Members & Friends

Janet Ashworth (Friend)

Susana Balaguero (Friend)

Roseangela Batista (Friend) is an American-Brazilian, novice poet. Retired as a physician, she has lived with her husband in Merritt Island since 2007. As a bilingual freelance writer with interests in poetry, oriental art, Eastern philosophy, and cognitive sciences, her recent efforts have focused on promoting poetry and mindfulness for public schools. She cherishes the ideals of joining forces for a vibrant literary arts community in Brevard County to include a literary magazine, publishing house, cultural center, and an academy of letters.

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Ginny Beeby (Friend)

Anne Bonner (Letters) Having lived all over the world with her Air Force fighter pilot husband, Anne considers the Philippine Islands and Hawaii her favorite places. She learned Asian cooking, oil painting, cake decorating, snow skiing, and played lots of bridge when she was not involved with her children. Anne’s writing talent enabled her to become Editor of the Officers' Wives' Club magazine at Perrin Air Force Base, Sherman-Denison, Texas.

No matter where Anne traveled, she was always reading and writing, and poetry was her first love. She is a member of the Florida State Poets Association, Inc., National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Cape Canaveral Chapter of the National League of the American Pen Women, Florida Historical Society, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a former board member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild.

Anne has written and published five historical fiction books for young adults which are set in the wilds of early Florida, especially during the chaotic time of the Civil War. Her Pine Haven trilogy so fascinated her readers, she added two more books to the series.  Anne especially enjoyed dressing in period costume and presenting programs to the fourth graders in School. Her latest books, Angel’s True Love, Florida Fever, Sinful Love, Feeling the Love, and Endearing Love are historical love stories for older readers, set in Florida, of course. Anne has written ten books in ten years. Visit her website: www.annebonner.com


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Barbara Brennan (Friend) After 25 years in San Francisco, I moved to Florida's Space Coast to live near my mother. Leaving my friends, career, and the Golden Gate Bridge was not an easy decision, but I was determined to embrace a new life style with an open heart. A friend invited me to a watercolor workshop in Cinque Terre, Italy, where I was immediately immersed into the world of painting. Upon my return, I took classes from Brevard County's finest teachers: Bobbie Q. Brown, Diane DeShong Cannon, Therese Ferguson, Patricia Neal, Susan Stone, and Lolly Walton. I was all in. Since then I have studied with: Stella Canfield, Carol Carter, Pat Dews, Rose Edin, Paul Jackson, Janet King, Teresa Kirk, Robbie Laird, Steve Rogers, John Salminen, Ian Stewart, and Mary Whyte. European travel continues to inspire me, New York museums thrill me, and Florida provides an abundance of natural beauty. I am constantly exploring exciting ways to express my creativity.


Carolyn Cain (Letters) attended the University of Alabama where she majored in journalism and English. 

 After working at newspapers in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, she became a technical writer with Burroughs Corp., which later changed its name to Unisys Corp. When she and her family returned to Florida, she became a freelance writer at the Florida Today newspaper in Melbourne.    

While freelancing, Carolyn finished her third book, Secret at the Breakers Hotel: A Palm Beach Mystery.


Elaine E. Cartechine (Letters)


Marion Coste (Letters) writes books for children, mostly nonfiction books about Hawaii’s natural history. Her books are widely used as resources by children in grades four through high school. Kolea, Marion’s third book, won the 1999 Hawaii Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Po‘okela award for excellence in children’s literature, and The Hawaiian Bat ʻŌpeʻapeʻa received honorable mention for the same award in 2005.  Marion is also a manuscript reviewer and freelance editor and has edited more than 30 books for children and adults.

Marion grew up on the Jersey shore and graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. As a Coast Guard wife, she moved around the country for 26 years, teaching elementary school and working in various other areas of education, including Director of Education at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Mystic Connecticut, Teacher Trainer and Consultant for Kamehameha Schools O‘ahu, and Instructor of Education at University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. 

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During the 33 years Marion lived in Hawai‘i, she joined forces with a University of Hawaii English professor and local businessman to create a popular and successful read-aloud program (RAP) that engaged parents and children throughout the islands. (see http://www.readaloudamerica.org)

Marion’s seven books for children are Nēnē, Honu, Kōlea, ‘Ope‘ape‘a,The Hawaiian Bat,  and Hawaii’s Animals Do the Most Amazing Things (University of Hawai‘i Press); Finding Joy (Boyds Mills Press),  and Wild Beach (Finney Publishers). All her books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. Visit Marion on her website: http://www.marioncoste.com.   Marion is a member of the Brevard Authors Society, Space Coast Writers Guild, and Brevard Scribblers. She is current President of the Cape Canaveral Branch.

