Members

Anne Bonner (Letters) Having lived all over the world with her Air Force fighter pilot husband, Anne considers the Philippine Islands and Hawaii her favorite places. She learned Asian cooking, oil painting, cake decorating, snow skiing, and played lots of bridge when she was not involved with her children. Anne’s writing talent enabled her to become Editor of the Officers' Wives' Club magazine at Perrin Air Force Base, Sherman-Denison, Texas.

No matter where Anne traveled, she was always reading and writing, and poetry was her first love. She is a member of the Florida State Poets Association, Inc., National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Cape Canaveral Chapter of the National League of the American Pen Women, Florida Historical Society, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a former board member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild.

Anne has written and published five historical fiction books for young adults which are set in the wilds of early Florida, especially during the chaotic time of the Civil War. Her Pine Haven trilogy so fascinated her readers, she added two more books to the series.  Anne especially enjoyed dressing in period costume and presenting programs to the fourth graders in School. Her latest books, Angel’s True Love, Florida Fever, Sinful Love, Feeling the Love, and Endearing Love are historical love stories for older readers, set in Florida, of course. Anne has written ten books in ten years. Visit her website: www.annebonner.com


Carolyn Cain (Letters) attended the University of Alabama where she majored in journalism and English. 

 After working at newspapers in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, she became a technical writer with Burroughs Corp., which later changed its name to Unisys Corp. When she and her family returned to Florida, she became a freelance writer at the Florida Today newspaper in Melbourne.    

While freelancing, Carolyn finished her third book, Secret at the Breakers Hotel: A Palm Beach Mystery.


Elaine E. Cartechine (Letters)


Marion Coste (Letters) writes books for children, mostly nonfiction books about Hawaii’s natural history. Her books are widely used as resources by children in grades four through high school. Kolea, Marion’s third book, won the 1999 Hawaii Book Publishers Association Ka Palapala Po‘okela award for excellence in children’s literature, and The Hawaiian Bat ʻŌpeʻapeʻa received honorable mention for the same award in 2005.  Marion is also a manuscript reviewer and freelance editor and has edited more than 30 books for children and adults.

Marion grew up on the Jersey shore and graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. As a Coast Guard wife, she moved around the country for 26 years, teaching elementary school and working in various other areas of education, including Director of Education at Mystic Marinelife Aquarium in Mystic Connecticut, Teacher Trainer and Consultant for Kamehameha Schools O‘ahu, and Instructor of Education at University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. 

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During the 33 years Marion lived in Hawai‘i, she joined forces with a University of Hawaii English professor and local businessman to create a popular and successful read-aloud program (RAP) that engaged parents and children throughout the islands. (see http://www.readaloudamerica.org)

Marion’s seven books for children are Nēnē, Honu, Kōlea, ‘Ope‘ape‘a,The Hawaiian Bat,  and Hawaii’s Animals Do the Most Amazing Things (University of Hawai‘i Press); Finding Joy (Boyds Mills Press),  and Wild Beach (Finney Publishers). All her books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. Visit Marion on her website: http://www.marioncoste.com.   Marion is a member of the Brevard Authors Society, Space Coast Writers Guild, and Brevard Scribblers..


Kathryn B. Creedy (Letters) is a Communications Strategist, Author, Blogger, and Contributing Editor to various publications in the aviation industry. She is the author of Time Flies: History of Sky West Airlines. She also writes two blogs: Winging It, unconventional wisdom about the aviation industry, and Beachcombers Chronicles, interesting adventures on the beach. She is a social media specialist and also blogs on LinkedIn. Read her latest blog entry at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/winging-blog-great-airplane-rides-kathryn-creedy?trk=prof-post.

 

Mia Crews (Letters) is the author of Last Stop Paradise, which she co-wrote with her business partner Karlene Conroy. Mia started out writing as Mia Maxam and has five Silhouette romance novels to her credit, set in places she and her Air Force husband lived over the years, from Florida to Virginia and on to Alaska. Her novels have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. Mia is also a former newspaper correspondent, business writer, and college teacher.  

