Authors at Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon, 2019

Emerging authors at the Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon

The Lakeshore Art Festival will take place on July 5th and July 6th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The emerging auhor’s tent will be conveniently located on Clay and 2nd Streets.

Come and meet your next favorite new book.

Debra S. Carlisle Smith is a field trip queen who loves to write funny stories. Deb belonged to the White Lake, Michigan Toastmasters Club for eight years.

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She discovered she loved writing about true experiences and weaving them into humorous stories. In 2000, she was awarded “Toastmaster of the Year”. Deb lives in West Michigan with husband, Dixon and dogs, Zena & Joey. She enjoys playing the piano, spoiling her dogs and reading a good book.

Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers.

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When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, enjoying the offerings of local breweries, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of sticks while attempting to avoid the abundant snake population who also shares her yard.  She writes speculative fiction. Her novels include Trust, Destiny Pills & Space WizardsThe Last God, A Broken Race and Sahmara. Follow her writing adventures at

Mark Love lived for many years in the metropolitan Detroit area, where crime and corruption are always prevalent. A former freelance reporter, Love honed his writing skills covering features and hard news.


He is the author of the Jamie Richmond romance mysteries, Devious, Vanishing Act and Fleeing Beauty, and the short story Stealing Haven, which is in the collection Once Upon a Summer.  His newest mystery series, starring Jefferson Chene includes WHY 319? and the new release Your Turn to Die.  Both Chene novels are also available on Audible. Love resides in west Michigan with his wife, Kim. He enjoys a wide variety of music, books, travel, cooking and the great outdoors.

You can find him on Facebook, Amazon and his blog at the links below.

Patricia Kiyono writes sweet historical and contemporary romance. In her non-writing time, she keeps busy as a music education professor, orchestra musician, quilter, and crafter.


She and her husband have five children, nine grandchildren, and growing number of great-grandchildren almost all living in the West Michigan area.

Robert Muladore was initiated into police work as the first fill-time patrolman with the Bridgeport Township, Michigan police department, initially without the benefit of formal police academy training.

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Surviving those eighteen months of on-the-job training just outside of Saginaw, Michigan, he began his career with the Michigan State Police where he was assigned as a trooper near Detroit conducting countless criminal investigations.  Other assignments with the Michigan State Police included lead legal instructor; Commanding Officer, Specialized Training Section; Commanding Officer, Northeast Narcotics Section; Commanding Officer, Governmental Liaison Section, Executive Division; Assistant Division Commander, Fire Marshall Division; and Technical Solutions Division. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He has taught at a numerous colleges and universities, in police academies and academic settings throughout Michigan instructing courses ranging from criminal justice topics, civil liability, and political economy.  His education includes an associate’s degree in criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Madonna University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the Detroit College of Law (now MSU School of Law) and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Administration from Western Michigan University.  He currently practices civil law and is working on a new book about his experiences as an attorney.


Michael’s main character is Jack Handler, retired Chicago homicide detective who now lives on Sugar Island (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and works as a private security contractor.

For over two decades Michael worked in Michigan as a private security contractor. One of his books (Ghosts of Cherry Street) was an Amazon #3 Best Seller (and a top-ten in three categories).

Kristine E. Brickey was born and raised in Michigan and has always reveled in the power of words and imagery.


An award-winning teacher of 30 years, Brickey has an understanding that allows the creation of true characters and situations that strike the hearts of others. These are portrayed through both powerful words and imagery via photographs and paintings. In addition to her art, Brickey spends time traveling, riding the Michigan forests on her horse, bonding with her donkeys and dogs, and participating in many ‘artsy/wordy’ groups and activities. Achieving her life dream of seeing her novels in the hands of others and on bookstore shelves has only increased her passion for reading and writing. Seeing her artwork on the wall of a gallery exhibition and hearing the impact it had on other survivors, left indelible imprints on her heart. Look for future books and works from this artist soon.

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction.

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Besides writing romantic suspense, she writes science fiction romance and cozy mysteries set along the Lake Michigan shoreline. As D.M. Burton, she writes sci-fi adventures for young readers. Diane and her husband live in Holland, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website:

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Loraine Hudson lives and writes in a small town in Michigan.  The first book in her “Beale Street” mystery series is The House on Beale Street.


She released The Stars over Beale Street, in early 2019.  When she isn’t writing mysteries, the enjoys creating “tween” and YA chapter books under her pen name, Judith Wade, especially stories with a little bit of fantasy or adventure.  Her most recent release, The Dragon’s Nest, is second in a series about a young man who just can’t get the dragons out of his life.  She loves oldies rock music, stained glass, digging in her garden, playing with her dogs, horseback riding and, of course, writing.  She is active in a nationwide thoroughbred rehab program, and is often at her most creative when taking her own ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods, imagining dialogues, plot twists and new tales to tell.

Multi-award-winning young adult author 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.


When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.

Janet Vormittag is the author of You Might Be A Crazy Cat Lady If …Dog 281and More Than A Number. She is also the publisher of Cats and Dogs, a Magazine Devoted to Companion Animals, a free publication distributed in West Michigan.

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Janet has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Grand Valley State University and was a correspondent for The Grand Rapids Press for ten years. She currently lives in Jenison, Michigan with more cats than she cares to admit.

Jules Nelson has won multiple awards for her first published novel, Shadows. She writes Historical Fiction and publishes a blog about her journey through parenting a child with Special Needs. Jules lives with her family in rural Michigan.


 Emma Palova (Konecna) born in former Czechoslovakia is a Lowell-based short story writer, novelist screenwriter, journalist and a photographer.Palova wrote for Czechoslovak Newsweek and Prague Reporter in the 1990s. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Brno. Most recently, she worked as a reporter for the Lowell Ledger, and as a freelance writer.

Author's picPalova started an election collection of short stories during her studies of creative writing at the International Correspondence Schools in Montreal, and at the Grand Rapids Community College.Palova’s passion for writing dates back to the middle school in Stipa, near Zlin.

“I’ve always had knack for languages and adventure,” she said. “Our family immigration saga has been a tremendous inspiration for all my writings.”

She completed “Shifting Sands: Short Stories” Book 1 in the summer of 2017.In 2009, she wrote the screenplay “Riddleyville Clowns” ©Emma Palova inspired by a hometown clown parade. It is registered with the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.

Palova is finalizing the sequel to “Shifting Sands: Short Stories- Secrets” slated for July 1st  publication. She is working on the Konecny family immigration saga from former communist Czechoslovakia “Greenwich Meridian: Where East meets West.” She became an American citizen on Aug. 19, 1999.

“I am deeply humbled by the opportunities this country has given to me,” she said.

 Joan H. Young has enjoyed the out-of-doors her entire life. Highlights of her outdoor adventures include Girl Scouting, which provided yearly training in camp skills, and the opportunity to engage in a 10-day canoe trip, and numerous short backpacking excursions. She was selected to attend the 1965 Senior Scout Roundup in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, an international event to which 10,000 girls were invited. She has ridden a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, and completed the North Country National Scenic Trail on August 3, 2010. Her total mileage was 4395 miles. Young is the first woman to hike the entire trail, and the 9th person overall to complete it on foot. She has written about her adventures.


More recently, she has begun writing fiction, including the Anastasia Raven cozy mysteries, and DuBois Files mysteries for elementary age children.

She also writes a monthly column for the Ludington Daily News called “Get Off the Couch.”

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