Elizabeth A. Martina
Elizabeth is a historian, genealogist and gardener. She is from upstate New York but has traveled extensively in the States, Canada, Western Europe and Japan. Settling down in the mountains of New York, she is happily married and the pround mom of two Bernese Mountain dogs, Max and Hansel.
As a historian, Elizabeth has learned that some of the more unlikely stories are the true ones. There is no need to come up with a plot when dealing with her stories. They write themselves. As a genealogist, she writes up stories of the families for those whose ancesters she has traced.
In her first published book, "The Ragman Murders", Elizabeth follows the tracks of an Italian immigrant family from their poor roots in southern Italy to Hartford, Ct. where revenge and threats from gangs destroy the integrity of a family.
She is planning a sequel to that book but is also working on a series called "Virginia Legacy", describing a family who immigrated to the colonies, almost at the beginning.
Debra Ann Booton
Debra Booton is the founder of Lanternarius Press. It was a lifelong dream of hers to write and publish. Her goal came to fruition when she found an old "1903 Catholic Encyclopedia" containing the book "A Catholic Mother Speaks to Her Children". This started an avalanche of writing and editing which continues to this day.
Debra has a BS in biology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y. and a doctorate in optometry from New England College of Optometry in Boston, Ma. She has worked as an optometrist for years, taking some time off to home school her son. In addition to editing, she enjoys writing stories for children and cooking.
Marie, Countess de Flavigny
Marie, Countess de Flavigny, was born in Germany in 1805 to a French nobleman, during a time when French nobleman were not wanted in their own country. She married the Count d'Agoult at a young age but soon divorced him. An author of note, her books showed a keen observation of society, music and customs of that period. She wrote a number of novels under the name Daniel Stern and wrote historical analyses, including her three volume analysis of the smaller French revolution of 1848.
Despite her intellectual accomplishments, she is best known for her social life. A reknowned hostess at French salons of the time, she was, what we would call an A-list celebrity. Marie was sensationalized for her relationship with Franz Liszt, the pianist and composer, her friendship with George Sand, the English writer, and for her daughter, Cosima Wagner, wife of Richard Wagner.
Later in life, the countess rediscovered her Catholic roots and wrote "A Catholic Mother Speaks to her Children", most likely for her grandchildren, and a play of Joan of Arc.
The countess died in 1876, at the age of 70.
Fr. Reynold Kuehnel
Reynold Kuehnel was born in Ludwigsdorg, Germany in July 1872. His parents emigrated with their children to America ten years later and settled in Detroit. Reynold attended college and seminary in both Cincinnati and Baltimore. He was ordainedinto the Detroit diocese in 1896.
Fr. Kuehnel was well-liked as he served in several dioceses in Michigan, Wisconsin and Texas before becoming very sick with nephritis just after WWI. At that point, he needed to take time off from his duties.
Before becoming ill, Father Kuehnel traveled, giving talks to Holy Name Societies, Altar Rosary Societies and young people's groups. His talks were coalesced into books published during the period 1914-1917. They were the Conferences series. In addition, he was an active participant in various literary magazines for the clergy.
Father Kuehnel died in Los Angeles in October, 1928, succumbing to his disease.