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Ellen Gunderson Traylor

Ellen Gunderson Traylor

"America's Foremost Biblical Novelist," Ellen is a gifted storyteller who brings characters of the Bible to life. Her many bestselling novels have sold about a million copies in English, with numerous foreign translations.

Traylor's novels include Song of Abraham; John - Son of Thunder; Mary Magdalene; Noah; Ruth - A Love Story; Jonah; Esther; Joseph - Dreamer of Dreams; Mark - Eyewitness; Moses - The Deliverer; Joshua - God's Warrior; and Samson. Jerusalem - the City of God, is a sweeping epic archaeological novel that weaves intrigue and inspiration into the hauntingly beautiful cityscape of the Holy City.

The Priest is her first contemporary novel, a story of international intrigue regarding the Israeli efforts to rebuild their ancient temple and the forces that conspire against their dream. The Oracle is the companion volume to The Priest, following the further adventures of hero David Rothmeyer, a young archaeologist, and his friends.

Gabriel - The War in Heaven is the first in a new series (Gabriel - God's Hero) following the adventures of the archangels as they tell the story of redemption across time and space. Compared to works of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Traylor's approach is delightful for young and old.

Traylor has also written a regional book on the history of Florence, Oregon (A Bridge Back - The Early Days of Florence, Oregon - Port Hole Publications, 2009). The book was sponsored by Merchants of Old Town Florence, and was published for the 150th anniversary of the state.

Her latest book, Something Like Scales - Finding Light in a Dark World, is her first book of personal reflection, and delves into the issues that keep us spiritually stunted and how to rise above them.

In addition to writing bestselling books, Traylor has been a magazine/newspaper columnist and correspondent. An award-winning feature writer, Traylor has written screenplays and political speeches, and was a contributing writer and researcher for the Tyndale Family Bible Encyclopedia project.

A former English and Journalism instructor, with a Master's Degree in English, Traylor has taught courses at virtually every level, including those she created on writing for publication for Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University (Spokane, WA). Her "Write-On! Seminars" teach the ropes to published and aspiring writers. Traylor has created and taught fiction writing classes for the Mount Hermon and Seattle Pacific University's Christian Writers' Conferences, and Oregon Christian Writers Conferences..

Traylor has been a television and radio talk-show host. She has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers and has been a guest on many national radio and television programs. She is a sought-after speaker for seminars, conventions, conferences, church and school events. If you would like to schedule Ms. Traylor for an event, feel free to contact us.

Traylor owns Port Hole Bookstore in Florence, OR, specializing in new/used and rare books, book searches, special orders and appraisals. Traylor has been the book appraiser for Discovery.com, and was a Sothebys/eBay Master Dealer in rare books.

Traylor’s own publishing house, Port Hole Publications, enjoys publishing the works of other fine authors. Port Hole Publications is a supplier for the Christian Booksellers Association, as well as Ingram Distribution and Amazon.com.

Traylor is the mother of two strapping sons, Aaron and Nathan. She and her husband, Richard Schulz, divide their time between homes in Montana and Oregon.

Joye Albert

Joye was born in Oklahoma and moved to Northwest Montana by age five. She and her six siblings grew up in a rural setting, and Joye especially loved riding her horse, Sunset.

Her book, The Fair Sombrero (Port Hole Publications - 2010), is based on a true-life event of daring and danger, surrounding the NW Montana Fair in Kalispell, when Joye was a girl.

Joye developed a love of books at a young age, and hopes her book will entertain and educate many children, as part of Port Hole’s Learn-to-Grow series.

Joye has been a Polson, Montana resident for 38 years. She and her husband, Fred Albert, make up the band Heart-to-Heart, which plays for local events; Joye plays bass guitar. A pretty lady, Joye has also been a model.

She has five children, who have been taught the love of books.

