RW Pics and Bios

The Selection Process for Regional Writers for the 2019 Dahlonega Literary Festival is under way.  Regional Writers will be available to sell/sign their books and meet you ONLY on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the Dahlonega Baptist Church (234 Hawkins, St.), so DON’T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THEM AND PERUSE AND PURCHASE THEIR BOOKS from FoxTale Book Shoppe located there!

Soon we will be adding the brief biographies and pictures of more of the 2019 Regional Writers selected as we get them, so please return to this page from time to time to see who has been added.

If you are an author and are interested in participating as a Regional Writer, please contact Ken Smoke ( for details on how to apply.

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Idabel Allen serves up the best in new home-cooked Southern Literature in the tradition of Eudora Welty, Charles Portis, William Faulkner and Flannery O’Conner. First and foremost a storyteller, Idabel’s books are grounded in the same character-driven reality that holds the reader’s attention long after the story is finished.

Idabel attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop Fiction program and is the author of Rooted, Headshots, and Cursed! My Devastatingly Brilliant Campaign To Save the Chigg. Idabel loves to connect with readers, so feel free to contact her at Or follow on Twitter at Idabel Allen @idafiction and Facebook at Be sure to check out for a peek at her current work-in-progress, other books and writings, as well as her blog, A Lowbrow Literary Life. Be assured, there’s something for everyone!

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Lindsey P. Brackett “just writes life” in the midst of motherhood. Her debut novel, Still Waters, a Lowcountry story about the power of family and forgiveness, released in 2017. Called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing,” Still Waters was named 2018 Selah Book of the Year, Directors Choice Fiction Award winner for the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, and shortlisted for the INSPY Awards.

Locally, Lindsey is well known for her weekly columns in The Northeast Georgian and The Elberton Star reflecting on the intersection of motherhood, faith, and community. Around town you’re likely to find her at the library, a state park with her four kids, or directing a show at the Habersham Community Theater.

Lover of all things literary and Southern, Lindsey’s favorite days are spent on the back porch, sweet tea in hand, writing stories, reading books, and mentoring authors. Connect with her at or on Facebook/Instagram:

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Dr. Janet Chapman was born, raised, and lived all her life in and around Atlanta, Georgia.  She writes about remarkable women and claims her mission as The Bohemian Southern Belle is to empower strong women through prose and poetry.

A life-long writer, Dr. Chapman has published professionally on historical topics, infant education, preschool ministry, elementary education, and teacher education. You can read her essays, poetry, blog posts, and other information on her website, She has published two novels, a novella, a memoir, and is currently researching her third novel. Madam May, a Tale of Madams, Morphine, Moonshine, and Murder  her first novel, was published in 2016. After Madam May, a novella, was published in 2018. It tells what became of Madam May after she was on trial for murder and how she came to be Dr. Chapman’s grandmother.  Dorothy May, also published in 2018, tells the tragic but enduring story of Madam May’s informally adopted daughter, Dorothy.

Dr. Chapman’s first memoir is This Teacher Talks, What Really Goes on in America’s Schools. It describes the events that take place over a school year among the faculty and staff of an elementary school.

Dr. Chapman has worn many hats throughout her life, ranging from children’s party costume character, to caterer, to Pediatric Physician’s Assistant, to Preschool Minister, to Elementary Teacher, to University Professor. Now semi-retired, she is officially an “author.”  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, literary events, travel, reading, and genealogy research.

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Katie Hart Smith, a published author for 25 years, has a wide array of work ranging from medical and academic, to historical fiction, non-fiction, and children’s stories. She served on the editorial board and was a manuscript reviewer for the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal and was a former member of the advisory board for Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine. Her monthly column, “From the Heart,” is featured in the Gwinnett Citizen newspaper.

Inspirational people, places, and political and social issues are the driving forces for Smith’s work. She published Couch Time with Carolyn, a memoir, in 2014. This novel was followed by the Sacred Heart (historical fiction) series that focused on the medical community in 1900s Atlanta. The first two books, Aspirations of the Heart and Hope Never Rests, have been placed in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Library. Katie has been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year award in multiple categories in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Lawrenceville. She is an active civic leader in the Gwinnett community to include her service on the City of Lawrenceville City Council and she was even the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year award in 2011. Katie has been a featured author at numerous Georgia literary festivals and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Atlanta Writers Club. She is a sought out speaker on a local and national level.

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Deborah Malone‘s first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Category Five writing contest! Deborah was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine, “Georgia Backroads” where she has had many articles and photographs published. Her writing is featured in “Tales of the Rails,” edited by Olin Jackson as well as the “Christian Communicator,” and “The Southern Writer’s Magazine.” She is a member of the Georgia Writer’s Association, Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Grant McGarry, is a former US Army Ranger, best-selling author of A Night in the Pech Valley and a combat veteran with five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror. Upon graduation in 2006 from the University of Alabama with a degree in finance, Grant reported to Fort Benning with an enlistment contract “for the hardest thing the Army has to offer.”

