Marcie Aboff website
Marcie Aboff is a children's writer and author of of over 50 picture books, chapter books, magazine stories, and activity books. She writes for both the trade and educational markets. She also teaches a writing workshop called What's YOUR Story? for students in elementary and middle school. In addition, she conducts seminars at educational conferences for teachers and librarians on Getting Kids Excited About Writing.
Raphael Badagliacca website
Raphael Badagliacca is the author of Father's Day: Encounters with Everyday Life, a collection of 61 non-fiction stories shaped like fiction about his experiences as the father of three children. The NJ Arts Collective transformed the book into a performance that debuted on Father's Day, 2008. A second book, The Yogi Poems and Other Celebrations of Local Baseball, a collection of 25 stories and poems for anyone who loves baseball played at any level, appeared in April, 2009, just in time for the baseball season. Poems written by Mr. Badagliacca will be published in the Spring 2009 issues of The Louisville Review and Sanskrit Literary Arts Magazine.
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen website
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen never thought she'd grow up to be a writer. She'd thought of being a doctor (but she's afraid of blood), a model (but she likes to eat), the president (but she had a dissolute youth)... so much for childhood dreams. Sudipta is the author of eleven picture books and sixteen nonfiction books for children including The Hog Prince, illustrated by Jason Wolff (Dutton, 2006) and The Mine-o-saur, illustrated by David Clark (Putnam, 2007). Sudipta often visits schools to share her stories, and teaches writing to children and adults. She lives in New Jersey with her family and an imaginary pony named Penny.
Valerie Block website
Valerie Block is the author of the novels WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? (SoHo Press, 1998), NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS (Ballantine Books, 2003) and DON'T MAKE A SCENE (Ballantine Books, 2007). She was born and raised in New York City. She received a BA from Barnard College and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts. She lives near NYC with her husband, the writer Alexis Romay.
Debra Borden website
Debra Borden is the author of two novels, LUCKY ME and A LITTLE BIT MARRIED, both published by Random House, and her essays have appeared nationally in The New York Times and Women's Health Magazine. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and through her private practice, Counseling2Go, provides therapy to clients in the privacy of their own home or office. Debra loves to hear from readers and always writes back!
Linda Bozzo website
Linda Bozzo enjoys writing fiction as well as nonfiction for children. Many of her fiction stories are inspired by her love of dance. Her work has been published in several children and adult magazines. Linda is the author of 13 nonfiction books for children and is looking forward to 12 more books being published in 2010. She also enjoys speaking to children at schools and libraries
Ann E. Burg
Ann Burg was introduced early to the music of poetry and beauty of books and has been writing stories and poems since she was a young child. In 2001 she finally decided to persue her writing career full time. Since then she has captured the wonder of Fall and Winter in Autumn Walk and Winter Walk (HarperFestival, 2003). She has also explored her beloved New York State in E is for Empire, A New York State Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2003), Times Square, A New York State Counting Book (Sleeping Bear Press, 2005), Rebekkah's Journey, (Sleeping Bear Press, 2006) and The New York Reader (Sleeping Bear Press, 2008). Burg's other books include Rookie Readers , Pirate Pickle and the White Balloon and Kate's Surprise. (Scholastic, 2007). All the Broken Pieces (Scholastic Press, 2009) is Ann's first novel.
Marian Calabro website
Marian Calabro is the author of 14 nonfiction history books, including the award-winning "Perilous Journey of the Donner Party." She has written for young readers, adults, and business clients. Currently she is president of CorporateHistory.net, a custom publishing firm. She also leads workshops in creative writing and business writing. Marian is a lifelong resident of northern New Jersey and a graduate of Rutgers College.
Charles P. Caldes was born in 1950 and lived in Jersey City until 1956. He spent the next 16 years in Ridgefield. He attended Jersey City State and Ramapo Colleges. Charles began writing in 1995 and has published 10 books to date - all but one are railroads of New Jersey titles. Jersey City's Journal Square is his first non railroad book. For the past seven years, Charles has been an employee of the Bergen County Prosecutors Office.
