• Dr. Alan Brown has been a professor of English at the University of West Alabama since 1986. For the past few years, Dr. Brown’s interest in Southern folklore has manifested itself in several collections of Southern ghost stories, including The Face in the Window and Other Alabama Ghostlore (1996), Shadows and Cypress (2000), Haunted Places in the American South (2002), Stories from the Haunted South (2004), Ghost Hunters of the South (2006), Haunted Georgia (2007), Haunted Texas (2008), Ghost Hunters of New England (2008), Haunted Tennessee (2008), Haunted Kentucky (2009), Haunted Birmingham (2009), Haunted Vicksburg (2010), Haunted Natchez (2010), Haunted Meridian, Mississippi (2011), Ghosts along the Mississippi River (2011), and The Big Book of Texas Ghost Stories (2012). He has also investigated a number of haunted sites, including The Artist’s House in Key West, FL, Miss Molly’s Bed and Breakfast in Fort Worth, TX, and the Waverly Hills Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Louisville, KY.

  • Manucy, Albert

    Albert Manucy worked for the National Park Service for thirty-three years, many of them in St. Augustine as the historian at the Castillo de San Marcos. He is also a restoration expert, museum planner, and historic architect. In addition to Menéndez, he wrote Artillery through the Ages, Building of the Castillo de San Marcos, and Houses of St. Augustine. He received the Amigos de los Castillos silver medal from the government of Spain and awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Eastern National Park and Monument Association.

  • Alex Caemmerer, author of The Houses of Key West, is a psychiatrist in private practice in New Jersey. Since the 1950s, when he was stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Key West, he has been captivated by the architecture of the island. He and his wife, Li Browne Caemmerer, have three sons.

  • Allen Morris was a historian, journalist, and former clerk of the Florida House of Representatives. Dr. Morris published many books and articles on Florida history and government.

  • Allyn Szejko is the coauthor with Virginia Aronson of Iguana Invasion. A licensed humane trapper and licensed wildlife rehabilitator, she is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including the 2001 Animal Kindness Award, which recognizes citizens who make notable voluntary contributions to animal welfare. She has also been honored by the South Florida Eco Award committee. Allyn has written and starred in two educational videos about coexisting with Florida wildlife developed by the Folke H. Peterson Foundation. Both films have been shown on educational television and are available in Florida schools and libraries. She often speaks at schools and is involved in Florida politics pertaining to animal rights and protection of the environment. Allyn lives in Boca Raton with her family.

  • A former journalist at the Associated Press in New York City, Mr. Moscow has written or collaborated on fifteen nonfiction books that reveal the lives of such notable Americans as Richard M. Nixon, William S. Paley, and Harold Geneen.

  • Amanda Jarrett is a horticultural consultant, writer, photographer, instructor, and lecturer. She is a Florida certified horticultural professional and a member of the Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association and the Garden Writers of America. Born in England, she has lived in Libya, Malta, and Canada. She now lives with her family in Cape Coral, Florida, where she writes a weekly gardening column for the Cape Coral News-Press.

  • Frattino, Andre R.

    Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Andre Frattino graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with a BFA in sequential art and has worked as an illustrator for various clients. He is also an active contributor to the Independent Florida Alligator and is pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts at the University of Florida. Besides his devotion to the arts, Andre’s other passion is the paranormal. He has conducted more than fifty haunting investigations along the East Coast and even worked as a consultant for SyFy’s Ghosthunters. He continues his pursuit of both the arts and the paranormal and hopes to continue to bridge the gap between them. Frattino has written three graphic novels for Pineapple Press, The Reaper of St. George Street, Lost Souls of Savannah, and Vampirate of Matanzas Inlet.

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  • Ann Henderson has a Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University and has taught history at all levels. She served as a U.S. foreign service officer in Peru and Honduras and was executive director of the Florida Humanities Council.

  • The author of Everglades: An Ecosystem Facing Choices and Challenges, Anne Ake has written five previous books for adult and young adult audiences, as well as numerous magazine articles on the arts, people, and nature. She has edited an arts magazine and published a children’s magazine, and her photography has appeared in local and regional publications. She lives in north Florida.

  • Transplanted from his native Vermont, Calvin Robinson was a successful businessman in Jacksonville, Florida, during the Civil War. Loyal to the Union and finding slave-holding repugnant, he refused to join the secessionist movement in the South. Targeted for his Union sympathies, he would eventually lose his business, home, and money.

    As Jacksonville burned—set ablaze by Southerners targeting Union sympathizers—Robinson fled north but returned to Jacksonville three years later, where he reestablished himself in the business community and became a philanthropist, even founding an orphanage for black children. Throughout his ordeal, he kept a record of the events unfolding around him.

    Anne Robinson Clancy, Calvin’s great-granddaughter, received his journal as it passed through a succession of heirs. She transcribed and edited it, and the end result is A Yankee in a Confederate Town.

  • Anne Rudloe earned her Ph.D. in biology from Florida State University.
    She lived with her husband, Jack, in Panacea, Florida, where they ran the Gulf Specimen Marine
    Laboratory, a nonprofit environmental education center. Ms. Rudloe’s writing appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, and various scientific journals.

  • A graduate of Ohio University and Georgia State University, Annelle Rigsby taught in elementary and middle schools and served as a curriculum specialist. She is the coauthor with Edwina Raffa of the children’s novels Kidnapped in Key West and Escape to the Everglades. She lives in Florida with her husband.

  • Annette Bruce grew up in a large family where daily stories were the norm. A native of Eustis, Florida, she founded the Cracker Storytelling Festival and cofounded the Florida Storytelling Guild and the Florida Storytelling Camp. She has been honored by the Florida Storytelling Association with the first Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award for lifetime work in and for storytelling. Annette is the author of Tellable Cracker Tales and More Tellable Cracker Tales. She also compiled with J. Stephen Brooks a collection of Florida tales called Sandspun.

  • Russ and Annie Johnson have been teaching young children to read for over twenty years, always using music and movement. They now teach in St. Augustine, Florida, and often go around the state presenting workshops on their method. Their website is

  • Ms. Gault’s practice focuses on Real Property and Administrative law. While completing law school, she served as a law clerk at the Florida Department of Financial Regulation and her former law firm, Pennington, P.A. As a member of the Florida State moot court team, Ms. Gault took first place in 2012 Kaufman Memorial Securities Competition in New York City. She has represented clients before the Florida Supreme Court and the district courts of appeal.

  • Ashley Oliphant has spent the last 20 years searching the eastern seaboard for shark teeth. She has a Ph.D. in 20th-century American literature and serves as an associate professor of English at Pfeiffer University. A lifelong North Carolinian, a dedicated auto-racing enthusiast, and a vocal animal welfare advocate, she lives with her husband and son in Denver, N.C. She looks forward to one day retiring to a comfortable beach chair in Key West.

  • Barry Coleman has been playing beach games with his kids since they were old enough to carry a sand bucket. His family has tested and enjoyed all of the games in this book. He lives in South Carolina with his wife and two children and dogs Rascal and Boomer.

  • Benjamin Reilly received his B.A. at New College of the University of South Florida before venturing north to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in European history at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Reilly’s writing has appeared in several scholarly publications, including the Social Science History Journal and French History. He currently lives with his wife and son on the Persian Gulf, where he teaches history at Carnegie Mellon University’s overseas branch campus in Qatar. Despite the change of scenery, he retains a keen interest in Florida history.

  • Betty Mae Jumper was almost killed as a baby because her father was a white man. Her mother’s family intervened, however, and she grew up to be the first Seminole to graduate from high school. She worked for many years as a nurse and spent most of her career in tribal government positions, including tribal chairperson and editor of the Seminole Tribune. She shared many of the stories in the book Legends of the Seminoles with the public at festivals and with the children of the tribe, as her mother and grandmother did before her.

  • Blair and Dawn Witherington are professional naturalists. Blair is a research scientist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in Florida. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Florida. He has contributed numerous scientific articles and book chapters on sea turtle biology, and his books include two volumes on sea turtles and their conservation. Dawn is a graphic design artist and scientific illustrator trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Fort Lauderdale. Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, and museum exhibits. Blair and Dawn have merged their art, writing, photography, and design in a number of projects, including Florida’s Living Beaches: A Beachcomber’s Guide, Florida’s Seashells, Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber’s Guide, and Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber’s Guide.
    Each a Florida native, Blair and Dawn share a fascination with the wilder parts of the state. They had their first date on a windswept beach, married in 1998, and began satisfying their mutual compulsion to seek, collect, catalog, photograph, identify, and research the diversity of Florida’s beaches. Their quest left sandy footprints from the Florida Panhandle south through the Keys and northward to the Georgia border. They have learned that beaches are places where beauty abounds, wonders are spontaneous, and footprints fill quickly. And so the quest continues …

  • Bonnie Nickel is the author of Those Kooky Kangaroos and Those Mischievous Monkeys. She teaches people about conservation and sustainability—how to use less water, fuel, electricity, etc.—so we can live in harmony with animals and plants. Originally from Canada, Bonnie lives in Florida with her husband, Jim, and their dogs, Cooper and Joie.

