Our Authors




J. Scott Payne grew up in Kansas and began his craft as a cub reporter at the Kansas City Star. He served as an Army counterintelligence agent in Korea, Washington, D.C., and Vietnam.

After leaving the military, he returned to Kansas but quickly migrated to Michigan where the summers were cooler and the winters warmer. He worked as a reporter and editor in several newspapers, retiring in 2004. He has freelanced since then while undertaking his first novel, a tale based on his great-grandfather’s experiences with a Pennsylvania Regiment in the Civil War. He has begun a sequel.

Scott and Jane live in Allendale, Michigan, close to two of their three daughters and four grandchildren.

Book Site:  www.JScottPayne.com


Steve LeBel

Steve_LeBel__200x300Businessmen are serious people, right?  However, Steve LeBel — hospital president, technology entrepreneur, algorithmic stock trader — is definitely not serious.

Not when he writes.

Whimsy overcomes him at the word processor. Whimsy is at the core of his novel, The Universe Builders, which he tells with a unique balance of seriousness, humor, and imagination.

LeBel lives in Muskegon, Michigan with his wife Marge, and Mindy and Dexter, their cats.  When not writing, he is busy planning his next trip, cussing out the stock market, doing tech support for friends, or dreaming up new Universe Builder plots.

Book Site:  www.TheUniverseBuilders.com
Personal Site:  www.SteveLeBel.com
Media Kit:  www.TheUniverseBuilders/mediakit-lebel


Deanna J. Compton

Deanna writes fantasy fiction for young adults and adults from the comfort of her home in Muskegon, Michigan.  She began writing many years ago and found a passion for story-telling.  Putting words together in a manner that paints images with the imagination is what she loves to do best.  She self-published her first trilogy, Freecurrent, and is currently working on a new series titled Human Nature, which mixes fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian.

She is a mom and wife and business owner and has a diversity of pets.  Deanna grew up in Muskegon but has lived in Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Lexington and Roscommon before returning back home.

When she is not reading or writing, Deanna loves to feed her soul by spending time at the lake and driving her classic red convertible.

Book Site:  www.freecurrent.net

Linda WatkinsLinda Watkins

Born in New England, Linda Watkins’ family moved to Michigan when she was a child. But her east coast roots remained strong and, each summer, she journeyed back to visit relatives in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Her favorite place to visit was a remote island, accessible only by boat.

When Linda graduated from college, (Carnegie Mellon ’70), she relocated to San Francisco Bay Area where she lived and worked for thirty years. But the allure of that special island remained strong and, in 2006, she packed up her four dogs and belongings and fulfilled her dream, moving to Chebeague Island, Maine (year-round pop. 350).

She lived there for seven wonderful years and, while a resident, she penned her award-winning novel of horror and suspense, MATEGUAS ISLAND (published in April of 2014). In December of that same year, she published the sequel to MATEGUAS, aptly titled, RETURN TO MATEGUAS ISLAND.

Today, she resides in Western Michigan and is at work on the 3rd full-length novel in the Mateguas Series, GHOSTS OF MATEGUAS.

Book Site:  www.MateguasIsland.com
Personal Site:  www.LindaWatkins.biz


H. William Ruback

Photo-14Born and raised, (mostly) in Chicago, H.William Ruback has followed a creative path throughout most of his life. His love for writing was born from his passion for making music. His desire to create original art led to a thirteen-year career in the Graphics Field. His inability to escape fiction has led him back to writing and the bookselling world, as both author and seller.

Personal triumphs and tragedies have carved a sharper edge to his life. He now lives in a small town in Michigan with his wife and two sons.

Sitting on a wealth of story ideas, the only demon he now faces is him-self committing the time to complete every one.


darlene blasingDarlene Blasing

Darlene grew up in a small town along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. After college she worked as a printer and sales rep for a New Age school on the Leelanau Peninsula. She later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where her occupations included production photographer, artist and art dealer. She enjoys travel and has explored many points around the globe. Throughout her life she has been an avid gardener and horticulture figures prominently in her stories. She returned to the lakeshore in 2002 and is working on her second novel, Death by Cold Steel, a mystery.