Our Lew Wallace Festival of Words culminates in our Hoosier Author Fair on Small Business Saturday. Join fantasy author and dog-training expert Laura VanArendonk Baugh, biographer and historian Ray Boomhower, fantasy author Stephanie A. Cain, inspirational author Kelly O’Dell Stanley, and leadership coach Tim Timmons as they talk with readers about their writing and sign books! Read on for more information about each author.
Ray E. Boomhower
Ray E. Boomhower is interim senior director of the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he is also responsible for the quarterly popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Boomhower has been with the Society since 1987, beginning work for the statewide, nonprofit organization as its public relations coordinator.
A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master’s degree in U.S. history from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in 1995. Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two Indiana daily newspapers, the Rensselaer Republican and the Anderson Herald.
In 1998 he received the Hoosier Historian award from the Indiana Historical Society and in 2010 he was named winner of the Regional Author Award in the annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. In 2009 his book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary was selected as the winner in the historical nonfiction category of the annual Best Books of Indiana contest sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book. His books have also been finalists in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Along with numerous articles for Traces, the Indiana Magazine of History, Outdoor Indiana, and other history periodicals, Boomhower is the author of the books Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr.: A Life in History and Politics, 1855-1924 (Indiana Historical Society, 1997); The Country Contributor: The Life and Times of Juliet V. Strauss (Guild Press of Indiana, 1998); Destination Indiana: Travels through Hoosier History (IHS, 2000); “But I Do Clamor”: May Wright Sewall, A Life, 1844–1920 (Guild Press, 2001); “One Shot”: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi (IHS Press, 2004); Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut (IHS Press, 2004); The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace (IHS Press, 2005); The Soldier’s Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle (IHS Press, 2006); Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall (IHS Press, 2007); Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary (Indiana University Press, 2008); Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu (IHS Press, 2010); The People’s Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana (IHS Press, 2012); John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog (IU Press, 2015); and Pen and Coral: The World War II Reporting of Robert L. Sherrod (IU Press, 2017).
Kelly O’Dell Stanley
Kelly O’Dell Stanley is a graphic designer who writes (or is it a writer who designs?). Either way, when she found the place where the two intersected, she was exactly where she wanted to be. As a result, she’s written two books, Praying Upside Down and Designed to Pray. Kelly is a redhead who’s pretty good at controlling her temper, a believer in doing everything to excess, and a professional wrestler of doubt and faith.
She’s been married for 25 years (making Tim a saint), and she loves her three quirky nearly-grown kids. Even if they do call her all the time. (Maybe especially because they call her all the time.) She blogs at kellyostanley.com and is happy to call Crawfordsville home.
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Laura VanArendonk Baugh is an award-winning writer of speculative fiction, mystery, and non-fiction. Her works have earned numerous accolades, including 3-star (the highest possible) ratings on Tangent’s “Recommended Reading” list.
Laura is the author of Kitsune-Tsuki, Kitsune-Mochi, The Lonely Frost, So To Honor Him, Con Job, Bait, Circles and Crossroads, and Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over-the-Top to Under Control. She has also contributed short works to several anthologies, including Fae, Corvidae, Scarecrow, Covalent Bonds, and Mythic Indy.
Find her at www.LauraVanArendonkBaugh.com
Stephanie A. Cain
Stephanie A. Cain writes epic & urban fantasy. She is the author of the Storms in Amethir series (The Midwinter Royal, Stormsinger, Stormshadow, and Stormseer) and Sow the Wind. She grew up in Indiana, where much of her urban fantasy is set. Her forthcoming novel Shades of Circle City, set in Indianapolis, features a werewolf state trooper and a cop who sees ghosts.
She spends her work time at a small museum doing historical research, giving tours of a Victorian mancave, and serving as a one-woman IT department. A proud crazy cat lady, she is happily owned by Eowyn, Strider, and Eustace Clarence Scrubb.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking (except for the spiders), bird-watching, and reading. She enjoys organizing things and visits office supply stores for fun. She owns way more movie scores and fountain pens than she can actually afford. She can be found online at StephanieCainOnline.com.
Tim Timmons is an author and newspaperman, having worked in newspapers from North Carolina to California, including as the vice president of The South Bend Tribune. He is one of the owners of The Paper, a small newspaper company headquartered in Crawfordsville that includes The Noblesville Times, The Paper of Montgomery County, the Sheridan News, Hamilton County Sports Daily, and The Weekly.
His first book (Coaching Success – Creating Champions for the Business World, Bristol Publishing) was released in 2004. He is working on his second book now. His writing has consistently won state and national awards, including column-writing by The Associated Press and the Hoosier State Press Association.
Timmons has served on many community boards, including United Ways and United Funds, Chambers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. as well as trade organizations, including the Hoosier State Press Association.
He began his career in newspapers in the 1970s as a high school correspondent for the Indianapolis News and Star. He is currently the head of Sagamore News Media – the owners of The Paper of Montgomery County, The Noblesville Times, the Sheridan News, The Weekly of West-Central Indiana, and Hamilton County Sports Daily.