Stateline Author Meet & Greet

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Take this opportunity to meet and talk with 18 authors from the upper Midwest.  Hear them read from their works and purchase books directly from the authors.  They make great holiday gifts! Play the Author Passport game to be entered into a drawing for great prizes.


Stateline Author Meet & Greet 2016


Katherine Kemnitz

Katherine L. Kemnitz is a professional genealogist living in Beloit, WI. She is a graduate of Boston

University’s Center for Professional Education, with a certificate in Genealogical Research; a former

Registrar of the Beloit, Wisconsin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and a retired paralegal who worked in the areas of public interest law, litigation, and probate and estate planning. 


RJ McKnight

RJ McKnight is a California girl at heart, she traveled the world as part of a military family until high school when the family was transferred to the southwestern part of the U.S. RJ graduated from USC with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. RJ McKnight has written her story, After All We’ve Been Through: A Memoir in which she bravely draws the reader into the depths and heartache of an adoption that turned her world inside out.


Jerry Peterson


Janesville resident Jerry Peterson writes crime novels and short stories set in Kansas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He’s published 15 novels and short story collections, most under his own imprint. Killing Ham, Peterson’s current project, features John Wads, a former military police investigator who becomes involved in clearing a friend charged with the murder of a man who managed a large corporate hog-finishing farm. Before becoming a writer, Peterson taught speech, English and theater in Wisconsin high schools, then worked in communications for farm organizations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, and Colorado. He followed that with a decade as a reporter, photographer, and editor of various newspapers. 


Walter Rhein


Perseid Press author Walter Rhein is the author of Reckless Traveler, Beyond Birkie Fever, and The Reader of Acheron. He contributes to Silent Sports and and maintains the Peru travel website Streets Of Lima. 


Amanda Spanton


Ms. Spanton started out writing scripts, and through reading books was able to garner several different writing styles that matched her own way of thinking and writing. This allowed her to take her scripts and turn them into books which is the case with her publication, Finding Arianna: The Story of Nathaniel. 


Keri L. Sparks


Keri L. Sparks is a lover of reading and writing. She is currently working on a seven book series of fantasy adventure. She lives in Wisconsin with her Shiba Inu, Fable, and works as a Histology Technician at the local hospital. 


Rebecca Williams Spindler


Rebecca Williams Spindler has co-written a Middle Grade/Young Adult series with her daughter, Madelyn Spindler for Little Creek Books. This humorous, fun-filled and heartwarming series follows the journey of Liz and her sister, Sara Jane. Toted as a “modern day Little House on the Prairie”, these books have received praise from teachers, librarians, parents and young readers. Their third book, Moving Out and Moving On, received the 2013 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award. 


Patrick Tomlinson 


Kimberly Vogel


Kimberly Vogel is the author and illustrator of over seventy fiction books. They span over multiple genres from medieval era to modern day and sci-fi. Her themes focus on identity and how people relate to each other whether it is normal life like teens in high school dealing with life to the sudden appearance of aliens descending on her alternate earth in search of a new home. 


David Benjamin


David Benjamin, started his first novel at the age of nine, reading chapters aloud to his fourth-grade- classmates at St. Mary’s School in Tomah, Wisconsin. Part of that grade-school experience was recounted and embellished in his “memoir,” The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked, published by Random House in 2002. Mr. Benjamin currently resides in Madison, WI. 


Sherry Blakeley


Sherry Blakeley, author of The Case of the Angry Auctioneer, sets her cozy mysteries in small-town Wisconsin. Blakeley is a former auctioneer who earned her B.A. in English literature and composition from Beloit College. “My main character Jasper Biggs lives her life with humor, luck, and good will toward others - up until when she finds out who the murderers are. Along the way she meets up with some good cats, some bad cats, a few ghosts, and a couple romantic possibilities.” 


Pat Bryan


Pat is enjoying her retirement, living in rural Wisconsin. Even though Pat is a member of In Print, a professional writers group, she admits to being a more avid reader than writer. The idea for Shoes For Horses? stems from being the daughter of a horseshoer, and after thinking about the story for many years she finally put the it on paper. Pat is also a member of the Stateline Night Writers. 


Brady Carlson


WPR reporter and host Brady Carlson is author of Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders (W.W. Norton & Company, February 2016). He has been a public librarian, an overnight stock clerk, a community theater director, a custodian, a schoolteacher, a warehouse laborer, an adjunct college professor, an office receptionist and a walking billboard at a plastics industry trade show.

Tricia Clasen


Tricia Clasen, author of The Haunted House Project, is a professor of communication at UW-Rock County. She is co-editor of Critical Readings of Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. She dreams of warmer climates while living in her native Wisconsin with her husband and two girls. 


Matt Forbeck


Matt Forbeck is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and game designer with thirty novels and countless games published to date. His latest work includes the novel Halo: New Blood, Captain America: The Ultimate Guide to the First Avenger, Dungeonology, the Monster Academy YA fantasy novels, and the upcoming Shotguns & Sorcery roleplaying game based on his novels. He lives in Beloit, WI, with his wife and five children, including a set of quadruplets. For more information, visit 


Margaret Goss


Margaret M. Goss (Madison,WI) is an author, hockey mom, and registered nurse. Her award-winning debut novel, The Uncommitted, is paranormal suspense/romance. It is the first novel in a series about a psychic messenger and nurse, Josephine Reilly and healer, Dr. Andrew Chase. 


Pat Hall


Pat Hall is the author of award-winning picture books, Ida May’s Borrowed Trouble and Beasties. In addition to writing, Pat’s list of important things includes family, volunteering, gardening, community theater, and decorating eggs in the Ukrainian style. Her new chapter book, Gloppy will be available in 2017. 


John E. Howard


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