Our Members

This page is for our members who wish to promote their work.

Carissa Andrews, fiction & nonfiction author, freelance writer and graphic designer, audiobook narrator & producer. Facebook

Bob Peterson, books and book reviews. Recent interviews: Wendy’s Coffeehouse, Conscious Living with Wendy GarrettFacebook

Charmaine Donovan, poetry and prose.

Candace Simar, novelist, memoir, workshops/classes.

M E Fuller, Creative: novels, short stories, essays | Freelance: writer and copy editor.

Shirley Greves, (pen name: Rosemary Vaughn)

Becky Flansburg, freelance writer, blogger

Charlie Johnson, blogger, short stories, photographer

Cara Lanz, blogger – food and finance

Tracy Rittmueller,  poetry, journalism, grant & business writing, creative nonfiction

D.R. Carlson is a graduate of Mankato State College who has lived in the Brainerd Lakes Area for almost fifty years.  She is a newcomer to writing and recently joined the Brainerd Writers Alliance.  Several years ago D. R. was awarded first place in the Adult Division of the Brainerd Dispatch Christmas Essay Contest for her story entitled, “The King of Little Brothers.”  Currently, she is working on a historical fiction novel about her ancestors and the challenges they faced trying to survive in the Minnesota wilderness.

Beverly Hamilton Abear taught English for many years, then began writing devotionals, stories, novels, articles, memoir, and poetry. Her work is published in “Talking Stick,” “Dust and Fire,” “Her Voice” and “Lake Country Journal” magazines, “Guideposts'” Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, and “Bethany House” Love Is a Verb. She twice received grants for writing workshops. Her dream is to become better at the writing craft and successfully write and publish her novel manuscripts. She is currently revising her YA novel, The Amazing OUtrageous Amanda Olivia Fortinbras.

Diane Schlagel, a retired psychologist, has written a memoir, The Price of New Shoes, An Oldest Sister’s Journey. It is a story of survival and resilience in the face of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her biological father and of the love she found with her soul mate and husband of over fifty years. It chronicles the family dynamics, the significance of her teachers and her spiritual journey. For over 20 years she used her experiences to facilitate healing and insight for groups of women survivors of all forms of sexual abuse. The book is available by contacting her via email.