LeafIn alphabetical order, we are:

Bonnie Abraham, after twenty-five plus years of writing letters disqualifying people from Unemployment Benefits, retired in order to write something more pleasant. In between knitting shawls and socks, she writes short stories (many with Biblical themes), poetry and devotionals and is currently working on a fantasy novel. She now resides in Corydon with her mother’s ghost.

Marian Allen has had poetry and short stories published in small anthologies, in on-line magazines, print magazines, on electronic disk, on the labels of coffee cans and on the wall of an Indian restaurant. Free stories, surrealist poetry, recipes and food history columns can be viewed at Marian Allen’s Fiction Site, MarianAllen.com.

Jeannine Baumgartle writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in publications such as Literally, the newsletter for Writers’ Center of Indianapolis, The Flying Island, Studio, a journal of Christians Writing (an Australian publication), Alive Magazine, and several volumes of Southern Indiana Writers’ Indian Creek Anthology. She was twice selected to read at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and received a weekend residency at Mary Anderson Center for the Arts for her poetry.

Sara Deurell is a writer and freelance editor living in Louisville, Kentucky.  She has written a number of short stories and is currently marketing her first novel.  Her artwork and short stories have appeared in a few of SIW’s anthologies. She blogs at Sara D vs Reality. She is a freelance editor, as well; her freelance editing web site is — wait for it — Sara Deurell, Freelance Editor.

Ginny Fleming considers herself to be foremost a screenwriter, as this is her favorite media. Because nobody thought to tell her she couldn’t, after optioning 3 scripts for the unsold ensemble sitcom “Tia” (any producers reading this?), Fleming dived head-first into the shark-infested mulligan stew that is Hollywood scriptwriting (How’s that for mixing metaphors?). Her romantic comedy scripts can be previewed at Writers.Net. Fleming’s take on hysterical fantasy (funny, that is), a novel she likes to call Dragonsayver (when she’s not calling it Melvin), is a “Shrek-like” novel just begging to be made into an animated film — in fact, Fleming wonders if she should shove a tin cup in its hand and drop it on a busy intersection…. Besides her annual contribution to SIW anthology and a brief appearance in the Louisville Courier Journal, Fleming is busy finding a home for Keys of Illusion, a Romantic/Suspense novel filled with magic, scuba, fantasy, a bunch of lavender stuff and little bit of sex. Multiple scripts are always in the works whenever Fleming manages to “channel” Jimmy Buffett, her “Muse” (Yeah, she knows Jimmy’s not dead — Hopes for his continued good health, in fact — That just makes him easier to channel).

Joanna Foreman was published by Quixote Press in 2008—a collection of ghost stories—in Ghosts of Interstate-65. Her stories Ghost Taxi, Lady of the Wigwam, and Vicarious Christmas have been published by Melange Books in 2011. See www.melange-books.com. Joanna has completed one novel and is currently writing a memoir. While she is not a regular blogger, you can visit her website: www.joannaforeman.com and her Facebook Author Page: Joanna Foreman, Author Anti-Blog.

Dirk Griffin, also known as The Invisible Man. Dirk is seldom among us in reality, but reality has never been our strong suit, anyway. His contributions are always appreciated, and his presence is unflaggingly sought by the group, his family, a passel of friends, a gaggle of enemies, creditors, and a plethora of nodding acquaintances. He has written theatre reviews for Arts Kentuckiana, had a script produced for Public Access Television, and has written music/lyrics and/or scripts for several musicals. Bunbury Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky, selected one of Griffin’s plays to include in their 2001 15th Anniversary 15 Minute Play Festival, where Rick Mattingly of LEO Magazine called it “one of the strongest plays in the festival.”

T Lee Harris is a writer and illustrator. A graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, T has put her degree to good use when designing and publishing the Indian Creek Anthology series for the Southern Indiana Writers’ Group (Using said diploma to fan bacon smoke away from the smoke alarm was merely a plus.). T’s work has appeared in several print and online venues including mystericale.com, the Southern Indiana Writers’ Group’s Indian Creek Anthology series and Wildside Press’ Cat Tales 2 anthology. Her novella Winter Wonderland (written for the Black Orchid competition), featuring former FBI agent, Dallas Powell, has recently been published electronically. Several novels are in the works with settings ranging from ancient Egypt to modern day Chicago.


Joy Kirchgessner is a business woman, illustrator and writer. Her paintings were recently on tour with the Kentucky National Art and Wildlife Exhibition. She shares her home with her husband and two horses.

George Lopez is a practicing architect, a construction specifications writer, and figurative sculptor. His profession obliges him to travel extensively, exposing him to a diversity of people and circumstances. George draws upon these experiences for his fiction writing. He is currently marketing several short stories, and is marketing a novel while working on his next. His next what, he hesitates to say.

