2016 Author: Molly Harper

Molly harper

Molly harper

Molly 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.SingleUndeadMomsClub

Regional Writer Line-up Announced

The full Regional Writer line-up for the 2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival has been announced. Twenty -five writers from the Southeastern United States will be joining us for our festivities, selling their books, and gracing Dahlonega with their presence. These writers represent many different genres.

Check out the full line up on our Regional Writers’ page, and then don’t forget to stop by on March 12 to see them in person!

2016 Featured Author: Jackie K Cooper


Jackie K Cooper is a film and book critic whose reviews appear on his personal website www.jackiekcooper.com, as well as rottentomatoes.com and huffingtonpost.com. His reviews also run in an assortment of newspapers in Georgia. In addition he is a featured guest on radio and TV shows across the South. He has his own weekly television show “The Jackie K Cooper Show” which runs on several cable channels in middle Georgia.

memorysmistCooper is the author of six books: (1) Journey Of A Gentle Southern Man (2) Chances And Choices (3) Halfway Home (4) The Bookbinder(5) The Sunrise Remembers (6) Back To The Garden. His Latest Book Memory’s Mist was published by Mercer University Press in September 2013.

He is one of the founders of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television.


2016 Featured Author: Jacob M. Appel


Jacob M. Appel’s first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012.  His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence in November 2013.

Jacob has published short fiction in more than two hundred literary journals including AgniAlaska Quarterly ReviewConjunctionsColorado Review, Gettysburg ReviewIowa ReviewPleiades, Prairie Schooner, ShenandoahSouthwest Review, StoryQuarterly, Subtropics, Threepenny ReviewVirginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch.  He has won the New Millennium Writings contest four times, the Writer’s Digest “grand prize” twice, and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom competition in both fiction and creative nonfiction.  He has also won annual contests sponsored by Boston Review, Missouri Review, Arts & LettersBellingham ReviewBriar Cliff ReviewNorth American ReviewSycamore Review, Writers’ Voice, the Dana Awards, the Salem Center for Women Writers, and Washington Square.  His work has been short listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American Short Stories (2007, 2008), Best American Essays (2011, 2012), and received “special mention” for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2013.

Jacob holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brown University, an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.S. in bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College, an M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in playwriting from Queens College, an M.P.H. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He has most recently taught at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was honored with the Undergraduate Council of Students Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, and at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City.  He also publishes in the field of bioethics and contributes to such publications as the Journal of Clinical Ethics, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.  His essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Daily NewsThe New York PostThe Chicago TribuneThe Detroit Free PressThe San Francisco ChronicleThe Washington TimesThe Providence Journal and many regional newspapers.

Jacob has been admitted to the practice of law in New York State and Rhode Island, and is a licensed New York City sightseeing guide.

(Bio taken from Website)


2016 Featured Author: Karen Abbott


Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second CityAmerican Rose, and, most recently, Liar Temptress Soldier Spy, named one of the best books of 2014 by Library Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Amazon, and Flavorwire, and optioned by Sony for a miniseries. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City, where she’s at work on her next book.



2016 Featured Author: V.L. Brunskill


V.L. Brunskill has been a professional writer for more than 20 years. Her career started as a national music journalist at Metronome Magazine, North Shore Magazine, CREEM and the Boston Phoenix. From rock stars to rocking ions, Vicki-lynn went on to become senior editor of an IT magazine, and a technical writer in the ion implantation field.

WavingBackwardsV.L. is currently a conference producer and commercial copywriter. Her passions include: writing novels, adoptee truth advocacy, and being a mother and wife. She also manages the Facebook community “Adoptees who have found their families.”

V.L.’s completed novel Waving Backwards was released in July 2015.

As a volunteer adoption search angel, V.L. guides adoptees in the search for birth relatives. Having found her birth family in 1991, her reunion journey entailed a daunting seven-year-search for her birth mother, and another five-years looking for her birth father. She moved south to be closer to both.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vlbrunskill
Website: https://adoptionfind.wordpress.com

*Bio taken from website*

2016 Featured Author: Delilah S. Dawson


Delilah S. Dawson is the writer of the Blud series, Servants of the Storm, the HIT series, Wake of Vultures (as Lila Bowen), and a variety of short stories and comics. She’s also a geek, an artist, an adventure junky, and a cupcake connoisseur. She writes books for young adults and mostly-adults that range from whimsical to dark to sexy to horrific to adventuresome.

wickedDelilah is the winner of the 2013 Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence from RT Book Reviews for WICKED AS SHE WANTS and has earned stars from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal for Wake of Vultures, as well as a star from Library Journal for the Blud e-novella THE DAMSEL AND THE DAGGERMAN.

VulturesDelilah loves horseback riding, superhero movies, Star Wars, going to cons, traveling, reading, tacos, the ocean, pretty boots, tattoos, vests, cosplay, The Cure, painting, crows, cheese, drinks made with elderflower, dark chocolate, cold sheets, Boyd Crowder, and shows like Justified, Firefly, Venture Bros., Community, Adventure Time, Arrested Development, TWD, and Frisky Dingo. Please geek out with her on Twitter for full SQUEE.

You can learn more about Delilah S. Dawson (aka Lila Bowen) at her website, whimsydark.com, and then come hang out with her and other awesome authors at the 2016 DLF!

2016 Featured Author: Jaye Wells


Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.

deadlyspellsThis will be Wells’s first appearance at the Dahlonega Literary Festival. She is the author of The Prospero’s War Series, The Sabina Kane Series, and several other works.  You can visit her website at jayewells.com to learn more, and then come hang out with her at the 2016 DLF!

A Night of Literary Revelry

Join our fundraising chair, Jeremy Logan, and a host of other regional writers for an Evening of Book Reading and Stimulating Conversation on Saturday, October 24th.

While the party is in full swing, several of the authors will read excerpts of their most recent works. Come meet and mingle with Jeremy’s author friends as they celebrate the joy of reading a great story with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Attending Authors

Valerie Connors – Shadow of a Smile, A Promise Made
Rona Simmons – The Quiet Room, Postcards from Wonderland
Connie McKee – The Girl in the Mirror
Ed Gruber – Tony the Kneebreaker, Seeking Intimacy
Bob Babcock – War Stories I and II; What Now, Lieutenant?
Jeremy Logan – Rubik Memorandum, Don’t Go There
Susan Jimison – Dear Mark, Through the Eyes of a Tiger

Revelry and mingling kick-off at 7:30pm at 1517 Stonebrook Place  Roswell, GA 30075

Just the facts:

What: A Literary Party
Who: Anyone
Where: 1517 Stonebrook Place Roswell, GA 30075
When: 7:30 pm ET on Saturday, Oct 24

2016 Regional Writers Announced

The first batch of regional writers who will be gracing the town of Dahlonega with their presence during the 2016 festival have been announced. We are pleased to welcome Michael K. Brown, Kelsey Browning, A.R. Cook, Jim Henninger, Ron Miller, and Tom Winton to our regional writer line-up.

Learn more about these writers and their books by visiting our Regional Writer Page.