Bill Kenley
Bill Kenley
Ever thought you'd like to be a book author? Or maybe you have read a book and want to meet its author?

On Saturday, the community will have a chance to meet a dozen of Hamilton County's book authors, plus a few more authors from outside the area, during a first-time Author Faire. It's 1 to 4 p.m. at Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville. Admission is free.

"We have a lot of local talent in the area and want to support and promote these folks and their works," said Pam Lamberger, adult service librarian, who is helping coordinate the faire. She said local author Nancy Massey came up with the idea after seeing other libraries have success with author faires.

"We hope to elicit a country fair ambiance, while creating an opportunity for local authors to engage with each other and their reading public," Lamberger said.

The afternoon will consist of six authors doing short readings, six authors participating in a panel discussion, a question-and-answer period, raffle drawings with prizes donated by the authors, refreshments, and time to meet and greet and have autographs signed. Attendees can stop by and visit with as many authors as they wish. "The only limitations will be the size of the crowd and the three-hour duration of the event," Lamberger said.

The Times asked the faire's authors to share more about themselves. Here's what they said:

Katherine Clark, 24, Fishers

Book? "The Greene and Shields Files: Blood is Thicker Than Water."

What's it about? Police Lt. Jonathan Greene and young detective Courtney Shields butt heads as assigned partners with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. But after a surprise joint venture, the two form a bond, and help each other when Greene's family becomes the target of threats.

Daytime gig? Full-time author.

Inspiration? My mother introduced me to the classics, like William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe and Agatha Christie. Every summer, she introduces a new author to me. After we read the books, we have weekly library runs and raid the mystery section. I started writing mysteries to stump her.

Best advice? Never give up.

Next project? "Soundless Silence," a Sherlock Holmes novel, will be released in October; "Book Two, The Greene and Shields Files: Once Upon a Midnight Dreary," out by Thanksgiving; "Book Three, The Greene and Shields Files: Old Sins Cast Long Shadows," out by Christmas.

Susan Crandall, Noblesville

Book: "Whistling Past the Graveyard."

What's it about? A coming of age story set in Mississippi in 1963. Young Starla Claudelle runs away from a strict grandmother in search of the mother who abandoned her as a toddler.She's aided on her journey by an African-Amerian woman with troubles of her own. Crandall's 10th published novel.

Background: Born and raised in Noblesville, graduate of Noblesville High School. Prior to writing career, was a dental hygienist.

Daytime gig? Full-time author.

Inspiration? I was always a voracious reader. My sister started working on a book and asked me to help. I began writing with her. We worked on five novels together, all unpublished. She stopped writing but I was hooked. My first solo novel was my first published novel.

Best advice? Persevere. Always continue to hone your craft.

Next project? A novel set in 1923 about three individuals who are brought together by mutual need and conflicting goals to form a barnstorming act that travels throughout the heartland. "The Flying Circus" is due to be released in July 2015.

Gary Crask, Minneapolis, 69, formerly Noblesville

Book? "Stories From Riverwood."

What's it about? A memoir of growing up in Riverwood and Noblesville in the 1950s and '60s. The book didn't start out to be a book. I was simply trying to put down on paper some of the stories about my childhood. Once it became a book, it was only intended to be read by family. But one thing led to another, and I was encouraged to publish it.

Advice? Write. Just do it.

Next project? I am currently working on a novel.

Jennifer Gabou, 30, Fishers

Book? "Division I."

What's it about? An insider's look at the shadows behind the bright lights of major NCAA college athletics.

Background? Accomplished former Division I student-athlete, professional tennis player and former women's tennis head coach of Division I Florida Gulf Coast University who graduated from University of Florida.

Daytime gig? Full-time mom of 2-year-old and 3-month old sons.

