appeared in a highly successful program called The Cleve And Steve Show, which boasted thousands of viewers, but ended after one year and 12 episodes.
On New Years’ Day 2019, he launched his own program which can be seen on YouTube, called The Steve Thomas Show.
Author, comic, actor, musician, public speaker and teacher, Steven M. Thomas is highly regarded as a multi-medium talent and is making his first appearance at the Poplar Bluff Library because his family is originally from the area. His grandfather, Bill Willis, had a country store in Doniphan, MO. Later, his uncle Monroe (Jake) Willis also had a business there.

Published works include:
The Complete Gretch Bayonne Series Books 1-4


Roger Whitmire
Genres: Science Fiction

Roger Whitmire was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 18, 1965. He’s been a life-long fan of superheros and of stage magic. In 1968, his family moved to the small town of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, where he’s lived ever since. Roger’s favorite TV shows are Charmed, Doctor Who,and The Vampire Diaries. Roger enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels from various authors including J.R.R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling, as well as independent author Markie Madden. He also enjoys reading comics and graphic novels. Some of the new inventions talked about in technology documentaries helped to inspire his first novel, Allen Cain. At the time of this printing, Roger is working on a sequel to this novel, titled Allen Cain: The City in the Sky.

Published works include:
Alien Cain: Truth, Justice, Magic // Alien Cain: The City in the Sky (Book 2)

Karen Woods
Genres: nonfiction

My book has been out since June 20, 2018. It's an autobiography. Publisher is Covenant Books.

Published works include:
The Thirty Five Year Old Secret

Website: Page


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