Regional Writers

Welcome to the Regional Writer Section. We are still currently accepting submissions for inclusion in the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival. If you are an author who is interested in participating as a Regional Writer for the 2015 Festival, please note that there are new restrictions and requirements in place.

The genres of books that are considered for selection in the Regional Writers section include: Fiction (mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, regional fiction, etc), non-fiction (history, biographies, and memoirs), poetry, travel, the arts, cookbooks, juvenile fiction/non-fiction, and young adult fiction/non-fiction.

Authors who are interested in applying for the 2015  should contact Mr. Ken Smoke at for more information.

Regional Writers who will be joining the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival include:

headshot bookhouse straightGrace Hawthorne’s first novel, Shorter’s Way, won an Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Fiction and is a five-star Amazon pick. Her writing career stated at the State Times-Morning Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has written everything from business and industrial news and corporate histories, to ad copy for septic tanks, a libretto for an opera and lyrics for Sesame Street. She was also a copy editor for Time-Life Books in New York. She wrote It’s Cool in the Furnace, the longest selling children’s musical in the history of sacred music—40 years and counting. She also performed as a standup storyteller. She produced two CDs, performed and recorded a one-woman show called The Gift, a tribute to 9/11 and collaborated with a friend to write and perform Pushy Broads and Proper Southern Ladies. She is working on her second novel, Waterproof Justice.

horganKevin Horgan has written a historical novel that chronicles the true movements of an unheralded regiment of invalid union soldiers during the Civil War.  The March of the 18th, A Story of Crippled Heroes in the Civil War, is a tribute to the wounded veteran yesterday and today. Kevin was nominated as a Georgia Author of the Year in the First Novel category, and he donates half of all his royalties to charities for our wounded veterans. Kevin is an attorney and former USMC infantry officer, who served from 1979 to 1984.

simmonBorn into a career military family, Rona Simmons moved from state to state and country to country and learned to call 25 different places “home” by the time she graduated from high school. Four years ago, she retired and launched her second career, writing several articles for magazines and a collection of short stories and later ghostwriting the biography of a prominent Atlanta businessman. Her first novel, The Quiet Room, was published by Deeds Publishing, an Atlanta-based publishing company.  Though she set this novel in the Midwest and her most recent in New England, she considers herself a southern writer, drawing inspiration from the wooded acres where she lives with her husband and (she swears) the last member of a passel of cats. And yes, she’s astonished to say she’s called North Georgia “home” for the last twenty-one years. You can visit her website at

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