Mia is active in the Brevard County community, having served as a volunteer Victim Advocate for the State Attorney’s office, served on the Malabar Schoolhouse Preservation Committee, and is one of the original founders and past president of the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR). She was named Florida’s Pen Woman of the Year, 2007-8.

Mia recently presented a seminar on “Formatting Your Book for CreateSpace and Kindle For Free” at the 2015 Florida State Pen Women Conference in Orlando, Florida.

To purchase a DVD of the seminar, plus templates for formatting your manuscript and cover, email her at miacrews@gmail.com.

Mia graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Mathematics and is married to Phil Crews. Visit www.laststopparadise.com; www.glutenfreegrammy.com, www.miacrews.com.


Mary Doerfler Dall (Art & Letters) is a freelance writer, illustrator and artist, and former kindergarten and elementary school teacher. She wrote and illustrated three Happy Hat books for Teacher Created Materials, Making Hallelujah Hats for Paulist Press, Little Hands—Create! for Williamson Publishing, Snipper Critters for Maupin House, Children Discover the Mass and Hands-On Faith for Ave Maria Press. Though out of print, there is still limited availability on Amazon.com.  

Her Celebrating Poetry That Fits in Your Pocket books, When Magic Helps Us Steer, Happy Birthday-Florida! and Critters Are Cool are all available on Amazon.com. Her picture book introducing Ambrose Ant will be available soon.  

Besides Pen Women, she is a member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild, President of the Central Florida Watercolor Society, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Arts and Letters) and the Florida Reading Association.

Mary is the past president of the Cape Canaveral PenWomen, an office she shared with Toni DiRocco. 

You may find Mary online at her blogspot where she shares tips on creating crafts for children and adults alike. To follow Mary, check out her site at marydallcreates.blogspot.com.   Her website is: http://www.mddall.com.


Diana Etheridge (Letters) is the author of a children’s cookbook, Cook-n-Rhyme with Kids, with recipes prepared with her daughter Melissa and illustrated by her daughter Juliana. A far cry from the usual kids’ fare of fudge and peanut butter sandwiches, Diana’s cookbook is designed to teach young people to make wise nutritional choices as well as tasty ones. It does so with the help of stories, poetry, and colorful cartoon characters.

In 1999, she founded CYBERNASTICS®, Inc., a fitness web program. An exercise and dancing enthusiast, she practices tap dancing and Zumba. She is an avid member of the Golden Steppers and each year participates in their show at the Cocoa Playhouse. After teaching for several years in both public and private schools, Diana began a real estate career and served more than 30 years in the profession.

In Maryland, Diana specialized in the marketing of upper income custom homes. Among her first business ventures was E-dea! Inc., an idea clearinghouse where creators and inventors can exchange ideas. One of the first great ideas was her own, a plan for a tensioned building system for homes and other structures, that can be used quickly and cheaply with easily transportable materials. Her pending trademarks are: FLEXHOME™ and FLEXYSTEMS™. She holds a patent with thirteen claims entitled: BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WITH TENSIONED SUPPORT SYSTEM. Students from the University of Denver built a model that showed that the concepts were valid. Diana also filed for a new patent using concepts from the previous one and plans to apply for another patent using different concepts from the patent.

 In 2016, the students from the University of Denver developed two videos having to do with chemistry.  Diana filed for a copyright on another video that relates to chemistry. Her registered trademarks are: TRADEPOST, SHARE-DEA!, PATENTPOST, CYBER MOUSETRAP POST, THE IDEA CLEARIING HOUSE!, LOGOPOST, CYGERNOMICS, CYBERNOMICS, CYBERNASTICS, and CYBERWEIGHTS.


