"After being laid off in 2009 and facing serious health challenges shortly after, Alexandra's passion for writing has allowed her to survive and to even look to the future. A lifetime working history in the professional business world in three different countries continuously aids her in copy writing. Expressing herself through writing has been a lifetime dream, and Alexandra was thrilled to experience financial rewards shortly after making the decision to adopt a writing career."
- Alexandra Heep
Author Spotlight: Belinda E. Oliver
Belinda Esther Oliver, or as she is affectionately called "Bee" or "Queen Bee," is a visionary administrator and author. She stands in the role of a mother and supporter to three young men and a daughter-in-law. Belinda authored 'The Prophetic Prayers of the Proverbs 31 Woman' and 'The Love Journey Series'
How can I tell her
That she makes me feel like a man
When I see her my heart skips a beat
When I watch her dance
I see her curves and how she moves
How do I explain the yearning within
"From the moment I heard a tanka for the first time I was hooked! I never knew that five short lines could contain so much imagery, power and emotion. It was like a punch in the guts that takes the breath away." - David
"Miro was the first true children’s book I had ever written. The tiny dragon won my heart at once and insisted that I write down more of his adventures, so I set to work. This one “children’s story with a dragon in it”, which I had written for a storyteller (who ultimately never got back to me), grew into a series of stories children and adults of all ages and from various nations enjoy and cherish."
M. Kei is a tall ship sailor and award-winning poet who lives on Maryland’s Eastern shore. He is the editor-in-chief of Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, and the editor of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of Poetry of Place in Contemporary Tanka. His most recent collection of poetry is January, A Tanka Diary (October, 2013). He is also the author of the award-winning gay Age of Sail adventure novels, Pirates of the Narrow Seas. He can be followed on Twitter @kujakupoet, or visit AtlasPoetica.org.
"Morgidoo's Christmas Carol is a story I felt compelled to tell, because it offers a unique addition to Christmas lore. I b
elieve it will eventually become a treasured part of contemporary Christmas literature. I think it offers unique elements far from the standard same old 'Santa Clause-St. Nick' themes of Christmas."
(Raymond Alexander Kukkee)
Robin is the author of REDUCED and REUSED, and lives in the St. Louis, Missouri area with her husband, Dennis, and their youngest son. She has a rather eclectic educational background, and finally finished her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has held a plethora of jobs, appointments, and volunteer positions, and tries very hard to make it through one week at a time without a crisis.
Robin and Dennis are the owners of All on the Same Page Bookstore and Rocking Horse Publishing.
Born in Oman, Charlotte moved to the UK in 1989. After moving around the country, she settled in Somerset in 2008, where she now lives with her husband, two children and growing menagerie of pets.
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