Jen Mann

Jen Mann is best known for her wildly popular and hysterical blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Jen is known for her hilarious rants and funny observations. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges which was a Finalist for a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Award. She is also the mastermind behind the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series.

Jen is a married mother of two children whom she calls Gomer and Adolpha in her writings – she swears their real names are actually worse.

Ashley Craft

As a child who grew up in Anaheim, California, Ashley Craft could recite the Star Tours ride by heart, navigate the Park without a map, and fell asleep to the sound of Disneyland fireworks each night in her bedroom. After two internships at Walt Disney World and many, many more visits to the Disney Parks, Ashley is now one of the leading experts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Her popular blog, Ashley Crafted, is best known for featuring recipes inspired by Disney Park foods to help people recreate that Disney magic right in their own kitchens. Today, Ashley lives in Kansas with her husband, Danny, and three kids, Elliot, Hazel, and Clifford…but she still makes time to visit the Mouse. Learn more at

Peggy Mall

Peggy Mall resides in Overland Park, KS with her dogs Isabelle and August, and her fur-ball machine cat, Miss Olivia. When Peggy is not busy writing, you might find her somewhere on stage in a local theatre production, but her very most favorite times are spent with her family and friends. Clementine the Porcupine is her first children’s book.

Shari Blue

Shari Blue is a lifelong Kansan and lover of children’s books.
“Who Saw the First Snow?” is the first book she has authored. Shari is also an artist, primarily painting landscapes in oil andacrylic for the past 20 years.

Jane Coletti Perry

Jane Coletti Perry grew up in a small, Midwestern college town. With a degree in English and a love of history, she has written a memoir, “Finding Sarah Jane”, published in Patchwork Path: Treasure Box, and her articles have appeared in The Best Times, a suburban Kansas City periodical. She has a passion for preserving family history, learning how the past has shaped who we are, and searching our collective history for stories of the heart and sharing them in fiction. Jane and her husband have two children and five grandchildren. They have lived throughout the United States and England, where she has sung in church choirs, symphony choruses, and women’s ensembles. She loves celebrating anything with the family and kayaking at their summer lake house. Her fantasy is to be on Dancing with the Stars for Grandmas. “Marcello’s Promise” is her first novel. Jane is a member of Women Writing the West.

Amy Gregory

When asked ‘when do you have time to write’, Amy Gregory simply laughs. The real answer is, “in bits and pieces”. She and her husband live in Kansas City with their three fantastic kids that keep them running in three very different directions. Because she sits so much, she always carries a notebook with her at all times. She has an off the wall, snarky, off the cuff sense of humor that often shocks even those who’ve known her for years. And she loves that her children have all been blessed with that ability to make others laugh as well. At least she’s grateful most of the time! Her husband often teases her about how she “makes this stuff up” when he’s reading a piece of her work. The answer—“it just comes to me when I’m typing”. Scary thought, huh?

Stephanie Morrill

Stephanie Morrill writes books about girls who are on an adventure to discover their unique place in the world. She is the author of several contemporary young adult series, as well as the 1920s mystery, “The Lost Girl of Astor Street”, and the WWII era romance, “Within These Lines”. Since 2010, Stephanie has been encouraging the next generation of writers through her website, She lives in the Kansas City area, where she loves plotting big and small adventures to enjoy with her husband and three children.

Garrett S. Griffin

Garrett S. Griffin is the author of “Racism in Kansas City: A Short History” and the upcoming book “Why America Needs Socialism: The Argument from Martin Luther King, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, and Other Great Thinkers” (December 2019). He is the communications coordinator at Communities Creating Opportunity, a Kansas City political advocacy organization that works for racial and social justice. Griffin went to Missouri State University for his undergraduate degree, followed by graduate school at Rockhurst University. Before joining CCO, he worked as a professional writer and as a para for special needs and emotionally disturbed students.

Eric T. Reynolds

Eric T. Reynolds is the Editor/Publisher at Hadley Rille Books. He was born in the Flint Hills town of Eureka, Kansas, and has lived elsewhere in Kansas and on the East Coast. His fiction has appeared in the magazines Mythic Circle, Galaxy’s Edge, and Sci Phi Journal as well as several indie press publications, and he has had several non-fiction science articles published in an encyclopedia about the history of space exploration. “The Artifacts: A Flint Hills Story” is his first novel.

Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and a smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in her own mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children (quite badly if you believe her offspring). Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe. Her latest novel “A Cry in the Dark” is full of suspense, mystery, and romance and already has a five star rating on Goodreads.

Annie Ward

Annie received a BA in English Literature from UCLA and an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. She sold her first screenplay to MTV/BCFS Productions. Strange Habits, starring Adam Scott, was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. “Beautiful Bad” is her first psychological thriller and is nominated for Best Debut Novel. Annie is from, and lives in, Overland Park, KS with her family.

Megan Bannen

Megan Bannen is the author of “Soulswift” (Balzer+Bray, 2020) and “The Bird and the Blade”, a Kirkus Best Young Adult Book of 2018 and an Indies Introduce selection. An avid coffee drinker and mediocre ukulele player, Megan lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and their two children. She’s a full-time writer, but her librarian heart will always belong to the reference desk.

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