Jim Booth is Professor of English and Writing at the University of Maryland University College. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from UNC-Greensboro and a doctorate in writing and the teaching of writing from the University at Albany (SUNY). A former touring rock musician, Jim currently operates his own independent record label, Goat Boy Records. Jim is a fiction writer and the author of The New Southern Gentleman(Wexford College Press, 2002), Morte D’Eden, or Tom Sawyer Meets the Rolling Stones (Beach House Books, 2003), and Completeness of the Soul: The Life and Opinions of Jay Breeze, Rock Star (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012). Jim also serves as fiction/nonfiction editor for Scholars and Rogues Literary Journal. Jim’s works-in-progress can be followed at his private blog, The New Southern Gentleman. He is also a featured blogger at the national blog Scholars and Rogues.
Daisy Byrd is the nom de plume for an Atlanta area public school teacher. She lives in North Georgia with her husband and two dogs. When she isn’t busy writing, Daisy enjoys family gatherings, gardening, and cooking. Currently, Daisy is working on Bits ‘n’ Pieces, the sequel for Triple Play.
Sue Cass had her first book published in 2008 and since then has penned four more. Dawn’s Light is her latest novel and is being released this Feb. All the proceeds from the sale of her books support Elah Ministries, Inc. which she is the founder and C.E.O. of. She has been a resident of Georgia since 1968 and is honored to call Georgia home. She would like to thank the Dahlonega Literary Festival for yet another opportunity to partake in a real literary experience and she looks forward to meeting several new authors.
A.R. Cook is the author of “The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Shades of Nyx,” Book One of The Scholar and the Sphinx series of young adult fantasy. The sequel, “The Scholar, the Sphinx, and the Fang of Fenrir” is due for release in September 2014 from Knox Robinson Publishing. She is published in the Georgia Museum of Art’s Kress Project anthology for her short story “The Saintly Stew,” and also wrote a fairy tale for the recently released “Willow Weep No More” collection of short stories from Tenebris Books. A.R.’s short stories and plays have been awarded in Writer’s Digest and Toasted Cheese Literary Journal. For four years, she was the book review columnist for the Gainesville Times. To learn more about A.R. and her writing, you can visit her at scholarandsphinx.blogspot.com, or e-mail her at
As El Ayudante, Inc.’s Director of Missions from 2000-2010, Bill Cox provided the leadership to establish the ministry as one of the most influential NGOs serving Nicaragua. During those years, El Ayudante’s ministry was recognized by numerous local and national leaders including President Enrique Bolaños and Aminta Granera Sacasa, Director General of the National Police. In addition, El Ayudante’s child protection center became recognized by the Ministry of the Family as a model for Nicaragua. As residents of Nicaragua for nearly four years, Bill and his wife, Teresia, represented the United States Embassy in Managua as consular wardens to the Department of León under two U.S. ambassadors. Bill, author of From Nicaragua: Principles for Life and Mission, and Teresia reside with their daughters, Rebekah (an English major at the University of North Georgia who served as editor of his book) and Jennie in Cumming, Georgia close to their son, Walt, and daughter-in-law, Rebekah. Please visit Bill’s website at http://www.principlesfromnicaragua.com/.
Mitch Doxsee was born on Marco Island, FL into one of the founding families of the Island. Descended from a long line of clammers, fishermen, and even a pirate or two, Mitch spent his childhood days hanging around the docks and on his grandfather’s charter boat. Even after moving from Marco Island to the North, he always came back during the summers to run the Ten Thousands Islands with his grandfather. During his days in college, Mitch worked with Youth at a Mission in Amsterdam, Holland where he witnessed the horrors of human trafficking first hand. Mitch holds a B.A. in Secondary English Education from Lee University and a M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Now settled in Chattanooga, TN with his wife and son, Mitch and his family make many trips during the year to his native state of Florida to fish and hunt. Dismal Key is Mitch’s first novel and has been awarded the gold medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association EBook category.
Patsy M. Henry retired in 2008 having worked twenty-five years in banking and eight years as an office manager. One of her goals for retirement was to write. Writing has been both challenging and rewarding. It came naturally for her to write about her newfound love for her rabbits first. The author of the My Hare Line series uses photos of her real live bunnies to help tell their stories. Patsy enjoys writing, but she has found more enjoyment in sharing her bunny tales with children at elementary schools and libraries. Patsy and her husband, Jerry, live in Bainbridge, Georgia where they are active members of First Baptist Church. They enjoy spending time with family, and spending time in to the mountains.
