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Ryan Henning

Ryan Henning was born and raised in Minnesota, where he spent most of his formative years in the Minneapolis suburb of Victoria. There, he developed a fascination with the weather – thanks largely to his dad’s career in the airline industry. (Henning loved the radar!) After earning a degree in synoptic meteorology from Purdue University, he worked as an aviation meteorologist for eight years. He lives with his wife Katie, twin sons, and three lively pets.

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Dean Hovey

Dean Hovey is an award-winning mystery author with 11 books in print. His books include three series: Pine County mysteries, Whistling Pines cozy mysteries, and Doug Fletcher Park Ranger mysteries. Hovey’s Family Trees won the 2018 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for best fiction.

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LuAnn Nies

LuAnn Nies writes contemporary romantic suspense and historical romance. The saying, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl,” describes Nies and the women she writes about. Her tales stem from a combination of past experiences and a lot of wishful thinking. She’s been writing since 1996 but has been dreaming up wild adventures her whole life. She resides with her family in east central Minnesota. The women in her novels are country girls, who find themselves in strange predicaments with men, who definitely have the makings of true heroes.

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Barbara Schlichting

Barbara Schlichting has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has nine books in print, including her latest title, The Broken Circle. “My grandpa gave me a pen and tablet when I was about ten, and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” says Schlicting. “My pen pal of 55 years is really the one who kept me writing and using my imagination. We wrote back and forth and we talked about everything under the sun because we were kids and she wanted me to explain things clearly.” Schlichting attended Bemidji State University where she earned a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Special Education. She taught at the elementary school level for a couple of years before transitioning to a career as a writer. Her book of poetry, Whispers from the Wind, was followed by the First Ladies Doll House mysteries. She lives in Bemidji, Minnesota.

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Bev Bachel

Bev Bachel is the author of What Do You Really Want? How to Set a Goal and Go for It! A Guide for Teens. A goal-setting classic, the book has sold more than 50,000 copies and been translated into five languages. When she isn’t writing, you can find her working toward her own goals which include catching a muskie, learning to speak Spanish, and spending a year in Paris.

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Kevin Zepper

Kevin Zepper is a professor of English at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He teaches a variety of writing and Humanities classes. Zepper is the author of book-length poetry collection, Moonman.  He has authored four chapbooks of poetry: The Fifth Ramone, (Suffering from) An Apartment Complex, I Bring you Dead Things and other Love Poems, and Sugartown. Lines&Notes is a collaborative, creative effort with alchemical partner in crime, Professor Terrie Manno, Professor of Music, Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has performed both nationally and internationally, offering both sensitive and dramatic performances of familiar and lesser-known piano work. A chance meeting between Manno and Zepper in a hallway at MSUM led to their ongoing work these past few years. When Zepper is not writing poetry, or collaborating with Manno, he is off somewhere taking photographs. He has also acted in several student-based movie productions and marketing productions through the MSUM campus.

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John Wessinger

John Wessinger

John Wessinger, author of Ride the Wave, helps organizations and business leaders embrace changing markets and explore strategic risk through workshops, executive and team retreats, keynote speaking and published writing. He believes that in order to find success in changing and disruptive business conditions, leaders need to embrace change, adopt a mindset driven by skill progression and use risk as a compass to reach new levels of success. Wessinger is the founder of PLAN | MARKET | SELL and has previously worked for global organizations in the retail and healthcare industries supporting the marketing and sales of billion dollar brands.

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Frank Weber

Frank Weber is a forensic psychologist who completes assessments in homicide and sexual assault cases. He is the recipient of the MCA President’s Award for his forensic work and has written murder mysteries which have received great reviews from the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press. His work has ranged from assessing murderers chained to the cement floor in the basement of a prison and assessing psychopaths to providing therapy for wealthy professionals who’ve engaged in multiple affairs. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous sexual assault and homicide cases, written seven different treatment workbooks, and in 2015 published a training series for psychologists which has been accredited by the MN Board of Psychology. Weber has received the President’s Award from the Minnesota Correctional Association for his forensic work and recently received an award for excellence in his clinical work. He has used his unique understanding of how predators think, victim trauma, and actual court cases to create a thrilling mystery.

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Joanne Vruno

Joanne Vruno grew up in Maplewood, Minnesota, just houses away from Battle Creek Regional Park, where she spent most of her childhood days hiking and exploring. Her love for nature and the wooded parkland bordering Battle Creek created the magic of the Seasons of Elves series, just as her love for the lakes created her first novel, Loon Child. Today Vruno lives in Saint Paul with her husband. It isn’t unusual to find her working in her yard, walking her two dogs, exploring new places for another novel, or having a picnic while spoiling her five grandchildren.

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Zaylore Stout

Zaylore Stout is an attorney, community organizer and author. Originally from Southern California, he received his B.A. in International Business Management then his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He founded Zaylore Stout & Associates in 2012, a law firm handling sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour matters. Stout was an inaugural recipient of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Business of Pride Award in 2018, serves on the board for RECLAIM and Quorum, and won a 2017 Lavender Magazine Community Leadership Award. He led the charge for the passage of a Gender Inclusion Policy in the St. Louis Park school district making it the first suburb in the state to do so. He authored Our Gay History in 50 States, an LGBTQIA+ educational book highlighting significant people, places, and events on a state-by-state basis.

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