Harold "Cork" Anson

The author of the premiere history of ski jumping, Cork grew up in Lake Placid, NY, where he enjoyed the ski slopes and jump hills of the winter sports mecca. Although his jumping exploits were never chronicled into history, he captained the St. Lawrence University ski team at Canton, NY and later competed for and became the student skiing coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. On his last ski jumping experience, he placed first in his class on the Lake Placid 75 meter hill.

Anson graduated from St. Lawrence in Pre-Engineering, a five year program, with a BS and a major in math. He also received a BS in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer. He later earned an MS at UCLA.

His engineering career of 40 years was spent in structural engineering programs in the aircraft industry, where he served as Vice President of Engineering for a large corporation. He held a Professional Engineer license in California and memberships in several technical organizations.

After retirement, Cork and his wife Ann moved to the Oregon Coast. He spent several years researching and writing his book, Jumping Through Time - a History of Ski Jumping in the United States and Southwest Canada (Port Hole Publications, 2010). His research took him across the country, where he interviewed jump champions and delved into the archives of ski museums. Cork saw his dream of publication come true after he reached his eighties.

R. Glenn Brown

R. Glenn Brown has been an ordained Assemblies of God minister for over 50 years. During that time, he became increasingly concerned for the confusion caused by the denomination's stance on the doctrine of the "Infilling of the Holy Spirit" and "speaking in tongues." In his new book, Pentecost Rekingled (Port Hole Publications - 2014) he points out that millions of sincere Christians have been reluctant to seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit because of the Pentecostal teaching that links Spirit baptism with speaking in tongues. "For the multitude of Christians who have never spoken in tongues but have a passionate hunger for God's powerful presence, let me say unequivocally and categorically: 'You can be baptized in the Holy Spirit without tongues.'"

So begins the second of R. Glenn Brown's treatises on the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit and what he considers to be the "unscriptural" Pentecostal view of speaking in tongues as the primary evidence of Spirit baptism. This book continues a theological dialogue which Brown publicly entered when he wrote PENTECOST REVISITED. In PENTECOST REKINDLED he continues to confront the division within the body of Christ between traditional Pentecostalism and the broader Evangelical community. In this volume, he broadens the discussion to include evidence that stringent Pentecostalism has encouraged such divisive attitudes as racial bigotry, classism, and skewed theology in general. But, he also goes beyond that to point out the positive reasons why speaking in tongues accompanied the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. Those positive reasons apply to speaking in tongues today but they are totally ignored by traditional Pentecostals and traditional Evangelicals alike. When they are recognized and applied, they can become a powerful unifying force within a fractured church.

"These biblical purposes I see more clearly now than I did when I wrote PENTECOST REVISITED," says Brown.

A retired Navy Chaplain, he served with the United States Army, Air Force and with the Marines. He pastored for 19 years in the U.S. and since 1993 has traveled regularly to Eastern Europe establishing an orphanage and ministering to the local military.

Brown is a graduate of the University of Denver, Princeton Seminary, Denver Seminary and the Navy Senior Chaplains' School. He and his wife Donna live in Sequim, WA.

Tom Cherones Tom Cherones

Best known as an award-winning TV director and producer, Tom Cherones grew up in the 1940’s and 1950’s in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As a young man he learned the ropes of television production at the University of Alabama TV station. While his career has taken him far from that childhood in Alabama, (his hallmark as a TV director and producer was working on the first five seasons of the hugely successful “Seinfeld” comedy series, for which he received an Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody and a Director’s Guild of America Award), Cherones has never strayed from those grassroots memories and lessons.

In Hollywood, he is renowned as a straightforward communicator, balancing the needs of executives, actors and crew with an uncanny ability to see the big picture while understanding all the details required. Working with stars such as Mary Tyler Moore, Suzanne Pleshette and many others, and on shows including “News Radio,” “The Ellen Show,” “Caroline in the City,” and “Welcome Back Kotter,” he was depended on for bringing out the best in those around him with his Southern charm, his cultivated technical and leadership skills and his quick wit.

