Allison and Wayne Marks, authors of A Gefilte Fishy Tale, met in a Canterbury Tales class at the University of Cincinnati while finishing their degrees in English literature. Today, they spend many an afternoon spinning stories of their own as a husband-and-wife writing duo. Allison received her MLS from the University of Kentucky and worked over two decades as the librarian at Temple Israel synagogue in Akron, Ohio. She also spent six years reviewing Jewish children’s books for the Association of Jewish Libraries newsletter. Wayne has worked as a proofreader and copywriter at a North Canton, Ohio, marketing company for 25 years. Allison enjoys reading, journal writing, and filling her urban garden with morning glories, Shasta daisies, and heirloom tomatoes. Wayne plays fiddle in several local bands, sings bass in Akron’s Gaelic choir, and pens novelty tunes, such as the YouTube hit “The Wiener Dog Song.” They are the authors of Og’s Ark (Kar-Ben) and A Gefilte Fishy Tale (MB Publishing). They live in a 100-year-old home in Akron, where they raised twins, Elliott and Claire.
Ronit Lowenstein-Malz is the author of Escape in Time. She was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 3, 1960. After graduating from high school, she completed two years of National Service in the Israeli “Bnei Akiva” youth movement. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Talmudic studies in 1984 and a master’s degree in Biblical studies and sociology in 1998. Ms. Lowenstein-Malz worked as an educator and an administrator for over twenty years before turning to writing young-adult fiction. She is the author of ten books and is a recipient of the Yad Vashem prize for outstanding children’s Holocaust literature (in 2008, for A Miracle of Love) and the Israel Public Libraries Association award for outstanding children’s literature. Escape in Time (first published in Hebrew as A Miracle of Love) is her second book.
Sadly, Ronit passed away from cancer on November 30, 2015 (18 Kislev, 5776). She leaves behind a legacy of beauty: her moving words and stories, her open and caring heart, her infinite wisdom, her loving family and friends, and her warm and engaging smile. May her memory be for a blessing. —Margie Blumberg, Publisher
K. Heidi Fishman won the 2015 Joseph Zola Memorial Holocaust Educator Award from the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford for the book proposal that led to her debut novel, Tutti's Promise.
K. Heidi Fishman grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Williams College, she received her MA and EdD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. A mother of four, Heidi lives in Vermont with her husband and a feisty border terrier and occasionally sees her busy teenagers.
Ed.D. – Counseling Psychology,
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
M.A. – Counseling in Clinical Mental Health Settings,
Western Michigan University
B.A. – Psychology,
Williams College, Williamstown, MA
Private practice psychologist specializing in eating disorder treatment, Lebanon, NH
Dartmouth College Health Center Staff Psychologist, Hanover, NH
Robert (R. M.) Clark is the author of our middle-grade novel The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery.
Robert Clark spent nineteen years as a baseball coach—from T-ball to American Legion and most levels in between. It was from his typical place in the third-base coach's box that he imagined a baseball mystery told from the viewpoint of a bat girl, which developed into his middle-grade novel, The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery.
After graduating from the University of Idaho with a Computer Science degree, Robert moved from the Gem State to northeastern Alberta to Southern California before settling into a cozy town in Southeastern Massachusetts, where he lives today with his wife and two sons.
Robert is also the author of the adult thriller Center Point and another middle-grade mystery, Dizzy Miss Lizzie.
Read more about his novels at rmclarkauthor.com.
Sean Vogel is the author of two middle-grade novels: Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel and Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel.
Growing up in a small town in Michigan during the 1980s, Sean was provided with an excellent garden for cultivating his writing career. With only a few simplistic video games and three television channels, he became an accomplished daydreamer and a creative outside adventurer. A son of a garbage truck driver, Sean often received gently used items from his father’s route. With a bit of imagination and a little tinkering, these items were reborn as tools for battles against backyard bandits. These childhood experiences would later serve as the foundation and inspiration for Jake McGreevy’s gadgetry expertise. Seeking his own adventures, Sean joined the Army via an ROTC scholarship at Colorado State University. Living in Germany for several years gave him the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe. During his time in the Army, he served in the Field Artillery and Signal Corp, rising to the rank of Captain and receiving the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq.
Sean started drafting novels during downtime while stationed in Iraq; a pen is easier to carry than a guitar. But he soon fell in love with the frustrating yet satisfying science called writing and has been hard at work ever since. When he’s not helping Jake get out of tangles, Sean is a department manager for a large aerospace company. He lives in Denver with his wife and two daughters and their two dachshunds.
Visit Sean's site to learn more about his novels, Celtic Run and Chicago Bound.
Margie Blumberg is the author/publisher of Avram's Gift, Breezy Bunnies, Sunny Bunnies, Paris Hop!, Rome Romp!, No Naptime for Janie: A Hanukkah Tale, and The Scoop on Good Grammar. She is also the co-author of Shakespeare for Kids: His Life and Times.
Margie is the publisher of the following: Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel, Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel, The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery, Escape in Time, A Gefilte Fishy Tale, and Tutti's Promise.
Future MB Publishing titles include the picture books Busy Bunnies and Snowy Bunnies (illustrated by June Goulding) and the third Jake McGreevy Novel, Paris Plunder.
A native Washingtonian, Ms. Blumberg resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where she enjoys reading, collecting first-edition novels and plays, cooking, biking, playing backgammon, and watching movies.