  • Brian McCreight of Charleston is a featured storyteller and musician at festivals and events throughout South Carolina. He is the children’s librarian and storyteller-in-residence at the James Island Library.

  • Bruce Hunt is a native Floridian author, photographer, and artist living in Tampa. He has authored nine books on Florida travel and history, and has written and photographed numerous articles for newspapers and magazines during the last twenty years. He spent five years as a regular feature writer and photographer for DuPont Registry Tampa Bay Magazine. His work has also appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, Backpacker Magazine, Rock & Ice Magazine, Skydiving Magazine, and Celebrity Car Magazine, among others. He also writes the “Visiting Small Town Florida” blog, based on his Pineapple Press book of the same name. In addition he operates Bruce Hunt Images, an e-commerce website with more than 1100 of his best images, available for publication and advertising businesses.

  • Bruce Roberts, a former director of photography and senior photographer for Southern Living magazine, began his photojournalism career at The Tampa Tribune. Bruce’s photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time, Life, and Time Life Books. Bruce has won numerous international, national, and state awards, and some of his photographs are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Bruce and his wife, Cheryl Shelton-Roberts, coauthored the best-selling Lighthouse Families. Bruce and Cheryl live in Morehead City, North Carolina.

  • Transplanted from his native Vermont, Calvin Robinson was a successful businessman in Jacksonville, Florida, during the Civil War. Loyal to the Union and finding slave-holding repugnant, he refused to join the secessionist movement in the South. Targeted for his Union sympathies, he would eventually lose his business, home, and money.

    As Jacksonville burned—set ablaze by Southerners targeting Union sympathizers—Robinson fled north but returned to Jacksonville three years later, where he reestablished himself in the business community and became a philanthropist, even founding an orphanage for black children. Throughout his ordeal, he kept a record of the events unfolding around him.

    Anne Robinson Clancy, Calvin’s great-granddaughter, received his journal as it passed through a succession of heirs. She transcribed and edited it, and the end result is A Yankee in a Confederate Town.

  • Carlene Fredericka Brennen, long a newspaper editor and publisher in southwest Florida, spent over 30 years researching Hemingway’s life in Key West, Bimini, and Cuba. She co-wrote Hemingway in Cuba with Hilary Hemingway and worked on the award-winning documentary film by the same name. She coordinated the International Hemingway Festival on Sanibel Island and the First Annual Hemingway Flats Fishing Tournament on Captiva Island in 1997. He has also recently co-written two books with Randy Wayne White, a Gulf Coast cookbook and a book about tarpon fishing. She lives in Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband and a good many cats.

  • Attorney Charles Dudley is in private practice in Tallahassee, where he is regularly involved with state lawmakers and policy administrators. He has consistently contributed to the development of laws affecting Florida residential communities. He is coauthor with Peter Dunbar of The Law of Florida Homeowners Associations.

  • Charles Farley has worked as a teacher, librarian, and salesman. He has written for American Libraries, Library Hi Tech, Library Journal, and Living Blues. His first book, Soul of the Man, was a biography of Bobby “Blue” Bland. Secrets of San Blas is his first novel, based on events surrounding an actual murder that occurred in the spring of 1938 at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse near Port St. Joe, Florida.

  • Charles R. Boning is a naturalist, illustrator, and attorney who has written numerous books, including Florida’s Best Fruiting Plants, Florida’s Best Herbs and Spices, and Florida’s Rivers. He has a deep appreciation for Florida’s plants, animals, and history, and he visited and photographed each of the 60 rivers described in Florida’s Rivers.

  • Cheryl Shelton-Roberts taught school in North Carolina and Virginia for twenty years before retiring to work alongside husband Bruce, traveling the country to collect lighthouse stories and producing books about them.

  • A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chris Tozier was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida in 2011. He lives in an unnamed Florida scrub, where he often sees black bears and otherworldly creatures. Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island is the second novel in the award-winning Olivia Brophie series.

  • Cynthia Thuma grew up in Wilton Manors, Florida. A graduate of Broward Community College, Florida State University, and Nova Southeastern University, she was formerly an award-winning journalist for the Boca Raton News and the Hollywood Sun-Tattler before becoming a college administrator and freelance writer. She lives in Boca Raton with her family.

  • D. Bruce Means grew up in Alaska, received his Ph.D. in biology from Florida State University, and is president of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the rich biodiversity of the vast coastal plain of the southeastern United States. He is an adjunct professor of biological science at Florida State University, where he has taught courses on the ecology of upland, wetland, and coastal environments of the Southeast, as well as vertebrate biology, ichthyology, mammalogy, herpetology, general biology, tropical ecology, and conservation biology. His research has focused on such diverse topics as fire ecology, the natural history of South American tepuis, biogeography, conservation, endangered species, and the evolution and natural history of amphibians and reptiles. He has published more than 235 scientific articles, technical reports, and popular articles in National Wildlife, International Wildlife, Natural History, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, Fauna, South American Explorer, and other magazines.

  • After seventeen years as a college professor, Dan Gallagher came to the Florida Keys in 1988 to become a professional boat captain, environmental guide, editor, and writer. The history of the Keys, particularly the Florida East Coast Railway, quickly became his main interest and the subject of his book Florida’s Great Ocean Railway: Building the Key West Extension. He also wrote Pigeon Key and the Seven-Mile Bridge and Marathon: Heart of the Key West Extension, as well as several chapters of Florida Keys Environmental Story, for which he served as editor-in-chief. He also edited The Bridges Stand Tall and Islamorada and More, publications of the Pigeon Key Foundation. He has collected more than a thousand old photographs of the early Keys and the Key West Extension. Dan and his wife, Rita Irwin, live on Grassy Key.

  • Dan Walton and coauthor Laurel Schiller have spent the past fifteen years growing Florida native plants for their landscaping business and nursery called Florida Native Plants in Sarasota. They have transformed many a Florida yard into a shady, plant-rich oasis that attracts local wildlife.

  • Daphne Nikolopoulos is the editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, which oversees Naples Illustrated, Weddings Illustrated, Palm Beach Charity Register, Naples Charity Register, and Born in Athens, Greece, Ms. Nikolopoulos has worked as a journalist in the U.S., U.K., and Greek markets since 1990, specializing in travel, food, and luxury lifestyles. During her career, she has traveled the globe and experienced world culture both on and off the beaten track.

  • Darcy Campion Devney entered Boston University’s College of Communications in 1984 and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Corporate Communications and Management in 1986. She has worked at Harvard University in various department, including Harvard Magazine, Cabot House, and the Office for Sponsored Research. During her life, Ms. Devney has belonged to many different nonprofit organizations, including the Girl Scouts, the International Thespian Society, the Society for Creative Anachronism, and the National Association for Female Executives.

  • David Grimes is a humor columnist for the Sarasota Herald -Tribune. He has won several awards for his writing, including the coveted Tin Kazoo from the Venice Community Center and a rubber chicken from Sarasota magazine. (Dave Barry, on the other hand, has only one Pulitzer to show for his work.) Grimes lives in Manatee County with his wife, Teri, and two incontinent pugs.

  • David Benzing received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Michigan and retired from teaching biology at Oberlin College. In addition to Native Bromeliads of Florida with coauthor Harry E. Luther for Pineapple Press, his publications include four books, chapters in 20 more volumes, and approximately 75 reports in technical journals, mostly about the adaptive biology of vascular epiphytes, especially bromeliads and orchids. Dr. Benzing currently holds the Jessie B. Cox Chair for Tropical Botany at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, where he spends winters. Summers are spent in northern Ohio, where he and two partners own and manage a small vineyard and winery that operate according to ecologically sustainable land use and energy practices.

  • Dave Lapham is a retired Marine officer with a mystical side. He is a project manager for a small training and simulations company in Orlando, Florida, where he lives with his wife. He has published two prize-winning short stories and two books about ghosts, and , yes, he does believe in ghosts.

  • David Nolan, always a fan of history and architecture, hit the jackpot when he landed a job working for the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board. The Houses of St. Augustine evolved from the countless hours he spent walking the streets of the Ancient City, notebook in hand, carefully jotting down every detail of every historic building, as well as the stories people inevitably told him about those buildings.

  • Dr. David Maehr was associate professor of conservation biology at the University of Kentucky. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wildlife ecology at the University of Florida. Dr. Maehr studied Florida bird communities, cerulean warbler and golden-winged warbler ecology, and a variety of large mammal species in the U.S. and Mexico. He was instrumental in researching the habits, range, and conservation needs of the Florida panther and the Florida black bear and in working with ranchers and farmers to preserve the habitat of these two endangered species.

  • Historian David Stick wrote many books about North Carolina, and his books are well loved by many North Carolinians for their graceful style and intimate knowledge of the state.

  • David Nellis is chief of the Bureau of Wildlife of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he has lived and worked for more than 40 years. He earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia. He has walked the beaches and studied the strand plants of major tropical island groups in all the oceans and the tropical shores of all the continents. He has visited almost all of the Caribbean Islands and left little of the south Florida coastline untrodden. When he’s not scuba diving or photographing natural subjects, he enjoys propagating wild plants.

