Author and photographer Lydia Criss is best known to most people as the ex-wife of KISS drummer, Peter Criss, and the inspiration behind their number one hit “Beth.” Lydia was there at the very beginning of the forming of Kiss and was a driving force behind the scenes. She is the author of a tell all Kiss biography and is an accomplished photographer having had her work published on numerous CDs and tour books for dozens of bands, and in major publications such as The Daily News, The New York Post, and People Magazine to name a few.
Mary Ann Esposito is an American chef and the television host of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, which started in 1989 and is the longest-running television cooking program in America. Mary Ann specializes in Italian cooking but has also cooked numerous dishes from around the world. She has had a variety guest chefs on her show and has appeared on many other cooking shows. Mary Ann is a gifted author and has published over a dozen cookbooks. Ciao Italia
Mike is from the tiny coastal mining town of Ipswich, Massachusetts, home of the fried clam. There in the late 1970’s he and four friends created one of Rock and Roll’s most outrageous bands The Fools! Fans of the Fools and eighties rock will love his book “Psycho Chicken & Other Foolish Tales” which takes you from the front row to back stage to world tours. And you can be sure that there was never a dull moment.
Mark played Major Don West on the 1960’s classic television series Lost in Space. He also starred in the series, Johnny Ringo, The Detectives and General Hospital. Mark’s book “To Space and Back” maps his roundtrip journey from a small town boy to a TV star and back again recounting humorous anecdotes about co-stars and celebrities. Told with humor and candor, his book gives the reader a roller coaster ride equal to any side trip the Jupiter II took on its way to Alpha Centauri. He currently teaches at the F.L. Chamberlain School in Massachusetts where he lives with his wife, Evelyn, and their son, John. Mark Goddard
K. Peddlar Bridges
Peddlar Bridges aka “The Roadpoet” is a Rock and Roll Bikerpoet and Motorcycle Historian. His poetry echoes his 40 plus years of motorcycle riding and a life time spent on the road. His poetry is fast paced with quick shifts and with the snap of a five speed tranny going through the gears! Besides performing his poetry at shows, Peddlar also likes book signings featuring a number of his Motorcycle and Road related books including his book, “Laconia Motorcycle Week 1916, The Beginning…” Which gives a historical view of the Motorcyclists one hundred years ago and the world they rode in. K. Peddlar Bridges is the Publisher and Editor of Roadpoet eMagazine, a longtime Senior Columnist for the Connecticut Cruise News Newspaper, The cable TV host for Roadpoets’ Studio, featured in Beverly Mass. Ipswich Mass and Laconia NH and the former Poet Laureate for The Connecticut Super Sunday Expo. His life and work can best be summed up in a few words. “It’s all about the Road!”
Marilynn Carter has been cooking and working in the medical field since age 15. She is a wholistic health practitioner as well as a health and environmental awareness guide at Many Paths for Health. With a philosophy that the importance of the Food we eat is another path for health, “No Fret Cooking” evolved. Learn more about Marilynn at Many Paths for Health.
Steve Carter taught guitar for 25 years at Berklee College of Music. He composed, arranged, and performed the music for the cookbook “No Fret Cooking”. He is the author of the poetry book “Intermodulations.” Learn more about Steve and his music at Frog Story Records.
Lenny Cavallaro teaches English at Northern Essex Community College, and was formerly Associate Editor of The International Journal of Professional Hypnosis. He is co-author of “Persona Non Grata,” and author of two works of fiction, “Trojan Dialogues: The Memoirs of Diomedes” and “The Greatest Champion Who Never Was.”
David Daniel’s novel “Ark” was pulled out the slush pile at St. Martin’s Press and published to wide acclaim. Since then he has published ten additional novels and more than a hundred short stories. “The Heaven Stone” won a Private Eye Writers of America Award and was a Shamus Award finalist. Among his books are “The Tuesday Man,” “Goofy Foot,” “White Rabbit,” “Reunion,” and two collections of short fiction: “Six Off 66” and “Coffin Dust,” all available at Amazon.com.
