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EPIC members below have given permission to be listed, along with some of their credits. We will be updating frequently. If you are an EPIC member and would like your name, website, and writing credits added to this list, please contact us.
Judith Works, EPIC Board President
Biography: Judith, a founding member of EPIC Group Writers, is the author of a memoir about living in Rome and working for the United Nations titled Coins in the Fountain. She enjoys writing flash fiction and travel stories, and is working on a novel set in Rome.
Published work: Coins in the Fountain as well as articles in My Edmonds News and Wanted in Rome and several pieces of flash fiction in literary journals.
Social Media: FB Author's page: judithworks author; Instagram: worksjudith; blog:Https://aLittleLightExercise.blogspot.com; website: judithworks.net
Laura Moe, VP Development & Writing Group leader
Biography: Author, radio host, and writing teacher Laura Moe spent most of her working life as a librarian and English teacher in central and Southeastern Ohio, but moved to Seattle where she writes full-time and is an active member of SCBWI.
Published work: Parallel Lines (Fat Cats, 2015); Breakfast with Neruda (Simon & Schuster/Merit Press, 2016) - named by the New York Public Library as one of the Best Books for Teens in 2016. She is owned by a spoiled white cat and is working on a sequel to Breakfast With Neruda.
Social Media: https://bookclubbabble.com/interviews/interview-with-ya-author-laura-moe-on-breakfast-with-neruda/;
Susan Frederick, VP Membership
Biography: Susan Frederick is an award winning writer who has published poems, short stories and essays, and is currently working on a historical novel set in Washington state in 1930. She is a native of Washington state who grew up in small logging towns nestled in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. She lives in Kirkland, Washington and is a member of EPIC Group Writers.
Published work: Rise & Shine, (publisher: Gather Here, an imprint of Homeostasis Press); Timber Town (publisher: Gather Here); Poetry Awards: Write on the Sound 2018 , EPIC Writing Contest 2017; poetry and essays in Prime Time magazine.
Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanfrederickwriter/; Twitter: @SusanFrederic11
Mindy Halleck, Secretary
Biography: Mindy Halleck is a writer, an award-winning author, and writing instructor. Her debut novel Return To Sender was voted in the top twenty Indie books of the year by Kirkus Review, it also received the ‘Readers’ Choice’ award - she has won writing contests including a Writer’s Digest fiction contest. Halleck is an active member of the Pacific Northwest writing community, and in addition to being a writer, she is a happily married, globe-trotting beachcomber, gardener, proud grandma, and three-time cancer survivor.
Published work: Return To Sender. Publisher, Better Life Press, available on Amazon
Social Media: www.MindyHalleck.com; Twitter: @MindyHalleck
Victoria 'Tori' Peters, Treasurer
Biography: Victoria is writing a memoir about her life raising four children in Africa and Asia. She is a retired teacher and is treasurer for EPIC Group Writers. In the past three years, she walked the Camino de Santiago by herself all the way to the to the Atlantic Ocean and trekked in the Andes to Choquequirao, Peru.
Published work: Travel articles in My Edmonds News; Contributor to True Stories - The Narrative Project, Volume 1 (2019).
Nicole 'Nicki' Chen, Board Member at Large
Biography: I'm a writer and blogger living in Edmonds. My first novel, Tiger Tail Soup, a Novel of China at War, was published in 2013. I'm working on a second novel. It's the story of an expat who lives in the Philippines and then in Vanuatu, a woman who has her heart set on having a baby. I'm a graduate of Seattle University, and I have an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Published work: Tiger Tail Soup, a novel of China at war.
Social Media: Website/Blog: www.nickichenwrites.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NickiChenAuthor/; Twitter: @NickiChenAuthor; Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8261760.
Paddy Eger, Board Member at Large
Biography: Paddy is the published author of both non fiction and fiction books and materials, a presenter, a speaker, a blogger and a traveler. Currently her interests include writing YA, early chapter books and memoir.