That style has worked well for him as a director and producer and now fittingly adapts to his fiction-writing as well. His early days as an officer in the US Navy and more recently as a licensed airplane pilot have also helped enliven the pages of his novel. In the highly competitive world of TV comedy production, men like Cherones are a rare breed, not unlike the old-fashioned adventure heroes whom he cleverly re-creates and honors with affection and great style in his debut novel, The Hardly Boys: The Mystery of the Golden Goblet (Port Hole Publications, 2012).

Tom Cherones, a member of the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame, has for the last ten years conducted a filmmaking workshop at the University of Alabama, sharing his experiences and knowledge with a new generation of artists and technicians, giving back gratefully for his good fortune, and leaving his imprint on the future of American television. With his wife, Carol Richards, he divides his time between Florence, Oregon, Taos, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.

Jerry Copeland Jerry Copeland

Gerald J.M. "Jerry" Copeland grew up in the forest of New Hampshire. He attended school in a one room school house. He joined the Marine Corps in 1944, serving his country in Iwo Jima, Japan during WWII. After the war Gerald graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Journalism. Later he received his Masters Degree in Special Eduction and is a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Administration at the University of Southern California.

As a journalist Gerald wrote articles for Life Magazine, Daily Iowan, Rocky Mountain News, Oskaloosa Daily Herald and several other publications. Gerald has had several poems published in the American Poetry Anthology 1990. He spent time working in Hollywood, California as a publicist for Monogram Movies. Gerald is father to five children and has eleven grandchildren.

At age 88, he enjoys spending his days reading, gardening, and writing children's books at his home in Florence, Oregon. Jerry wrote The Lion Who Loved to Laugh for his grandchildren, and it is illustrated by world-class children's artist, Deborah Maze (Port Hole Publications - 2014).

Harry Farrell

Harry knew he wanted to be a reporter from the time he was a small boy. He went on to spend 44 years chronicling the story of San Jose, CA, as a reporter, columnist and Political Editor for the San Jose Mercury News.

Among the most respected and popular news personalities in the Golden State, Harry Farrell moved in the circles of the greatest names in the 20th century, hob-nobbing with presidents, rubbing elbows with celebrities. Keeping his homegrown perspective, he garnered a devoted readership who still speak of him adoringly.

He earned the privilege, in 1983, of producing the book, San Jose and Other Famous Places, for the San Jose Historical Museum Association. The book was reprinted in a Memorial Edition by Port Hole Publications in 2009.

Harry wrote several books. Recon Diary: Combat History of the 79th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (1946), recounted his adventures during World War II; Swift Justice: Murder and Vengeance in a California Town (1992) tells the story of a notorious lynching; and Shallow Grave in Trinity County (1997) is a spine-tingling true tale of murder and detective work.

Harry received many awards throughout his auspicious career: the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best True Crime Book; National Headliner Prize from the Press Club of Atlantic City; various awards from the American Political Science Association, Associated Press, California State Bar, California Newspaper Publishers Asociation, California Taxpayers Association, San Jose Newspaper Guild and Santa Clara County Medical Society

Harry Farrell passed away on December 31, 2005.

Nellie Grace Fenwick

It never entered young Nellie Fenwick’s mind that her family was poor, even though she was a pastor's daughter during the deep Depression years. The small Midwestern town's parishioners had little or no money to place in the offering plates, so of course the pastor's family lived on the same nothingness as the people they served. Yet there was contentment in the parsonage. Nellie's parents lived out their faith and optimism and always found ways to help others who were facing hard times.

Nellie grew up believing that faith and loving relationships were more valuable than material possessions. So at the age of twenty-four, it was not a difficult choice for her to move with her husband into the low-income, inner-city area of East Los Angeles. There they raised their own four children and ministered for over forty years to inner-city families in a Latino church and Christian school.

