Ozarks Indie Book Fest started out as a dream. A dream of bringing the world of indie authors, bloggers and readers together in the heart of the Ozarks, right here in Springfield, Missouri.

Meet the hearts and minds behind Ozarks Indie Book Fest:

Jaci Chaney:


Blogger Jaci Chaney is the  founder of the clean YA/NA book blog Us Girls & A Book.

Besides being a book reviewer and blogger, Jaci absolutely loves being part of a big family! She has 7 brothers and sisters, 32 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews. She also has two fur-babies, a Maltese dog, Zoey, and a tuxedo cat, Mister. She has lived in numerous places during her life, however for the first 20 years and for the past 3 years it has been in Southwest Missouri.
When people talk about movies vs books she always prefer books. Her favorite genre of books is romance. “I always go for the HEA (happily ever after). The characters need to have some struggle getting there though because life is like that, that is why those are the types of books I love and inspire me to believe in true love.

She has been a reader since she was a young child. “I have been reviewing books for a little over two years and blogging for a year and a half. I got into blogging because I wanted to help authors and make a difference in the writing community.”

Emily Piland 

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Emily lives in Oklahoma City with her four children and two dogs.  She has a long list of hobbies from music to crafting. She is a published author, a graphic designer and jewelry/swag maker. Emily promotes authors and engages in publicity through A Writer for Life Coach, JME Books and she is the Personal Assistant for authors, Jaimie Engle, Ryan Gish and Nancy Jane Sinatsch. Her goal is to assist authors in ranking on Amazon, strategizing book launch and releases, and to offer continual monthly assistance to keep author’s books in the forefront of social media buzz. You can connect with Emily through social media on:
Facebook     Twitter     Instagram     Pinterest     Tumblr     Goodreads     LinkedIn     A Writer For Life

Tina Donnelly


I live in Northwest Ohio where I spend most of my time with my 6 adult sons, spoil my two little furballs and am married to the most understanding man in the world. I work part time as an STNA in a senior independent living facility. My passions are helping others, crafting, watching MMA fights with the hubby, reading and HARRY POTTER.. I began my blog, Reading For Fun in March 2013 when I realized how many great Indie Authors there are out there and I wanted to help spread the word. I love reading new books of all genres, but Paranormal Romance has always had a special place in my heart.

Tia Silverthorne Bach

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Tia Silverthorne Bach has been married to her college sweetheart for twenty years, has three beautiful girls, and adores living in sunny California. Her daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She believes in fairy tales and happy endings and is an avid reader and rabid grammar hound.

She is an award-winning, multi-genre author and an Editor for Indie Books Gone Wild. From an early age, she escaped into books and believes they can be the source of healing and strength. If she’s not writing, you can find her on the tennis court, at the movies, reading a good book, or spooning Jif peanut butter right out of the jar.

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Marketing Director: Jo Micheals


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Hi! I’m Jo. So much to say, so little space to say it in. I’ll condense for you. I’m an author, book reviewer, radio show host, blogger, graphic designer, and one of the EICs for INDIE Books Gone Wild, where I’ve had the honor of working on a huge number of amazing Indie books. I hold a degree in graphic design and tutored that, along with English, in college. I write middle grade, YA, and NA novels, and have such an overactive imagination, I laugh out loud often. My blog at http://jomichaels.blogspot.com exists to provide support and education to Indie authors, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I’m not just a reader, I’m an author, and that gives me a unique perspective and audience for my blog.

My website can be found at WriteJoMichaels.com and as long as you can see the write, you know you have the right one.

Sponsorship Coordinator – SJ Pierce

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SJ Pierce

Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal, and Sci-fi novels.