Meet the Mélange Authors
Norman W. Wilson:
Have you ever met a shaman? I have. I was seven years old, and it triggered a lifelong curiosity for other worlds and cultures. Eventually, I wrote a series of essays on shamanism, which are now available as Shamanism: What It's All About. My doctorate in the humanities allowed me to study other systems, particularly the myths of the Ancient Greeks, and to examine in depth the Romantic poets, novelists, painters, and musicians. Like those Romanticists, I too, have a deep abiding fascination with the world of mythology. That interest has wound its way into my novel The Shaman's Quest and the remaining five in my series, Shamanic Mysteries.
I live in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with my talented wife, photographer Suzanne V. Wilson, and we are ruled by three cats, who graciously allow us to reside in their abode.
About Dr. Wilson:
* Currently completing a series of six novels called The Shamanic Mysteries. The first, The Shaman's Quest, was released by Mélange Publishing February 2011.
* Staff columnist at 1st Turning Point
* Reviewer for NovelSpot.Net and The New York Journal of Books
* Professor emeritus at Polk State College, Winter Haven, Florida
You can find Norman at his website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Jacquie Rogers: I'm a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker. In the days of my youth, you'd find me on a dairy farm in Owyhee County, Idaho. Contrary to most writers, I wasn't predisposed to taking up pencil and paper at age four. Instead, my first burning ambition was to be a baseball announcer just like Dizzy Dean, but that didn't work out so I decided to do all the above. Finally, I conceded to my calling of writing romance novels.
Before I came to Mélange Publishing, I had two books published. One is a short contemporary novel, Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues, which has earned two Top Picks, Two Keepers, and several 5-heart reviews. The other, Faery Special Romances, won the Night Owl Romance Award for Best Print Sci-fi/Fantasy Romance.
I live in Seattle, Washington, with my ever patient husband and a cat who, even after ten years, thinks she's feral--except of course when it's cold or rainy outside.
* Co-founder of 1st Turning Point, where authors teach, share, and learn all about marketing and promotion
* Fiction writer platform coach
* Online and in-person workshop presenter
You can visit her at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Gavriel Navarro is a Spanish-born poet, musician and artist who grew up in Venezuela and England. After graduating with a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, he spent eleven years in the Amazon as a hunter, an eco-tourist guide and apprentice of shamanic wisdom.
The multi-lingual Navarro now makes his home in Japan where he applies the lessons of his peripatetic life through film-making and transcendent poetry.
The second book of a trilogy of poetry, The Earth and Fire: Poems and Reflections on the Nature of Desire will be released either late fall or early winter of this year.
Visit Gavriel at his website, Facebook, Twitter, and his journal.
Miss Maria Beata Tungaraza was born in 1959 in Tanzania, her mother Tereza Desire is a retired teacher while her father Crispin Tungaraza is a retired politician who served, among others, as a Minister for Labour and Social Welfare during the first government regime of the United Republic of Tanzania. She has a daughter Amanda Maria Cherine. She studied at the University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania; Monash University, Australia and Georgetown University Law Center, USA, currently working as international development consultant. Building for over twenty years of project management, management of international development projects, management of donor funding, working in peace building, reconciliation, and reconstruction, democracy and good governance, and poverty alleviation strategies, Miss Tungaraza has strong advocacy skills in influencing policy and legal environment for positive change locally and at international level.
Miss Tungaraza is an advocate for peace and human rights. Apart from her activities as a poet she worked as a Consultant for UNIFEM/IRIS, University of Maryland, USA; Consultant Research Triangle Institute, USA; Consultant the Bal in Gilead Tanzania; Consultant Ministry of Health Tanzania; Women’s Human Rights Advisor in Hargeisa, Somaliland; Resident Advisor for the POLICY PROJECT, Futures Group International in Tanzania; Consultant, UNDP Tanzania/International Development Law Organization, Italy; Consultant for Women in Law in East Africa, Kenya; Consultant Faculty of Law, University of Dar es Salaam; Consultant for Africare Tanzania; Director AIDS Program for the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT); Volunteer Human Rights Advisor, UNAIDS Geneva; Intern, World Bank, Washington D.C.; and Law Research Officer for the Tanzania Law Reform Commission. She also worked as a Consultant for the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation where she had an opportunity to participate in Burundi Peace Negotiations and to serve Heads of States including the Late President Julius Kambarage Nyerere, Founder of the United Republic of Tanzania.
She is a founder of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania.
Her publications include; Human Rights of People Living With HIV/AIDS, 2003, Faculty of Law, Dar es Salaam, University, Bulletin 6, No. 4, December 2003; Anthology: Voices of African Women, Chapter 3, Georgetown University Law Center, 2006; Women’s Human Rights in Somaliland, Hargeisa Somaliland 2007 updated 2008.