Friday, May 31, 2019

Author Feature: Joseph Max Lewis

Joseph Max Lewis writes old school thrillers. His first novel, The Diaries of Pontius Pilate, has been optioned for development as a motion picture by Hollywood Producers Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon of Believe Entertainment. His recent release, Hell Rises, is his fourth novel.

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Author Feature: Kimberly Miller

Kimberly M. Miller is a writing and film professor by day, author by night. She enjoys watching movies, making jewelry, and creating fun stories for her readers. Currently, Kimberly has two published novels, Picking Daisy and Forgiving Tess, but she looks forward to bringing more romance your way soon!

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Friday, July 20, 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.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Author Feature: Carol Schoenig

Carol Schoenig lives in Cranberry Township Pennsylvania with her husband.  She has two sons and five grandchildren, which she says is two sets.  One set lives in Erie Pennsylvania and range in age from twenty to sixteen.  The second set is in Grove City Pennsylvania ages five and four.

Carol is an avid reader of romance and mystery.   She was first inspired to write in her early twenties when she submitted a short story to Harlequin Romance.  When she didn’t win the contest, she thought she couldn’t write. But continued writing on the side.  She pursued a career in Human Resources and received a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College.

Upon retiring from her career, she vigorously began writing. Her debut novel, The Caretaker was released in March 2017. She also is a 2017 New York City Big Book Award recipient.

Find Carol at her Website and on Facebook

Friday, July 13, 2018

Author Feature: Darrick Dean

For someone who has loved reading and disappearing into fantastic worlds as long as he can remember, Darrick Dean took a slightly different path to creating his own worlds. He earned his engineering degree from Geneva College, published articles on space exploration in publications such as Ad Astra and Space Times, and contributed ideas to NASA’s Space Exploration Initiative. Unfortunately, NASA never used his plan to dispose of nuclear waste into the Sun.

Fascination with space travel wasn't the only thing shaping his mind. The other was history, particularly the ancient kind. Exploring the legends of ancient America and other lands, he soon realized much had been forgotten about our past.

Then he discovered the fantasy realms of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald. He asked the questions, “What if not all in myth is fiction?” and “What if the lines between history and legend can be blurred?” His first novel, Among the Shadows, was born as the answer to those questions.

Among the Shadows is the first of the Watchers of the Light trilogy, to be followed by Awakening and Scourge. The Servants of the Flame duology, Fallen and Wielder of Fire, will be set in the same universe.

“History warns us. Legend fascinates us. Imagination drives us. Authors take these and create worlds that entertain, provoke, and warn. Ultimately, even fiction is about the Story we all find ourselves in.”

You can find Darrick Dean on-line at and

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Author Feature: Cindy Rinaman Marsch

Cindy Rinaman Marsch was born in Jacksonville, Florida at the end of the Baby Boom, the oldest of seven siblings in blended families. She became a Seminoles football fan at Florida State University, taught at Auburn University, and in 1986 married Glenn Marsch, a professor of physics. The Marsches have four grown children and keep a garden and hobby winery in Slippery Rock, where they have lived since 2004.

Though she currently works as a freelance editor and as guest lecturer in writing at Grove City College, for the previous three decades Cindy homeschooled and taught online. With her nest emptying, she now has time to write as she has always desired, and her debut novel Rosette offers an episode of unknown history with imaginative speculation. The companion short story "Blizzard" adds a chilling episode of Rosette's life. In process now is a companion novel, Solomon Ramsdell, and a transcription of Rosette's actual journal of 1856-58.

The illustrated paperback version of Rosette is enhanced by twenty-four charcoal illustrations by Cindy’s daughter Betsy. Learn more at .

Contact Cindy Rinaman Marsch via and through her websites at and


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Author Feature: Randy Ryan

Randy Ryan is a former power lifter who holds three Pennsylvania state records and a world record in the bench press. He holds a Master’s in English from Youngstown State University, and lives in New Castle, Pennsylvania with his two dogs—Lilly and Grizzwald. Perspectives is his first published novel, and is the first of a trilogy that could be read in succession or as three standalone stories. His other titles include My First Baseball Game, My Trip to the Museum, and Hunter’s Christmas Memories.

Find more info about Randy coming soon at Pokeberry Press.