He has a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and has worked as a therapist, manager, and executive director in addictions, mental health, and trauma programs for over 40 years. He has directed treatment services in Ohio, Arizona, Virginia, and South Carolina. His website is www.FatherJohnBaldy.com, with Facebook pages “SLUGSociety” and “Dayton Model of Recovery”. He currently provides consultation and training services, as well as public speaking.
Daniel K. Held
He is both an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker and ordained United Methodist Elder (pastor) living with his wife of 51 years, Sue, in retirement. With degrees from Sterling College, the Ohio State University, and United Theological Seminary, he works intentionally to both improve and express his deeper understanding of God and people. Such understanding forms the basis for his faith and love of God, neighbor and self. His work has included individual, marital and family counseling, educational workshops and seminars, pulpit ministry and writing over the span of now 50 years. The latter includes his blogsite: .
She is the author of A Path to Shalom. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. (More info on the way).
Rev. Mark Etter
He has been a pastor for thirty years and is currently the pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Erlanger, KY. Rev. Etter has published several books of Adult Bible studies and numerous devotions and youth studies with Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis. He is a certified pastoral coach for the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Cleveland, OH and has served in several capacities like LWML counselor, evangelism chairman, and circuit counselor for the larger church. He and his wife, Joan, have three grown children and one grandchild (so far).
He lives in Springfield, Ohio with his wife Carol. He is the author of Miracles: I Love Them, a devotional memoir detailing God's miracles and how they have shaped his life.
She has been writing professionally since 1995. She's an author and award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in Vitamin Retailer Magazine, Dining Out, The Paterson Press, The Montclair Times, The Jersey City Independent, NJ Health & Fitness, The Aquarian Arts Weekly, The Westsider, Manhattan Spirit, music.com, Tattoo Review, Punk Magazine, gasm, and Exit, to name a few.She has self-published her first two books "On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist" and “Love Cats.” Her third book, “The Gypsy Smiled” was published traditionally by GenZ Publishing. She resides in Union County, New Jersey, with her husband, Dennis, and their beloved cat, Nicholas. Interests include: music, animals, and living a healthy lifestyle.
He is a 53 year-old child of God. He's battled addiction, depression and catastrophic illness. A counselor and licensed clergyman, he enjoys working with and helping people. When he's not helping others, he enjoys fishing and an occasional walk.
Jen is a local artist who creates many different styles of paintings, she finds her groove with a sort of abstract impressionistic street art. She is willing to try new combinations and techniques to convey the feeling that she is striving for in each individual piece of art. Arti St Gallery & Studio is a direct extension of her and her artwork. Using art therapy techniques she designs her teachings to reflect that the emotion is more important that the formal technique of each piece. To see more artwork from Jen please visit
Derra Nicole Sabo
She is the author of Dear You. A Human Anomaly 🖤 Writing started out as an escape for me, then somewhere along the way it became my passion. The pen speaks for me when my lips fail to. My past demons are now my life lessons. Love loudly & hate silently.
Cali girl, born and raised. My family & friends are my everything. Beach baby, foodie, coffee addict, bookworm, writer, blogger, movie buff, music maniac, night owl. With a cup of coffee in my hand and a piece of honesty from you, I'll bring my walls down and show you my unguarded soul.
Frank Adkins is a life-long automotive enthusiast who enjoys building, driving, showing, and racing antique vehicles. He has published two automotive books, Chrysler Performance Upgrades (CarTech, 1999) and How to Build High Performance Chrysler Engines (CarTech, 2001). In addition, his technical articles have appeared in numerous regional and national hobbyist publications. He is an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician who worked in various shops and dealerships for more than twenty years before transitioning into teaching Automotive Technology. He and his wife, Kristan, have two adult children and four grandchildren. They enjoy vacationing in northern Maine. They are also active in several car clubs.
Janet Kay Teresa
She was born and raised in Ohio. She enjoys warmer weather during the winter months and traveling. She is a self employed Gardener, and a free lance writer. Currently she became a Certified Christian Temperament Counselor.
Willie Deeanjlo White
Willie Deeanjlo White was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. He is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology as well as a Bachelor’s in Health and Human Services. He currently works as the supervisor of an Addiction Treatment Program that houses over 200 clients.
