For information about the Ormond Writers' League please call the Ormond Beach Library @ (386) 676-4191.

The library is located at 30 South Beach Street, Ormond Beach, Florida.

The OWLs meet from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month (and on the months that have five Thursdays on the 5th Thursday as well).

Former Members

Joe Asaro

Louise Bai

Joseph Barron

  • The Last Witness - ISBN 0-595-32388-X iUniverse

Joseph Barron is a graduate of Fordham University School of Social Work. He moved to Florida with his family. Mr. Barron was a clinical psychotherapist in New York and California.

Sylvia Beatty

Charles H. Bertram

Born in 1936 in East St. Louis, Illinois, Charlie worked as a carpenter while in high school and also served in The Army National Guard. He joined the US Air Force and was stationed in Denver where he took writing classes at the University of Colorado. He worked his way through Southern Illinois University as a photographer, graduating with a B.S. in communications, a minor in education, another in parks and recreation, and a third in photography. He was employed for two years as a recreation director in Seneca Falls, N.Y., where he met and married Janice Bunting, a music teacher from Honesdale, PA. With help from Welcome House, the agency set up by the writer, Pearl Buck, Charlie and Janice adopted three children. Two are Amerasians from Korea, and one a Cree Indian from Canada. While teaching special education, Charlie started an apple orchard and a fruit farm. In 2001, he sold his Pennsylvania orchard and moved to Ormond Beach, Florida. The first story he ever sent out was "The Pine Tree," published in the Army Times. Along with many short, humorous pieces and op-eds, he published the article "The Environmental Mousetrap" many times, and even today it generates e-mail questions. His recent book Chipped Beef on Toast, S.O.S., a collection of twenty short stories, is available from Infinity Publishing.

Ray Beynon

Howard Burnell

L.P. Cloer

L.P. Cloer was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up just a short distance from the Hollywood studios in east San Fernando Valley. Her parents, both Cuban immigrants, decided to move the family to Miami, Florida in the late 1980's.

Upon graduating high school, Lucille moved to Orlando, Florida to attend the University of Central Florida. She majored in public relations and advertising. Her interest in the fields of sociology and film led her to continue her education as a student at Miami-Dade College, and later Daytona State College.

Currently she resides in Ormond Beach, Florida with her husband of 16 years and their four children.

She has been successful in her pursuit of happiness and is looking forward to her next endeavor.

Her first fictional novel is due for completion in the Fall of 2011.

Evelyn Kelley Combs

Evelyn lived in Ormond Beach for 46 years where she was the founder of the Ormond Writers' League.

Her Seeded Furrows and King Cotton were both romantic, historical novels. The State Library Board of Georgia purchased the entire first edition of Seeded Furrows for the school system.

She was also a charter member and first historian of The Casements Guild in Ormond Beach.

She died January 01, 2009.

Audrey Cooke

A native New Yorker from Westchester County, Audrey holds degrees from Marymount College, Laval University, Catholic University, and the Breadloaf School of English. A former college dean, high school principal, and teacher of French and English, she pursued postgraduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the Universities of Strasbourg and Dijon. Many prominent writers have been her mentors, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Carolyn Kizer and Richard Howard. Her own poems have captured over ninety awards. She's the author of two chapbooks of poems, Poetic Justice and Fondle the Yellow, Bite on the Green; two one-act plays, Dialogues with a Moonlighting Muse and Cousin Teddy; a radio play, The Reindeer Rebellion, and a collection of essays on poetry, Poetic License. Cousin Teddy and The Reindeer Rebellion won awards at the Southeastern Writers' Conference, St. Simon's Island. The short story, "Pressure in Paradise," won first prize in the 2002 Grandmother Earth/Florida Awards Contest. Dr. Cooke was a keynote speaker at the 2001 Convention of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. She has presented to various groups over forty poetry workshops, readings and lectures.

