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Peggy Godwin, Author

Picture of the author, Peggy Godwin

      A military brat and an army wife, Peggy is the mother of three and grandmother of five. She and her husband, James Brown Godwin, Jr., currently live in Central Florida on an old orange grove. She earned her undergraduate degree in Russian area studies from Fordham College MC, and her master of science in counseling and psychology from Troy State University.

Roger Manley, Illustrator

A picture of the illustrator, Roger Manley.

      Roger grew up on a farm in Andrew County, Missouri. He attended elementary and high school in King City, Missouri, received his BA in sociology in 1974 from Park College in Parkville, Missouri and his Masters of divinity in 1979 from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Gladstone, Missouri. Roger is a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a retired Army Chaplain, and a retired steel worker. He and Pam, his wife, currently reside in her hometown of, Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the father of two grown children and proud grandfather to his daughter’s three sons.

      Art has always been primarily a hobby for his own enjoyment, though he has sold various drawings and paintings over the years. Most of his work has been given either as personal gifts or as donations for fundraising projects of non-profit organizations. In 2019, he completed a series of biblical panels done in oil for the Pilgrim Church in Leavenworth, Kansas.

      In many of Roger’s illustrations, he places a tiny snail from his initials, RGM. Look to see if you can find them in this book!

Jim Godwin, Illustrator

A picture of the alt illustrator, Jim Godwin

Jim was born and raised in Starke, Florida. His fondest memory was being the co-captain of his high school football team, the Tornadoes, composed of the toughest, determined twenty-one players led by the toughest and determined coaches: Head Coach David Hurse, Coach Tony Griffith, and Coach Mike Sexton. Following two perfect seasons, the Tornados achieved back-to-back Class “A” Florida State Championships. After graduating from the United States Military Academy, Jim served thirty years in the army and fifteen years as a government contractor. Currently, he enjoys being with family―including five grandchildren―playing golf, woodworking, keeping up with friends―old and new―and visiting Starke where his mother, Peggy, and sister, Cheryl, and her husband, George Canova, still live.

Mark Shipman, Audiobook Producer

A picture of the audio producer, Mark Shipman.

Finally, I salute the talents and skills of Mark Shipman (, who, along with his incredible team and from 1,500 miles away, has magically brought MANURE to audio life. Mark is an audio engineer and producer who also edits books, audio, and cinema. Mark lives with his wife, Lara, in New Mexico. 

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