He is an Ordained Pastor in the Pneuma Life Network of Churches and humbly serves as an Associate Pastor at Greater Grace Temple in Springfield, Ohio under Bishop Ronald Logan.
Yvonne Green is a compassionate woman of God who loves giving back to her community. She is a Minister/Evangelist/Prayer Warrior who loves to encourage others and minister to youth and young adults. Yvonne accepted her calling to minister in July of 2011and preached her first sermon on March 14, 2012 under the leadership of Pastor Larry D Coleman at Restored Life Ministries and she has been on fire for the Lord ever since. Yvonne firmly believes we are in control of our own happiness. She believes failure only leads to the road to success. Yvonne’s favorite mottos are, “Give loved one’s flowers while here on Earth,” “Do not be a carbon copy, be original and unique,” and “We have to be the person God created us to be.” Yvonne lives in Springfield, Ohio.
Amy was born in Idaho, but moved to Indiana until the age of 13. She later moved to Dunnellon, Florida where she now lives with her husband and six-year old son. She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys writing stories to read to her son.
Judy Frisby is a 28-year veteran of the hairstyling industry who began her writing journey in 2014. The Real Prison Diaries, a true story, began as a coping mechanism between mother and daughter after her beloved child became incarcerated. Judy went from a stranger to the judicial system to being driven by raw grief in a desperate attempt to be a voice for her child. Judy and her husband live in Harrod, Ohio. She is the mother of four and grandmother to four, one grandchild in which she and her husband raise due to incarceration. Judy enjoys being with family and spoiling their grandchildren.
In 2016 Judy founded The Isiah's Hope Project in Allen County Ohio, a non-profit that provides children of Ohio assistance and transportation to regular visitations with their incarcerated mothers.
Joe Siccardi has been an editorial writer, editor and publisher for 52 years and posts a blog at As he states, "I'm the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with you!" He is the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and another great-granddaughter expected in the fall. He currently lives in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, after life experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Ogdensburg and Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY. He has written three book, My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through, an expansion of his novella, Heaven Shining Through, and the nonfiction Wisdom From a Father … one dad’s thoughts on life, a collection of short stories culled an d updated from the blog of the same name.
Sandra Bretting is the author of a critically acclaimed cozy mystery series The Missy DuBois Mystery Series, produced by Kensington Publishing of New York. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, she spent two decades writing feature stories for national newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and Houston Chronicle.
After a near-death experience in 2018, she penned Shameless Persistence: Lessons from a Modern Miracle. The book explores how prayer changed her story; what the Bible says about prayer; and ways prayer has altered lives in modern times and the past. Sandra is a longtime member of The Writers’ League of Texas and the national chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives with her family in a suburb of Houston, Texas.
Jasmine Ogletree is a self-taught artist who has been practicing her artwork since 2010, specializing in abstract and textured acrylics and watercolors.
Jasmine has dedicated her time in the beginning of 2019 to develop and transcend her spirituality through the expression of her artwork. Since then, Jasmine has showcased and exhibited her artwork in local restaurants, yoga studios, galas, and galleries; displaying her award-winning painting, Awaken Rebirth.
Jasmine’s goals for 2020 are to continue using her artwork to develop her spirituality while helping others develop their own.
My name is Reese Paynter, and I'm an aspiring cartoonist and graphic designer. I've always had a strong passion for art ever since I was young, and would be doodling on notepads and homework all the time. I graduated from The Washington County Career Center this year in Marietta, Ohio, and qualified for Business Professionals of America Nationals.
Besides art and design, I enjoy music, digital music composition, and hiking outdoors. My favorite season is spring, my favorite colors are pink and yellow, and my all-time favorite character to draw is Sonic The Hedgehog!
I'm an award-winning, bestselling author of mystery/thrillers and contemporary erotic romance. I'm also a freelance writer/photographer and blogger. When I'm not writing I can often be found in The Florida Keys, indulging my passion for parasailing while seeking out the perfect Mojito.
A.R. Ratliff was born on June 11, 1951 in Beattyville, KY. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years as an MP around Bamberg, Germany. He continued his service in the U.S. Navy for 14 years and retired at the rank of Chief Master at Arms with an honorable discharge in 1994. He wrote the story of Detective Joe Ruddy while serving in the Navy, utilizing his knowledge of law enforcement and his love for mystery. He received many medals of commendation throughout his military career including a Navy Achievement Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Marksman ribbons, and an expert pistol shot medal.