Published work: Award-winning books including a YA trilogy: 84 Ribbons, When the Music Stops-Dance On, Letters to Follow-A Dancer's Adventure; and Tasman-An Innocent Convict's Struggle for Freedom
Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paddyegerfictionauthor; Twitter: @paddyegerwriter; Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/paddyeger; Website: www.paddyeger.com; Blogs: www.paddyeger.com/blog/author
Vanessa Arpin, Board Member at Large
Biography: Vanessa Arpin has won several awards for her writing. In 2017, she won a scholarship to the Mendocino Writer’s Conference for her Young Adult submission, and her book was a top finalist in the Young Adult genre. In 2014, she was recognized by the Seattle Public Library for her poetry.
Social Media: Vanessaarpin.com
Laura Kemp, Board Member at Large
Biography: After retiring from a career in public safety in 2013 (where my writing was limited to producing rather uninspired training manuals) I finally have the time to pursue writing fiction. I am a member of PNWA, SCBWI, and EPIC Group Writers, as well as a founding member my Kitsap-based critique group, Sound Writers.
Social media: Gamblecreekstudio.com
Gerald Bigelow, EPIC Board Member at large & Poetry Group leader
Published work: Poetry, poems published in Arizona 100 Years, Between the Lines, Memories Looking Through a Screen Door, Soundings from the Salish Sea: A Pacific Northwest Poetry Anthology.
Kizzie Jones, EPIC Board Member at Large
Biography: Children’s author Kizzie Jones blends her love of dachshunds and her love of the ocean to create whimsical tall tales to delight readers of all ages. Kizzie makes her home in Edmonds with her beloved Thom and three dachshunds!
Published work: "How Dachshunds Came to Be" (2012); "A Tall Tale About a Dachshund & a Pelican" (2016); "A Tall Tale About Dachshunds in Costumes"(2019); "Writing in Place: Prose & Poetry from the Pacific Northwest" Anthology (2019); Northwest Prime Time, Chaplaincy Today, Military.com, and CHSSM Diakonie, and has been a first-place non-fiction winner for Write on the Sound with her piece titled, "The Waters of Compassion."
Social media: Website: https://www.kizziejones.com/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kizziejonesauthor; Twitter:
https://twitter.com/kizeliz; Goodreads: https://www.go:odreads.com/author/show/6615823.Kizzie_Jones
Vivian Murray, EPIC member
Published work: Little Bookshop in Venice, Shanghai Spirits
Sarah Cannon, EPIC member
Biography: Sarah Cannon was born in Seattle and raised in Seattle’s north-end neighborhoods. Sarah holds an MFA from Goddard College, where she received the Spirit of Goddard award and for whom she later helped launch the Lighthouse Writers' Conference and Retreat in Port Townsend, Washington.
Social Media: Website:https://cannonsarah.com/; Twitter: @sarahmecannon; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cannonmesarah; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahmecannon/
Published work: New York Times, Salon.com, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Brainline.org, and Bitch Magazine. Her memoir The Shame of Losing was named a Finalist "Best Book" Award by American Book Fest: Family category.
Kristi Lyn Reddy, EPIC member
Biography: Memoirist, short story/essay writer, childrens picture books
Social Media: wordpress.livethinkwrite; Facebook: /reddy2write
Christine Pinto, EPIC member & Writing Group leader
Biography: Writer, teacher, writing coach and living history enthusiast. Teaching Oregon Trail history and historical fiction writing to fourth graders. Writing historical fiction and fantasy for children and young adults, and picture books. Helping kids and adults bring their stories to life through writing exercises and coaching.
Social Media: http://www.christinepintowrites.com/
Susan Ferguson, EPIC member
Published work: "Lopez Island", Images of America Series; "An Impossible Life", screenplay; professional writing and editing experience
Joe Rice, EPIC member and Writing Group leader
Biography: I am a retired educator now working to complete a memoir and another nonfiction book on Multiage Education. I also write poetry, short stories and educational articles. I'm also an avid of many genre and love to participate in writing groups. Never too old to learn.
