A published author for 30 years and former educator for half that time, Ron Baxley, Jr. is known for Oz-focused fantasy fiction which has gleaned him guest invitations to Wizard of Oz festivals and cons for over a decade. In fact, Ron was recognized in 2016 with a Lifetime Membership by the International L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Foundation in original Oz author L. Frank Baum’s birthplace, Chittenango, New York, for his contributions to Oz fiction and was awarded at the Michigan Oz Festival in 2017. His graphic novel, Ziggy Zig-zags the Light and Dark Fantastic, Vol. 1 , partially takes place in Oz and has a main character and hero based on Ron’s shelter-adopted, emotional support Corgi Ziggy. The aforementioned five-star-reviewed graphic novel (written and scripted by Ron Baxley, Jr. and illustrated by Vincent Myrand with lettering and layout by Ali Tavakoly) was awarded a finalist award by the 2019 Readers’ Favorite International Fiction Contest. It was published by YBR Publishing of Beaufort, S.C. as was Ron’s previous, well-reviewed Southern fantasy novel for young adults which crosses over into Oz, O.Z. Diggs Himself Out. Ron has a sequel coming out to this book in May 2021 which is entitled, O.Z. Doesn’t Diggs G.C.C. at Emerald City. Sequels to his Ziggy graphic novels are coming out in 2022 and 2023 respectively (all also from YBR Publishing). His most recent book is a picturebook for ages 6-9, Goldey Goosey of Oz, (illustrated by Allison Exley) published by YBR Publishing, and available Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.