Meet the Authors

Beta Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority

Christy and the Happy Helpers Sorority, illustrated by Lora Harter

The idea for this fun story resulted from two Beta Pi sisters talking about raising money for the 2016 welcome party at the Psi Iota Xi National Convention.


The Honorable P. Mandrake Butterdish, Mayor of Pertruce

Santa Little Bear Brown Wilson

Santa Little Bear Brown Wilson is the Mayor’s first children’s book about the town of Pertruce. He is not the best storyteller in town, but he is the Mayor. Everyone tells him their stories. When he told the Town Council that he was writing Santa Little Bear Brown Wilson, they all reminded him of their stories. He decided to start by telling the story about a remarkable young lady and the wonderful town of Pertruce.


Brittany Cain with Terry Miles

The Shot Heard Around the Town

Thanks to Dr. Darolyn Jones, Ball State University, and the incredible course Rethinking Children’s Literature, Brittany’s passions and coursework came together. Throughout Dr. Jones’ course, Brittany and her fellow students were encouraged to read children’s literature more critically and gain a deeper understanding of the powerful tool that is children’s literature. As the course progressed, students were assigned a lofty final project: either re-write a famous work of children’s literature, create extensive plans for culturally relevant text that could be used in a classroom, or create an original work of literature. Terry’s bravery encouraged Brittany to go to Dr. Jones with the idea of co-writing The Shot Heard Around the Town as a final project for the course. From that moment on, Dr. Jones became Brittany and Terry’s biggest mentor, supporter, and editor on this project, and without the class, Brittany may not have had the courage to bring the idea for this project to Terry. Through the class, Terry and Brittany were able to spread his message beyond their classroom or community, and they have touched the lives of people all over the country.


G. Odell Calihan

Roo, Birth of an Angel, Claire and Lillie, Cooper and Cracker, and Buckeye Wish

Odell has written five books: four children’s books and his first adult novel, Roo.


Bertha M. Davis

Jay’s Friend Kitty Brew

Jay’s Friend Kitty Brew is a book about friendship between a little boy named Jay and his cat “Kitty Brew”. This book is primarily for preschoolers, kindergartners, first graders, and second graders. Bertha believes young readers will enjoy this book and see the transformation of friendship and happiness as it unfolds.


Betsy Davis

What About Chuck?, What Do You Think, Chuck?, and Okey Dokey Smokey

What About Chuck? was Betsy’s first book, and she wanted to write about her love of farm life and animals, as well as teach children that being humble is very rewarding. Her other children’s books, What Do You Think, Chuck? and Okey Dokey Smokey also reflect Betsy’s love of farm life.


Jade Davis and Shelley Davis

Lee the Bee

Jade is the granddaughter of Kids at Heart Publishing, LLC., owner Shelley Davis. Jade came up with the title of Lee the Bee, and she drew most all of the characters while Shelley helped write the story.


Shelley L. A. Davis

Milton’s Playground, Black Gold in Crocodile Cove, Alvin Volunteer Therapy Dog, Taking Your Pet to the Vet, Kaetlin and the Perfect Kupcake, and Mattie the Mule Goes to School

Shelley is the owner of Kids at Heart Publishing, LLC., which she started in 2010. She has published 15 books of her own, as well as over 70 books by authors both locally and nationally.


RJ Duvall

Can You Imagine?

RJ is the third child in a family of eleven children, where a love of reading was instilled upon all. Can You Imagine? is her first book, illustrated by Betsy Morphew. The idea for this book came to her while she was sitting cross-legged on top of a picnic table, daydreaming. Her hope is that this book will inspire all children to read and use their imaginations fully.


John N. (Jake) Ferris

Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette and Her Speeches

Jake lives in East Lansing, Michigan, as a professor emeritus from Michigan State University but has strong ties to Milton, Indiana, where he was born and raised, as was Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, the subject of his book. Since 1999, Jake has owned his family farm, which is adjacent to Milton and the farm owned by his sister-in-law, Mary Ferris. His niece, Liz Ferris, and nephew, Jonathan Ferris, and family also live in Milton. Jake is delighted to have Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette and Her Speeches produced by the local Kids At Heart Publishing, LLC.


Maxine Ferris

Let Love Happen

This book is dedicated to Spartan Professors, who true to the university’s Land Grant Mission, share useful research-based knowledge worldwide. This book is also dedicated to Montessori Directors and Directresses, who with caring and skills unleash the curiosity, creativity and love of learning in thousands of children annually.