Throughout his life, A.R. charmed many with his musical talents and his quick wit. He was a musician since childhood, playing country guitar, writing, and singing hundreds of original songs. Sadly, A.R. passed away in 2011 after a bout with cancer. This book was a labor of love for him and is being published as a tribute to him and for his years of service as well as the years of love and joy that he provided for family and friends all over the world. He will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Jean Walters is a Saint Louis based teacher of self-empowerment principles for over thirty years. She has studied metaphysics extensively and applies universal principles to every area of her life. Walters has written weekly and monthly columns for major Saint Louis newspapers and publications and been published all over the United States. Her books include: Set Yourself Free: Live the life YOU were meant to Live, Be Outrageous: Do the Impossible; Dreams & the Symbology of Life; Look Ma, I'm Flying.
Walters has designed and presented classes and workshops in empowerment, meditation, universal laws, dream interpretation, and strengthening intuition for organizations, colleges, universities, spiritual groups, and businesses around the Midwest.
Presented: "Best Psychic in Saint Louis" Award for 8 years.
From her Saint Louis office, she works with people around the world as a Transformational Coach and Akashic Record reader. She has given over 35,000 readings with the emphasis on providing insight regarding personal growth, life purpose, strengthening relationships, and moving through obstacles.
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She is the author of The Rona Shively Stories mystery series as well as a number of inspirational works including Wise Up to Rise Up. She is also the owner of Higher Ground Books & Media (HGBM); an independent publisher located in Springfield, Ohio. HGBM publishes works that are inspirational, motivational, and education. Books available through HGBM include devotionals, memoirs, fiction, children’s books, poetry and assorted non-fiction works. The company has been in business since 2013 and continues to grow.
She is a young author from Springfield, Ohio. She has written two books in a series; Whobert the Owl and Snowy the Owl. These books were written when Mya was just 10 years old and she is currently working on some other ideas she has for teen fiction.
He lives in Monongahela, Pennsylvania with his wife and fantastic son along with 3 boxers, and a cat.
She is a freelance writer and reporter whose work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and websites. Combining her love of research and her passion for writing, she has developed the 365 Days Book series. She resides in a small town in Pennsylvania.
Yasmin S. Brown
Yasmin Brown is a healthcare professional, former Sunday school teacher, poet and entrepreneur who struggled to funnel her way through sexual assault and domestic violence all before the age of eighteen. The aftermath manifested into her adulthood leading to lack of self-confidence, self-love, self-control and depression.
She has climbed the mountain to regain her life back creating “Deliverance” an interactive series of trials and tribulations that manifested throughout her youth carrying into young adulthood. Silence of abuse, triumphant by faith and encouraged into a brighter future is what she brings to you in a three-book series, “The Silent Destruction”, “The Point of Abuse” and “Deliverance.”
Yasmin found through her healing journey she loved to help others. Receiving the Unsung hero award in 2012, she found herself wanting to help youth and young adults like her. Empathizing with cause and effect of trauma Yasmin continues to advocate and share her story with other survivors.
More information can be found on Yasmin Brown at facebook.com/yiryelements, Instagram (@yazlibra3) and Twitter (@yiryelements).
He is the author of Overcomers, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World. He is also the director of the Overcomers Ministry in Springfield, Ohio. He currently lives in Springfield, Ohio with his wife, Vicki.
Brandy Hambrick is the author of The Key: The Adventure Begins. Hambrick, a writer and teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, is known to reach children through innovative approaches in the arts and education, primarily focusing on creative methods to promote literacy. It is her mission to empower children to become positive and confident builders of their futures, and creating stories that will teach kids the beauty of imagination, the importance of leadership, the promise of a good education, and achieving the goals they dream. For more information, visit
She is a recovering addict and mother to two young men; Jordan and Noah. My book reflects upon watching and enjoying them as they grew. The other part of my little book of poetry is that of my struggles with post-partum depression and anxiety. I try to let people that are going through what I did with depression and anxiety that it does get better. I am definitely living proof.
She and her husband live on a farm in central Mississippi with a rat terrier called Shady Lady, a cat, J.K. and a mule called Ruth, who loves pears. She and her husband had an egg farm for several years, with twenty thousand hens and two thousand roosters, the inspiration for ‘The Magic Egg’.
