John Cawlfield, President, is the Branch Manager for Schraad and Associates, the largest independent food broker in the Central United States. He attended Missouri State University earning a degree in Psychology. John writes under the pen name J.C. Fields. His interest in writing started in high school but took a back seat while he and his wife raised their two sons. In 2006, he opened his laptop and began to put words on paper again. His first crime thriller, The Fugitive’s Trail, was released in 2015 followed by The Assassin’s Trail (2016) and The Imposter’s Trail (2017). All three are in ebook and audiobook format and being released as a bookset in 2018. Research for his novels started while traveling extensively throughout the United States. John served as SWG Treasurer (2 yrs) and Secretary (2 yrs). He is also a member of the Missouri Writers Guild. John resides in Battlefield, Missouri with his wife, Connie and their rescue cat, Asia.
Chris Keller, Vice-President/Publicity/Newsletter Editor, is the Masters of Business Administration Coordinator & Department Secretary at Southwest Baptist University’s College of Business & Computer Science. Earning Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Social Science Education at SBU, Chris served as sports/managing editor of the Omnibus, SBU’s student newspaper, where he received multiple Missouri College Newspaper Association awards and MCNA Journalist of the Year runner-up honors in 1990. Transitioning to a career in broadcasting, Chris became the news/sports director and station manager at Missouri radio stations KBFL, KHST, KRLK and KYOO where he received the Missouri Broadcasters Association’s Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award in 1993. Returning to SBU in 2001 as a full-time staff member, he was hired as Omnibus Advisor and received the Missouri College Media Association’s Advisor of the Year Award in 2007. Chris is currently working on two novels (science fiction and romance), a children’s book, and four songs that he hopes to include in his books.
Candy Simonson, Secretary/Newsletter Editor, has served the Guild as past Vice-President (2 yrs), Treasurer (2 yrs), and Director-at-Large (1 yr). Candy writes Christian fiction/family drama and mystery. Her award-winning short stories and essays have been published in seven anthologies, and almost 400 articles have appeared in national print and online magazines. Her Young Adult family drama trilogy: Love’s Journey Home (2013), Love Looks Back (2015), and Love’s Amazing Grace (2015), and an anthology of 26-sentence flash fiction stories, A Quick Read, can be found on Amazon.com. In 2017, she published Thoughts for Evening Time, A Devotional and co-authored a children’s story coloring book with original art, All Beautiful Creatures. Now retired from a career in computer training, she lives in Strafford, Missouri, with her husband, Tim, where she can write full time, help other people self-publish and fish in their backyard pond.
Matthew Henderson, Treasurer, is a self-employed marketing professional, providing web design, branding, video production and public relations. He writes upmarket fiction novels, set in modern America and featuring unique characters engaging in emotionally charged dialog. He is currently querying agents. He is also a contributing writer for The Mirror (published by the Diocese of Springfield Cape Girardeau) and Springfield Business Journal. He has a bachelors degree from MSU, with a journalism major and a creative writing minor.
Yvonne Erwin, Director-at-Large, is a legal assistant at Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. in Springfield. Yvonne writes women’s interest books. Her first novel, The Discovery of Joy, tells the struggles and triumphs of three women, released in 2014. The Sisters of Madelaine Lane was published in 2016. She also co-authored a book, A Glimpse of Glory: My Journey to Heaven and Back. Yvonne is a member of Missouri Writers’ Guild and also the Ozarks Romance Authors. Yvonne lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her black lab, Ella. Yvonne has served the Guild as past President (4 yrs), Vice President (2 yrs), and Secretary (2 yrs).
The Appointed Offices of SWG:
Nick Weyland, Mentor Coordinator, is now retired from the U. S. Dept. of Justice and Homeland Security throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. His position as Supervisory Special Agent, and then Section Chief for Immigration Enforcement gave Nick much knowledge and writing material. He took those experiences and wound them into two published novels: The Keepers of the Castle, and When Knights Wore Shining Armor. Nick lives with his wife, Beverly, and two dogs, Holly and Gweny, in Springfield, Missouri. Nick has been the Mentor Coordinator during the critique hour for many years. His books can be obtained by emailing Nick.
Terry Smith, Webmaster. Before retiring, Terry worked at Advanced Circuitry for almost 41 years as a quality engineer. The highlight of his career was the creation of a program for the chemical lab that streamlined, fool-proofed, controlled and automated some 400 plus chemical analyses. Terry enjoys writing poetry and short stories. He lives with his wife, Marilyn in Fair Grove, Missouri. Terry has been the webmaster of the Guild for many years.
Amanda Kassner, Historian. A native Missourian, Amanda lives in north Ozark with her husband, Jarod, and son, Sam. She is in the process of writing her mystery/crime drama about a paralegal tackling a new murder case. Besides being an avid reader, Amanda is teaching herself how to crochet all while taking care of their active two-year-old. In her day job, she is a paralegal at Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.