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The founder of OAG
​I became an avid reader at a very early age, thanks to my dad who introduced me to many great books. The writing bug bit me much later, on a rainy afternoon, when I couldn’t find any new book to read. My daughter had enough of my moping around and snapped at me, “Mom, stop whining! If you haven’t a book to read, then write one.” Her challenge shocked me, but I started playing with the idea and I’ve been writing stories, that I like to read, ever since. I write speculative alternate history fiction, romantic urban fantasy, historical suspense novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 2-14 
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I am a mother, author, and pharmacist. I love all things fantasy and science fiction. I write paranormal romance, sci-fi, and fantasy with a brief venture into horror. If you asked me to choose between Star Wars and Star Trek, I can’t, but the original 3 movies were the best and Next Generation is still great. I am currently working my way through Naruto Shippuden (only 400 episodes to go) so you can add anime fan to the list of my nerdy qualities. When all of my other activities don’t take up my time I bicycle, quilt or shop antique stores to add to my teapot collection.
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Cindy J. Smith has written poetry, and with every experience in life, she has found inspiration. Wife, Mother and Grandmother, she has a myriad of beautiful memories to draw from. Never having been good at playing the part of “starving artist”, she has had many careers, but her current one, an over-the-road truck driver with her husband, Dave, has provided amazing opportunities for inspiration in her later years. Currently, Cindy is working on the follow up to the Caesar book and a “real novel” that she started in November when she participated in NANO.
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Christina Weigand’s a writer, wife, and mother of four grown children. She is also Nana to five granddaughters. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter in Pennsylvania after a short sabbatical in the lovely state of Washington. She has three published YA Christian Fantasy novels; Palace of the Twelve Pillars: Book One, Palace of the Three Crosses: Book Two and Sanctuary of Nine Dragons: Book Three. She also has a woman’s Bible study Women of the Bible: A Study published. Recently the first two books in a MG Fantasy series were published, Sir E. Robert Smythe and the School Bully and Sir E. Robert Smythe and the Lost Detective
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Lorraine Carey is a retired children’s reading specialist, and an International Award-Winning Author. She has taught in the US and also the Caribbean. She was a city gal living in Orange County, California, until fate whisked her off to Grand Cayman where life was very different from the one she was accustomed to. Trading in her fashionable heels for flip-flops was quite a change, but led to a lifestyle that allowed for a writing career to flourish. Lorraine is no stranger to the paranormal, as she has encountered many unexplainable events during her lifetime. Many of those events have been woven into her fiction tales.
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“According to my internet search history, either I am a writer or I am a serial killer.” I am first of all a traveler who cannot live without having a flight ticket to the next destination. Traveling is an important part, not only of my writing life, as a source of inspiration, but also as a mean of personal growth. I enjoy writing thrillers to which I add my personal touch of introspection. From the misfit, to the hero, to the villain and the stand-byer, I feel like there is a bit of me in everyone. I tend to become very fond of my characters, although, some of them will be the next victim. I love photography and walking in the nature.
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Humour, fantasy and love have been my precious life companions for over fifty years. But writing about my experiences never occurred to me.
Yet fate is inexorable. Due to illness, I was house bound and bored. My wife suggested I write about my feelings. Within a few weeks, I was hooked. My new drug took over my life, urging me on, demanding my attention.
Drabbles, short stories, collections and novels, I’ve written many, and been proud of my achievements. And when folk enjoy my work all the effort is worthwhile.
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My writing career accelerated after retiring from teaching inside the third grade trenches, whereby midlife restlessness prompted me to rekindle my passion for storytelling. Although I’ve published a nonfiction memoir collection, my preferred genre to roll up my sleeves is that of Contemporary Women’s Fiction, distinguished for its character-driven plots which feature flawed and feisty female protagonists over forty.
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Patty MacFarlane is an author of love stories from the heart. She writes tender and funny stories, some of which are based on her own life experiences. Others are totally fictional.
She is also a freelance editor.
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After many years of being a “struggling” actor in LA, I turned to writing. I have had two novels published: “I’m No P. I.” and “A Ghoulish Good Time.” I have had MS for serval years now; I know physical and mental pain; so I need much laughter to endure it. Hopefully, my novels do just that–give much laughter.
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Karina is a prolific author and writes in the genres of romance, YA, thriller, fantasy, horror, erotica, just to name a few. She lives on the Island of Corfu with her family and warped imagination.
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Mandy Eve-Barnett is a multi-genre author writing children’s, YA and adult books. Every story has a basis of love, magic and mystery. Her passion for writing emerged later in life and she is making up for lost time. With seven books published since 2011 and two more launching 2019 and another two in progress, she indulges her Muse in creative as well as freelance writing.
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Eric is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy reader who has always enjoyed those stories that show how the science and technology can affect people’s lives. By day he works in hi-tech, lecturing on telecom security.
As he has done quite a bit of travel for fun and business, he has included events in the story that are based on personal experiences.
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Growing up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children’s adventure series featuring a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places.  Readers of all ages enjoy following Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. When not travelling herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot.
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Molly Neely is the author of the Paranormal novel, The Sand Dweller, as well as a contributor to the anthology, Fall into Fantasy 2017. Her short story, An Heirloom Spirit, is one of 108 stories in the collection, CEA Greatest Anthology Written, which is currently a contender for a Guinness Book of Worlds Records title. Molly lives in Fresno Ca with her husband, Lyle and their Whippet, Devo.
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Mary Elizabeth Fricke and her husband of 38 years have lived 35 of those years on a farm that has been consistently owned and operated by his family for five generations. A graduate of the Writer’s Institute of America and a member of the Heartland Writers Guild, she has published a number of articles in various forums and magazines and is a prolific ghost writer. Her stories, based in rural mid-western areas, concern the unique but quickly vanishing way of life on the family farm as well as other mysterious intricacies that evolve life from generation to generation. Romance is her preferred genre.
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Keith Forsythe had an early love of writing. While in high school, he had several poems published through local media. Then life got in the way. He enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served on the submarine “USS Tinosa”. He returned home, raised a family, worked hard, and forgot the catharsis and joy writing had brought him. Things went downhill for Keith. Slowly and surely. He battled depression and darkness until a car accident shook him from his apathy. Now he has moved to Canada. Married a very sexy librarian. And most importantly, reconnected with his love of the written word.
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