Fourteen books are available from Karen GoatKeeper. She is working on some science fiction novels now and hopes to have some of them available next year.
Nubian dairy goats, chickens, gardening and walking the Ozark hills keep Karen GoatKeeper busy when she’s not typing furiously at her computer. The goats have moved with her from NW Arkansas to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the Missouri Ozarks where they have been for over 26 years now. The present flock of chickens and the garden were added in Missouri, successors to others in other places.
Karen GoatKeeper has a background teaching high school science. This love of learning and science seeps into her writing both as nonfiction activity books and as ideas for her science fiction. Her other favorite topics are country living, dairy goats and nature.
A participant of National Novel Writing Month (NaNo), Karen GoatKeeper finds this challenge a good way to get a novel started. The inevitable editing and rewriting is much easier when the basic novel is written.
Dr. Richard Rintz
Dr. Richard Rintz studied Botany for nine years at three different Universities in the U.S. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1973, he joined the Peace Corps and taught Botany in Malaysia for three years. While there he studied the local Hoya species.
Some 70 species are in Asclepiaceae in the U.S. Dr. Rintz started searching for them and growing them. While on a botanical trip, he came across a member of Aristolochiaceae and became interested in them.
Over the last few years Dr. Rintz became interested in the historical papers on both the Aristolochiaceae and Asclepiaceae. Many were in German, Latin and French with no English versions so he learned to read these languages. He translated many of these important papers into English which became the basis for his books.
Dr. Rintz now lives on a farm in Missouri growing and studying different members of these two plant families.
Missouri Writers, Ink
A changing group of writers, illustrators, editors and publishers from the south central area of Missouri has met for years as Missouri Writers, Ink. The writers vary from those aspiring to write to those with several books published.
For the past few years the group has collaborated on anthologies. Each anthology has a central theme. Yet, the stories in the anthologies are as varied as the authors.
Anyone interested in visiting or joining Missouri Writers, Ink, can stop by a meeting on the third Friday of the month in the Rolla Public Library, Rolla, Missouri. More information about the group is on their Facebook page or their website.