Debra Basham

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Debra Basham is an author, teacher, healer, and minister, but most of all, she is a storyteller sharing from her open heart with everyone who needs to believe in or remember our healing potential.

Debra is trained in energy medicine, certified in Healing Touch™ and Reiki, and is a licensed trainer of both NLP (neurolinguistic programming) and hypnotherapy. She was mentored by Janet Mentgen, founder of Healing Touch™, and has studied extensively with Richard Bandler, co-developer of Neurolinguistic Programming. She was the founding director of a not-for-profit and tax-exempt holistic center, and has twice been to Brazil with the famous indigenous healer, John of God. Debra has had a life-long calling for "weaving together the threads of body, mind, and spirit." Her  passion for healing is not only global, but also deeply personal —having been diagnosed with (and treated for) polio when she was five years old, only to discover 33 years later that she never really had polio!

Debra has made many appearances on radio and television, and is a recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine. She, along with Joel P. Bowman, is co-author of numerous training manuals including Healing with Language: Your Key to Effective Mind-Body Medicine; Imagine Healing: Guided Imagery to Help You Heal (for patients); and Using Guided Imagery for Surgical Support: A Comprehensive Guide for Nurses, Massage Therapists, Doctors, Energy Workers, and Anyone Who Believes in Our Healing Potential (for professionals).

Debra writes a weekly Tip for Well-Being, blogs regularly, and contributes to a monthly free e-newsletter for those interested in energy medicine, linguistics, or spirituality, and is "the voice that goes with you" on many guided imagery audios, including Everlasting Peace, Freedom from Pain, and Welcome Baby!

In August, 2012 Debra self-published her first solo writing,
Falling Together in Love: Stories From My Heart for and about YOU, a book based on her intimate journey with many she has been honored to work with over the past many years. You will meet people like Jane Foster, who had 22 tumors on her liver when her surgeon closed her back up and said he could not keep cutting on her and that she needed to find a holistic healer, and Darby Fetzer, who was afraid to fly but had the incredible opportunity to see the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.

Profound truths are woven among the tales of everyday heroes and heroines just like you. It is true that genuine heroism is forged from living our lives with honesty and clarity and harmony, especially amidst the rubble of pain, and fear, and uncertainty.

As you do the exercises or just read the stories, it is intended that you will remember who you really are. As you remember who you really are, it is intended that you will also see clearly you can enjoy greater well-being and better health–physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. 

Debra is married to John, and they have an adult daughter, Stacey, who is married, lives in middle Tennessee, and has three amazing children. Debra lives in St. Joseph, Michigan and winters in St. James City, on Pine Island, in Florida. Write to debra@SCS-Matters.com and visit
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Gail Berreitter

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Gail Berreitter was born in Trenton, NJ in 1958. Her poetry has been featured in several anthologies. She began writing poetry sparingly in high school, and it wasn’t until the 1980’s that she started writing more often as a catharsis to various emotions.

Gail is currently writing a manuscript of her poetry for publication, featuring Lady Gabrielle, a sensual and colorful character from a much earlier time period.

As a member of the Pine Island Writers and President of the club, Gail is a partner with the board members in achieving the organization’s mission. She presides over meetings, works with other officers, and plans programs and projects as needed.

Gail is currently a judge in the 2014 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. The RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members' published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants.

As the owner of
Gail’s Personal Assistant and Concierge Services on Pine Island, Gail provides highly skilled organizational techniques, business as well as home services, computer hardware and software installations, and bookkeeping. She was an Office Manager for over 30 years and comes highly recommended. She will be your personal shopper, plan your party, pick up your dry cleaning, and even do your grocery shopping.

If you have the time, check out Gail's poetic photography
here. You can also read more of her work when you visit Lady Gabrielle.



Tom Brown

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Sherri Conor

Once you can laugh about something that nearly killed you, you will survive. That’s the philosophy to which Sherri Coner lives. It’s also why she writes women’s humor. Each work is a fun read but also a reminder about personal power. Her characters do exactly what every woman dreams about doing… they get revenge…the loud, messy, Jerry Springer kind.

After spending years as a senior writer and humor columnist in a consistently understaffed Indiana newsroom, Coner has landed back in Florida. It’s her birth place and first love. Easy access to the beach is also important since Coner makes all of her divorce decisions while floating on a raft in the ocean. Follow her blog at
http://sherriconer.com/

Dan England

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Leslie Hilburn Fabian

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Leslie Hilburn Fabian is a transplanted Floridian from Tampa. After living in Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Virginia, and Ohio, she and her former husband wound-up in Massachusetts, where Leslie has remained since 1979, though she also lived for two brief years in Nebraska.

Leslie is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, public speaker, ecumenical minister, wife, mother, and stepmother. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and is licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts, where she lives with her spouse and a pooch of questionable lineage.