  • Blair and Dawn Witherington are professional naturalists. Blair is a research scientist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in Florida. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Florida. He has contributed numerous scientific articles and book chapters on sea turtle biology, and his books include two volumes on sea turtles and their conservation.

    Dawn is a graphic design artist and scientific illustrator trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Fort Lauderdale. Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, and museum exhibits.

    Blair and Dawn have merged their art, writing, photography, and design in a number of projects, including Florida’s Living Beaches: A Beachcomber’s Guide, Florida’s Seashells, Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber’s Guide, and Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber’s Guide.

  • Dianne Jacoby, a fourth-generation Floridian living in St. Au­gustine, is an actress and historical dramatist. Previ­ously an adjunct professor of art at Flagler College, Dianne now coordinates Stetson University’s Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs in St. Augustine.

  • Dolores Reyes-Pergioudakis is a multilingual cultural liaison and freelance writer and photographer who has lived in Greece for two decades. Her articles and photographs appear in numerous Greek and American publications. Married to a Helenic naval officer, she has researched and photographed Greek lighthouses with the permission of the General Hellenic Navy Staff and Hellenic Lighthouse Service.

  • Don Dandrea lives and works in Arizona. He is also the author of The Snow Warrior.

  • Don Farrant, a Michigan native and retired corporate editor, has been a freelance writer for more than twenty years. His articles, mostly on business and historical subjects, have appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Don and his wife, Jean, live on St. Simons Island in Georgia.

  • Donald Robert Wilson served in the U.S. Navy at the very end of World War II and then became a teacher and school principal for forty-two years in New England. After retiring, he moved to southwest Florida and turned to writing.

  • Dorothy Downs is an art historian who has curated exhibitions of Native American art at several south Florida art institutions. She has taught Native American art history at the University of Miami and is a founder and president of the Tribal Art Society at the Lowe Art Museum. She is the author of Art of the Florida Seminole and Miccosukee Indians and has written articles for Native Peoples Magazine, American Indian Art Magazine, Piecework, and Florida Anthropologist. She also wrote and produced the PBS TV documentary “Patterns of Power,” about the Seminole and Miccosukee women who sew patchwork clothing.

  • Doug Alderson is a Florida naturalist and writer. He has published many articles in magazines such as Wildlife Conservation, Sierra, and Florida Wildlife, and has written a number of books on natural travel in Florida. In A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions, he writes about not-quite-natural Florida, but maybe more so than the Worlds overtaking it. He has also written for Pineapple Press: The Ghost Orchid Ghost and The Great Florida Seminole Trail.

  • Doug Stamm has ventured, camera in hand, to the depths of lakes and oceans, has joined Cousteau’s team beneath winter ice in the Mississippi River, and has traveled to the rain forests of the Amazon headwaters. As a diver/biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stamm wrote and photographed his first book, Underwater: The Northern Lakes. His photos have illustrated many articles and books, and his stock photo agency specializes in underwater natural history and freshwater sportfishing photography. The Springs of Florida is the result of Stamm’s most ambitious effort—a 15-year project to photograph America’s most fascinating freshwater environment. He lives with his family along the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

  • Douglas Waitley is the author of nineteen books on Americana, ranging in subject matter from regional histories to accounts of the era of steam locomotives. He wrote Florida History from the Highways and two volumes of Easygoing Guide to Natural Florida as well as the Best Backroads of Florida series, which includes The Heartland (Volume 1); Coasts, Glades, and Groves (Volume 2); and Beaches and Hills (Volume 3).

  • Pennsylvania native Francis “Bill” Zettler received his doctorate from Cornell University. A resident of Alachua County for 45 years, he retired as professor emeritus from the University of Florida’s College of Agriculture in 2003. He has had a life-long interest in the subjects of biology and history. He was a faculty member for 37 years at the University of Florida before retiring in 2003, and has continued to teach on an ad hoc basis ever since then. One of his most popular courses was “Biohistory: Plants, Plagues, and People,” which he created in 1990. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including UF’s Teacher of the Year Award. His training in biology and interest in local history were the impetus for The Biohistory of Alachua County and The Biohistory of Florida.

  • Dr. Richard A. Davis Jr. was a professor of geology at the University of South Florida until 2005. He is now an emeritus distinguished university professor at USF and visiting professor/research associate at Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. His area of specialization is coastal geology with emphasis on beaches, barrier islands, and tidal inlets. He has written/edited 20 books and about 150 journal articles on topics of oceanography, coastal geology, stratigraphy, and sedimentology. He has been a visiting professor in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Germany. And he speaks and teaches workshops at universities all over the world. He holds the Shepard Medal in Marine Geology.

  • A Pennsylvania native, E.H. Haines was educated at Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin. He spent five years researching For God, Gold and Glory and visited every major site on the de Soto route through the Southeast. He has also written historical novels about the Indians of the American West, Kit Carson, and the Civil War. He currently lives in Fort Myers, Florida, and is working on a novel about Ponce de León.

  • Dr. Edwin Iverson was a professor of marine science at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine Atmospheric Science for 37 years. He published many books and articles. The Rosenstiel School established the Edwin S. Iversen Prize in Aquaculture to honor Dr. Iversen and to promote the career of students interested in the field.

  • Edwina Raffa graduated from Florida State University and Florida Atlantic University before becoming a classroom teacher and counselor. She is the coauthor with Annelle Rigsby of the children’s novels Kidnapped in Key West and Escape to the Everglades. She divides her time between Florida and North Carolina.

  • Elinor DeWire has been researching and writing about lighthouses for more than forty years. She is the author of many books and articles about lighthouses and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ben Franklin Book Award, the Coast Guard Book Award, the National League of Pen Women Award for Short Fiction, and the Coast Guard’s Meritorious Public Service Award. She serves as the Education Chair for the U.S. Lighthouse Society. A retired teacher and college professor, DeWire lives in Connecticut.

  • Elinor De Wire, one of the most distinguished lighthouse historians in the USA, has been researching and photographing lighthouses for more than 25 years. She is the author of Lighthouses of the South and Lighthouses of the Mid-Atlantic Coast, both published by Voyageur Press. Elinore De Wire lives in Seabeck, Washington.

  • Florida native Eliot Kleinberg is the author of ten books about Florida history. A staff writer for The Palm Beach Post, he lives in Boca Raton with his family and collects tacky Florida souvenirs like plastic flamingos and snow globes. He is a member of the Florida, South Florida, and Palm Beach County historical societies.

  • Ellie Whitney grew up in New York City, was educated at Harvard and Washington Universities, and has lived in Tallahassee, Florida, since 1970. She has taught at Florida State and Florida A&M Universities and has authored numerous college textbooks on health and related topics. She has spent nearly 40 years exploring Florida and its ecology.

  • Golf is all in a day’s work for Frank Fenton, who has conducted golf research, development, and design for twenty-seven years at companies such as MacGregor Golf Company, the Ben Hogan Company, and Spalding Sports Worldwide. He has designed clubs and milled putters used on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour and has invented numerous patented woods, irons, putters, shafts, and grips.

  • Frank Laumer is the author of two histories of U.S. Army Brevet Major Francis Dade’s soldiers, Massacre! and Dade’s Last Command. He was the first recipient of the D.B. McKay award of the Tampa Historical Society for “Distinguished Service in the Cause of Florida History.” Mr. Laumer is president of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation and past president of the Dade Battlefield Society.

    Mr. Laumer’s novel, Nobody’s Hero, is a fictionalized account of Ransom Clark’s harrowing journey back to Fort Brooke in Tampa Bay after his regiment was attacked by Seminole Indians in what became known as Dade’s Massacre in 1835. Suffering from terrible wounds, Clark managed to reach his destination and live long enough to tell his story, publishing a brief account in 1839. After 46 years of research, Mr. Laumer has painstakingly re-created Clark’s perilous, painful trek, weaving fact and fiction to create a story about determination, resilience, and courage.

  • Frank Lohan has been an adult education art instructor for more than twenty years. He is the author of eight drawing books, including The Drawing Handbook, Pen & Ink Sketching, Countryside Sketching, and Drawing Florida Wildlife.

  • Gary Mormino holds the Frank E. Duckwall professorship in Florida history at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He is the author of two award-winning books, Immigrants on the Hill and The Immigrant World of Ybor City. His most recent book is Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida.

  • Gene Burnett was raised in Tampa and educated in Tallahassee at Florida State University. He served as a reporter and editor with a number of newspapers throughout the state—ranging in size from a small country weekly to the Miami Herald—and was also a freelance writer for many Florida magazines. He is the author of three volumes of Florida’s Past, collections of essays that chronicle Florida’s noteworthy people and events.

  • George “Grif” Griffin was a writer, columnist, advertising critic, and creative director who enjoyed canoeing and exploring natural ecosystems. He had varied interests, boundless energy, and a passion for the lowly mullet, the subject of his book with Pineapple Press, The Mostly Mullet Cookbook.

  • George R. Kish is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey who studies plant/water interactions in Florida ecosystems. He is coauthor of The Right Plants for Dry Places: Native Plant Landscaping in Central Florida. He is also the coordinator of the Florida Phenology Network, designed to understand the impact of climate on life cycle events of plants by engaging gardeners and citizen scientists to observe plants in their own yards.