 

Mia Crews (Letters) is the author of Last Stop Paradise, which she co-wrote with her business partner Karlene Conroy. Mia started out writing as Mia Maxam and has five Silhouette romance novels to her credit, set in places she and her Air Force husband lived over the years, from Florida to Virginia and on to Alaska. Her novels have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. Mia is also a former newspaper correspondent, business writer, and college teacher.  

Mia is active in the Brevard County community, having served as a volunteer Victim Advocate for the State Attorney’s office, served on the Malabar Schoolhouse Preservation Committee, and is one of the original founders and past president of the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR). She was named Florida’s Pen Woman of the Year, 2007-8.

Mia recently presented a seminar on “Formatting Your Book for CreateSpace and Kindle For Free” at the 2015 Florida State Pen Women Conference in Orlando, Florida.

To purchase a DVD of the seminar, plus templates for formatting your manuscript and cover, email her at miacrews@gmail.com.

Mia graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Mathematics and is married to Phil Crews. Visit www.laststopparadise.com; www.glutenfreegrammy.com, www.miacrews.com. Mia is current Parliamentarian of the Cape Canaveral Branch. 


Mary Doerfler Dall (Art & Letters) is a freelance writer, illustrator and artist, and former kindergarten and elementary school teacher. She wrote and illustrated three Happy Hat books for Teacher Created Materials, Making Hallelujah Hats for Paulist Press, Little Hands—Create! for Williamson Publishing, Snipper Critters for Maupin House, Children Discover the Mass and Hands-On Faith for Ave Maria Press. Though out of print, there is still limited availability on Amazon.com.  

Her Celebrating Poetry That Fits in Your Pocket books, When Magic Helps Us Steer, Happy Birthday-Florida! and Critters Are Cool are all available on Amazon.com. Her picture book introducing Ambrose Ant will be available soon.  

Besides Pen Women, she is a member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild, President of the Central Florida Watercolor Society, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Arts and Letters) and the Florida Reading Association.

Mary is the past president of the Cape Canaveral PenWomen, an office she shared with Toni DiRocco. 

You may find Mary online at her blogspot where she shares tips on creating crafts for children and adults alike. To follow Mary, check out her site at marydallcreates.blogspot.com.   Her website is: http://www.mddall.com.


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Anne-Marie Derouault (Friend) was born and raised in Paris, France. Currently a resident of Brevard County, she has lived in Florida for almost 20 years. Her love of writing started at a young age, however life called her to other endeavors as an executive in the computer industry with a PhD in Mathematics and a degree in Psychology. She later founded Emergence Resources LLC to offer consulting and coaching internationally on leadership, communication, and stress reduction. In addition to extensive traveling to Europe and Asia, she has a lifelong passion for mindfulness and yoga. She is certified in Integrative Relaxation and Conscious Eating and is a registered teacher with the USA Yoga Alliance.

Anne-Marie has had a daily practice of stream of consciousness journaling for many years. She writes free verse poetry in French and in English, as well as haikus and short stories, inspired by her love of travel, nature and human beings. She is currently working on a bilingual edition of her poetry.

Two of her poems, Night of Love, You, and a short story, A Day On The Ocean, were published in the 2011 Brevard Driftwood XXX anthology. She a member of the Brevard Authors Society, Space Coast Writers Guild, and Brevard Scribblers.

Anne-Marie self-published a series of short Conscious Eating handbooks: Enhance your life-force with living foods; The anti-aging raw diet; Where to get high quality plant protein for strength and well being; and Living tastes from around the world. She also created two Relaxation CDs, Letting Go and Harmony with Food.

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Carol Anne Dunn (Letters) retired from NASA’s Technology Transfer Office where she worked as a Project Specialist.  In this capacity, she wrote and published many articles in NASA’s ASK magazine, Technology Innovation and other marketing and technical magazines.  She has also had short stories published in Cat Fancy magazine and several local anthologies: The Pearl and Our Stories.  Currently, she is honing her creative writing skills and is working on three different books simultaneously:  poetry, family memories, and children’s stories.


