About Us


Gloria Adams always dreamed of being a writer and majored in English at Kent State University. But she put that dream aside to get married and raise her children. She taught preschool for a short while, then went to work at Cuyahoga Falls Library when her two children were teenagers. She knew she was where she belonged and spent the next 25 years working happily as a children’s librarian. In 2014, Gloria became an adjunct professor at Ashland University and taught a college class in international storytelling.
 
Gloria started working on her writing seriously about three years before she retired and joined a writing critique group and SCBWI. She had spent so many years telling oral stories and reading picture books in story hour that she thought it would be easy to write books similar to what she had been reading. Wrong! Gloria says she had a lot to learn, and is still learning.
 
Credits & Book List: Credits include: Ah-Choo!, a rhyming picture book, written with Lana Wayne Koehler (Sterling Children’s Books, 2016); and My Underpants Are Made from Plants, written with Vera J. Hurst (Schoolwide, Inc., 2015). Gloria has contributed to anthologies, won writing contests, written for magazines and the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (2016 and 2018.) She is a partner with Jean Daigneau in a critique editing service, Two-4-One Kid Critiques.
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Lisa Amstutz is the author of more than 40 science and history books for children and co-author of an adult book on local foods. She specializes in topics related to science, nature and agriculture. Lisa’s work has also appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Lisa offers copywriting/copyediting services for small businesses and individuals as well as manuscript critiques–visit her website for more details.

When she’s not writing, Lisa may be found puttering in the garden, teaching her four children, or enjoying a cup of tea and a good book. 


Website: www.LisaAmstutz.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LisaAmstutzBooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LJAmstutz

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After several years in her triple career as wife, mother and educator, Kate Carroll decided to make writing her hobby. Little did she know, writing isn’t a hobby – it’s a passion. Her wonderful family supports her need to tippy tap on the keys, any chance she gets. Kate's husband, children, parents and siblings are her greatest cheerleaders, and they inspire her to hone her craft.

Kate has published articles in Cricket and Faces Magazines. She would offer one piece of advice to aspiring writers – join a critique group! Not only will you get advice, support and encouragement, but you may also discover lasting friends and develop a collective blog together. (Love you, BGs!)
 
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Born in Upstate New York, Lana Wayne Koehler moved to Ohio to finish her B.S. in Education degree as a Music Major. She taught in local public schools and had a private studio for over 20 years. Determined to pursue her love of writing, she joined Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and began the arduous process of honing her craft.


She is currently under contract with Sterling Publishing for a children’s picture book, belongs to various critique groups, and is a regular guest speaker at Kent State University.

Lana’s lifetime love of learning and teaching continues to keep her engaged in the writing process. For more information, visit her website at www.lanakoehler.com.

“A professional writer is an amateur that didn’t quit.” Richard Bach


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Author/Illustrator Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton has authored 43 books in the trade, educational, craft, and Christian markets. Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On is Laurie’s best selling picture book, which won Eastman Kodak’s Premier Print Award, and has sold over 45,000 copies. She wrote and illustrated God Be in My Heart and Red, White, and Blue. The latter was honored by the Huebner Museum of Children’s Picture Book Art. Bank Street College chose A Young Man’s Dance as among the best Children’s Books of 2007. Laurie addresses groups throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

website:  http://www.laurieknowlton.com
email:  lauriepknowlton@aim.com



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Gloria Reichert's life has been dedicated to educating children. Growing up as the eldest of five daughters, she was the built-in babysitter and was always watching her younger sisters or helping them in some way. She knew she would become a teacher and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Later she earned a Master’s Degree from Kent State University focusing on Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in teaching reading.  

Over the years Gloria has taught a range of students from preschoolers to those in community college. Most of the time she could be found happily teaching students in Grades 2, 4, or 6 and enjoying the world of apples, books, chalk, and eraser dust. She is currently involved with directing a mentoring program for elementary students, KIDS HOPE USA.

While teaching, Gloria co-authored a book to help parents prepare their children for standardized tests and served on various curriculum and grant writing committees. She enjoys writing both fiction and nonfiction. Some of her work has been published in Highlights for Children magazine.

Gloria and her husband Sam live outside Cleveland, Ohio. They have a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren, including a set of twins. 

In her free time, Gloria enjoys writing and reading, sewing, cooking, gardening, and crafts. She is active in the life of her church congregation, where she has served in many capacities.

For more information, see www.gloriareichert.com.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ladies! I just discovered your blog through SCBWI Northern Ohio. It is an honor and pleasure to know most of you! Please note that the 15th annual Claire's Day is to be held in Maumee the week of May 16-21. Yes, Claire's Day is no longer just a day, as we have over 30 schools hosting authors prior to the book festival. And, I'm participating as an author once again, as my second book, Missing Millie Benson, was released this fall by Ohio University Press. I'd be happy to do an interview about children's book festival organizer to published book author. :) My best, Julie K. Rubini

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