Nellie found that her young students enjoyed being whisked away from the crowded noise and fears of the city into the "kinder, gentler" times of their teacher's childhood stories. Though they lived in a much different time and place, they related to the same kinds of moral dilemmas. Somehow the faith and love of that long-ago family gave them hope that life could be good if they also chose God's Great Ten.

In addition to teaching, Nellie often wrote and directed the annual all-school, musical dramas. She authored the book, I Am A Promise, wrote grant proposals and the monthly letters that served to raise funds for student scholarships. Because of her writings, hundreds of inner-city children benefited from a solid, Christian education that empowered them to become productive citizens and influential leaders.

The plea, "Mrs. Fenwick, please write your stories in a book for us to keep" kept ringing in Nellie's heart. Realizing that today's children still need a spiritual and moral Guiding Star, she finally penned the book Gracie and God's Great Ten. (Port Hole Publications – 2012)

Wanda Gallimore Wanda Gallimore

Wanda Gallimore loves to interact with nouns, i.e. people, places and things. Her book, A Wish Called Wanda (Port Hole Publications, 2014), tells the story of her first great adventure and how her love of travel began. She says, "Meeting people from different countries and cultures is high on my priority list. I long to see, sense, and experience places. I'm a spin the globe kind of a girl. Wherever my finger touches, as the globe comes to a stop, (hopefully on land) is a place I want to go. I like to interact with things such as touching history, smelling exotic aromas, and seeing rugged landscapes that are beyond my imagination."

Wanda is a sought after speaker, leader and event planner. She is frequently invited to area schools to read her first published work, Lions in the Moonlight. Her article, A Time Piece, used in her many speeches, was recently published in The Story Teller, a magazine for writers. She is an experiential writer, and maintains a blog of her mission and exploration travels with her husband of nearly 50 years. She remains active post retirement, and loves to live life with frivolous ferociousness. Visit: http://awishcalledwanda.com

Burney Garelick Burney Garelick

When Burney Garelick turned 70, she realized it wasn't over. There was more to explore. A lifelong arts aficionado, she decided it was time to rethink her aversion to the art of opera. Seeing opera on a big screen at the same time it was performed on stage at the Met in the Big Apple did the trick, resulting in IT'S NOT OVER: Mornings at the Met - Fantastical Opera Reviews (Port Hole Publications, 2014).

A longtime writer and editor, Burney created several music publications in California and wrote reviews of countless concerts and theater productions in Florence, Oregon, published in its local newspaper where she was employed. She has edited a number of books for Port Hole Publications. Burney has a couple of degrees from the University of Michigan and continues to enjoy the performing and visual arts. She lives in Florence with her cat who rules.

Carol Gunderson Carol Gunderson

Carol Gunderson's talents as a poet are showcased in The Morning Porch - Poems and Reflections from a Quiet Heart (Port Hole Publications, 2011).

Carol graduated at the top of her class at Watsonville Union High School, Watsonville, CA, in 1943. She was the librarian for Bible Standard College (later Eugene Bible College and now New Hope College) in Eugene, Oregon. She was trained in bookkeeping at Eugene Business College, served as bookkeeper at First Baptist Church in Eugene, and Great Life Camps of Waitts Lake, WA.

Carol worked for several years in her daughter's bookstore, Port Hole Books, in Florence, Oregon and Polson, Montana, greeting the public and doing data entry.

Carol compiled a history of Great Life Camps, and wrote a children’s bible survey for her grandsons. She assisted her husband, Herb, for many years as a professor’s wife and co-teacher of Bible classes.

Carol spends countless hours working advanced crossword puzzles and acrostics, keeping her skills with spelling and language sharp and up-to-date.

Ned Hickson Ned Hickson

Ned Hickson is the author of Humor At The Speed Of Life (Port Hole Publications, 2013). Ned is an editor and humor columnist for Siuslaw News, a small Oregon newspaper where the motto is: "Your dependable source for local news. Twice weekly. Unless we lose count."

