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Our Published Authors

Below is a list of GLVWG's published members.  Click on the links to read more about them and their other works.

If you would like to see your name on this list, please contact John Evans, our Author Advocate.

This list is not yet complete.



 Kathleen Coddington Journeys of the Heart: Witch BallMistress of Deception and Threads of Love.

Larry Deibert has written thirteen books: Combat Boots dainty feet-Finding Love In Vietnam, The Christmas City Vampire, The Other Side Of The Ridge-Gettysburg, June 27th, 2013 to July 2nd, 1863, Family, Fathoms, From Darkness To Light, The Life Of Riley, Santa’s Day Jobs, Werewolves In The Christmas City, The Christmas City Angel, Witches Werewolves And Walter, The Other Side Of The Ridge, New York 1930, and A Christmas City Christmas, all published by Kindle Direct Publishing

He is a Vietnam veteran and is the past president of the Lehigh Northampton Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Macungie, Pa.

Larry’s website is,

You can contact him at Signed copies may be purchased directly from the author.

    John Evans - is an author with a special interest in Mark Twain. His first book, A Tom Sawyer Companion, compares the boyhood adventures of Twain and Tom Sawyer. He has written personal essays, articles, and book reviews for the Mark Twain Forum. He has published two novels: The Cut, (Beachhouse Books) and A Dead Issue (Sunbury Press).

Judy England-McCarthy is a member of Lehigh Valley Writer's Guild and professional storyteller. She was selected to tell one of her original tales, at the National Storytelling Conference in 2013 and one of her poems was presented at “The Just Listening Event” by The Missouri Arts Council in 2016.  Author's page: As a poet she was selected three years running to be included in the National Poetry Celebration Anthology by the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries and is in this year's LVWG own anthology. Her background includes: Writer, Storyteller, Workshop facilitator, Poet, Author, Actor, Mime, RN and Holistic LMT. Her book Amazing Petunia's Adventures is being sold on Amazon  and is being made into a children's animation series. Another book out soon by this author is "Twas Midnight" a story for Halloween based on one of her poems.


Joseph Fleckenstein, engineer and writer, has published a mix of over 34 works, including literary short stories, magazine articles, technical papers and online courses for registered professional engineers. His hardcover book Three-Phase Electrical Power, intended for electrical engineering students as well as practicing engineers, is available at CRC Press and Amazon. Links to many of his published short stories are available at his website.  

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 Pattie Giordani is a freelance writer and editor. She is a contributing writer for Lehigh Valley Style magazine, and her articles have appeared in local newspapers and local and national magazines. Previously, she was an editor at a national nonprofit association and assistant features editor at The Express-Times. She speaks at writers meetings and conferences, and taught nonfiction article writing and grammar courses at Northampton Community College.
A Pennsylvania resident, Phil Giunta graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and continues to work in the IT industry.  His first novel, a paranormal mystery called Testing the Prisoner, debuted in 2010 from Firebringer Press.   His second novel in the same genre, By Your Side, was released in 2013. Phil has also narrated the audio version, available in podcast episodes at Prometheus Radio Theatre:

Visit Phil’s website:

Ms. Golden is a retired federal government employee and something of an accidental author.  Catnapped is her first novel, the initial offering in her "Sugar Shack" series which currently has three entries. Novels two and three will be coming out later in 2017.
Brenda Havens is the author of numerous news and feature stories in Evanston and Princeton, Illinois newspapers. Her work included editing and photography. A Boy, a Goose and a Very Big Lake is the first in a series of children's books.


Debbie Kelahan lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two feathered friends who really compete for attention, especially the feisty cockatiel. When she’s not writing or reading, she likes to grow beautiful flowers, go on long walks, and contemplate on the world around her. The Jewel in the Christmas Holly is Debbie's first novel.

Idelle Kursman loves attending the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Conference every year. She taught for many years, was a correspondent for a local newspaper, and has written articles for various publications. She has a loved one with autism, who is the inspiration behind one of her story's characters in True Mercy. Also, after watching the movie Taken eight years ago, she decided to include human trafficking in the plot in order to build more awareness. Since Idelle loves thrillers, especially if it is a book she cannot put down, she sought to give readers this experience in her debut novel.