The Fabians enjoy New Hampshire summers in their island cabin on Lake Winnipesaukee, accessible only by boat. Leslie also relishes parts of her winters on Pine Island, off the west coast of Florida. 

Ms. Fabian has just published her first book,
My Husband's a Woman Now: A Shared Journey of Transition and Love, available from Amazon as a paperback or e-book. Her book chronicles the unusual adventure of this couple as Leslie's husband, David, became a woman in 2011. David—an orthopedic surgeon who'd been privately cross-dressing for most of his life—realized in 2009 that brief forays into the world as Deborah would never be enough.

This came as no surprise to Leslie. For two decades, cross-dressing had been a part of their lives. But she had witnessed her spouse's devastation each time he returned to his male persona. Once David finally realized he was "more than just a cross-dresser," Leslie encouraged him to become Deborah.

My Husband's a Woman Now is the personal, heartfelt tale of a wife supporting her mate's transition to female, while grieving the loss of her male partner. It's a love story, abounding with tales of the Fabians' challenges, changes, and ultimate triumph over the radical upheaval of their lives...by their own choice.

This story can and will inspire you, whether you're transgender, gay, straight—or anything in-between! Visit Leslie at
www.lesliefab.com

Robert Fox

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Jim Friedlander

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Mitch Grant

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Mitch Grant is a retired banker, race car driver, author, and an aspiring buccaneer. He is a seventh generation Floridian. He grew up in Polk County where, when not attending school, he worked in the family’s groves and on its ranches. As a boy, he spent summers and vacations at his family’s property in the wild swamps of Gulf Hammock, located on Florida’s remote northwestern gulf coast. There he learned boating, fishing, and many other important cracker skills.

After graduating from Stetson University, he served his Uncle Sam as the leader of one of the U.S. Army’s finest field artillery units. In recognition, his uncle paid to further his education at the University of South Florida, where he earned a MBA degree. He used this degree to secure employment in the commercial banking industry, and for the next thirty-five years he helped to lead banks in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to great success. During this time he also pursued his passion for sports car racing, a fire that had been lit when he attended the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race as a child. Now, having raced for over twenty-five years, he is one of the nation’s most experienced and best-known amateur drivers.

Upon retirement from banking, he and his beautiful wife Sherry moved to St. James City, Florida, a quaint fishing village, where he began to pursue another dream- writing fiction. His writing is inspired by, and modeled after, that of his hero and Sanibel Island neighbor, Randy Wayne White. When not writing or fishing, he is helping to educate his four grandchildren in the ways of Southwest Florida’s legendary pirates.

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Shawn Ingalsbe

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Ljubinka Jandrich

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Nancy Leake

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Nancy Leake lives on the island of Matlacha Florida with her husband Don. Their three daughters and their families all relocated nearby, filling her home with love and laughter. Her work has appeared in the Gary Post Tribune, The Fort Myers-Cape Coral News-Press, Writers Currents, and books published by The Pine Island Writers. Nancy won first place for poetry in the first Judged and Juried Competition at Berreitter Photography and Gallery in St. James City, Florida. She writes short stories and poems about nature, the island, aging, and also children’s stories and poems. Much of her work is peppered with humor. She volunteers at local elementary and middle schools and does ministry work at an assisted living center. Along with befriending the many birds and animals on the island she also enjoys reading, sketching, painting, biking and boating.

Her latest book
Growing Old on Island Time is currently available on line at lulu.com and at many Pine Island/Matlacha Boutiques.


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Lenny M. Loyd

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After graduating High School in Florida, Lenny served five years on active duty in the Navy spending time in Viet Nam. Leaving the service, he and his wife settled in Massachusetts where he went to work for a construction company. His father died shortly thereafter and the two relocated to Florida to help his mother. He found employment he enjoyed with a national chemical corporation but, he could not adjust to the weekly changing shift work. After three years, his mother had adjusted to her life without his father, and he moved his family back to Massachusetts.

There he went to work for the Municipal Water Department. At the same time he volunteered as an Auxiliary Police Officer. Within a short time period he was appointed as a Special Police Office and began working full time in both positions. After a six month period, the head of the DPW gave him an ultimatum, either continue to work for the Water Department or resign and work for the Police Department. He chose the Police Department and never looked back.

Along the way, while working the midnight to eight AM shift, he attended Northeastern University in Boston, receiving a Bachelors’ degree in Law Enforcement. He worked his way through the ranks from a Patrolman, to a Motor Officer, a Juvenile Officer and finally a Detective. After twenty decorated years he retired as a Sergeant of Detectives.

After his retirement and with a great love of motorcycling, he joined the Blue knights, an international Police Motorcycle organization, where he served on the Board of Directors before becoming the president of a local chapter. He served in that capacity for many years.

