Gayle grew up in New Jersey horse country just twenty miles from New York City. The horse bug bit her at age four and she devoted much of her life to riding and showing hunters and jumpers.
She moved to California in the early eighties and with the help of her husband, Jeff, built a thoroughbred breeding farm outside of Hemet. For more than ten years they filled their lives with the foals they raised and trained to be successful show horses.
When they retired from the horse business, they moved to Palm Springs and in 2000, she began writing Young Adult books in a series called the Doubletree Kids, utilizing many of the kids, horses and events that filled her life.
In 2007, Gayle broke into a new genre with the detective thriller, Secret Lives. Lethal Intent followed and thus began a new series. Cold Fusion, the fourth book in the mystery/thriller collection, was just released in April.
Gayle's won numerous writing contests and her short story, A Pet Theory, won a spot to be published in the Cup of Comfort for Horse Lover's series by Adams Media in 2008.
Marjorie grew up in a family of professional golfers. Marching to her own drum, however, she still prefers holding a pen as opposed to a golf club. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education with a major in English and a minor in psychology.
In 2005, Darknight Theatrical Productions of Chicago, Illinois, produced and performed her one-act play, Flight 419.
Her short stories have been featured on a number of on-line sites. Marjorie has just completed her third novel in a mystery/crime series featuring Homicide Detective Ray Schiller.
She is a member of Mystery Writers of America.
Irene B. Gardner
Irene graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University in Utah, with a bachelor's degree in English, Anthropology and Business Administrations, including Departmental Honors in English. She worked as a legal secretary, train dispatcher, youth corrections counselor and substitute teacher in juvenile justice facilities.
She's always loved reading since discovering Gone with the Wind in her grandmother's attic and spending her summer vacation holed up in her room with this treasure.
Her work has been selected for presentation and publication in the International Undergraduates Writers Symposium and The Metaphor. She's edited and prepared several books by other authors for publication, including her college professors' works. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and some poetry.
Norma Howell is a former executive secretary and medical staff coordinator. She has completed one novel My Enemy My Friend, and is busy writing a sequel My Enemy No More.
She is the author of numerous short fiction stories, and a member of Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club.
Several of her essays on writing have appeared in The Muse Marquee, an on-line magazine.
Dawn Boeder Johnson
Dawn Boeder Johnson is a published author who creates stories and novels in various genres from sci-fi and fantasy to mystery/crime and historical drama. In her heart, Dawn has always been a writersince the day she produced three hand-written copies of a family newspaper when she was barely old enough to construct a sentence. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BS in English and has worked as a graphic designer, marketing professional, museum director, and consultant. Through these diverse career paths, Dawn has been able to explore many subjects and find plenty of fuel for her imagination.
In 2009, two of her flash fiction pieces placed highly in the 9th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition and were featured in the competition anthology. An on-line magazine, The Muse Marquee, has also published several of her stories and an essay on writing. Her current projects include short stories and a fantasy novel.
Rita Salter is credited with one children's novel, The Wishing Star,and is currently at work on the sequel. She's also written many short stories and a screen play. She's been writing for several years, most recently with a national writer's group.
She makes her home in Alabama with her husband and pets.
Virginia J. Sciarpelletti
Virginia Sciarpelletti was born in New Rochelle, NY and grew up in Hartsdale, NY. Always in love with horses, she sought every opportunity to be around them, successfully riding and showing in the hunter/jumper venue as a junior.
Virginia graduated magna cum laude from Wilson College in 1995 with a dual major in Equestrian Management and Equine Management, and immediately began working as a full-time trainer and horseback riding instructor at a barn in Westchester County, NY. She put her time and devotion on the line, dedicating herself to the sport, the horses and her clients.
Now living in Putnam County, NY, she still teaches, rides, competes and lives her dream daily. She has been writing as long as she can remember.
Heidi Tassone was born in Manhattan, grew up in the Bronx and Yonkers, and currently resides in sunny Florida with her wonderful husband, Joe.
She won several writing contests for her short works, including Star of Wonder, Deadly Dating, Our Little Secret and Maxine's Valentine's Surprise.
She has also been published in anthologies and collections of poetry. One such poem came in fourth place with Lliad Press. She is a graduate of both The Institute of Children's Literature and The Long Ridge Writer's Group, where she successfully completed short fiction and novel writing courses.
Heidi enjoys her quiet life in Florida where she can freely write stories that leave readers at the edge of their seat.
West grew up in the middle of the Great Depression and learned to be self-sufficient at an early age. He spent a couple of years in an orphanage and in mid-1944, his sister, Doris, took him to live on a farm in Kansas where she and her husband raised livestock and wheat. Among the many things his sister fostered in him, his love of reading proved to keep him in good stead.
With little formal education past eighth grade, he taught himself enough engineering to design and sell industrial equipment, enough aviation to succeed as a flight instructor and enough business management to own and operate a successful industrial supply company.
On his off hours, he builds guitars and belongs to a group who entertains patients at nursing homes and senior centers.
West loves to write, and his historical epic novel, With Bowie at the Alamo, published in 2009, received high praise in a review by Steve Donoghue of the Historical Novel Society. The equine heroine, Tess, is molded after his first real-life horse.
He belongs to an international writing group and writes novels, short stories and poetry, often inspired by his dear wife, Bess.
Mosaic offers the reader a poignant assortment of enjoyable and infinitely readable stories garnered from ten talented American authors. Enjoy the literary contributions of: Marjorie Doering, Gayle Farmer, Irene Gardner, Norma Howell, Dawn Boeder Johnson, Rita Salter, Virginia Sciarpelletti, Heidi Tassone, William Walz and Frederick West.
Let the mood, the unique tone and tenor of these gifted storytellers transport you to another world ... of the past, of the future ... the likely and the unlikely, let them whisk you away for a short trip through a looking glass.
Tucked between the mysteries and thrillers are humorous tales, both light and dark, that will tickle the funny bone. Romantic ghosts, benign witches and honorable vampires mingle seamlessly with the thought-provoking, spiritually uplifting, or just plain eerie. Stroll through this exceptional compilation and prepare to be impressed, inspired and enthralled by stories that piece together like an intricate MOSAIC.
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Bill likes many genres, but his main goal is to write about sometimes ordinary people -- and sometimes not so ordinary, caught up in extraordinary circumstances.