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Pamela Farley (Friend) Pam Farley grew up in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states and made her way to the beautiful, sunny space coast in 1974. While working in the electronics industry, she earned her MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.  She and her husband, Darrell, were avid boaters and fishermen for many years. They spent as much time as work would allow enjoying the Florida and Bahamian coastal waters.  Pam combined her love of the outdoors and her creative nature to become a jewelry artist in 2005.  Following their retirement from the electronics world in 2010, Pam and Darrell traded boating for the RV lifestyle.  They have enjoyed travelling around the country and have especially enjoyed visiting and photographing many of the national parks.  Pam’s jewelry reflects her love of the ocean and the outdoors.  She incorporates freshwater pearls, shells, and stones into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.  Examples of her work can be seen on her Facebook page, Creative Designs by Pam and on her website http://www.wix.com/darrell_f/creative-designs-by-pam-2


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Joanne Fisher (Friend) is a Canadian-Italian-American author. Her first book is titled With All of Me. Her short story, “The Christmas Concert,” is featured in the SPWG’s anthology titled Holidays, and her second short story, “Victoria’s Doll,” is featured in another SPWG anthology titled Florida. She is married to the love of her life Dan, and she presently lives in central Florida with her husband and her two doxies, Wally and Ozzie. 

Follow Joanne on social media: Facebook (Read.JoannesBooks), Twitter (@JoannesBooks), Instagram (joannes_books_2018, LinkedIn (Joanne Fisher - Author), or send Joanne an email at joannes_books@outlook.com. She will reply, guaranteed!


Luanne Faulkender (Letters, Art) is an energetic and creative actress, artist, author, poet, acting coach, and CEO of Theatre Techniques for Executives, a firm that teaches fortune-500 companies her scientific methodology and protocol of dynamic public speaking, presentations, and leadership workshops. She brings vast experience from theater and film to the boardroom and the corporate world in the form of a profound training program called Peak Dynamics. Her company has been featured in national magazines and newspapers nationwide.  www.energyspeak.com

 As an author, Luanne received several honors for her short story and poetry awarded by the NLAPW-FSC 2016 and has earned kudos for her novel, Thief of Innocence, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Booklogix.   She creates her award winning art in watercolor, photography, oil, acrylics, pen and ink, clay sculpture, and Faberge-style egg decorating and jewelry. She was commissioned to produce a Faberge-style award for the First Lady in 2009.  Luanne travels nationally as a keynote speaker on the subject of Fabergé and Faberge-style art and its development into present-day egg artistry.

Luanne serves as 2nd Vice President of the Florida State Association of the National League of American Pen Women (FSA/NLAPW) and has served as Past President and Vice President of The EggArt Guild of Georgia (EGG) and as a Board member of the National League of American Pen Women-Atlanta (NLAPW-Atlanta) and Women in Film & TV-Atlanta. (WIFTA)  LWF1@cfl.rr.com www.eggstravagantart.com   www.energyspeak.com


Kathryn Flanagan (Letters)

Kathryn has been writing since she was a child. Her first book was Mr. Polka Dot, created, with pictures, for her siblings who had chicken pox. Her first published book is Beyond the Fine Line, an Anthology of Short Stories and Poems. Three of the plays she has written have been performed by Playwrights Workshop at the Surfside Playhouse. She has acted in two plays at Surfside and has film credits for being an extra in The Model, a short than was featured in the Brevard International Film Festival. Also, she is the First Vice President for the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and Communication Vice President for The Brevard Author's Society.


Anna Flowers (Letters) is the author of Blind Fury, the story of serial killer Gerald Eugene Stano, who murdered 41 women in Central Florida. It was selected as a lead title for Doubleday’s True Crime Book Club. Her second book, Bound to Die, is the story of serial killer Bobby Joe Long, and is in its second edition. Both books are true crime stories that obtained national attention, resulting in Anna becoming an instant television celebrity. She most recently participated in three documentaries about Long, which are being aired internationally, and she took part in a film interview in Tampa for an A&E documentary which aired in 2015. Anna has also written Vengeance on Meeting Street, an update of her book, Wanton Woman, the story of Sue Logue, one of the late Strom Thurmond’s early lovers and the first woman to be executed in South Carolina’s electric chair. Murder at Wayside Antiques is the story of a double homicide north of Ocala, Florida. Visit Anna’s website at www.annaflowersbooks.com.


