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First published at age 13, Kerry Arquette went on to write articles for dozens of national magazines and her work was featured in Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul. She is the author of two picture books including What Did You Do Today? (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich), which won the Colorado Book Award, and was later selected for inclusion in the compilation, Sweet Dreams: Five Minute Bedtime Stories. Her picture book, Daddy Promises was released by Concordia Publishing.
Arquette was also Executive Editor of Memory Makers Books, an imprint of F+W Publishing specializing in scrapbooking and paper crafts. With business partner, Andrea Zocchi, she founded Cantata Books Inc., a publishing company responsible for dozens of popular art and crafting titles. Arquette is, herself, a prolific multi-media artist.
Kerry also holds a Masters degree in criminology and has worked with crime victims as part of the Denver Colorado Police Department. She is married to Denver attorney, Mark Senn, and has three children, Erin, Brittan, and Ryan. She is the daughter of well-known author, Lois Duncan.PROFILE
Judy Volhart graduated from Montreal’s Dawson College Retail Management program with a firm understanding that she hated the retail industry and a resolution to never work in that field. Today she manages a health and dental insurance claims department.
Judy started writing her first novel at the age of fifteen, and her second during her twenties, but never completed either work. In her thirties, she wrote a children’s novel, then in her forties switched to the mystery genre. The combination of mysteries, romance and food are the perfect fit for her quirky sense of humor and writing style.
Judy currently resides in Ottawa, Canada, and much the same as her character Amalia Kis, she enjoys wine, cheese and salamis. When she’s not eating, drinking or writing, Judy enjoys traveling, walking and cycling.PROFILE
Diana Tarant Schmidt loves getting lost in a story, and it is that love that is the undercurrent to all that she does.
For fourteen years she has taught junior high school, and she shares her love of stories with her students.
Through teaching, Diana has also gained an enthusiasm for service. With the help of her students, she executes several projects each year, donating money, objects and time to various organizations in the Chicago area where she lives and works.
When not teaching, she and her husband find time for small adventures. Diana’s favorites include running the marathon, mountain hiking and travel.
Outside the classroom, Diana writes curriculum and raises two incredible humans along with the best partner and true superhero imaginable.PROFILE
Dr. Marisa T. Cohen obtained a B.S. in Biology and Society with a minor in Education from Cornell University. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Learning, Development, and Instruction from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Dr. Cohen is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches experimental, educational, developmental, and general psychology courses.
She is also the Director of the Self-Awareness and Bonding Lab (SABL). This lab centers on the subfields of relationship science and social psychology. Dr. Cohen’s main research interests are gender differences in dating and relationship behaviors, peoples’ perceptions of love and infidelity, and consensual non-monogamy. For more information, please visit the website at www.sfc.edu/sabl.
Dr. Cohen actively presents her research from the field at both local and regional conferences. In addition to her research, Dr. Cohen enjoys giving guest lectures on the application of this science to everyday life.
When she is not teaching or researching, Marisa enjoys wine tasting with her husband, walks with her dog Bisbee, and laugh-filled brunches with her friends.PROFILE
Beaird Glover grew up feral on the mean streets of Obion, Tennessee. Switchblade mumbly-peg was his sport. Raising Hell the only religion he ever knew.
Beaten, abandoned and left for dead in a back-alley dumpster at the age of five, Glover survived on maggots and slimy lettuce until he could claw his way through the garbage and step out into the world again. He slept in a hole behind the city dump and sucked marrow from chicken wings, sharpened his teeth on the bones. He was growing stronger every day, but the stressors of kindergarten were too much.
He took to the bottle and became an alcoholic, was addicted to heroin and crystal meth before first grade. He smoked three packs of Marlboro reds a day. Of these early years, Glover says, “I only had one life to live, and by God, I was going to live it.”
As a teenager he drifted down to New Orleans, where he was lucky to be employed on a fishing boat, right outside the Delacroix. There he met the love of his life Kim Martin, who plucked him out of the muck and brought him back from the edge. He had lost himself in Hoodoo, Satanism and heavy metal music, was one breath away from selling his soul to the devil, at the crossroads.
Glover is much less ferocious now—in fact he is virtually a recluse. When cornered, he growls illusive about his past and evasive about his future, but he and Kim are happily married and they live in a proper house with two beautiful cats.
Still haunted by his darker days, it is only through his writing that Glover interacts with outsiders. The close and savvy reader will divine his ghosts and cheer his deliverance as revealed in the pages of Unconscious Knowledge—from the tumble-down shack where he made his first home and the inferno it became, to life on the lam and finding happiness. And love. And the will to keep on trucking.PROFILE