Join us for a panel presentation featuring accomplished authors from the state of Michigan! Featured authors include Jazmyn Espinoza Church, author of the speculative fiction novel Dream Catcher; Telaina Eriksen, author of Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child; Marie Helena, author of the inspirational wellness book, The Night Blooming Jasmine in Your Heart; and Melanie Hooyenga, author of the young adult novel The Slope Rules.
About Dream Catcher by Jazmyn Espinoza Church
Decades after an environmental apocalypse much of history had been lost. In a world where humans no longer dream, Cha’risa finds herself dreaming of a past she hasn’t lived-a past someone doesn’t want her to remember. She had always been led to believe that Native Americans were the only humans left on earth, but when a villager goes missing and another mysteriously slips into a coma the truth begins to
unfold. She discovers she’s part of a secret group of people evolution has entrusted to relive the past of their ancestors. Now she must cross the ruins of a segregated world in search of a life-saving herb with the life of a friend, and the fate of her people, hanging in the balance.
JAZMYN ESPINOZA-CHURCH is an independent Native American author from Hopkins MI. Growing up she loved to read but was hard pressed to find books with diverse main characters that she, and other children growing up on reservations, could see themselves in. Now that she is an adult those are the stories she loves to write the most. Her action packed debut novel, Dream Catcher, released July 1st 2017.
About Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen
Parenting an LGBTQ child in a heteronormative world offers unique challenges. From keeping school grades on track, to bullying, to locker-room and bathroom use, to first dates, raising a LGBTQ child has difficulties (and opportunities!) that parents who raise straight children don’t normally encounter. Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child, offers parents advice and reassurance for the preteen and teen years.
TELAINA MORSE ERIKSEN was born in rural Michigan, the youngest of seven children in a working class family. She received a B.A. in journalism with concentrations in history, English, and political science from Michigan State University in 1990. She worked for many years in the educational software industry writing technical manuals, and doing marketing and public relations. She returned to school at age 39 to study for her MFA in creative writing, concentrating in both creative nonfiction and poetry. She graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles in December 2009. She has taught creative writing for the Department of English at Michigan State University for the last five years. Her work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in By One's Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss (an anthology) Mother is a Verb (poetry anthology), Under the Sun, The Fem, The Good Men Project, Role Reboot, The Manifest-Station, ARS Medica, Hospital Drive, Marco Polo Quarterly, The Truth About the Fact, poemmemoirstory and in many other online and print publications. Her essays have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2010 and 2011. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan with her husband of 24 years, her 16-year-old son, and her two dogs, Sprite and Clement. (Her 20-year-old daughter drops in from college for free wi-fi and laundry once or twice a month as well.)
About The Night Blooming Jasmine in Your Heart by Marie Helena
The Night Blooming Jasmine flower is an exquisitely designed messenger with a lovely secret to share. It inspires us to align ourselves with the still, calm wisdom of the Universe, opening our hearts to nature's beautiful instruction and inspiration.
The book's mystically themed offerings paired with the vibration of lovely illustrations by various artists draw us to conscious contemplation and encourage us to flow our energy into a mindful embrace of the beautiful gifts of the Universe, infusing the moments of life with our personal, loving soul signature.
MARIE HELENA is an international spiritual blogger read in over one hundred countries. All of the adventures of her life have been preparing her for this moment in time. As a child she was immensely curious and creative and always loved writing. She studied English and Speech and Drama in higher education and received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. She has been a college professor, a coordinator of peer and professional tutoring, a coordinator of peer counseling, a freelance writer and a copywriter at an ad agency. Marie has studied spirituality for over twenty years, with special emphasis on energy medicine, Essene Healing, Hakomi, the LifeLine Technique and past life regression. Now she delights in using her writing skills to share with others the spiritual life lessons she is learning,
Marie is married and has two daughters. Everyone in her family is a teacher in one of the areas of elementary, secondary and higher education. Family discussions are always filled with mystical, thought provoking, passionate and playful interactions.
About The Slope Rules by Melanie Hooyenga
Fifteen-year old Cally accepted her fate as one of the guys, so when she meets Blake, a hot snowboarder who sees her for more than her aerials on the slopes, she falls fast and hard. But their romance can only last as long as vacation.
Or so she thinks.
A twist of fate--well, her Dad opening another brewery in a new town—lands her in Blake's school, but the charismatic boy she fell for wants nothing to do with her, and worse, the Snow Bunnies, the popular clique, claim her as their newest recruit.
Cally must learn to be true to herself--all while landing a spot on the ski team and figuring out who she is without her old friends. And when she finds out what Blake is hiding, she learns the rules on the slopes apply to more than just skiing.
MELANIE HOOYENGA first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan.