Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Meet the Authors of Voyagers: The Third Ghost

Come meet the ten authors showcasing their talents in the latest Insecure Writers Support Group anthology Voyagers:  The Third Ghost.  Their juvenile fiction stories that earned them a place in the anthology are exciting, suspenseful, and surprising, and they range throughout time and place from from Hoboken to Pompeii, Port Royal, and Cahokia.

Yvonne Ventresca
"The Third Ghost"

Yvonne Ventresca is the author of the award-winning young adult novels Pandemic and Black Flowers, White Lies. In addition, Yvonne has written two nonfiction books and several stories selected for collections, including the previous IWSG anthology, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can learn more at, where she features resources for writers.

Katharina Gerlach
"Winter Days"

Although Katharina Gerlach was born in the late sixties, she’s still a child at heart. She inherited her love of fairy tales and words from her mother, an ex-secretary and avid reader, and her love of all things nature and science from her father, an ex-forester. Memories of her rather interesting life in Germany flow back at the smallest trigger, even though she tends to merge her three brothers into one when she tells stories about their childhood adventures. And more often than not, she recalls events truthfully. Supported by her husband and her three children and distracted by her dog and grandchild, she currently writes stories of varying length in fantastical and historical genres. She runs the Indie Authors’ Advent Calendar each year, a free for all story feast.  Learn more about Katharina at

Roland Clarke
"Feathered Fire"

After diverse careers, Roland Clarke was an equestrian journalist and green activist when chronic illness hastened retirement. But he hasn’t stopped exploring rabbit holes and writing - mainly mysteries and alternative history. Roland and his wife – both avid gamers - now live in Idaho (USA) with their four fur-babies, although their hearts are in North Wales (UK).  Learn more about Roland  at roland

Sherry Ellis
"The Ghosts of Pompeii"

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. when she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world.

Ellis' books include  Don't Feed the Elephant; Ten Zany Birds; That Mama is a Grouch; That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN; Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China; and Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her website at

Louise MacBeath Barbour
"Dare Double Dare"

Born in Nova Scotia and raised throughout eastern Canada, Louise is a writer and blogger who now lives in Colorado.  She writes fiction and nonfiction with the encouragement of her supportive husband.  A passion for reading, photography, geology, and travel round out her enthusiastic embrace of life.  "Dare Double Dare" is her first published middle grade story.  Learn more about Louise at her blog Standing Into Danger.

Charles Kowalski
"Simon Grey and the Yamamba"

Charles Kowalski invites you to read the full story of Simon, Oyuki, and their adventures through haunted Japan in Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts (Tokyo: Excalibur Books, 2019), and keep an eye out for sequels. In addition to middle-grade fantasy, Charles' thrillers for adults, Mind Virus and The Devil's Son, have won prizes and nominations including the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Colorado Gold Award, the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, and the Adventure Writers Grandmaster Award. Charles lives in Japan with his wife and two young Muses.  He invites you to his website

Bish Denham
"The Blind Ship"

Bish Denham is from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where her family has lived for over a hundred years. The author of two middle grade novels and a collection of retold Jamaican Anansi stories, she says, “Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book.”  Learn more about Bish at her blog bish-randomthoughts.blogspot.

Rebecca M. Douglass
"A World of Trouble"

Rebecca Douglass grew up in Idaho, Arizona, and Washington states, and now lives and writes in California. Her imagination resides where it pleases, in and out of this world. Her passions include backpacking, hiking, books, swimming, biking, and moderately adventurous travel. Rebecca has two grown sons and a husband with whom she travels. Rebecca is the author of the delightful Ninja Librarian books, as well as a picture book for outdoor families, a mystery series for the parents, and her middle-grade fantasy, Halitor the Hero. After more than seventeen years working at the library, she has retired still without learning all the secrets of the Ninja Librarian.  Learn more about Rebecca at her blog

Beth Anderson Schuck
"The Orchard"

Beth Anderson Schuck is a retired librarian who believes reading can take you anywhere. She writes historical fiction featuring willful female characters. Being in nature whether hiking, birdwatching or gardening makes her whole.  Visit Beth at

L.T. Ward
"Return to Cahokia"

LT hails from the Land of Corn, otherwise known as Central Illinois, where weather inspires her literary works. When not writing speculative fiction shorts and novels, she spends her days raising a brood of plague monsters (a.k.a. her children) as well as satisfying her never-ending thirst for knowledge through reading, meeting people, and first-hand life experiences.  Visit LT at Twitter: @Ltward2

Coming on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 . . .
Each of the authors in Voyagers:  The Third Ghost will be posting over the coming weeks about writing and their anthology stories.

The first author up is Yvonne Ventresca.  Her story "The Third Ghost" placed first in the 2019 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest.  The title of the book and its cover are tributes to Yvonne's accomplishment.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations all! Several familiar faces and a couple new ones - excellent.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Alex! It's an honor to be part of this talented group. I'm having fun getting to know my fellow authors!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

All of them are a delight to work with, too!

Bish Denham said...

So excited. I realize now I could have included a bit more in this bio...

Fundy Blue said...

That's awesome, Diane! And so are you! This is my first time working with an editor, and I'm grateful for all the direction from you and work by DLP/FFP. Have a good one!

Sherry Ellis said...

So great to see the faces of the other authors!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Bios may be the toughest writing assignments we ever do!

Roland Clarke said...

Great to learn more about my fellow authors. And there will be more to read about them in the weeks ahead.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Can't wait until the release in May! :)

Fundy Blue said...

Hey, Bish! You can include more in your individual post. I'm happy to work it in!

Fundy Blue said...

It is great, Sherry!

Fundy Blue said...

You bet, Roland! Everyone is so different and interesting. And I'm learning so much ~ like about the Night Witches ~ such interesting history!

Fundy Blue said...

Me, too, Yvonne! I've never been published in a book before, so this is very exciting for me!

Empty Nest Insider said...

I enjoyed getting reaquainted with some bloggers from years ago, as well as meeting new ones. Congratulations to all the authors in this new and exciting IWSG anthology.


Fundy Blue said...

Thank you, Julie! As the current "overseer" of this blog, I'm having fun getting to know more about my fellow authors. Thanks for stopping by!

cleemckenzie said...

A strong group of writers. This is going to be a great collection of stories.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

So exciting to put the faces to the stories! There are some great stories in this anthology, that's for certain.