Board Member


Michael hails from Morgan City, Louisiana and grew up in nearby Bayou Vista just blocks away from green sugar cane fields and the unhurried Bayou Teche. He has written/illustrated over three dozen books and contributed artwork to two dozen more. These include picture books, chapter books, young adult fiction, a biography and photo books from his journeys around the world.

Michael studied art at Louisiana State University, Scottsdale (AZ) Art Institute, and the FBI Academy.  A former police sketch artist and military veteran, his cartoon strip, Army Life, appeared in the Desert Voice Magazine, and was featured in Stars and Stripes.

He and his wife, Melissa Garbarino Verrett live in Denham Springs, LA with three dogs, two cats, and menagerie of ducks, geese, turtles, bullfrogs and fish. 

Pam Villagran

A retired teacher and Louisiana native, Pam Villagran is married with four sons and eight grandchildren. She became an avid reader at a young age and began writing poems and short stories in high school.

Her first work to be published was a poem she wrote as a teenager. Her children’s book titled Why Did I Have To Be Born Last?, was released in 2003. After taking time off to care for her elderly parents, Ms. Villagran returned to writing under the pen name of Ann Marie Jameson.

Her novel, A Bed of Roses, was published in 2016. Spurred on by fan support, Ms. Villagran recently published the sequel to A Bed of Roses titled Belle Rose.

Alisa LaGroue lives in a small town in south Louisiana just north of New Orleans and loves to write Inspirational Romance be it contemporary or historical. She, quite often, catches herself daydreaming while driving to work, the grocery store, to church, and everywhere in between. She has devotionals published by LifeWay’s magazine, “Journey,” a devotional magazine for women. She is a member of the ACFW and Creative Minds writer’s group.

Make sure to like her Facebook Page. You can follow her on twitter @AlisaLaGroue.