Friday, June 15, 2018

About Our Author Features

The blog space on our site is being used to feature authors who have attended or will be attending our book festivals. Author features from previous years will remain on the site, with new authors added as they register for the current fest.

You can find the link to attending author features on the right hand side of the site.

Please Note: The Festival is intended for published authors local to western Pennsylvania. We are not accepting publishing companies or mass market book sale companies in fairness to our authors. We will accept sponsorship from companies that will be listed on our site and our event brochure. See sponsor page for more information.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Author Feature: Karen Sweeney-Ryall

Karen Sweeney-Ryall mentors women to live their dreams and fulfill the destiny designed for them by God.  She is the author of Revealing Your Treasures Hidden in Darkness. She is an inspirational speaker about thriving and not just surviving, our God-given unique identity, value, and calling and bringing beauty from the ashes of our difficult experiences.  She is also completing her certification as a Life Purpose coach.

Karen is an avid reader, loves the beach, nature, and travel, and enjoys her 4 children, 4 grandchildren, and one great-grandbaby. She works as a hospice bereavement coordinator and is active in women’s ministry and leadership at Living Hope Church.

Find Karen at

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Author Feature: Todd J. Vicker

With the success of Todd’s first children’s book “The Hunt for Luke’s Bone”, Todd decided to continue his book series. His faithful companion, Luke, his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel continues as the books main character. Born with an artistic sense throughout his life and a graduate from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Todd has been in the printing industry since college. With his passion for art, Todd has continued to provide us with his combination of love for animals and children. Creating books for children that brings Luke to life, for everyone to enjoy, is his new passion.

Find Todd on his Facebook page


Friday, May 11, 2018

Author Feature: Sandra Gould Ford

Sandra Gould presents literary and visual art that encourage, refresh, enrich creative thinking and inspire.  Her TED Talk describes the writing program she established at a mega-jail  [].

Sandra published an international quarterly and produced two writer conferences.

She now enjoys exploring the human experience through the arts. 

Web site:


Author Feature: Robert Forte

Robert Forte is a multi-talented American writer and producer at Fifth Wind Films. In the last 20 years, audiences have enjoyed his work on virtually every stage, from the small screen to large silver screen. Robert has written or produced seven stage plays, three television sitcoms, one musical, four screenplays and his first crime novel, The Woman in the Yellow Dress. The Yellow Dress is based on his original screenplay and the first in the Patrick Miles Atwater Trilogy. Now, Magenta Dairy continues the adventure into the early 1950s. Robert has also invented a board game, writes original music and has six screenplays of development.

Born in 1947 in East Orange, New Jersey, Robert met his wife Evelyn in high school, reuniting 40 years later. Since 2012, they have lived in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where Robert has served on the Inclined Plane for three years as an Operator, including raising support to preserve this “Jewel of Johnstown,” as Robert calls it.

Robert studied philosophy at Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) before hitting the road with his rock band. These experiences as an aspiring rock star gave Robert the idea of creating On Tour® The Board Game in 1985. The game gives participants the thrill of forming a garage band and going on tour with the goal of making to the top of the Billboard charts.

Although Robert’s last name sounds French, he is of Irish-Welsh decent and was raised in an Italian family after he and his sister, Lori, were adopted as the ages of 6 and 9, respectively.

Find more at


Friday, April 13, 2018

Author Feature: Michael Prelee

“Michael Prelee is a graduate of Youngstown State University. He resides in Northeast Ohio with his family where he enjoys writing. His crime fiction novel "Murder in the Heart of It All" is now available from North Star Press. The next installment in his Milky Way Repo scifi crime series, Bad Rock Beat Down, was recently released. The first book in the series, Milky Way Repo, is currently available from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy.” 

Find more about Michael and his work at


Monday, April 9, 2018

Author Feature: Joseph Jenkins

Joseph Jenkins lives near Grove City, Pennsylvania on a 143 acre homestead with an organic garden and orchard and a few ducks and chickens. He began self-publishing in 1994 while a graduate student at Slippery Rock University, with no professional writing or publishing experience, and has since sold over 85,000 self-published books with a combined cover price of over 2 million dollars. His three titles include: The Humanure Handbook (in 3 editions), The Slate Roof Bible (in 3 editions), and Balance Point (in 2 editions). His titles have been recognized in numerous local, national, and international book awards.

His books have been mentioned on NPR, the BBC, CBC (Canada), PBS, Playboy Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Howard Stern, New Yorker Magazine, Associated Press, and many other media outlets.

Jenkins also owns and operates a nationwide slate roof consulting business, and three internet sales outlets (,, and He also provides international consulting services for "composting as a sanitation solution." His research, consulting, and speaking engagements have taken him to 58 countries and territories so far.

Jenkins publishes the Traditional Roofing Magazine and is the founder and executive director of the Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America, Inc, a non-profit trade association. he is also setting up a slate roof training center in the Grove City area.

Find more info at  and contact him through Facebook