|President||Sabrina A. Fish|
|Conference Chair||Staci Mauney|
|First Vice President||Aleasha Shelnutt|
|Second Vice President||Shelley Pagach|
|Grants Director||Vivian Zabel|
|Publicity Director||Jennifer McMurrain|
|Newsletter Editor||Mari Farthing|
Sabrina A. Fish – President
Sabrina A. Fish is author of three YA fantasy novellas in the multi-author Shine series and the soon-to-be published Diomere's Exile, the first book in her fantasy romance series, The Gate Keepers Chronicles. She is an annual featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. She loves and advocates being involved in the local writing community. She is President for the 2018 Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc (OWFI), was Conference Chair for the 2017 OWFI conference and was the 2012 President of the OWFI affiliate, Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, she considers the three years she spent in a Texas high school to be a short trip down the rabbit hole that ended at graduation. She returned to Oklahoma where she received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. BOOMER SOONER. She owns a trophy and awards company in Oklahoma City with her husband where she collects potential character names from lists of award winners. She is blessed to be called mom by what she considers to be the most beautiful little boy in the entire universe.
You can find more about Sabrina and her books at www.SabrinaAFish.com.
Staci Mauney – Conference Chair
Staci Mauney holds a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Cameron University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU). She grew up and spent most of her life in southwestern Oklahoma and enjoys traveling around the United States to visit family and see new sights. She likes to take her sassy Yorkie, Lilly, for long walks in the park. She is active in LifeChurch and volunteers in her local community. She runs a freelance editing business, Prestige Prose, which can be found online at www.prestigeprose.com. She is the author of Echoes of Joy: 30 Days of Experiencing God’s Grace and maintains a Christian devotional blog of the same name. She has had short stories published in Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul; Owl Hootings, Vol. II; and Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland.
Shelley Pagach – Second Vice President
One of Shelley Pagach's favorite things about writing is the elusive epiphany. It can happen anywhere at any time, and when it does...it's magic. Her current project is The Queen and the Fiddler, a middle grade novel where the only way to make music is through singing. All other forms (instruments) have been outlawed.
When she isn't obsessed with the writing, she knits and crochets (yes, there is a difference), watches TV with her family (everyone picks a character that represents themselves), goes to the library (she loves the smell of books), or finds some new craft project she has to try (because she loves gluing things).
Julia Mozingo – Secretary
Oklahoma author Julia Mozingo began writing for publication in 1986. Many of her works (essays, articles, poetry, fillers, children’s, and romance) have won awards, sold, and been published. Mozingo holds membership in several writing organizations including Romance Writers of America and OWFI (Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.).
At the May conference OWFI presented Mozingo with their 2017 Honorary Lifetime Member Award. She has held the office of Secretary for the past six years and is sometimes referred to as the "forever" secretary. She says this honor ranks at the top with Silhouette Books' choosing her as their Woman to Watch for her first published romance novel, her novel making the USA Today Top 150 Bestseller List, and totally selling out within four and a half months.
You can find out more about Julia at www.juliamozingo.com — and maybe she will be motivated to update her blog more often.
Vinita Eggers – Treasurer
Born and raised in India, Vinita Eggers came to the United States at the age of seventeen to pursue a computer science degree at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK. Although she never completed her computer science degree, she does hold an Associate’s degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma City Community College.
While working various jobs, including but not limited to, manager of a video store, tax preparer and manager of a motel, Vinita read extensively. After seven years of being immersed in marriage and kids, she looked up one day and decided that she would be a writer.
She writes romance flavored by her childhood in India. Vinita writes fanfiction for the Supernatural and Star Trek fandoms, and is published on archiveofourown.org and fanfiction.net. She blogs at eastindianinoklahoma.blogspot.com.
Vinita is active in the following writer’s groups:
- Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc., Treasurer, January 2015 – May 2018; Assistant Treasurer, May 2014 – December 2014
- Green Country Ruff Riters, an affiliate of OWFI, President, October 2015 – September 2017; Reporter to OWFI, October 2013 – September 2017; Delegate to OWFI, October 2013 – September 2017
- Oklahoma Romance Writers of America, Member, since November 2011
- Romance Writers of America, Member, since November 2011
- American Christian Writers, Member, since April 2011
Vivian Zabel – Grants Director
Vivian Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013.
She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. As a former English and writing teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.
Vivian is the president/CEO of 4RV Publishing as well as a published author and editor. Her books include YA books The Base Stealers Club, Case of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has two children’s books coming out in 2018 and one already released, I Like Pink. Other available novels are Stolen, Midnight Hours, and a book of short stories and one of poetry.
Jennifer McMurrain – Publicity Director
Having a great deal of wanderlust, author Jennifer McMurrain traveled the countryside working odd jobs before giving into her muse and becoming a full time writer. She's been everything from a “Potty Princess” in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park to a Bear Researcher in the mountains of New Mexico. She has won numerous awards for her short stories and novels, including hitting #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list, in the paid market, with her debut novel, Quail Crossings, being a 3rd place finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards for her paranormal romance novel, Winter Song, and winning Best Book of Fiction with the Christian Indie Authors Network for Return to Quail Crossing. She has five full length novels, six book collaboration, and ten novellas and short stories published. She lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with her husband and daughter. You can find more information at www.jennifermcmurrain.com.
Jack Burgos – Webmaster
Jack Burgos is a 33-year-old author of transgressive, speculative fiction living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Colombian and Cuban immigrants. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2007, with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Philosophy, a Political Science minor, and a concentration in Creative Writing. He graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2013.
Jack co-founded the writing critique group Nevermore Edits in 2012, through which he continues to improve his craft. His work has been published in Happy Days, Sweetheart, Beyond the Nightlight, Now Playing in Theater B, Dark and Dangerous Things III, and The Book of Blasphemous Words. He edited Broken Worlds, published by A Murder of Storytellers. His series Stormborn debuts on May 1, 2017, with its first book, 13 Hearts to Start a Storm.
You can learn more about Jack at www.jackburgos.com.
Mari Farthing – Newsletter Editor
Mari Farthing is the editor of the OWFI Report and a sometime writer and editor. She recently quit the freelance life and accepted a full time technical editing job and does not regret that change. She likes to write and loves to edit so she still takes the occasional editing client because her motto is "why do one thing when you can do seven?"
Aside from her love of the written word (and pop culture), Mari is married and raising two teenagers to be the kind of people you want to spend time around. She thinks life is too short for BS and enjoys spending her free time failing at gardening, occasionally running, and making things in and around her home in the wild woods of Choctaw.