Tom Rizzo is the author of Last Stand at Bitter Creek, a historical action adventure novel set in the mid- to late-1800s. He also authored "Heroes & Rogues: The Good and the Bad of the Old West." A native Ohioan, Tom lives in Houston. His writing career has taken him from radio and television news reporting to The Associated Press, where he worked as a correspondent. As a freelance writer, he published hundreds of articles, developed sales and marketing copy, worked as a ghostwriter, and conducted workshops on business writing and speaking. His writing specialties are action/adventure novels and short stories. As a freelance writer, Rizzo published hundreds of articles, developed sales and marketing copy, worked as a ghostwriter, and conducted workshops on business writing and speaking. His writing specialties are action/adventure novels and short stories.
Maryann Miller, who hails from Winnsboro, Texas, is an award-winning author of books, screenplays and stage plays. Her mystery, Stalking Season, is the second book in the Seasons Series that debuted with Open Season in 2010. The series features two women homicide detectives in Dallas and has been described as "Lethal Weapon" with female leads. The books have received rave reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Library Journal. Her most recent release is Boxes for Beds, an historical mystery set in Arkansas in the 60s when the mob ruled Hot Springs. Other books are a suspense novel One Small Victory, a young adult novel Friends Forever, a short story collection The Wisdom of Ages, and Play it Again, Sam, a romance novel. Among the awards Miller has received are the Page Edwards Short Story Award, the New York Library Best Books for Teens Award, first place in the screenwriting competition at the Houston Writer's Conference, placing as a semi-finalist at Sundance, and placing as a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Screenwriting Competition. Miller is the Theatre Director at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, where she especially likes working with young performers, and coordinates the annual Youth Drama Camp. When not directing, Miller likes to be onstage and has appeared in numerous productions. She enjoys playing farmer at "Grandma's Ranch" where she lives with one husband, one horse, one goat, one sheep, one dog, and four cats. The cats rule.
As the paper engineer of more than 40 pop-up books, Bruce’s work has been seen on NBC’s The Today Show three times; USA Today declared his work in the pop-up book, Harry Potter “Awesome!”; and just recently, Oprah. com selected his newest book, America’s National Parks, its Book of the Week for the Fourth of July. Additionally, his work can be seen extensively in the opening and throughout the Disney movie, “Enchanted.” In May of this year, Bruce was also honored to be one of three international paper engineers to be singled out with his own exhibition display and invited to attend the World Pop-Up Exhibit in Seoul, South Korea to speak and conduct workshops. Bruce lives and works from his home studio in Houston and is looking to return to Tyler after having visited the East Texas Book Fest in 2011. Read more about him at paperpops.com