For Francis Joseph LaManna, Smorgasbord A Collection of Thoughts, Experiences, and Stories is the premier.  Fulton Books in Meadville, Pennsylvania is the publisher, and the 136-page paperback version of this book is available for purchase online at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble  The E-Book version of Smorgasbord is also available online on Amazon Kindle edition, Barnes & Noble Nook edition, Google Play edition, and Apple iTunes edition.  Francis lives in Pennsylvania and has been a member of GLVWG since 2018.  You can find more information about Francis Joseph LaManna by visiting his blog, and you can find more information about his new book by visiting 

After solving a major string of bizarre murders in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, BJ Gleeson now stumbles over another brutal crime while attending a writers’ conference in New Orleans.  This complex and troubled man uses his prior experience to point toward the solution to a series of brutal deaths of women, discovered in the swamps of New Orleans just after the disastrous arrival of Hurricane Katrina.  Watch as BJ uses his newfound skills to point toward the solution to these vicious and bloody bodies that are uncovered. With the help of his new friend, Karen, he negotiates a tricky path through Bourbon Street and into the depths of the Bayou.  (Kindle Publishing 2023)

Tom Lubben is a member of GLVWG and a multi-published author.

Rory Maruschak is a “late bloomer.” Although she’s been writing for most of her life, she didn’t publish a book until several years after she retired from her career as a children’s librarian. Writing as Rory Janis Miller, she is the author of a memoir entitled BEV: The Invisible Sister, which is centered around her intellectually disabled sister Beverley. An earlier memoir entitled Les Amis tells the story of a group of women who formed a club that met every week for over forty years. She is also the co-author of several romances under the pen name Aurora St. Charles. Rory writes short stories, children’s fiction, poetry, and essays, some of which appear on her website blog at and on her Facebook author page.
Darlene was born and raised in Philadelphia but now resides in Bucks County, PA. Nature fuels her bones along with the love of a rescued black cat, wonderful husband, and strong coffee. She has been writing seriously since 2006, despite starting back in 1997. Some of her favorite authors include Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Ann Rule, Edgar Allen Poe and Chuck Wendig.
She uses music to adjust any mood for writing, for driving, and for life.
Nature is her church.

John A. Miller, Jr. has written thirteen mystery novels since 1991, all currently available as eBooks and in paperback at John began writing as a sideline and has stepped up the pace since retiring in late 2004. His Pima series takes place in the Arizona Territory during the 1890s. John lived in Arizona for a number of years and kept his settings for the series as accurate as possible. His more humorous Victorian Mansion series is set in modern times in an unmentioned northern state. His latest novel, The Bayside Murders, takes place on Cape Cod. John is also a member of the Society of Southwestern Authors in Tucson, AZ.
Margaret Murray is a writer, mystery fan and member of GLVWG, PLRW and MWA. SHe has lived in Canada, England and across the United States. Her first mystery manuscript was a finalist in the St. Martin's/Malice Domestic contest. Forging Justice is set in Bethlehem, PA where she has lived for nine years.  More information is available at
Christopher D. Ochs has far too many interests for his own damn good. Starting out with degrees in physics and math from Moravian College, of course it was only logical (? !) that he should pursue careers in computer engineering, integrated circuit design, electrical engineering and software QA at Bell Laboratories and Lattice Semiconductors. Among his current interests are the grande orgue, anime, computer animation, an eclectic appreciation of music, music composition, broadcast radio, storytelling... and recently rediscovered, writing.

Phyllis Palamaro has been an elementary school teacher most of her working life.  She started in NYC, has taught in California and here in the Lehigh Valley.  She has been a volunteer chaplain at Phoebe Home, Allentown for the past eight years.  The thread that winds through both of these activities is storytelling.  She loves to read and act out stories for children of all ages.  Farmer Bonnie came about because of a phone company error, but now that she is here, there will be more adventures!    Farmer Bonnie and Molly the Missing Mule and Farmer Bonnie and Sally the Sad Sow are the first two stories. Watch for Farmer Bonnie and Harry the unHappy Horse as soon as she finds an illustrator.  Farmer Bonnie series makes excellent read-aloud stories for 1-2 graders or younger.  Beautifully illustrated.