Robert D. Crosson

Born in Brooklyn, Bob spent his childhood traveling between the city and upstate New York. After restoring his childhood home upstate, he and his wife Maureen settled there to raise their children. Bob spent most of his working life as the manager of various grocery stores. His favorite position was in the produce department where he could combine his love of gardening and cooking with his work. After a spinal cord injury forced him into semi-retirement, his love of children and education led him to a fulfilling career as school-bus driver. His sense of humor and his positive attitude touched the lives of many children. When diagnosed with cancer, he approached it with the same positive attitude, seeing it as an opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream of writing mystery stories. Bob's mysteries, noted for their ironic twists and their examples of poetic justice, are modeled after the writings of Alfred Hitchcock, whom Bob viewed as one of the greatest storytellers of all time. When Bob wasn't writing, he enjoyed woodworking, cooking, delving into computer technology, or just spending time with his family.

Tricia Culligan

Vincent G. DeCampo

Born in Yonkers, NY, Vincent grew up in Washington, D.C. and in surrounding suburbs in Maryland. To date, he has written six short stories, three novels, as well as a book of poems. Vincent is currently hard at work finishing two mystery novels. He became interested in writing while attending writing classes at the University of Maryland, but had to wait until retirement to get started. Living now in Ormond by the Sea, Florida, he writes on average six hours a day, still finding the time for walking the beach, playing music, collecting old recordings and doing some volunteer work. Vincent explains: "The many moods of the sea stir the imagination, yielding an eternity of story ideas."

Alexander Dickerson

Virginia Rainey Dimmit

Randy Duquette

Donna Eastman

Barbara Fifield

Barbara Fifield is a retired social worker and journalist who has published widely in newspapers and literary journals. She is the author of two novels, Photographs and Memories (published in 2009, but revised in 2010) and Lucifer Rising (published in November, 2009) and her first book of poetry, Passion's Evidence, containing poems written over the past 30 years. The poetry book was published in May, 2010. She is a member of several writing groups, including Tomoka Poets and the Ormond Beach Writers' League. She resides in Port Orange, Florida.

Xin Liu Gale

Rollene Gannett

Rollene Gannett is a retired high school and college teacher of English, speech and creative writing. A native of Michigan, Rollene attended the University of Michigan, Barry University (FL), and the University of Miami. She received two NEH grants: one for study at the University of Virginia; the other for an independent study of William Faulkner at the University of Mississippi. She has published a young adult novel, Flying Wheels (Scholastic Press) as well as several literary short stories in magazines such as the Carolina Quarterly, along with many articles. Rollene loves books and literature, and revels in language: words, connotations and sounds. She is currently working on several young adult books and adult short stories. A member of the Ormond Writers' League since 1997, she has served as secretary, vice-president and president, and is now contributing her expertise as one of the editors of this anthology.

Lois Gerber

Lois Gerber is a community health nurse as well as a writer. She has had numerous stories and articles published in nursing journals and in local literary, women's, and parenting magazines. She's also written a memoir for an elderly gentleman. One of her pieces is scheduled to be published in Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families in June, 2009. She has nearly completed her first novel.

Herbert A. Gold

  • The Diamonds of Medina - ISBN 1-58851-340-8 America House
  • The Joke - ISBN 0-9630610-2-X The Wayne Smith Co.
  • The Rainbow - ISBN 1-58851-324-6 America House
  • The Shot - ISBN 0-08059-3193-7 Dorrance Publishing Company

Herbert A. Gold was born in Eschwege, Germany, six years before the Nazi party took power in that country. In 1937, ten-year-old Herb and his family immigrated to the US, settling first in Nashville, Tennessee, then in Chicago. In 1944, after graduating high school, Herb joined the US Navy; the knowledge of air-conditioning and central heating that he acquired there enabled him to head a contracting company for more than forty-five years. Twice a widower, Herb has a son, Loren, and a daughter, Holly, from his first marriage. Boating, fishing, and writing were his main interests, and he was active in a number of associations: the War Veterans, the ACCA, yacht clubs, the US Power Squadron, the North Carolina Writers' Network, the Authors' Guild, and the Ormond Writers' League. After living in Hallandale and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, he moved to Ormond Beach, but he and his wife, Betty, spent summers in North Carolina. His novels, The Rainbow, a mystery-romance, and The Diamonds of Medina, a tale of adventure and suspense, are available online through America House. He has published as well two other books: The Shot, a personal memoir, chronicling the destruction of families by the Nazis, as seen through eyes of a ten-year-old boy, and The Joke, a humorous compilation.