Joan Gerlach (Letters) holds a BS from Indiana University and an MBA from Hood College. She taught public speaking and speechwriting at Montgomery College and various other classes at Brevard Community College and Barry University.  She wrote a humorous column for a suburban New York City newspaper and published several humor columns for Florida Today.

Joan retired from the federal government in Washington D.C. as Chief of Career Development and Training.  As a member of the Pen Women for over 15 years, she has served as Membership Chair and Vice President as well as presentor at several fundraising events.

Joan lived and worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Beirut, Lebanon. With her husband of 41 years, Joan has traveled to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Her favorite and most memorable visits were to Moscow, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, and Pompeii.


Barbara Castle Hanson (Letters) of Melbourne, Florida, holds a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont, an M.A. in English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and an M.S. in Gerontology from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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She taught High School Literature and Creative Writing in Connecticut for ten years, serving as Chair of the English Department for two of those years. She initiated and mentored the school’s first literary magazine and also taught Creative Writing for an Adult Education Program.

Her second career was spent working with elders at an Area Agency on Aging in Vermont. She moved from Case Worker, to Public Relations Director, to Director of Community Development. Barbara was the Interim Executive Director when she retired after thirty years with the agency.

During this time, she wrote over 4500 weekly columns centering on aging issues, resources and opportunities for two daily newspapers in Vermont and taught Gerontology classes at Vermont Community College.  Barbara and a colleague owned a company, Elder Concepts, which provided seminars and consultation to businesses and community groups.

Additionally, Barbara co-authored a book about the very early history of the state of Vermont titled Vermont, Wilderness to Statehood, 1748 -1791. It was published by Academy Books in 1989.

Since retiring, she has been writing poetry and creating watercolor and oil paintings. Her poetry has been published in the Pen Woman Magazine, and in several Brevard County anthologies including Driftwood, Perseverance, Friends and Florida.

Barbara resides in Melbourne with her husband, and is a member of Space Coast Writers’ Guild, Scribblers of Brevard, Florida Writers Association, National League of American Pen Women and the Poetry Society of Vermont.

She enjoys writing, painting, reading and travel.     


The art of Joan Tozer Herrick (Art) can be seen throughout the country in corporate and private collections. She is a skilled portrait artist, designer, and muralist. Her work has been seen on national TV and in newspapers.  Joan's creativity has been shown in museum exhibit design, theater set design, and in stunning large abstract art work.

As an inspiring art teacher in public school and community college, she led students to award status and scholarships. She was awarded  Teacher of the Year. She has worked in radio, as a professional model,airline hostess, and drama instructor.  Joan was Art Director at the Brevard Museum of History in Cocoa where she interfaced with the Smithsonian for Seeds of Change and with Windover archaeologists.

Joan enjoys classical music, jazz, reading history of church fathers, and  biographies. She explores genealogy and creative writing.


Carol Jose (Pocklington) (Letters) is an author, journalist, and public speaker who has co-authored and collaborated on numerous non-fiction books. Her latest book is You Are Not Forgotten: A Family’s Quest for Truth and the Founding of The National League of Families, which she wrote with Evelyn Grub, wife of “Newk” Grubb who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1966. The forward was written by former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in French literature and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She speaks several languages, has taught English and French at Punahou Academy in Hawaii, at the Royal Thai Military Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, and in public schools in Georgia and Florida.

 Learn more about Carol at www.caroljose.com.


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Ima J. Pastula, Ph.D (Letters) is an artist and a writer. Ima spent her teens in Bend, Oregon. After she married, she lived in Europe where she studied oil painting under two fine European Master Artists in Augsburg, Germany. She received her doctorate, but instead of opening a private practice, she decided to teach and subsequently became an adjunct faculty teacher at a local Maryland college where she shared her knowledge of Mind Management, Personal Dynamics, and Motivational Studies with new art students.

Ima also opened “Studio One” where she taught many eager art students. She has decades of experience as a painting instructor, including seven years teaching at The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne, Florida. Ima designs her own cover art and is the author of many books; six of which are currently available at Amazon.com. Le Mot Juste–Telling It Like It Is; Tattetales, A European Trilogy; Tosha’s Journey, Rape Of The Sensuals; and Portals That Be are all available for instant download on a Kindle or Kindle App. Ima also has 53 short stories available for the Kindle Fire.

