Meet Our Authors

Introducing the Writing Wranglers and Warriors

Neva Bodin

S. J. Brown

S. J. brown is a wildlife photographer & Author. For 15 years she has traveled extensively throughout the United States in pursuit of wildlife encounters. Much to the dismay of her spotter, and husband this often involves trekking through thick brush, muddy trails, rocky seas or secluded locations, but the interaction with wildlife makes it all worth it.
S. J. Brown’s photographs and written words are a way to share her encounters with others. The time she spends with students and adults discussing photography, and wildlife hopefully inspires others to explore their creative side.
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Cindy Carroll


N. M. Cedeno

N. M. Cedeño writes short stories and novels that are typically set in Texas. Her stories vary from traditional mystery, to science fiction, to paranormal mystery in genre. Her debut novel, All in Her Head, was published in 2014, followed by her second novel, For the Children’s Sake, in 2015. In 2016, For the Children’s Sake was selected as a finalist for the East Texas Writers Guild Book Award in the Mystery/Thriller category. Most recently, she has begun writing the Bad Vibes Removal Services Series which includes short stories and the novel The Walls Can Talk (2017).

Visit her at or find her books at her Amazon author page

Dave Ciambrone

Dr. David Ciambrone is a retired executive and scientist and award winning, best selling, author living in Georgetown, Texas with his wife Kathy. He has been past vice president of Sisters-in-Crime; Orange County, CA, and past President of the Austin chapter of Sisters-in Crime, and is Past President of the San Gabriel’s Writer’s League in Georgetown, Texas. He served on the Board of Directors of the Writer’s League of Texas. He’s a member of the International Thriller Association and Mystery Writers of America. Dr. Ciambrone has published 20 books, (two text books, three engineering and management books, a book on poisons, and 14 mysteries).  He also wrote newspaper columns, and wrote for a business journal. Dr. Ciambrone has been a speaker at regional and national writing conferences. He has the Bronze Trowel award from the Archaeological Institute of America, and is a member of the Order of Merlin, IBM.

Keri De Deo

Keri De Deo, owner of Witty Owl Consulting, lives in northern Arizona and works as a writer, editor, researcher, and instructional designer. She is author of the young adult novel NOTHING BUT A SONG, released December 5, 2017. She loves technology and finding innovative tools for a happy, healthy life. Keri spends her free time with her husband kayaking, hiking, and walking her two beautiful dogs: Maiya and Lilla. To learn more about Keri, visit her website! You can follow her on Twitter @thewittyowl and on Facebook @authorkeridedeo.

Cher’ley writes different genres. “The Journey Back–One Joy at a Time” is a devotional book. “Stamp Out Murder” is a cozy mystery, “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk is a YA novel, and “Four Moons and Fair Ladies” is a Historical Western Romance.  Cher’ley is featured in the anthologies, “Boys Will Be Boys”,  “Cowboys, Creatures & Calico” “Small Town America” and “West Virginia Memories”. She has won contests and awards. Her poems, short stories and articles are published online and in print books.. She drives an eighteen-wheeler, and enjoys photography, painting, fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long, long baths. She loves the Lord, her husband, children, grandchildren, and her Cairn Terrier, Tootsie. Here’s a link to her Amazon Page  and here’s a link to her Facebook Fan Page


Karen Ingalls

Karen Ingalls is an author of three published books, two blogs, and many articles. She is an advocate for health/wellness, social issues, and ovarian cancer awareness.



Cole Smith

Cole SmithCole Smith is a writer, teacher, and mountain biker in West Virginia. She enjoys good coffee and great stories. She shares inspiration, encouragement, and tips for creative overwhelm at

Let’s get social! Find me on Facebook and Pinterest.

Mike Staton

Now retired, Mike Staton writes novels and short stories from his home in Henderson, Nevada. The retired newspaper journalist has four published novels to his credit – a fantasy trilogy and a Civil War novel with romantic and fantasy subplots. Mike has lived in a variety of places during his adult life – Lancaster, Ohio; Leesburg, Florida; Wilmington, North Carolina, and Henderson, Nevada. Blogging reminds Mike of his newspaper past when he wrote columns for newspapers in Ohio and North Carolina

Abbie Johnson Taylor

I’m the author of a romance novel, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in The Avocet and Magnets and Ladders. I have a visual impairment and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my late husband, who was totally blind and partially paralyzed by two strokes. Before that, I worked as a registered music therapist in a nursing home and other facilities that served senior citizens. For more information, please visit my website and blog.

Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner works part-time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital, and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’.

Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. It is now being read by a New York media production company.

Stevie can be contacted at the following email address:

Ronel Janse van Vuuren

Ronel Janse van Vuuren is the author of New Adult, Young Adult and children’s fiction filled with mythology and folklore. Her dark fantasy stories can be read for free on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. She won Fiction Writer of the Year 2016 for her Afrikaans stories on INK: Skryf in Afrikaans. Her published works can be viewed on Goodreads.

Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing.

M. K. Waller

M. K. Waller, aka Kathy, is a former teacher, former librarian, former paralegal, and former pianist at several small churches desperate for someone who could find middle C. She has published short stories online in Mysterical-E; in the anthology DAY OF THE DARK: STORIES OF ECLIPSE; and in Austin Mystery Writers’ crime fiction anthologies, MURDER ON WHEELS (2015) and LONE STAR LAWLESS (2018). She’s currently working on two mystery novels.

She also writes for her personal blog, Telling the Truth, Mainly and for the Austin Mystery Writers blog. She edits the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS! She has also published bits of memoir and book reviews in Story Circle Network publications.

A native and long-time resident of Fentress, a small farming community in Central Texas, she bases much of her work on memories of life there. She now lives in Austin, Texas, with two cats and one husband.


6 thoughts on “Meet Our Authors

    1. Hi Joe, glad to have you reading our blog. The only common bond we have is our love for writing, promoting our stories or books and we enjoy blogging. Cher’ley


  1. I’m also a writer and read your blog regularly. I have a post I would like to contribute. I was just about to put it on my blog when it occurred to me it would be more suitable for this one. How do I go about querying or submitting something to be posted?


    1. Hi, Abbie, I’ve been watching you following us and leaving comments. We are so glad to have you. We don’t usually have guest bloggers, we’re in this writing blog group and each of us takes turns posting. Sometimes, we have had guest bloggers, but not often. I can ask the group. What is your blog about? Cher’ley


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