At the same time Lenny also became a Licensed Private Investigator, working on violent crime cases as drugs, rapes and murders and sometimes involving violent street gangs such as The Big Head Boys, The Bloods, The Crips, The Geneva Ave and The Humboldt Street gangs. At times, he worked for the offense and at others for the defense.

After tiring of the violence, he worked for several municipalities and most of those cases involved workplace injury and theft. On the civil side of his workload, his cases revolved around family matter cases, such as divorce cases, child custody cases and cheating spouses. He frequently travelled the eastern seacoast and became well known for his success rate. After ten years of logging thousands of hours of intensive surveillance, with hundreds of video recordings and pictures taken and used as evidence in court trials, he once again retired.

Not happy with retirement, he re-entered the workforce and became a member of the security force at a Massachusetts University. He enjoyed his position, finally and happily retiring for the last time a few years later.

In his free time, Lenny studied and became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with the National Guild, as well as a nondenominational minster with the Congregational Church of Practical Theology. He is also, now become a dedicated Snow Bird, living on beautiful Pine Island.

Because the dream of becoming a professional writer has been with him for many years, he has decided to make it a reality, starting with his memoir.


Patricia Loyd

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Born in Boston, Massachusetts to two very Irish, Catholic parents, Patricia Coyle Loyd was the oldest of five children. After three years in parochial school, the family relocated to the small seacoast town of Marshfield, Massachusetts.

Growing up there, her winters were filled with schooling and ice skating. Her summers spent on the beaches between Ocean Bluff and Buzzard’s Bay.

Shortly after high school, she met her soul mate and convinced her very strict parents to offer their approval for her to marry. Blessed to have their wishes answered, she and her husband had two daughters and two sons, who filled her with love and purpose.

Along the way, she found her spirituality to be stronger than her religion, with what seemed like a more direct route to her desired destination. After becoming a Certified Clinical Hynotherapist with the National Guild, she continued on to become an ordained Minister with the Congregational Church of Practical Theology.

Her children grew up with meditation on a daily basis and were happy to share with their friends. The family room in her home was frequently carpeted with children, after school. They all had tests and trials to conquer and found that daily centering afforded them great personal power.

She has now embarked on a new journey - to become a published author. In addition to the poetry she has written for most of her life, she is writing a book and winters on Pine Island, in Florida for peace and inspiration.

Linda Sprigg Madl


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A Kansas native, Lind Madl earned her bachelor's in English and Journalism at Baker University. During the twenty years she and her husband lived in St. Louis, Missouri, she was active in writers' organizations and wrote for marketing publications and trade journals. She has published ten historical romances, 9 novellas, and numerous short stories with New York publishers and Amazon. She has also written grants and engineering project profiles. Linda loves reading and supports libraries through book sales and leading book discussion groups.

Now dividing her time between Kansas and Florida, she writes and reads for fun with a special interest in the study of journal keeping. She also likes history and serving as a docent in historic homes. Linda lives with her husband, a retired scientist. They enjoy the company of their daughter and son-in-law who both teach in Lee County Florida Schools.

Robert McGuire

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Born in Ft. Lauderdale , Florida at the end of World War II, Robert McGuire was raised in a small town in southeastern Massachusetts in an area where the Pilgrims first settled, the King Phillip Wars were fought, and where Patriots responded to the call to arms as Minutemen and in the Continental Army.
Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant from ROTC, he entered active duty in the Army Transportation Corps with early service in Vietnam, then continued in the Reserves until 20 odd years later he commanded a railroad unit that was mobilized to active duty during Desert Shield/Storm. He entered the US Army retired rolls as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005.
After thirty years employment as a professional in the Human Resources and Technical Training fields, he moved to southwest Florida where he joined the firm established by his wife, Anne, providing consulting services and equipment sales for railroad rolling stock.
As a writer of Historical Fiction, he brings to life the experiences of ancestors whose lives and times are recounted in the “Normanstone” series.

