Author Interview: Marilyn Johnson, pen name Sue Snow

January 26, 2018

Marilyn Johnson has been active in literary arts for several years. She is a member of the Kansas Authors Club and is the Publicity and Writers in the Community Chairs. She has also served as Secretary for District 3, southeast Kansas of the Kansas Authors Club and is presently the Membership Chair for District 3. Besides the book Little Magpie and the Wild Pony Hunt, she is working on a sequel to that book as well as an adult time travel book, "Dancing In Time" book one of her Time Keeper series. Marilyn and her husband Ace of 17 years owned and operated Glencliff Farm Bed Breakfast and Spa for five years. She ran the day spa and trained several massage therapists over the years, offering a full range of day spa packages. She and her husband sold the Bed and Breakfast in 2004 and Marilyn resumed a private massage practice in Independence until 2014 during which time she retired and has worked on her writing full time since then. In 2017 she organized the Independence Inksmith Writers group that meets every 4th Saturday of each month at 11:00 at Ane Maes Coffee and Sandwich shop in Independence. Each meeting features a program with guest speaker on one of the many areas of writing from fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, journalism, self-publishing and social media marketing just to name a few. The meetings are open to the public and there are neither dues nor formal membership.


Author Interview: Liz Moore

January 25, 2018
Liz Moore is the author of a weekly newspaper column titled "Moore or Less" that appears on Sundays in the Independence Daily Reporter.
Liz was born in Independence, graduated from high school at IHS and received a journalism degree from Kansas State. The first 10 years of her career were spent as a reporter, editor and photographer for newspapers in the cities of Arlington and Abilene, Texas, and Marysville, Kansas. Later she moved into non-profit communications and was the national communications director for the Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States (The Arc) in Arlington for 18 years. She was also the communications manager for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and in 2003, moved to Washington, D.C. for a seven-year stint with the public affairs office of national Easter Seals.
In 2011, Liz published a book titled, "Making It Home, My Year as a Middle-Aged Runaway," about a career break, an adventurous year of travel and working wage-earning jobs in locales across the United States. Here book can be purchased at the following locations:

Magnolia Scents by Design, 106 N Pennsylvania Ave, Independence, KS 67301 or by calling (620) 331-8900. Check out their website: Magnolia Scents by Design

The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center, 123 N 8th St, Independence, KS 67301.

The book can also be purchased on amazon.

Another "homecoming" was her return to her hometown of Independence to settle in 2008. In the years since, she has been the site director at the Little House on the Prairie Museum and the executive director of Independence Main Street. Retiring in 2016, Liz remains an advocate for small-town ways of life. She is a busy volunteer, primarily for arts-and-culture causes. She likes cats, newspapers, coffee, movies, cooking and friendships.



Author Interview: Cherilyn Hindle Hearn

November 30, 2017
Wife & mother from California, been in southeast Kansas about fourteen years. Bachelors Degree from Wichita State. Written fourteen books in various genre, but women's and literary fiction is my favorite. Currently working on crime/mystery called Picasso's Son...set to be completed by November for a pitch conference in NYC. Coming soon... Black Bay Mornings (women's fiction) and Pretty Hard - From Frump City to Trophy Wife. In my spare time I love cooking, research projects and anything artsy.
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Author Interview: Hazel Spire

November 30, 2017

Hazel Spire was born and raised in England and she came to the US after meeting her GI husband in Iran.  Her first YA mystery, SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE (Royal Fireworks 2001), takes place amid the turmoil of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Her second novel, ARROWHEAD’S LOST HOARD (P3 Press 2008), is about kids finding Roman treasure on a fictional British island.

Hazel has self-published three poetry chapbooks: HOMEWARD TRACKS, TAPESTRY OF TIME, and KALEIDOSCOPE. The poems range in style, from sonnet to haiku to free verse to limerick. Subjects include family, faith, nature, and parody. 60+ pieces, printed in a variety of magazines, have won awards from Kansas Voices, Astra Arts Festival, and more.

Seven years ago, Hazel retired from full-time teaching in Texas and moved to Sedan, KS, where she is illustrating an ABC of London and writing a memoir based on recipes. Her other interests are crafts, music, photography, and reading. 


Author Interview: Judy Carroll

June 30, 2017

Judy Carroll grew up on a working farm in Kansas. After college, she worked in Wichita for Channel 8, KPTS and as a paralegal. After moving to Independence, Kansas, Carroll worked at a variety of part-time jobs before working as a paralegal for 28 years. She and her husband, Dan, are the parents of four children and have eight, soon to be nine, grandchildren.

These short pieces are taken from my blog, Family, Laughter and Laundry. As the mother of four and grandmother of eight, family is important to me. Laughter is important in a family, and whether, it is important or not, laundry is also a part of family life.

To Catch a Mouse

Who’s Afraid of a Big, Bad Spider?

What’s for Dinner?

A Remote Emergency

And How was your Day?

When Nature comes Calling

The Joys of Youth 

Beautiful Freedom

Carroll’s blog, Family, Laughter and Laundry is found at

Judy Carroll and Collette Reichenberger are the co-authors of Cameos of Courage, a children’s historical fiction book, and their blog is found at