Members

Susan Buffum
Founder

Born in Northampton MA. Susan has a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State. She has worked in retail, law enforcement, toy manufacturing, and retail. She currently works full time as a medical secretary in Westfield, MA where she resides. She has been writing since childhood. Her first children’s story, Monsters No More, was published in 1994. A personal memoir, Snow Dance, was published in 1990’s and earned an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Writing Contest the following year. She's been a participant in NaNoWriMo since 2012. She served as Editor of and as a contributing writer for the Massachusetts State Button Society Bulletin from 2007-2016, producing a 42-page magazine annually. Most recently, her urban fantasy/magical realism novel Black King Takes White Queen was named a finalist and then shortlisted for the OZMA AWARD 2016. She has self-published 13 novels and 14 story collections, 1 young adult novel, and 1 young reader book. She is currently working on three new novels. Susan is a member of the Ghost Stories LIVE! cast, a recurring event at Blue Umbrella Books for which she writes new ghost stories and reads. She is also a member of Artworks of Westfield. Susan enjoys beta reading for other local authors. She collects antique and vintage clothing buttons and vintage decks of playing cards. She also likes magic (sleight of hand, prestidigitation),is a taphophile (old graves/cemeteries). She likes Victorian era houses, old cars, circuses, but not clowns, books and teddy bears. Check out her blog.

Writing Genres: Romance, Fantasy/Magic, Paranormal/Supernatural, Contemporary Fiction
Enjoys Reading: Contemporary, Paranormal, Victorian authors, History (assorted subjects)


Kelly Buffum
Webmaster

Kelly is a writer of the procrastinator type. She has self-published one novel, Parapsychology, and one novella, Teleport. In the real world, she works as a quality engineer in the aerospace industry, having obtained both a BS and MS in engineering. Most Saturdays she can be found at the Connecticut Trolley Museum where she volunteers in the restoration/repair shop. She is also a fully qualified motorman and maintains the shop's blog, which forces her to write.

Writing Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Contemporary Fiction
Enjoys Reading: Mystery, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy


Mike Walsh

I was born and raised in Westfield. I have written three non-fiction and nine fiction stories. Be sure to visit my website.


Bethany Almeida

I am currently a PhD candidate at Brown University pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. I have a BS in Biomedical Engineering and Professional Writing.  I have a passion for the fantastical and often write urban fantasy, although I am also exploring epic fantasy set in a more medieval-like world.  My greatest dream is to become a published author.


Judith (Sandy) Sessler

I’m 68 yrs old and have been writing since I was 5. When I was in my early 20’s, I took an English class at a community college. After my first essay, the professor said I needed to pursue a writing career. I wrote several magazine essays that were published and she was hooking me up with her agent when we moved cross country. I started working as a restaurant manager (I also had 3 kids) and had no time to write. Five years later  we moved back and I asked my husband where my box of writing was and he said he inadvertently threw it out! The first question people ask me at my book signings is “and you’re still married?”  Yes, we are, for 48 yrs. But I felt as if I’d lost a child. My entire life’s musings and published works were gone. A door in my mind slammed shut and my brain no longer had any creative thoughts running through it. Then 25 years later, the muse was awoken, and I wrote a novel and 18 short stories (in six months). Then life got busy. I was a NICU nurse and the grandkids started coming along (there are 14 of them now) so the writing got put on hold until this past October. Then, with a fury, it was unleashed again. I’m retired so I am fortunate to have time to write…and write…and write. I have a time travel series for 8-12 yr olds and 3 adult fiction novels and 2 short story collections and beginning a new juvenile fiction series. Be sure to visit my website.


Shawn Flynn
Vice-President

Shawn P. Flynn, Author of “THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him” and Award-Winning Finalist in the “Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction” category of the 2017 International Book Awards. Shawn spent over twenty-five years in a market-research career before he stepped away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.
Shawn and his girlfriend, Carrie, live in Enfield, Connecticut, where he takes care of several indoor and outdoor cats. He also volunteers with the local cat rescue group, Enfield Community Cat Project, and was recently designated as the group’s marketing representative.
Find him on facebook.


Wayne Weatherwax

Born Westfield 1945, married with two grown children, one Granddaughter. Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, Retired US Postal Service. I dabble in Art, painting, model building and other artistic pursuits. Avid reader. Also worked as a Cabinet maker for several years, so enjoy wood working projects. Member of the Board of Directors of ArtWorks of Westfield, Inc.


Lindsay Stenico

Lindsay is a local writer who will be attending Westfield State University in the fall and is 18 years old. She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, but began seriously writing in her sophomore year of high school and spent the next three years working on her first novel that is currently with her publisher. When she’s not writing a story, Lindsay is either found reading with a mug of her favorite tea, or working on one of her many hobbies. She also runs a blog in her free time.


Bill Westerlind

I've been in love with books forever and that love of literature has naturally translated into a love of writing. About five years ago I discovered the book reading and sharing website Goodreads where I combined my love for books with my curiosity about writing to pen book reviews. My passion for books and all things literature organically blossomed into a love for libraries and since 2011 I have served as President of the Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum.
I recently turned sixty years old and have lots and lots of life experiences that I want to convert from the chemical reactions of thoughts in my brain to the written page!


