Marshfield MissouriCherry Blossom Festival

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Author Showcase & Book Signing

Hosted by the Quill and Ink Club

Historic Marshfield Square

(Check back as more authors will be added as they are confirmed)

Susie Macomber

Susie Macomber is a 56 year old wife and mother of three grown children.  She has lived in Springfield for most of her life.  She has been a life-long learner and although she has no formal degree, she has pursued various courses of continuing education.  Susie is a volunteer teacher and works in the community in areas dealing with education and health.

"This book is a journey that took nearly thirty years.  When Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD reared its ugly head a fourth time, I had to find out what was causing this debilitating disorder.  None of the usual medications worked.  I couldn't live like that.  I was suicidal.  So I took matters into my own hands.  I started doing research and experimenting with different foods and supplements.  I talked to many other people who suffer from GAD and depression, to see if I could piece together the puzzles surrounding these pandemic disorders.  Happily, what I discovered, even though it goes against the beliefs of most in the psychiatric world, brought the relief I sought.

Today, I live medication free.  It is my hope that by telling this story, I can help other people who suffer from these emotional disorders."

Jess Davon Joslin
Joslin studied Communications and History, and enjoys combining history and fiction to tell the stories of the past.  Upon discovering her own Cherokee past, Joslin became more interested in the Trail of Tears, and what ordinary families did to survive as a family  in such a perious time.  Joslin's second, the sequel to A Trail of Broken Promises, is expected to be completed in 2012.  Joslin resides in the Tulsa, OK area, and is active in the church and community.

A nation torn apart. A woman ripped from her husband. A terrifying forced march. When the Cherokee nation is forced to relocate, Elsie Feather is snatched from her husband and children. Will she find her family? A Trail of Broken Promises is a gripping story of love and loss, peace and despair, and the beautiful story of love's redeeming power. Travel the Trail of Tears and experience the heartache and pain through the eyes of Elsie Feather, a young Cherokee wife who nearly loses it all and rises up to fight back at those seeking to destroy her and her people. A Trail of Broken Promises takes the reader down a dark road in the history of a nation built on religious freedom and the concept of all men being created equal.

Virginia SnyderAuthor/retired-teacher/musician-vocalist Virginia Snyder first taught in a one-room school for ten years, then for 31 years as an elementary teacher in the Springfield schools.

As part of a musical family, she sang with her father, professional musician Freddie Glen Snyder, and different groups such as the "Ozarks Ramblers Quartet," the "Bluegrass Belles" at Silver Dollar City, the "Over the Hill Gang," "Sweet Nothings" and "Tri-County Connections." She still enjoys playing rhythm guitar and singing with "Tri-County Connections" and is now performing with "Turnback Creek" as well.

As a "keeper of tradition," in 1992, Virginia had Snyder Music Park built on her family farm in Halltown as a tribute to her father. She has restored a 100-year-old one-room school, donated to the park by her cousin Gary Adamson. Her park is available for private and public events.

She has authored two books, Virginia's Song, a history of her family and life in the Ozarks in the early 1900s, and Books, Pies and Spelling Bees, her story of the one-room school as both student and teacher. Virginia has also recorded a CD and cassette recording: The Little One-Room School as a keepsake of some of America’s cherished songs.
Brenda Brinkley

An award winning writer and photographer, Brenda Brinkley is a lifelong resident of Webster County.  Her short stories have been published in Echoes of the Ozarks, Voices, Cuivre River and Writing on Walls anthologies.  She writes regularly for Ozarks Farm & Neighbor, and has also been published in Grit Magazine, Capper's, the Ozark's Mountaineer, and a host of other publications.  Her photography has graced magazine and anthology covers.  Brenda's first children's book ALBERT'S HAPPY THANKSGIVING was published last fall and the second, CLEVELAND THE GREEN CAMEL will be available at the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival.