Published work: Nongraded Multiage Education - A Resource Book, Edmonds School District Press 1990, 1992; Short stories published in others' collections:- Joseph Rice: Generations, edited by Darryl Teruya 2003; "One Way Out," The Greater Good,: Life Lessons from Hawai'i's Leaders, by Evan and Kari Leong 2008; "Untitled," Do It Anyway by Kent M. Keith 2003; "A survey and Analysis of Oral Reading Miscues Made By Mexican and Mexican American Migrants 1979; "Kupu Hou: To Sprout and Grow Anew," A white paper on the future of education presented to the Directors of Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii 2012.
Carrie Arpin, EPIC member
Biography: I have been writing weekly recipes for people living in tiny homes for the past year. I provide technically challenging recipes that are achievable in small kitchens without technical tools. When I am not blogging, I enjoy writing suspenseful mystery novels with a sense of humor.
Curt Smith, EPIC member
Curt is retired from Verizon where he taught management classes and was an organization specialist. Now he’s a volunteer literacy tutor at Everett Community College and enjoys writing as a hobby. He’s published in various management journals such as Quality Digest, Manage Magazine, the Journal for Quality and Participation, and has also written articles for The Journal Newspapers and Northwest Primetime. His self-published books are listed on his author’s page athttps://www.amazon.com/Curt-Smith/e/B007N8JLF2 . Curt welcomes readers of his blog, The Writer’s Corner, at https://mochateaoh.wordpress.com.
Kim Votry, EPIC member
Biography: Kim is an educator and editor currently working at the University of Washington as a professional development trainer. She has provided both developmental and proofreading editing services on over 80 book projects, and is a past board member of EPIC.
Published work: Baby's First Signs; More Baby's First Signs; A Book of Colors; Out For a Walk; and My Own Magic.
Social media: Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/346474.Kim_Votry; Twitter: @kimvotry; Facebook: My Own Magic, by Kim Votry
Erica Miner, EPIC member
Biography: Former Metropolitan Opera violinist ERICA MINER is now an award-winning author, screenwriter, arts writer and lecturer. Erica won the Fiction Prize in the Direct from the Author Book Awards for her debut novel, Travels With My Lovers. She recently released Death by Opera, the second in her “Operatic Mystery” series.
Published work: Travels With My Lovers; FourEver Friends; Murder in the Pit; Death by Opera
Lora Hein, EPIC member
Biography: Lora is returning to writing in retirement. Her first focus is a memoir based on her two month journey to the Galápagos Islands in 1973 and the life lessons she learned there. She lives in Edmonds where she enjoys gardening and creative cooking as well as dancing and reading. She makes every effort to retain her connection to nature.
Kathleen Glassburn, EPIC member
Biography: Kathleen Glassburn earned an MFA in Creative Writing with a fiction emphasis from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She is managing editor of The Writer's Workshop Review.
Published work: The Santa Fe Trilogy; Making It Work; Where Do Stories Come From?
Social Media: Website: www.kathleenglassburn.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kathleen.glassburn; Goodreads:
Jody Dills (pen name: Margo Jodyne Dills), EPIC member
Biography: Margo Jodyne Dills is an active member of Hugo House Seattle; former staff writer for Banderas News, Puerto Vallarta; published poet. She writes guest blogs and stays busy querying her novel, writing poetry, and keeping her adorable rescue pup Frank from sniffing at Prick, her shy bearded dragon lizard.
Published work: Banderas News; Sixfold; Scarlet Leaf
Social Media: Website: mjdills.blogspot.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mjdills; Twitter: @mjodidills; Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/88992269-margo-dills
Dorothy Van Soest, EPIC member
Biography: Dorothy Van Soest, is an educator, activist and author with a publication record of eleven books, including three novels, Just Mercy (2014), At the Center (2016), and Death, Unchartered (2018).
