Rosemary Barkes

Rosemary won the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition when she was 64, and she has been writing ever since. which opened up a whole new career for her!   Her many publications since then include:  Taste of Home magazine; being guest columnist in several Ohio newspaper publications;  book compilations of 1) Liz Thompson’s book God Whispers: Nudges, Fudges and Butterfly Moments, and 2) National League of American Pen Women’s book The Light Between Us.  A short story called Comic Relief was published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul’s book  Living with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia’s, in 2014;  another one called Saint John in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s book Merry Christmas in 2015. In 2013, Rosemary published her book The Dementia Dance, which has received rave reviews.

Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.  She also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Dayton.

Susan Brunner
Susan Kay Box Brunner

Susan is an award winning, Christian author, of seven novels. She is native to Central Ohio and lives in Grove City. She is a graduate of Franklin Heights High School and a graduate of the Ohio State University with a degree in Business Management. Susan is involved with local Bible studies, the Grove City Women’s Civic Club, the Columbus Arts/Writers’ Group, and the Grove City Writers’ Group.

Susan appears on talktainmentradio, as a regular radio personality, hosted by Lisa Stockdale and appears on, as an occasional radio guest, hosted by Eva Dimel. She was featured as a motivational speaker on a panel at The Ohio Expo of Writers/ Readers in Akron, Ohio and at the Westland Library in Columbus, Ohio.  She has spoken at civic clubs, high schools, book stores, churches, and Christian ladies’ retreats.

Eva Dimel

Eva Dimel has published six books. Hope In The Storms; Showers of Blessings; Everyday Grace; The Serenity Prayer From Four Perspectives; and From Trash To Treasures – which is a novel about her life. She has also published a book of her poems titled, Eva’s Inspirations Inspired By God. Along with her books, she has available her poems on plaques and a throw with “Letter From Heaven” printed on it , and poetic calendars listed on Facebook under Eva’s Inspirations. She can be reached Facebook, using her name. She is known for her inspirational poetry she shares on Facebook. Eva is a public speaker sharing what God has done for her. She is a writer for The Good News Just Keeps Coming, a Christian newspaper in Texas. Eva had her story published in “Life’s Journey Professional and Personal Wholeness Magazine,” where she shares her poems monthly. She hosts a radio show on originating from California and broadcast worldwide.

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Ramona enjoys writing about life experiences. Her short story “The Bus Trip” was recently published in Columbus Creative Cooperative’s While You Were Out anthology. She is an active member of Grove City Writers Group as well as the Ohio Writers Guild.


Peggy Edwards
Peggy Edwards

Author of Fingerprints and Snowflakes. Available at Publishamerica at the online bookstore. Also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.

Fingerprints and Snowflakes is about love, life, animals, nature and the general happiness and misfortune life can bring.  It a collection of down to earth stories in the form of light verse, prose and poetry.

Randi Flynn
Randi Flynn

Randi Flynn, a graduate of Morehead State University, is a high school English teacher and advisor to her school’s student literary arts magazine. She loves sharing her passion for writing with her students and is an avid reader of young adult literature. She’s been writing in her free time for years, but recently has gotten more serious in her goal of becoming a published novelist. She is currently writing her first novel for teens.

Beth Hammond, is an author/illustrator who writes anything from YA fantasy to children’s picture books. She is a wife, mother, and lover of life. Her early years were spent serving in the military. Her middle years spent raising babies and figuring out her place in the world. Her YA fantasy novel “The Sound Of The Stones” is newly released and available now. She created stories for her book loving children, “Do Your Toes Stink Good?”, “The Blond Korean and the Blue-Eyed frog”, and “Puppy Waits”.  Her later years are yet to come, and filled with hopes and endless dreams. She spends her days creating worlds through words and illustration.