Darlene Worth Frame

I Always Do Laundry on Monday

I Always Do Laundry on Monday shares Darlene’s upbringing in small town middle America during the 1950s and 60s. It is a book of sentimental and inspirational poems and commentary stories that reflect a more simple life. In this book, Darlene shares happy, funny, and difficult events that required faith to help maintain peace and steadiness. It is a book intended to help others recognize that all of us live life in different yet similar ways. But in the living, we are all loved by the same loving heavenly Father. This is a book that Darlene hopes will encourage readers.


Debra Gaynor

Stuck in a Bucket and coming soon Animal Tales The Case of the Missing Peanuts

Debra, her husband Steve and Elvis the Yorkie live on a small farm in Hawesville, Kentucky. Debra  created a delightful children’s story about an Australian Sheppard puppy. She loves writing children’s stories and spending time with her family. Debra worked for several years at the nearby college library in Owensboro, Kentucky.


Patricia Godspeed and Diana Orem

Murder on Persimmon Lane

This novel is dedicated to Patricia and Diana’s beloved husbands, who encouraged them every day and laughed at them for having too much fun. This novel is in memory of co-author Diana Orem (1946-2013).


Bailey Hamilton & Margaret Hormel

Virginia Claypool Meredith: An Amazing Woman, Ahead of Her Time, illustrated by Melissa Taber

This book is a tribute to the life of Virginia (Jennie) Claypool Meredith. It highlights her remarkable achievements from childhood through her adult life. Bailey and Margaret hope that children and adults of all ages will enjoy reading about this amazing Indiana woman. Her many accomplishments as a woman of this era were quite unheard of. She crossed boundaries and made history as a woman in a man’s world. She proved that anyone could achieve great things. Her work opened doors for women of that era and women in today’s world.


Dr. Denice Honaker

Treasure at Glen Miller Park with Squirrel & Turtle Book 1 and her new release Masterpiece at the Richmond Art Museum with Squirrel & Turtle Book 2

Denice has served as a faculty member in the School of Education since 2009. She earned her Ed. D. in Curriculum Studies from IU Bloomington with an emphasis in early childhood and literacy education. She loves learning, and her passion remains in educating families and the community in how to support young children in their journeys of becoming lifelong learners.

Her characters Turtle & Squirrel will take on you on many wonderful adventures in their stories.


Ira Hughes


Toadarackus is Ira Hughes’ first children’s book. She is the author of the following novels: Seeds of Light, The Christmas Bell, Behind the Wall, and the upcoming young adult novel Masks. Ira lives and writes in Greenfield, Indiana.


Denise Jones

The Green in the Grass and new release A Cookie is a Circle

Denise is a mother, teacher, and writer. She has a master’s degree in special education and has been teaching children for over 25 years. Denise has two wonderful books featuring bright colorful photographs taken by her daughter Miranda.


M. J. Jordan

The Christmas Stockings

M.J. Jordan grew up in Milton, Indiana, and now resides in Richmond, Indiana. She worked many years as a healthcare professional and is now retired. The Christmas Stockings is her first published children’s story, illustrated by artist Brenda Kunkle of Connersville, Indiana.


Doug Katz

Uncle Bill, the Moukies and the Big Yellow Moon, illustrated by Cassy Mattingly

Doug was born in Richmond, Indiana, and he graduated from Richmond High in 1968. Working various jobs around the area, he later worked for Penn Central Railroad at Indianapolis, Indiana, where he lived and was a fireman on the railroad. Doug lives in Richmond with his wife Jan, and they have been married for over forty years. He is a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club and the Indy Chapter of the S.D.C. He is currently the custodian of a 1959 Studebaker Lark and enjoys various club events. He also enjoys Indy Car open wheel racing and the Indianapolis 500. After retirement, Doug pursued a lifelong ambition to write children’s books based on tales passed on to him from various family members through the years. Doug likes to tell stories, enjoys seeing children react to his storytelling, and hopes that his Moukie Stories will be a source of fun and enjoyment for children of all ages, young and old.


Doug Kuntz

The Front Nine

Doug has been playing golf since the age of five. He was blessed with optimistic and positive parents, who encouraged him throughout most of his golf career. Even though he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009, Doug is still working and playing the game he loves. His event, Pro’s Players Fore Parkinson’s, is helping and encouraging others with the same disease. The Front Nine is a story of his journey thought adversity and how it led to opportunities.


Joan Martin

Murphy Discovers the Pipe Organ, Murphy and the Doctor, Four Daring Damsels from Atwater Kingdom- A Hiking Adventure, and Murphy Goes to Basketball Camp

Joan is a retired elementary schoolteacher who has written Murphy Discovers the Pipe Organ, Murphy and the Doctor, Four Daring Damsels from Atwater Kingdom- A Hiking Adventure, and Murphy Goes to Basketball Camp.


