Middle Valley Community Center

Authors for the

Please join us, at Middle Valley Community Center's first book festival. It is free to the public and its objective is to introduce the area to our local authors as well as support literacy by involving the Morris County and Hunterdon County Library systems.

The following authors will attend this event. It will be held at the Middle Valley Community Center from 10AM to 5PM, Saturday November 9, 2019.

Carol Camerino

Words For The JourneyA multi-certified career coach, resume writer, and author known for supporting, empowering, and facilitating job seekers at all levels and stages of career evolution (from new grads through C-suite leaders), Carol demystifies job searching, develops strategic action plans, and creates powerful resumes that help clients achieve success. Her book is for women who are returning to paid employment after having stepped away from a career and focuses on the power of mindset in the job search process. Infused with possibility, optimism, cheerleading, and humor, Words for the Journey is a trusted travel companion for the journey back to the paid workforce. camerinoconsultingllc.com


Cheryl DeVleeschouwer

Elfie the ElfCheryl DeVleeschouwer has dedicated her life to helping children. As a former teacher, she has always been interested in writing stories for children and her first book Elfie the Elf, was published in 2018, and is about friendship, standing up for one other and achieving your dreams. Another book, Don’t Lose Your Head, was written to help children be comfortable with who they are. This imaginative and exciting adventure of self-discovery, takes children on a journey where they learn what it’s like to live in the shoes of their favorite animals.


Kristina Garlick

And the Gods FearedAs an author of over 20 books, Kristina is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Administration and actually knows how to make soap; yes, the stuff that goes scrub-a-dub-dub. Lover of superheroes and often will try to pet any animal that is fluffy, Kristina can be a bit quirky at times but that is just a part of the creative nature. Finally, Kristina can grow some mean veggies as long as that ever-loving groundhog stays out of her garden! kristinagarlick.com


Brenda Havens

A Boy, A Goose, And A Very Big Lake coverBrenda Havens is a published writer, high school English teacher, and has a lively background in print journalism. A Boy, A Goose, And A Very Big Lake is her first children’s book. She sat on the front porch of a tiny Lake Superior cabin, writing, while her husband, Al, tended a campfire outside, crunching on corn chips as he poked the flames. Just then, a young Canada goose—all alone—waddled up and chittered for a treat. He returned every day that week for more. That began the story of Gabby Goose. Brenda is currently working on a second children’s book: Stink Attack, soon to be released. In addition, she works as a professional editor.


Renny Hodgskin

Wounded SoulsAn executive consultant with extensive experience in mass tort casualty claims, Hodgskin has been married to his high school sweetheart for forty-seven years, is the father of six, the grandfather of ten and resides in the bucolic ‘rolling hills and horse country’ of northwestern New Jersey. He recently earned a Certificate in Catholic Evangelization and is currently the Coordinator for his parish. Wounded Souls is his first book.


Charlie Levin

Not So GoneCharlie is an author who has written the thriller novels, NOT SO DEAD and NOT SO GONE. Charlie’s 24 year background in tech, degree in philosophy and love of fast-paced thrillers are the brew that created NOT SO DEAD and NOT SO GONE. The following gives you more of a sense of Charlie’s history than you probably care to know. charleslevin.com


DJV Murphy

Eerie Ghost StoriesAn award-winning screenplay writer, djv murphy has published a number of books in a wide variety of genres including biographies, humor, military, mysteries and several short stories. His latest is Eerie Ghost Stories From Every State. He is an artist and former art gallery owner and past president of the Canadian Society of New York, past president The Seeing Eye, Morris Animal Foundation Trustee Emeritus, and has a B.A. from Michigan State University and a MBA from University of Miami. djvmurphy.com


D.W. Maroney

Status: MissingAs a young student living in the suburbs of Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination D.W. Maroney grew up on a steady diet of conspiracy theories. To this day, D.W. still loves a good mystery and believes the truth of any event lies somewhere between the eyewitness accounts and the historical retelling. D.W. Maroney is a USA Today Best-selling author of genre fiction, and is a member of The Authors Guild, Liberty States Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. www.DWMaroney.com


Jean Joachim

You Belong To MeJean Joachim is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling romance author whose books have hit the Amazon Top 100 list in the U.S. and abroad since 2012. She writes sports romance, small town romance, big city romance, and romantic suspense. Jean has over 50 books in ebook, print and audio. She writes fulltime, never far from her secret stash of black licorice. An avid bird and dog fan, she has a fondness for chickadees and pugs. A music lover, especially classical, she’s married, has two grown sons and lives in New York City. jeanjoachimbooks.com


Loren Spiotta-DiMare

Sergeant RecklessA lifelong animal lover, Loren Spiotta-DiMare is Chair of the Children’s Book Writers Group and has been writing about her favorite subjects for 40 years, publishing 20 books for adults and children. Recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America, Humane Society of the United States, Doris Day Animal Foundation, USA Book News and New Jersey Press Women, her work has been published both nationally and internationally. She also teaches Introduction to Book Publishing classes at various local venues. Loren is a past Board Member of the Tewksbury Trail Association and the Tewksbury Historical Society. She is currently a member of the Tewksbury Equestrian Committee. lorensreadingroom.com


Marin Resnick

Scary the Scaried IguanaMarin Resnick is a writer and photographer enjoying the urban-country lifestyle of Hunterdon County. Marin and her daughter, JR, spent many summers on the shores of Islamorada, Florida watching the real Scary the iguana sun himself on their dock, running away from them when they tried feeding him bananas. They also enjoyed taking trips to the Blue Hole in Big Pine Key Florida where they'd walk the trail and look for alligators and turtles. This is Marin's debut book. When not chasing the reptiles of the Florida Keys, JR spends lots of time with her favorite furry friend, Mino her horse.


Mark Vogel

The Ripper's TimeA clinical psychologist with over thirty years of experience Mark Vogel completed his BA and MA at Montclair State University, and his doctorate degree at Yeshiva University in New York City. In 2003 he graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. For ten years he taught cooking classes and edited cookbooks. He now gives seminars on wine. Since 2002 he has published 400 articles on food and wine in his column Food for Thought. A Jack the Ripper researcher, he lectures about the infamous case at libraries and private institutions.


Thomas Yannitte

Shanahans StoneThe Author of the books Shanahan’s Stone, Innermatrix - The Owners Manual and he has written a number of screenplays, stageplays and newspaper and magazine articles. Thomas is the Producer, Director and writer at the film and production company Opus Bard Films (www.opusbard.com). He has written and is currently producing and directing his latest film about Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, due to be released Fall 2019.


MJ Zonfrillo

The Little Girl Who Lost Her WordsMary Joyce (MJ) Zonfrillo is a first-time author, member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and a proud founding member of Just 4 Kids. MJ previously worked in the education industry for 27 years, and after her recent retirement, found the time to write her picture book, The Little Girl Who Lost Her Words. It’s a special story about her seven-year-old granddaughter who is rather shy. Ultimately, Ava finds her words. The book comes to life with beautiful, watercolor illustrations. It’s the first in a series of adventures with Ava.


Come meet 14 extraordinary contemporary authors.
FREE Admission.

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