Kathryn Flanagan (Letters)


Luanne Faulkender (Letters, Art) is an energetic and creative actress, artist, author, poet, acting coach, and CEO of Theatre Techniques for Executives, a firm that teaches fortune-500 companies her scientific methodology and protocol of dynamic public speaking, presentations, and leadership workshops. She brings vast experience from theater and film to the boardroom and the corporate world in the form of a profound training program called Peak Dynamics. Her company has been featured in national magazines and newspapers nationwide.  www.energyspeak.com

 As an author, Luanne received several honors for her short story and poetry awarded by the NLAPW-FSC 2016 and has earned kudos for her novel, Thief of Innocence, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Booklogix.   She creates her award winning art in watercolor, photography, oil, acrylics, pen and ink, clay sculpture, and Faberge-style egg decorating and jewelry. She was commissioned to produce a Faberge-style award for the First Lady in 2009.  Luanne travels nationally as a keynote speaker on the subject of Fabergé and Faberge-style art and its development into present-day egg artistry.

Luanne serves as 2nd Vice President of the Florida State Association of the National League of American Pen Women (FSA/NLAPW) and has served as Past President and Vice President of The EggArt Guild of Georgia (EGG) and as a Board member of the National League of American Pen Women-Atlanta (NLAPW-Atlanta) and Women in Film & TV-Atlanta. (WIFTA)  LWF1@cfl.rr.com www.eggstravagantart.com   www.energyspeak.com

 

Anna Flowers (Letters) is the author of Blind Fury, the story of serial killer Gerald Eugene Stano, who murdered 41 women in Central Florida. It was selected as a lead title for Doubleday’s True Crime Book Club. Her second book, Bound to Die, is the story of serial killer Bobby Joe Long, and is in its second edition. Both books are true crime stories that obtained national attention, resulting in Anna becoming an instant television celebrity. She most recently participated in three documentaries about Long, which are being aired internationally, and she took part in a film interview in Tampa for an A&E documentary which aired in 2015. Anna has also written Vengeance on Meeting Street, an update of her book, Wanton Woman, the story of Sue Logue, one of the late Strom Thurmond’s early lovers and the first woman to be executed in South Carolina’s electric chair. Murder at Wayside Antiques is the story of a double homicide north of Ocala, Florida. Visit Anna’s website at www.annaflowersbooks.com.


Joan Gerlach (Letters) holds a BS from Indiana University and an MBA from Hood College. She taught public speaking and speechwriting at Montgomery College and various other classes at Brevard Community College and Barry University.  She wrote a humorous column for a suburban New York City newspaper and published several humor columns for Florida Today.

Joan retired from the federal government in Washington D.C. as Chief of Career Development and Training.  As a member of the Pen Women for over 15 years, she has served as Membership Chair and Vice President as well as presentor at several fundraising events.

Joan lived and worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Beirut, Lebanon. With her husband of 41 years, Joan has traveled to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Her favorite and most memorable visits were to Moscow, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, and Pompeii.

 

The art of Joan Tozer Herrick (Art) can be seen throughout the country in corporate and private collections. She is a skilled portrait artist, designer, and muralist. Her work has been seen on national TV and in newspapers.  Joan's creativity has been shown in museum exhibit design, theater set design, and in stunning large abstract art work.

As an inspiring art teacher in public school and community college, she led students to award status and scholarships. She was awarded  Teacher of the Year. She has worked in radio, as a professional model,airline hostess, and drama instructor.  Joan was Art Director at the Brevard Museum of History in Cocoa where she interfaced with the Smithsonian for Seeds of Change and with Windover archaeologists.

Joan enjoys classical music, jazz, reading history of church fathers, and  biographies. She explores genealogy and creative writing.