Guntis Goncarovs is a chemist by education, a historian by interest and a storyteller by passion. Throughout his childhood, Guntis listened to the stories of the idyllic land his parents had emigrated from and soon developed his own bent for storytelling. Combined with his interest in history, Goncarovs has channeled his research into his family lineage and history into three works of historical fiction, with several more in development. He has returned to New England, and has continued developing character rich storylines steeped in detail for the historical fiction enthusiast. Guntis Goncarovs
June Greig is a first-time author who worked as a reporter for The Republican, formerly the Union-News, of Springfield, MA, for 23 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism/English from University of Massachusetts. She is certified as a Pet Loss Bereavement Counselor by the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement. Presently a bookseller, she works in her off-time on her writing and photography interests. A New Jersey native, her experiences as a child assisting a neighbor who groomed poodles, played a part in developing her interest in and love of dogs. Her own first dog was one of the groomer’s poodles. She is a member of Connecticut River Valley Golden Retriever Club, and has served on its board of directors. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family and dog, Cooper. June Greig
Pasquale A. Emiro was a retired guidance counselor who lived in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Josephine, had four children: Christine Moore, Frances Larson, Patricia Nicol, and Joseph Emiro. Pasquale was a Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford, Massachusetts and was a member of a Catholic Men’s Group at Holy Family Parish in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He was a hospice volunteer and a member of the Friendly Persuasion Toastmaster’s Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed cooking, travel, writing poetry, and reading. Pasquale was a member of the Greater Haverhill Poets. Pasquale Emiro passed away on January 3, 2013.
Anne Ipsen Her two memoirs: “A Child’s Tapestry of War-Denmark 1940-45” and “Teenage Immigrant” draw on her childhood experiences in Denmark and America, while her first novel “Karen from the Mill” reflects her love of history and the sea. The sequel, “Running before the Prairie Wind,” takes place in southwestern Minnesota in 1890. “At the Concord of the Rivers” was published in March 2011. It is also a historical novel, this time about Puritan Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century. A sequel is in the works. She enjoys talking to people of all ages about her work and the historical context of her books, whether it be the dramatic rescue of the Danish Jews during WWII, her experiences as a teenage immigrant in post-war Boston, fascinating tales from the time of the tall ships, or the development of southwestern Minnesota. She is delighted to meet with groups of all sizes in the Boston area, from small book clubs to large audiences and can provide discussion question in advance. Anne Ipsen
Marian Lanouette is an Amazon bestselling author. “If I Fail,” A Jake Carrington Mystery was her debuted book which hit Amazon’s top two hundred bestselling mysteries along with stellar reviews. She soon followed that up with “Burn in Hell,” A Jake Carrington Mystery which also resided in the top five hundred on Amazon. The third book in the Jake Carrington Series, “Mated for Life” came out in early 2016. An accomplished author she writes in both the mystery and romance genres. Marian’s “Season of Magic” (2014) became an Amazon Bestseller and resided on the list for over seventeen weeks. An avid reader, she discovered her love of mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster in New York. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved cases, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.
Stacey Longo is the author of “Ordinary Boy” and “Secret Things: Twelve Tales to Terrify”. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including “Shroud,” “Shock Totem,” and the “Litchfield Literary Review.” A former humor columnist for the “Block Island Times,” she maintains a weekly humor blog at her website. Her books are available on Amazon, through her website or on the Books & Boos website.
