About Us || Staff
columnists, interviewers & reviewers
here to learn more about authors who work
at Myshelf and their books.
Barbara Buhrer (Reviewer)
I am a retired
librarian with one son and two grandchildren.
Mysteries, legal thrillers, espionage, regencies,
historical, naval, true history
Beth McKenzie (Reviewer)
I am a Nuclear
Engineer with fantasies of owning a B&B, training
horses, and writing for fun. I am currently contracted
to analyze and document the safety envelope for
a nuclear enrichment facility in New Mexico. All
of this technical writing and reviewing sure is
handy, but there has to be more! I have been married
for about 20 years to Don who is a Village Public
Safety Officer in Western Alaska. Together we
"share" a transient lifestyle with 4 horses, 5
dogs, as well as scads of cats and goldfish. I
read almost anything I can get my hands on except
terror-for-the-sake-of-terror type books. With
the indulgence of the site coordinator I will
be reviewing both fiction and non-fiction for
Myshelf and pray that my efforts will add to your
Various and some audiobooks
Beverly Rowe (Reviewer
& Columnist: Babes
Bev is the mother
of 6, with 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
She is a small business owner and internet enterpreneur
who lives in the last frontier of Alaska, and
loves to travel and write.
Mystery/Suspense, horror, historical novels,
children's books of all age levels... and hysterical
novels, like like Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen,
and some nonfiction, especially history and biography.
Robert (Bob) Walch (Reviewer)
nearly four decades in the classroom Bob Walch
has "retreated" to his study where he reads, reviews
and reminiscences about the good old days (the
A wide range of things, from children's picture
books to mysteries
Brenda Weeaks (Owner, Audio Reviewer
/ Site Coordinator)
I'm married with
two grown kids. I work full-time and run MyShelf.Com.
I've earned a Bachelor degree in English and an
Associate degree in American Sign Language. I
chose to major in English because I love to read
and write, BUT unlike most English majors I dislike
BIG WORDS. Readers will find my reviews simple
Audio books of all kinds. Mystery: (Historical
& British). Romance & some nonfiction.
I was born in Galicia (Northern
Spain), a land of rolling hills and green valleys
surrounded by the ocean, thought in medieval times
to be 'Finisterre,' the place where the world
came to an end.
I have a Ph.D. in Biology and
worked in research for over ten years. Currently
I work as a freelance writer and translator (English
My YA fantasy Two Moon Princess
about my experiences between Spain and the New
World (California) was published in 2007 by Tanglewood
Press. Its sequel, The King in the Stone,
takes place in 718 Celtic Spain and is scheduled
for publication in 2010.
I have also published four non-fiction
books Heroin, Ritalin, Mad
Cow Disease, and Lung Cancer (Chelsea
Be sure to visit my
Web Site and
When reading for fun, I read Young Adult, Historical
Fiction and Fantasy.
Carol Ann Culbert
Johnson (Reviewer and Columnist:
I am the proud author of nineteen
(19) short stories for Black Romance, Bronze Thrills,
Jive Magazine, True Black Experience, Black Confessions
and True Black Experience Magazines. My debut
novel, I Confess was published/released
on December 18, 2004 and my second novel, Everything
and More will be published/released on January
16, 2006. I have about six more novels in progress.
I am 43 years old, and I live in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
My passion is writing and reading. My
Howard-Johnson (Reviewer, Columnist:
Back to Literature)
I'm an author,
teacher, speaker and mentor for other writers.
While my primary
teaching role is as an instructor for UCLA Extension's
Writers' Program, I have also shared my expertise
at such venues as San Diego State's world renowned
Writers' Conference and Call to Arts! EXPO. I
love to travel and have studied writing myself
at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom,
Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and
Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
I speak on culture,
tolerance, writing and promotion—subjects
I'm passionate about—and have appeared on
TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide.
I was recently awarded Woman of the Year in Arts
and Entertainment by the California Legislature
and received my city's Ethics Award for my work
in promoting tolerance.
