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Farmers Market: Meet the Authors Day

Celebrating local talent, Grand Prairie Farmers Market presents its 2nd Annual Meet the Authors Day on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Local writers/publishers will showcase their work from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event presents market goers a chance to meet and greet talented book industry professionals with local Grand Prairie connections. On the Grand Prairie Farmers Market stage will be Duo Espresso starting at 10 a.m.

The Grand Prairie Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from April through December featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, honeys, pastries, desserts, salsas, and more.

Meet the Authors Day Participants

Clarence Saunders, author of Graduation Day, has over 50 years of professional work experience and has worked as a financial company since 1984. He holds a LUTCF, Series 6, Series 63, Texas P&C and Group 1 insurance license. Mr. Saunders has served on the Board of Directors for the Irving Chamber of Commerce, and is currently a member of Professional Photographers of America (www.photobyc.com). In September 2010, the Texas State Board of Education honored him with the "Heroes for Children" award for his outstanding volunteer service to IISD. He graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas in 1975 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Saunders has been married to his wife, Ruth, for 29 years and has two daughters with college degrees.

JB Bean currently resides in the Dallas area. Her career took her into a technical sales direction which is quite the opposite of her passions in life. She has always been a lover of nature and animals. She has volunteered for a local cat and dog rescue group since 2009, helping them out with photography and administrative work. Having a creative mind, she has been a cat blogger for years and always thought she would write her first book about cats. Her literary debut, however, is all about the story of a tiny wild rabbit that hopped into her garden, and changed her way of thinking and about living her life. JB enjoys amateur photography, especially of nature’s creatures and belongs to a local photography club. She has an artistic family history and likes collecting unique art work. She has traveled quite a bit for pleasure and adventure, taking many exciting trips to various countries around the world, always with a camera in hand wherever she lands. JB also loves to stay home and relax with her cats and a glass of her favorite Chardonnay.

Earlina Green assisted in the launch and startup of two NBA Developmental teams in Dallas and New York, helping one organization achieve success in sponsorship and community fundraising, securing thousands in community campaigns. As Sales Director, Earlina helped another organization build their sales team and brought in over 190k; within the first three months of operating, sales team reached year one goal of 500k in new revenue. Green has received many honors and awards for her leadership and achievements, including Sports Launch 30 Under 30 Award and Dallas’ Emerging Leader, awarded by eWoman Network. She has given presentations at Manhattanville College, University of North Texas, Ignite DFW at Texas Theatre and West Point United States Military Academy to name a few.

Timika Edwards resides in Grand Prairie and is a proud member of the Inspiring Body of Christ Church. By day she works as a Supply Chain professional. By night she flexes her superhero skills as a wife and mother of a teenager and toddler. A graduate of Skyline High School and the University of North Texas at Dallas, writing has always been a part of her life. From short stories and poetry, to songs and journals, Timika has enjoyed expressing herself through the written word. Her hope is to encourage, uplift, and inspire readers to embrace the wonder, power and love that is Jesus.

Carlton Adams has spent more than 50 + years observing, taking notes and studying human behavior when it comes to food consumption. He has also taught fitness classes to both youth and adults. The author is also convinced that weight loss is certainly attainable for any and all that chooses this program.

Jeffrey Eaton, a former Grand Prairie resident, graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a degree in journalism. He instantly put it to use, becoming editor of the university's alumni magazine at age 23 and editor of the employee publications produced by an international oil company at age 25. Now Eaton has returned to his first passion – writing novels. The "Murder Becomes" series unites his love for intrigue with his passion for travel with his excitement for crafting word puzzles, several of which have been published in some of the world's premier newspapers and magazines. He hopes you enjoy reading these tales as much as he delights in creating them!

Frank H. Strohschein’s new book, Messages From Old Earth - Modern Science Speaks From The World’s Most Ancient Book, explains some of the most cutting-edge science discoveries and how the Bible spoke of those discoveries thousands of years ago, but modern science has just discovered them. He will teach the science lover about the Bible and the Bible lover about science – encouraging the belief that the Bible is a divinely inspired Book. He provides the believer with new insights into some familiar scriptures and some other verses in a unique, brand new perspective.

Ramona Antillon is a Christian woman and a mother of four. At 23 weeks along in her pregnancy she had to believe that everything that happens in life is meant for a reason. When doctors only gave her unborn baby 20% chance at life, the only thing she could do was place her trust in God. "Sometimes we don't know why and we may never know why things happen but we just need to always trust God in everything. The unexpected birth of my daughter Ashleigh was the most difficult experience I've ever had to face. I wrote this book with God's help and I kept a journal about Ashleigh from beginning to end. I recorded details that happened while Ashleigh was in the hospital and I wrote them all down in the journal daily so that one day Ashleigh would always remember and never forget how special she is and how God healed her."

Diane Lindmark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but has lived in Texas nearly all her life. Her father was an aeronautical engineer so as a child she moved around a lot, but she has always considered herself a native San Antonio girl. She was homeschooled through high school and has always longed to be a writer; but being severely dyslexic thought this an impossible feat, so she pursued other avenues of work. Diane never forgot her dream of being a writer and at the urging of her husband, she purchased a talk to text software program and sat down July 20, 2014, and in 91 days wrote A Solitary Stone (Diane Lindmark, 2015). She discovered that writing truly was as wonderful as she had imagined it being and has since written two more books in The Stone Wall series and another novel awaiting publication. Diane now lives with her husband and three children in the DFW area.

Elder JC Hennington has been serving and strengthening leaders in ministry for over 20 years. Licensed and ordained since 1994, starting with youth groups, teaching the Word of God through life applications, he now travels to churches providing strategic direction for leaders and ministers in the growth of God’s Kingdom. He has been a tremendous resource to many ministries in the assisting of propelling, building and properly structuring others ministries for success. He enjoys teaching the Word of God within the context of current life situations making it practical and relevant for today’s challenges. Elder Hennington is the founder and director of Inner Circle Divine Ministries in Dallas, Texas where the focus is on counseling, education and the Christian Arts. He earned a BA in Psychology from Criswell College. He is a committed husband and father who enjoys reading, writing, skydiving and cooking; and who believes that holiness is still right.

J. Patrick Lemarr, author, poet, and publisher, lives in Grand Prairie with his wife, Heidi, and his three children. He currently works as a stay-at-home dad for the younger two kids, spending many of his off hours crafting poetry and fiction. His latest fiction releases, Tales of the Evermore Volume One and Tales of the Evermore Volume Two, mark the author's first foray into epic fantasy through an expanding series of stories for Young Adults.

Krystal N. Craiker is a writer with a background in anthropology and education. When she’s not stuck in the magical world of Elandria, you can find her playing board games, volunteering, sewing, and learning belly dance. Ms. Craiker resides in Texas with her two dogs and husband.

Pamela Knight is a longtime resident and author, and has a varied background working in business and civil service, as well as volunteering. Richard Waller is a lifetime resident of Grand Prairie and works for the school district in the special education classroom. Both Waller and Knight are past presidents of the Grand Prairie Genealogical Society and currently serve as officers on its board.

For more information, contact Ray Kunze at farmersmarket@gptx.org or 972-237-8786.

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