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Michael Ringering

MAY 5, 2021: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 

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When he was in the third grade at East Alton Elementary School, East Alton, IL, Michael Ringering selected Miriam E. Mason’s Broomtail for a class-assigned book report, and from that moment on, set his sights on wanting to write short stories and other works of fiction.

He published his first novel, Six Bits, in December 2011, earning finalist designation in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards for Fiction. Since then, he has published four short stories: Willy the Whale (2017), A Face on a Train (2017), A Calico Tale (2018), and The 9:15 to Grand Central (2019). Michael’s second novel, A Debt of War, is in post-production. In December 2017, he started his third novel, a trilogy concept based on a childhood memory, and continues to work on several shorts. All these older works are being revised and will re-release with Evolved Publishing in the second half of 2021.

Michael was born in Alton, IL, and raised in nearby East Alton, where he graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1984. He is a 1989 graduate of Murray State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following a 14-year career working in media relations and communications in Major League Baseball, he entered the healthcare industry where he serves as a surgical specialty administrator.

Michael resides in Southern Illinois with his fiancé, Jackie, three dogs, Lucy, Big Dog, and Victoria, three goats, Macey, Abby, and Annie, two horses, Lilly and Sophie, and a slew of chickens.
 

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Watch for the brand new A Debt of War to release on 13 September 2021.

A dying wish and a mysterious manuscript bring to light a heart-rending tale of one soldier’s undying commitment to pay a debt owed, transcending both ideology and racial divide, leading to the ultimate price paid.

At his mother’s funeral, Paul Bacca, an accomplished publisher, is approached by a mysterious decorated military veteran who claims to have been sent at Paul’s mother’s final request: deliver an unpublished manuscript of the only novel written by an acclaimed poet.

Paul subsequently discovers a shocking family secret that forever changes his life and those of his siblings. The propulsive, gut-wrenching story Paul reads details an inconceivable friendship, a tale of lives forever entwined in a debt owed between enemies.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a story of fear and honor, life and death, war and humanity, in a journey binding World War II history to a modern-day family.

Watch for the re-release of the novel Six Bits to come on 6 December 2021.

With only a mysterious telegram, improbable email, and antique newspaper as his guides, Jack London Clarke is thrust into an epic, unsuspecting journey of redemption and self-discovery.

Three days before Christmas, Jack issues a stunning ultimatum to his wife following a damaging confrontation over his suspected infidelity. As he prepares to flee his suburban Chicago home, a knock upon the front door delivers a most unlikely character, one who sets Jack’s personal life spinning out of control.

Consumed by entitlement, excess and temptation, Jack has grown ignorant to his own moral decay and hardened heart, which have alienated the three women who love him most. When his family turns up missing, he must face the reality of his ways and the realization that the life he once had—but never knew—may be lost forever.

While searching through a world not known to modern man, he stumbles upon welcoming strangers who reintroduce him to those things most important in life. Only when he confronts the skeletons of his past and empties his soul of the scars of a debauched childhood can he dream of ever seeing his family again.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a metaphysical time-travel adventure that just might cause each of us to look inward in self-examination.

And watch for the re-release of the 4 short stories mentioned in Michael’s bio to come in the summer and fall of 2021.

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Drew Hill

DECEMBER 3, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 

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I grew up in a small town in the Ozarks, playing baseball, riding bikes, mowing yards, and reading comic books, the youngest of eight children. Norman Rockwell could have moved in down the street and felt right at home. These days I live and write in Arlington, Virginia, with my understanding wife and a cat named Truman. Our three kids are grown, and we are begging for grandchildren.

After nearly a lifetime of writing nonfiction – essays and articles, lectures and lessons – I was rescued from my tedium and set free, liberated to explore life and faith in the realm of fiction. Unwittingly, I seem to have acquired an expansive cast of characters along the way, some begging to enter the story, others hiding in the background, hoping to go unnoticed, but I see them all. So many stories to tell.

I am, as Parker J. Palmer put it, “one who loves to watch life become words and words become life.”
 

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Watch for CROSSING THE TRACKS to release in the spring of 2022.

While dramatic history unfolds from Greensboro to Selma to Memphis, one man makes his own stand for justice and inclusion.

Crossing the Tracks is set in the railroad yards and union halls of Kansas City during the Civil Rights Movement. It’s the surprising story of a white, working class family man confronting racism and bigotry on the railroad, in the neighborhood, and in his church.