  • George Fichter was a professional biologist. He was the editor of a national fishing magazine and wrote numerous guides and textbooks.

  • George Steitz is a documentary film producer whose work for network television ranges from American history to legends and lore. He lives in Florida and Pennsylvania.

  • Gerald Keane received his legal training at the University of Florida and has practiced law in Sarasota since 1973. Board-certified in marital and family law, he has been president of the Sarasota County Bar Association, chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and author of child support and contact guidelines for the 12th Judicial Court. Additionally, he has led many community service organizations. He is the author of Florida Law: A Layman’s Guide, also published by Pineapple Press.

  • Gil Nelson has spent many years exploring, teaching, and writing about Florida’s natural communities. He is the author of twelve books and regularly writes for a number of magazines on natural history, ecology, outdoor recreation, and native plant gardening. He is a research associate in botany at the Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium at Florida State University, where he coordinated the Deep South Plant Specimen Imaging project, a National Science Foundation initiative, and is a Beadle Fellow at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, where he assists in curating, databasing, and imaging the botanical collection. He lives in the community of Beachton, Georgia, with his wife, Brenda. Gil’s books for Pineapple Press include The Ferns of Florida, The Shrubs and Woody Vines of Florida, and The Trees of Florida.

  • Ginny Johnston is the author of numerous award-winning science books. In both 1991 and 2001, she was honored as Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile and Young Adult Nonfiction. She has specialist degrees in elementary education and more than 25 years of experience as a writer and educator at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Greg Jenkins is the author of the three-volume series Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore, as well as Chronicles of the Strange and Uncanny in Florida. Since an early age, Greg has had a profound interest in the supernatural and fringe science, and after a personal experience with the unknown in 1987, he embarked on a journey into the realms of parapsychology and all things mysterious. A mental health counselor and case manager, Greg is also a folklorist and collector of oral traditions and urban legends. He is an associate member of England’s Society for Psychical Research and the founder of the Florida Psychical Research Group.

  • Harold Songdahl is a respected horticulturist who has planted, grown, transplanted, and propagated just about every kind of plant that grows in south Florida. He was educated in botany at the University of Miami and for many years was known as the Tropical Plant Man as he hosted a popular call-in radio show heard all over south Florida and the Bahamas.

  • Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Harry Luther is the director of the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center and curator of the living collections at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. He has studied bromeliad habitats for 40 years and is a sought-after speaker for horticulture and botanical groups nationally and internationally. He has published more than one hundred papers, both technical and popular, and is the coauthor with David Benzing of Native Bromeliads of Florida.

  • Dr. Herb Chapman is professor emeritus of the University of Florida, where he served for 28 years conducting research to improve the Florida cattle industry. Muncy Chapman, along with raising a family and pursuing a career in citrus and nursery management, has won numerous awards for her poetry, stories, and articles in newspapers and magazines. Both Herb and Muncy were raised in Florida, where they still live. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

  • Dr. Herbert Kale II was vice president of ornithology for the Florida Audubon Society, as well as president of the Colonial Waterbird Society, chair of the Committee on Birds for the Florida Committee on Rare and Endangered Plants and Animals, director of the Florida Breeding Bird Atlas, and field associate for the Florida Museum of Natural History. His many friends in the ornithological community remember him not only for his passion for birds and his devotion to saving them, but for his warm heart and kindness toward people.

  • Hilary Hemingway is the niece of Ernest Hemingway.

  • Michigan native Hollee Temple has lived in New Zealand, Guatemala, and all four corners of the United States. South Florida is currently her home. She has worked as a computer programmer and teacher.

  • Born in Alabama and raised in Florida, J. Stephen Brooks has been telling tales throughout his life and has performed as a storyteller across the country. With both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from the University of Central Florida, he is also a writer, speaker, and emcee. He is the coauthor with Annette Bruce of Sandspun, a collection of Florida folktales.

  • J. Wills Burke is the author of The Streets of Key West: A History Through Street Names, as well as Origines: The Streets of Vietnam. A graduate of Florida State University, he lives in Tallahassee with his wife and son.

  • Jack Kramer has been growing and writing about orchids for more than half a century. He is the author of Growing Orchids at Your Windows, Rare Orchids You Can Grow, Botanical Orchids, A Passion for Orchids, The World Wildlife Fund Book of Orchids, and Growing Orchids in the South. His books are based on personal experience with each plant. He now lives and tends his beautiful orchid collection in Naples, Florida.

  • Jack Lane was a Weddell professor of American history at Rollins College and published four books on American regional history.

  • As a boy growing up in rural Ohio, Jack Montrose read and dreamed about one day fishing Florida’s famed St. Johns River. He eventually settled in Melbourne, Florida, with the headwaters of the St. Johns virtually in his backyard. As he became an adopted member of the society of fish camp regulars, Jack started to record the adventures and misadventures of his fellow swamp rats.

  • After spending twenty years in the military as a pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist, Jack Powell retired – but not for long. He was recruited to set up a practice in central Florida, where he and his wife, Jean, still live today. The state’s unique history and folklore sparked his interest, leading to research and, eventually, his two books with Pineapple Press.

  • James C. Clark is the editor of Orlando magazine and teaches at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of 200 Quick Looks at Florida History, Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers Vols. 1 and 2, and Presidents in Florida. He and his two sons live in Orlando.

  • James Goss is an author and theater enthusiast who lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with his wife, Virginia Aronson, and their son.

  • James Huffstodt is a former journalist and college public relations specialist who has served as Everglades public information officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission since 1986. His more than one hundred feature stories have been published in dozens of magazines, including Civil War Times Illustrated, Florida Wildlife, International Game Warden, and Florida Game and Fish Magazine. Huffstodt and his wife, Judy, live in West Palm Beach.

  • James Valentine is a visionary naturalist, photographer, artist, poet, speaker, and videographer, applying many cinematic techniques. His works have helped preserve millions of acres in the heart of wild lands. He coordinates his photography with leading environmental groups and cultural organizations throughout the world. He has published ten large-format photography books featuring some of the best natural history fine art photographic coverage of the southeastern U.S. He is president of the Quest Foundation (

  • Jan Lee Wicker has taught pre-kindergarten through first grade for twenty-nine years. She loves to teach children about animals and finds great joy in writing nonfiction for young children. She and her husband, Chris, live in Roanoke Rapids, NC. They have two grown sons and one grandchild, Hannah. Jan is the author of Those Big Bears, Those Delightful Dolphins, Those Excellent Eagles, Those Funny Flamingos, and Those Magical Manatees.

  • Jane Anderson Jones is a professor of English and humanities at the Venice, Florida, campus of Manatee Community College. Her publications include a young adult biography of Frida Kahlo and numerous articles on medieval and twentieth-century literature. She coedited Florida in Poetry with Maurice O’Sullivan.

  • Janet Cope has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a registered dietician. Born in Tennessee, she now calls Georgia home.

  • Janet Post has been a reporter and photographer for several north Florida newspapers, garnering multiple Florida Press Awards for agricultural and sports stories. She lives on a Suwannee County ranch with her husband, who makes his living shoeing horses and cowboying. Around their place, everything is counted by the head. They have thirty head of cattle, two head of horses, four head of dogs, ten head of chickens, two head of cats, and eight head of grandchildren.

  • Janis Owens was born in a small town in the Florida panhandle, daughter of a preacher-turned-insurance-salesman who job took his family to live in New Orleans and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, before returning to north Florida. Janis was greatly influenced by her grandmother, a poet and noted reformer in Marianna, Florida, who raised her on storytelling—everything from Bible stories to Aesop’s fables. She earned a degree in English with a specialization in Southern history at the University of Florida and is the author of the novels My Brother Michael and Myra Sims.

  • Jay Humphreys served as the communications director for the Florida Sea Grant College Program at the University of Florida from 1989 to 1999. He’s now a freelance writer, and much of his writing is devoted to explaining complex scientific subjects in easy-to-understand language for lay readers. He lives in St. Augustine with his family.

  • Joan Gill Blank has been a resident of Key Biscayne since 1951. The author of Key Biscayne, a comprehensive history of the barrier island, she also wrote Born of the Sun, the official bicentennial history book of the state of Florida. Ms. Blank has also authored or edited numerous books and articles on Florida’s cultural, historical, and ecological heritage.

  • John Ames entered the University of Florida intending to major in drama. After a season of summer stock, he decided he wasn’t the dramatic type and changed his major to English, becoming a Ford Fellow and eventually graduating with a master’s degree. After graduation, he built a rustic house and lived for several years on the edge of a spiritual community located near Gainesville, Florida. John’s search for enlightenment ended when he decided that he was too far from a movie theater. He moved inside the Gainesville city limits and taught English and film for thirty years at Santa Fe College.

    He has produced and acted in numerous short films and videos, including the cable TV series Tub Interviews, wherein all of the interviewees were required to be in a bathtub. For ten years he reviewed movies for PBS radio station WUFT. He has appeared as a standup comedian and has designed and marketed Florida-themed lamps. In addition to writing Adventures in Nowhere, he coauthored Second Serve: The Renee Richards Story and its sequel, No Way Renee: The Second Half of My Notorious Life, as well as Speaking of Florida.

