About Us

Our membership is varied and consists of writers from different backgrounds,
interests and experience levels. Meet some of us below!


Todd Arkenberg

AM Group

T.D. Arkenberg has published three novels, Final Descent (2013), Jell-O and Jackie O (2014), and None Shall Sleep (2016). Circle of Words (2016), an anthology of Brussels-based writers, contains his short story, “Hollywood Calls”. His memoir, Two Towers is slated for a late 2017 release, and a collection of Brussels-themed short stories will launch in 2018.
Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and ScreenCraft have recognized his work. T.D. has been a member of BWW since 2010. Despite relocating back to Chicago after a two-year residency in Belgium, he is still active with the Brussels Writers Circle. He has served on the boards of the Barrington Writers Workshop and the Barrington Chapter, Lyric Opera Chicago.
Prior to becoming a writer, T.D. had an extensive career with United Airlines where he served in a variety of executive roles. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School and Northwestern University. He lives with his spouse, Jim, and their cat, Puhi, a Brussels expat, in Arlington Heights.

Website: http://www.tdarkenberg.com

Blog: http://www.tdarkenberg.com/category/an-american-in-brussels/

Twitter Handle: @word_stringer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TDArkenberg/

Email Address: www.tdarkenberg@gmail.com


Sharon Shea Bossard

AM Group

Sharon is an Irish citizen who earned her master’s degree in Education from Chicago’s Northeastern Illinois University. Curious about her family’s experiences as struggling immigrants in Chicago, she meticulously recorded their lives. Earning excellent reviews in all major Irish and Irish American publications, her books have been featured on numerous radio and television talk shows in Ireland and in the U.S. Her writing has appeared in the Irish Genealogical Society International magazine, Ireland of the Welcomes magazine, Emigrant Online Publication, Inside Claire County, Irish Gazette, Family Chronicle Magazine, Boston Irish Reporter, Northwest Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune and featured in the American Club Magazine in Hong Kong. Her publications have received numerous awards: Illinois Woman’s Press Association (IWPA), Indie Next Generation Book Awards and featured in the Midwest Book
Review Index along with a personal note of appreciation from Ireland’s President Mary McAleese (2010). Sharon’s books have been placed in the Chicago Newberry Library’s extensive collections on Irish history, genealogy and history of immigration and added to the Abraham Lincoln Research Library in Springfield, IL for their collection.

Website: http://findingmyirish.com

Email Address: Ltlfrog1@aol.com

Lance Erlick

PM Group

I write science fiction thrillers for young adults and adults. In the Rebel series, Annabelle Scott faces a crisis of conscience when she is forced to become a warrior to enforce laws she believes are wrong. The Regina Shen series takes place after abrupt climate change leads to Collapse and a new society under the World Federation. As an outcast, Regina must fight to stay alive and help her family while she avoids being captured. My latest novel is Xenogeneic: First Contact about encounters with an alien race aiming to take over Earth.

In 2016 my brother suffered a stroke and needed my help and then my mom needed my assistance, so I’m balancing their needs and my passion for writing. I’m currently working on a story about androids from the android point of view.

Website: http://www.LanceErlick.com

Email Address: lanceerlick11@gmail.com


FelicityFelicity Gorham

AM Group

I write both fiction and non-fiction. I’m currently working on my autobiography.

Twitter Handle: @FelicityG

Email Address: Felicity.Gorham@comcast.net


Julie Kendrick

AM Group

Julie Kendrick is a former newspaper journalist and managing editor of a scientific journal. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. In addition to writing, she is an outdoor photographer whose work has been displayed as an invited artist at the Barrington Garlands Gallery. She is a member of the Melodeers Chorus, a 125-voice a-cappella world champion women’s chorus of Sweet Adelines International. A Fatal Development, a cozy mystery, is Julie’s first novel.


Email Address: kendrickbooks@comcast.net


maryMary Klest 

PM Group

I write lifestyle, business and travel articles for print and digital publishers. I am a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Travel Journalists Association. My commercial work includes advertorials, ad copy, blog writing, website copy and content marketing for national brands and publications.

Website: http://www.maryklest.com/

Blog: http://www.whostakingthetrain.com/

Twitter Handle: @maryklest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.klest

Email Address: mary@maryklest.com


Cynthia Ripley Miller

PM Group

Cynthia Ripley Miller is a first generation Italian-American writer with a love for history, languages and books.  She has lived, worked, and travelled in Europe, Africa, North America and the Caribbean. She holds two degrees, has taught history and teaches English.  Her short fiction has appeared in the anthology Summer Tapestry, at Orchard Press Mysteries.com and The Scriptor.  A Chanticleer International Chatelaine Award finalist for her novel, On the Edge of Sunrise, she has reviewed for UNRV Roman History, and blogs at Historical Happenings and Oddities: A Distant Focus and on her website, www.cynthiaripleymiller.com.

Cynthia has four children and lives with her husband, her cat, Romulus, and Jessie, a German Shepherd, in a suburb of Chicago. On the Edge of Sunrise and The Quest for the Crown of Thorns are the first two novels in her Long-Hair Saga series set in Late Ancient Rome and France and published by Knox Robinson Publishing-London & Atlanta.