My fiction, nonfiction
and poems have appeared in national magazines,
anthologies and review journals. Both my first
novel, This is the Place, and my second
book, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered
were award-winners. My "HowToDoItFrugally" series
of self help books for writers, editors and booksellers
includes USA Book News' Best Professional Book
2004 The Frugal Book Promoter, and, most
recently, Great Little Last-Minute Editing
Tips for Writers, which June Casagrande, syndicated
column grammar guru and author of Grammar Snobs
Are Great Big Meanies called "...more useful
than Strunk and White." Magdalena Ball and I are
currently involved in bringing out a Celebration
Series of chapbooks offering poetry lovers an
alternative to traditional cards at a similar
price. The first releases are She Wore Emerald
Then, Cherished Pulse and Imagining
the Future. I've published an unrelated poetry
chapbook titled Tracings. You can find
my books through my website (below) and on
I also mentor
writers online through my Howtodoitfrugally.com
website, which is filled with advice and resources
for writers. You can find out more about my own
literary work and interests at CarolynHoward-Johnson.com.
Poetry, classics, biography, memoirs,
and books for and about writers.
Claudia VanLydegraf (Reviewer)
I am a single
mother of 3 adult children, grandmother of 2,
live and have my own business in Reno, NV. I have
one published book, Notes from Nobody,
a book about the ramifications of adoption; currently
being revised and getting ready to republish with
a new publisher. A second book in the works, tentatively
titled: Please SOMEONE Find Me, a True
Crime cold case murder, from 1939 that is shaping
up to be a real whodunit, and a genealogical book
about my family history, From the Footprints
of Kings in the works. I published a community
newspaper (weekly) for 4 years called Coyote
News. I am a jack of all trades, have been
an avid reader all my life, and like most book
types, however am not really keen on SciFi-Fant-Space-Alien
type stuff. Prefer Historical Fiction, Historical
Romance, things with the ring of truth and believability
to them. Am honored to again be a recipient of
inclusion in Marquis Who's Who in America for
the 2nd year standing 2004 and 2005, and Marquis
Who's Who in the World for the 1st year in 2005.
Please see my websites:
- My Den
Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Mysteries
that have a bit of real history, like Clive Cussler,
Novels like anything of the sort that Michner,
Wouk, Colleen McCoullgh, Jean Auel, some crime
novels that are based on true events, Leon Uris
type books, Prefer real life type stories. Pretty
open to most anything, except Sci-Fi, Fantasy,
Space Ship stuff. No Erotica, please.
Cornelia Amiri (Review Editor)
My articles have
have appeared in more than a dozen magazines and
I write a monthly column for Savvy Click.
I have two historical romance novels published
with Awe-Struck E-books, The Fox Prince
and One Heart, One Way. My third book,
a paranormal romance, Danger is Sweet,
will be released by Awe-Struck in the fall of
2004. One Heart, One Way was a 2004 Eppie
finalist. I teach a monthly writing class at Leisure
Learning in Houston, Texas.
writes novels (the Jesus Creek mystery series)
as well as short stories, non-fiction, and of
course, reviews. Recently retired from a career
in social services, she now devotes herself to
reading, napping, and tending to her chickens.
Be sure to visit Deb's
(Reviewer, Columnist: Between
I am the author of two published mystery novels,
The Unreal McCoy, and the second installment
in this series, Turn Left at September.
Another mystery, The First Domino, is currently
making the rounds of literary agents in hopes
of finding representation. There are three other
full length projects in various stages of construction
as well as plans for several more. My first short
story, "Calvin," was a finalist in the Futures
Magazine, "Twist," contest. I am also an avid
motorcyclist and love any kind of speedsports.
I am a big football fan as well. I live on the
shore of Lake Huron about 100 miles north of Detroit.
Be sure to visit my website
Unreal McCoy and Turn
Left at September are now on Kindle.
Elaine Broome (Reviewer)
I am an English
teacher who loves nothing more than thinking about,
talking about, and writing about books! Mysteries,
science fiction, romance, nonfiction, poetry .
