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Authors List

Darrin J. Renner

About

Darrin Renner grew up in Stillwater, New York. After high school he attended The College of Saint Rose, graduating with a business management degree. He traveled the North Country as a sporting goods sales representative for eight years after college. In 2000, after returning to college he switched careers and became a teacher. He spent many years teaching Advanced Placement United States History and now teaches middle school Social Studies at Schuylerville Central School District.

Renner credits his work with the Schuylerville English Department and his years teaching AP US History for inspiring his first book. The historical fiction adventure story takes place in and around the Massachusetts Bay Colonies, throughout The Great Lakes Region, and in and along the Appalachian Mountain Range. The book delves into mid-1600s North American colonization by presenting a picture of Puritan society, Northeastern Native American lifestyles, French fur-trappers, and Spanish soldiers assigned to further northern settlement. The book serves as a reminder to adults of history lessons long forgot or as an aid to any social studies teacher to engage students in the colonization era.

Renner also works as the Schuylerville Middle School Book Club Advisor, Basketball Intramurals Director, and Varsity Baseball Coach. He enjoys spending his free time writing and following his three children's athletic pursuits.

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Website

DJRennerBooks.com

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Mary Sanders Shartle

About

Mary Sanders Shartle is poet and fiction writer. She was awarded a individual artist's grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency, to complete her novel The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, about a woman living alone in the Adirondacks, which came out in from SUNY Press. Her essay, "The Spider's Web," was a finalist for the Tupelo Press Open Prose Award and was published on their blog in .

She is a member of "The Three Poets" with colleagues Marilyn McCabe and Elaine Handley, who thrice won the Adirondack Center for Writing Literary Award for best books of poetry. Their full length book, Tear of the Clouds, was released by Ra Press in . She teaches numerous writing workshops for adults and for children and teens throughout the region and hosts book discussion groups for Road Scholars (Elderhostel) at Great Camp Sagamore.

Awards

IPPY Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction, U.S. North-East (); Adirondack Literary Award for Best Novel (); Adirondack Literary People's Choice Award ()

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Website

MarySandersShartle.com

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Caperton Tissot

About

Caperton Tissot, born in Massachusetts, educated in Virginia, married and lived in the Netherlands before moving back to New England where she and her husband raised two children.

Retired in 2005, from years of full time work in health care, pottery, environmental politics and fundraising, Caperton has emerged from the literary closet to enjoy the rewards of writing. She is inspired by family, small communities, the arts and backcountry wilderness. Her work includes essays, history, fiction, and verse.

An abiding interest in cultural and natural history is reflected in her books as well as newspaper and journal articles. She and her husband live in rural upstate New York where she balances an outdoor lifestyle with an indoor writing vocation.

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Website

SnowyOwlPress.com

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Barbara Briggs Ward

About

Barbara Briggs Ward is a writer living in Ogdensburg, New York. She is the author of an unforgettable Christmas trilogy for adults featuring The Reindeer Keeper (selected by Yahoo's Christmas Book Club as their December 2012 Book of the Month), The Snowman Maker, and ending with The Candle Giver.

Barbara's short stories have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Christmas Magic and Family Caregivers, plus Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, and The Crafts Report. Her short story, "The Great Berry Pie Cook-Off," was a First Friday Fiction selection appearing on The Saturday Evening Post's website.

Barbara's work includes her book, A Robin's Snow (an Amish mystery/love story); a short story for children published in Highlights for Children; and two picture books she both wrote and illustrated—The Really, Really Hairy Flight of Snarly Sally and Snarly Sally's Garden of ABCs, as well as two picture books for the NYS Office of Mental Health.

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Websites

BarbaraBriggsWard.com, The Reindeer Keeper (Blog), The Reindeer Keeper (Facebook Page)

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Larry Weill

About

Larry Weill's career life has been as diverse and interesting as the characters in his books. He has studied biology and entomology, and is an avid naturalist. He has worked as a Wilderness Park Ranger, a fire-tower observer, a financial planner, a technical writer, and a career Navy Reservist. Larry is a lifelong devotee to the mountains, and he loves the Adirondacks. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his family, and they frequently hike and climb in the Adirondacks.

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Book Fairs, Book Signings

Website

LarryWeill.com

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Robert E. Williams

About

Dr. Robert E. Williams retired in 1995 from the New York State Education Department's Office of Higher Education after twenty-nine years of administrative service to the people of New York State. He also taught high school social studies for two years at the beginning of his career, lectured on college campuses, and did consulting work for the New York State Conservation Department and the New York State Health Department. He is an experienced and degreed social and behavioral scientist and has many, many observations to share about the people, mores, folkways, history, and politics of the Adirondacks. Bob holds a BA in social studies (social sciences and history), an MA in political science (specialization in comparative government), and an EdD in educational administration, with specialization in higher education management and policy studies. All three degrees were earned at the University of Albany, State University of New York.

Bob's love of the Adirondacks began as a young boy when his father, Guy E. Williams, introduced him to woodcraft and camping. His first real wilderness experience was camping in a lean-to with his father and brother on Cold River, north of Long Lake, in the late 1940s. From that time on, he had a never-ending love of the outdoors. He went on to become a Boy Scout, an Explorer Scout, a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and a member of the Order of the Arrow.

After his long career in education, Bob moved back to the Adirondack Mountains in 2002 and resides in Schroon Lake with his wife, Shelley Dixon-Williams.

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