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John B. Kachuba's new book is Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, Spirit Seekers, and Other Investigators of America's Paranormal World, published in 2007 by New Page Books. He is also the author of Ghosthunting Illinois and Ghosthunting Ohio, How to Write Funny, and Why is this Job Killing Me? (Co-authored with his wife, Mary A. Newman, PhD).
John’s short fiction and nonfiction have been widely published in such publications as: Tin House, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Connecticut Review, Dogwood, Savannah Literary Review, Antioch Review, Poets & Writers, America’s Civil War, Cincinnati Magazine, American Profile, and many others. He has received several awards for his fiction, including the 2004 Dogwood Fiction Prize.
He holds advanced degrees in Creative Writing from Antioch University (Yellow Springs, OH) and Ohio University. He has taught writing at both the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. He is also on the faculty of the Gotham Writers Workshop.
John is a noted conference speaker and presenter and has appeared at Wildacres Writing Workshop, Florida Suncoast Writers Conference, Columbus Writers Conference, Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Workshop, Blooming Grove Writers Conference, West Virginia Ghost Hunters and Spirituality Conference, Haunted America Conference, and Victory of Light Psychic Festival, among others. He has also spoken on many radio and television programs throughout the country and internationally.
John lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Mary.
Mike Ricksecker is the author of Deadly Heirs, a Chase Michael DeBarlo mystery novel, and Ghosts of Maryland.
The son of a tool and die maker, Mike spent ten years growing up in western Massachusetts and began writing detective fiction as far back as the second grade. He carried his passion of writing with him back to Ohio, the state of his birth, where he created a myriad of short stories, novellas, and song lyrics. The character, Chase Michael DeBarlo, was also seen in print for the first time during this period.
After a 6-year stint in the U.S. Air Force that bounced him between Texas, Mississippi, Alaska, and Maryland, Mike resumed his detective fiction by beginning to create an interactive computer game. During the project, he realized his true passion and began the task of writing a full-length novel. The game concept is still in development at this time, and the precursors can be experienced through the mini-mystery games available via the Mike Ricksecker Mystery newsletter.
In 2004, Deadly Heirs, the first installment of the Chase Michael DeBarlo mystery series was published. The not-yet-published sequel has been completed with a third in the works.
Although Mike and his family moved to Oklahoma in 2009, Ghosts of Maryland was published by Schiffer Publishing in 2010. He subsequently inked a deal to write a similar paranormal tome about ghosts and legends in Oklahoma, and the work is currently in production.
Mike has been married to his wife, Robin, for sixteen years and they have four children.
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