Catherine Curzon is a royal historian better known as Madame Gilflurt, the author of A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life, where she blogs on all matters 18th century. Catherine has been published on matters as diverse as Marie Antoinette’s teeth and Grace Kelly’s love life. Her work has been featured by All About History, History of Royals, and Jane Austen’s Regency World, the official magazine of the Jane Austen Centre. She is thrilled to provide additional research and an online home for An Evening with Jane Austen, which will be performed at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Catherine holds a Master’s in Film Studies from the University of Nottingham. When not dodging the furies of the guillotine, she writes fiction set deep in the underbelly of Georgian London.

She resides atop a steep hill in Brontë country with a rakish colonial gentleman, a hound, a feline and a rodent of exquisite character. | @madamegilflurt

Christie Wright Wild

Children’s book author, Christie Wright Wild, lives in the mountains of NC. She began writing poetry in 2nd grade, short stories in 4th grade, and continued both in college. Now, she writes picture books because she never got enough of them as a child. When she isn’t writing, she might be running outside to train for her next race… or playing with a kaleidoscope, kite, spinning top, harmonica, or solving the Rubik’s Cube.

Curtis Canham

Canham is from Upstate New York, he claims to be practically Canadian and wants to live in a world without brush script and comic sans.  He strongly feels that FONT is a four letter.  As a graphic designer with more than 17 years of experience, he’s worked for IBM, The College of Saint Rose and Media Logic, all standards of excellence in their sector.  When he’s not designing, you can find him shuttling his daughter places. He knows the difference between tendue, a grand jeté, and offsides.   

He’s also the author of A-holes: A Type Book, a coffee table book that has been highlighted online at Swiss Miss, Taxi Design and the Internet Sends Me Cake. He is looking forward to his new partnership with Red Sofa and envisions an A-hole (Book) in every living room in North America if there’s not already one there. When that happens he will be eternally grateful for his lovely wife. | @CSACreative

Jenna Glatzer

Jenna Glatzer is the author or ghostwriter of 27 books for adults and children. Her best-known projects are her authorized biographies of Celine Dion (Celine Dion: For Keeps) and Marilyn Monroe (The Marilyn Monroe Treasures). Her latest picture book is George Ferris’ Grand Idea: The Ferris Wheel. She loves to write about people who inspire her. Her favorite things include memory foam, GPS, and Pirate’s Booty. She is distinctly not fond of rollercoasters and is mildly apprehensive about celery. Her home is in New York with her favorite person: her daughter. | @GhostwriterJG

Michelene Esposito writes Children, Young Adult and New Adult Fiction. Her first novel, Night Diving, received a Foreword Magazine’s Silver Award. Her second novel, Mermaid, was released in 2007. And her third novel, Catch Me, was released in 2014. She has published short stories in Young Miss and Teen magazines. 

Mary Carter

A longtime theater specialist, Mary Carter has led over 500 history and art-related programs for youth and their families. At the pinnacle of her work, she adapted and staged a full-scale, outdoor production of A Christmas Carol. Mother Nature added her own special effects by producing wind and snow precisely on cue.With a wedding planner book, The Insider’s Guide to Planning the Perfect Wedding, and a co-authored colonial American romance, The Ruling Passion, under her belt, Liberty Fair is Carter’s first novel for young readers. This story, so dear to her heart, was greatly inspired by Lafayette’s 1825 stopover in Carter’s hometown in NH.


Marie Wilson’s career spans a multi-media landscape including longtime roles in Days of Our Lives, and As the World Turns, work in both print and television ads, theater, and film.   As she traveled the world for new roles and modeling assignments, Marie developed time management and organizing routines that helped her keep focus on her work as well as family and be an advocate for causes such as the ASPCA and Save the Children.

Brian Gonsar

@bgonsarwebsite | website

 April Snellings

April Snellings has somehow built a career out of her passion for spooky pop culture. (Her obsession with The Facts of Life has thus far been less productive, but April remains hopeful.) She is a staff writer for Rue Morgue Magazine, a project editor for the popular Rue Morgue Library, and a contributing editor for the International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill. In 2015, April joined the lineup of creators for the audio drama series Tales from Beyond the Pale, an Entertainment Weekly “Must List” pick that has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. April’s Season Three episode was an iTunes Top 25 Fiction Audiobooks bestseller; her work in newspapers, magazines, and copywriting has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Advertising Federation, and the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

April lives in East Tennessee with her long-suffering wife and a quartet of recalcitrant dogs and cats. Chickens and bees are forthcoming and will likely be jerks as well. 

Check out her new book! Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin

@AprilSnellings |

Abby Jimenez

Abby Jimenez is the owner and founder of Nadia Cakes, a nationally recognized, award-winning cupcake shop with locations in California and Minnesota.

Abby is a motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur with a $10,000 win on Food Network’s hit show Cupcake Wars. She is a romance novelist and the author of Jaxon in the Water and Edges of My Everything.

@AbbyJimenez763 | Facebook | Instagram

Dana Edwards

Dana Edwards writes stories for children. She was born in Texas and now lives with her husband just outside of Atlanta. When she’s not working at her school as a counselor, she’s walking with her dog, watching her son play college baseball, or exchanging hilarious GIFs with her daughter (sometimes her daughter only snickers). And Dana’s always thinking up stories to make kids think, feel, and laugh.  | @DanaLEdwards | Facebook

Nicki Jacobsmeyer

Nicki Jacobsmeyer writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. She has a middle-grade book, SURVIVING THE IDITAROD, YOU CHOOSE: SURVIVING EXTREME SPORTS (Capstone Press, 2017) and a historical non-fiction book, IMAGES OF AMERICA, CHESTERFIELD (Arcadia Publishing, 2016). Her short stories and poetry are published in several anthologies.

She is the Assistant Regional Advisor of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Kansas/Missouri region, as well as the Vice President and Children’s Author Critique Group Chair of Saturday Writers (a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild.)

Besides reading and writing she loves to travel, knit, sunsets, family barbeques and watching a storm come in from her front porch. | Facebook | @BeInspiredNJ

Michael Caruso

Michael Caruso graduated from Syracuse University and has been living with his wife Barbara in Los Angeles where they run their independent production company Michael and Barbara Caruso Productions. Michael created the multi Emmy Nominated series DeVanity in 2011 and served as the Executive Producer and Writer during its four-season run. He then went on to create Winterthorne which garnered a further three Daytime Emmy Nominations.

Most recently Michael Co-Created a comedy pilot for Corday Productions as well as Executive Produced and wrote the Daytime Emmy nominated adaptation of Ken Corday’s novel Ladies of the Lake for Amazon, which just wrapped its second season.


Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the author of This Dark Chest of Wonders: 40 Years of Stephen King’s The Stand (Cemetery Dance, 2018). His first book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks (ECW Press) topped multiple Amazon charts upon its release in January 2015. He is a founder and publisher of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop!, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2018. A former staff writer for Rue Morgue, Andy wrote cover stories on Twin Peaks, American Psycho, and Swamp Thing. Currently, he is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada.

Andy lives in Toronto with his daughter, Anya, and their cats, Riff-Raff and Stampy.

@Andy Burns | | Facebook

Stephanie Bearce

Stephanie Bearce is a history detective and a science nerd who loves turning her discoveries into books for kids. As the award-winning author of 23 children’s books, Stephanie is a frequent presenter at education conferences, children’s literature festivals, nerd camps, schools, and libraries. She is the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, the SCBWI Work In Progress Grant and her books have been selected for the NSTA Recommended Reading List.