John R. Herman

  • Metamorphosis of a Geophysicist - ISBN 1-4137-1327-0 Publish America
  • Sun, Weather and Climate with Richard A. Goldberg - ISBN (Dover Press) 0-486-64769-X ISBN (US Government Printing Office) Library of Congress Catalog Card 78-606053
  • Electromagnetic Ambients and Man Made Noise - Library of Congress Catalog Card 79-84817 Don White Consultants Publishers

A retired geophysicist and Renaissance man, John graduated from the American University, in Washington, D.C. in 1960. He took post-graduate training in physics at Boston University and at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway. During his career, he published more than fifty scientific papers and two technical books. His book Sun, Weather, and Climate raised a storm of controversy in the meteorological and climatological communities and was translated into both Russian and Chinese. He was also an amateur historian, a poet, an artist, and a musician. His historical articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, the DAR Magazine and the Lowell Sun, (MA). Some of his poems were published in newspapers in Anchorage, Alaska, and one of his oil paintings was featured in the Melbourne Today newspaper (FL). He played violin in the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra of Myrtle Beach, SC, in the Melbourne Community Orchestra, and later played second violin in the DBCC Civic Orchestra of Daytona Beach. His memoirs, The Metamorphosis of a Geophysicist, was published in 2003 by Publish America. He is a past vice-president of OWLs.

James Harrington

Robert Hart

A veterinarian in academia and practice for over forty years, Bob has been a general practitioner in New York state and Florida for thirty years.

Born in London, schooled (sort of) in Mbeya, Tanganyika (now Tanzania), and Swaziland, he did a pre-medical year in Trinity College, Dublin, followed by many more at The Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

He has had stories published in Horse and Hound, Dog World, Animal Review, Animal World, The Florida Writer and Private Pilot, humorous vignettes in Veterinary Technician, feature articles for the Capital District Business Review, Albany, NY, and contributed to the web page of the Unofficial History of Television Studios in London.

His young adult novel, Horse with Bespoke Shoes was a finalist for the 1998 Heekin Foundation prize, he has been mentioned twice in the Writer's Digest Annual Writing competition, and Hart's Original Petpourri, Vol 1, Miscellany was published by Langdon Street Press in March 2010. He has just completed Cageliners, a perverted series of vignettes about pets, vets and owners (a finalist in the FWA Royal Palm Awards for 2010).

Hobbies are photography and theater. A member of FWA, he is a soul lost in cyberspace with several social networks.

Sam Hossler

Sam Hossler has been writing for over forty years. The first twenty five were spent writing magazine articles and newspaper columns. During that time he was a newspaper reporter, freelance writer and outdoor columnist. Then he graduated to novels.

Near his home in western Pennsylvania, an archaeological dig was unearthing the first county seat of Westmoreland County, Hanna's Town. This sparked his interest in the history of the area. What was it like to live two hundred years ago? Researching all he could find on Hanna's Town drew him to his first novel, The Summer of 1763. With so much material left over, it was natural to begin work on the second, The Great Land Grab. Both have been combined into Frontier at Three Rivers.

Hossler's first four novels were historical fiction, based on actual places,events and people. His recent works, The Silversmith Chronicles, departed from reality for a fun read. It brings the reader to the frontier of western Pennsylvania in the early 1800s and introduces the teenage main characters, Ned Duncan, Jake Housa and a lovely Maria.

These three, all from different ethnic backgrounds, take on beast that have been ravaging the countryside. Read how prejudices dissolve as familiarity grows and the three become werewolf hunters.

In this sequel, Beasts of the Frontier, Ned and Jake go on a winter hunting trip only to find more strange beasts roaming the northwest wilderness of Pennsylvania. The hunters now become the hunted in this story of intrigue and survival.