After graduating from high school in Florence, Ore. in 1984, Ned moved to Dallas, Texas, where he found groundbreaking work as a bus boy. He eventually made his way into the kitchen and was promoted to corporate chef for L&N Seafood Restaurants in 1987, traveling throughout the South, coordinating restaurant openings. In 1989 he was promoted to regional chef and moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he was in charge of overseeing kitchen operations for 15 L&N Seafood locations throughout the Southern region.

What does any of this have to do with his WRITING credentials? Nothing really, but aren't you getting hungry?

During his years in the restaurant business, Ned continued to write, getting short stories published in dozens of small press magazines, and completing a mystery novel, No Safe Harbor. In 1999, he was hired as sports editor and columnist for the Siuslaw News. During his time at the News, he has been awarded "Best Local Column" from both the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and his column is a syndicated feature with News Media Corporation. Ned's weekly column runs in more than 30 newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

He and his wife, Alicia, are the parents of four children. They live in a 112-year-old home, where Ned utilizes his home repair skills to make improvements, such as being able to flush the toilet by turning on the garbage disposal. He is also a volunteer firefighter, which could come in handy, depending on how well he wired his home.

Terrence Livingston Terence Livingston

Terence Livingston grew up in Durban, South Africa, writing stories from a young age. Taking music and drama lessons, he learned guitar and piano, and found himself on stage during most of his schooling. He directed three of his own musicals, performed by schools in the country, and his poetry has been published in local anthologies. Passionate about English and History, Terence became a primary school teacher, where he continued his love for language by encouraging his pupils to write.

Leaving the education profession, he and his wife traveled the Middle East, living on kibbutz in Israel for almost a year. Tours of Turkey, Egypt, India and Mauritius, as well as his home country, were adventures that inspire his writing.

Terence has worked on construction sites as a foreman, and later became a buyer for a civil engineering company.

He spends his free time with his wife, daughter and son, finding every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Sometimes he can be found dangling from cliff faces, honing his skills as a rock climber! FOLLOW is the first installment of a trilogy, the first sequel, GIVEN, soon to be released.

Jaro Lupinek

Jaro (short for Jaroslav and pronounced “Yaro”) Lupinek was born in 1930 in Kolin, Czechoslovakia. After the Soviet “Liberation,” Mr. Lupinek and his family moved to the United States in August, 1969. After retiring from Boeing, he moved to Florence, Oregon.

Mr. Lupinek has a variety of hobbies: reading, singing, cooking and hiking. He is an award winning artist, and his illustrations grace the pages of his book, Bobin Mahron and the People of the White Bat (Port Hole Publications, 2012).

Almost seven decades ago, he decided to write something “better than he had ever read.” In between his aeronautics career, family obligations and other activities, he pursued his writing dream to the end.

“Hope never dies,” he says.

Carolyn Lockwood Nordahl

Carolyn, who has lived in Florence since 1952, has enjoyed art and design since childhood. She studied art throughout her school years and took formal classes at Lane Community College, the University or Oregon, and Portland State College. She taught tole painting for many years and then moved on to oils. She is presently interested in watercolor and displays her work at the Siuslaw News lobby in Florence.

Carolyn has worked as a graphic artist and page designer for the Siuslaw News for 35 years and does the page finish work. She is the cover designer for Port Hole Publications and enjoys the technical issues that are involved in the book publishing process.

Carolyn owns Echo Graphics where she does composition and graphic arts for both off-set and web press operations. She is also the Editor/Publisher for the Siuslaw Alumni Association Newsletter.

Carolyn finished her first book, Grandma's Windowshade: Memories and Recipes from a Northwest Childhood, published by Port Hole Publications July, 2013. Her book is illustrated in full color with Carolyn's watercolor paintings.

Tom Preuss

Tom Preuss was born in a small town in Minnesota in 1933. His parents relocated the family to Arizona in 1948. He graduated from high school in 1951 and joined the U.S. Air Force a few months later. His air force specialty was Aircraft electrical and electronics.