J. Michael Herron and his wife Susan live in the mountains of Blairsville, Georgia where one of his books, Appalachian Gold, is set. He has also completed Black Diamonds and Blue Ice, the first two books in his Colors of Alaska trilogy. The third book, Green Skies, will be released in Spring 2014. A hopeless romantic, he researches local legends, mythology, and history, then weaves them into contemporary settings. A lifelong avid reader, he always thought he would write mystery or spy novels. When he finally fulfilled his dream of writing a book, he was surprised to find he had written a love story. He explains it by saying, “I simply want to entertain my readers and provide them with an escape from the daily trials and tribulations we all face. If someone wants to read about murder, greed, corruption, and violence, I’ll hand them the newspaper.”
Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went. She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she’s not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit, book #1 in the Moonlit trilogy, is her first book. The sequel, Windswept, has been accepted by WiDo Publishing, and is due for release mid-2014. www.jadiejones.com
Kent Kammermeyer graduated with a B.S. degree in wildlife management from University of Connecticut in 1972 and received an M.S. in wildlife biology from University of Georgia in 1975. Kent began a 30-year career with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division in 1976, most of it as a Senior Wildlife Biologist. He was designated Certified Wildlife Biologist in 1979. He compiled, analyzed and modeled deer harvest data for 59 WMAs in Georgia. For over 25 years, he was Chairman of the State Deer Committee. Kent has published over 50 scientific and over 350 popular articles on deer and other wildlife. In 2000, he received the Southeastern Director’s “Wildlife Biologist of the Year” award, being the first ever recipient from Georgia. In 2005, he was awarded the “Deer Management Career Achievement Award” for Outstanding Contributions to White-tailed Deer Management in the Southeastern U.S. He is Senior Editor and first author of three books: Quality Food Plots, Deer & Turkey Management Beyond Food Plots, and Wildlife & Woodland Facts and Fun. He is currently a wildlife consultant with over 50 clients in the Southeast. He hunts deer and turkeys and also enjoys wildlife photography. He resides in Clermont, GA with his wife Freda and daughter Vanda.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Saundra Kelley combines writing with the ancient tradition of spoken word storyteller. She is the author of Danger in Blackwater Swamp published by Southern Yellow Pine Publishing (SYPPublishing,) and Southern Appalachian Storytellers: Interviews with Sixteen Keepers of the Oral Tradition, published by McFarland. In addition, the true story of the Worm Grunter’s Wisdom, was included in the environmental anthology, Between Two Rivers, a Red Hills Writers Project, in north Florida. Kelley wrote a community column for the Tallahassee Democrat, was features writer for the Jonesborough Herald & Tribune, and continues to write as the Tennessee Rambler for the Wakulla Area Times. Scheduled for release by SYPPublishing in the early summer of 2014, is The Day the Mirror Cried, a collection of short stories and poetry. www.saundrakelleystoryteller.com
Deborah Malone’s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year in First Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine “Georgia Backroads.” She has had many articles and photographs published, and her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson. She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association as well as Advanced Writer’s and Speakers Association. As a current member of the American Christian Fiction Writer she has established a blog where she reviews Christian Fiction. She can be reached through her website at www.deborah-malone.com.
Born in New Hampshire, George Winston Martin resided for thirty years in Florida and now lives with his wife and twin daughters in Hendersonville, North Carolina. A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach, Florida, Martin participated in Civil War reenactments for eighteen years. Martin’s recently released novel My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy is influenced heavily by family history and the author’s lifelong study of the War Between the States. One son of his great-great-grandfather’s brother was a private in the Dahlonega Volunteers, Company “H” of the First Georgia Volunteer Infantry (C.S.A.), while another son served in the First New Hampshire Heavy Artillery (U.S.A.). Martin’s first book, “I Will Give Them One More Shot: Ramsey’s 1st Regiment Georgia Volunteers,” was the recipient of the 2012 “Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of An Archives,” presented by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board.
Julia McDermott was born in Dallas, Texas, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics. She also studied French and spent her junior year in the south of France. Her Suspense novel UNDERWATER was released in August 2013, and her New Adult French Travel/Romance Make That Deux was published in October 2012. She and her husband were underwater on their first house in Texas (before being underwater was cool). She loves writing, reading, football, Christmas, most kinds of art and all things French. Julia lives in Atlanta with her husband and family.
Dennis G. McKenna, PA-C, the author of Where Do Doctors Hide Their Wings?, has been a Physician’s Assistant for 40 years. The first 25 of those years were spent in the field of Neurosurgery. Dennis was trained at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is the co-founder of The McKenna Project and “The Martial Art of Medicine” seminars. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and was Assistant Athletic Director and Head Trainer at Loyola University before becoming a Physician Assistant. Dennis and his wife, Peg, live in Marietta, GA and have two grown children, Shannon and Joe, who also live in the Atlanta area.
