Shirley Jackson Award finalist Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections of dark fiction. Waggoner wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer’s pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction program. He hopes to continue writing and teaching until he keels over dead, after which he wants to be stuffed and mounted, and then placed in front of his computer terminal. For more ifnformation about Waggoner, check out his website at timwaggoner.com.
Lindsay Ward grew up in San Jose, California and has a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University. Her recent books include When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), and Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015). Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, and the New York Times. Lindsay is currently working on her newest picture books, The Importance of Being Three (Dial, 2016) and Rosco vs. the Baby (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Most days you can find her working in her studio at home in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband Frank and her dog Sally. Visit her online at http://www.lindsaymward.com.
Betty Weibel is fortunate to have been able to combine her equestrian life with her career as a journalist and public relations professional. Early in her career, she oversaw public relations for the national American Grand Prix Association, managing media and sponsor relations for the thirty-event national series, as well as other top show jumping events. Today, she is a principal in Yopko Penhallurick, a public relations agency that was instrumental in the Ohio Bicentennial celebration and received top honors for its work, and she is APR certified by the Public Relations Society of America. A graduate of Lake Erie College, she is a Trustee of the Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and the Ohio Humanities Council. She lives with her family on a small horse farm in Geauga County, Ohio. For more information about her work, go to clevelandgrandprix.com
Andrew Welsh-Huggins, a legal affairs reporter for The Associated Press, is the author of Capitol Punishment, the third installment in the Andy Hayes mystery series, set in Columbus and featuring an ex-Ohio State quarterback turned private eye. The Columbus Dispatch called the first book in the series, Fourth Down And Out, “an entertaining, easy-to-read tale worthy of Robert B. Parker.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch said of the second book, Slow Burn, to “Expect a late—and rewarding—night of addictive reading.” Welsh-Huggins is also author of the nonfiction books No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics and Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States and Hatred at Home: Al-Qaida on Trial in the American Midwest. A 1983 Kenyon College graduate, Welsh-Huggins enjoys running, reading, watching movies, spending time with family, and waiting for the light on the waffle machine. Visit him online at https://andrewwelshhuggins.wordpress.com.
Mary Ann Whitley
Mary Ann Whitley is a longtime journalist, currently a copy editor at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and lives in the eastside suburb of University Heights, Ohio. She is the co-author of Ohio Tales of the Titanic, self-published in 2012, and the author of two earlier young adult novels which she plans to republish through self-publishing. She became interested in the Ohio Titanic story in 1998 when she met her co-author, Janet White, and discovered Ohio’s extensive ties to the disaster. Since then, she has researched the Northeast Ohio-bound passengers and interviewed a number of descendants. She has written articles for Titanic International Society’s quarterly journal, Voyage, and served as a trustee of the society for nine years. Mary Ann also has a personal connection to the Titanic, as her grandfather helped to build the ship in Belfast. For more information, visit her online at ohiotitanic.wordpress.com.
James A. Willis
Not since the Headless Horseman went charging through Sleepy Hollow has something come out of the Hudson highlands of upstate New York as thrilling and chilling as author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis. Fueled by a steady diet of Boo Berry cereal, Creepy Magazine and late-night Vincent Price movies, Willis soon developed a taste for the unexplained and quickly began seeking out all things strange and spooky.
When he wasn’t trying to coax the boogeyman out from under his bed for a photo shoot, Willis pondered such eternal questions as what happens to us when we die, is there life on other planets, and what possesses someone to decorate their house with 1,001 milk jugs?
In 1999, after spending more than fifteen years chasing after ghosts and visiting crybaby bridges, Willis moved to Ohio and founded The Ghosts of Ohio (ghostsofohio.org), a nationally recognized paranormal research organization. Willis has grown the organization to well over 35 members in three divisions throughout the state: Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.
In 2004, in what seemed to be destiny, Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, the brains behind the Weird U.S. series of books, approached Willis and asked him to contribute to their latest volume. To date, Willis has been involved with six books in the Weird U.S. series. He is the co-author of Weird Ohio (2005) and Weird Indiana (2008) and was also a contributing author to Weird U.S. (2004), Weird Hauntings (2006), Weird US II: The ODDyssey Continues (2008), and Weird Encounters (2010). Willis’ unique and offbeat writing style was officially recognized in 2006 with his induction into the Grand Order of Weird Writers.
In addition, Willis has been a contributing author to several books in the Armchair Reader series, beginning with Weird, Scary & Unusual (2008) and continuing with several books released in 2010: Armchair Reader Goes Hollywood, Armchair Reader’s All about Ohio, and The Mammoth Armchair Reader. 2011 marked the release of Willis’ latest collaboration with Armchair Reader, Haunted America. For 2012, Willis released Haunted Indiana, his first work with Stackpole Books. In the fall of 2012, Willis’ The Big Book Of Ohio Ghost Stories was unleashed. Willis’ latest book, Ohio’s Historic Haunts, was released in late summer of 2015.
A sought-after public speaker, Willis has given presentations throughout the United States, during which he has educated and entertained tens of thousands of people of all ages in crowd sizes ranging from 10 to well over 600. He has also been featured in more than 50 media sources, including CNN, USA Today, Columbus Business First, Midwest Living, The Canadian Press, and even the Kuwait Times. He is also currently a contributing author to Mysteries Magazine.
Willis currently resides in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and daughter, a Queen-loving parrot, and two narcoleptic cats. Visit him online at http://www.strangeandspookyworld.com.