Michelle Cameron website
Michelle Cameron's The Fruit of Her Hands: the Story of Shira of Ashkenaz is forthcoming by Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books in September 2009. The novel is based on the life of the author's thirteenth-century ancestor, Meir ben Baruch of Rothenberg, a renowned Jewish scholar of medieval Europe. Michelle's first full-length novel in verse, In the Shadow of the Globe, was published by Lit Pot Press, Inc., in late 2003. It was named as the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's 2003-4 Winter Book Selection. In addition, it has become a performance piece in various venues, including the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's Shakespeare Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Teresa Carson website
Teresa Carson's first book, Elegy for the Floater, was published by CavanKerry Press in 2008. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her second book, The Congress of Human Oddities, about a sideshow traveling through Ohio during the Civil War. Teresa, also a playwright, worked with director Shirley Kaplan and adapted this second book into a full length play, Mister V.'s Congress of Human Oddities, which was produced at Sarah Lawrence College as part of the Theatre Department's spring 2009 season. Teresa grew up in Hudson County, New Jersey and continues to live there with her husband, John.
Mary Jane Clark website
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Mary Jane Clark writes what she knows. Since her emergence on the media-thriller scene in 1998, Mary Jane has been praised for her ability to use insider knowledge of the television news business to create action and intrigue in her novels. And an insider, she is. Mary Jane spent three decades at CBS News' New York City headquarters where she began her career as a desk assistant after graduating with degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Rhode Island.... and became a producer and writer. She is the author of twelve novels, including It Only Takes a Moment, Do You Want to Know a Secret?, Do You Promise Not to Tell?, Let Me Whisper in Your Ear, Close to You, Nobody Knows, Nowhere to Run, Hide Yourself Away, Dancing in the Dark, Lights Out Tonight, When Day Breaks, and It Only Takes a Moment. Her newest book, Dying for Mercy, will be published in July 2009
Caron Lee Cohen
Caron Lee Cohen, the author of over a dozen playful picture books, grew up in a town near Boston where there was a jungle between two houses at the top of her street. By day she'd leap the jungle ledges with one friend or another, or occasionally a lion cub. By night she'd peer out her bedroom window at the stars, wondering about unknowable things, or making up stories. Her college major was philosophy; she has masters' degrees from Columbia, Teachers College, and has worked in schools and agencies. Caron loves living in New York City where skyscrapers, museums, three libraries and her granddaughter are all within leaping distance. She still peers at the stars for story inspiration.
Jeffrey Cohen website
Jeffrey Cohen worships at the church of the Marx Brothers, and hopes to convert more recruits with his own writing. A devoted movie nut and comedy fanatic, Cohen began his career writing screenplays—which haven't been produced. Yet. But that led to his conceiving and writing the Aaron Tucker Mystery series, the Double Feature Mystery series, with It Happened One Knife picking up where Some Like It Hot-Buttered left off. A former newspaper reporter and trade magazine editor, Cohen has been a freelance reporter and writer since 1985, and has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, USA Weekend, Writer's Digest and American Baby, among many others. He teaches screenwriting at Drexel University and has lectured on raising a child with an autism-spectrum disorder. He began the Double Feature series as a way of marrying his love of classic comedy movies with his talent for mystery plotting and character development. The series revolves around a New Jersey movie house that shows only comedies—one classic and one contemporary each week. Cohen's work has been developed by Jim Henson Productions, CBS, Gross-Weston Productions and others. He has been nominated for a Lefty Award (funniest mystery of the year) for Some Like It Hot-Buttered, and for a Gumshoe Award and a Maxwell Award for As Dog Is My Witness. He’s currently awaiting the release of the third book in the series, titled A Night at the Operation.
Meredith Cole website
Meredith Cole directed feature films and wrote screenplays before writing mysteries. She won the St. Martin's/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery competition. Her first novel, POSED FOR MURDER, was published by St. Martin's Minotaur in February 2009. She is a member of the board of the Mystery Writers of America/NY chapter.