Meet Our 50/50 Press Family
Melissa Bennett, is a die-hard romantic, and credits that to her southern upbringing. Her debut novel, Hidden Thorns, is a romantic suspense story, strongly influenced by her Christian faith.
A cookbook collector, she loves to tinker in the kitchen, and has grand delusions of one day opening her own café.
Today, she lives in the suburbs of Kansas City with her husband of 30 years, and two lazy Miniature Schnauzers. She’s the proud mama of four fantastic children, and thankful to have her Dad living nearby.
Find her Twitter: @mbennett6782
Steven H. Berman is a veteran writer-producer with more than fifteen produced credits, including a dozen Movies of the Week and five mini-series. His mini-series Roughing It brought him a Writers’ Guild of America nomination for best adaptation. His movie Twice Upon a Christmas premiered at the White House. The Christmas Letter is Mr. Berman’s first novel.
Mr. Berman lives in Los Angeles with his wife Marcia, the Director of Advancement at a private school. They have two children; Rachel whose debut novel, “Aerendgast: The Secret History of Jane Austen” was published last year and Dan, an entrepreneur.
Read more about Steven’s films HERE
And visit his website HERE
Ethan D. Bryan
Ethan D. Bryan is the author of Dreamfield. His other books include Superheroes are for Real, Run Home and Take a Bow, Catch and Release, The Cowboy Year, Striking Out ALS: A Hero’s Tale, and Tales of the Taylor.
Ethan is convinced baseball helps tell some of the best stories. His baseball stories have landed him ever so briefly in an ESPN 30-for-30 (#BringBackSungWoo), as a background ballplayer in an Emmy-award winning documentary (First Boys of Spring), an invitation to the White House for the Royals World Series celebration, and a chance to go to Cooperstown and read his baseball poetry.
Ethan lives in Springfield with his wife and two daughters. He still dreams of playing baseball for his beloved KC Royals.
Visit Ethan online HERE
Visit his Amazon Author Page HERE
Follow him on Twitter @Ethan_Bryan
Aaron Davis is the author of Baggage Claim. His previous books include Street Preacher and Embracing the Nations: Making Disciples in a Multicultural Setting.
Aaron was born in Springfield, Missouri. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Aaron has served in churches in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, and Hawaii. He is married to Samantha and they have adopted two children.
Aaron says, "My favorite author is Flannery O'Connor. She could depict very ugly aspects of society and still find something good there. She could see God moving where we look for Him the least."
You can connect with him on Twitter
On his website HERE
Or on his Amazon Author Page HERE
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Annemarie is a former West Point cadet with a degree in Mathematics and Natural Science. She is a wife, a mother, and a proud daughter of a retired Detroit firefighter.
When she isn’t busy reading or watching a whodunit mystery, she’s busy writing one. Annemarie is the author of First Case Scenario.
You can connect with her on Twitter
Or on her website HERE
Daniel Ford is the author of Sid Sanford Lives! Ford is the co-founder/co-host of Writer’s Bone, a literary website and podcast that champions aspiring authors and screenwriters.
Ford’s journalism and fiction can also be found on JCKonline.com and his personal blog Hardball Heart. Sid Sanford Lives! is his debut novel. Ford lives with his fiancée Stephanie in Boston, Mass. He can often be found coaxing words out of a half-empty bourbon glass.
Follow Daniel on Twitter @danielfford
You can hear the Writer’s Bone podcasts HERE
And read his blog HERE
Jamie Frank writes for young adults and teens. Born in Massachusetts, she is the third of four sisters, which by literary tradition makes her the bookish one.
Jamie earned degrees in literature at the University of Rochester and public policy at Cornell University and now works in educational policy. She was an elementary school teacher in North Carolina before moving to Upstate New York where she lives with her family, including identical twin cats.
The Last Ghost (Coming Fall, 2018) is her first novel.
Matthew Franks lives in Arlington, Texas with his beautiful wife and children. He studied psychology and creative writing at Louisiana State University then obtained a Master's Degree in counseling from Texas State University. When he's not working on his next story, he's counseling adolescents or trying to keep up with his three highly energetic daughters.
His first novel, The Monster Underneath, is a psychological thriller available through Amazon.
