Local Author Festival

Albert Lea Public Library presents:

The First Annual Local Author Festival


Tuesday, August 16

6 p.m.

Edgewater Bay Pavilion


The event will begin with a panel discussion followed by a meet and greet with the authors.

Books will be available for sale.


book cover of Abandoned Southern Minnesota, featuring the doorway of an old wood building

Julie Bronson is the author of the Abandoned series books, which feature photos of abandoned building. She has lived south of Albert Lea for 42 years with her husband Doug. They do not have any children but have had many pets over the years. She recently retired and hopes to author more books with her time. She collects old Pontiacs. Her books focus on her love of photography.

Photo of author on the left; welcome to rimduun on the right

Ben Green is the visionary creator of RIMDUUM, a wondrously unique world under the Rocky Mountains filled with neon lights, strange characters, and nuclear magic.

Ben has always been a storyteller. When he was a kid, he would tear apart his coloring books and assemble them into crossover stories with lots of drama and lots of glue. Then he discovered action figures and took to burning Cobra agents at the stake and writing/out act whole episodes of Star Trek the Next Generation. As a teen, he wrote Star Wars fanfiction and began creating his own worlds on an old Borther word processor with a tiny screen and floppy disks.

Though he grew up in Arizona and Nevada, Ben now lives in southern Minnesota where he puts his degrees in teaching, history, and technology to use as a social students teacher at the Albert Lea Area Learning Center. He is passionate about teen issues and at-risk youth. This may be why he spends so much time with his four children, telling stories, working in the garden, and encouraging them to find something to be passionate about.

Susan Joyce, native of the Twin Cities, raised a family of three before going to Wall Street and becoming an award-winning financial adviser. She founded the Women’s Financial Focus Groups of Minnesota and conducted research which led her to develop a gender-specific method of wealth management – the subject of her lectures and her first book: Real Women Manage Wealth. Retired with nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, she and her husband bought a turn-of-the-century home in Albert Lea and adopted two rescue dogs they named Tuffy and Taffy. She soon formed The Park Avenue Authors, which quickly became a world-renowned writers’ group. Susan continues to write nonfiction, but also writes what she calls ‘not-entirely-fiction’ novels about Wall Street, publshed first of such is: Rooked, Wall Street Never Saw It Coming.

Angela Sailor lives in Minnesota with her husband, dog-Blake and cat-Mufasa. Angela has three grown children, two grown stepdaughters and four grandchildren. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services/Psychology and Addictions Counseling Graduate Certificate. She is a LADC (licensed alcohol and drug counselor). Angela enjoys music, spending time with her kids/family/close friends. Angela loves the outdoors and going on bike trips with her husband. Angela is passionate about helping others who struggle with mental health and substance abuse. Spending time alone with God is important to her. 

Chaunce Stanton is the author of six novels in multiple genres, including historical fiction, literary, magical realism, and humor. His current project is a humorous cozy mystery series set on a Minnesota lake resort in 1975. Chaunce grew up in Annandale, Minnesota  and attained his bachelor’s degree in English, Creative Writing from St. Cloud State University after being kicked out of Bible college. After working for twenty years in corporate marketing and communications, he has turned his attention to writing. He and his wife, Naomi, live on a 5-acre hobby farm where they overplant and underweed.