Saturday, August 26

SAMMI JONES • 10:00 A.M.

Sammi Jones got her start in roller derby in 2010 when she joined the Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead and has written for a variety of publications. She resides in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area where she works as an assistant editor for a trade magazine and skates for Minneapolis’s North Star Roller Girls.


Chris Norbury is an author and freelance writer whose first novel, Castle Danger, was published in 2016. He has writ- ten articles on wilderness canoeing for the Boundary Waters Journal and is a Contributing Editor to the website His freelance areas of interest include politics, current events, finance and investing, economics, golf, canoeing, camping, traveling, food, and wine. Norbury has been a volunteer Big Brother in his community since 2000 and donates a portion of his book profits to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, he currently lives in Owatonna, MN with his wife and golf clubs. To learn more, please visit his website,


Sandra Weinrib Stanfield is a licensed colon therapist and certified clinical hypnotherapist practicing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With a B.A. in English Literature from Queens College of the City University of New York, she worked with television writers on movies of the week, soap operas and mini-series prior to becoming a paralegal in Los Angeles, California. In the late 1980’s, after using holistic health methods to overcome a chronic illness, she changed careers. Many years ago, she had the good fortune to meet and become good friends with Thomas D. Hormel, grandson of Hormel Foods’ founder, George A. Hormel. Two years ago, Tom asked Sandy to edit and publish his grandfather’s autobiography, based in part on her unequivocal enthusiasm after reading the manuscript.


As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.

I have worn many hats throughout my lifetime such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities, office manager and finally computer repair person eventually owning my own computer repair business. I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series. Adding four more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a new Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local news- papers feeds my writing creativity. I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble. Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.


I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration. I married Jim McCarthy who was enrolled in medical school. We moved to Rochester for him to do his three year residency, and we are still here 40 years later! We have three married children and six grandchildren. I am retired from retail sales at the Herberger’s Department store where I was known for seeking out the best deals!. My hobbies include traveling (internationally) with Jim, seeing the grandchildren, exercising at the gym, studying my faith, and volunteering. I wrote a book, A Pilgrimage of Hope: A Story of Faith and Medicine, about my ordeal with brain cancer. For this book, I received the Seal of Approval from the Catholic Writer’s Guild.

Sunday, August 27


A historian who gives much credit to those who offered information in her research of the Austin story, Eileen Evans created the biography of Cy Thomson. Cy was the infamous “criminal” of the city’s history, which Eileen insists that the book will also show the deep caring and generous side of this man. With the wealth of information and insights, this book took its form first as a weekly article in the LeRoy Independent (Mower County Independent). The final chapter was even a surprise to Eileen.

JUDI BERGEN • 12:30 P.M.

Judi Bergen has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. She has worked as a therapist in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings for over forty years. For the ten years before she retired, Judi also worked with Hospice patients and their families.

Writing has always been an important part of Judi’s life. Her short stories have been published in literary journals. Longing to Belong is her debut novel. She lives with her husband in Austin, Minnesota, where they have enjoyed raising their three children.



Ricki Walters is an Austin Minnesota based writer and editor, who has a pas- sion for thrillers, science fiction/fantasy, and middle grade and young adult novels. She is the owner of and editor for RLW Editorial Services (, and is a member of the Professional Editors’ Network (PEN). She has written articles for Connections, College Crossings, and the Professional Editors’ Network Newsletter. Her short stories have been published by Learning through History and Aria Kalsan.

Ricki is currently finishing a middle grade urban fantasy novel, The Enchanted, for which she will soon be seeking publication. The fairy world she created for this novel comes partly from her imaginings, partly from Irish mythology, and partly from the Springbrook Nature Center (in Coon Rapids, MN), the Three Rivers Park District, and the Minneapolis park systems, which she enjoys as often as she can with her children and grandchildren. Ricki has a Master of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections with a minor in Psychology, and she has taught writing as an adjunct faculty member at Riverland Community College and Minnesota State University, Mankato.


I began writing more than twenty five years ago while actively engaged in a science based career. Under the pen name Harriet Ulland, I have been writing books for young readers, ages 9-12 years, that have action and mystery without violence. My books incorporate humor and elementary science principles, as well as, addressing family issues faced by this age group. My latest book, for readers of all ages, is a historical fiction based on the Dakota Conflict in Minnesota. I currently have eleven books available on Amazon as print books or e-books.