And watch for IT CAME EVEN TO ME to release in the spring of 2023.

A Southern Baptist pastor is forced through a series of personal and family crises to reconsider his long-held views about homosexuality.

Set in small town Georgia in the present, it paints a picture of the best and worst in us, grace and forgiveness doing battle with hatred and intolerance. This story is especially poignant and helpful to families who are divided over homosexuality on religious grounds.

Ty Spencer Vossler

AUGUST 3, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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Ty Spencer Vossler (MFA) currently lives in Pacific Grove, California with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter. A prolific author, Vossler has published over seventy works in the past three years, including novels, novellas, short stories, poems and essays.

Ty’s work has appeared on four continents. His most recent published book-length work includes: The Eye of Espinoza (World Castle Publishing), Adobe Walls (Unsolicited Press), Mocha Dreams (Shalla Publishing), and Seedlings (World Castle Publishing). His next book, Deep Mud, is coming from Evolved Publishing in late 2019.

Until recently, he was a professor at the prestigious Polytechnic University of Tlaxcala, in Mexico. Professor Vossler attributes his originality to the fact that he shot his television over two decades ago.
 

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Julia Camp

APRIL 30, 2019: We welcome our newest author to the Evolved Publishing Team.
 
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I’m currently (as of 8 September 2020) a law student at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to law school, I taught creative writing at John Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth program, and worked as an editor for 1966: A Journal of Creative Nonfiction. I’m a graduate of Trinity University, where I majored in English and minored in creative writing. I’ve always had a passion for writing literary fiction, and after continuously reading and rereading my two favorite novels, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, I decided to write my own story about a soldier’s return home from Afghanistan.

My novel Indivisible is about the way that time itself both heals and scars us, how time pushes us to points where we must choose between breaking or making peace with senselessness and tragedy. It’s a novel about strength and, at times, the absence of it.

Update 12 February 2020: I recently had a flash fiction piece, A Bookmark Near the End, published by the NY Times, which is pretty exciting.

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J.F. Collen

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Jane Frances Collen has spent the last umpteen years practicing as a lawyer – but don’t hold that against her! She has made a career of protecting Intellectual Property, but at heart always wanted to be writing novels instead of legal briefs. She has written award-winning children’s books, “The Enjella® Adventure Series,” using fantasy as a vehicle for discussing the real world problems of children. She has tried to use her talent for storytelling for good instead of evil.

But her real love is history. One of her many hobbies is traveling to historical sites around the world and reading the biographies of the people who affected these places. Her books depict modern dilemmas in historical settings, with a touch of humor. Since only one of her parents had a sense of humor, however, Jane feels she is only half as funny as she should be.

Much to her husband’s dismay, they still live in New York.
 

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Watch for the second book in the “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series of historical/women’s fiction novels, Walk Away West, to release on 14 September 2020.
 
Pack up and leave her home? Never see the broad Hudson River, which flows both ways past her sitting room window, again? Eschew the glories of New York City and the wonders of the 1850s modern technology, and head out to unknown territory in the Wild West?

Cornelia Rose—armed with her midwifery training, as well as literature and history knowledge, thanks to older brothers’ education and books—embraces the opportunities that life in the metropolis of New York provides.

In love and happily married to Obadiah Wright, her life is a fairytale of abundance. Surrounded by her family, the couple establishes a home and enjoys the entertainment, society, and technological marvels that make life in the 1850s so easy. Adventure finds her, whether she is touring New York City’s first World’s Fair, or a passenger on a disastrous steamboat ride.

Her life takes an unexpected turn with Obadiah’s decision to heed the call of the West. As his wife, she has no choice but to leave her home, family, and the comforts of civilization, and join him in accepting his opportunity to become circuit judge in Utah Territory. In spite of her endless hours of research, nothing prepares Cornelia for the arduous walk from the packet boat on the Erie Canal toward the Wild West.
 
And watch for the third book in the “Journey of Cornelia Rose” series of historical/women’s fiction novels, Pioneer Passge, to release in late 2020 or early 2021.
 
Cornelia Rose thought leaving the comforts of home and her family would be the greatest challenge she would ever have to face.

Life on the Oregon Trail is full of more deprivations, difficulties, and challenges than Cornelia ever imagined, in spite of her research and preparations for the rough road ahead. She summons all her resourcefulness to combat the hardships leading them to her greatest unknown. What will be waiting for them in the Great Salt Lake City, and who is that silent brooding man who seems so familiar on the wagon train with them?