Website: http://www.cynthiaripleymiller.com

Blog: http://www.cynthiaripleymiller.com/blog/

Twitter Handle: @CRipleymiller

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CynthiaRipleyMiller

Email Address: cynthia@cynthiaripleymiller.com



Keith Mulford

AM and PM Groups

I write mysteries. These whodunits offer complex plots that challenge even the most avid mystery reader.

I am currently the BWW Membership Chair and Manuscript Chair for the PM session. I am also a member of the Mystery Writers of America.

Oak Cliff Mystery Series
Thinking person’s mysteries, set in a small Wisconsin town, offering intricate plots, salted with intriguing technologies

In The Shadows of Oak Cliff  – Detective Joe Boyd is tired of Chicago’s relentless gang murders. He escapes to a small Wisconsin town, taking the job of Police Chief. He finds his quieter life, but has no idea that shadowy secrets from the past will soon threaten the village’s tranquility.

A Perfect Crime – An Oak Cliff Mystery  –  Best-selling crime writer, Peter Bentley is looking for new plot ideas. His research takes him to rural Wisconsin where three cold case bank robberies catch his attention. Something goes terribly wrong. Instead of writing about crime, Peter must solve one, or die trying.

Hidden Impact – An Oak Cliff Mystery  –  A violent train wreck. A mysterious box thrown from a moving freight car. Police Chief Joe Boyd is confronted with a mystery where nothing is as it seems. What’s in the box? Who’s racing to find it? What will happen if it’s not found?

Email Address: Mulford.Author@WideOpenWest.com


Dan Naylor

PM Group

Years putting in time in The Machine, furtive notes scribbled in pressurized cabins, diseased plotlines incubated in sterile cubicles, and endless outlining.  A minor breakthru with a set of iconoclastic yet commercially damaged short stories.  Now thrust into the spiritual oubliette of Unemployed Novelist Bum.  I’ll finish it, someday …

Blog: https://scatterbrainageblog.wordpress.com

Twitter Handle: @djnaylor2

Email Address: djnaylor2@gmail.com




bevBeverly Ottaviano

AM Group

I started as a BWW member over a dozen years ago prompted by an invitation from longtime friend and member Margot Stimely. My schedule allowed only occasional visits at first, but I was hooked. Each week was varied and an adventure in writing, not to mention the many guests, members and authors I’ve met over the years. My interest led to the Manuscript Chair role and four years ago I agreed to the position of President of BWW. It’s a wonderful community with shared interests and now an important part of my life.

Twitter Handle: @Beverly Ottaviano

Email Address: bev.b.ottaviano@aol.com


J. Horton Palmer

AM Group

Horton Palmer has written poetry in Hawaii, Illinois, and Florida. Nature and everyday human conditions serve as topics. He is inspired by the beauty and culture of the Hawaiian Islands, the state of Florida, the Caribbean, and the changing seasons in the Midwest. Currently, he is preparing his Maui Mutt, the Molokini Adventure children’s book for publication.

He is a member of the Barrington Writers Workshop, the DuPage Writers Workshop, The Phoenix Writers group in Clarendon Hills, and the Maui Live Poets Society in Hawaii.

Email Address: mauimutt@yahoo.com


georgann-prochaska-author-threeGeorgann Prochaska

AM Group

I  live outside of Chicago.  After retiring from teaching, I became a caregiver for my mother, an experience I shared in a memoir (2014).  Revisiting memories of family led to me writing mysteries.  The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile (2015) is the first of the Snoopypuss series and was named as one of the ten finalists in the 2015 Lascaux Prize.  The second in the series is The Hound Who Didn’t Stay (2016).  My blog is a site for secrets, family, and friendships.  Currently, I’m working on The EX Who Wanted Revenge.

Website:   http://outskirtspress.com/thecaseofthehoundwhodidntstay

Blog: http://weavingmysteries.blogspot.com

Email Address: prochaskageorgann@yahoo.com


Phyllis Shearer

AM Group

Phyllis Shearer worked as a freelance writer in many industriess–accounting, healthcare, tourism, insurance, oil and gas, and real estate.  She wrote features for in-house magazines, speeches, and press releases, She wrote material for training and educational films for large corporations and small.  These days she’s steady at work finishing her second novel.

Twitter Handle: Phyllis Shearer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phyllis.shearer.9


Tamara Tabel

PM Group

Professionally, I am a copywriter and marketer, providing content for
websites, blogs, printed materials and Press Releases for corporations, small
businesses and non-profits. In my writing life, I am a published poet and am
currently working on historical novel series set in 1918-1919 America, based in
the deep south and also in Chicago during the 1919 Race Riots. I have a degree
in Journalism/Advertising.

Website: http://www.tamaratabel.com

Blog: http://www.tamaratabel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamaratabel

Email Address: nappingcat@sbcglobal.net

Harry Trumfio

AM Group

Poetry, Short Stories, Creative-non fiction, currently working on a memoir of his father.

Harry Trumfio was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and now resides with his wife, Lorie in Arlington Heights, Illinois. They have four children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

He is a former public school superintendent and served as the Chairman of the Department of Education at Benedictine University. He currently is a study group coordinator for the Institute for Continued Learning at Roosevelt University.

Email Address: hltrumfio@sbcglobal.net