Regional Writers

Welcome to the Regional Writer Section. We are now accepting applications for writers interested in participating in the 2016 Festival.

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 2016  should contact Mr. Ken Smoke at for more information.

Please join us in welcoming the following authors to the 2016 Regional Writers program at the Dahlonega Literary Festival:

MBrownMichael K. Brown’s novels explore the universal human condition with a Southern accent. He is the author of three novels: Promise of Silver, Promise of the Hills, and Somewhere a River. For the latter, he was named the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year in literary fiction by the Georgia Writers Association. Mike was born in Alabama, educated at the University of Alabama, and presently serves as President of the Atlanta Writers Club. A long-time resident of the Atlanta area, he now lives in Loganville, Georgia with his wife Judy.

Kelsey01Kelsey Browning writes humorous Southern women’s fiction with a sprinkling of mystery and sexy contemporary romance. Her Georgia-set, co-authored The Granny Series is an Amazon bestseller and is described by readers as “The Golden Girls meet Dirty Harry.” Honey, these are not you momma’s grannies. Her single title romances garner reviews that call her writing funny, sassy, and full of sizzling chemistry. She’s a co-founder of Romance University blog, one of Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she makes her home in Athens, Georgia, with her tech-savvy husband, her smart-talking son, a rescue dog from Qatar, and her (fingers crossed) future therapy pup. Find Kelsey online at

arcook1A.R. Cook resides in Gainesville, Georgia, and is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Scholar and the Sphinx from Mithras Books. She attended the University of Iowa to study playwriting, and had six short plays and one full length play produced at the university. Her short play “In the Cards” is available through Heuer Publishing, Inc. She also has short stories published in the anthology The Kress Project from the Georgia Museum of Art, and the fairy-tale collections Willow Weep No More and Shadows of the Oak from Tenebris Books. Several of A.R.’s short stories and short plays have placed in various literary magazines, such as Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Writer’s Digest. From 2009-2013, A.R. was the book review columnist for the Gainesville Times, one of the most widely distributed newspapers in northeastern Georgia, and periodically she writes book reviews for Toasted Cheese Literary Journal.

Jim01Jim Henninger works as a Field Representative in the insurance industry. He lives with his dog in Cumming, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. He has two adult children, Jamie and Evan, who reside in Cumming, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois respectively. Recording a Kill is his first novel, and it is dedicated to his late wife, Linda Montgomery Henninger, who believed in him and encouraged him to pursue his passion to write. He holds a BA Degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Butler University. His second book, currently under construction, will be a biography. Its working title: Bad Fella.

Ron01Ron Miller was born in East Tennessee in the middle of the last century … actually a couple of years left of that. He moved to Lake City, Florida at the age of eight and grew up there. His first book, Horse Bones, 12 Tales of Secrets, Ghosts and Legends, a book of campfire tales for middle readers, are stories reflecting his growing up years in this sleepy North Florida town. Callie Kinser of Brush Creek is a novel that reflects his family’s Tennessee roots. Callie has won multiple awards, including the FAPA President’s Award for Best Historical Fiction and the Indie Excellence Award. Ron lives with his wife, Linda, in Yulee, Florida. Together they have a “Brady Bunch” family of nine children, twenty grandchildren, and a great grandson.

Tom01Tom Winton grew up in New York City. After living in Florida for many years, he relocated last year to Dahlonega, Georgia, with his wife, Blanche and their ill-tempered but loveable Jack Russell terrier, Ginger.  Praised as “a man who writes with his pen dipped in his soul,” Tom came onto the writing scene late in life. His first novel Beyond Nostalgia was published in 2011, when he was sixty-two years old. Since then he has written five more books, and just as Beyond Nostalgia has, they have all become Amazon bestsellers. Tom has often been listed as one of Amazon’s Top 100 “Most Popular Authors” in both Literary Fiction and in Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense. His novels have been likened to such classics as Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird and more. His titles include The Last American Martyr, Four Days with Hemingway’s Ghost, Within a Man’s Heart, A Second Chance in Paradise, Forever Three, and Beyond Nostalgia. He has also written many highly-acclaimed short stories. Visit him at


2 thoughts on “Regional Writers

  1. Dear Rona, I too am a “military brat,” and I look forward to meeting you, perusing your book, and the books of so many others at the Dahlonega Book Festival in just a few days!

    Ellen Hunter Ulken


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