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MIKE BLAKELY
Singer-Songwriter & Novelist

As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and others. 

 

As an author, he has published 20 books with major New York City publishers. He won the Spur Award for Best Western Novel awarded by Western Writers of America. Mike is currently working on the sequel to A SINISTER SPLENDOR, which was released in February 2018.

OCW is honored that Mike agreed to be our Friday evening entertainment artist. You won't want to miss him! 

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J.C.FIELDS
Amazon Best Selling Author

J.C. Fields is the author of the award-winning suspense novels The Sean Kruger Series. His book, A Lone Wolf is a #1 Best Selling Audiobook. The second book in the series, The Last Insurgent, gained Amazon #1 New Release status in January 2021.

With a degree in Psychology, five years in the computer industry and a long career of dealing with individuals possessing quirky personalities, J.C. has incorporated these experiences into his writing.

The Sean Kruger novels have won numerous awards, most recently three gold Readers' Favorite medals and one silver.

He is a full member in The Missouri Writers' Guild and is active in numerous other writing groups. He is also one of the featured authors for the Youtube Podcast Fear from the Heartland, with host Paul J. McSorley. 

He lives with his wife, Connie and their attack cat, Asia, in Southwest Missouri.

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RUSSELL GAYER
Author / Humorist

The youngest of four boys, Russell was one of those “accidents” that happen 10 years after a couple decides to stop having children. His parents had lived through the Great Depression and World War II and instilled a strong belief in the values of integrity, hard work, faith and family.

He began writing at an early age, primarily songs and poems. In his early 50s, he learned he had a knack for writing humor. This seemed to come naturally since he spent his youth feeding his brain a constant diet of cartoon and comedy shows like Rocky & Bullwinkle, Green Acres, and Gilligan’s Island. His heroes were people like Jonathan Winters, Patrick McManus, and Dave Barry. From them he learned that writing humor isn't as easy as it seems. There is an art to it. 

He lives with his wife, Connie, in what they consider a small slice of heaven in Northwest Arkansas where his great-grandfather homesteaded in the 1890s.

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DYLAN HALE
Artist / Illustrator

Dylan Hale has been creating works of art ever since he was four years old. His passion for all things artistic has led him down some interesting paths in his career, including cake decorator, muralist, designing advisor, teacher, and most recently, an illustrator with Oghma Creative Media.

​Graduating with his BFA in Art Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Dylan jumped headfirst into the teaching world. In Bentonville, he currently teaches Digital Design & Photography to high school juniors and seniors.

As an artist his work contains a variety of styles and techniques, from intriguing drawings to twisted sculptures. Although he is comfortable with any media, his favorites are pen & ink, watercolors, and printmaking when he finds time.

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MICHAEL HILTON
Young Adult SciFi Author

Observe this grotesque human face. See how his repulsive mouth bones shine in the light. This is the face of human author Michael Hilton just before he was captured by High Command scouting bots. On the day of his planned execution, our interrogators discovered the pathetic creature's ability to compile fictional human texts. He clings to the belief that these compilations, which his species calls "books," have the ability to change lives. A laughable theory if we possessed a sense of humor. What he sees as a way to elevate and unite the human experience, we see as propaganda tools to conquer and enslave humanity. Michael used to live in Texas, but now resides in the brig of our ship, where he is forced to write for us constantly or face the incinerator. His first book, Bobby Robot, has infiltrated your markets. It is filled with subliminal pro-robotic messages to infect your mind. Your destruction is imminent. 

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SHARON KIZZIAH HOLMES
Publishing Coordinator

Sharon Kizziah-Holmes is the co-founder and co-owner of Paperback Press, an indie assist publishing company. She serves as the publishing coordinator. Sharon has provided service for over sixty authors, in the US and abroad, and has published more than 300 books. Seven of those authors have become best sellers. She loves to help authors realize their publishing dream.

 

She is currently President of Ozarks Romance Authors, Vice President of Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, a member of Springfield Writers Guild. 

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TIERNEY JAMES
Adventure, Thriller & Suspense Author

Tierney James decided to become a full-time writer after working in education for over thirty years. Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney served as a Geo-teacher for National Geographic. Her love of travel and cultures took her on adventures throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Tierney weaves her unique experiences into the adventures she loves to write. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town, fuels the characters in the Enigma and Wind Dancer series. Now with over sixteen books under her belt, Tierney feels there is no stopping her now.

 

After moving to Oklahoma, the love of teaching continued in her marketing and writing workshops along with the creation of educational materials and children’s books. She likes to tell people a little lipstick and danger makes the world go round. Speaking at conferences, book clubs, school functions, church and community groups are a few of the things Tierney enjoys doing when not writing her next adventure. She also helps beginning writers in their quest to becoming a published author through her workshops and classes. Family, an adopted dog and gardening fill her life with plenty of laughter to share with others.

 

Tierney has been an Amazon #1 Best Selling author and won numerous awards for her work

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MARY-LANE KAMBERG
Nonfiction Author

MARY-LANE KAMBERG is a professional writer, editor, and speaker. She specializes in nonfiction, but also writes short fiction and poetry. She has written more than 30 books for middle school and high school libraries. Her articles have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Marriage and Family Living, Christian Science Monitor, Healthy Kids and many others. 

She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas and is an avid basketball fan. She is a former coach for the Kansas City Blazers swim team. She lives in Olathe, Kansas.

 

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