Saturday, March 17, 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.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Author Feature: Laura Lovic-Lindsay

Laura Lovic-Lindsay spent her youth playing alone in cemeteries, along a river, and on the paths of some deep woods. Small wonder, then, that the crows chose her to share some of their darkest tales. An English degree from Penn State helped with all the grammary stuff. Two kids and two dogs help keep her humble and focused.

[Website in Progress -- will be updated.]

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Author Feature: Jamie Lackey

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cat. Her debut novel, Left-Hand Gods, is available from Hadley Rille Books, and she has two short story collections, The Blood of Four God and Other Stories and A Metal Box Floating Between Stars and Other Stories available from Air and Nothingness Press.  Her flash fiction collection, One Revolution, and her novella, Moving Forward, are both available on Amazon.  She also has over 130 short stories available.  Her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Cast of Wonders.  In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. 

You can find her online at

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Author Feature: W. Stephen Coleman

Stephen Coleman has spent most of his adult life as a professor of theater at the University of Pittsburgh. A specialist in Shakespeare, acting, directing, and stage combat, he taught for more than 30 years and practiced his craft on stage and screen, including roles in Silence of the Lambs, where he had the pleasure of being literally defaced by the epicurean Hannibal Lecter and in the PBS Series The War That Made America, where as the ill-fated General Braddock he was shot from the back of a horse. It was only after he retired that he discovered a new interest: The Civil War, and especially, Gettysburg.

Illustrator Tim Hartman is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has been professionally acting, singing, writing, cartooning, and storytelling since 1982. He is also an award-winning political cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared widely in newspapers. (Tim was integral to the development of Discovering Gettysburg but is not attending Fest.)

Find more information about Stephen and Discovering Gettysburg at Savais Beatie, LLC

Author Feature: Ruth Ochs Webster

Ruth Ann Ochs Webster was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, a not quite Northern and not quite Southern town on the Ohio River. That location sparked a lifelong interest in both history and travel.  Ruth now lives in Metro Pittsburgh, near the confluence of the two rivers that form the Ohio. She is a retired National Board Certified Teacher, specializing in language arts and United States History.

Ruth has been published in various magazines, literary journals, and newspapers.  She was a newspaper columnist for seven years. She is the recipient of the Backbone Mountain Review Fiction Prize, the Stanier Award from the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival (a collaboration), and the Author Zone (TAZ) Award for Historical Fiction.

Her current project is a six-novel series entitled Toe the Mark. The novels are inspired by the lives and military records of real men, ancestors of the author, based heavily on genealogical and regimental research. Published by Tree Shadow Press: Ancestrals.

Book one of the series—Henry: The Jersey Brigade—won First Place in Historical Fiction at the TAZ Awards in 2017.

Book two of the series—Jesse: 53rd Kentucky—will launch this spring and be available first at the West PA Book Festival.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Author Feature: Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the published author of 10 non-fiction books, including “Ezekiel’s Bones: Rekindling your congregation’s spiritual passion” and “Reality Check 101” (a church visioning workbook). He recently completed a romantic literary novel set in Pittsburgh, “The Exodus of Henry Defazio.” When not busily writing, he sits on several non-profit boards and leads workshops on organizational health. He is also photographer, poet, and playwright. Bill lives on a peaceful street in Penn Hills (Pittsburgh area) with his wife, two cats, and a dog.

Find Bill and his work at

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Author Feature: Shawn Riniti

Shawn Riniti resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Ashton and four children. He obtained his B.S. in Elementary Education from Youngstown State University and has been a musician for the better part of his life composing music, lyrics, and poetry. Starting at an early age, he has been enthralled in suspense-thriller and horror novels and movies. After years of contemplation, he decided to combine his abstract imagination and unique visuals to release the stories buried in the depths of his mind. Amongst them, is his debut novel “Secrets of a Stranger.”

Find Shawn at