At the end of his four year enlistment he attended college in Phoenix, majoring in engineering, and worked in the aircraft industry in Arizona and California.

He married in 1959 and soon moved to Alaska where he worked in a pulp mill as a chemist and later as a camp manager for a marine construction firm. Meanwhile he purchased a commercial fishing boat from which he fished for halibut and salmon. He eventually sold the boat and purchased a small wholesale food and beverage company. He operated this company for over 15 years, sold it and his other Alaska property and retired to Oregon. He now lives with his wife near Creswell, Oregon.

During his time in the Air Force he developed an abiding interest in military aircraft. He later built and flew his own scaled WW2 fighter. He's a life time member of the Replica Fighters Association where he developed and edited their magazine Replica Fighters. (See www.replicafighters.com )

Soon after he retired he took notice of what he considers a major threat to the United States and Western civilization: Islam. As an exercise he wrote an essay warning of the danger. Over the next few months this was expanded into a full length novel, The Last Caliphate (Port Hole Publications - 2013). He is currently developing a sequel which should be available soon.

Brett Royer

Brett Royer has facilitated Health and Wellness classes at his church in Canton, Michigan, for several years, and does private tutoring in exercise and nutrition.

Growing up in Detroit, he developed a love for bodybuilding and overall health while in high school. A graduate of Madonna University, with degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology, Brett also served in the US Army.

Upon leaving the military, he committed his life to the Lord. He met and married the love of his life, Jolene, and has two sons.

Brett is a Product Design Programmer at Chrysler Tech Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

He felt prompted by the Spirit to write The Consecrated Diet - Bringing God to Your Table and Gym for those people struggling with adverse food habits and poor fitness lifestyles.

Aaron Traylor

Aaron was born in 1974 in Spokane, WA. He majored in radio broadcasting at Spokane Falls Community College and took writing courses at Flathead Valley Community College, in Kalispell, Montana, where he served as Student Body President.

Aaron knew he wanted to be an entertainer from the time he was a small child. He fell in love with radio and the world of the turntable DJ. At 18 years of age, he reached the top of the charts as one of the most listened to DJs in the Northwest, then went on to master turntables, achieving a record for marathon turntable mixing.

Aaron’s personal story is told in novel form in The DJ Chronicles - A Life Remixed (Port Hole Publications, 2003), a humorous and poignant memoir of the underground rave scene in Spokane, and the spiritual quest that brought him out of some dark times.

Aaron has worked for several years throughout the Northwest in corporate radio, serving as disc jockey, in marketing and as Program Director. He presently works for Gap Broadcasting in Missoula, MT. He is married and has one child.

Aaron is the son of Ellen Traylor.

David Traylor

David is a working professional director, actor, writer, visual artist and educator. He has directed over twenty-five plays and musicals and over two hundred television commercials. As an actor he has appeared in over 85 plays, musicals and television programs including Candid Camera, Jake and the Fat Man, Blood and Orchids, The Yeagers, Tour of Duty, Island Son, numerous episodes of Magnum, P.I. and Volcano Rescue for the BBC and Discovery Channel.

Traylor is an accomplished playwright, with over a dozen of his plays and musicals having been produced. He also wrote and toured internationally with his one-man performance of Simon Peter.

In addition to The Culture Warrior (Port Hole Publications, 2002), his other original works include the plays Arctic Fox; Morning Star (written with Ken Smith); Becoming Hawaii; DAVID: Shepherd, Poet, Warrior, King; Once Upon One Hawaiian Time and The Promise, as well as the fantasy trilogy Quest for the Kingdom.

Traylor has been the acting teacher for the Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy, a member of the Board of Directors and the acting teacher for the Hawaii Academy of the Performing Arts. He was a theatre consultant, director and acting teacher for the Hawaii Department of Education for ten years. While a director with the Department of Education, his original production of It Just Takes One received the President's Youth Environmental Regional Award and the George Washington Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He has also worked through the Hawaii Artists in the Schools Program and served on the Governor of Hawaii's Commission on Performance Standards in Education: Fine Arts Division.

