Meet our team

Annette Drake
Annette Drake (Color)Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences. She is the author of four novels and one novella.
Her first cozy mystery, Death Goes to the County Fair – An Ogallala Mystery, premiered on October 15th. Other titles include: Celebration House, Trombone Girl –  The Josey Miller Story, A Year with Geno, and A Beautiful Day in Alaska.
Annette makes her home in Washington state. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Romance Writers of America, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp.


Les Dunseith
Les' head shotLes edits all Baskethound Book titles. His journalism career started small, writing an advice column for a school newsletter produced on a mimeograph machine in his rural Missouri hometown. Eventually, he wound up at one of the biggest newspapers in the world, the Los Angeles Times, where he served as an editor, designer and graphics director. Today, he works primarily at the University of Southern California as an adjunct instructor and writing coach, helping to inspire a new generation of media professionals.


Daniel F. Purcell


Daniel F. Purcell narrated Death Goes to the County Fair. From a young age, Dan had a gift for voices and accents. He appeared in all of his high school productions. When he attended college, he put aside his performance side and earned a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Operations Research at night while meeting and marrying his wife and raising three children. Although he was not on the public stage, he continued to perform for his children by dropping into various accents to make them laugh. He also enjoyed performing all the characters while reading them stories. Dan reemerged on the stage in 2010 with an award-winning performance in a play with a community theater and has since performed in many plays as well as films and TV.


Julie Kerr
Julie KerrCombining her background in radio news and community theater, Julie brings alive the pages of A Year with Geno and has agreed to narrate A Beautiful Day in Alaska. When she’s not recording or at Encore Theatre in Lima (like the bean), Ohio, Julie is learning the joys of Starbucks coffee while working at Barnes & Noble @ UNOH. Books and stories are a big part of her life, and are delightful to share with her family and her husband.


Darryl Hughes Kurylo
Darryl Kurylo - Headshot Beige CropDarryl narrated Bone Girl. He has been a professional voice actor for 15 years and is known for his incredible versatility. He’s has agreed to lend his talents toThe Carwash Dragon, available this year from Baskethound Books.


Karen Kalbacher
kkalbacher 2nd attemptKaren contributed the graphic art for the cover of Death Goes to the County Fair – An Ogallala Mystery. A writer and illustrator, Karen graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with an Associate’s Degree in Art. She is the author-illustrator of The Angry Rabbit and Spooky & the Ghost Chorus.


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