Samantha Lopez graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Illinois and is now in the Louisville area. When not fighting her two cats for the computer, she browses bookstores, practices various musical instruments, volunteers at sci-fi conventions, and attends Renaissance festivals. She writes science fiction, fantasy, mainstream, and poetry. Her short stories have appeared in the Southern Indiana Writers Group’s Indian Creek anthologies, and her poetry has been published in Nightlife. She is currently working on several novels.

Glenda Mills resides with her husband, three children, four dogs, a cat, various hamsters, turtles, frogs and fish in Floyd County, IN. When she is not busy being a “stay-at-home” mom, which is seldom, she enjoys writing poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Her work crosses genres and presently includes short stories, poems, a finished manuscript on an introspective look at the miscarriage of her child, and an unfinished manuscript of a “slightly” psychotic female serial killer. She firmly believes that variety is the spice of life.

Ardis Moonlight is an artist, writer and amateur naturalist.  Her art has been shown in numerous exhibits in the Kentuckiana area. She loves living in the country unless the electricity is off for more than four hours–brings back too many very cold memories of the ice storm in 2009.

Carl Page, in previous lives, was a banking attorney, human resources director and majority owner/manager of a family recreation park. He has now returned to a slightly more sane day job as a human resources director at a bank. By night, he is working on his second novel (the first was written in law school–just a “few” years ago–and the sole surviving copy recently found a proper home in the garbage can). With the help of superb critiques and editing by other members of the Southern Indiana Writers group, he is hoping that the second time will be a charm.

Teddi Robinson, widowed for several years, is spending her time doing the things she always dreamed of doing. She has taken several creative writing classes and has (With a lot of encouragement) just published her first book, The Meddlers. She is currently at work polishing the sequel for publication before the end of 2008.


7 Responses to About

  1. Teri Baskett/Beth Gains says:

    I am a new writer, with 2 books accepted to be published later this year. Is it possible to join your group or be on an email list for yoru events/schedule?

    PS—my name is Teri, I write under the pen name Beth Gains.

  2. Gail E.Trout says:

    I’m writing a non-fiction book that uncovers the extremely profitable world of non-profit mail fraud that targets older folks. My mom was a target and in the year I monitored her mail she received 823 pieces of mail from 120 different organizations. Mostly trying to make her think she was going to lose her social security for one reson or another.

    I have 90% of the research completed and have started to pull it together into chapters, but I need feedback and approach ideas. I have worked as an instructional designer for 25 years, but this writing cannot be technical, so I am pushing the edge of my comfort envelope.

    Since I’m back in Bloomington I’d like to explore local writing groups. I was part of a group in Englewood, Florida and their guidance was wonderful.

    Would you share your meeting time and venue? Thanks. Gail

    • admin says:

      Gail, your book sounds excellent and much-needed! You’re so right–technical writing and non-technical writing are very different animals.

      Our group is a couple of hours from Bloomington, so you’ll probably want to look for something closer. I know there’s a writers’ center in Bloomington, or used to be.

      Best of luck with the project!

  3. Janet Manger says:

    This is most interesting! Since moving here (Floyds Knobs, In) 8 yrs ago when I remarried, I have been lost, in a sense. A busy musician/singer/actor all my life, I have found very little to do now as I have no connections anymore. I have taken up writing instead, and am working on a self-look book at my life or one might call it ‘reflections’ of self. I have written Christmas musicals for children in the past, won’t mind doing some other musicals for the theaters or even churches. Would I be a good candidate for your group? I do believe if I had some contact with others like myself, I could get a better handle on my creative side and a better understanding of what is available for me to do. Would love to visit and see what this is all about. Please let me know if this is available to me. 812 923-9740
    Thanks, Janet Manger

  4. Nancy Bittner says:

    I am just thinking about writing and don’t know where to start. It seems as if your group may be too advanced for me. Any suggestions where I should begin? I have been in real estate for 26 years and have met a lot of different people. I think I would write short, maybe humorous articles.

    • riTerz r1tn says:

      Nancy, I don’t know where you’re located, but I know there’s a more fluid, feeling-our-way group that meets at the Harrison County (Indiana) library. It’s called Quills and Quibbles, and Sue Haake at Harrison County Library is the contact person. I think your starting point would be to read a lot of the kind of article you’re thinking about: by Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris. You can get their books at the library. You might want to read some James Herriot; some of his stories were VERY funny, and they were based on real incidents and people. Study those, to see how they’re put together and why they work. You must have a WEALTH of material, from working in real estate! Hope this helps! — Marian Allen, Author Lady

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