  • John Carroll, author of Club Board Members Guide, practiced law in Indiana for more than forty years and was president of the Indiana State Bar Association. He has served as a member of more than twenty educational, charitable, professional, and corporate boards and as president of most of those. Mr. Carroll and his wife, Patricia, have six children (maybe the best practice for running a private club!).

  • John M. Dunn is a writer and high school social studies teacher. He has authored many young adult non-fiction books, numerous articles, scripts for audio-visual productions, and a children’s play. Several of his books have received national recognition. He lives with his wife in Ocala, Florida.

    He is the author of Jose’ Marti’: Cuba’s Greatest Hero.

  • John Rothchild edited 200 hours of taped memoirs to produce Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, the remarkable account of the full and inspiring life of “the tiny woman in the floppy hat.”

  • John Viele is a retired naval officer and former submarine commander who now lives on Cudjoe Key, Florida. A lifelong interest in history and a deep love for the Florida Keys led him to research and write Keys history stories for local newspapers and magazines. He serves on the board of directors of the Key West Maritime Historical Society and is a frequent lecturer on Keys history.

  • Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Jon Wilson has lived in Florida since 1956. Beginning in 1971, he was a reporter, editor, and editorial writer for the St. Petersburg Times. He won various national and state newspaper awards for his writing and is the author of ‘Days of Fear: A Lynching in St. Petersburg,’ published in Tampa Bay History.

  • Joyce Elson Moore is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in major newspapers and national publications, poetry journals, and anthologies of selected writers. She enjoys speaking to book groups, at library events, and at book festivals, and she offers workshops on the craft of writing. Joyce lives on Florida’s Gulf coast with a variety of animals, both tame and wild. An unabashed Francophile, Ms. Moore also enjoys ballroom dancing, RVing, overseas travel, and yoga.

  • Judy Cutchins is the author of numerous award-winning science books. In both 1991 and 2001, she was honored as Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile and Young Adult Nonfiction. She has specialist degrees in elementary education and more than 25 years of experience as a writer and educator at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Karen Harvey has written books and articles about St. Augustine since her arrival in the Ancient City in 1978. She was the arts and entertainment editor of the St. Augustine Record for seven years. It was there she met her first ghosts (or they met her). Ms. Harvey also conducts ghost tours and educational tours for Tour St. Augustine, Inc. She lives in her favorite town with her family.

  • Kathy Feeney is the author of more than twenty-six books for children, including Those Amazing Alligators for Pineapple Press. She earned her degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. She lives in Tampa with her husband, RJ, and their two border terriers, Miss Muggle and Maxwell Smart.

  • Kevin McCarthy is professor emeritus and a distinguished alumni professor of Florida studies and English at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he taught for 33 years. He has written many books for Pineapple Press.

  • Kris Thoemke writes about the outdoors and travel in Florida and is one of Florida’s leading experts on fishing. An avid angler, he has had the opportunity to travel, explore, and fish throughout Florida and to share his experiences through his writing and photography. With a Ph.D. in biology from the University of South Florida and three decades of experience as a researcher, land manager, college professor, and environmental consultant, he translates his scientific knowledge into language that helps audiences understand, appreciate, and, most importantly, enjoy being outdoors in Florida.

  • Larry Perez is a lifelong resident of Miami and has spent more than fifteen years working in south Florida’s natural areas. During his career, he has worked as a naturalist for Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation and as a ranger for Biscayne and Everglades National Parks. Larry is a graduate of Florida International University, where he completed programs in park and recreation management and environmental studies. He is also the author of Words on the Wilderness: A History of Place Names in South Florida’s National Parks and maintains a healthy fascination with lizards and snakes.

  • Lars Andersen’s lifelong love of outdoor exploration began with his childhood forays into the remotest reaches of Paynes Prairie. Thanks to a patient mother, who drove him out in the morning and picked him up at sunset carrying a sack full of the day’s finds (usually snakes), he developed the passion for and intimate knowledge of Paynes Prairie that resulted in Paynes Prairie: The Great Savanna: A History and Guide. Today he guides nature and history tours of nearly 30 north Florida natural areas for Adventure Outpost in High Springs, Florida. His favorite trip is still the Paynes Prairie History Hike.

  • Laura Stewart has taught art history at several central Florida colleges and universities and is a fine arts writer for The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

  • The author of Those Outrageous Owls, Laura Wyatt is the curator of wildlife at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida. One of her specialties is falconry. She is a caretaker of permanently injured, endangered, and non-releasable Florida native wildlife. She provides these animals with naturalistic habitats and proper care and pairs them with mates. The healthy offspring are trained and released into the wild. Laura has raised and released more than one thousand native animals, including owls, hawks, river otters, wading birds, and waterfowl.

  • Laurel Schiller and coauthor Dan Walton have spent the past fifteen years growing Florida native plants for their landscaping business and nursery called Florida Native Plants in Sarasota. They have transformed many a Florida yard into a shady, plant-rich oasis that attracts local wildlife.

  • Miami poet and graphic artist Laurence Donovan taught courses in literature and creative writing during his thirty-five-year tenure at the University of Miami. He also edited and illustrated The Carrell, a literary magazine, and regularly wrote book reviews for The Miami Herald. He illustrated numerous books, and his art has been exhibited widely throughout the country.

  • Lee Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian who lives in Gainesville. He is an admirer of the late Louis L’Amour and was inspired by the tales of the Florida frontier he heard from his grandparents.

  • Leicester Hemingway was the archetypal kid brother, sixteen years younger than his famous sibling, Ernest. He followed in his older brother’s footsteps, becoming a respected writer, sharing Ernest’s love of risk and adventure, and, when his health failed, choosing to end his own life. Leicester’s warm, intimate biography of the famous author, adventurer, sportsman, and world traveler is called, simply, My Brother, Ernest Hemingway. At Ernest’s request, Leicester waited to publish it until after Ernest’s death. Leicester spent many happy hours with Ernest, fishing, traveling, and listening to an icon’s advice on writing.

  • Lois Swoboda lives in Apalachicola, Florida. She currently works as a staff writer for the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Times, the second oldest newspaper in Florida. She has three dogs, three cats, and loves the outdoors, the beach, and uncrowded places. Old Neb was inspired by stories told by Joe “Snooky” Barber, who spent over 70 years working as a waterman on Florida’s Gulf coast.

  • Lonnie Lynch is a world-class chef who has worked at some of the finest restaurants in the country, including Stetson’s in Dallas and the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

  • Loretta Carlisle is a professional photographer who has published photography in a number of books.

  • In the 1970s, Love Dean embraced a life on the water, living on and operating sailboats and powerboats. She qualified for a U.S. Coast Guard license and operated her own boat, specializing in environmental and birding tours throughout the Florida Keys. Her book Reef Lights was published in 1982. Ms. Dean moved to Hawaii in the late 1980s and published The Lighthouses of Hawaii in 1991. She returned to the Florida Keys and published another book about lighthouses, The Lighthouses of the Florida Keys.

  • M.C. Finotti is a jounalist and former teacher who grew up imagining what it would be like to live in the “olden days.” She often dreamed of going back in time to live in the past. The Treasure of Amelia Island is a byproduct of those imaginings. Ms. Finotti lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, with her husband and two children.

  • Marc Dunbar is a partner in the firm of Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson & Dunbar, P.A., in Tallahassee, Florida. Before joining the firm, he served in the Florida Department of State as assistant general counsel, then director of communications for the secretary of state.

  • Margaret Paschal has taught in Florida for thirty years, and has used A Land Remembered: Student Edition to teach Florida Challenges and Choices, as well as U.S. and Florida history, to middle school students at Tarpon Springs Middle School.

  • Marian Van Atta shared her knowledge about exotic fruits and vegetables for many years. Her children and grandchildren helped her grow plants, send out seeds, and develop recipes. Her husband, Jack, worked in the garden.

  • Marie Harrison is the author of Southern Gardening, Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees for the South, Groundcovers for the South, and Gardening in the Coastal South. A master gardener, she serves on the board of directors for the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs. She also writes gardening columns for a number of newspapers and other publications in addition to frequently lecturing at garden clubs and seminars. She and her “amiable spouse” live in the midst of her lovely garden in Valparaiso, Florida.

  • A fifth-generation Floridian, Marilyn Bishop Shaw writes from her roots for young readers, an audience she knows well after thirty years of teaching. She holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Florida. Bitten by the travel bug during a summer at Oxford University, she now leads groups on European tours every other year. Ms. Shaw lives on a farm in north central Florida with her husband.

  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas is considered by many to be the first lady of the Everglades. What others called a worthless swamp, she dubbed the “river of grass,” and she fought fiercely to protect and revive the Everglades in her lifetime. Her autobiography, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas: Voice of the River, is the story of a strong-willed, determined woman who let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing her goals and living “my own life in my own way.” Everglades: River of Grass chronicles her involvement in Everglades affairs.

  • Mark Gluckman, a land planner for thirty-five years, is currently consulting with governments in north central Florida on greenways, trails, and nature tourism projects including the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail. He actively kayaks and fly-fishes the Suwannee River and Big Bend coastal region.

