Badger Current and Past Authors

Authors Gallery

Gina Barton, author of Fatal Identity, is an investigative journalist with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  In addition to being published in several newspapers, she has contributed articles to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists, and to Woman's World.


Greg Borowski, a Milwaukee native, is the author of A Christmas Wish. He is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where his Christmas stories have developed a devoted following.  Mr. Borowski is also the author of A Christmas Wish, First and Long: a Black School, a White School and Their Season of Dreams, named best sports book of 2004 by the Mid-America Publishers Association and by the Wisconsin Historical Society. 



Kristin Gilpatrick has had a passion for writing since she can remember, scribbling bits of poems and prose on notebooks and napkins since elementary school. With a strong interest in military history and heroes, she is the author of The Hero Next Door series, including The Hero Next Door, The Hero Next Door Returns and The Hero Next Door Korea (Fall 2003). She also is the author of Famous Wisconsin Film Stars, Footprints in Courage and Destined to Live. She lives in Monona, Wisconsin with her husband, Steve Halverson.

Hannah Heidi Levy, the author of Famous Wisconsin Mystics, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is a licensed clinical social worker and practices in the field of addictions in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to this work, she worked as a clinical microbiologist for eighteen years and a blood bank supervisor for three years. She has published fiction and nonfiction for various publications, written a weekly newspaper column, and lectured on creative writing at area schools. Her other interests are art, anthropology, antiques, and Greek mythology. She has two sons and two cats, uses her intuition, and tries not to whine.

Called a “premiere ghost hunter” by Haunted Wisconsin author Michael Norman and designated the “folktale man” by Wisconsin Trails magazine, Dennis Boyer is the author of four books of ghost tales, including Gone Missing, Driftless Spirits, Giants in the Land and Northern Frights. He also is the author of Prairie Whistles, a collection of Midwest railroad lore, and a guidebook called Great Wisconsin Taverns.



Susan Masino is a veteran music journalist and author of the book Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy. She works as a disk jockey at Madison radio station WJJO. She is the author of Famous Wisconsin Musicians, the third book in the Famous Wisconsin Series, and Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy, a book about her experiences as a music journalist with the band AC-DC.

Betty Cowley is a retired teacher who began researching her book, Stalag Wisconsin: Inside WW II prisoner-of-war camps, after her students didn't believe that German prisoners were held in their hometown of Altoona, Wisconsin. When her book was released in early 2002, she was interviewed on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and an announcement of the book's release appeared in USA Today.

Father Dale Grubba is a Roman Catholic priest based in Princeton, Wisconsin. His avid interest in auto racing led him to write several books on the subject including The Golden Age of Wisconsin Auto Racing. He also is the author of the fiction book Return of Elijah: A Wisconsin Dells Thriller!

James P. Roberts is an author and book publisher who specializes in science fiction and horror novels. He publishes books under the White Hawk Press imprint and also wrote Famous Wisconsin Authors, the first book in the Famous Wisconsin Series.

Paul Kending, author of "Rivers Must Run," was a professor for 28 years at the University of Wisconsin at Superior. He is a world traveler and a former television weatherman. A world traveler who has spent time in Thailand and other Asian countries, Paul and his wife, Candy, now are avid RVers, spending summers in Wisconsin and winters in the Southwest.


Steve Olson draws on his Norwegian upbringing in northern Wisconsin and his work in construction for "The Last Valkyrie," a novel that weaves Norse mythology with a contemporary blue-collar story. Steve and his family live south of Madison and "The Last Valkyrie" is his first novel.

Robert "Bullet" Peterson, author of "Rites of Passage: Odyssey of a Grunt," got his nickname in high school due to his running ability. But he became a paraplegic after he was wounded in the Vietnam War. His 1994 death in the arms of his wife, Joni, culminated nearly a quarter century of remarkable successes and disheatening struggle as he tried to cope with the unshakable experiences of combat service in Vietnam. He served a decade as village president of a place appropriately called Soldiers Grove, Wis. At the same time, he fought addiction to prescription medicine and the haunting effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. After his death, Joni Peterson, a teacher, made it a personal goal to get Bullet's book about Vietnam into print.

J. Allen Kirsch is an instructor in Spanish literature at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Fluent in several languages, he also has lived in New Orleans in Tuscson. "God's Little Isthmus" is his second novel about political correctness on Madison's East Side. His critically acclaimed first novel, "Madlands," sold in general bookstores in the upper Midwest and in gay and lesbian bookstores nationwide.

Jean Clausen, author of "To Thank a River," writes a column titled "From the River Bank" for the Sauk-Prairie Star. Her book focuses on her experiences living along the Wisconsin River with her husband, Norm, who died several years ago. She takes us cross country skiing, canoeing and mostly birding. She has four grown children.

John R. Jeffries is an avid fisherman and a popular speaker at fishing clubs in the upper Midwest, where he often presents a lecture and slide series. He lives in Madison and owns a lure manufacturing company.

Ken Parejko grew up in a Polish-American farm family in central Wisconsin, where his novel, "Remember Me Dancing," is set. He teaches biology at the University of Wisconsin in Menomonie and "Remember Me Dancing," which draws liberally on his family history, is his first novel.

Larry W. Phillips lives in Monroe, Wis., where his family operates a furniture store. "Covering the Second Coming" is his second novel. His first novel, "Madison Retro," was published by Waubesa Press in 1994. Larry also edited two books for Charles Scribner's Sons, "Ernest Hemingway on Writing" and "F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing." He and his wife, Pam, have one daughter. His true passion is poker.

Gunnard Landers of Altoona is a nationally published author of a series
of mystery novels with game wardens as protagonists. His non-fiction book, "Pioneer Vigilante," dramatizes the life of John Dietz, a popular hero of the early 20th Century who stood up to the government and powerful logging companies in northern Wisconsin.





Katy King of Danbury is a former nun whose struggles with breast cancer,
losing a husband and running a group home form the basis for her novel,"The Attic Was an Unused Room."


 Jerry Buss of Madison grew up in Withee, Wisconsin and always wondered about the house with all the bullet holes where the Krueger brothers had their World War I standoff with federal agents. His book, "A War of Their Own," is about that case. Jerry is model airplane enthusiastic who also enjoys hunting.



David Nyweide of Bloomington, Ill. was still in high school when his book "Plum Lake" was published. Now, he's a student at Northwestern University. His book is about hiking, canoeing and bicycling on family vacations in Wisconsin's Northwoods.


Daniel Edelstein of Germantown, Md. never got the Packer fanaticism of his youth out of his blood. In "The Packer Fan(atic) Handbook," Edelstein -- a freelance writer and humorist -- offers a strong collection of jokes, barbs and tales about America's Team.

Erwin Riedner, an audiologist for the Baltimore (Md.) school district, grew up in a small Wisconsin crossroads community of Token Creek near Madison. In his book, "Token Creek," Erwin recounts the engaging tales of his rural youth.