You can connect with Matthew on Twitter at: @matthewfranks7
In addition to publishing Undercover Chefs with 50/50 Press, Erin Fry is also the author of Losing It, Secrets of the Book, and The Benefactor.
When she’s not writing, Erin teaches at a middle school in southern California, where she also coaches cross country. Coaching inspired her to write her first book, and has taught her a lot about perseverance, shin splints, and just how loud middle schoolers get on a bus.
Erin loves to hike with her husband and three kids, and counts summiting Mt. Whitney among the coolest (and craziest) adventures of her life.
Visit her website HERE
Visit her Amazon Author Page HERE
Or connect with Erin on Twitter @ErinMFRY
Stacie Haas is the author of Freedom for Me, A Chinese Yankee, a historical fiction book for middle grade and young adult readers.
Stacie has been writing since she could hold a pencil, first in a diary with a little lock and key, and later as an awkward teenager trying to figure out life. She worked as a journalist after receiving her English and History degrees in college and has worked for many years as a professional communicator with a Fortune 500 company. Her writing has been published in Skipping Stones and St. Anthony Messenger magazines and online as she competes in many a flash fiction contest.
Stacie is married to her best friend, Michael, and has three awesome kids and a chocolate lab mutt named Sadie. She resides with her family on the Kentucky side of greater Cincinnati. When not writing, she can usually be found at church or cheering on her kids at a nearby soccer field, baseball diamond, or karate dojo.
Connect with her on Twitter: @staciehaas
Visit her website HERE
In addition to publishing Irma the Inventor and the Vampire Spiders with 50/50 Press, Kim is also the author of Demon's Ink, The Viking Princess, Morgaine LeFay and the Viking, and The Cats of Cullaby Creek.
Kim grew up in a family with nine kids and only one TV, so instead of fighting over the remote control, she spent her days reading about other worlds, tropical places and exciting adventures. Later, she wanted to visit those tropical islands and create her own adventures, so she did . . . by writing. She's always loved books, maybe because she never got to pick the TV shows her family watched.
Kim says, "If you’re going to sit inside one afternoon, I hope it won’t be to watch TV. Instead, I hope you’ll pick up a book and have your own adventure!"
Visit her Amazon Author Page HERE
And follow her on Twitter @kimkasch
Samantha Martin is a writer, filmmaker, and the author of the upcoming YA Science Fiction novel Latium. Though she grew up in Michigan, Samantha now studies Environmental Science and Creative Writing at the University of Kentucky. When not in class, she can be found acting in, producing, and editing short films with the university's Creative Filming Club. Samantha is a firm believer that writing is easiest with a glass of iced coffee in hand, and wastes entirely too much time on Twitter.
Connect with her on Twitter HERE @am_i_write
The author of Music Theory, Brian McCann is a librarian in Kansas City, Missouri. He has led writing groups in three states and introduced writing-based events to an entire 30-branch public library system. Though he wrote his first story at age five and began numerous ones later, his first novel was completed in 2007 (Thanks, Nanowrimo!). He has two Masters degrees in theology and information science, which he thinks makes for a fun combination.
When not writing or being a librarian, Brian can be found at the movies, running an obstacle course, or playing Dungeons and Dragons at the game store.
Follow Brian on Twitter: @writerbrarian
And check out his blog HERE
Jon Negroni is a writer and film/TV critic based out of San Jose, California. His first book, The Pixar Theory, is based on his viral long-form essay about how all of the Pixar movies are connected and share a single universe.
Jon's debut novel, the superhero fantasy adventure Killerjoy, is the first entry of a three-part series.
You can find Jon on Twitter at @JonNegroni
And connect with him on jonnegroni.com
Joanna is the author of the young adult science fiction novel Threadwalkers. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband, two cats, and extensive book collection.
She spends her time alternately between creative artistic pursuits and has a passion for conservation and wildlife while working on whatever story she’s got brewing in her overly active imagination. She still hasn’t decided what she’s going to be when she grows up, though she suspects it will probably be herself.
Read more about Joanna and her adventures on her website HERE
Connect with her on Twitter: @joannavolavka
And on Instagram: @joannavolavka and @geekyjo
Joanna is also on staff with the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club. Read more about that HERE