. . . I crave them all and love nothing more than
spending time in the company of old and new ďfriendsĒ
Iíve met in many years of reading. A very recent
transplant from the sunshine and sand of Florida
to the mountains and energy of Northern California,
I canít wait to see where this new adventure takes
me. And, of course, there are new bookstores and
new authors just waiting to be discovered.
science fiction, romance, nonfiction, poetry .
. . .
Elise Cooper (Reviewer)
Elise Cooper is
a freelance author focusing on issues involving
national and homeland security. Her articles have
been published by various blogs, magazines and
newsletters. She also does freelance book publicity
for authors as well as writing book reviews and
interviews with public figures and novelists.
Jan Fields (Reviewer)
My stories and
articles have appeared in such varied magazines
as Highlights, Cricket, Ladybug,
Teddy Bear and Friends, and Byline.
I've written 20 storybooks that were marketed
by a toy company as a companion for their collectable
doll line. I'm an instructor and web editor for
The Institute of Children's Literature and have
written extensively on Children's Writing. I am
the editor at Kid
Magazine Writers. I have a middle grade
novel coming out in 2008 as part of the Creative
Girls Club with DRG publishing. For more about
me and my writing, check my Website.
Children, teen and young adult
Jeanette Clinkunbroomer (Review
For the last twenty
years, I've made a living as a writer and editor,
working primarily for trade journals, also doing
some copywriting and public relations work. Since
1994, I've been freelancing as a business journalist
and working on my first love -- fiction. My latest
novel, published July 2003, is the memoir of a
fictional Civil War journalist, Nick Canfield,
covering his life both on and off the battlefield.
I have a degree in English lit. and am an avid
reader of history and historical fiction, love
mystery/suspense (any kind), as well as that vast
non-specific category called mainstream.
Jo Rogers (Reviewer)
I have written
my first book and am looking for a publisher.
General fiction, nonfiction, fantasy,
sci-fi, mystery, and clean romances
Jonathan Lowe (Columnist:
Audio Buzz [The Lowe Down on Audio Books])
I'm tiptoeing into my mid 50s now, but have been
writing since age 18. Have lived in Florida, S.C.,
and Arizona. As a reviewer, I've interviewed most
of the major authors for XM Satellite radio, Audiobook
Cafe, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. Have
been a judge in the Audie awards for seven years,
and am also audiobook reviewer for Land Line
trucking magazine, which is the premiere magazine
for long-haul truckers.
Novels include Postmarked
for Death, (a small press hardcover that
was recorded by the legendary Frank Muller as
Storm (recorded by Barrett Whitener for
Island (recorded by Emmy winning actor
Kristoffer Tabori), and Geezer,
(a hardcover from Five Star.) People can sample
three of these four (for free) in ebook format
by going to Fictionwise.com,
and clicking on "Free Ebooks" at the top, and
then on "Ghost Rider." The audiobook versions
are available at Audible.com, iTunes, and SimplyAudiobooks.com.
(Also have two CDs of stories, Tall
Tales for the Road and Oscar's
Hijack.) As #6 says in The Prisoner,
"be seeing you." (Or should I say, "be hearing
I am the only person I know whose first word
was "book" instead of Mama or Daddy. I read about
300 books a year and keep extensive notes about
them. I am an aspiring author myself, but am quickly
learning that reading is much easier than writing!
The writing part is easy for me, but the editing
I prefer the mystery genre, but I read many books
from recommendations and reviews from friends
/ family / online review sites.
I briefly tried my hand at a newspaper column—one
I resurrected from what my Mom had done 35 or
so years before. I was also a website designer
back in the day and don't miss that one bit! Or
byte. During the late 80's I worked as the Editorial
Assistant to the Products Review Editor of Unixworld
Magazine. That was a real baptism by fire
since I knew next to nothing about computers and
my job was to set up and try new systems and new
software. As a result, I now have no fear of trying
anything on a computer or the Internet.
People tell me I am funny. I think I'm just cynical,
but possess a love of humor also. My husband Mike
and I have one cat now, but have had as many as
four at once. I am a vegetarian, a freecycler,
and was a caretaker for an Alzheimer's patient
for many years. The patient was my Mom and I still
miss her terribly.
