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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Judy Fogarty lives, writes, reads, and runs on the historic Isle of Hope, in her native Savannah, Georgia. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois and has served as Director of Marketing for private golf and tennis communities in the Savannah/Hilton Head area, including The Landings on Skidaway Island, Berkeley Hall, and Callawassie Island. She is a devoted (even rowdy) tennis fan as anyone who has ever had the pleasure (or displeasure) of watching a match with her will attest. Breaking and Holding is her debut novel. She is happily at work on her second, and as always, enjoys the invaluable support of her husband, Mike, and children, Colin and Sara Jane.

Please visit her website

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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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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.