Prosateurs Bios

Kathy Akins began writing “for real” when she retired from a 30-year career with the United States Postal Service. She has won several awards with her poetry, devotionals, and short fiction. Her short stories and poetry have been published in Yule Tidings, Prosateurs: Tales & TruthBlackbirds Third Flight, Creations 2015, and Creations 2014. A love for history, family, and animals touches her everyday life and inspires her story ideas and characters. She lives in Oklahoma and shares her home with miniature long-haired dachshunds and a rescued Catahoula. Her dachshunds assist her when she presents dog-related educational programs for children in her capacity as an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Ambassador. She is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Visit her website at

Debbie Anderson wrote the novel Friend or Foe in 2018. A long-time storyteller, she has written and shared stories since she was a child. The oldest of eight children she used these stories to entertain her siblings as well for her own enjoyment. She learned the love of travel going on family vacations and spent eighteen years in the travel industry. As a result, she has been to nearly every state and six countries. She left the travel business after 9/11. Since then she has written business documents such as manuals and procedures for the electronic and oil industries. In addition to writing, she enjoys sewing, quilting, crafts, painting and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She finds humor in everyday people and events and incorporates them into her writing. She writes short stories, memoirs, novels, children’s stories, and how-to books. She has been published in Yule TidingsProsateurs: Tales & Truth, Creations 2018, and Creations 2017.

Stephen B. Bagley's latest book is Floozy Comes Back, a collection of humorous essays. He co-wrote Undying, a collection of dark poetry, with poet Gail Henderson. He wrote Murder by Dewey Decimal and Murder by the Acre. His other books include Tales from Bethlehem, Floozy and Other Stories, and EndlesS. He wrote the full-length plays Murder at the Witch’s Cottage and Two Writers in the Hands of an Angry God and co-wrote Turnabout. His poetry, articles, short stories, and essays have appeared in Yule TidingsProsateurs: Tales & TruthWriter’s Digest, Blackbirds First Flight, Blackbirds Second Flight, Blackbirds Third FlightByLine Magazine, Nautilus Magazine, Pontotoc County Chronicles, Tulsa World OKMagazine, Free Star, Dark Prairies & Deep Rivers, the Creations anthologies 2012-2015, and other print and online publications. He graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. He is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Visit his website at

Nita Beshear began her affair with writing as a young child. Her father had wander dust in his shoes and if the family wasn't moving from one state to another, they were moving across town. Stories gave her continuity and a connection. Her friends in her stories went with her to every new house, neighborhood, and school. The stories she and her cousin created during their annual visits kept the two girls close, even after returning home miles away. She enjoys writing nonfiction and historical novels and short stories. Her books include: Devoted to Quilting and Beyond the Grief: A Widow's Survival Guide. Her fiction and recipes appeared in Prosateurs: Tales & Truth and Romance-The Spice of Life. When not at home writing, sewing, or quilting, Nita enjoys time with her six grandchildren. She is a member of the Material Girls (the Allen Oklahoma Quilters), McAlester McSherry Writers, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., and the Ada, Atoka, and Okmulgee Toastmasters. Visit her website at

Wendy Blanton wrote Dawn Before the Dark, the first book in a fantasy trilogy, which was published by the Christian fantasy publisher Bear Publications in the fall of 2019. She also co-wrote three fantasy novels, The Dragon’s LadyRogue Pawn, and Sword and Scabbard, under the name Elizabeth Joy with co-author Scott Carman. Her short stories have appeared in Yule TidingsProsateurs: Tales & TruthBlackbirds First Flight, Blackbirds Second Flight, and Blackbirds Third Flight. Currently, she writes novels and short stories in several genres. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management from the University of Mount Olive, Mount OliveNorth Carolina, and served on active duty for the United States Air Force for eight years. She is a storyteller specializing in telling Celtic folk tales at Scottish Highland Games and other venues. She and her husband are members of the Clan Campbell Society of North America. She lives in the wilds of the Chicago outback with her husband and three geriatric cats. She is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Visit her website at