When I go to our library, everyone knows me by
name. Now if I could only remember all of their
names...sigh.. they only have 1 to remember. I'd
have about 50 to remember.
Mysteries, but all sorts of books really.
Leslie Halpern (Reviewer)
I have worked
as a newspaper editor, magazine columnist, advertising
copywriter, technical editor, radio station publicist,
and education coordinator for a Shakespearean
acting company. I'm currently an entertainment
writer, book and movie reviewer, and author of
Reel Romance: The Loversí Guide to the 100
Best Date Movies, (Taylor Trade Publishing,
2004), a book that guides readers through a list
of romantic movies that appeal to both sexes,
and Dreams on Film (McFarland & Company,
Inc., 2003), an in-depth analysis of sleeping
and dreaming in more than 125 movies. My upcoming
book Passionate About Their Work (BearManor
Media) is a compilation of quotations and anecdotes
about the creative process.
received my M.L.S. degree from Rollins College and
B.A. in Journalism from the University of Kentucky.
I'm listed in Contemporary Authors (Thomson
Gale) directory, and am a member of Poetry Ensemble
of Orlando, Florida Freelance Writers Association,
Professional Freelance Writers of Orlando, and Florida
nonfiction: arts, entertainment, self-help,
how-to, biography, writer's craft; fiction: romance,
science fiction, mystery; also poetry.
Linda Morelli (Reviewer)
Linda is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender,
Shadow of Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
She also has several sensual romantic stories to
her credit, including "The Portrait," available
A member of Romance Writers of America (RWA)
and Washington Romance Writers (WRW) since 1994,
Linda has served the chapter as Vice President,
chaired various committees, judged national and
regional romance writing contests, and is a permanent
judge in RWA's Golden Heart contest. Her other
memberships include Author's Coalition, World
Romance Writers, NUW (Not the Usual Way), Authors'
Community and other online author / writers' groups.
You can find out more about her by visiting her
web site, called
Linda's Place - A Site for Romance Readers and
Romance, mystery, SF/fantasy, young adult
and non-fiction (adoption/biographies)
Linda Young (review editor and
My name is Linda Young. I am currently living
in West Valley City, UT. I moved here two years
ago from Kansas. I've been a widow now for four
years. I've been a read-a-holic since grade school.
I love reading and loosing myself in the story.
When I was in college, I started late at age 35,
I received my AAS degree for Admin. Assistant.
But, my love of history won out and I began my
studies in that area. Things happened and I didn't
get to finish. It didn't stop my love of learning.
I have 3 kids and 9 grandkids so far. I'll be
50 in March (2010), but I sure don't feel like
it. I'm mostly confined to my home due to physical
disabilities. Doing work like this at home is
my saving grace. I love it. History is my first
love, however, I also love historical romance,
fantasy, and some sci-fi along with things by
James Patterson and other crime novels.
I know this is going to be a wonderful adventure
historical romance, fantasy, and some sci-fi
along with things by James Patterson and other
Marcia Berneger (Reviewer, Review
I am a freelance writer. I have
a story appearing in Boys' Life Magazine's
November issue, stories in several anthologies
and magazines, including Through The Eyes
of Love/Alzheimers and Highlights
Magazine. I am also the bi-monthly Science columnist
for Cecil Child Magazine. Additional
information about me can be found at my website,
Children, Teen, Young Adult
Iím an author, an editor, a freelance writer,
a literary agent. I'm a book lover. I have been
a literary agent since 2003, and an Internet Radio
Show Host for authors since 2002.
I'm a mother of adult children, and a grandmother.
I worked as a social worker in the inner cities
of Detroit, then later Los Angeles, for twenty-three
years. As an editor/writer, I draw on many of
my life experiences.
