Tangled Yarns Needlework Group

Everyone welcome–beginners to experienced in knitting, crocheting, and all things ‘stitchery’!

No Supplies? We’ll have plenty of yarn and needles.

No experience? We can teach you the basics.

Author Showcase—Feb. 23, 2019

Author Biographies

Lahna Anhalt—Author of Aunt Laura’s Attic, Lahna has degrees in Education from the University of Wisconsin, a varied teaching career, articles published in professional magazines, and experience in administration of reading and gifted programs.  She has performed with a Chamber Orchestra, all while raising six children with her husband in a restored 1870’s farm home.

John Di Frances—Author of several books, John has had a multifaceted career in problem solving such as undercover assignments in the Caribbean islands to find hidden assets of white collar criminals.  Most of his professional life has been devoted to assisting companies, nonprofits and government agencies with Strategic Open Innovation.   He will be presenting his newest book Pretense: The Imbroglio Trilogy.  More information at difrances.com.

Margot Peters—Most recently, author of Exorcising Emma, Margot Peters holds a PhD in Victorian literature and women’s studies.  She spent twenty years teaching at the university level and has published eleven books, among them biographies of famous figures, love stories, and thrillers.  Her work has won the George Freedley Award and the Banta Award.

 Mary Schmal & Leanne Ross—Author and illustrator of The Children of the Light series set in 1884 Door County, WI.  The stories are based on the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5).  Author Mary Schmal has enjoyed a 40-year teaching career.  She served the past 18 years as a high school English instructor in Milwaukee as well as a college adjunct professor of writing.  Leanne Ross has taught art in elementary, high school, college, and adult education courses.

James Stoffer—James is a science fiction author who spent his career as an electronic engineer accumulating patents and inventing new products.  He is committed to vivid technical accuracy that lends to delightful realism.  His book, Aperature, is the story of a scientist who has invented something so fantastic that it could literally change the world.  When the project is scrapped due to lack of money, the scientist develops it on his own.  Will humanity be saved?

 Eric Schlehlein—Author of three historical fiction novels, the latest, The Dim White Light, is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.   Schleinlein is a freelance writer and historian with a deep appreciation for all things Americana.  He is a member of the Hartland Fire Department and lives in Hartland, WI with his wife and three children. More information can be found at www.EricSchlehlein.com.

Ann Marie Waterhouse—After a career as a management consultant, Ann Marie met her husband, Jim Harvey and moved to Cottage Grove.  For several years, the couple presented workshops on natural healing and their spiritual path.  In 2008 Jim was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Marie cared for him for six years.  Missing Jim was written by Ann Marie to honor her husband after placing him in a home based care facility where he passed away in January 2014.  Ann moved to Trinity Pines in Lake Mills 3 ½ years ago.

Richard Zimdars—A lifelong resident of Lake Mills, is an active gamer and volunteer. His fascination with women’s basketball inspired him to write The Baby Ballers in 2015, followed by its sequel, Mother’s Night in 2016.  In 2016, Richard wrote the “Thoughts to Consider” column for Lake Mills Online newsletter which is no longer published.