Mercy Strongheart

Mercy Strongheart grew up in Northern New Mexico. A child of hippie folk musicians, she spent her childhood making up stories and searching for sugar. Mercy lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

A Boy Named Trout is her first novel.

Richard D. Bank

Richard D. Bank, Esq. is the author of seven books including The Everything Judaism Book, The Everything Guide to Writing Nonfiction, and Feig, a novel. He is a past president and current board member of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. Richard has published over 100 articles, essays, short stories and book reviews and has taught writing courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and other venues. He currently is on the faculty of Rosemont College in the MFA and Graduate Publishing programs where he teaches creative nonfiction and publishing law.


Frances Schoonmaker

Photo courtesy of Teachers College, Columbia Unibersity.

Frances Schoonmaker grew up on a farm in Western Oklahoma. A highlight of childhood summers was arrival of books from the Oklahoma State Library Commission’s lending library. Story has always been at the heart of her work, whether she is teaching children or teachers. After a dozen years as an elementary school teacher and another twenty-five plus at Teachers College, Columbia University, she decided it was time to start writing The Last Crystal—an idea that turned into a trilogy. (Where she got the idea is another story.) Dr. Schoonmaker lives in Baltimore, Maryland with two other strong women (her daughter and granddaughter), a hamster, and two adorable but contentious cats. Learn more about her and The Alabaster Box at her blog: