Members of the Daytona Writers Guild Who Will be Present

​BAMFEST Daytona 2018

2016

Our Team

Our team worked diligently for weeks to coordinate this lovely event.  President Mary Custureri, Ed.D.; First Vice President Ljubica Ceravolo; V.P. Treasurer Joseph Cavanaugh; V.P Coordinator of Events Jesse Sam Owens, J.D. and Director of Educational Development Lynn Hawkins were the main workers.  Board members Lois Gerber, Jeff Boyle, Doug Giacobbe, and Kimi Ayers lent much to ensure the success of our endeavors.  Withouy the help of the whole team, we would not have been able to have such a lovely event. 

Authors


Dr. Mary Custureri

Board Member 

Dr. Mary Custureri, former English professor and originator of BAMfest Daytona is president of the Daytona Writers Guild, a non-profit open to serious writers. She is also president of Taylor and Seale Publishing, A reading specialist as well as professor of english, she considers literacy and literature to be of primary  importance in shaping people's lives. She is also a speake on learning strategies and on literary works. A novelist, she has also written children's books and educational student and teacher  textbooks. 

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Veronica Hart


An award-winning author and playwright, Veronica H. Hart  studied and worked in several states and abroad in England and Iran. In New York, she won numerous awards for her musical Murder in Morocco. She is now regional director of the Florida Writers Association and a member of  Sisters in Crime, The Historical Novel Society, Ormond Writers League and CIFW — an invitation-only writing group based in Daytona Beach. She is also director of UIppity Women Publishing and of Paranormalice    Publishing.   

www.veronicahhart.com

Dr. Robert (Bob) Hart

Board Member BAMfest


Robert Hart, a retired veterinarian, l has authored several articles and stories, three pet books, a book of short stories, and contributed to the web page for the Unofficial Guide to London’s Television Studios.  A prolific writer, he uses satire to perfection in his very witty books.  His stories range from humorous to poignant, whimsical and satirical and even iconoclastic. 

Hart’s Original Petpourri, a Miscellany 

web:www.daytonaareawriters.com/robert-hart.html


Jeff Boyle

Jeff Boyle, author of Nam World  is an award-winning writer of short stories and of his debut novel. Some of his works have appeared in the Florida Writers Association Short Fiction theme Anthology.  A retired high school teacher as well as former business owner and elected City Commissioner, he is an member of the Florida Writers Association and City Island Fiction Writers, he is at work on his second novel while enjoying the success of his debut novel. 

daytonaareawriters.com/jeff-boyle




D.L. Havlin

Senior Strategist

D.L. Havlin is a prolific, popular, award-winning Florida writer. A former reporter and regional director for the Florida Writers Association, football coach, boat captain, world traveler, fishing guide, avid hunter and camper, and historian studying early florida Civil War and WW II, he often reflects his life experiences in his stories Six of his novels have won awards, and his short stories and articles have appeared in a number of magazines.  A winner of numerous awards, he is often called upon to speak about florida history as well as about writing and publishing.  

Kimi ayres

Senior Strategist

Kimi Ayers, author of A Gal's guide to Becoming Happily Unsingle is a successful business owner and Port Orange Chamber of commerce member. She is also a family and marriage counselor, and her book is a product of her research and experience in ministering to others. She and her husband, a minister as well as businessman, enjoy their work in evangelizing and helping others. Kimi also enjoys writing manuscripts on topics related to their business on the dangers on molds and mildew and about business practices and careers.

Jesse Sam Owens

Senior Strategist

Jesse Sam Owens, J.D., a specialist on environmental law, can often   manipulate his courtroom voice in reading his witty or nostalgic or sensitive poetry in an erudite and striking manner. During his legal career, he wrote numerous legal briefs and tomes on environmental and land use law and participated in the writing of many laws on responsible land use. Today, though he still practices law, he also gives of himself fully to the craft of writing poetry and has become an award-winning, popular poet. 

Donna Eastman

Senior Strategist

Donna Eastman holds a BS from Simmons College, School of  Publication. She's worked as a copywriter and editor for 36 years and  is a member of the National League of American Pen Women. She is the co-author of the series of  I Can Do It books:  See, I Can Do It, The Reluctant Eagle, The Silent Lion,  She has also authored the delightful  Terwilliger's Tale as well as Outrageous Kitty.  Eastman is also president of Pasrkeast Literary Agency and a fan of good literature.

Dr. Lynn Hawkins

Senior Strategist

Dr. Hawkins, professor in the School of Humanities and Communication at Daytona State College, is the author of three books, Alive and Writing in Nebraska, Wise Child: Wise Woman and of her very interesting historical biography Always the First that has become popular reading.  This biographical account is the story of   Dr. Annie Mae Walker, an inspiring woman who rose from a background of poverty in Florida and struggled to affect political change. Hawkins has also written more than 2500 feature stories and hosted a weekly TV  segment and two  live daily radio shows. 