John Salmon, PhD
He has worked with children and families since 1986 in settings as varied as church, community, school, and private practice. John currently sees children and families in an outpatient setting to help them identify the personal strengths and available resources that will enable them to more successfully navigate life's struggles and transitions. He also assists children and families in developing the skills necessary to develop successful relationships and become involved in communities that will support them through life's changes.
She is a Christian contemplative. Each morning she begins her day with God in the silence. From this expansive space of love, she journals and writes and some days she receives letters from the Earth, what she considers messages from God. Several years ago she answered a call to speak for the Earth. Now the Earth is also speaking to her. She leads contemplative retreats focused on listening for God in nature and walking the labyrinth. She has written two novels, Revelation in the Cave (Spiritual Seedlings, 2012) and Revelation at the Labyrinth (2017, eLectio Publishing). She is a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a coaching client of AllWriters’ Workplace and Workshop and maintains websites at SpiritualSeedlings.com and Nancy.flinchbaugh.com and a Facebook page at Nancy Flinchbaugh, Author. Email her to to invite her speak, lead a retreat or discuss her writing. She lives in Springfield, Ohio with her husband, Steve, and cat, Emily Rose.
She is one of our newest authors and part of our "Young Authors Program". She wrote and illustrated her first book at the age of 8!
Born, raised and educated in Poznań, Poland, Henryk Hoffmann immigrated, in 1992, to the USA, where he has taught Latin, German, English and History. He has also authored five reference books, including “A” Western Filmmakers: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers, Directors, Cinematographers, Composers, Actors and Actresses (2000, 2008), Leksykon gwiazd kina amerykańskiego (A Biographical Dictionary of American Movie Stars, 2006; written in Polish in collaboration with his daughters, Beata and Katarzyna) and Four Hollywood Legends in World Literature: References to Bogart, Cooper, Gable and Tracy (2016). His professional honors include the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (2000) for his first book, a two-time inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002 and 2005), an entry in Gale’s Contemporary Authors (2005) and an Honorary Diploma from the Polish Federation of Film Societies (2006). At present, Hoffmann works at Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA, where he teaches Latin and German. He is an active member of the Western Writers of America and lives, with his wife, Betsy, in Lititz, PA.
Debra Mays (Cafaro) was raised in an Italian family, growing up she watched her mom, grandma, and aunt when they cooked. She is a Food Network junkie and her favorite show is the Pioneer Woman. When she met her husband he taught her all about flavor and that is when she began to watch the Food Network. Experimenting and trying new recipes. She is a nurse specializing in Geriatrics and is always helping someone. She is a compassionate caring person with a heart of gold. Debra not only loves to cook, but enjoys fishing, watching mysteries, bowling, bingo, and her grandkids.
Brittany Elder lives in the small old town of Clairton, Pennsylvania with her loving family and her pets (two dogs and a cat). She is mostly an artist, but she wishes to pursue the art of music production with computer software like Vocaloid as well as continuing her passion as an artist. Not only does she enjoy art, she loves video games and music! She is even good at cooking.
Stephen Shepherd earned his BA and MA degrees in English from Northern Michigan University and his MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has taught college writing for over thirty years, and his first novella, The Last Chord Concert, received a major review in Publishers Weekly. Most recently, Stories at the Edge, a collection of short stories, were published in 2019, and a collection of 71 reflective essays, God: The Power Source of Everything, was published in 2018. In addition, Mr. Shepherd was a former voting member of the Grammy’s, based on six CDs consisting of 68 original songs. His two most recent singer-songwriter albums Escape Is Not A Place and Livin’ On Borrowed Time rose to #1 on the US Roots Music Chart. Mr. Shepherd lives in Cedar Rapids with his wife and their cat Charlie in Iowa’s Creative Corridor.
William O’Toole is a beloved husband, father, teacher and sports cartoonist and journalist who has been utilizing his love of cartooning for many years to bring joy and laughter to all around him. His cartoons encumber a number of topics such as sports, politics, entertainment and many other forms of media. He has written and drawn for publications and websites such as NESN, YES Network, CBS Sports, Sportingnews.com, Americanthinker.com, Fanrag.com and Thesportsdaily,com. where his endearing and wacky characters found a home. Zooverbs is a chance to combine these caricatures with and array of animal verbs for students and kids of all ages, young and old, big and small to expand and enrich their vocabulary and writing while sharing many laughs along the way.
