Tom Hernandez is a former newspaper reporter and columnist and is now a public school administrator. He has written in nearly every genre, but most especially enjoys writing essays and poetry.
Tom has two adult daughters, Emma and Olivia, and lives in Plainfield, Illinois with his wife, Kellie.
My blog -- Fifty and Counting
Chocolate Cows and Purple Cheese, and Other Tales from the Homefront
Abundance -- A Collection
The Edge of Middle:
Thoughts from top of the hill
Mike lives in Joliet IL with his wife Kristine. He loves music, hockey, reading and of course writing. He is a former member of the Christian Writer’s Guild and has been a member of The WriteOn group for two years.
He is 57 years old and has been writing for over 25 years. He has written short stories and poetry. Publisher of his own newsletter The Alley were he wrote under four different bylines. His interest and knowledge of the mafia lead him to write his first novel Necessary Death released in 2015 and is currently working on the follow up book Necessary Blood.
Visit Mike at: http://www.rmichaelmarkley.com
Denise M. Baran-Unland is the author of the BryonySeries gothic vampire trilogy, the Adventures of Cornell Dyer chapter book series for grade school children and the Bertrand the Mouse series for young children.
An asthmatic childhood fostered Denise's indoor hobbies of reading and writing. She has six adult children three adult stepchildren, thirteen grandchildren (bio and step), six godchildren, and four cats.
She is the co-founder of WriteOn Joliet and previously taught features writing for two years at a homeschool coop, with the students' work published in the co-op magazine and The Herald-News in Joliet.
Denise blogs daily and is currently the features editor at The Herald-News. To read Denise's feature stories, visit www.theherald-news.com.
For more information about Denise's fiction and to follow her on social media, visit
Colleen H. Robbins has been writing stories since the age of nine. Like many writers, she has held a variety of jobs including paralegal, medical records clerk, belly-dance instructor, library assistant, and lifeguard. She even worked in the now-closed Joliet (Collins Street) Prison made famous in the movie "Blues Brothers."
She double-majored in Biology and Chemistry at the University of South Florida , then more recently attended Lewis University where she received a BA in English language and Literature in 2003. She presented essays at the 11th and 12th Annual Undergraduate Conferences on English Language and Literature (2002, 2003) held at St. Francis University in Joliet, IL, and presented essays and creative work at the 2004 and 2005 meetings of the Illinois Philological Association. Colleen also participated in the Iowa Writer's Workshop summer sessions in 2003, the six-week long Odyssey Fantasy Writer's Workshop in 2007, and the TNEO workshop in 2009 and 2013. She is an active member of Write-On Joliet!
Her articles, stories, and poetry have been published in numerous small magazines since the late 1970s under a variety of names, and she had several gaming articles published in Different Worlds and The Dragon magazines as Colleen Bishop. The article "Hatching is Only the Beginning" was reprinted in Best of the Dragon Volume 3 (TSR) and also appears on Dragon Magazine Archive: 250 issues. (CD-Rom) Her short story "Sandbox Warrior" was reprinted in the anthology Bombshells: War Stories and Poems by Women on the Home Front (ed: Jesse Loren).
Recent publications have included "Little Steps" in the Fall 2014 on-line edition of Wordeater (Joliet Junior College), "Peppermint Sticks" in the anthology Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus (World Weaver Press, ed: Kate Wolford) and "Under Violet Skies" in the anthology Elditch Embrace: Putting the Love Back in Lovecraft (The Dragon's Roost, ed: Michael Cieslak). Two of these stories were generated by Write-On Joliet! monthly writing prompts.
Her current projects include revising a young adult fantasy trilogy for publication, a book of essays reinterpreting several of Shakespeare's plays, and a collection of short stories. She writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mainstream.
Holly Coop resident in the Joliet area with family. She is married and has five children (two sons and three daughters – the oldest being 37 and the youngest age 16). She also has two grown stepdaughters, so that makes a total of seven kiddos.
She is a new member to the Write-on Joliet group. She joined at the beginning of 2016 and it has been a wonderful addition to her life. She cannot say enough about the treasure of people she has met and became friends with since joining this group. She has learned so much about writing and has been and continue to be inspired and motivated by the awesome talent of its members. She is thankful to be a part of this incredible group at Write-on Joliet.
By trade she is an office manager. By heart she is an author and artist. She enjoys writing spiritual and inspirational poetry and motivational quotes. Her first self -published book titled “A Cup of Inspiration To Go Please – My Heart Runneth Over” is a collection of some of her favorite short poems and quotes. She has just published her second poetry collection titled “Heart Strings”, both are available on Amazon.com.
In addition to poetry Holly is currently trying her hand (or pen) as a novelist in the Mystery Genre. She also enjoys designing greeting and note cards, bookmarks and more of which she sells on Etsy at http://hollycoopcards.etsy.com and she publishes a blog at http://www.writerbeeme.blogspot.com
For any further information about her writing she can be contacted via email at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon M.E. Houk writes mostly poetry and short stories. Favorite themes include knock down drag out fights and soaring triumph over one's enemies both mathematical and toothy. She also writes essays, books, and plays. She paints whenever she can and has been known to attach random objects to canvas considering the result captivating in the way a magpie might eye a pop top.
Works in progress include several children's books - not to be confused with the works in progress which are most definitely not children's books.
Sharon is known for her daily social media posts in which she posts her photographs under the rubric: "joie de vivre." These form a curious succession of daily love letters to her friends and the universe.
Recent collaborations have included a video entitled The Pledge in which the wonderful Tim Shilling and Ingy's Piano Bar of Akron, Ohio created the musical soundtrack. She is also a member of the Romeoville Art Society, the Latitude 41 theatre group, and the Irish American Society of County Will.
When not writing, Sharon can be found doing IT work, teaching at Lewis University, and walking in the forest. She lives in Joliet with her imaginary Irish wolfhounds.
Contact me on email at: SharonHouk.email@example.com,
The joys and pains of Diana's personal story as well as her educational background have shaped her writing style. Diana has a bachelor of arts from Northern Illinois University and it was there while writing for her classes in anthropology, that her love of writing re-woke.
Growing up, Diana had a book in her hand constantly. Books like Little House on the Prairie, Little Women, and countless others. The love of words is a deep passion of hers. She enjoyed reading the dictionary and taking words and changing them into new words. Words were her imaginary playground, a veritable lush garden, springing out blossoms of creativity.
When Star Wars blasted into orbit, so too did Diana's love for all things fantasy. Dungeon and Dragons and Star Trek, played a big role in her private imaginary world. Now the worded playground, with its abundant flora, sprung forth thorns of sharpened steel. Planets and creatures emerged with ease. This passion for fantasy has never left, but grown stronger.
Diana has traveled extensively, most recently to Paris, France. Her love for history, martial arts and weapons is woven into her writing. Diana has a black belt in a martial arts blend of Taekwondo and Jujitsu. She had anticipated that she would be going on archeological digs after graduating, but God had other intentions to use her love of history and writing to create a unique and riveting story that would eventually point back to Him. Much of the mental illness topics in this manuscript have impacted Diana's immediate circle of influence, and currently available works of fiction leave these topics unaddressed. Some of the most challenging yet rewarding journeys are the ones that we did not plan.
Diana S. Estell
Author, Abyss of the Fallen
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