Ima was the 2012 - 2014 president of the Cape Canaveral Branch, the 2014-2016 vice president, and is the current secretary.


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Fay Picardi (Letters), an internationally published poet and Fulbright scholar, has produced two volumes of poetry. In the first, Nana’s Sunday Dance, she tries to evoke an Appalachian past and make it appear before us in all its detail and emotion, forcing us to recall our own memories of childhood.  In the second volume, The Stones Speak, a collaborative work, Cindy Michaud (art) and Fay (poetry) set out to record the messages they have learned in considering and listening to stones.

Simonetta, a fictionalized biography of Simonetta Vespucci, Botticello’s muse, is the author’s first prose work. In preparation for writing Simonetta’s story, Fay spent months studying Italian, traveling throughout Tuscany and Liguria, and doing research at the Biblioteca degli Uffizi and the Biblioteca Nationale di Firenze. All three books are available on amazon.com.


Betty Prisendorf (Letters), a resident of Merritt Island, is a retired registered nurse who has been writing since being inspired by a high school English teacher who said "never stop writing." She writes poetry, plays and short stories.  In 2008, with a prize-winning poem, she was named Senior Poet Laureate of Florida.  With her poem Last Letters, she won second place and publication in Women's Voices of the 21st Century, sponsored by Greenwich Pen Women. Her poem Third Planet From the Sun won first place and is online with Great Spirit  Publishing Company.


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Donna Puglisi (Letters)  Donna was born in San Diego, California and raised in Wisconsin. Her mother, also an artist, poet, composer and pianist, was a tremendous influence.  It was because of her that Donna began writing poetry and also became a dancer/ choreographer.

She attended Stevens Point State University in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, majoring in drama and dance.  She choreographed many talent shows, operas and high school musicals. Donna was also a lead dancer with a theater company in Long Island, NY.

As a flight attendant for United Airlines in the early ‘70’s, she was based in New York.  After years of flying, Donna worked in Manhattan for CBS-TV, CBS Radio, WNEW Radio and Rogers & Cowan Public Relations (the world’s number one entertainment public relations firm).  This gave her a broad scope of experience in the entertainment business representing major movie stars and involvement in the broadcast industry.  While living in Virginia, Donna worked as a press agent for the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Donna recently published her first poetry book, Diamonds In The Rough, available on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, Booksamillion.com, and her publisher, Authorhouse.com.  Her second poetry book, The Power of Passion, Dancing Barefoot, will be published next year.  Roses and Onions, One Layer at a Time is to be published in the near future.

She was one of eight finalists in the recent 2017 Brevard County Poetry Contest for her poem, Wading Through The Waters

Donna lives in Viera FL, with her husband, Fred. Find her on Facebook. Donna is current Second Vice President of the Cape Canaveral Branch.


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Barbara Rios (Friend) Capturing the fleeting beauty of life with a camera or a paintbrush has been a lifelong need for Barbara.  She has learned that it may not be there tomorrow…   

Barbara is self-taught from constantly reading, observing other artists, making notes on scraps of paper, and experimenting. The result is a wide variety of subjects, styles and materials, but she is best known for her use of vivid and, sometimes, unnatural colors, such as a green and blue zebra!  Many of her “failed” paintings have been dumped in the tub, soaked, squeezed, torn, and recreated into something new. Artist Sterling Edwards’ phrase “creative restlessness” best describes Barbara. Her recent “Whimsey” series is created by making a story out of marbleized webbing randomly sprayed onto paper. Not only has this challenge expanded her imagination, it has given her many hours of pure joy.    

As part of the National Art in Public Places Program, her paintings are actively displayed throughout Brevard County, Florida, in city halls, libraries, hospitals, and many other public locations.  She is most proud and honored that her painting, “Your Brothers Salute You” is a permanent part of the All Veterans of Brevard’s Traveling Wall which continuously exhibits across the United States.  Her painting depicts a solemn, military ceremony with a horse-drawn caisson which bears the body of a veteran in a flag-draped casket.

