Authors Fair 2021

Booklovers from across metro Detroit can delight in finding new authors, meeting with favorite writers, and perhaps catching some writing inspiration of their own at the third annual Author Fair hosted by Rochester Writers and Rochester Hills Public Library. This popular local literary event takes place in the library’s Multipurpose Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Small Business Saturday, November 27.  

Twenty authors will be on hand to discuss their books and love of writing. The event features a mix of traditionally published and self-published authors.  Some of the authors chatted with Rochester Writer founder, Michael Dwyer, to discuss their books and share their stories. Catch all the recorded interviews on our YouTube page. 

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Danielle Bernock

Danielle Bernock is an international, best-selling, award-winning independent author, speaker, and coach who helps people embrace their value, heal their souls, and reclaim their lives through the power of the love of God. Her books include: Emerging With Wings, A BirdNamed Payn, Love’s Manifesto, and Because You Matter. In addition to her books, Bernock has written for numerous online publications and her stories have been published in two book anthologies. Her mantra is “love yourself from survive to thrive” and she's known as “that lady on the internet who loves you.”

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Tracy Bilen

Tracy Bilen is the author of What She Left Behind and Whisper. She is also a high school French teacher in Michigan where she lives with her husband and children. Tracy studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and taught Spanish at a high school ski academy. She loves biking, traveling, and red velvet cake.

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Robert D. Cornwall

Robert D. Cornwall is Minister-at-Large with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), editor of Sharing the Practice (Academy of Parish Clergy), and a chaplain for the Troy Police Department. He retired as pastor of Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Troy in June 2021. He holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an active blogger (Ponderings on a Faith Journey) and the author of a growing number of books. His books include works on history, biblical studies, theology, the Christian life, religion and politics, and more.

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J.P. Gebbie

J.P. Gebbie was born and raised in New England but has been a happy transplant to the Midwest for many years. She has a degree in History from Georgetown University and degrees in education and leadership from American and Oakland universities. A full-time educator, Gebbie lives in Michigan with her husband and a rotating nest of their adult children. Her first novel was My Year of Dating Crazyand she is currently working on a memoir, Piano, Horse, Drum: One Family’s Journey with Autism, about their experiences with their son, Ian. 

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Cecilia Glenn

Cecilia (Cece) Glenn has seen firsthand how an early introduction to God shapes children’s lives. Glenn stepped out of a fruitful corporate career in finance to care for her aging mother. Following her mother's death, she relocated to Michigan to spend time with her granddaughter and pursue her publishing dream. Also pictured is Glenn's daughter, Danielle Glenn, who is often a co-author with her mother. 

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Brenda Hasse

Brenda Hasse is a multi-award-winning author and freelance writer. She has written and published award-winning young adult historical. romance, pre-teen historical mystery, adult metaphysical/visionary novels, and contemporary biographies of hoxes and deceptions. She is also the author of several picture books for children. Hasse resides in Fenton with her husband and cats. 

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Terry Hojnacki

Terry Hojnacki is an award-winning flash fiction writer, children’s author, poet, and novelist, She is the author of I Can See With My Eyes Shut Tight,  Hojnacki is also the founder and editor-in-chief of "Sterling Script: A Local Author Collection," serves on the board of the Detroit Working Writers, and is a member of Rochester Writers, Shelby Writers Group, and the Tuesday Morning Writers. Hojnacki's short stories and poetry have appeared in publications like Ghostlight: The Magazine of Terror, Pink Panther Magazine, ARTIFEX, and Recurring Nightmares. 

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Lara Jean

Lara Jean is an author/illustrator from Michigan, doodling since she was very small. She loves all things fantasy, nature, and storytelling. Not surprisingly her hobbies include gardening, hanging out with trees, Pokémon, reading, binging movies, writing, cooking, and of course, doodling.

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Rukia K.

Author Rukia K. is the founder of Latina Looks Like Me, an empowerment brand dedicated to educating the world about the diversity and beauty of the Latino culture. Rukia attended Central Michigan University where she received her bachelor's of science degree. The Michigan native is a second-generation immigrant born to parents from Tanzania and Panama. She is an Afro-Latina who is proud of her culture and excited to have a platform that caters to her community.

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M.J. Kuhn

M.J. Kuhn is a fantasy writer by night and a mild-mannered university employee by day. She lives in the metro Detroit area with her husband, Ryan, a dog named Wrex, and the very spoiled cat Thorin Oakenshield. 

