Ellen Gunderson Traylor
"America's Foremost Biblical Novelist," Ellen is a gifted storyteller who brings characters of the Bible to life. Her many bestselling novels have sold about a million copies in English, with numerous foreign translations.
Traylor's novels include Song of Abraham; John - Son of Thunder; Mary Magdalene; Noah; Ruth - A Love Story; Jonah; Esther; Joseph - Dreamer of Dreams; Mark - Eyewitness; Moses - The Deliverer; Joshua - God's Warrior; and Samson. Jerusalem - the City of God, is a sweeping epic archaeological novel that weaves intrigue and inspiration into the hauntingly beautiful cityscape of the Holy City.
The Priest is her first contemporary novel, a story of international intrigue regarding the Israeli efforts to rebuild their ancient temple and the forces that conspire against their dream. The Oracle is the companion volume to The Priest, following the further adventures of hero David Rothmeyer, a young archaeologist, and his friends.
Gabriel - The War in Heaven is the first in a new series (Gabriel - God's Hero) following the adventures of the archangels as they tell the story of redemption across time and space. Compared to works of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Traylor's approach is delightful for young and old.
Traylor has also written a regional book on the history of Florence, Oregon (A Bridge Back - The Early Days of Florence, Oregon - Port Hole Publications, 2009). The book was sponsored by Merchants of Old Town Florence, and was published for the 150th anniversary of the state.
Her latest book, Something Like Scales - Finding Light in a Dark World, is her first book of personal reflection, and delves into the issues that keep us spiritually stunted and how to rise above them.
In addition to writing bestselling books, Traylor has been a magazine/newspaper columnist and correspondent. An award-winning feature writer, Traylor has written screenplays and political speeches, and was a contributing writer and researcher for the Tyndale Family Bible Encyclopedia project.
A former English and Journalism instructor, with a Master's Degree in English, Traylor has taught courses at virtually every level, including those she created on writing for publication for Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University (Spokane, WA). Her "Write-On! Seminars" teach the ropes to published and aspiring writers. Traylor has created and taught fiction writing classes for the Mount Hermon and Seattle Pacific University's Christian Writers' Conferences, and Oregon Christian Writers Conferences..
Traylor has been a television and radio talk-show host. She has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers and has been a guest on many national radio and television programs. She is a sought-after speaker for seminars, conventions, conferences, church and school events. If you would like to schedule Ms. Traylor for an event, feel free to contact us.
Traylor owns Port Hole Bookstore in Florence, OR, specializing in new/used and rare books, book searches, special orders and appraisals. Traylor has been the book appraiser for Discovery.com, and was a Sothebys/eBay Master Dealer in rare books.
Traylor’s own publishing house, Port Hole Publications, enjoys publishing the works of other fine authors. Port Hole Publications is a supplier for the Christian Booksellers Association, as well as Ingram Distribution and Amazon.com.
Traylor is the mother of two strapping sons, Aaron and Nathan. She and her husband, Richard Schulz, divide their time between homes in Montana and Oregon.
Joye was born in Oklahoma and moved to Northwest Montana by age five. She and her six siblings grew up in a rural setting, and Joye especially loved riding her horse, Sunset.
Her book, The Fair Sombrero (Port Hole Publications - 2010), is based on a true-life event of daring and danger, surrounding the NW Montana Fair in Kalispell, when Joye was a girl.
Joye developed a love of books at a young age, and hopes her book will entertain and educate many children, as part of Port Hole’s Learn-to-Grow series.
Joye has been a Polson, Montana resident for 38 years. She and her husband, Fred Albert, make up the band Heart-to-Heart, which plays for local events; Joye plays bass guitar. A pretty lady, Joye has also been a model.
She has five children, who have been taught the love of books.
||Harold "Cork" Anson
The author of the premiere history of ski jumping, Cork grew up in Lake Placid, NY, where he enjoyed the ski slopes and jump hills of the winter sports mecca. Although his jumping exploits were never chronicled into history, he captained the St. Lawrence University ski team at Canton, NY and later competed for and became the student skiing coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. On his last ski jumping experience, he placed first in his class on the Lake Placid 75 meter hill.
