Helen Austin was food editor at the Arkansas Democrat for six years and has since been a contributor to Active Years and the Arkansas Times. Having no formal education in either journalism or home economics, she credits any expertise in these fields to a lifelong interest in food and writing. Her food philosophy consists of getting the best, freshest ingredients available, then cooking them in the simplest manner possible. She and her husband, Jerry, prepare most of their meals at home.
Rita Goodgame has won an Arkansas Writer’s Grand Conference Literary Award, prose/poetry first place awards in ByLine Magazine and The National League of American Pen Women, Pioneer Branch. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Women’s World, Grandmother Earth, Soiree, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, The Bulletin, International Old Lacers, Inc., and Our Arkansas … Special Places.
Karen Jordan encourages others to tell the stories that matter most as an author, speaker, writing instructor, and blogger at karenjordan.net. A native Texan, Karen now resides in Arkansas.