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'Let the Dogs Speak' author Marianne McKiernan has been involved with Canine Companions for Independence since 2001, when she received her first puppy in training. Along with her husband, John, she has raised eight Canine Companion pups, and counting. Marianne is a two-time Emmy award winning producer who currently lives in Denver where she works at KMGH-TV, the ABC affiliate.

Corbin Lewars wrote the memoir Creating a Life (Catalyst Book Press, 2010) which was nominated for the 2011 PNBA award, and DIVORCE AS OPPORTUNITY (Booktrope, 2013) a divorce guidebook for women. After moving to over a dozen cities and traveling throughout Europe and Asia, she finally settled down in the Pacific Northwest in 1993. She teaches creative writing and mentors writers in Seattle, where she lives with her two children.

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'Running in the Darkness' author Jim Daly has written several novels and plays. He is also a working artist who has displayed in the Port Townsend Gallery. Prior to moving to Port Townsend, Washington, Jim served twenty years as a deputy probation officer in Southern California. He resides in Port Townsend with his wife and granddaughter and is currently working on 'Horns of the Bull,' an adventure thriller about a probation officer who walks in on a big drug deal, takes the money and…

Raised across the river from the Hanford Nuclear Reactor, Jennifer Hotes grew up looking at the world a little differently. Now she uses her unique perspective and glow-in-the-dark countenance to write YA novels and illustrate for many talented authors. Mrs. Hotes loves living in the rainy Pacific Northwest, volunteering in her children's schools and helping raise funds for Providence Hospice of Seattle.

Chris Minich is a writer living in Snoqualmie Washington. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their two precocious dogs, Sydney and Buddy. Chris is also a die hard Seattle Seahawks fan.

Leigh Bennett is an Australian author who lives in Melbourne’s hilly outer east with her husband, three sons, two beagle x cavalier dogs, and a varying number of chickens. Before giving up the glamorous life to be a stay-at-home mum, Leigh worked in various industries including public service, education, road, and music. She enjoys reading, cooking, interior design, and writing stories filled with love, drama, and fun — happily ever afters not optional.

@Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright. In 2000 she wrote her first full-length play, 'My Lady's Hand' which subsequently won the 2001 first place prize for new work at the Burien Theatre. Her first novel, RIVERSONG, became a bestselling ebook in 2012, reaching #1 on Nook and spending 35 days in Amazon's Top 100. Like her main character in CARAMEL AND MAGNOLIAS, Tess is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She currently lives near Seattle with her two young daughters.

Jennifer Sivec is from Oberlin, Ohio and is married to her best friend and love. They have two energetic little sons who give them purpose and happiness. She is a full-time working wife, mom, author, and blogger living a full life, delicately balancing all aspects. Writing has been Jennifer's saving grace her entire life.

Addison Kline is an International Best-Selling Author who resides in Philadelphia with her husband, their children and their two dogs. When she is not writing, she enjoys watching reruns of Downton Abbey, The Walking Dead and Sons on Anarchy, traveling with her family and reading to her heart's content.