 

Bev Huttinger  (Letters) began her freelance writing career as an English professor at Broward Community College. For the princely sum of $10 per article, she wrote for the Fort Lauderdale Tribune, which arrived free in your front yard every week. She has been writing ever since and has published more than 50 magazine and newspaper articles and one book, Florida Firsts: The Famous, Infamous, and Quirky of the Sunshine State. In 1993 she retired from teaching and moved to Palm Bay, where she wrote nine articles for The Bay Bulletin, a weekly supplement for Florida Today.

A native Floridian, Bev was born in Miami, where her family had just moved in time for the 1926 hurricane, which almost blew the fledgling city off the map. She grew up in Coral Gables and attended three Florida Universities--Florida State, University of Florida, and Barry University, where she received her MS in English. 

Bev is now the author of a blog, LIVING in Later Life, and invites you to subscribe at www.bevsseniorblog.com

 

Carol Jose Pocklington (Letters) is an author, journalist, and public speaker who has co-authored and collaborated on numerous non-fiction books. Her latest book is You Are Not Forgotten: A Family’s Quest for Truth and the Founding of The National League of Families, which she wrote with Evelyn Grub, wife of “Newk” Grubb who was shot down over North Vietnam in 1966. The forward was written by former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in French literature and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She speaks several languages, has taught English and French at Punahou Academy in Hawaii, at the Royal Thai Military Academy in Bangkok, Thailand, and in public schools in Georgia and Florida.

 Learn more about Carol at www.caroljose.com.

Wanda Luthman (Letters) writes children’s fiction and is the author of 2014’s The Lilac Princess and A Turtle’s Magical Adventure. Her latest work is a picture book called Little Birdie Grows Up, and it will be available soon on Amazon with her other books. Wanda has a Masters degree in Mental Health and Guidance Counseling and when she isn’t writing, she works as a High School Counselor. The theater class at her school turned The Lilac Princess into a play for the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten children. Wanda also intends to adapt the script into a puppet show.

Visit Wanda’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wluthman or Blog/Website at www.wandaluthman.wordpress.com for more information and updates. Sign up for her newsletter on her blog and receive a free short story called Sly & Sydney, A Penguin Adventure, get the latest news on her releases, and win free giveaways!

 

Dianne

Dianne Marcum (Letters) is a writer, videographer and family historian who grew up in Florida in the no-so-long-ago days before bug spray and air conditioning. Writing was an early passion, but life took a different path, and she found herself with a business degree and a professional career with Walt Disney World. In the midst of the Disney magic, Dianne received an education in travel and tourism. While searching for the treasures of her family history, she also unearthed her love of writing.

The journey has taken her to Ireland several times, where she discovered that storytelling is the heritage of her O'Connell ancestors. Dianne lived in Cape Canaveral, where involvement with local environmental groups, community organizations, and civic boards has deepened her conviction that this unique stretch along Florida's Atlantic coast is a recreational and cultural jewel -- one of those rare spots that is as much fun for residents as it is for visitors.

Dianne has enjoyed exploring in her own backyard and looks forward to sharing her discoveries with you in her travel guide, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach & Florida's Space Coast, and a variety of writing and business topics.

Dianne has recently returned from an extended stay in Ireland, where she studied and wrote about family genealogy.

Ima J. Pastula, Ph.D (Letters) is an artist and a writer. Ima spent her teens in Bend, Oregon. After she married, she lived in Europe where she studied oil painting under two fine European Master Artists in Augsburg, Germany. She received her doctorate, but instead of opening a private practice, she decided to teach and subsequently became an adjunct faculty teacher at a local Maryland college where she shared her knowledge of Mind Management, Personal Dynamics, and Motivational Studies with new art students.

Ima also opened “Studio One” where she taught many eager art students. She has decades of experience as a painting instructor, including seven years teaching at The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne, Florida. Ima designs her own cover art and is the author of many books; six of which are currently available at Amazon.com. Le Mot Juste–Telling It Like It Is; Tattetales, A European Trilogy; Tosha’s Journey, Rape Of The Sensuals; and Portals That Be are all available for instant download on a Kindle or Kindle App. Ima also has 53 short stories available for the Kindle Fire.