Hubert Neal, Jr.
Hubert Neal, Jr is a Professional Artist with expertise in Illustration, Painting, Writing, Graphic Design, and Photography
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Hubert’s family is from Belize, Central America.
By the age of 9, Hubert knew he wanted to be an Artist, and thankfully, his mother found just the right place for him to develop as an Artist. At the age of 13, Hubert was accepted to the prestigious The Chicago Academy for the Arts where he studied Visual Arts, Theater, Music, and Writing. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Academy’s first Headmaster’s Award. From there, Hubert was accepted to The School of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he studied Fine Arts, specifically, Drawing, Painting, Photography, and Graphic Design.
Hubert’s most recent projects are ‘a soft soul’, which is a collection of his poetry, and The Adventures of Anna, Avery, and Max, where he provided the illustrations.
Hubert is proud to be a part of the Higher Ground family!
Jenn Conley is an artist originally from South Jersey and transplanted to the Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio where she lives with her husband, youngest son, and many fur babies.
Keith has been drawing as long as he can remember. He graduated from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design with a degree in Illustration. He lives in South Central Pennsylvania with his wonderful wife and son. Keith enjoys a wide array of music, movies, books and games. In his spare time he loves performing with his son in local community theatre productions.
Antoinette & Domenic Lombardi
Domenic and Antoinette Lombardi began dating when they were teenagers. And soon afterward Domenic was called to fight in the Korean War. During his time in combat, he wrote his love, Antoinette, over 200 letters. She saved every one of them. She also put together scrap books that contained newspaper clippings of the war, photographs, holiday cards, and other memorabilia; as well as more recent newspaper clippings of celebrations such as their anniversaries and birthdays. Domenic had his own collection of memories, several typed, as well as handwritten notebook diaries, filled with the truth he experienced fighting for The United States. Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta spent several months at the home of The Lombardis in Florham Park, New Jersey, ferreting through the photo albums, love letters, and notebook dairies in order to put together this wondrous memoir. The happy couple have been married over 65 years, as of this second printing.
Talia Stone is a wife, mother, and counselor from the Midwest who is the author of Despising the Shame. She lives with her husband and son on a quiet lake in a small, rural community.
Timothy D. Starnes
Timothy D. Starnes is a dark comedy playwright, amateur historian,game designer, and entrepreneur in the wild world of ghost tours, haunted houses, and strange exhibitions – he never intended to write a book geared for children,but, much like anyone who has been struck by lightning or a meteorite would say- it randomly, with no provocation, happened.
Deborah Randall is a recent retiree of the Internal Revenue Service, where she worked for over thirty-four years in various positions. During that time, she raised a son as a single parent, along with acquiring an Associate Degree in Business Administration.
Over several years, Deborah has written three other books, each self-published: Just How Blessed I Am, The Other Percent, and A Great Nation. Deborah believes her creativity is a gift from God, one that she uses to both encourage and share God's Word. It is with this mission Deborah created:
Deborah was formerly the writer, director, and actor of an ensemble of women and men known as "God's Act." She has written many plays, several of which have been performed at coffee houses, churches, and theatres.
Saved by a Mystery is a story that continues her theme of illustrating God's love even in the darkest season, as it illustrates Romans 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
My name is Quiaundra & I’m an Aries, and wrote this book to inspire all women. The empowerment of women is something that I’m very passionate about and it is extremely important to me, and that’s why I created ‘Girl's Guide To Mars’ it's more than a book to me, it’s a movement; a women’s empowerment movement! It’s my mission in life for women as well as young girls to know their worth and know that true confidence comes from within. When I'm not writing or blogging, I’m usually walking my dog or curled up with a good book or movie. Look out for more lessons on Mars. When we uplift one woman we all rise.
Over the years, Marjorie Joseph has partnered with her Heavenly Father, and has penned a number of unique stories and experiences. Her journey as an author has led her far away from the course she would have chosen for herself. Writing is no longer a hobby or pastime. It is a God-given ministry with the potential to impact lives for the better one reader at a time. She sees writing as a tool given to her by God for the purpose of reaching the lost for Christ, and to offer hope to those who know Him as their Lord.