Authors & Editors

Diane Woodward Sawyer, B.A.’61 is the author of five mysteries: The Montauk Mystery; The Montauk Steps; The Tomoka Mystery; The Cinderella Murders; and The Treasures of Montauk Cove, all published by Avalon Books. Sawyer is working on a new mystery series set in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she lives with her husband, Robert Sawyer ’54.

John F. Sullivan, B.A. ’61, is the author of Raised by a Village: Growing Up in Greenport, an up-close and personal picture of who Sullivan was and how he became the man he is today.

Lawrence J. Epstein, B.A.’67, M.A.’68, Ph.D.’76, is the author of The Dream of Zion: The Story of the First Zionist Congress, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

James McArdle, B.A.’69, M.B.A.’72, recently published A Yank in Libya: Living and Working in Gaddafi’s Jamahiriya which details his time in the North African nation.

Paula Camardella Twomey, B.A.’70, is the author of Improvisaciones, a teaching textbook presenting 101 skits in Spanish, and Parlons, a collection of 25 guided dialogues in French. Twomey teaches Spanish at Ithaca College.

Steve Lobel, B.A.’70, recently published Failing My way to Success: Life Lessons of an Entrepreneur, which tells how the author turned defeat to his advantage and ultimate triumph. Lobel is a regular guest lecturer at UAlbany.

Mary Vigliante Szydlowski, B.A.’71, recently published her fourth children’s book, A Puddle for Poo. She is also the author of In His Keeping: Taken, and In His Keeping: Banished, under the pen name Mia Frances. More info:

Michael Esposito, M.L.S.’72, is the author of Troy’s Little Italy and Troy’s Little Italy Revisited.

Stewart J. Bellus, B.A.’75, published his first novel, Tip of the Tongue. Bellus has been an IP lawyer for over three decades and writes fiction in his spare time.

Luis Moreno, M.S.’76, M.A.’82, is the author of An Invitation to Real Analysis, a textbook published by the Mathematical Association of America.

Sharon Elswit, M.L.S.’77, is the author of The Latin America Story Finder, the third book in a series of subject and source guides to folklore from different cultures.

Donna Decker, B.A.’78, published her first novel, Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, about the 1989 Montreal Massacre of 14 female engineering students. Decker lives in Ashburnham, Mass. and teaches at Franklin Pierce University. She is co-founder of the university’s Women in Leadership program.

Don Raskin, B.S.’79, is the author of The Dirty Little Secrets: Getting Your Dream Job, published by Regan Arts. The book provides insight into the job search process and finding career success. Raskin owns and operates Manhattan Marketing Ensemble (MME), an advertising and marketing agency in New York City.

Robert Mason, M.A.’80, is the author of Nearer to Never, a book of poems published by SUNY Press. The book is a poetic examination of what’s waiting just behind everyday experience.

Teresa (Hildebrant) Walter, B.S.’82, is the author of Coming of Age in WWII, a documentation of her father’s war experiences. It includes a love letter exchange with Walter’s mother.

Robert Nearing, B.A. ’82, has written three books under the pen name Calvin J. Boal: Last Run of the Whisperer; St. George’s Cross and The Siege of For Pitt; and Valiant Warrior: Knight of the Third Crusade. Nearing retired in 2010 after serving 27 years in law enforcement.

Fred Holzsager, B.A.’82, published A Practical Business Owners’ Guide to Cybercrime & Business Continuity.

Jeffrey Laing, Ph.D.’82, published The Haymakers, Unions and Trojans of Troy, New York: Big-Time Baseball in the Collar City, 1860-1883 and Bud Fowler: Baseball’s First Black Professional.

Mary Kuykendall, M.A.’83, published Rebuilding the GE House Jack Blew Down, a book on corporate greed. Kuykendall is a past recipient of the George Garrett Fiction Award for River Roots, a collection of short stories about growing up in West Virginia.

Philip Plotch, B.S.’83, is the author of Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject. More information:

Pat Shevlin, B.S.’83, recently co-wrote Strength in Numbers. The book is about tax policy and entitlement reform, balancing the federal budget and eliminating the national debt.

Abby (Danziger) Donnelly, B.A.’84, is the author of 128 Tips to Make You a More Effective Leader. She is the founder of The Leadership & Legacy Group, High Point, N.C.

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Ph.D.’89, published Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You. The collection of short stories follows the lives of Cubans and Cuban Americans and highlights those who settled outside of Miami and South Florida. Milanés is a University of Central Florida faculty member.

Ben Tanzer, B.A.’90, recently published New York Stories: Three Volumes in One Collection.

David Shelters, B.A.’91, published Bootstrapping Strategies for Tech Startups, an ideal read for students in graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs.

Christopher Hemmer, B.A.’91, is the author of American Pendulum: Recurring Debates in US Grand Strategy. The book examines America’s grand strategic choices between 1914 and 2014 using recurring debates as lenses in American foreign policy.

Marian Kelner, M.S.’91, is the author of As a Sailboat Seeks the Wind and May We Be Like the Penguin. The prose and poetry are perfect for introducing students
to unusual perspectives and a variety of writing styles.

John DeLuca, D.A.’96, recently published his first novel, Crossing to Liberty. The book reached No. 1 in the Caribbean and Latin American Historical Fiction, and African-American Historical Fiction categories on Amazon.

Christine (Clark) Woodcock, Ph.D.’03, published The Evolution of Us: Portraits of Mothers and Their Changing Roles.

Samuel Friedman, B.A.’13, is the author of Millennial Apprentices: The Next Revolution in Freemasonry. Friedman is employed by the New York State Legislature and resides in Rochester.