  • Mark Stebbins moved to Florida in 1978 to begin a career in engineering after receiving a degree in photographic science from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He became interested in tropical plants and landscaping and acquainted himself with the work of the late Edwin Menninger, a pioneer in the introduction and propagation of exotic flowering trees.

  • Marta Magellan is the author of Those Colossal Cats, Those Lively Lizards, and Those Voracious Vultures. She teaches English, creative writing, and Survey of Children’s Literature at Miami Dade College. An avid nature lover and admirer of wildlife, she often travels to Brazil. She lives in Miami with her husband, photographer James Gersing.

  • Marty Marth is a third-generation Floridian and nationally known horse journalist. She writes from her Willoughby Farm near the Suwannee River.

  • Mary Jane Ryals has lived near the northern Gulf coast of Florida most of her life. She teaches writing at Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University. She has also worked as a waitress and bartender, office manager, pharmacy tech, features writer/editor, typesetter, yoga teacher – and a mother.
    She is Poet Laureate of the Big Bend of Florida, and she won a Florida Book Award for her
    novel Cookie & Me.

  • Maurice O’Sullivan is a professor of English at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He coedited the award-winning anthology The Florida Reader with Jack Lane. He also coedited Florida in Poetry with Jane Anderson Jones and cowrote Shakespeare Plays the Classroom with Stuart Omans.

  • After working in the corporate world for fifteen years, Mauricio Herreros felt a lack of purpose in his career. He embarked on a personal journey that led him to discover the world of spirituality that exists all around us in Florida and the Southeast. His journey resulted in Spiritual Florida. Mauricio’s other passion is running, which led him to write Running in Florida. He lives in northeast Florida with his wife and children. When he’s not traveling, running, or writing, he works as a systems consultant.

  • Max Hunn began his career as a freelance writer and photographer in 1954. A graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa, he became a reporter and later a photographer on his hometown newspaper, Moline Dispatch. Following service in World War II as a U.S. Navy gunnery lieutenant, he moved to Florida, first living in Miami and then Inverness.

  • Maxine Jones is an associate professor of history at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She has written a book and several articles about African Americans and is especially interested in people who have made a difference in Florida.

  • Melanie Sue Bowles, along with her husband, Jim, is the founder of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary, located in Mena, Arkansas. Since its modest beginnings in the early 1990s on just five acres of land in southwest Florida, Proud Spirit has evolved into an award-winning, 320-acre facility and one of the most successful, longest-running sanctuaries for horses in the United States. Over the years, Melanie and Jim have intervened on the behalf of nearly 300 horses in need. Melanie is the author of three books that chronicle life at this unique ranch: The Horses of Proud Spirit, Hoof Prints: More Stories from Proud Spirit, and The Dogs of Proud Spirit.

  • A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Michael Biehl is a partner at Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, where he specializes in law governing health care systems. He’s also a professional musician, playing keyboard with regional blues bands. He and his wife, Cathleen, live in Sarasota, Florida, and Mequon, Wisconsin. He is the author of Seven Mile Bridge.

  • Millard Wells was a member of the American Watercolor Society and a founder and past president of the Florida Watercolor Society. He exhibited his art widely and won awards throughout the United States and abroad.

    While in his last year of high school, Mr. Wells won a full scholarship to the Flint Institute of Art in Michigan. While he was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he won first place in the National Soldier Art Competition, and his painting hung in the National Gallery of Art. He later studied at the Institute of Design in Chicago, now part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He painted and worked in advertising.

    He moved to the Florida Keys in 1968 and began to paint full-time. His thoughtful, plein air paintings evoke the beauty and uniqueness of the Keys and its historic homes, fishermen, game fish, wading birds, boats, water, and sky.

  • Milton Meltzer was the author of more than one hundred books for young people and adults, and he gained a wide reputation for his interest in social reform. Among many other honors, he received two awards honoring his lifetime body of work: the American Library Association’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal. Five of his books were finalists for the National Book Award.

  • Muncy Chapman is the author of nine novels and has won numerous awards for her poetry, stories, and articles. Both Herb and Muncy were raised in Florida and still call the state home.

  • Muriel V. Murrell is a second-generation Floridian. Born in Miami, she grew up on Brickell Avenue and attended Miss Harris’ School in the 1930s. After earning her B.S. in art from Skidmore College in New York, she became a fashion artist and copywriter and later went into commercial art. Her poetry was featured in an anthology by former Poet Laureate of Florida Vivian Yeiser Larimore. For the past twenty years, Ms. Murrell has been a realtor with a strong knowledge of Miami’s homes and infrastructure. When she’s not writing, she loves bridge, word games, and crossword puzzles.

  • Murray Laurie has been a museum docent and has served on the boards of many Florida museums. She is also a historian and historic preservationist.

  • Nance Frank is the author of three books about Mario Sanchez and his art: Mario Sanchez: Before & After, Mario Sanchez: Once Upon a Way of Life (with Brewster Chamberlin), and Mario Sanchez: Better Than Ever. She studied with Sanchez for ten years and currently owns The Gallery on Greene in Key West, which represents the late Sanchez and other Caribbean figurative artists.

  • Nicholas G. Penniman IV spent 38 years in the newspaper business. He retired in 1999 as publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and as senior vice president of newspaper operations for Pulitzer Publishing Company, responsible for 23 daily newspapers from Hawaii to Vermont.

    Penniman is a graduate of Princeton University and did graduate work at the Wharton Graduate School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his M.A. in American Culture Studies in 1999.

    Deeply involved in environmental advocacy work, Penniman currently serves as a board member of the Everglades Foundation and is a past chair of American Rivers (Washington, DC) and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida (Naples). He is a past chairman of both the Washington University Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Clinic and Forest Park Forever (St. Louis). A registered Florida Master Naturalist, he was a member of the Collier County Environmental Advisory Commission, overseeing aspects of the county’s Growth Management Plan and Land Development Code, and is currently a member of the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee.

    Penniman and his wife, Linda, have two children and five grandchildren. They reside in Naples, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland, where Penniman is a board member of Preservation Maryland and the Valleys Planning Council, an advocacy organization promoting land conservation and sustainable agriculture in northern Baltimore County.

  • Norma has worked as a book, magazine and newsletter editor for more than fifteen years, including ten years with Southern Living and Cooking Light magazines and three years with Crane Hill Publishers. She assisted with the writing and research for several books, including Plantation Homes of the James River (The University of North Carolina Press) and Steel Ships and Iron Men Iglobe Pequot Press). In 1997 she authored a children’s book, a retelling of The Nutcracker with original illustrations by Anita Bice (Sweetwater Press).

    Although Norma has edited and proofread a number of books about lighthouses, this is the first book she has written about them. Norma lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Myakka author Paula Benshoff is a Florida native who grew up in Sarasota when the nearest woods were just down the street and the road to Myakka was a dirt road. She worked as park ranger at Myakka River State Park for fifteen years before assuming the role of park naturalist in 1995.

  • Patricia S. and Ray E. Ashton Jr. worked together as field biologists and educators for nearly 30 years. They conducted a wide range of studies and projects, covering topics from salamander and frog behavior to sustainable tourism and management of protected areas. In 1997, they established Finca de la Tortuga Ashton Biological Preserve. In this 100-acre upland habitat, they tested management techniques as part of an in-depth study into the foraging of gopher tortoises and other species of reptiles and amphibians. They founded the Ashton Biodiversity Research and Preservation Institute, Inc., and the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Initiative (GTCI). They are the authors of The Gopher Tortoise: A Life History.

  • Born and educated in Mississippi, Patrick Smith moved to Florida in 1966. In 1995 he was selected by the Southern Academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences for its highest literary award, the Order of the South. In 1999 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the state’s highest cultural honor. A Land Remembered has been honored with the Tebeau Award by the Florida Historical Society. Four of Mr. Smith’s other books, Forever Island, Allapattah, The River Is Home, and Angel City, are available from Pineapple Press in two readers. A DVD entitled Patrick Smith’s Florida: A Sense of Place highlights Mr. Smith’s writing and his travels and work around the state.

  • Paul Taylor was born “way up north” but proudly claims Florida as his native soil since his family moved to the Sunshine State pre-Disney. He lived in Florida for more than thirty years before moving to Virginia. He is the author of Discovering the Civil War in Florida.

  • Paul Varnes is a retired professor from the University of Florida. An eighth-generation Floridian, he drew on official documents and his own family history to write Black Creek, as well as his first novel, Confederate Money.

  • Myakka author Paula Benshoff is a Florida native who grew up in Sarasota when the nearest woods were just down the street and the road to Myakka was a dirt road. She worked as park ranger at Myakka River State Park for fifteen years before assuming the role of park naturalist in 1995.

  • Peggy Nolan’s short stories and poems have appeared in numerous magazines. A graduate of the University of Miami, Ms. Nolan lives in Florida with her husband and belongs to the Writers Round Table of St. Petersburg.