Melissa Volker

Award winner and member of Straw Dog Writer's Guild, I am a literary writer, first and foremost, exploring the experiences of life, the adventures, the struggles, the magic, through the inner lives of my characters. With six books to my credit, three literary fiction, two literary YA, and one juvenile fantasy adventure that puts the girl in the driver's seat, I continue to write not to tell stories, but to connect with very basic human experience of living on this planet; the good, the bad, the difficult the inspiring. As Ray Bradbury put it, I am a "people writer". Sometimes those people need their stories told through unconventional tales of magic or unexpected, sometimes they are told by plumbing the interior depths of the soul. Either way, I hope to take the reader on a journey that will echo for a long time to come. Be sure to visit my website.


Rhonda Boulette

Author of several children's book series including Flitten Fairy Tails and T's Adventures.


Sonia Ellis

Sonia Ellis is the author of Talk to Me (2016) and the upcoming TimeTilter (2018). She is a writer and instructional designer whose published work also includes short fiction, feature stories, profiles, articles on science and engineering, and educational modules. Sonia is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BS in chemical engineering) and Princeton University (MS in chemical engineering). Sonia once caught a runaway donkey using a dog leash and carrots, wishes she could breathe under water, and believes people are basically good at heart


Glen Ebisch

I have been writing fiction for about thirty-five years, and have had over twenty books, mostly mysteries, published. Since retiring from teaching philosophy at Western New England University, I have been concentrating more on writing and marketing my stories. Visit my website.


Geri Johnson

Not so mundane retired public librarian, beloved private school librarian, and founder/CEO of Fredi's Ink, Inc. creating whimsicality in different medias. Published Fredi's Ride, based on experiences at Whip City Speedway.


Joyce Collins

I was born in Springfield, grew up in West Springfield, and have lived in Blandford for the last 52 years. My husband and I have two grown sons and a granddaughter. I enjoy photography, reading, and travel.


Andrew Curran

Andrew Curran has always had an extensive imagination, so it's no wonder that he found a knack for writing. In school, his English teacher always pushed him to pursue his talent that he had not seen as a career path at the time. But, with time and the ever-looming decisions of post-high school plans, he eventually came to the conclusion that, of all his artistic talents, the medium of words was the one he was most passionate about creating a name for himself with. Andrew has not stopped writing since he finally decided to listen to his English teacher and go after the world of writing with such genres as historical fiction and fiction, and means of storytelling by plays and novellas. And while he has not had any official publications, he knows he has nothing but success brewing for him as long as he continues using passion to fill the empty pages of his future.


Joseph Vass

Writing poetry for 50 years. Won a few poetry contests locally. Poetry has been published in several literary journals. Almost done writing my memoir.


Lynnmarie May

First play produced at around age 14, magazine credits dating from the 1970s. I write plays for adults (currently addicted to 10 minute plays) and fiction for kids, especially 9-12/14 year olds. Also, poetry, mostly for kids. Working on a historical fiction YA stories as well as several plays. My husband and I are working on a poetry collection for 8-12 year olds.


Patricia Wright

Patty Wright was first published professionally when she was twelve, in a contest that named her one of “America’s Top Young Poets” and she hasn’t stopped writing since. Patty has worked as a staff writer and a columnist for three separate newspapers and has had her essays, prose and poetry published in several magazines. As a licensed social worker, she wrote policy, training, and development manuals, as well as a revolutionary habilitation curriculum course that is now the standard for teaching developmentally disabled adults across 5 western states.
Patty’s award-winning fanfiction has seen widespread publication since 1980 and in 2007 she was named “The Foremost Writer of Chekov Fanfiction”, and she’s been the editor of the fanzine “Star Traveler” since 2005. In addition to being a producer, Patty was the story editor and a writer for the award-winning internet series “Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II”, where she also wrote three produced teleplays and 4 unproduced episodes. She was a producer and the writer of “Buck Rogers Begins”, “Back to the Wild Wild West”, and “Starship Ironsides”.
In addition Patty served as the story editor and an adviser on several other fanfilms. When not working on her several novels, Patty is currently the Costume Shop Manager at Westfield State University. In the past she has worked as a staff trainer, District Sales Manager in retail, a restaurant manager, an event planner, fundraiser, staff trainer, a museum costumer, PR manager, a member of a Board of Directors – all of which provide enough stories to guarantee that she will never stop writing.


Richard Rubin

Born in New Haven, Conn., I have spend most of my adult life in Westfield. I have worked for 31 years for the American Red Cross, 23 of which I served as the Executive Director of the Greater Westfield American Red Cross Chapter, formerly on Broad Street.
I have written poems and short stories since high school and have been published in my high school year book, the New Haven Register, and Southwoods. While writing poetry is my first love, I would like to attempt writing a book this year.


Susan Foley

Grew up in Suffield on a farm. Loves nature. Went to college and obtained a Masters' Degree. taught elementary school in Suffield. Currently involved with social work and volunteer work.


Judith Foard-Giucastro

I am from Missouri and am retired teacher and social worker. I have lived in Mass for 51 years. I remarried a year ago. My husband and I often work on writing together.


Giuseppe Giucastro

I come from Sicily. I began to write when I was about 40 and I have and incredible imagination.


Erin Joy Seibert

Erin Joy Seibert is a social worker, activist, organizer, poet, writer, photographer, and conscious lifestyle blogger... Among other things! She loves the color turquoise, and spends as much time outside as possible. More info about Erin is available on her webpage.


Connie Bombaci

Connie Bombaci, a retired educator, is resolute in her love for animals, belief in the goodness of all God's creations, and desire to provide encouragement no matter what the challenge. She appeared with Hogan on Oprah, Dateline, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, and Amazing Tails. the author lives with her family in Connecticut.

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