If you enjoy history, Frontier Preacher is for you. The story opens with young John Corbly being shanghaied from his home in Ireland and now on a ship bound for the Colonies. After a period of servitude, he journeys to Virgina where he becomes involved in the Baptist religion and becomes a preaching evangelist. Follow his life as he journeys to the wild southwest corner of Pennsylvania. Reverend John Corbly survived Indian raids, the murder of his family and being jailed on false charges, but never lost his faith in God.

Experience the unbelievable hardships these frontier families endure while trying to scratch out a living. Money was almost nonexistent; bartering was the method of exchange. Regardless, the new government wanted taxes paid in cash. Read the true reasons for the Whiskey Rebellion. Was it a ploy to establish a separate government?

The novel, Frontier at Three Rivers, is in two parts. The first focuses on the summer of 1763, Iroquois Chief Pontiac's uprising and the attacks Fort Pitt, Hanna's Town and the Indian raids on the outlying settlements.

The second half of the book covers the attempt by Virginia to take over this southwestern Pennsylvania territory. Relive how the frontiersman resist this invasion and finally secure the land for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These are not books for the faint of heart. Actual battles, murder and kidnapping are woven into the story, all taken from newspaper accounts of the day.

Dorothy Jessop

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dorothy grew up in Toronto, Canada, returning to the States to attend Wheaton College. Fresh out of college, she married a young doctor, and later, with their two small children in tow, they embarked on a journey through the Middle East, eventually living for four years in an isolated city in Iran. While her husband headed the American Hospital there, Dorothy studied Persian, established a baby clinic, and taught English in government schools. Upon returning to America, she and her three children settled in New York City where she lived for almost four decades. As a single mother, she worked first as a spokesperson for a fashion conglomerate, often writing the script for her appearances. Later, she owned and operated a successful business. Memories of intrigue, hardship and discovery, her recollections of the Iran years lingered however. Desirous of getting them down on paper, she enrolled in creative writing courses at Columbia University. Dorothy moved to Ormond Beach with her second husband, George, a cartoonist and illustrator where she continued to write short stories and work on a novel about the Middle East.

Eva Jones

Barbara C. Kamholtz

A native of Brooklyn, Barbara remained there with her family through World War II while attending public school. Her interest in writing began as a child when she started composing short stories and poems. She went to college in Long Island where she majored in Business Administration. During her working years, she continued to write and edit articles for private trade and technical schools. She joined a local Long Island writers group, an experience that helped her to develop technique. She retired in 1991 as President and CEO of a private trade and technical school in New York. Wanting to get away from the snow and the cold, she and her husband Robert moved from Long Island to Ormond Beach in 2000. She still spent time writing and continued to participate in the writers' group activities.

Bob Keane

Mildred Kinbar

Joan King

Gloria Koehler

Gloria is native Californian. She moved to the opposite coast, Virginia, in 1970, by way of Europe, where she lived and worked for three years in Frankfurt, Germany. She met her second husband in Washington, D.C. When he retired, she quit work, and they moved to Palm Coast, Florida.

She has an AA degree in Business and worked for 30 years, in engineering/construction companies. Prior to moving to Florida in 1985, she ended her ten year stint with the US Government. Her career was topped off as a major negotiator for the US Army on the largest computer contract ever awarded by the military, until then, $650 million. At that time she hadn't a clue how to work one of those mysterious things (computers), only the regulations and Government guidelines on how to buy them. EDS was the eventual winner of the contract, and Ross Perot, EDS's owner offered her a job. Although tempting, of course it would have been unethical to accept.

She has spent the past ten years writing a novel titled Scruffy Brown Shoes (with run down heels). Her credentials for writing, is writing Government contract clauses, which have little plot but much importance.

Gloria and Donna Pudick have formed Park-East Literary Agency which has been in business since January 4, 2005. They have many clients, a number of whom have written manuscripts Park-East has placed with major publishing houses. Gloria said "Donna is the brains and I am the brawn."

