Meet the Mélange Authors

Norman W. Wilson, PhD

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, Author

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.

About Jacquie:
* 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 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.


Maria Beata Tungaraza, Poet


Miss Maria Beata Tungaraza

is an advocate for peace and human rights. Apart from her activities as a poet she worked as a Consultant for UNIFEM/IRIS. 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

Jay Halpern


Jay Halpern

There he was buying vegetables at a Korean bodega down the block when the mysterious finger of an invisible hand sent a rock wall into the back of his apartment and Jay Halpern and his wife were expelled from the Promised Land of Manhattan to the outer fringes of the world, Zoar, the land beyond which be monsters… Salvaging the yet-to-be published manuscript of The Jade Unicorn, Halpern found himself hurled into a new life serving folks with mental retardation, autism, all sorts of physical and mental challenges. Always the poet and shaman, he transformed the new adventures that were his life into the stuff of poetry and prose: Ghosts & Bones (short stories), Mitchell’s Ghost (poetry), The North Point (drama), and Gris-Gris (novel). He attributes his writer’s vision to the true gurus in his life: the many challenging people he served and loved. And to his true-life Cassandra Sharpe, his wife now for over 40 years, Jackie. Mr. Halpern teaches English at a Connecticut college.
Michael King St. Clair has worked with seniors since 1982. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Western Washington University in the United States and a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. For over thirty years, he has served as an aging and adult social worker assessing the needs of seniors; family social worker; administrative hearing coordinator; and as an administrative manager in the retirement industry. He is currently working on a fictional, historical mystery based on confidential asides picked upon on Vancouver Island. He lives in Mill Bay, British Columbia.
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