Ann has a B. S. in Elementary Education. She was married to John Frailey who was also an educator for many years, but passed away in December 2013 due to cancer complications. She has eight children she home educates while maintaining a mini-farm. Ann devotes her time to writing books that align Christian thought with the lived adventure of becoming who we are called to be. She loves her various roles as mother, educator, and author. She enjoys spending her time with her family and friends (& critters) on their mini-farm in rural Illinois.
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Catherine C. (Cathy) Gilmore
Cathy is a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother of three. Cathy draws inspiration from her experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and from the writings of mystical saints. Co-author of the popular picture book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day. Her passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the love of Christ. Her newest title, Little Lamb Finds Christmas, follows a lost lamb who finds that belonging to Jesus brings true Christmas Peace.
Dianna Graveman holds an MFA degree in writing and a bachelor’s degree in education. Her portfolio includes over 200 publishing credits and 22 writing awards, including two from Catholic Press Association. She is also coauthor of five regional histories. Dianna owns and manages 2 Rivers Editorial & Design, LLC, which provides editorial and instructional design services.
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Maurice “Maury” Prater
Shaylynn Rackers is a teenage Catholic artist who loves to explore the beauty of the world with pen and paper. She is heavily involved in Ink and Fairydust (an online magazine run by young adults) as an illustrator, photographer, and the Graphics Editor. Art is Shaylynn’s main passion; she dabbles in everything from graphite to painting. When she has time, she also enjoys reading, writing, and designing jewelry. She plans on studying Graphic Arts and Media in college and hopes to someday work in the publishing or animation worlds.
Bob Rothermich holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University. He is a first-time writer working on the final edits of his historical fiction entitled No Killer Instinct. Infused with the presence of God from a distinctly Catholic perspective, No Killer Instinct is a unique military/espionage novel set in Post-Cold War Eastern Europe. In a forceful attempt to reinstate Communist rule, a rogue Spetsnaz general has masterminded a coup d’etat to overthrow Russian President BorisYeltsin and threatens to attack select European capitals with tactical nuclear warheads stolen from a U.S. military weapons laboratory. Tipped off by a well-placed spy in the Russian Army, the National Security Agency learns the detailed plans of the pending disaster only twenty-four hours before the imminent attack. The only person who can stop this threat is an unlikely hero, Mark Bucher, who is recruited by the NSA and thrust into service while vacationing in Europe with his wife.
Donna Duly Volkenannt, first-place winner of the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award, lives in St. Peters, Missouri, with her husband and teenage grandchildren. She received her first bylines as sports editor of the St. Alphonsus (Rock) High School newspaper, “The Rocket,” and as a reporter for “Prom,” a St. Louis-based teen magazine. More than 100 of her essays, short stories, book reviews and articles have been published. Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Spur Award. A past president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild and founding president of Saturday Writers, she currently facilitates the All Saints Parish Writers’ Group.