Rebecca Monhollon

Mischief on the Mountain

Some of the stories and legends were told to Rebecca by her grandmother Lucille Watson. Rebecca grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky where she experienced some of the adventures told in Mischief on the Mountain. Rebecca’s novel is about an era gone by, and it is a charming story of a way of life in the mountains of East Tennessee. Rebecca lives with her husband Eddie in Winchester, Kentucky. She raises Rocky Mountain horses and several cats and dogs.


Judith White Morris

A Little Hoosier Kid

Dr. Judith White Morris was a former Little Kid in Milton until, when she was twelve years old, her family moved to South Bend. She grew up, went back to school at age 38, earned her doctorate in History, and taught at Ball State University until retirement. She currently hopes to return to live in Milton.


Alta Profitt

Fun With Finger Plays

Alta is an educator with over 50 years of classroom experience in private and public schools. She holds a BA in Elementary Education form the University of Cincinnati, Ohio and a substantial postgraduate work from Ball State and Xavier University. Alta loves working with and educating children using a fun method. She created her Fun With Finger Plays to be used by other educators or parents.


Eva Reece

Brownie Calf & the Barnyard Babies and The Boinking Bubble Machine. Watch for a new Brownie Calf & the Barnyard Babies Go to the Zoo coming soon.

Eva was born is Manchester, Kentucky, and moved to Richmond, Indiana, as a teenager, where she still resides today. Eva has always been a kid at heart so finding Kids At Heart Publishing to publish her children’s stories was a good fit.


Joy Rolle

Spirit Dream

Joy lives in Rural Indiana and has lived with her family in Indiana, Ohio, Canada, and Wisconsin. She is the mother of six children and is the grandmother of twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A former high school art teacher, she still paints and has played piano since age six. She began writing in third grade. Joy discovered through Ancestry DNA that she is one fifth Native American and more specifically, Cherokee. Having a novel published was on her “bucket list”. Joy is also an avid environmentalist, a substitute teacher, and does local volunteer work.


Beverly Schemmer (Ann Alexander)

The Prairie Farmer and The Case of the Zodiac Sampler

Beverly lives in Winchester, Indiana, not far from the fictionalized Deerfield portrayed in The Case of the Zodiac Sampler. Bev dabbled in writing during her career in education as a teacher and school principle. Now, having left academics behind, she enjoys developing the stories that had been coagulating for ever so long. Her first novel, The Prairie Farmer, which was released a year ago in 2016, told the heartwarming story of Jenny Clark, widowed in 1918. Bev also enjoys quilting, reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband Murray, their three children, son-in-law, and three grandchildren.


Patrick Smoker

The Stranded’s Advocate

Pat is a 2003 graduate of Indiana University where he earned a B.S. in Biology. He is currently employed as a lab rat in Richmond, Indiana, where he also lives with his wife Penny and their two adorable children. The Stranded’s Advocate is the first of what Pat hopes to be many novels.


Gail Stevens

The Old Codgers Club

Gail was born and raised in Marshall, Michigan, and lived her entire childhood along the banks of the Kalamazoo River. Even though The Old Codgers Club is a work of fiction, it is based around the personality of her father, Lyle Stevens, who is one of the major characters in the book. The only other non-fictitious character in the book is Lyle’s rooster, Rocky. Gail continues to live in the Marshall, Michigan, area with her two cats, Pearl and Prudy.


Bess Sturgis

Ghouliana Stories The Shoe Troll, The Gift and new release Ear Trouble

Ghouliana Stories is a professional storyteller and author. She writes and tells original “Not Too Scary Tales” designed to thrill and delight, but not frighten children of all ages.

When not in storytelling costume, she is an professional artist and lecturer. Ghouilana delights in sharing her knowledge of art, science, culture and history with children 12 and under at schools, museums, libraries, and art facilities throughout the Human World.

All of her wonderful stories teach a lesson.


Gene White

Billy’s Big Tomato

Gene was born in rural Ohio and has been writing poetry since the age of fourteen. Gene has a book of poetry published, and writing has been a wonderful hobby for him. The idea for Billy’s Big Tomato came to Gene one day out of the blue, and he decided it would make a great children’s story. He hopes that everyone that reads it will enjoy it.


James H. Wilkinson

Mom-Bre, In the Eye of the Hurricane- Storms of the Century, The Lonely Star, The Gypsy Dolls, Yang the Dragon Tells His Story- The Halloween Train, and his most recent Alakazar and the Purple Moon

James lives in Rush County, Indiana, on his family farm and is a writer of Christian fiction. Alakazar and the Purple Moon is his sixth published book. He has published two other novels: Mom-Bre and In the Eye of the Hurricane- Storms of the Century. He has also published three children’s books: The Lonely Star, The Gypsy Dolls, and Yang the Dragon Tells His Story- The Halloween Train.