  • Peter Dunbar is one of the most respected and frequently quoted authorities on matters relating to the laws governing condominiums and community associations. He has drawn on his more than 34 years of experience to write The Condominium Concept, The Law of Florida Homeowners Associations (with Charles Dudley), and The Homeowners Association Manual (with son Marc Dunbar). Dunbar served two terms as a member of Florida’s Condominium Advisory Council and has been both its chair and vice chair. He is an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law, where he teaches condominium and community housing law. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and serves as the legislative counsel to the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

  • Peter Gallagher has been writing about Florida for more than forty years and has a special fondness for Seminole history and legend. He served as the special projects writer and producer for the Seminole tribe of Florida, producing a videotape of storyteller Betty Mae Jumper telling Seminole tales.

  • Philip M. Farrell, MD, PhD, is Emeritus Dean and Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He first visited Florida’s Gulf coast barrier islands in 1958, including those of Sarasota County, and has returned regularly. His medical research has led to 3 books and over 300 original scientific articles. During the past 12 years, he and his wife, Alice, have stayed on Siesta Key annually for pleasure and a variety of professional activities. While studying the history and geology of Siesta Key, he discovered that its past century of development is not only unique but also tells a story worth sharing through this book.

  • Patricia S. and Ray E. Ashton Jr. worked together as field biologists and educators for nearly 30 years. They conducted a wide range of studies and projects, covering topics from salamander and frog behavior to sustainable tourism and management of protected areas. In 1997, they established Finca de la Tortuga Ashton Biological Preserve. In this 100-acre upland habitat, they tested management techniques as part of an in-depth study into the foraging of gopher tortoises and other species of reptiles and amphibians. They founded the Ashton Biodiversity Research and Preservation Institute, Inc., and the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Initiative (GTCI). They are the authors of The Gopher Tortoise: A Life History.

  • Dr. Renate H. Skinner earned her Ph.D. in biological oceanography as a student of Dr. Edwin Iversen at the University of Miami. She worked at Biscayne National Park in the fisheries program and later was district biologist for the State of Florida in Key Largo. Dr. Skinner has received a number of environmental awards for her initiative in protecting the marine resources of southeast Florida.

  • Dr. Richard A. Davis Jr. was a professor of geology at the University of South Florida until 2005. He is now an emeritus distinguished university professor at USF and visiting professor/research associate at Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. His area of specialization is coastal geology with emphasis on beaches, barrier islands, and tidal inlets. He has written/edited 20 books and about 150 journal articles on topics of oceanography, coastal geology, stratigraphy, and sedimentology. He has been a visiting professor in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Germany. And he speaks and teaches workshops at universities all over the world. He holds the Shepard Medal in Marine Geology.

  • Richard Adicks, a sixth-generation Floridian, grew up in Lake City and attended the University of Florida. He earned a Ph.D. in English literature from Tulane University and taught at Georgia Tech. In 1968, he joined the charter faculty of the University of Central Florida, where he is now a professor. He has written on Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, James Joyce and other authors, as well as the history of the Florida town of Oviedo, where Adicks, his wife Mildred, and their daughter Jennifer have lived for more than twenty years.

  • Richard Wunderlin is professor emeritus at the University of South Florida and an internationally known botanist. He has written more than one hundred papers and books about plants, including Flora of Florida, Volume 1 and Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida.

  • Rick Baker is a businessman and lawyer who, from 2001 to 2010, served as mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida’s fourth largest city. He led an unprecedented renaissance in the city and was named America’s 2008 mayor/public official of the year by Governing magazine.
    Baker is an adjunct fellow of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership based in New York City. He has been married to his wife, Joyce, for thirty-one years and they have raised two college-aged children, Julann and Jacob.

  • Rick Tonyan learned to ride and use a whip about the same time he learned to walk. A graduate of the University of Florida and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he spent 17 years as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel before turning to fiction.

  • Rob Lloyd is the writer behind TV game show classics such as Family Feud with Richard Dawson, To Tell the Truth, Burt Reynolds’ Win, Lose or Draw, and many others. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Tampa, where he lives with his family.

  • Robert Jones was born in Archer, Florida, and spent most of his life in Jacksonville. He served in the U.S. Navy in Japan and earned five black-belt degrees from the Kodokan Institute. Retired from the Department of Corrections, he now lives in Starke, Florida. He has written numerous short stories and is the author of Florida Ghost Stories.

  • Robert N. Macomber is an internationally recognized, award-winning maritime writer, lecturer, and television commentator. He is a lecturer at the Distinguished Military Author Series of the Center for Army Analysis in Washington, D.C.; Caribbean/Latin American lecturer at the U.S. Southern Command’s Notable Military Author Series; guest author and lecturer aboard the Queen Mary 2 since her maiden voyage, as well as the Silver Sea fleet of luxury liners; a maritime commentator for Florida PBS; and a naval history lecturer for the American History Forum and the Civil War Education Association. His lectures span 32 various maritime topics.

    Mr. Macomber is the author of the acclaimed Honor Series of naval novels and is proud to have readers in ten countries. He also has written many magazine articles. His awards include the Florida Genealogy Society’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his nonfiction work on Florida’s maritime history, the Patrick Smith Literary Award for Best Historical Novel of Florida (At the Edge of Honor), and the John Esten Cooke Literary Award for Best Work in Southern Fiction (Point of Honor). He is the guest author at regional and international book festivals and was named by Florida Monthly magazine as one of the 22 Most Intriguing Floridians of 2006. His sixth novel, A Different Kind of Honor, won the highest national honor in his genre: the American Library Association’s 2008 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction. It was awarded, along with the $5,000 in prize money, on July 1, 2008, at the ALA’s annual convention in Anaheim, California. Each year Macomber travels approximately 15,000 sea miles around the globe, giving lectures and researching his novels.

  • Robin C. Brown grew up in Tampa and received his M.D. degree from Tulane University. He practiced medicine in Fort Myers for thirty-six years. A lifelong interest in the early history of Florida led to his first two Pineapple Press books: Florida’s Fossils and Florida’s First People. He wrote The Crafts of Florida’s First People for children because so many of them asked him to.

  • Robyn Gioia teaches full-time and has been active in children’s literature since joining an eclectic group of writers during a three-year stay in England. She is a former board member of the Florida Writers Association and has been a judge for several national contests. She reviews children’s books for the School Library Journal and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her middle-grade novel, Rinny and the Trail of Clues (under the name Robyn Leslie), has won several awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Children’s Voice.

  • Rodney Carlisle is professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University and the author or editor of more than forty books.

  • Roger Bansemer has painted the sea—its people, its ships, its shores, and its lighthouses—all his life. After graduating from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and serving in the Navy, he built a unique home and studio/gallery in Clearwater, Florida. His paintings cover a wide spectrum of subjects, from his early abstract works to his present-day representations of landscapes, shorebirds, wildlife, beach scenes, nautical themes, and North American lighthouses.

    Roger’s work has appeared in many magazines, including Forbes, Smithsonian, and American Artist and has been featured on the Today Show.

  • Ron Haase formerly taught architecture at the University of Florida. The old Cracker farmhouses of Florida were the focus of his academic research and continue to be the foundation of an active private practice. Mr. Haase designs contemporary houses that have a strong identity with the climate and culture of Florida’s small towns and rural lifestyle. His designs for energy-efficient houses have won several awards from the Florida Solar Energy Center, the American Solar Energy Society, and the American Institute of Architects.

  • Russell and Annie Johnson have been teaching children in early grades for more than twenty years, using music and movement to enhance learning. They now teach in St. Augustine, Florida, and present workshops nationwide.

  • Climbing through caverns, sliding into sinkholes, and clambering up volcanoes is all in a day’s work for Sandra Friend. She has written more than 150 articles on travel, the outdoors, and geological topics and is the author of Sinkholes, as well as the Exploring Planet Earth series of children’s science books. An Orlando resident, Friend can frequently be found hiking and backpacking Florida’s many scenic trails.

  • Sandra Wallus Sammons moved from Pennsylvania to Florida and became an elementary school librarian in Lake County. Learning of the dearth of books on Florida history aimed at fourth graders, she began writing biographies of Floridians who lived fascinating, inspirational lives. She wrote Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Florida Everglades, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and the Florida Crackers, The Two Henrys: Henry Plant and Henry Flagler and Their Railroads, and Henry Flagler, Builder of Florida.

  • Sandy Bradley is an auctioneer for nonprofit and arts organizations. She is also a musician, a writer, and, for 13 years, host of “Sandy Bradley’s Potluck” on National Public Radio. She served on the Seattle Arts Commission and the Bumbershoot Commission. In 1991 The Seattle Times named her one of ten “people of the year” who make Seattle a better place to live. A licensed auctioneer since 1979, Ms. Bradley is currently an oyster farmer on Willapa Bay.

  • Sarah Cussen is the author of Those Beautiful Butterflies, Those Peculiar Pelicans, Those Perky Penguins, and Those Terrific Turtles. She lives in London with her husband, Mark, and works for a charity that helps build peace across the globe.

  • Shannon Harper has been a writer, college instructor, social worker, librarian, and researcher. She has traveled widely, always in search of good meals and new cuisines. A North Carolina native, she currently lives in DeLand, Florida.