Since retirement from a career in real estate, Barbara has been very involved with the Brevard Watercolor Society (BWS), but is currently affiliated with numerous, professional art groups. She actively enters juried shows and has won a number of awards, including 1st Place in the BWS Splash 2014 annual show. She enjoys sharing her artistic knowledge with others and has given countless demonstrations for BWS, on local cable shows, senior groups, and schools.

Her website is  www.ArtbyBarbaraRios.com


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Donna Vines (Friend)After retiring and moving to Brevard in 2004, I was finally able to explore my lifelong love of art. I started by experimenting with different mediums, taking workshops, getting involved with local art groups. Then, I was lucky enough to meet up with several other woman who shared my passion for creating art. We decided to form a group that would allow us to not only paint but to learn, experiment, encourage and show together. The Pieces of Eight are still together, meeting weekly doing our art, supporting and encouraging each other.

After painting in oils for several years I discovered Collage and fell in love with the freedom and color of that medium. The Pieces of Eight still do exhibits, our most recent one was at the Melbourne Airport. 

I no longer do shows selling my art through my Etsy Store, DonnaVinesArt.

 

Pam E. Webb (Art) grew up on the shores of the Indian River in Melbourne, Florida, and since childhood has had a love for the sea.  She and her late husband, Don, built their own 40' sailboat and sailed off on a 28-year adventure.  During those years Pam discovered her natural talent for painting with watercolors.  She has continued to expand her work to include other mediums like watercolor batik, acrylic paintings, and paintings on silk fabric.

Pam's formal watercolor training included classes at Brevard Community College and Brevard Art Center and Museum in Melbourne, Florida.  She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Brevard Community College in 1990 for her watercolors of the Bahama Islands.  Pam's work has been shown at the Sail Fish Marina in Singer Island, Florida, the Barrier Island Center, Strawbridge Art League Gallery, the Watercolors of Olde Brevard Art Show exhibit at Florida Tech, the King Center, Kennedy Space Center, and the Art Gallery of Viera.

Pam was the illustrator for the book Christopher Columbus, a biography written by Elaine Murray Stone.  Recently, Pam illustrated the book Letters from Calvin, a Bahamian Potcake Dog, by Joe Kern.  She is a member of the Brevard Watercolor Society, the Colonial Dames of America, and the Strawbridge Art League.  Pam specializes in portraits of yachts, private homes, sailing boats, island scenes, lighthouses, and underwater scenes.  Visit her website at http://www.pamwebbart.com. Pam is current Treasurer of the Cape Canaveral Branch.


Karen Whiting (Letters) is an international speaker, former television host of Puppets on Parade, and award-winning author of twenty-five books for women, children, and families. She has a heart to help families thrive and build strong, wholesome bonds. She has written more than seven hundred articles for more than sixty publications and loves to let creativity splash over the pages of what she writes. Currently, Karen writes for Leading Hearts, The Kid’s Ark, and Molly Green Magazines.

Her writing awards include the Christian Retailing Best Award, children’s nonfiction (The One Year My Princess Devotions) and the Military Writer’s Society of America Gold Medal (Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front). Karen serves on the board of directors of Christian Authors Network where she helps other published authors promote books to book lovers everywhere.

She likes adventure and has ridden a camel in the Canary Islands; white water rafted in Australia; ridden horseback in the ocean in Jamaica; and enjoyed scuba diving off the coast of Bermuda. She’s spoken in such far away places as Russia and Malaysia. Her travels and moves helped her appreciate many varieties of breads and foods. She loves to bake and gift others with homemade bread, muffins, and other baked goodies.     

Visit Karen’s website at www.karenwhiting.com

 

Kay Williamson (Letters, Music) is a former elementary teacher who turned to writing murder mystery novels with a touch of romantic suspense. They include Ghostly Whispers, Bridge to Nowhere, Listen to the Heart, Time After Time, Murder at the Starlight Pavilion, The Mysterious Woman on the Train, Incident at the Pink Beach House, Murder on Star Route 1,Murder in the Mountains and . Kay is an award-winning artist as is her husband Don, who illustrated the covers of all her books.

Kay is also a musician, composer, and playwright who has produced three CDs: Dreamflight, Magical Moments, and Gonna Love All Those Hurts.  Her romantic musical comedy, What’s Going on at the Mansion, was produced in Iron Mountain, MI.

Kay’s books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online. Visit her website at www.kaywilliamson.com.


Debby Wyche (Friend)