Meet Our Authors

Meet our authors and see what they are doing today with their published books:


taylor headshotRon Taylor

Author of Priceless Memories of Troop 3: The adventures, history, and traditions of an iconic 100-year-old Parkersburg, West Virginia Boy Scout Troop

A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Ron Taylor began his Boy Scout career as a Cub Scout in 1946, and joined Troop 3 in 1949. He is an Eagle Scout, a BSEE graduate of Ohio University and a retiree of The Procter & Gamble Company. Ron, a Silver Beaver recipient, has hiked several sections of the Appalachian Trail, completed a high adventure trek at Philmont Scout Ranch, earned his Fifty Miler patch, and has attended over five hundred campfires while actively serving as Assistant Scoutmaster at Troop 3's summer camp for more than fifty years. Ron and his wife, Anne, live in Cincinnato, Ohio. He has two children and five grandchildren.


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Beverly Erschell

Author of The Lucky Greyhound and collaborator of The Art of Beverly Erschell

Beverly Erschell graduated with an Associate Arts degree from Stephens College and graduated with high honors and with a BFA, then a Masters of Fine Arts degree from University of Cincinnati. She has had solo exhibits at galleries in New York City, Dallas, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Florida, Ohio and Kentucky. She was accepted in juried competitions at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and the Dayton Art Museum.

Erschell's work is in the permanent collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum and numerous private and corporate art collections. Her ambitious skill and creativity drove her to the written word as well as art. Over the past few years she has published two illustrated books with us: The Art of Beverly Erschell and The Lucky Greyhound.

Here is a link to her Facebook page to keep up with her life and her upcoming events regarding her books as well has her art.


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Susan Gilster

Author of A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Program and Changing Culture, Changing Care - S.E.R.V.I.C.E. First

Susan D. Gilster, Ph.D., is a founder and for 25 years was Executive Director of the Alois Alzheimer Center, the first freestanding facility dedicated exclusively to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia in the country. A consultant to development companies, organizations and providers around the country, Dr. Gilster has developed an innovative approach to operations and leadership as described in her previous book, "Changing Culture, Changing Care: S.E.R.V.I.C.E. First." Now, still dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, she has created a company called The Gilster Group. The Gilster Group consists of a team of dementia experts across a number of disciplines devoted to consulting and guiding healthcare leaders and professionals to improve the care and outcomes of patients with cognitive loss in all health care settings.

As an educator, researched and practitioner, Susan is a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences and serves as a volunteer professor and preceptor to local colleges and universities.

More information on The Gilster Group may be found at


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Author of Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism

Shawn Patrick Tubb is an intern architect with a passion for studying and finding creative reuses for historic buildings. Shawn has a Master of Architecture and Master of Community Planning, both from University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Film Production from Bowling Green State University. He has volunteered for the Cincinnati Preservation Association, National Trust, Habitat for Humanity, and Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. A nomad at heart, Shawn has lived in many cities including New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Brussels, and Shanghai, but considers Cincinnati (where his family is) as home. His dissertation, Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism won the Young Voices Publication Award in 2013.


Cincinnati's Terrace Plaza in the news:

City Beat A&C: The Big Picture. Steven Rosen's review of the book.


Sarah Curry Rathel

Author of There’s Something Different About My Hair

Sarah grew up as a twin sister, and always strove to define her own individuality. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati. After college, she worked with various nonprofits that were dedicated to seriously ill children and their families. Her experiences with these children shaped how she views the world today. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and she has two children.

Today she puts these experiences—of establishing an identity all her own, and with these ill children—into written form. She plans to write a series of "Something Different" books, the first of which is There's Something Different About My Hair.



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Mark P. Painter

Author of William Howard Taft: President and Chief Justice, Write Well: 25 Rules to Improve Your Business and Professional Writing, and The Legal Writer: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing

A Cincinnati native, Judge Painter attended the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected Student Body President in 1969. He earned a BA in 1970 and a JD in 1973. He practiced law for nine years before becoming a judge and serving for exactly thirty years.

Judge Painter is recognized as an outstanding legal scholar. More than 400 of Judge Painter's decisions were published nationally, making him one of the most-published judges ever. For 20 years (18 editions), Judge Painter was the author of Ohio Driving Under the Influence Law, the only textbook on DUI in Ohio. He is coauthor of another legal treatise, Ohio Appellate Practice. He has written four law review articles, 135 articles for other journals, Internet biographies of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., William Howard Taft, and Warren Harding, and a biography, William Howard Taft: President and Chief Justice. Write Well: 25 Rules to Improve Your Business and Professional Writing was published in 2007. Both of these titles were published by Cincinnati Book Publishing, as well as his next book, The Legal Writer: 40 Rules for the Art of Legal Writing. 


William J. Collis, M.D.

Author of autobiography, Me, Myself & Eyes

Collis is a former surgeon and founder of the Kentucky Eye Institute (KEI). His education includes a B.S. from the University of Kentucky, an M.D. from the University of Louisville, an internship at the Cleveland Clinic, a Medical Neurology Residency at the Cleveland Clinic and National Institutes of Health, a Neuro-Ophthalmic Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, an Ophthalmic Residency, and a Retinal Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.

He taught at the Harvard Medical School in Ophthalmology and as a clinical professor at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Collis has been awarded numerous awards, among which include the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgical Society Award for Meritorious Service (1985-88), AHEPA Man of the Year, National Award (2000), and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2002).

Dr. Collis and his wife, Constance, founded the Hellenic Ideals Program of the Bluegrass. Internationally, he has supported the William and Constance Collis Foundation, a scholarship for Greek Orthodox Priests; free eye examinations, treatment and spectacles to his father's village of Domionus, Greece in 1974, and in 1982 to his mother's village of Furna, Greece; an "Orbis" surgical teaching experience in Morocco; an ophthalmic lectureship in South Africa. After retirement he discovered the joys of the card game Bridge, and he wrote his memoir, Me, Myself & Eyes and published it with Cincinnati Book Publishing.


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Author of Heart of a Lion, Tongue of a Snake

Matt Teaford is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio where he attends the University of Cincinnati as an undergraduate in the creative writing program. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi on campus where he actively engages in the pursuit of intellectual growth. He seeks to create a new movement in form poetry through his own work.

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