Anson graduated from St. Lawrence in Pre-Engineering, a five year program, with a BS and a major in math. He also received a BS in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer. He later earned an MS at UCLA.
His engineering career of 40 years was spent in structural engineering programs in the aircraft industry, where he served as Vice President of Engineering for a large corporation. He held a Professional Engineer license in California and memberships in several technical organizations.
After retirement, Cork and his wife Ann moved to the Oregon Coast. He spent several years researching and writing his book, Jumping Through Time - a History of Ski Jumping in the United States and Southwest Canada (Port Hole Publications, 2010). His research took him across the country, where he interviewed jump champions and delved into the archives of ski museums. Cork saw his dream of publication come true after he reached his eighties.
Harry knew he wanted to be a reporter from the time he was a small boy. He went on to spend 44 years chronicling the story of San Jose, CA, as a reporter, columnist and Political Editor for the San Jose Mercury News.
Among the most respected and popular news personalities in the Golden State, Harry Farrell moved in the circles of the greatest names in the 20th century, hob-nobbing with presidents, rubbing elbows with celebrities. Keeping his homegrown perspective, he garnered a devoted readership who still speak of him adoringly.
He earned the privilege, in 1983, of producing the book, San Jose and Other Famous Places, for the San Jose Historical Museum Association. The book was reprinted in a Memorial Edition by Port Hole Publications in 2009.
Harry wrote several books. Recon Diary: Combat History of the 79th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (1946), recounted his adventures during World War II; Swift Justice: Murder and Vengeance in a California Town (1992) tells the story of a notorious lynching; and Shallow Grave in Trinity County (1997) is a spine-tingling true tale of murder and detective work.
Harry received many awards throughout his auspicious career: the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best True Crime Book; National Headliner Prize from the Press Club of Atlantic City; various awards from the American Political Science Association, Associated Press, California State Bar, California Newspaper Publishers Asociation, California Taxpayers Association, San Jose Newspaper Guild and Santa Clara County Medical Society
Harry Farrell passed away on December 31, 2005.
|| Nellie Grace Fenwick
It never entered young Nellie Fenwick’s mind that her family was poor, even though she was a pastor's daughter during the deep Depression years. The small Midwestern town's parishioners had little or no money to place in the offering plates, so of course the pastor's family lived on the same nothingness as the people they served. Yet there was contentment in the parsonage. Nellie's parents lived out their faith and optimism and always found ways to help others who were facing hard times.
Nellie grew up believing that faith and loving relationships were more valuable than material possessions. So at the age of twenty-four, it was not a difficult choice for her to move with her husband into the low-income, inner-city area of East Los Angeles. There they raised their own four children and ministered for over forty years to inner-city families in a Latino church and Christian school.
Nellie found that her young students enjoyed being whisked away from the crowded noise and fears of the city into the "kinder, gentler" times of their teacher's childhood stories. Though they lived in a much different time and place, they related to the same kinds of moral dilemmas. Somehow the faith and love of that long-ago family gave them hope that life could be good if they also chose God's Great Ten.
In addition to teaching, Nellie often wrote and directed the annual all-school, musical dramas. She authored the book, I Am A Promise, wrote grant proposals and the monthly letters that served to raise funds for student scholarships. Because of her writings, hundreds of inner-city children benefited from a solid, Christian education that empowered them to become productive citizens and influential leaders.
The plea, "Mrs. Fenwick, please write your stories in a book for us to keep" kept ringing in Nellie's heart. Realizing that today's children still need a spiritual and moral Guiding Star, she finally penned the book Gracie and God's Great Ten. (Port Hole Publications – 2012)
Carol Gunderson's talents as a poet are showcased in The Morning Porch - Poems and Reflections from a Quiet Heart (Port Hole Publications, 2011).
Carol graduated at the top of her class at Watsonville Union High School, Watsonville, CA, in 1943. She was the librarian for Bible Standard College (later Eugene Bible College and now New Hope College) in Eugene, Oregon. She was trained in bookkeeping at Eugene Business College, served as bookkeeper at First Baptist Church in Eugene, and Great Life Camps of Waitts Lake, WA.