Caryl Koses

Tom Kramer

Lea Macquarrie

Kitty Maiden

  • Troublesome Hollow - ISBN 1-58851-626-1 America House Book Publishers

Wife and mother of four, Kitty was born in Virginia. She attended Virginia Intermont College where she developed her talent for painting in oils. The family moved to Florida, and for the next 27 years, Kitty worked in the newspaper business. She took an early retirement, planning to return to her painting, but was asked to write for a local bi-weekly newspaper. Over the years, her interest has changed from painting to writing. As she explained: "In order to excel, it's necessary to focus your attention, and writing is now what I like to do." The computer was a long-awaited tool that has helped Kitty and many others avoid the mounds and wads of paper of new story beginnings. Her book, Troublesome Hollow, a novel of Civil War, was published by America House Book Publishers, and is available online. An act of heroism during the War Between the States inspires the life and times of the Taylor family who live in Troublesome Hollow. As Kitty said, "Katy Ann Taylor's life is fiction; the rest is history."

Barbie Marland

Barbie Marland is a Daytona Beach native, now residing in Port Orange. When not at her laptop creating mystery and chaos, spilling out a lover's poem or romping through a child's world, she is at the playground of theater. Her greatest loves are that of the Arts. Writing happens to be one of her favorites.

In the everyday world she is daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Then there is her moonlighting job as a housekeeper/cook/laundress. She hopes to quit that job as soon as her latest novel hits the best sellers list!

Barbie has been quoted as saying "I love being an OWL. The friendships I have made are priceless. Every person brings something unique to the table and is willing to guide and share. I have truly grown in my writing and have since accomplished my first publication."

Robert C. Maxwell

Samantha McLaughlin

A native of St. Louis, MO, Samantha was born in the shadow of the Anheuser Busch tower. She never intentionally set out to be a comedy writer: it just seems that she attracts peculiar situations, people and animals who are by nature truly funny. She has a background in labor relations and spent many years at the Central Conference of Teamsters, leaving this employment before the disappearance of the "Big Boss." As she explained, finding employment in health care after working in labor is rather like having "leprosy" centrally featured in one's resume. Several of her short stories, which have been published in local newspapers and magazines, seem to have been a factor in helping a number of these health-care companies go out of business. Since employment with both labor unions and health care organizations now seem to be in decline, Samantha considered volunteering her writing talents as a way of furthering the ambitions of certain political personages.

Samuel Albert McIlrath

Born in 1965 in Warner Robbins, Georgia, Sam moved to Daytona Beach Florida in 1980. At DBCC he was a student majoring in history, but still involved in hobbies that include gardening, reading, and watching the clouds go by. He has written two collections of short stories, and one novella (unpublished). He's dedicated equally to writing, to studying, and to the worshipful reverence of the work of Sigmund Freud.

Laine Montaigne

Pat Otwell

Pat Otwell served as chaplain at three nursing facilities in Paris, TX, for fourteen years. During that time, she was on the cutting-edge of Alzheimer’s ministry and gained experience in virtually all aspects —assisting in nursing facility placement and adjustment, providing day-to-day-spiritual care for patients and families, providing crisis ministry during hospitalizations, developing and facilitating an Alzheimer’s support group, and officiating at funerals.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Mercer University; Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia; Master of Religious Education, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pat also completed two-and-one-half years of Clinical Pastoral Education at hospitals located in Georgia, South Carolina, and Maryland.

Her publications include: “ABC’s of Alzheimer’s Ministry” (various, 2010); Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families (Taylor & Francis [Routledge imprint], 2008); A Chaplain-Led Ministry to Families of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients Through the Development and Utilization of a Support Group (Doctor of Ministry Project Report, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary,1986); “A Hobby That Ministers,” (Christian Single, 1986); and “Reflections,” (Christian Single, 1984).

Dr. Otwell is a retired Clinical Member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and a retired Associate Chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Pat enjoys a writing ministry, playing the piano, and walking along the beach!

Victoria Page

Julie Eberhart Painter

Julie Eberhart Painter raised in Bucks Count, Pennsylvania, boyhood home of James A Michener, is the author of Mortal Coil, Tangled Web, and the 2011 Book of the Year, Kill Fee, and sequel, Medium Rare from Daughters of the Sea, e-book and print. Julie’s first paranormal romance, and Morning After Midnight are available from MuseItUp Publishing. and other online ebook venues.

