The Authors

5:41 PM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Lori Calabrese

Lori Calabrese is an award-winning children’s author. Her first picture book, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, was named Dragonfly Publishing Inc.’s 2009 Best Children’s Book. Her articles and stories have been published in Boys' Life, Odyssey, Appleseeds, Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr., Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, and Stories for Children Magazine. Lori is the National Children’s Books Examiner at and enjoys sharing her passion for children’s books at festivals, schools and events. Visit her website to learn more,

Donna McDine

Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competitions. Donna's stories and features have been published in many print and online publications, and her first book, The Golden Pathway, will be published through Guardian Angel Publishing as well as her second book, The Hockey Agony. McDine's interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Ms. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Musing Our Children, and The National Writing for Children Center. To learn more about Donna, please visit

Beth Bence Reinke

Beth Bence Reinke is a registered dietitian who enjoys writing about food and faith. She is excited about her upcoming children's books from 4RV Publishing, In My Bath (Fall 2010) and A Wish and a Prayer (December 2010). When she takes a break from writing books or magazine articles about health and nutrition, Beth likes to bake and watch NASCAR and football. Visit her website at

Carla Mooney

Carla Mooney is the author of several books for young readers, a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. As long as she can remember, she has been in love with reading and writing. She is thrilled to see Owen and Phineas come alive in Owen and the Dragon (spring 2010) and hopes readers will enjoy their adventure as much as she has. Carla lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Tom, and three children. When not reading and writing, Carla volunteers as the Pittsburgh Chapter Director for Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that photographs children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.

Danika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore is a poet, filmmaker, educator… and accidental novelist. She has been working with children in a variety of settings for 20 years. In 1996, she co-founded the Northwest SPokenword LAB and began Washington State's first youth poetry slam. She worked as an artist-in-the-schools for Learning Through the Arts and has taught writing courses at Vancouver Film School, Capilano University, and Creative Writing for Children. She accidentally became a novelist when she adapted an original feature film script into a middle-grade fantasy adventure called Brigitta of the White Forest. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and their black and white cat Victor Gato.

Ruth G. Zavitsanos

Ruth G. Zavitsanos began writing at the age of 12. Growing up outside of New York City, she attended many Broadway plays and musicals that served to stimulate her imagination. While attaining her Journalism degree at Marshall University she received numerous awards and cited for meritorious recognition in the Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities. After graduation she maintained her desire to write by editing and writing for corporate bulletins, preschool/elementary school newsletters and the local newspaper. She has been published in Writer’s Digest magazine and had an in-depth article in a regional magazine. Ruth is a member of PennWriters, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Valley Forge Romance Writers Group and Romance Writers of America. The Villa Dog is Ruth’s first children’s book for which it has been receiving critical acclaim from the educational community. Ruth can be contacted at Please visit her website at

Jo Ramsey

Jo Ramsey is a former teacher. When she was five years old, she wrote her first story and hasn't stopped writing since. Although her first published YA novel is due out in January 2010, she has nearly sixty YA manuscripts cluttering up her home, some of them handwritten. Jo lives in Massachusetts with her fiance, two daughters, and a few pets.

Tamara Hart Heiner

Tamara Hart Heiner lives in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Tamara graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English. She teaches English in the mornings and spends the rest of the day avoiding the laundry and other chores, all in the name of parenting. Sometimes she gets to sit down in front of the computer and write for a few hours. And if her husband's lucky, she makes something for dinner besides macaroni and cheese.
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