Bart Palamaro writes Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal novels.  He occasionally indulges in the odd short story.

The Other Side of Time is his first published novel. It follows the crew of the submarine USS Bethlehem through a time tunnel in the North Atlantic to 9:42 pm, April 14, 1912. 

Just in time to warn Titanic about the iceberg.

Complications ensue.

One of Bart's short stories, How Pauley Michaels Saved the World will appear in the third "Middle of Eternity" anthology, Meanwhile in the Middle of Eternity, sometime in 2020!
Faust Ruggiero is a published research author, clinical trainer, and a therapist who has worked in settings that have included clinics for deaf children, prisons, nursing homes, substance abuse centers, inpatient facilities, and as the President of the Community Psychological Center in Bangor, Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Fix Yourself Handbook, and the director of Phillies Fan Central. Visit his website at:

Ginny Shephard’s wanderlust (army brat), career in higher education, and marriage have taken her all over the USA and UK. Having published numerous academic articles and theater criticism, her creative writing, pen name L. N. Passmore, focuses on Appalachia and Scotland, especially Celtic lore/fantasy.

Her Wayward Wulves Beware was shortlisted for the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Award in fantasy. Website: (featuring Tales of Appalachia, Tales of Lisnafaer). Facebook author’s page: see L N Passmore. See also Covington Writers Group Anthologies (2016-2019) on



Bernadette Sukley has been researching, writing and editing for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated for Women, Men's Health, Natural Health and Berks County Living magazines. As well as local and national newsletters, newspapers, books and magazines.

Rachel Thompson, freelance writer, previously wrote features, beat news, columns, and drew cartoons, for magazines and newspapers. Longtime member of GLVWG, she has five novels and one anthology available in print and e-book. Her next anthology and novel are in process. Thompson writes way-out sci-fi to serious social commentary in her fiction. She features sci-fi, fantasy, satire and historical stories. Thompson twists them all together creating new shapes.

For info on her books; Website or



Laurel Wenson’s love of reading and writing began in her childhood home of Concord, Massachusetts, a place rich with the literary history of Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott, and Hawthorne.  After 15 years of teaching English and theater in the homeschool community, she retired in 2016 to rekindle that love of writing. 

Her love of small-town life has served as an inspiration for the Caldwell series, which began with A Promise to Keep in July of 2020, and includes A Heart to Heal, A Family to Cherish, and the final book of the series, A Place to Belong in  December of 2021.  

Laurel lives in Bethlehem, PA with her husband, two daughters, and a frisky feline. She is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and an avid participant in National Novel Writing Month.

Follow her on social media or visit her website at:

 Carol L. Wright is a fiction and nonfiction writer whose current focus is on writing fiction. Published work includes several short stories in the award-winning anthologies of the Bethlehem Writers Group, including,

A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, And Strange Holiday Tales; Once Around The Sun: Sweet, Funny, And Strange Tales For All Seasons; A Readable Feast: Sweet, Funny, And Strange Tales For Every Taste, And Once Upon A Time: Sweet, Funny, And Strange Tales For All Ages. She Is Also Published In The Glvwg Anthology, Write Here, Write Now.

Carol's latest published work is a mystery set in the Berkshire foothills of Massachusetts.


Allentown native, Roy Ziegler, is the author of three books on early American history. Unfaltering Trust (2020) winner of 4 out of 4 stars from Online Book Club, is the story of Pilgrim Edward Fitz Randolph Jr. and his descendants’ contribution to the development of America. New Hope, Pennsylvania: River Town Passages traces the history of 50 historic buildings in New Hope, and The Parrys of Philadelphia and New Hope, the story of five generations of the Parry Family, winner of the Editor’s Choice and Rising Star Awards from iUniverse publishers. He has collaborated on a children’s book, Let’s Visit New Hope, with Gayle Goodman.

Roy’s novels include Twilight of Separation, Dawn’s Eerie Light and Requiem for Riley.

Roy is past president of the New Hope Historical Society and serves on its board of directors, and is editor of the Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, History in the Making.


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