Published work: Just Mercy (2014); At the Center (2016); Death, Unchartered (2018)
Social media: Website: https://www.dorothyvansoest.com; Facebook: https://www.facebookcom/dorothyauthor; Twitter: https://twitter.com/dorothyjvs; Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/769770.Dorothy-Van-Soest
Lisa Sawyer, EPIC member
Biography: My primary strength is as a technology storyteller. Because of my experience in journalism and as a technology analyst, I excel at finding the nexus between industry trends and competitive product positioning that creates stories with the larger educational context valued by the media.
Published work: Entrepreneur Magazine, Parcel Magazine, ParentMap, Puget Sound Business Journal, Wireless Integration, and many others.
Social Media: Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-geschke-sawyer-9486372/
Susan Wingate, EPIC member
Biography: Susan Wingate is a #1 Amazon bestseller and an award-winning author. Wingate’s dark, gritty writing spans the breadth of genres including mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, inspirational and Christian fiction, fantasy, memoir, and nonfiction.
Published work: For 14 Titles (fiction and nonfiction) please go to: www.susanwingate.com/books
Social Media: Website: www.susanwingate.com/blog; Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorsusanwingate; Twitter: susanwingate; Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/susan_wingate
Diane Naab, EPIC member
Biography: Diane Naab is an artist, former art gallery owner, world traveler, and published author, now living in the Seattle area.
Published work: Poetry and short stories published in four consecutive issues of the annual literary review, Inside Passages, in southeast Alaska.
Carol Sanford, EPIC member
Published work: Three award-winning non-fiction. The Responsible Business, The Responsible Entrepreneur with Wiley; The Regenerative Business, with Nicholas Brealey and soon to be released No More Feedback self-published. 3 Podcasts and Blogs. The Regenerative Business, The Responsible Capitalist, Business Second Opinion. Producer The Regenerative Summit. Faculty @ Universities in Europe and UW. Senior Fellow of Social Innovation at Babson College.
Social Media: Website: www.carolsanford.com; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carolsanford2; Twitter: carolsanford
Howard Tinsley, EPIC member
Biography: I am a retired university professor with extensive experience editing and publishing in psychological journals and books. I began to study creative writing in the early 1990 but until now have written only for personal pleasure. I have now begun two fiction novels I hope to publish when completed.
Published work: Tinsley, H. E. A., Lease, S. H., & Wiersma, N. S. G. (Eds.). (2016). Contemporary theory and practice in counseling and psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Tinsley, H. E. A., & Lease, S. H. (Eds.). (2008). Encyclopedia of counseling, Volume 2: Personal counseling and mental health problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage; Tinsley, H. E. A., & Brown, S.D. (Eds.). (2000). Handbook of applied multivariate statistics and mathematical modeling. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
Social Media: I am on both Goodreads and LibraryThing but participate primarily on the latter. My LibraryThing profile can be found at: librarything.com/profile/Tatoosh
Curtis Colbert, EPIC member
Biography: Curt Colbert is the author of the Jake Rossiter & Miss Jenkins mystery series, set in Seattle in the 1940's. He also edited Seattle Noir for Akashic Books. In addition, along with Waverly Fitzgerald, he co-wrote The Barking Detective series under the pen name Waverly Curtis. Curt is a member of Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
Published work: Rat City; Sayonaraville; Queer Street; Seattle Noir; Dial C for Chihuahua; Chihuahua Confidential; The Big Chihuahua; The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice; The Silence of the Chihuahuas.
Hank Landau, EPIC member
Biography: Hank and his family have lived in Woodway, WA since 1973. He is the founder of Landau Associates, a regional engineering firm. Since his retirement he has been active in human rights, environmental organizations and bicycling and kayaking adventures.
Published work: The Misadventures of a Cross-Country Kayaker, a true story describing the authors Quixotic voyage from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean.
Chris Cantu, EPIC member
Biography: MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington and a longtime resident of Woodway. Along with a small cohort of fellow writers and photographers, I recently contributed to the creation of a book of poems and photos about our community. In 2016 I was awarded first place in the EPIC Adult Poetry contest, which was welcome inspiration to return to my passion for writing poetry. Thanks, EPIC!
Publications: Crab Creek Review, Atlanta Journal, California Quarterly, mid-America Poetry Review.