Twitter: @JulieEPainter

Julie is a regular blogger on, and feature writer for!issue-14 an online slick. Her flash fiction appears under

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Stanley Potokar

Christine Raffini

Born in Wisconsin and educated in a convent school there, Christine spent many years studying in Europe-first in Paris, France, then in Perugia, Italy, where she met her husband, Franco. While raising their son, Alexander, she attended a number of universities, ultimately earning a Ph.D at Penn State. Recipient of an NEH grant at Duke University, she also studied creative writing under Nobel laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the short-story writer, Lester Goran. She taught French and Italian literature at Penn State and at the Universities of Texas and Miami. She later resided in Mexico City where she worked in four languages as translator and interpreter. She has published many articles and two books: one on the underlying numerical pattern found in a collection of French poetry (Summa Publications); the other on the ways in which the Italian Renaissance synthesis of Platonic, Christian and courtly love influenced thought and behavior in the centuries that followed (Peter Lang). She has published poetry, and has completed two novels as well as the translation of a book by the French author, Jacques Lacarriére. A third novel, Fear no Evil, set in the south of France during WWII, is nearly completed.

On October 8, 2003, the Accent section of the Daytona Beach News-Journal initiated its annual Scary Story Contest with a staff-written Chapter 1, inviting readers to complete the story. The reaction was tremendous. There were 341 entries, each with a unique twist-from readers ranging in age from 8 to 82, divided into three groups: Youth (8-12); Teen (13-19); and Adult (over 20). Christine Raffini, editor of our Peanut Butter and Jellyfish anthology, was the winner in the Adult Category.

Judiann Rakes

Vivian O. Reinhart

Paul Sanker

Marilyn Sapsford

After receiving a BS Degree in Biology from FSU in 1970, Marilyn began work as a laboratory technologist. Following a brief marriage, as a single parent, she raised her daughter, Carla, who became a writer and a TV producer. In 1985, Marilyn obtained her M.S. Degree in Counseling from FSU and worked as a mental health counselor and coordinator of chemical dependency programs, spending a year on a Navajo reservation. Before retiring in 1999, she was a Peace Corps Environmental Volunteer in Tanzania. Marilyn has traveled extensively on six continents, including life in an RV and studies in ashrams in India. Her participation in numerous New Age and transformational workshops has given a unique perspective to her varied life. She lead discussion groups and coordinated the Noetic Sciences group. A novice writer, she submitted a story, which was accepted, for a book by Bonnie Bostrom. Poetry occupied her creative time, and she was secretary of the Ormond Writers' League.

Melanie Schacht

Donna Sheldon

Lark Shields

Wilma Shulman

Wilma was raised in Miami, Florida and later lived, married and raised her family in New York City. After graduating from Hunter College she worked as a court reporter in Manhattan's Criminal Courthouse at 100 Centre Street.

Returning to her roots in Florida she began writing poetry. Two of her poems, "Autumn" and "Venetian Pool" were published in Palm Coast Living Magazine. Two more poems, "The Library" and "The Abduction of Sarah", are on display in the Palm Coast Library and City Hall, respectively

In 1998 her poem "Reason to Rhyme" won prize money in a Byline Magazine contest. Recently, Wilma moved on to writing fiction. Several short stories have been published as well as a memoir in the January/February 2005 issue of Reminisce Magazine. The author also has an international byline.

Willam Joseph (Shadow) Stevens

Lois Stiner

Laura Henderson Vaughn

Gail Vedder

Guardian ad Litem...U.S Supreme Court appointed.
Volusia County Court Mediator
Volunteer: Rape Crisis Center, American Red Cross, Guardian ad Litem
Prev. experience: Director of Nurses, Dir. Inservice Education, ER, ICU.
Books published: Trilogy to help children cope with loss of loved one. "Kaylee Shares Her Sadness"
"Why did Grandpa Die?" "Where Is Grandpa Now?"
Graduate: Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
Gail is widowed, lives in Ormond Beach, Florida and has two children Scott Vedder and Sherise Vedder.

Ann Waris

Jennifer Wasick