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Andrea Kurth

Andrea Kurth is a special education teacher from Michigan who realized her students weren’t often represented in books and wanted to change that. Inspired by her students, she set out to create a fun series where the story is the focus, not the disability, and is filled with adventure for younger children but exciting enough for the older struggling reader. When Andrea isn’t teaching or writing, she enjoys traveling with her wonderful husband and son, Owen, a creative seventh-grader. 

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Robert Lytle

Bob Lytle has nine, traditionally published Y/A stories, mostly Michigan-based and produced by local publishers. They include the Mackinac Passage five-book series, each named to the GreatLakes Booksellers Association list for top reads for their year of publication. Three Rivers Crossing is a pioneer story of a modern-day Rochester boy who returns to Stony Creek as his ancestors are settling there in 1823. A Pitch In Time is a Civil War baseball time-travel adventure and was the runner-up for the Ben Franklin Award. Mr. Blair’s Labyrinth tells of two brothers' unexpected trip to the Great Depression. Its sequel, Grampa’s Labyrinth: Journey to Devil’s Kitchen, visits Mackinac Island in 1823. Two of Lytle's books were self-published, including Our Cherry Tree, a children’s picture book, and Bulwick School: A Yankee Lad In London,whichis a post-9/11 Y/A novel.

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Holly Michelle

The debut of a new children’s book is a dream come true for Michigan author Holly Michelle. She grew up in Rochester Hills, often spinning her imagination into words as she sat writing for hours at the kitchen table. Now the seeds planted all those years ago have blossomed into The Tales of Itzland, Whimsical Spins on the Seven Sins., a book for children in grades 3-5, but younger children are loving it, too. A Michigan State University graduate, Michelle began developing the stories over a decade ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic motivated her to bring the book to life.

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Donovan Neal

Donovan Neal M. S. N. P. has formerly served in the ordained ministry and as an instructor in the Bible for 20 years. He is the author of the indie-published book, The Gospel Explained, and the Amazon best-selling novel, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars. Donovan is also a prolific songwriter and singer having written over 50 different songs of praise and worship for the local church. He has also performed in various schools and churches in the Ministry of Christian rap. Now retired from the clergy, Neal has taken up his pen to express what has long been the untapped call God has placed in him to reach people through fiction.

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Ron Sandison

Ron Sandison works in the medical field and is a professor of theology at Destiny School of Ministry. He is an advisory board member of the Art of Autism and the Els Center of Excellence. He has a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University and is the author of A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom published by Charisma House and Thought, Choice, Action and Views from the Spectrum. Sandison is the founder of Spectrum Inclusion which empowers young adults with autism for employment. He and his wife, Kristen, reside in Rochester Hills, MI, with their daughter, Makayla. 

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Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Linda K. Sienkiewicz's short stories, poetry, essays, and art have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her newest release is a children's picture book, Gordy and the Ghost Crab. Among her awards are four finalist awards for her debut novel, In the Context of Love, a Pushcart Prize Nomination, and a poetry chapbook award from Heartlands. Sienkiewicz studied at Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned a Masters's Degree (MFA) from the University of southern Maine. She is a member of Detroit Working Writers and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Allison Spooner

Allison Spooner is a flash fiction writer from Lansing, Michigan. She loves bringing worlds, characters, and stories to life in a few words. Her work has been compared to the reemergence of The Twilight Zone and Harlon Ellison. You can find her two collections of flash fiction on Amazon.

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Tom Ulicny

Tom is a lifelong resident of Michigan. He's a retired engineer and business executive and holds two degrees from Wayne State University. To date, he's written and published five novels the latest being The Dawson Expedition, an archeological mystery/adventure. 

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Sabrina Wagner

Sabrina Wagner lives in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She writes sweet, sassy, sexy romance novels featuring alpha males and the strong women who challenge them. Her books include The Hearts Series and the spin-off, Forever Inked Novels. Wagner believes that true friends should be treasured, a woman’s strength is forged by the fire of affliction, and that everyone deserves a happy ending. She enjoys spending time with her family, cuddling her adorable kittens, worshiping the sun, and of course, reading. Wagner is a hopeless romantic and knows all too well that life is full of twists and turns, but the bumpy road is what leads to our true destination.

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Joan Dee Wilson

Joan Dee Wilson is a writer and illustrator of four Children’s picture books. She finds inspiration from being a mother and grandmother. Wilson enjoys all four seasons in Michigan and hikes along the shores of the Great Lakes with her husband.

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