John Conlee, Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VAJOHN CONLEE is a Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, where he has taught for many years. His primary field of teaching and research is English Medieval Literature, with an emphasis on Middle English poetry, Middle Scots poetry, the Arthurian legends, and Chaucer. He has edited important scholarly texts on The Prose Merlin (1998), The Poetry of William Dunbar (2004), and on Middle English Debate Poems (1991).

He has a longtime interest in the history of Children’s Literature and has contributed several articles on children’s authors to various reference works. He also has a strong interest in baseball fiction and films, an interest which he has successfully integrated into his current teaching and research. He is also developing his interest in Celtic Studies, focusing on the earliest surviving Irish and Welsh literary texts.

John Conlee grew up near San Diego and attended the University of Southern California; he has graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. At William and Mary he directed the graduate program in English and twice served as Chair of the English Department. He has been actively engaged in Study Abroad Programs and has taught in several summer programs in the U.K., particularly in Cambridge and Bath. He has been instrumental in developing a scholarship program for William and Mary students wishing to pursue summer study opportunities in the British Isles.

John Conlee lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.


Roger Conlee

ROGER L. CONLEE, the author of eight books produced by Pale Horse Books, is a former sportswriter, features staffer, and copy editor for the Chicago Daily News and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and a longtime communications consultant. By avocation he is a historian and avid researcher, and an expert on American military history, with special expertise in the American Civil War and World War II.

His first book, EVERY SHAPE, EVERY SHADOW: A NOVEL OF GUADALCANAL, earned a Distinguished Honor Award from the Military Writers Society of America.  Subsequent historical novels, THE HINDENBURG LETTER and COUNTERCLOCKWISE,  were first-place award winners in the prestigious San Diego Book Awards, and his fourth novel, SOULS ON THE WIND, was a finalist in the same competition.

Recently released is LION AT TWILIGHT, a story of Winston Churchill which takes place in turbulent post-war Berlin.

Conlee has lectured at Northwestern University, the University of California, and San Diego State University.  He is a past director of the San Diego State University Alumni Association and the San Diego Press Club.  His many articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and the Detroit News.

Roger Conlee lives and works in San Diego. See:


Patricia Gray, College of William and MaryPATRICIA GRAY is a writer, foreign relations specialist, educator, and environmentalist, with an undergraduate degree in international relations from the College of William and Mary and a graduate degree from Catholic University. After living in Richmond, Virginia; Washington DC; Amman, Jordan; Islamabad, Pakistan; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Middlebury, Vermont, she returned to her home state of Virginia, and now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and Ripton, Vermont.

During her thirty year career, Patricia worked for the Agency for International Development, the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, Middlebury College in Vermont, and the Lunn Gallery in Washington DC. In addition, she was a freelance writer for the United States Information Agency, UNICEF, and Time-Life Books. She currently teaches art history courses for the Christopher Wren Association of the College of William and Mary.

The writing of PETRA, A NOVEL draws from her life experiences. The themes and characters are based on eight years of international development work and life in Jordan and South Asia, as well as many years of research, writing, and teaching in the field of art history. This is her first novel.


SALLY STILES worked for fourteen years in New York City as an editor and writer and, later, as an advertising executive. She has published over a hundred magazine articles, seven books, poetry and short stories. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught writing at Lebanon College in New Hampshire, at the Simon Fraser Writing and Publishing Program in Vancouver, B.C., and the Christopher Wren Society at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

She has called four continents, six countries, nine states and a small trawler home.

Her volunteer work has included, among many other things, running a women’s shelter; a craft store; a woman’s golf league; an investment club and an after-school enrichment program for primary school children in East Africa. She also served on the board of directors for An Occasion for the Arts and the Williamsburg Book Festival.




JEFF TOALSON, a Missouri native, earned his BS in business management from Missouri State University. He is the author of four books dedicated to preserving the true history of ordinary Confederate soldiers and civilians as recorded in their diaries, letters and journals.

His latest book, I GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE, is a compilation of letters discovered during 15 years of research. The letters were written between 1861 and 1865.

Toalson is a three-time recipient of The Jefferson Davis Gold Medal for their preservation of first-person Southern histor