D.E. Chandler released her debut novel, Bone Sliver, in October 2015, and the sequel, Nova Wave, in 2018. Her collection of short works and poems, titled Weathered, was also released in 2018. In 2013, her poem, “Oppenheimer,” and her short story, “One Way Window,” both won honorable mention and publication in Outside the Lines. In 2015, her poem “Carroll After Dark” won first place and publication in the Tulsa Review’s 2015 Spring contest issue. Her short stories, poems, photographs, and articles were also published in Yule TidingsProsateurs: Tales & Truth, Blackbirds Third Flight, The Green Country Guardian, The Sapulpa Herald, and Sapulpa News and Views. She has a BA in English and is a graduate student at Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth MFA program. She lives with her husband Tom in Oklahoma. She is a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and Oklahoma Bloggers and Influencers. Visit her website at

Barbara Shepherd is the recipient of more than 350 writing awards in local, regional, national, and international contests. She has been named the American Christian Writers’ Writer of the Year (twice) and received a Readers Choice Award from miller’s pond and the Creme de la Creme from Norman Galaxy of Writers (twice). Rose State Writers Conference presented her with a trophy for the Outstanding Author Award for 2016. She is the Oklahoma 2017 Voice of the Fair Poet, a Lone Stars Poet, a Woody Guthrie Poet, and a former Nominee for Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma. Shepherd has been a field editor for Taste of Home magazines and cookbooks and a freelance contributor to other magazines, including: Outlook, Oklahoma D.O., Oklahoma Woman, Shawnee Shopper, Edmond Life and Leisure, miller's pond, Bella, and ArtBeat. Her books include: The Potbelly Pig Promise, River Bend, Vittles and Vignettes, and Patchwork Skin. Her writing has also appeared in: Prosateurs: Tales & TruthState Cops Cooking in the Heartland - More Than We Can Say Grace Over, Women’s War Memoirs, Heavenly Patchwork, Voices In Time, Candle Flames: PSO’s 70th Anniversary Anthology, Oklahoma Centennial Heritage Collection, Harp Strings, A Centennial Celebration of Oklahoma Stories, travelin’ Music, Elegant Rage, Poetry Is For Everyone, Imagination Turned Loose, Beads On a String–Peace, Joy, and Love, From the Heart of Galaxy, Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way, and numerous magazines, newspapers, newsletters and online publications. Visit her website at

Heath Stallcup was born in Salinas, California, and relocated to Oklahoma in his tween years. He joined the US Navy and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, and Bangor, Washington, shortly after junior college. After his second tour, he attended East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry. He then served ten years with the State of Oklahoma as a Compliance and Enforcement Officer while moonlighting nights and weekends with the local sheriff’s office. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and three of his seven children. His short stories were published in Blackbirds Second Flight, Blackbirds Third Flight, Deadly Eleven, Middletown Apocalypse, Middletown Apocalypse 2: Midtown Apocalypse, Let's Scare Cancer to Death, Fight the MonSter, Bite-Sized Offerings: Tales & Legends of the Zombie Apocalypse, and collected in Mind Trip. His books include Whispers, Caldera, Caldera II: Out of the Fire, Caldera III: Return to Yellowstone, Caldera IV: Countdown to OblivionForneus Corson, Hunter, Hunter II-Assassin for Hire, and the continuing Monster Squad series: Return of the Phoenix, Full Moon Rising, Coalition of the Damned, Blood Apocalypse, Homecoming, Wayward Son, Obsessions, and Specters. Visit his website at

Joanne Verbridge was born in Oakland, California, spending her early life experiences in Northern California. Family brought her to Oklahoma where she enjoys writing memoirs and crafting. She works to inspire her young nieces to take an interest in storytelling and writing. Her memoirs and short stories and articles have been published in newspapers and Yule TidingsProsateurs: Tales & TruthCreations 2015, Creations 2014, Creations 2013, and Creations 2012.