2015 Featured Author: Lynn Cullen

Lynn Cullen Author Photo 2013Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the fifth girl in a family of seven children. She learned to love history combined with traveling while visiting historic sites across the U.S. on annual family camping trips. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington and Fort Wayne, and took writing classes with Tom McHaney at Georgia State. She wrote children’s books as her three daughters were growing up, while working in a pediatric office and later, at Emory University on the editorial staff of a psychoanalytic journal. While her camping expeditions across the States have become fact-finding missions across Europe, she still loves digging into the past. She does not miss, however, sleeping in musty sleeping bags. Or eating canned fruit cocktail. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats.

Lynn Cullen’s newest novel, Mrs. Poe, examines the fall of Edgar Allan Poe through the eyes of his lover, poet Francis Osgood. A National Bestseller, Mrs. Poe has been named a Target Book Club Pick, a NPR 2013 Great Read, an Oprah.com “Books That Make Time Stand Still,” an Editor’s Pick at The Historical Novels Review, an Atlanta Magazine Best Books 2013, and an Indie Next Pick. Lynn is also the author of The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an April 2010 Indie Next selection. She has written numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and an ALA Best Book of 2008. Her novel, Reign of Madness, about Juana the Mad, daughter of the Spanish Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, was chosen as a 2011 Best of the South selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and was a 2012 Townsend Prize finalist” and was chosen as a “Book That All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book.  Her newest picture book for children, “Dear Mr. Washington” about how the children of the painter Gilbert Stuart got the President to smile for his portrait now on the dollar bill, was released by Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers in January 2014  She is currently working on a novel about the women in the life of Mark Twain.

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2015 Featured Illustrator: Mark Braught

Mark Braught is an award-winning illustrator who has created images for numerous corporations, design firms, advertising agencies and publishers in the United States and Europe. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Creative Circus, and the Portfolio Center as well as workshops and presentations for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, numerous literary festivals, universities, high schools and elementary schools across the country.

Projects & Clients include The Kentucky Derby, Warner Brothers, Scholastic, Sleeping Bear Press, Newsweek, Citibank, Visa, Learner Publishing, Oxford Press among others.

MBraughtBraught is the illustrator of the children’s books P is for Peach, A Georgia AlphabetCosmo’s Moon, Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You, T is for Touchdown, A Football Alphabet, J is For Jump Shot, A Basketball Alphabet, and Ellen Craft’s Escape from Slavery, and Piggles Choice in addition to a number of book covers including Princess Nevermore and Cam’s Quest.

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New Regional Writers Announced!

In the past few weeks, our additions to the Regional Writers section has swelled dramatically. We are excited to announce the addition of several new writers to the line-up:

Valerie Conners
Kerwin Frix
Lyn Froehlich
Jeremy Logan
Thomas H. McNeely
Ed Payne
Steven Spires
Judy Voss

Learn more about these author and their works on our Regional Writers page, and then come meet them in person at the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

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2015 Featured Author: Kevin Hearne

KHearneKevin Hearne is the New York Times best selling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles. He is currently working on an epic fantasy due out in 2016. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and doggies.

http://www.kevinhearne.com

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2015 Featured Author: Kathryn Hinds

KHindsKathryn Hinds is a prolific author whose short stories and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Her most recent publications are The Healer’s Choice,  a feminist fantasy novel published by Dark Oak Press, and The Forty, a collaboration with photographer Fox Gradin and author James Palmer that re-envisions the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Kathryn’s first poetry collection, Candle, Thread, and Flute, came out from Luna Station Press in 2013. That year also saw the release of her six-book series Creatures of Fantasy (Cavendish Square), which brought her total number of nonfiction books for children and young adults to fifty. Her current works in progress include a sequel to The Healer’s Choice along with a novel in verse and a collection of steampunk short stories. Kathryn did graduate work in comparative literature and medieval studies at the City University of New York and is now a lecturer in the English Department of the University of North Georgia. She has lived in Dahlonega, Georgia, since 1995.

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2015 Featured Author: Molly Harper

MHarperMolly Harper worked for six years as a reporter and humor columnist for The Paducah Sun. Her reporting duties included covering courts, school board meetings, quilt shows, and once, the arrest of a Florida man who faked his suicide by shark attack and spent the next few months tossing pies at a local pizzeria. Molly lives in western Kentucky with her family.
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DeVos, Jones, And Ulken Added to Regional Writers

DLF logo finalThe Dahlonega Literary Festival is excited to announce the addition of three more writers to our line-up. Ed Devos, Dr. Anne B. Jones, and Ellen Hunter Ulken will be joining the festival this year in our Regional Writers section. To learn more about these authors, their books, and all the other Regional Writers participating in this year’s festival, head over to our Regional Writers section and the come meet them at the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

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