Carol worked for several years in her daughter's bookstore, Port Hole Books, in Florence, Oregon and Polson, Montana, greeting the public and doing data entry.
Carol compiled a history of Great Life Camps, and wrote a children’s bible survey for her grandsons. She assisted her husband, Herb, for many years as a professor’s wife and co-teacher of Bible classes.
Carol spends countless hours working advanced crossword puzzles and acrostics, keeping her skills with spelling and language sharp and up-to-date.
|| Ned Hickson
|| Terence Livingston
Carolyn Lockwood Nordahl
Carolyn, who has lived in Florence since 1952, has enjoyed art and design since childhood. She studied art throughout her school years and took formal classes at Lane Community College, the University or Oregon, and Portland State College. She taught tole painting for many years and then moved on to oils. She is presently interested in watercolor and displays her work at the Siuslaw News lobby in Florence.
Carolyn has worked as a graphic artist and page designer for the Siuslaw News for 35 years and does the page finish work. She is the cover designer for Port Hole Publications and enjoys the technical issues that are involved in the book publishing process.
Carolyn owns Echo Graphics where she does composition and graphic arts for both off-set and web press operations. She is also the Editor/Publisher for the Siuslaw Alumni Association Newsletter.
Carolyn finished her first book, Grandma's Windowshade: Memories and Recipes from a Northwest Childhood, published by Port Hole Publications July, 2013. Her book is illustrated in full color with Carolyn's watercolor paintings.
Tom Preuss was born in a small town in Minnesota in 1933. His parents relocated the family to Arizona in 1948. He graduated from high school in 1951 and joined the U.S. Air Force a few months later. His air force specialty was Aircraft electrical and electronics.
At the end of his four year enlistment he attended college in Phoenix, majoring in engineering, and worked in the aircraft industry in Arizona and California.
He married in 1959 and soon moved to Alaska where he worked in a pulp mill as a chemist and later as a camp manager for a marine construction firm. Meanwhile he purchased a commercial fishing boat from which he fished for halibut and salmon. He eventually sold the boat and purchased a small wholesale food and beverage company. He operated this company for over 15 years, sold it and his other Alaska property and retired to Oregon. He now lives with his wife near Creswell, Oregon.
During his time in the Air Force he developed an abiding interest in military aircraft. He later built and flew his own scaled WW2 fighter. He's a life time member of the Replica Fighters Association where he developed and edited their magazine Replica Fighters. (See www.replicafighters.com )
Soon after he retired he took notice of what he considers a major threat to the United States and Western civilization: Islam. As an exercise he wrote an essay warning of the danger. Over the next few months this was expanded into a full length novel, The Last Caliphate (Port Hole Publications - 2013). He is currently developing a sequel which should be available soon.
Brett Royer has facilitated Health and Wellness classes at his church in Canton, Michigan, for several years, and does private tutoring in exercise and nutrition.
Growing up in Detroit, he developed a love for bodybuilding and overall health while in high school. A graduate of Madonna University, with degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology, Brett also served in the US Army.
Upon leaving the military, he committed his life to the Lord. He met and married the love of his life, Jolene, and has two sons.
Brett is a Product Design Programmer at Chrysler Tech Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
He felt prompted by the Spirit to write The Consecrated Diet - Bringing God to Your Table and Gym for those people struggling with adverse food habits and poor fitness lifestyles.
Aaron was born in 1974 in Spokane, WA. He majored in radio broadcasting at Spokane Falls Community College and took writing courses at Flathead Valley Community College, in Kalispell, Montana, where he served as Student Body President.
Aaron knew he wanted to be an entertainer from the time he was a small child. He fell in love with radio and the world of the turntable DJ. At 18 years of age, he reached the top of the charts as one of the most listened to DJs in the Northwest, then went on to master turntables, achieving a record for marathon turntable mixing.
Aaron’s personal story is told in novel form in The DJ Chronicles - A Life Remixed (Port Hole Publications, 2003), a humorous and poignant memoir of the underground rave scene in Spokane, and the spiritual quest that brought him out of some dark times.
