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Presenter currently lined up include:

  Astell, Hal  
  Bonnell, Jon  
  Davis, Bruce  

Bruce Davis is a Mesa AZ based general and trauma surgeon.

He finished medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago way back in the 1970’s and did his surgical residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After 14 years on active duty that included overseas duty with the Seabees, time on large grey boats and a tour with the Marines during the First Gulf War, he went into private practice near Phoenix. He is part of that dying breed of dinosaurs, the solo general surgeon. He also is a writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. His independently published works include the YA novel Queen Mab Courtesy and his military science fiction novel That Which Is Human. His nonfiction memoir, Dancing in the Operating Room, is a glimpse into the life and training of a Trauma Surgeon.

  Engler, Sherry E Sherry E. Engler is a member of the Raconteurs of Payson. She writes articles for GYMOAZ (Get Your Mountain On Arizona). She attended the University of Arizona. She received diplomas from the Institute of Children’s Literature and International Correspondence School in Master Art. Inspired by her passion for writing, she wrote Living with LEO: Law Enforcement Officer sharing light-heartedly her observations of family life with LEO’s from her perspective as wife and mother.
  Flaig, Suzanne Suzanne Flaig is an author, editor and writing instructor who has been published in both fiction and non-fiction. She is the author of the Missy Jenkins musical mystery series. She has also published two books of short stories and a short book of poetry. She has had short stories published in numerous anthologies over her twenty-year writing career. Suzanne is the facilitator of the Mesa Writer's Guild and the Friday Morning Writers at the Mesa Active Adult Center in Mesa. 
  Giunta, J.A.  

Joe is an Fantasy author with numerous short stories and books published in both paperback and ebook. He has a B.A. in English from Arizona State and has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years. He now writes novels full-time at home.

He lives with his wife, Lori, and daughter, Ada Rose, in the perpetual summer that is central Arizona.

  Kelleher, Darma Dharma Kelleher writes gritty crime novels with a progressive bent. She is the author of the Jinx Ballou bounty hunter series and the Shea Stevens outlaw biker series. She is a former journalist and a member of Sisters in Crime, the International Thriller Writers, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. She lives in Arizona with her wife and three feline overlords.
  Martin, Jan Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authors—not so much for husbands. Her quirky sense of humor could classify her as eccentric, but she prefers the term “crazy.” Her nutrition research inspired an unusual murder weapon for Heir of Deceit. Favorite writing moment: meeting famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton during research for Heir of Deceit. Published in newsprint at age 11, she has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Eskimo Pies and her messy kitchen. She’s authored three books and a prize-winning children’s story. 
  Remiel, Deena Deena, a USA Today Bestselling Author, spends her time playing in the Garden of Good and Evil as she writes paranormal romance and suspense. She’s been known to have downed a few beers with her angels and even put Satan in his place a time or two. She’s fascinated with the concept of immortality and all its implications. As a Writer in Residence for Mesa Public Libraries, she was fortunate to work with many aspiring writers, nurturing their craft. As a teacher for nearly 30 years, she works with Gifted and Talented 7th and 8th graders. Mesa, Arizona, is where she calls home now, but the Superstition Mountains will always be home in her heart.
  Skinner, Sharon  

Sharon Skinner holds a B.A. In English, an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Poetic License. She has worked as a landscaper, a cashier, a maid, a waitress, a communications specialist, a videographer, a technical writer, a project management consultant and a biomedical field service engineer and served aboard the USS Jason as one of the first women assigned to a US Navy ship.

Her poetry and fiction have been published in myriad local, national and international publications. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ.

Her recent publishing credits include In Case You Didn’t hear Me the First Time (2010), The Healer’s Legacy (2012), The Nelig Stones (2013), Mirabella and the Faded Phantom (March 2014). The highly anticipated sequel to The Healer’s Legacy, The Matriarch’s Devise, was released in Fall 2015.

  Windrow, Jenn Jenn Windrow loves characters who have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that’s what she claims.
  Wright, Sandy Sandy Wright lives in Arizona with her husband, a super-smart Border Collie/Aussie mix named Teak, and two huge black panther cats (18 pounds each), named Salem and Shadow Moon. Their daddy, Magick, was even bigger! He's featured in her debut novel, Song of the Ancients, the first book in her paranormal suspense series, Ancient Magic. Her debut novel involves witchcraft and Native American medicine magic. It's set in the energy-laden town of Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is but one earth ""power site"" in the world. The Ancient Magic series will travel to unravel mysteries at other sacred sites. The second book, tentatively titled Stones of the Ancients, takes us to the ancient standing stones of Scotland and the excavation of a new site expected to be bigger than any other. The series continues to Hawaii to learn about Pele, the Goddess of fire and volcanos. Book four will conclude the Ancient Magic series somewhere along the ancient icy land bridge of the First People, either in Newfoundland or Alaska. Book 1, Song of the Ancients is available now on Amazon, in both print and ebook. Book Two, Stone of the Ancients, will be available in early 2018.
  Young, Mark