Friday, July 19, 2019

Author Feature: M.K. Anthony

M.K. Anthony lives in rural northwest Pennsylvania with her husband and their young daughter.  If she’s not working in her garden or chasing down a feisty toddler, then she’s probably lost in the world of her characters.  M.K. is currently working on the second installment in the Legends of Breena series.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Author Feature: Kerry E.B. Black

Kerry E.B. Black writes an eclectic mix of tales, both fantastic and true, ranging from short stories and drabbles, essays, and even a novel. Some of Kerry's darker work has been hailed as "Chicken Noodle Soup for the Gothic Soul."

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Author Feature: Jared Frederick

Jared Frederick has a lifelong passion for American History. His many books include Images of Modern America: Gettysburg National Military Park and various historical books for young adults.

Prior to his career in academia, Frederick served as a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Following the Battle of Gettysburg sesquicentennial in 2013, Jared received the park’s Incentive Award for his contributions during the commemoration.

Jared has long been involved in the world of Public History, including historical interpretation and development at numerous sites. He has completed projects in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, Pennsylvania Civil War 150, and a multitude of state and national organizations. As an active reenactor, he believes the past can be taught in spheres beyond the traditional classroom.

Having served as a commentator on the American Battlefield Trust’s Civil War in Four series, Frederick has also appeared on C-SPAN, PBS, the Pennsylvania Cable Network, National Park Service productions, and various online documentaries. In 2019, he acted as a guest host on Turner Classic Movies for the channel’s 25th anniversary.

Frederick currently serves as an Instructor of History at Penn State Altoona, where he specializes in various realms of American History and civic engagement.

Jared is available to present a broad range of historical lectures and presentations. Visit to learn more.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Author Feature: C. William Davis III

Bill was born at Camp LeJeune, N.C. He has lived in southwestern PA most of his life. Bill was a member of Toastmasters International and past President of the Aspinwall, PA Toastmasters. Bill has a lifetime interest in literature and writing and has published several pieces of poetry and the first three books in the Clive Aliston Mystery Series and his short stories, Whispers, Echoes and Wisps of the Wind and with his next book Lady Lethal coming out this Fall.

Find Bill and his books on his Website

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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 authors from within or near western Pennsylvania. We are not accepting publishing companies or mass market book sale companies in fairness to our authors. We will accept a few local small business sponsors who may set up for informational purposes, no sales. See sponsor page for more information.

Author Feature: John Frederick

John Frederick’s initial interest in writing was sparked by his high school newspaper and yearbook experiences and it prompted him to pursue Journalism at Penn State University.  But a growing love of nature and his interests in environmentalism pushed him to change his major to Geography.  After graduation, he spent thirteen years teaching Earth and Environmental Science at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and ten years coaching their girls' basketball team.

After his basketball team won a second state championship, John wandered into environmental program management, working for his local recycling program and Pennsylvania's recycling professional organization.  Ultimately, the organization produced a magazine and he wrote extensively for the publication and several other environmental journals.  Disappointed that more environmental discussion was not taking place in his local newspaper, The Altoona Mirror, Frederick suggested a periodic column on environmental issues, Earth Matters.  The reborn writer embarked upon his book writing experience about this same time, penning what would become Winding Roads: A Bicyclist’s Journey through Life and America.

Whether via writing or in-person, John loves telling stories and it is because of this tendency that his efforts on a book about his cycling adventures (and misadventures) began a decade ago.  Though Frederick keeps writing, he's certain he'll run out of time before he runs out of stories. 

Find John at Deeds Publishing

Monday, July 8, 2019

Author Feature: Zachary T. Owen

Zachary T. Owen is the author of Burn Down The House And Everyone In It, The October King, and Doom Sayer. His work has been featured in many print and online magazines, as well as popular horror podcasts such as No Sleep and The Wicked Library. He is a resident of Pennsylvania. He grew up on Sega Genesis and horror films. He is currently working on a collaborative project with William Pauley III, entitled Naked Brunch.

Find more about Zachary on his Facebook page.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Author Feature: Judy Sharer

Judy Sharer: Authoring a historical romance novel has always been a dream of Judy’s, and now writing has become her second career after retiring from education. She devotes a portion of each day improving her craft at her home in the northwestern mountains of Pennsylvania.
     Book one, Settler’s Life, is the first book in her series, A Plains Life. Book two, Second Chance Life will be release in August 2019.
     Living a simple life, Judy enjoys the wildlife and nature surrounding her, a cup of coffee in the morning, and curling up in the evening with her husband and their cat, Miss Kitty.

     Judy also loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website and sign up for her newsletter at

Author Feature: Linda M. Au

Linda M. Au enjoys long walks on the beach—actually, no, she doesn’t. Short walks are easier. She does enjoy typewriters, crocheting, air conditioning, cats, guinea pigs, semi-tame squirrels, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and anything else that fits her adrenaline-junkie life. Her writing time is spent on her humor books and a bunch of unwieldy novels.

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Author Feature: Patricia Miller

Patricia Miller grew up in a small town in Ohio and has worked as a mental health clinical counselor for the past 27 years. She has published 2 novels in a YA Sci Fi Romance Trilogy, “Joshua: Life After Theos,” and  “Joshua: Breaking Free.” Book 1 (Joshua: Life After Theos) has recently been awarded as a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category of Young New Adult ages 17+ however this trilogy has a fan base from ages 14-75 years of age.

She also writes in the genres of paranormal, romance, mystery, and magic realism. She looks forward to adding novels in the teen paranormal romance and magic realism genres to her publication list as well as the concluding third installment in her award winning YA Sci Fi Romance Trilogy.

When not writing she enjoys hiking/biking weekend trips and indulging in British murder mystery marathons. Follow her on Facebook and @Patricia Miller -Author for the most up to date info on her events and publications.

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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