After graduating from the Ranger Indoctrination Program, Grant was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion in Savannah Georgia. While serving as an Army Ranger, Grant held a number of positions and leadership assignments, from rifleman to machine gun team leader, and both squad Alpha and Bravo Team leader. Between deployments, Sergeant McGarry graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School and was awarded the coveted Ranger Tab. On his fifth and last deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, while searching for the number three most wanted High Value Target, Sergeant McGarry and his squad were involved in a vicious firefight with enemy forces in the Pech Valley. As a consequence of his actions during the battle, Sergeant McGarry was awarded the Bronze Star with “Valor” Device.

Following the completion of his enlistment in 2011, Grant was a security contractor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, during and after the withdrawal of coalition forces. Upon Grant’s return to the U.S. in 2012, he started his own businesses ( and earned an MBA from Emory University. Most importantly, Grant and his wife Karin have two boys, Gunnar and Gage.

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Latina McIntyre is a United States Air Force veteran and a graduate of Bellevue University, who writes children’s books of inspiration and empowerment with a twist of girl power. She is known for her children’s books instilled with a positive message in a 360-degree window. Her Super Smart Girl book series are designed from the Super Smart Girl, LLC business model and the Super Smart Girl Club, which is a 501c3 literacy based non-profit organization.  Latina has utilized the platform of her books as a mentoring tool to motivate and mentor young girls to be sweet, smart and goal-oriented. Latina resides in South Carolina with her husband Mr. Elston Ray McIntyre. The couple has three children and a yolkshire terrier.  Latina has been featured in Bella Magazine, The Aiken Standard, The View Alumni Magazine and 26 Women Today. She also has been honored to receive a community award from the Women’s Interactive Network.

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A native of Jacksonville, Alabama, Theron Montgomery is the author of The Procession, Driving Truman Capote, and The End of the Legend of Jared Snead. He has been the Founding Editor of the Alabama Literary Review, Chief Editor of the Alabama English Journal and Fiction Editor of the Blue Moon Review. He is a professor of Contemporary Literature and creative writing at Troy University.

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Ed Payne is an Emmy award- and Peabody award-winning journalist, who also writes rhyming children’s picture books on the side. Talk about polar opposites! Ed now has four books in his series.  The Daily Rounds of a Hound is the tale of Molly Malone, an adorable mutt adopted from an animal shelter by a new family. Once home, the family learns that Molly is carrying stowaways, a litter of nine pups. Molly has no pedigree, but takes her job as family pet seriously. She patrols the house, protects the kids and goes on secret missions (or does she?). It has been reviewed in The Marietta Daily Journal and by the Midwest Book Review.  Molly and the Bully – The Daily Rounds of a Hound 2: Molly and her nine pups have a problem. They live in a neighborhood where it’s dog-eat-dog and the other hounds don’t always play fair. Exploring their new world, the pups aren’t ready for what they encounter — bullying. They have a choice. Will the pups give in or will they use the power of love to prevail? Molly and the Doggy Dentist — The Daily Rounds of a Hound 3: Molly needs a makeover. At least she thinks she does. Her unsightly teeth go this way and that. Molly’s underbite isn’t very becoming for a young mom of nine frisky pups. She dreams of a sparkly Hollywood smile, of being a hound about town. Are braces the answer. Or does beauty come from within?  The Daily Rounds of a Hound Colors the Town: A coloring book featuring more than 100 pages of fun from the first two books in The Daily Rounds of a Hound series.

Ed is a Nebraska native, but has lived in Marietta, Georgia, since 1990.

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Growing up in a poverty situation where he was often without access to TV for entertainment, Danny Pelfrey in his early teens turned to books. It was not unusual for him, in his high school years, to read three or four books a week, thus his love affair with books developed early.

Danny received a degree from Point University and a Master of Ministries from Kentucky Christian University. He spent many years as a pastor serving churches in several states. His writing endeavors sparked by his wife’s love of the craft, includes more than forty articles for national publications and a weekly newspaper column. His first book was ONE-WAY CHOICES IN A WRONG-WAY WORLD. In addition to the four volume “Davis Morgan Mystery Series,” he wrote with his wife, Danny compiled and served as one of the authors for Life in Adairsville: An Anecdotal History of a Small North Georgia Town. The fourth Davis Morgan mystery, Like a Tree will release in January 2019. Danny is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Lee St. John started writing in 1970 for her hometown paper by delivering the School News events from the only high school in the county. Impressed by her writing skills, her publisher mentioned that she should write a book.

Hold on to your pantyhose – here it is: She’s A Keeper! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess.  

Cotillion-and-etiquette-classes didn’t stick. This Southern Belle, gone rogue, doesn’t apologize one iota for it. She’s a proud maverick who creates mayhem in her wake. As a storyteller, she has been compared to family funny woman, Erma Bombeck, with an edge; Southern humorist, Lewis Grizzard, with PG-13 rated twists; genuine tell-all, Ali Wentworth, fearlessly describing her secrets; and any frisky Seinfeld TV episode. No wonder she’s ranked #1 on Amazon’s Humorous Short Reads.

Host of WQEE’s 99.1 FM “Spilling the Beans Book Club”, you’ll also find her on every other dang social media outlet.

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