My own books include non-fiction titles: How
To Promote, Market and Sell Your Book Via eBook
Publishing, The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing
Fiction That Sells, and The Hush Hush Secrets
of Creating a Life You Love. My fiction includes
The Ebony Tree, which won a small PEN award,
No Pockets in a Shroud, a short story collection
titled A Place Called Home, and the recently
released Hostage of Lies. My next novel,
LA Blues, is due out in October 2010. I
have also contributed to 5 anthologies: Proverbs
for the People, Saturday Morning, Secret
Lovers, All in the Family, and Never
Knew Love Like This Before.
You can find out more about me and my work at
like women's fiction, memoirs, romance, mysteries,
and books on the craft of writing.
Michael G'Francisco (Columnist:
the Fiction )
To the world I'm a man, To myself I'm a writer
whose past endeavors are: A collection of souvenir
booklets, a trilogy of spiritual poems, three
published "whodunit" novels and presently, a non-fiction
Chicago Gangster Chronicle (1833-1983).
You can find out more about me and my works at
and my Secrets
Nicole Merritt (Book and Audio
Nicole is is
the publisher of the Comfort Connection,
a regional newspaper in the Hill Country of Texas.
She has won the Texas by-line award and is a published
author. "Sales and marketing are my background
tools. Journalism is my love. As a freelance writer
I am always into something new. Today I am a grant
writer, tomorrow I may write a magazine article,
the bottom line is that I write everyday. Being
published is a bonus. Reading is an inspiration
to write, so I read as much as I can. I am always
learning new techniques and ideas. Controversial
topics are always a welcomed read because they
make one think."
biographies/auto-biographies, journalism, suspense/thrillers,
inspirational, self-help, and children's books.
P.G. Forte (Review Editor and
Being a writer
was always a given, I’ve been making up
stories for as long as I can remember. Along the
way, I've also held some interesting day jobs.
I've been an admin, an editor, a manager, a cook,
a garment worker, a meat packer, a film stylist,
a kennel attendant, a nightclub promoter, a shipping
clerk, a ghost writer, a respite caregiver and
a minister…some of it contemporaneously.
I was raised in Fort Lee, New
Jersey, where Route 80 begins, and migrated all
the way to where it ends…almost. If you
make a wrong turn on your way into San Francisco,
you’ll wind up at the Berkeley Marina. Oh,
yeah. I nearly forgot. I worked there, too.
Rachel A Hyde (UK Contact) (Reviewer)
If you live on
another continent and want a review, I am the
one to contact. I am writing my first novel, which
is a Regency whodunit.
Historical mysteries, historical fiction,
westerns, fantasy/SF and historical romances.
Sylvia McClain (Reviewer)
Sylvia is currently a contributing
writer for Equal Opportunity Publications. She
conducts workshops on money management, self-publishing,
and freelance writing. An author of a memoir titled
Skipping Through Life, The Reason I Am,
Ms McClain also published a book titled The
Write Life: A Beginning Writer's Guide to Writing,
Money Management, Publishing and Marketing.
In 2007 she had stories published in three anthologies,
Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause,
Gumbo for the Soul: The Recipe for Literacy
in the Black Community, and Eyes on Fire:
Witnesses to the Detroit Riot of 1967 now
used as a text book for history classes at Michigan
State University. Please visit her web site at
- American Business Women Association (ABWA)
- Lake Shore, Lake Shore Chapter
- Career Network Member, National Association
of Female Executives
- National Writers Union
Willie Elliott (Reviewer and
I am a retired
English teacher (taught mostly American Lit.)
Was one of eight writing consultants
for the state of Kentucky for 2 years.
Have a M.A. in English
Worked for a newspaper (Floyd
County Times) for two years.
Had articles published in the
Lexington (KY) Herald Leader.
Attended the Foxfire seminar
one summer (this is the group that published the
books Foxfire (about the heritage of people
in and around Rabun Gap, Ga.)
Did a few reviews (mostly of
Applachinan authors) while at the Times.
Attended one of the National
Writing Projects (the Mountain Writing Project
at Eastern Kentucky University at Richmond, KY
fullest instruction, and the fullest enjoyment
are never derived from books,
till we have ventilated the ideas thus obtained,
in free and easy chat with others.