Erich Goldstein is a writer who can’t seem to settle on what the best thing to write is. Be it children’s books, general fiction, plays, musicals, and even challenging problems in mathematics. He lives in a rain shadow, either figuratively or literally, or both. He is the author of the Ratio Holmes series.
Sarah Holden is an illustrator and also a Licensed School Nurse for Minneapolis Public Schools. She studied art at Wake Forest University. Sarah received the Minnesota Arts Board Grant including funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for children’s book illustration, and was the recipient of the SCBWI Minnesota Illustration Mentor Award for 2019-2020.
Horatio Holmes, author of the Ratio Holmes series, has grown a lot since his days at Longtides Elementary. Since then he learned to play the bugle (badly), worked as a writer of competitive mathematics problems, even acted in Hamlet playing the very character for who he was named.
In other ways, he’s still the same as he ever was: an avid reader, a pursuer of justice, and someone who likes his hot dogs with mustard.
Native Nevadan John L. Smith is a longtime journalist and the author of more than a dozen books. He has won many state, regional, and national awards for his writing and was inducted into the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame in 2016, the same year that saw him honored with the James Foley/Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Award, and the Ancil Payne Award from the University of Oregon. He freelances for a variety of publications, including The Nevada Independent. The father of a grown daughter, Amelia, he is married to the writer Sally Denton and makes his home in Boulder City, Nevada. Sarah Winnemucca and Snowshoe Thompson are his first in the Fields of Silver and Gold Series.
Larry D. Struve has devoted more than 25 years to public service in his home state of Nevada. He served as a deputy district attorney in Washoe County, chief deputy for Nevada Attorney General Richard H. Bryan, Governor Bryan's Director of the Department of Commerce, and in the administration of Governor Bob Miller. Struve served on the state ethics commission, Nevada's celebration of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the Nevada World Trade Council (NEWTRAC), and the Nevada Innovation, Technology, & Entrepreneurship Council (NITEC). He is the author of Humble Walk for Justice (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, Nevada, 2013), and In the Shadow of Camelot (Black Rock Press, 2005).
Bertha Vázquez has been teaching middle school science in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 31 years. A seasoned traveler who has visited all seven continents, she enjoys introducing the world of nature and science to young, eager minds. An educator with National Board Certification, she is the recipient of several national and local honors, including the 2014 Samsung’s $150,000 Solve For Tomorrow Contest and The Charles C. Bartlett National Excellence in Environmental Award in 2009. She was Miami-Dade County Public School’s Science Teacher of the Year in 1997, 2008, and 2017. Thanks to her work with TIES, she was also the 2017 winner of the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education Award. Bertha has been the director of The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science, a project of Center for Inquiry, since 2015. In her spare time, Bertha is an avid tennis player and bashful ukulele player. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, son, and two dogs.