Inspiration? Growing up as an interracial girl, I never saw dolls that looked like me. Now, as an adult, when walking down the aisles of bookstores, I had the same feeling not seeing my voice represented as a woman of color in high-level athletics within fiction. We even filmed a 60-second trailer that looks like a preview for a movie,

Where do you get ideas? My father, David Magley, was Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1978 and went on to play for Kansas University and then to the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers. High-level athletics have always been a part of my life, traveling the world competing in tennis, and I wanted to share, in a novel format, what the experience can be like.

Best advice? Your voice is important. Do not let anything stop you from putting your work out there. You can do it.

Next project? I am working on turning the novel into a television series or a film.

Bill Kenley, 43, Noblesville

Book? "Freshman Runner."

What's it about? It's a coming-of-age sports story about a freshman cross-country runner. It's my first novel to be picked up by a publisher.

Daytime gig? High school English teacher.

Inspiration? I've always been a storyteller. It's a need that seems to be in me.

Where do you get ideas? My students are a great inspiration. I tend to attract weird and interesting people and they tend to feel comfortable showing me their weirdness.

Best advice? It's a cliché, but write a lot.

Next project? I've got three more books to write, sophomore, junior and senior.

Kathy Laugheed, Arcadia

Book? "The Spirit Keeper."

What's it about? Story of a 17-year-old girl who is removed from her frontier Pennsylvania home by Indians in 1747. Her journey takes her through the land that would one day be known as Indiana.

Background? Earned a bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University and master's degree in Native Literature from University of Dayton. I have been a teacher and a newspaper writer.

Daytime gig? I currently spend all my time writing and tending to my 20-acre woods.

Best advice? Do what you do, find someone to help you format it as an e-book, and then add your book to the list on Amazon, selling it right beside "David Copperfield" and "Hamlet."

Next project? Part 2 of "The Spirit Keeper" is in the works.

Kurt Meyer, 54, Noblesville

Book? "Noblesville."

What's it about? The past and present of Noblesville weave happiness and heartache for the two lovers separated by a century but joined in their desire to find some place in time to spend their lives together.

Background? Father of four, lifelong Hoosier, former teacher, newspaper columnist, restorer of Victorian-era homes, and co-founder of literary journal, "Polk Street Review."

Daytime gig? Realtor.

Inspiration? I love picking things apart and seeing how they work and why they happened. And then I want to tell that story to others.

Best advice? Write, write, write, as much as you can.

Next project? My second novel, "The Salvage Man," comes out next year.

Kristin Mott, 29, Noblesville.

Book? "Odie the Stray Kitten" and "Odie's Best Friend."

What's it about? These books are part of the "Odie the Stray Kitten" series. Each books follows the journey of a cat finding a forever home. They are based on the lives of the cats who live on my farm with me.

Background? I graduated from Indiana University School of Journalism and now live on a small farm with my family.

Daytime gig? Stay-at-home mom and writer.

Inspiration? I have always wanted to write children's picture books.

Best advice? Keep writing and keep reading. If you're not reading for your enjoyment, read aloud for someone else's enjoyment.

Next project? Third book in the series will be out in 2015.

Kermit Paddack, 30, Lebanon, formerly of Sheridan

Book? "Sheridan High School Football, History and Tradition," and "Tiger Basketball, A Lebanon Passion."

What it's about? Complete histories of football at Sheridan High School and basketball at Lebanon High School.

Background? 2002 Sheridan High School grad, was a freshman on Sheridan's 1998 state championship team. My brothers, Cory Paddack and Travis Paddack, both played on the state champion teams in 2005-2007. My dad, Brian Paddack, played at Sheridan High School. We all played for Bud Wright. My grandpa, Kermit Paddack, played for Sheridan in 1948 on the team that beat Noblesville, 32-0, and won the Hamilton County Championship.

Daytime gig? Assistant department head of circulation at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville.

Best advice? If you are passionate about a project, then time spent on it is never wasted.

Next project? Documenting histories of Zionsville and Carmel basketball.

Suzanne Purewal, 45, Noblesville

Book? Embracing Destiny" and "From 14 to 41."