Diana Forrester

Diana has been writing for twenty-two years. She concentrated on short stories for the first ten years until she got the hang of it and has been published in ten or so countries. She is the winner of Ireland’s Fish short, short story competition for 2003-2004 writing as Pansy Billingsley. Her short stories have been published in Canada, the UK, Australia and numerous Internet locations. Forrester has three novels to her credit. Two quilting mysteries; The Guild in the Granary as Alma Lynn Thompson, Timeless Star as Lynn Thompson and a regular mystery; Glory as Diana Forrester.

Diane Kinzer
Diane Mechem Kinser

Diane’s books include: I Owe My Soul: The Black Diamond Covenant; Dappled Glory: The Black Diamond Heritage; In the Eyes of God:  The Black Diamond Legacy; The Mourning of Amalie; God Rest Ye Deadly; October Ridge; Reflections of the Lighthousekeeper and Tail of the Comet.

Denise L. Longsworth
Denise L. Longsworth

Denise L. Longsworth joined Writers’ Group in January 2013. In the past, she published essays and poetry during her college years at Wilmington College, winning several college-wide contests. She published a poem in part in Over the Back Fence during her hometown’s 200th birthday year entitled Greenfield, Ohio: 1799-1999. Currently, she is working on a book of poetry with Winepress Publishing.

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Laura Lanese has published Game of My Life: Memorable Stories of Buckeye Football and Images of America: Wilmington. She also co-authored Images of America: Grove City


Janet Shailer

Janet Shailer received her first regional creative writing award at the age of 12, which inspired the pursuit of a 40-year career in the media.  Janet has worked as a video documentary writer/producer, as contributing editor of the national “Television Broadcast” magazine and as editor (now retired) of the local Southwest Messenger newspaper. Janet is the author of two children’s books and is co-author of the history book Images of America: Grove City. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Southwest Public Libraries and serves as a local historian for the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society.

Kassi Speakman
Kassi Speakman

Kassi  has been interested in creative writing most of her life, writing her first piece in the 1st grade. She is most interested in children’s stories and poetry. She enjoys networking with the Writer’s Group every month and hopes one day to be published.

Liz Thompson and her Hearing Dog, Toby

Liz is one of the original Grove City Writers’ Group members. She has written a column since 1998, first in Suburban News Publications, where she was a reporter for more than two years, then for two years in Arizona for The Arizona Republic then back to Suburban News which was purchased by The Dispatch and is now ThisWeek News. Liz wrote for Hearing Health Magazine for six years. She has published two books: Day by Day, the Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Reporter (2008) and God Whispers: Nudges, Fudges and Butterfly Moments (2012). Check out her website:  Day by Day. She is currently working on her first fiction book.

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Paige Tolar might be the purring cat on the rug in Writers Group, enjoying the company of good writers. She is presently content letting others troll the publishing world while she takes notes on their collective wisdom. She lives in Grove City with her husband, two nearly-grown daughters, and two gray tabby cats. Her lifelong love of creative writing gives her the confidence to revisit her slightly dusty writing desk. Paige puts her faith in God and love of nature into letters, poems, and spiritual songs. She has recently begun leading small-group prayer retreats.


Barb Whittington
Barb Whittington

Barbara Whittington has been writing for 20+ years. She’s a resident of Grove City. Her work has appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Charleston Gazette, the Christian Science Monitor, Women’s World Magazine, Cat Fancy Magazine and other publications. Her short story, Mabel and the Garage Sale was produced by British Broadcasting for NPR. The author’s books include Vada Faith, a contemporary women’s fiction, Ezra and Other Stories, a collection of eleven short stories, including the story Mabel and the Garage Sale, and a stand alone short story titled Dear Anne: Love Letters from Nam. All are available as an e-book or paperback. Available at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online and at select book stores. Email Barbara for more information on her books:


2 thoughts on “Members

  1. I enjoyed The Guild in the Granary trilogy but was confused in book 3 by the character of Olyria being called Goldie in the early pages. This conflicted with the profile of these 2 characters in the first 2 books. Was there a reason for this?

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