Ima was the 2012 - 2014 president of the Cape Canaveral Branch and the 2014-2016 vice president.

 

Betty Prisendorf (Letters), a resident of Merritt Island, is a retired registered nurse who has been writing since being inspired by a high school English teacher who said "never stop writing." She writes poetry, plays and short stories.  In 2008, with a prize-winning poem, she was named Senior Poet Laureate of Florida.  With her poem Last Letters, she won second place and publication in Women's Voices of the 21st Century, sponsored by Greenwich Pen Women. Her poem Third Planet From the Sun won first place and is online with Great Spirit  Publishing Company.

 

Pam E. Webb (Art) grew up on the shores of the Indian River in Melbourne, Florida, and since childhood has had a love for the sea.  She and her late husband, Don, built their own 40' sailboat and sailed off on a 28-year adventure.  During those years Pam discovered her natural talent for painting with watercolors.  She has continued to expand her work to include other mediums like watercolor batik, acrylic paintings, and paintings on silk fabric.

Pam's formal watercolor training included classes at Brevard Community College and Brevard Art Center and Museum in Melbourne, Florida.  She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Brevard Community College in 1990 for her watercolors of the Bahama Islands.  Pam's work has been shown at the Sail Fish Marina in Singer Island, Florida, the Barrier Island Center, Strawbridge Art League Gallery, the Watercolors of Olde Brevard Art Show exhibit at Florida Tech, the King Center, Kennedy Space Center, and the Art Gallery of Viera.

Pam was the illustrator for the book Christopher Columbus, a biography written by Elaine Murray Stone.  Recently, Pam illustrated the book Letters from Calvin, a Bahamian Potcake Dog, by Joe Kern.  She is a member of the Brevard Watercolor Society, the Colonial Dames of America, and the Strawbridge Art League.  Pam specializes in portraits of yachts, private homes, sailing boats, island scenes, lighthouses, and underwater scenes.  Visit her website at http://www.pamwebbart.com


Karen Whiting (Letters) is an international speaker, former television host of Puppets on Parade, and award-winning author of twenty-five books for women, children, and families. She has a heart to help families thrive and build strong, wholesome bonds. She has written more than seven hundred articles for more than sixty publications and loves to let creativity splash over the pages of what she writes. Currently, Karen writes for Leading Hearts, The Kid’s Ark, and Molly Green Magazines.

Her writing awards include the Christian Retailing Best Award, children’s nonfiction (The One Year My Princess Devotions) and the Military Writer’s Society of America Gold Medal (Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front). Karen serves on the board of directors of Christian Authors Network where she helps other published authors promote books to book lovers everywhere.

She likes adventure and has ridden a camel in the Canary Islands; white water rafted in Australia; ridden horseback in the ocean in Jamaica; and enjoyed scuba diving off the coast of Bermuda. She’s spoken in such far away places as Russia and Malaysia. Her travels and moves helped her appreciate many varieties of breads and foods. She loves to bake and gift others with homemade bread, muffins, and other baked goodies.     

Visit Karen’s website at www.karenwhiting.com

 

Kay Williamson (Letters, Music) is a former elementary teacher who turned to writing murder mystery novels with a touch of romantic suspense. They include Ghostly Whispers, Bridge to Nowhere, Listen to the Heart, Time After Time, Murder at the Starlight Pavilion, The Mysterious Woman on the Train, Incident at the Pink Beach House, Murder on Star Route 1,Murder in the Mountains and . Kay is an award-winning artist as is her husband Don, who illustrated the covers of all her books.

Kay is also a musician, composer, and playwright who has produced three CDs: Dreamflight, Magical Moments, and Gonna Love All Those Hurts.  Her romantic musical comedy, What’s Going on at the Mansion, was produced in Iron Mountain, MI.

Kay’s books are available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online. Visit her website at www.kaywilliamson.com.