What's it about? The first is a romance novel that follows Sara Taylor, a woman standing at a crossroad, and has an unexpected event that sets her on her journey. The second, a poetry book, contains soulful poems that capture the essence of life.

Background? My work has appeared in "Polk Street Review" and in "An Evening with the Writing Muse." My blog, "Pursuing My Passion," features my sarcastic and humorous side. I was keynote speaker at the 2013 Ladies Evening Out in Indianapolis and featured author and speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Writers' Conferences.

Daytime gig? Writer and motivational speaker.

Inspiration? It is a desire that burns within me. I have been writing poetry since I was 8 years old. I always loved music and writing growing up. But back then, writing and music were considered to be hobbies, not careers. While I battled cancer, I started writing again. And then, when I was downsized from my job, I decided it was God's way of telling me that it was time for me to write full time.

Where do you get your ideas? I immerse myself in the characters and let them drive the story. I do not know how the story will end until I write it. I get ideas while I'm driving, or in the shower or pumping gas.

Best advice? Be true to yourself and listen to your own voice. Do not let anyone force you to write something you do not want to write.

Next project? The sequel, "Challenging Destiny," will be released by the end of the year.

Carol Ann Schweikert, 45, Noblesville

Book? "Noblesville, Indiana," Images of America series.

What's it about? Noblesville history.

Background? Historic preservation consultant, passion for history and historic buildings.

Daytime gig? Title 1 instructional assistant at North Elementary School in Noblesville.

Inspiration? I was asked by the publishing company and joined forces with Nancy Massey to complete the project.

Kate SeRine, 40, Hamilton County

Book? "Red."

What's it about? Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding make-believe characters in the ordinary world.

Background? I'm a wife, mom and voracious reader. If there's something to learn, I'm in.

Daytime gig? Full-time as a fundraising professional.

Inspiration? There was never a question as to whether or not I would publish my stories; it was more a question of when.

Ideas? Everywhere. I could be an article I've read, a photo, a song, a snippet or conversation.

Best advice? Be professional, be gracious, and be persistent. All three will eventually pay off in the end.

Next project? Two romantic suspense series in 2015-16, "The Templar Legacy" and "Protect and Serve." A prequel novella will be a part of an anthology, "The Way of the Warrior," to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, in spring 2015.

Amy Shankland, 44, Noblesville.

Book? "Hoop Mama."

What's it about? Novel tells the story of hoop dancer and introvert Lily Black, who trains and enters a national hoop dance competition, while struggling with pain from the loss of her husband due to cancer.

Background? I have been a hoop dancer for three years.

Daytime gig? Grant coordinator and Sustain Noblesville chairperson for City of Noblesville.

Inspiration? After I receive an "all-caps" typewriter, I practically wore it out.

Best advice? Make certain you are truly excited about your topic.

Larry D. Sweazy, 54, Noblesville

Book? "Vengeance at Sundown."

What's it about? Lucas Fume is falsely accused of murder and escapes prison to prove himself innocent.

Background? Born and raised in Indiana, have worked in publishing for nearly 20 years, happy to get to pursue my dream of being a writer everyday.

Daytime gig? Freelance indexer and author.

Inspiration? I loved to read, and wanted to learn how to tell a story like my favorite authors did.

Best advice? Read a lot, write a lot, never give up.

Morgan K. Wyatt, 53, Noblesville

Book? "The Soul Mate Search."

What's it about? A contemporary romance, Nina receive a cryptic message from a fortune teller that she has already met her soul mate, and goes on a search.

Background? I'm an Indiana farmers' daughter who loves animals and writing. I'm published in regional and national magazines, newspapers and anthologies.

Daytime gig? Balancing writing with being a substitute teacher.

Inspiration? Children's books tend to be predictable, which inspired me to write alternative endings.

Ideas? Traveling inspires me because I get the flavor of different areas.

Best advice? Believe in yourself and your product. Don't try to be another version of a popular writer.

Next project? I am working on an historical romance series about the lives of three women who boarded the Titantic