Who we are
Valerie Stein is publisher at Homeostasis Press. Her first book, The Best of It: A Journal of Life, Love and Dying, was published in 2009. Her current work is of historical fiction set in Washington State. Valerie and her husband live near the Salish Sea in a house surrounded by cedar trees. Valerie studied archaeology and historic architecture in college, and is delighted to combine to her love of history with writing for young people. A retired school librarian, she also helps out at The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors, and shares occasionally with her readers on her own blog, The Best of It. Her first YA short story is in the Summer 2015 issue of “The Soundings Review.” Find her on Twitter @stein_valerie, on Instagram as @hpressbooks and at the Gather Here Page on Facebook.
Mark Holtzen is an educator and writer based in Seattle. Involved in elementary classrooms for almost two decades, he has an interest in bringing a wide variety of compelling stories to kids. One such is his “Kirkus Best of 2012” debut, The Pig War. Some of his stories are told through regional history as a way to demonstrate our constant need for community, and he remembers his own first realization that history was more than black and white photographs. Mark is fascinated by the compelling characters yet to be discovered, no matter what the time period. He looks forward to digging up even more loudmouths, unsung heroes, doers and underdogs--whether they be from his mind or from our rich Northwest history. You can visit Mark's website here. Mark also shares on Twitter @holtzymook and on his blog, Milk Jug. Mark's newest book, A Ticket to the Pennant, is available at your favorite independent bookseller.
Julie Artz lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband, two young children, and two rambunctious kitties. She writes stories for children that feature the natural world, folklore, mythology, history, and all that is magical about those things. Since her first work-study job critiquing resumes and proofreading papers at DePauw University, she's made her living with the written word. In a career spanning two decades, she's written everything from computer manuals to training materials, from press releases and marketing copy to gardening articles. Now, in addition to her creative writing, she shares about travel, gardening, reading, and writing on her blog, TerminalVerbosity, and contributes regularly to From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors. Julie also shares with readers on Twitter @juliartz.
Susan Frederick enjoys writing historical and literary fiction, memoir and poetry after a much less fun job writing corporate communications for large companies. She grew up in several small logging towns in the foothills of Mt. Rainier in Washington state, where her father was a logging truck driver.
Susan studied creative writing at the University of Washington and has continued to work on her craft by writing, reading voraciously, and studying with other writers. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.
Her poem His Hand was recently awarded First Place in Poetry for the EPIC Group Writers 2017 Writing Contest. Her short story Rise & Shine is the first Gather Here piece published by Homeostasis Press, launching this project as its Children's Imprint.
Amanda Hauk composed the study questions for our Rise and Shine curriculum set. Amanda was Lower Kuskokwim School District Teacher of the Year in 2009 (Alaska).
David Turnoy taught elementary school in the Portland, Oregon, area for two decades, specializing in bringing American history to his fifth graders in an accessible format. He has published American Tales: Stories of America’s Past for the Young People of Today, which can be found at www.americantales.net. The book is a hybrid of fiction [a small class of students travels back in time to various important events from the time of explorers through Reconstruction and meets a child their own age to guide them] and nonfiction [the history of this time period is told from the point of view of the common people and victims of the powerful elites]. He plans to write two more volumes in this series. David now lives with his wife and two cats on Orcas Island, where he volunteers and substitutes at the local elementary school and also tutors and mentors other children.