Next Meeting

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April 13th- My Journey to Publication (speaker Cheryl Hollen)
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May 11th- topic pending (speaker Liza Garcia)
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June 8th- topic pending (speaker Ricko Donovan)
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July 13th- pending
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Aug 10th- topic pending (speaker Heloise Jones)
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Sept 14th- topic pending (speaker Shana Smith)

Upcoming Speaker BIOS 2016

March 9thWriting Retropunk Fiction & Retrofuturism
Speaker: Charles A. Cornell
www.charlesacornell.com
Author CHARLES A. CORNELL writes speculative fiction ranging from the mysterious to the macabre; blending science fiction, fantasy, alternative history and horror. He is a regular contributor to podcasts, seminars and conferences, and conducts webinars and workshops on his specialty, retro-punk fiction (Steampunk, Dieselpunk). His mystery thriller, Tiger Paw won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller in 2012 and was nominated for Best Indie Thriller by Kindle Book Reviews. His dieselpunk novel DragonFly was a Finalist in the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Awards in the Science Fiction category. Crystal Night from The Prometheus Saga won First Place Published Novella at the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Check out his world of DragonFly at www.DragonFly-Novels.com featuring galleries of retrofuturistic aircraft and other illustrations from DragonFly.





April 13th~ My Journey to Publication
Speaker: Cheryl Hollon
www.cherylhollon.com
CHERYL HOLLON writes full time after leaving an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan and India. Fulfilling a lifetime dream, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind the house, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass and painted glass artworks. Cheryl is an officer of the Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime, and a member of Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. A mystery conference addict, she regularly attends SleuthFest in Florida, Malice Domestic in DC, Thrillerfest in NYC, and Magna Cum Murder in Indianapolis, IN. You will also find her at Left Coast Crime and Bouchercon, wherever they are being held. Cheryl and her husband live in St. Petersburg, FL in a 1920’s Craftsman Bungalow.







May 11th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: Liza Garcia
www.nowpra.com
LIZA GARCIA of Now Press Agency is an active member of the International CEO think tank group, Vistage in Tampa Florida. Business leaders rave about her high business acumen, ability to quickly connect project teams and her thorough and efficient approach to identifying client challenges and commitment to helping them achieve results that exceed their expectations. Ms. Garcia is devoted to her family, her church, she plays the classical violin and piano. She is a member of the USTA Tennis league and is an avid Triathlon and Marathon athlete, completing multiple races in her lifetime.





June 8th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: Ricko Donovan
www.rickodonovan.com
RICKO DONOVAN is an award-winning singer/songwriter who plays a variety of stringed instruments, a hammered dulcimer virtuoso, silent film composer, and a critically acclaimed novelist. His debut novel Sunnyville made Nashville Lifestyle Magazine’s 2014 Summer Reading List Pics. The Broken Promised Land, begun in 1994, was completed and published in 2015.





July 13th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: pending



August 10th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: Heloise Jones
www.heloisejones.com
HELOISE JONES is a novelist, poet, essayist, shift agent and consultant for all things writerly. Always an artist, her passion for creating has focused on words and the language of life in stories for the past 15 years. She has worked as a corporate advertising account manager, a micro-brewery owner building a business, an activist doing big things, and helps creatives move toward their goals through creating, connection, and a good deal of project management.








September 14th~ Topic Pending
Speaker: Shana Smith
www.shanabanana.com
SHANA SMITH is a mom, musician, marine biologist, teacher, and writer. For the past twenty years, she has been known to many across the state of Florida and the U.S. as the nationally award-winning children’s musical persona “Shana Banana.” Shana and her family have settled down in Gainesville, Florida to run their meditation- and yoga-based Gainesville Retreat Center, which attracts many renowned teachers and practitioners and offers weekly meditation nights. In addition to book and music appearances, homeschooling her two kids, and running the retreat center with her family, Shana is currently working on a series of children's books based on her original musical stories currently available on Shana Banana CD's. She is also writing a tween mystery series developed over the past two years with her kids, and recording a CD of devotional chants from various traditions. In her free time, she walks in the forest, gardens, cooks, writes poetry, and plays. A lot.


• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf
At the Maddux Business Report she was involved in all of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Organizations as well as the major ones across the high tech corridor. Nancy continues to sit on the boards of some of these organizations.
When the Maddux Business Report closed in June of 2010, Nancy continued on as publisher of the daily NewsWire and founded KnowHowe. It was the ideal transition based on her background of writing, editing and publishing.
On a personal front, Nancy was one of the founding officers of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club (sponsored by MOSI and USF) and has received awards for paleontology discoveries; for writing and producing a nationally recognized monthly fossil newsletter; and for publishing various archeology and paleontology books.
Current Community Involvement
• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf
Nancy has spent the vast majority of her life in Pinellas County and began her publishing career at the St. Petersburg Times while attending USF, majoring in archaeology.  She moved on to become the Managing Editor of Art & Design News (an international graphic arts magazine), and then to Maddux Business Report 22 years ago – starting out as circulation director, moving to associate publisher and then publisher for the past 12 years and publisher of Maddux NewsWire for the past two years.
At the Maddux Business Report she was involved in all of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Organizations as well as the major ones across the high tech corridor. Nancy continues to sit on the boards of some of these organizations.
When the Maddux Business Report closed in June of 2010, Nancy continued on as publisher of the daily NewsWire and founded KnowHowe. It was the ideal transition based on her background of writing, editing and publishing.
On a personal front, Nancy was one of the founding officers of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club (sponsored by MOSI and USF) and has received awards for paleontology discoveries; for writing and producing a nationally recognized monthly fossil newsletter; and for publishing various archeology and paleontology books.
Current Community Involvement
• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf
At the Maddux Business Report she was involved in all of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Organizations as well as the major ones across the high tech corridor. Nancy continues to sit on the boards of some of these organizations.
When the Maddux Business Report closed in June of 2010, Nancy continued on as publisher of the daily NewsWire and founded KnowHowe. It was the ideal transition based on her background of writing, editing and publishing.
On a personal front, Nancy was one of the founding officers of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club (sponsored by MOSI and USF) and has received awards for paleontology discoveries; for writing and producing a nationally recognized monthly fossil newsletter; and for publishing various archeology and paleontology books.
Current Community Involvement
• Mentor, Gazelle Lab
• Council Member, Pinellas County Economic Development
- See more at: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/knowhowe#sthash.GqVAdIXT.dpuf

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