Aaron has worked for several years throughout the Northwest in corporate radio, serving as disc jockey, in marketing and as Program Director. He presently works for Gap Broadcasting in Missoula, MT. He is married and has one child.
Aaron is the son of Ellen Traylor.
David is a working professional director, actor, writer, visual artist and educator. He has directed over twenty-five plays and musicals and over two hundred television commercials. As an actor he has appeared in over 85 plays, musicals and television programs including Candid Camera, Jake and the Fat Man, Blood and Orchids, The Yeagers, Tour of Duty, Island Son, numerous episodes of Magnum, P.I. and Volcano Rescue for the BBC and Discovery Channel.
Traylor is an accomplished playwright, with over a dozen of his plays and musicals having been produced. He also wrote and toured internationally with his one-man performance of Simon Peter.
In addition to The Culture Warrior (Port Hole Publications, 2002), his other original works include the plays Arctic Fox; Morning Star (written with Ken Smith); Becoming Hawaii; DAVID: Shepherd, Poet, Warrior, King; Once Upon One Hawaiian Time and The Promise, as well as the fantasy trilogy Quest for the Kingdom.
Traylor has been the acting teacher for the Kamehameha Schools Summer Performing Arts Academy, a member of the Board of Directors and the acting teacher for the Hawaii Academy of the Performing Arts. He was a theatre consultant, director and acting teacher for the Hawaii Department of Education for ten years. While a director with the Department of Education, his original production of It Just Takes One received the President's Youth Environmental Regional Award and the George Washington Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He has also worked through the Hawaii Artists in the Schools Program and served on the Governor of Hawaii's Commission on Performance Standards in Education: Fine Arts Division.
David’s paintings have been represented in Hawaii at the Merrill-Chase Gallery at the Ala Moana Center and the Manoa Gallery. He has participated in numerous group and one-man shows including the juried exhibition Sacred Arts XVII at the Billy Graham Center Museum in Wheaton, IL. His paintings reside in private collections in Asia, Europe, Hawaii and the mainland United States.
David Traylor is married and has two sons. (He is not related to his publisher, Ellen Traylor.)
Ron Valiquette’s life is full of true stories that are "turn-the-page breathtaking." His first book, Dancing with Celia: Surviving a Pacific Coast Hurricane, recounts one of his most harrowing experiences.
Valiquette is a professional builder and land developer. His hobbies include boating, flying, skiing, and auto restoration. He has made 20 round trips in private yachts from Puget Sound to SE Alaska, navigating without modern equipment, using the stars and time and distance measurements, only. He says, “I can depend upon what is real and there for my use, but equipment can be wrong and that can lead to fatal mistakes.”
Ron knows that GOD holds his hand in the journey through life, drawing confidence, tenacity, courage and leadership from the Lord’s teachings.
Dancing with Celia took 28 years to create, as he had to relive the agony of the event. Realizing that he owed the US Coast Guard more than a thank you, he commissioned a granite monument inscribed with the names of Guardsmen who have saved mariners at sea. This monument stands at the Tillamook Bay USCG Station.
Ron and his wife, Val, celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2012.
Charles was born in Texas in 1928 and spent most of his younger years with his family on the large Federal construction projects throughout the west. As a teenager, he collected scrap for the World War II war effort, worked at a shipyard and studied as a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Army and saw service in the Far East, as a member of the 25th division in postwar Japan.
During his time in Japan, he was mentored by a native poet in the Japanese poetry form of haiku, and developed a deep love for its discipline and simplicity.
Upon discharge from military service, he attended college then continued the family tradition of doing heavy construction. He holds a master’s degree in Biblical Studies and served as a chaplain to workers on a major construction project. Today, he continues in ministry as a personal counselor.
Having a lifelong interest in writing, he has published several articles for newspapers and small magazines, but it was not until age 82 that he saw his first book published (Haiku and High Timber - Port Hole Publications, 2010). A prolific writer of short stories and poetry, he has also written one novel and is currently working on additional projects.
When asked about his writing, he urges all aspiring writers not to waste time waiting for inspiration. "It is difficult to make up minutes when you’ve wasted years,” he says. “Do it now! Writers write. Authors publish."