Johanne-McMahon DeVoe

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Joanne McMahon DeVoe’s hometown is Mechanicville, New York. She and Wes were married in 1966. They have two children and three grandchildren. Tom (son), Tricia and Vivian (11) live in Northport, NY (he commutes to a marketing job in Manhattan). Beth (daughter), Chris, Casey (13) and Jack (11) live in Rutlandtown, VT. She teaches first grade and Chris is in finance at Killington/Pico ski areas.
Wes is retired from a long career with GE. Joanne is semi-retired from her own marketing & public relations agency. Joanne graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh and taught first grade for five years. With the exception of Wes’s two-year GE transfer to Idaho, the family has lived in a converted summer cottage on Ballston Lake since 1968.
While the children were little, Joanne dabbled in crafts, substitute taught and put in time as a community volunteer. The volunteer service led to a career change. The public relations ‘skill set’ is amazingly similar to teaching first grade. Stops on the career path include the Schenectady Arts Council, Proctors Theatre (a presenter of touring Broadway shows and more), and the Chamber of Schenectady County. Wes staked Joanne in her own business, DeVoe Associates in Schenectady in 1989.
Joanne and Wes bought an RV in 2005 and have been ducking northern winters ever since. Pine Island is a frequent destination. The duration of our PI stays have steadily increased over the years. We “camp” (or is it “glamp”) at the Pine Island KOA. The motor home serves as Joanne’s office. Presently the clients include a “Main Street” type shopping district, a not for profit day care center, a few restaurants and a high-end ladies boutique.
Volunteer service includes the Ballston Lake Improvement Association and a Town of Ballston committee focused on ringing the lake with a municipal sewer system.
Thanks to technology and the nature of the work, life on the road suits the scope of work. Joanne aspires to become a travel writer and has fun practicing through a travel blog:
http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Silver-Back---Cuda/. She also has written persuasive pieces i.e. to inform voters of issues as well as news releases, brochures, and other PR collateral.

Nina Pulliam


Nina Pulliam, a retired high school English teacher, divides her time between Matlacha and Itasca, Illinois.   She writes poetry and essays for her own pleasure and as an intellectual exercise to keep her mind alert.   She enjoys participating in open mic poetry readings, and has published one poetry chapbook, 
On Island Time.

Mary Linden Ragains

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Katey Roy

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Lori Ruhl


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Laurie Ruhl was born on the island of Aruba. During her time there she developed a great love of reading. There wasn’t any TV on the island! She published her first book for children under her pen name Lori Flying Fish. 

One Shining Starfish
 is beautifully illustrated and teaches little ones their numbers, colors, and introduces them to the many wonders of the ocean. Additionally, she is a member of the Lee County Literacy Program and is happy to share her love of languages and reading with others who want to learn to appreciate the intricacies of the English language.

E. J. Skarda

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E.J. Skarda is the talented author of historical/romantic fiction adventure novels: The Bones of Odin, The Saracen’s Head, Follow the Bugle and Eruption. He has also published a self-help book for Baby-Boomers called Downsizing Your Home, where he predicted the housing bubble in 2005. An active writer who makes his home in southwest Florida, he attends book signings as well writers’ conferences around the country. He attended the Maui Writer’s Conference for many years as a guest while it existed. Mr. Skarda is a member of Pine Island Writers and the Gulf Coast Writers Association.

Growing up in Wisconsin then attending the University of Illinois, Mr. Skarda is a military veteran and has retired from a career in international business and real estate. Having managed a business in Europe and holding an advanced degree in history, he credits this experience in helping create exciting characters in his story telling. He also traveled extensively to conduct research for his books. Best of all he enjoys the company of other authors and is stimulated by their dedication to the art of writing for people’s enjoyment and knowledge.

“Everyday people have experiences that they could write about in a short story or novel,” he is fond of telling people.

E.J. Skarda has five completed new manuscripts inline being edited. All are historical/romances of the highest caliber--attractive to both male and female readers. Most of his published works are available at--Amazon.com and other fine booksellers.

Jan Stewart

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Kelly Sullivan

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James Lee Voris

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Jim was born in West Central Oho in March of 1939. He graduated from High School (class of 57) and entered the US Air Force straight out of High School and served 8 years as a photographer, the last 3 years as a Photography Instructor at the USAF Photo School, Lowry AFB, Denver, Colorado. Following service he returned home to become the Photographer (3 years) and ultimately the Director of the Audio Visual Department (10 years) for Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He also attended Wittenberg but received his BA from the University of Wisconsin, Stout.

He taught AV-Television-Photography at Wittenberg U., Clark State Community College, Eau Claire District 1 Community College (Wisconsin), and the Professional Photography Program (9 years) at Hennepin Technical College in Minnesota, where he taught 43 different photography related courses covering 5 Diploma options, and from where he retired. His total teaching experience extended beyond 35 years.

Voris is relatively new to the world of publishing with six books and working on his seventh. He states, “I’ve had these stories rattling around in my head for as long as I can remember. I finally decided to let the characters ‘out’, so it was really them that told me their story. I just wrote it down.” The major attribute of all his stories is the manner in which he tickles your mind and gets you to think.

Please visit the
Author’s website for viewing sample chapters from his books.

Pine Island Writers

PO Box 266
Matlacha, FL 33993
239-940-0809
info@pineislandwriters.org

Board of Directors


Gail C. Berreitter - President
Debra Basham - Vice President
Mitch Grant - Secretary
James Voris - Treasurer
Kelly O'Sullivan - Member-at-Large