Carroll McMahan resides in Knoxville, TN. He grew up in Sevierville, TN. where he currently works for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce and serves as Sevier County Historian. He is the author of two books, Sevierville: Images of America, a pictorial history of Sevierville, published by Arcadia Publishing Co. and Elkmont’s Uncle Lem Ownby: Sage of the Smokies, a biography of the last resident of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, published by The History Press. He writes a weekly column, Upland Chronicles, a series that celebrates the heritage and past of Sevier County, published in the Mountain Press. His work has been published in Smoky Mountain Living Magazine and Everything Knoxville Magazine. He is the recipient of the 2012 Community History Award presented by the East Tennessee History Society and the Historic Preservation Recognition Award presented by the Spence Clack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
CD Mitchell has seen the courtroom as a prosecuting attorney, a defense attorney and a special judge. His professional boxing career ended with a record of 45-5 with 38 knockouts. Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion, won one of his first Toughman competitions in fights CD promoted at Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has worked as a tracklayer and bridgeman for the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, owned a construction company and a barbeque stand, and worked on the locks and dams of the Arkansas River from the Toad Suck Ferry to Ozark. He has attended writing workshops at McNeese State University and has an MFA from the University of Memphis where he served as creative nonfiction, assistant, and managing editor for “The Pinch.” His first book, “God’s Naked Will” was released in September 2013, and his newest story collection, “Alligator Stew” will be released in January 2014 by Southern Yellow Pine Publishing. He is currently working on a novel and memoir. His website is www.cdmitchell.net. You can reach him by email at email@example.com
Jeff Newberry is the author of Brackish (Aldrich Press) and the chapbook A Visible Sign (Finishing Line Press), a nominee for the Conference on Christianity and Literature’s Book of the Year. With Brent House, he is the co-editor of The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast (Snake Nation Press). His writing has appeared in a variety of print and online journals, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Sawpalm: Florida Literature & Art. A native of Florida’s Gulf Coast, he lives with his wife and son in Tifton, Georgia, where he teaches composition, creative writing, and literature at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Find out more about him at his website, http://www.jeffnewberry.com.
Fiona Page, speaker, storyteller and author of My Nightlife is 24/7: Turning Tragedy to Triumph, and a children’s book, Bettina the Bold: A Blind Butterfly Discovers How to Make Friends, has a powerful story to tell. A tragic accident in surgery caused her to lose her eyesight at the age of 44, thus forcing her to leave her classroom career of 22 years. That didn’t stop her from leading a full, productive life. Ms. Page is a motivational speaker and former Ms. Senior Georgia. She has been honored with commendations from two of Georgia’s governors for her advocacy for persons with disabilities. Her program of training educators in the use of storytelling as a teaching tool won her the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Fellowship.
The Daily Rounds of a Hound is the first children’s picture book by Marietta, Georgia-based Ed Payne, an Emmy award- and Peabody award-winning journalist for CNN. The book’s quirky rhyming style is inspired by the books we all grew up with. “While Molly’s story is a very personal one for my family, ultimately, it’s the story of everyone’s dog, our love for them and how much we get in return,” Payne said.
Carlotta Russell is a resident of the State of Alabama; she makes her home in the city of Mobile. She a graduate of William Carey University with a Masters of Business Administration; and a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Masters of Art in Communication. She is a Professor of Business at Faulkner University for 13 years. She teaches at the Mobile and Atmore, Alabama Branches. The courses she teaches are, but not limited to: Business Communication, Economics and Small Business Management. Carlotta is also an, Art of Public Speaking Instructor at Jefferson Davis Community College in Atmore, Alabama where she has taught for 5 years. She is a Lecturer, Speaker, Storyteller and Author. Carlotta is the author of three books. She is a southern historical writer.
William (Bill) Stuart is the author of the Middle Grades/Young Adult fantasy adventure series The Gemstone Chronicles. He is a ten year veteran of the US Navy’s submarine force (electronics technician, nuclear reactor operator, and recruiter), who now works in the animal health world. Bill is father to a wonderful daughter (Laura), has two extraordinary grandchildren (Aidan and Maggie), and the most wonderful wife in the world (Lana). Lana inspired Bill with her blog (http://www.lanascooking.com) to take a chance on publishing his books that were inspired by his grandchildren. In his spare time, Bill hunts for gemstones and prospects for gold in the north Georgia mountains, plays softball, plays golf (badly), dabbles in woodworking, and reads – a lot
Native Georgia resident Denise Weimer earned her journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. A wife, mother and life-long historian, she is the author of romantic novella Redeeming Grace, and her magazine articles about Northeast Georgia have appeared in numerous regional publications. Her past work experience includes a stint in public relations at North Georgia College & State University. She is the author of The Georgia Gold Series of historical fiction novels, with Sautee Shadows and The Gray Divide released in 2013 and The Crimson Bloom and Bright as Gold arriving from Canterbury House Publishing in 2014.
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