Mary Kay Pyles

Senior Strategist

Mary Kay Pyles is a retired Florida elementary school principal who in her years as an educator saw many children in Florida endure difficult life situations. She wrote Rise and Shine Rosie which won first place in the Royal Palm awards in the Young Adult category) to honor those who overcame their challenges and to encourage those who are still struggling. The book reflects the many problems children in Florida may be having and what one person can accomplish.  A timely, interesting book for middle grade and above, it resonates with students who must struggle with family problems. 


Linda Mason

Senior Strategist

Being engaged in education for over thirty years has given Linda the opportunity to feel the pulse of children's eagerness to learn, as well as discover their vulnerabilities and help them embrace their spontaneity. This has inspired her to create stories and songs that capture feelings from the inside out and enable children to develop skills and positive self-concepts from the outside in.  Her first book in the educational series of Wiggilly Tales is the very engaging tale of Whodilly, Wiggilly. Linda's son, Jeffrey Mason, a talented musician and song writer, is collaborating with her to create a web site to showcase their work which includes music with their books. .

jaymitchellproductions.com.

Gerry Tatham

Senior Strategist

A former adjunct professor, of English at Austin Peay State University in  Tennessee and the University of Kentucky in Kentucky, Tatham is now an award-winning published author of poetry, short stories, witty news articles entitled “Modest Proposals” for the New Smyrna Beach Observer and articles for Prissy Magazine in Paris, France. Her debut novel.  Roger and Out, a Malice Domestic type thriller, keeps the readers laughing at  Tatham's tongue-in-cheek witty satire.  The twists and turns in the novel finally lead the reader to an unexpected but hilarious ending . 

Joan Harris

Senior Strategist

Joan Harris, a multiple award winning  author of children's books, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  she has four grown sons and now enjoys thirteen grandchildren.  This may explain her interest, as well as expertise in producing, her very engaging books for young children. Her series of Royal Dragon books have become very popular and award-winning: A Princess, a Prince and a Dragon; The Royal Dragon Goes to School; A Princess, a Prince and a Dragon Go to Camp;  Christmas in the Kingtom of Kool; and now The Royal Dragon and the New Kid.


Donna Nicholson

Senior Strategist

Donna Nicholson has published four novels with Taylor and Seale. Her  Twice Comes Love, Recollections of Affection, Nadine, and Afganistan's Husband  have assured her of a following of fans  eagerly await her next novel.  An avid runner,  she enjoys the  competition of a good race.  She also enjoys poetry and art and growing  geraniums.  Her newest enjoyment is her beautiful grandson and the expectation of the next.

Lois Gerber

Senior Strategist

Lois Gerber, award-winning author of Runaway Girl  ​and  Nadia: Poland and Nadia:Detroit has written many educational short stories and serious works which have appeared in nursing journals and other venues nationwide. A spelialist in community health, she is knowledgeable about people's values and beliefs, cultures, and their efforts to survive in hostile environments. Her experiences have inspired her to create stories  centered on the lives of people who have met challenges and emerge victoriously.   

www.nursesbookshelf.com

William G. Collins

Senior Strategist

Dr. William "Bill" Collins, a prolific, successful author with degrees in history and education, has been a life-long student of ancient cultures and civilizations. His career as an educator, pastor, and missionary to the Congo for many years made him even more determined to write about his discoveries. His books are of interest globally, and sold world-wide  A member of the Florida Writer’s Association, Collins is group leader of the Port Orange Scribes and participates regularly in the Daytona Writer’s Group, the Ormond Beach Writers League and the Daytona Fiction Writers. 

Dodie Ulery

Senior Strategist

Dodie Ulery, a 1997 graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and an award-winning photojournalist, is  also a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and the Canon Photography Masters Program. Her photographic images, as well as her articles,  have appeared in magazines too numerous to mention. Ulery is also an award-winning fine-art basket maker whose work is sold at museums and art galleries throughout Florida. She also received the Silver Eddy Award for excellence on the magazine cover image for Sun Times Magazine.  Her books, Defining Miracles and Palmistry To Go were released in 2010. Her newest book is Froodom Song, a young adult historical novel about an immigrant boy who faces challenges.  It is based on reality.   [email protected]

maccormac

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

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lazarus

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com

Lana chapel

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com

Joe Cavanaugh

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com


axelrod

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com


melody dimick

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com


chris gantry

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com


david ask

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com


liz vollstadt

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com


doug giaccobbi

Senior Strategist

Teresa J. Carson is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer's Association.

Ms. Carson has worked as a copywriter for radio and TV in Virginia and designed ads for a California newspaper. She recently married and lives in South Daytona, Florida with her husband and two white cats. 

Sofia's Angel, her first book, is followed by the sequel, Sofia's Secret. The third, Nobody's Baby, is in production and will be available in early 2017

sugarbabybooks.com