Author Elizabeth Wehman is the President/Founder of the Shiawassee Area Writers. Tired of being lone writer in the profession of writing, she sought out other local writers to not only glean from but have the trials and triumphs of being a writer. She is the author of three novels and lives with her husband in Owosso. Author Patti Rae Fletcher gathered information on children’s books through working as a librarian for fifteen years as well as training from writing conferences and graduating from the Children Writer’s Institute. Her first book, The Sign was Mine – Message Received is a memoir of her experiences of finding signs which led her life in a positive direction. She is the Vice-President of SAW. Writer Cyndy Habermehl is a positive and encouraging member of SAW. Her inspiration is stories from her childhood and living on a farm. The message of love and solid upbringing resonate in her stories. She is from Durand. Leland Scott’s poems almost sing like church hymns of Martin Luther. They bring insight into a deeper world of spiritual meaning, giving glimpses of an ultimate Creator. His winter themed writings entice the reader to find a coat just by mere words on a page. Author John Morovitz brings talent to SAW from his writing and directing screenplays at The Lebowsky Center to his biography of Owosso-native George Hoddy. His wit and insightfulness makes for entertaining memoirs for this anthology. Melissa resides in Owosso with her husband and three children. Besides penning works of fiction, she enjoys reading, taking photos, and spending quality time with her husband. Her hope is that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life. Find her also at these other locations www.melissawardwell.com SAW is blessed to have many children’s authors in its midst and author Laurie Salisbury brings rich insight to the group. Laurie has nearly four books published and seeks to give wholesome, Godly values to children through her writings Futuristic author Doug Cornell’s love of writing isn’t his only aspiration. Not only does he love to tour the county, but occasionally rides his bike to our semi-monthly meetings. Doug has recently published his first book, Plastipocalypse, highlighting a global crisis caused by the sudden and complete disintegration of plastics. Doug is from Corunna. So many personalities make up SAW including writer Tracy Bannister. Bannister’s military experiences bring a whole different perspective to her writings and this anthology submission catches a glimpse of what it is like to be a soldier Writer Linda Perry not only encourages but supports writers with her editing talent. Her memoir piece, for this anthology, relates her thoughts of starting her first major writing project and how the Christmas of 2017 inspired it. Maureen Gilna’s poem for this anthology derived from her need of telling her children why so many Santas kept popping up on the news and in local cities around the Christmas holiday. Her answer to the problem can be found in this anthology. Gilna is a published writer with her near-death experience memoir titled, Be Not Afraid. Writer Shawn Gallagher isn’t just learning the craft for herself, but endeavors to share her writing expertise with students at her day job. Gallagher brings to the group amazing grammar skills as well as fine-tuning those words that just don’t seem to fit. Author Sally Labadie’s love of picture books comes from her many years of teaching school. She has also highlighted the life of Dr. Canas of Durand and a historical information about the village of Bancroft. She has written nine books and when not writing she loves to dig for fossils. Author Jason Bullard’s genre places a new slant on a mysterious, crime-like scene with his Christmas anthology story. Jason’s quiet personality and willing spirit to learn writing better make him a great asset to SAW. Born and raised in northern Michigan, Diane Alexander has spent the majority of her adult life in the Greater Lansing bedroom community of Perry. After spending twenty-five years as an analyst, she began a second career as an author of memoirs and creative non-fiction. Her first book, My Story Isn’t Over, A Tale of Survival, a harrowing story of a traumatic ordeal she experienced at age thirty-three, is scheduled to be released in late 2018. For daily inspirational insights, visit her Facebook page at Diane Alexander 101. Lauren has been writing for herself since childhood. She joined SAW to gain insight into the complex world of publishing. What she discovered was a group of knowledgeable writers as talented as they are kind hearted. When not writing, she is out spending time with her family, exploring nature, or selling houses.