Editor, Liberty Press
Publicist, Clarke Street Strings Band
Freelance journalist, author, songwriter, freelance editor
Freelance journalist,
2010 President, Springfield Writers' Guild
“I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

Lee Ann Russell photographer & author of
"How to Write Poetry"
Lee Ann Russell
Lee Ann Russell resides in Springfield, MO.  She wins numerous awards for petry, photography, fiction and non-fiction in local, regional and national contests.
Publication credits include Old House Journal, Farm & Ranch Living, The Ozarks Mountaineer, Springfield! Magazine, Your Community Hospice, Ozarks Magazine, All Roads Lead to Branson, Branson's Country Review, Home Life, The News-Leader, New Seasons, Camp Fire "Smoke Signal" and Leadership, KEYS to Springfield, Senior Pages, Senior Living, Union Labor Record and Eureka Springs Times Echo, among others.

Lee Ann's photography has been displayed at the Springfield Public Library, exhibited in juried contests by the Springfield Visual Arts Alliance and Waverly House and used as a magazine cover by The Ozarks Mountaineer. From Ozarks Writers League, she won the Cliff Edom Photgraphy Award in 1995, 2002 and 2003; Dan Saults Writing Award in 1999 and annual Writing contest Award in 2002.  A one-act play, Decision, was performed in the 10th annual Original Play Festival by the Aloha Performing Arts Company in Hawaii in 2003.  Russell placed 7th out of 2700 entries in the Writer's Digest National Poetry Contest for "Last Call".

She has given poetry readings in the Moon City Reading Series at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University), Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO and Barnes & Noble Bookstores, as well as presentations for various writers' groups and civic organizations.

She is past president and honorary life member of Springfield Writers Guild, past vice-president and honorary life member of Missouri State Poetry Society, former treasurer and newsletter editor of Ozarks Writers League, and member of Missouri Writers Guild, Poets and Friends and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

Lee Ann's poetry encompasses serious as well as light verse and her favorite time to write is late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, thus ... Night Owl!
Ursula Gorman

First time author Ursula Gorman’s passion for reading led her to start writing down story ideas that she thought would make a great book. This habit led her to write her first novel, Old Acquaintances. Mystery, suspense and intrigue have always been her book style of choice and so it was only natural she follow the same path in her writing. She credits the Lord for allowing her to pursue her dreams of writing and for her supportive family. Ursula lives with her husband and two children in the Missouri Ozarks.

Jean Stringam grew up in Alberta, Canada, taking three of her five degrees there, and remembers wonderful days riding horses, back-packing, and skiing with her family in the Canadian Rockies. Now that she lives far away from her five children and five sisters, located on both sides of the 49th parallel, she spends a lot of time travelling to see them. When they get together they love to make music, attend live theatre, and hear each other’s tales.

 Jean Stringham

Nowadays she’s either teaching for her university in Missouri or, better yet, she’s teaching for them in a foreign country such as China or England. She loves to travel. If she had her way, she would visit every country in the world including all the oceans, rivers, forests, and jungles. Whenever anyone asks her where home is, she thinks about all the people she has loved. If she could get them all together in one wonderful, happy pile, that would be home. You can visit her at

Shirley McCannShirley McCann was born in Marshfield, MO. Not only were her grandparents, Hugh and Lena King, lifelong residents of Marshfield, but several family members still reside there.
Now living in Springfield, Shirley has published a middle grade mystery, THE NECKLACE, as well as a collection of mini-mysteries for e-readers called A Collection of Mysteries.

She maintains a blog at
2669 Mo-Cc, Marshfield, MO 65706
Reta Spears Stewart

Reta Spears-Stewart is an acclaimed author and freelance writer based in Springfield, Missouri.  She has written seven children's books and the award-winning historical country music book, Remembering the Ozark Jubilee, Starring Red Foley.  Reta has also had hundreds of news and feature articles published in regional and national publications.  While writing the story of the Ozark Jubilee television show, she interviewed many countseesry stars, friends and families who spoke highly of their respect and admiration for Red Foley.  Their memories inspired her to write Troubles, Faith and Peace in the Valley: The Red Foley Story.

Vaughn SkaggsVaughn Skaggs currently lives in Springfield, MO with his wife Kate and is a former resident of Houston, Mo (Texas County). Skaggs recently retired from 32 years of public service with the Department of the Army and the Office of Personnel Management.  His overseas assignments included Germany, Korea, and Japan enabling him to pursue one of his favorite hobbies which is traveling. He recently authored his first book titled, “Food Under Fire” about the previously untold events of his favorite uncle’s WW II experience.