David’s paintings have been represented in Hawaii at the Merrill-Chase Gallery at the Ala Moana Center and the Manoa Gallery. He has participated in numerous group and one-man shows including the juried exhibition Sacred Arts XVII at the Billy Graham Center Museum in Wheaton, IL. His paintings reside in private collections in Asia, Europe, Hawaii and the mainland United States.

David Traylor is married and has two sons. (He is not related to his publisher, Ellen Traylor.)

Ron Valiquette

Ron Valiquette’s life is full of true stories that are "turn-the-page breathtaking." His first book, Dancing with Celia: Surviving a Pacific Coast Hurricane, recounts one of his most harrowing experiences.

Valiquette is a professional builder and land developer. His hobbies include boating, flying, skiing, and auto restoration. He has made 20 round trips in private yachts from Puget Sound to SE Alaska, navigating without modern equipment, using the stars and time and distance measurements, only. He says, “I can depend upon what is real and there for my use, but equipment can be wrong and that can lead to fatal mistakes.”

Ron knows that GOD holds his hand in the journey through life, drawing confidence, tenacity, courage and leadership from the Lord’s teachings.

Dancing with Celia took 28 years to create, as he had to relive the agony of the event. Realizing that he owed the US Coast Guard more than a thank you, he commissioned a granite monument inscribed with the names of Guardsmen who have saved mariners at sea. This monument stands at the Tillamook Bay USCG Station.

Ron and his wife, Val, celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2012.

Charles Walker

Charles was born in Texas in 1928 and spent most of his younger years with his family on the large Federal construction projects throughout the west. As a teenager, he collected scrap for the World War II war effort, worked at a shipyard and studied as a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Army and saw service in the Far East, as a member of the 25th division in postwar Japan.

During his time in Japan, he was mentored by a native poet in the Japanese poetry form of haiku, and developed a deep love for its discipline and simplicity.

Upon discharge from military service, he attended college then continued the family tradition of doing heavy construction. He holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and served as a chaplain to workers on a major construction project. Today, he continues in ministry as a personal counselor.

Having a lifelong interest in writing, he has published several articles for newspapers and small magazines, but it was not until age 82 that he saw his first book published (Haiku and High Timber - Port Hole Publications, 2010). A prolific writer of short stories and poetry, he has also written one novel and is currently working on additional projects.

When asked about his writing, he urges all aspiring writers not to waste time waiting for inspiration. "It is difficult to make up minutes when you’ve wasted years,” he says. “Do it now! Writers write. Authors publish."

Tami J. Whitmore

Tami J. Whitmore has always loved watching birds, collecting abandoned nests and sharing them with children. Much of her year is spent watching birds and other wildlife in Meadowlark Park, near her house, and chronicling their adventures. Tami and her family live in the tiny town of Bickleton--the Bluebird Capital of the world, and the first chapter in her book, Meadowlark Park (Porthole Publications--2014), is devoted to this stunning bird.

Tami and her husband, Jack, grew up on wheat farms in the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington State. They have two married children and four grandchildren who love to go exploring around the creek and meadow that became the inspiration for her book. Many of the situations in the book actually occurred and some were made up out of Tami's vast knowledge of the lives and habits of local birds.

She knew she wanted to write at any early age and always had a card table set-up in the corner of the living room with scraps of paper, notebooks, pencils and used workbooks that her teachers gave her at the end of the school year. This love of workbooks lead to homeschooling their children K-12 and watching them both embark on successful careers. She still has workbooks on the shelf for the grandchildren to use when they visit, plus a library of over 3,000 books and videos.

Tami enjoys speaking to women's literary and church groups and has held seminars at homeschool conventions around Washington state. She has owned a children’s bookstore, and is now an online bookseller. She is looking forward to many more publishing and writing adventures.