K.D. Mason a life long runner and sailor, lives on the New Hampshire seacoast with his wife and two cats, Molly and Sweet Pea. He has two grown children, a son who lives in Las Vegas and a daughter who lives with her husband and their daughter in Massachusetts. A lifetime of working in the restaurant business, sailing in the Caribbean and New England as well as hanging out with an active running community has given him a wealth of story ideas. K.D. Mason
Chuck Miceli grew up one of eleven children in the tough East New York section of Brooklyn New York. He served as Staff Sargent and rifle platoon leader in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was a Resource Center Coordinator for the National Institute of Corrections and Chief of Curriculum for the Connecticut Justice Academy. He has worked as a criminal and juvenile justice consultant to the American Correctional Association, the National Juvenile Court Services Association, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Miceli serves on the Editorial Board for “Voices and Visions,” the annual literary review of the University of Connecticut’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. His articles have appeared in professional journals and magazines, and his poetry and short stories have been printed in literary journals. Miceli is also a columnist for WTNH’s weather information website: WXedge.com. Miceli spends much of his free time involved in civic, social, and religious volunteer work. He currently serves on the Leadership Council for the University of Connecticut’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and was previously a Lieutenant for the Community Emergency Response Team in his town. He is also past Board of Directors Chairman for Every Dollar Feeds Kids a non-profit organization that raises money to feed hungry children in the US and abroad and he donates a portion of his book sales to the charity. He lives with his wife, Judy, in suburban Connecticut. Chuck Miceli
Cynthia G. Neale is a native of the Finger Lakes region of New York and now resides in New Hampshire. She has long possessed a deep interest in the tragedies and triumphs of the Irish during the Great Hunger. She enjoys Irish set dancing, traveling, reading, art classes, baking fanciful desserts, hiking, kayaking, creating events that include food and dance, laughing until it hurts, and dreaming about possibilities. Ms. Neale wrote the book Pavlova in a Hat Box, Sweet Memories & Desserts, Pear Tree Publishing’s first cookbook! She is the author of the young adult books, The Irish Dresser and Hope in New York and Norah, her first historical novel for adults. Ms. Neale also writes plays, short stories, and essays, and holds a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Vermont College. Cynthia G. Neale
Dana C. Owen served as a Police Officer for 27 years in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, retiring as a Sergeant and the Armorer for the Massachusetts State Police. From 1970 to 1992, he served with the Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission Police Department (MDC). When several state law enforcement agencies merged, he became a member of the Massachusetts State Police, serving until his retirement in 1997. He is the recipient of several police citations including the Metropolitan Police Medal of Valor, the highest honor awarded. Dana holds a Bachelor Degree in Law Enforcement from Northeastern University. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he is also an avid genealogist. Shotgunned
Dale T. Phillips
Dale T. Phillips had Stephen King as his college writing teacher, and since then Dale has published four novels, over 30 short stories, story collections, poetry, and a non-fiction career book, “How to Improve Your Interviewing Skills.” He’s appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film, “Throg.” He competed on two nationally televised quiz shows, Jeopardy and Think Twice, losing on both in a spectacular fashion. He co-wrote and acted in “The Nine,” a short political satire film. He’s traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and throughout Europe. Visit Dale’s website.
Kristen Ringman is a deaf writer, traveler, and artist. She writes multi-cultural lyrical fiction and poetry inspired by her persistent wanderings to far off places. She is the author of I Stole You: stories from the fae; Makara: a novel, a Lambda Literary finalist in Debut Fiction and nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and the editor of Everyday Haiku: an anthology. She received her MFA from Goddard College in 2008. She’s currently working on her first poetry collection and literary fiction novels that play along the boundaries of magical realism, fantasy, and horror. Her work can be found in Callisto: A Queer Fiction Journal, QDA: A Queer Disabiity Anthology, and many other anthologies. Kristen Ringman
M. R. Tighe
M. R. Tighe, a graduate of Mass. College of Art with a BS in Ed. and minors in Art History and English, is the author of the Tartarus Trilogy, an SF/space adventure, and the space opera Galaxy Rand. She also writes the occasional short story with a dark twist.
Vlad V is the author of “The Button,” “Yorick” and “Brachman’s Underworld.” A freelance writer and former newspaper correspondent for the Lowell Sun and Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, his work can be viewed at www.TheVlad.net. His books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords.com, and through his website or on the Books & Boos website.
Bruce Valley is a former Navy test pilot, has been an amateur hockey goaltender for almost six decades and is the chief executive of an aerospace corporation in Virginia. Bruce mostly writes about Rye, New Hampshire, his home town. He loves to play jazz trumpet and writes on matters which touch heart and soul. He and his wife Nancy have two children and six grandchildren.
Maggie van Galen is the award-winning author of the Keeno and Ernest children’s book series. She has published a book of poetry called An Inside Look…and wrote for a small-town New Hampshire newspaper. After years of telling stories to her boys and their friends, Maggie decided to share them with the world. She truly hopes that you enjoy them too! Maggie has recently been named a winner in the 2014 and 2015 “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” contest put on by The Authors Show. Maggie lives with her family on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Maggie van Galen
Ursula Wong grew up on a dairy farm in central Massachusetts, and went on to become a high tech engineer. Her stories have appeared in a number of magazines including “Everyday Fiction” and “Spinetingler.” She is a regional winner of the flash fiction contest sponsored by the New Hampshire Writer’s Project (NHWP) and she leads the NHWP Nashua chapter. Her debut novel, “Purple Trees,” concerns madness in dairy country and is available on Amazon. Visit Ursula’s popular Reaching Readers Blog on her website.