  • Native son Stetson Kennedy was the author of many books, including Palmetto Country and South Florida Folklife. Born in Jacksonville in 1916, he devoted his life to human rights, traditional culture, and the stewardship of nature. A founding member of the Florida Folklore Society and Oral History Association, he was also a recipient of the Florida Folk Heritage Award and the Florida Governor’s Heartland Award and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. He first arrived in Key West in 1935 at the age of nineteen, married a Key West native, and served as editor of the Works Progress Administration’s A Guide to Key West and Guide to Florida: The Southernmost State. His final book, Grits and Grunts: Folkloric Key West, was published in 2008 by Pineapple Press.

  • Steven Singer has been diving for fifty years, first in New Jersey, where he grew up, and now in Florida, where he has been a certified scuba instructor and has worked on a number of archaeological and treasure salvage projects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from New England College and studied underwater archaeology at Nova University. He has worked as an associate editor for TreasureQuest magazine and has written for other dive-related publications. He is president of the nonprofit Marine Archaeological Council, Inc.

  • Stuart Kaminsky was the author of forty novels, five biographies, four textbooks, and thirty-five short stories. He also had screenwriting credits for five films, including Once Upon a Time in America, Enemy Territory, and Hidden Fears. He served as president of the Mystery Writers of America, was a member of the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and was nominated for five Edgar Awards, a Shamus Award, and a McCavity Readers Choice Award. He won both an Edgar and the Prix de Roman D’Aventure of France for his novel A Cold Red Sunrise.

  • Stuart McIver was the author of eleven books on Florida. In addition, he wrote more than four hundred stories and articles for both regional and national publications and was the editor of South Florida History Magazine. A North Carolina native, McIver has been called “south Florida’s tribal storyteller.”

  • Stuart Omans is a professor of English at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches Shakespeare and drama. He is the founding artistic director of the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, founder of the Young Company, and cofounder of the Drey Shakespeare Institute.

  • Susan Allene Epps was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University. She lived for seventeen years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she enjoyed scuba diving, competitive swimming, and, of course, bird watching. In 2005 she moved to the coast of Mississippi.

  • Susan Jewell is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C. She spent twelve years studying wildlife in the Everglades and Florida Keys with the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and the National Audubon Society. Ms. Jewell is also a freelance writer of environmental issues and is the author of Exploring Wild Central Florida, Exploring Wild South Florida and Gators, Gourdheads, and Pufflings: A Biologist Slogs, Climbs, and Wings Her Way to Save Wildlife.

  • Susan Jane (Ryan) Judson has been a Florida elementary school teacher for more than thirty years, as well as a consultant on several award-winning activity guides for Florida State University’s Energy and Environmental Alliance. She has also written several environmental books for children.

  • Susanne Hupp has written about homes and historic preservation in Orlando since 1979.

  • Suzy Cain holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida. She has been a ghost tour guide in St. Augustine. She now lives in New Zealand and works for the biennial, multi-arts New Zealand Festival.

  • T. Kent Kirk is a retired research scientist for the USDA Forest Products Laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service in Madison, Wisconsin, and professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. He studied forestry as an undergraduate at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, then plant pathology and biochemistry for his master’s and doctor’s degrees at North Carolina State University. He received the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 1985 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1988. He lives outside of Madison, except for several weeks in the winter, when he can be found in the Virgin Islands or south Florida.

  • Award-winning travel writer/photographer Terrance Zepke loves the Carolinas, which is why she lives part-time in each. Terrance has lived in many places, including Hawaii, England, and several U.S. states. She received her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and has traveled all over the world, writing and photographing for such magazines as EcoTraveler, South America Explorer, and Photographer’s Forum, as well as newspapers such as Greensboro (NC) News & Record and Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel.

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  • Terry Lewis is a trial judge in Tallahassee, where he lives with his wife, Fran, and Bordoodle, Pepper.

  • Thomas Cook is a photographer and historian who specializes in the history of central Florida. He has called Orlando home since 1984 and has worked for the University of Central Florida’s History Department, the Orange County Historical Society, and the Orlando Public Library. He has also lectured and written numerous magazine articles on central Florida history. His love of history and his interest in the paranormal compelled him to create Orlando’s first professional ghost tours in 2000.

  • Thomas Graham, the author of Flagler’s St. Augustine Hotels, is a professor of history at Flagler College, once the Ponce de Leon Hotel, in St. Augustine, where he has taught since 1973. A Miami native, he can trace his ancestry back to early Spanish Colonial times in Florida. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida and received his M.A. and B.A. from Florida State University.

  • Thomas Philip Farrell graduated in 2017 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a double major in history and anthropology. During these studies, he also trained in archaeology and developed a keen sense of how these three disciplines are interwoven. His special interest is Native American history and cultures. He has visited Siesta Key annually during the past decade and found Crescent/Siesta Beach worthy of being designated “# 1.” This is his first book and communicates the results of literature research, interviews of distinguished archaeologists, and examination of relevant museum materials and historically important sites.

  • Thomas Taylor was the historian at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse. He was also the president and one of the founders of the Florida Lighthouse Association, which is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Florida’s lighthouses and related maritime history.

  • Timothy Walton has a Ph.D. in modern European history, with a concentration in diplomatic history, from the University of Virginia. He also holds a B.A. in philosophy from the College of William and Mary. A U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Walton is currently an instructor at the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, where he teaches courses in critical thinking and intelligence successes and failures. As an adjunct professor at both Mercyhurst College and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Walton has taught graduate-level courses in intelligence analysis and competitive intelligence.

  • A native of Naples, Florida, Tom Oswald began taking bike riding seriously when he was thirteen years old. He has since participated in nearly every facet of cycling and even journeyed around the country, looking for the most interesting places to ride his bike. He logged thousands of miles in Florida alone on a bike he made by hand. He now owns and runs a bicycle shop in Pennsylvania.

  • Tom Smoot, a native and lifelong resident of Fort Myers, has observed firsthand the impact of the Edisons’ long winter residency in the City of Palms. A graduate of the University of Florida, he has practiced law in Fort Myers for the past forty-five years. He was the chairman of the Edison Winter Home Board and one of the founders of the Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation. For eighteen years, he has also been the Florida trustee of the Charles Edison Fund, a private foundation with offices in New Jersey. The fund has a significant interest in the Edisons’ winter home in Fort Myers as well as their principal residence in West Orange, New Jersey.

  • Virginia Aronson has authored or coauthored thirty books. She has written nutrition textbooks for students, medical guides and biographies for young readers, and health books for readers of all ages. Among her titles for young readers are Konnichiwa Florida Moon, Gift of the Unicorn, and Iguana Invasion (with Allyn Szejko).

  • Born in Madison County, Florida, Virginia Lanier wrote her first book, Death in Bloodhound Red, at age 65. She went on to write five more novels featuring bloodhound trainer Jo Beth Siddon.

  • Wendy Hale has served as vice president of environmental education for the Florida Audubon Society. She now lives in Wales, United Kingdom.

  • Wil LaBossier grew up fishing the rivers and lakes of Washington State before bringing his love of fishing to Florida. An engineer by education, he has worked in a variety of disciplines assisting in the design and manufacture of everything from robots to rocket engines. In 1998 he founded Saltwater Software, which for several years produced fishing and boating software dedicated to Florida and the Bahamas. He now works in the Hudson River Valley of New York, where he lives with his wife and three children. Nervous Water is his first book.

  • Wilber Caldwell is an independent writer and photographer who lives in the mountains of north Georgia. After a long career in the music industry, he began to actively indulge a variety of interests, including history, architecture, photography, philosophy, and food. In addition to Searching for the Dixie Barbecue, he has also written Cynicism and the Evolution of the American Dream, a work of social criticism, and The Courthouse and the Depot: The Architecture of Hope in an Age of Despair, a study of railroad expansion and its effect on public architecture in the rural South from 1833 to 1910.

  • William (Bill) Adams received his Ph.D. in history from Florida State University and presently serves as director of the Department of Heritage Tourism for the City of St. Augustine. He has taught history at FSU and served as executive director of the Florida Bicentennial Commission. He also presided over the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board from 1977 to 1985 when that agency completed historic surveys of the city and county. He is the author of St. Augustine and St. Johns County: A Historical Guide.

  • William Durbin was born in Minneapolis and lives on Lake Vermillion at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. He and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children.

    A former teacher, Mr. Durbin has published biographies of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer, as well as several books for young readers, including The Broken Blade, Wintering, Song of Sampo Lake, and Blackwater Ben. The Broken Blade won the Great Lakes Book Award for Children’s Books and the Minnesota Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.

  • William McGoun is a senior editorial writer for The Palm Beach Post and has been a journalist since 1957, having held a variety of positions with newspapers in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Miami Beach. His areas of interest include the environment, growth management, transportation, and higher education. Mr. McGoun holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida, all in anthropology. He is the author of two history books, A Biographic History of Broward County and Hallandale, and his articles have appeared in Broward Legacy, Florida Journal of Anthropology, Journal of Cherokee Studies, and The Reflector.

  • A fifth-generation Floridian, Zack Waters has a B.A. degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Memphis State University. For the past twenty years, he has taught literature and language arts at Rome Middle School in Rome, Georgia. He is a frequent contributor to Civil War publications on the topic of Florida’s Confederate soldiers.

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