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Friends of the Pine Island Library presents local authors event

April 13, 2016
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Friends of the Pine Island Library featured five local authors and Dave Henderson, who provides "support" solutions for authors, at a "Meet and Greet" last Wednesday evening at the library.

Author S.P. Kopko's fascination is with water and its treatment. Kopko has more than 32 years experience in the field of reverse osmosis and his book, the "Story of Water Treatment and the Cape Coral Experience," takes the reader on a journey from ancient Egypt to Cape Coral. Kopko spent more than 20 years with the Cape Coral water department. Today the city is recognized as having the oldest, still operating reverse osmosis plant in the United States. Kopko believes in order to understand Cape Coral's story, the reader must step back into the ancient world to understand how water treatment began.

Kopko's book is available on

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Participants in the meet the authors event included, from left, S.P. Kopko, Fran Thomas, Mitch Grant, J.D. Daniels, Dave Henderson (support solutions) and James Lee Voris.


St. James resident Mitch Grant specializes in murder mysteries and has completed his third book. The "Silver Spoon Murder" continues the fictional narrative of Jim and Jill Story. The Storys moved to St. James City to find the peace and tranquility of island living in their retirement years. What they find in "The Silver Spoon Murder" is another mysterious murder that Jim Story must help solve! Grant's books take readers on a local journey through Pine Island, Matlacha and the surrounding waters.

Grant's books are available on

"I'm just visiting from Maryland and this is my first meet and greet here on the island," Jessica Mills said. "I've read the first two Mitch Grant books and am here to get a copy of the third. I enjoy these very much because he writes about so many places on the islands."

Fran Thomas is a full-time resident of Pine Island and former editor of the Pine Island Eagle. More recently, she worked at Florida SouthWestern State College with first year students creating and facilitating workshops to teach them success skills. Her book ,"Average to Awesome: How to Ace Your First Year in College Exercising Your Emotional Intelligence," is available as an E-book (Kindle) for free. One Amazon reviewer gave the book five stars and said, "If I had read this book during my college years, I would've been a more productive student."

Local resident and author J.D. Daniels has written several books. Daniels' fiction and poetry have appeared in various literary publications. She received a prize for poetry from Emerson College/Cambridge University, is listed in the Iowa Arts and Poets & Writers directories and is an active member of PEN Women of Southwest Florida. "Through Pelican Eyes" is Daniels' first novel. It is a "cozy mystery" set in Pine Island and Matlacha that introduces character Jessie Murphy in the first of three mysteries.

James Lee Voris is a Pine Island Resident and former Air Force photographer that has published seven books of fiction including "Tra$h Man."

"I write mostly science fiction and try to be on the cutting edge," Vorhis said. "I've had these stories rattling around in my head for as long as I can remember. I finally decided to let the characters 'out.' So really it was they that told me their story. I just wrote it down.

"In my book 'Tra$h Man,' mild mannered, loveable, Harry B. Mills in his tinkering to make a matter teleportation device became the richest man in the world ... In phase one of his tinkering he discovered how to convert mass, any mass, to energy in a controlled manner. So, why not collect the worst of the worst mankind could make; from spent nuclear and atomic waste to the most toxic materials for disposal. Harry took all the 'bad' stuff and converted its 'mass' to 'energy' and made money not only for taking the 'stuff' but also selling the vast amount of cheap energy. What he didn't know, Harry had created a 'Black Hole' that sank to the center of the earth that would eventually consume everything! How do you stop a Black Hole? In two words, ... you can't!"

Voris' books are available on his website:

Henderson explained how he provides support'solutions for authors.

"Basically I provide all of the technology solutions," Henderson said. "It can start with setting up a Word program. Then make sure the publication fits the size of book, all of the pre-press work and create a final product."

Henderson also provides marketing materials such as bookmarks, business cards, flyers and website design.



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