WELCOME TO THE REGIONAL WRITER SECTION.
THE DAHLONEGA LITERARY FESTIVAL IS EXCITED TO PRESENT OUR 2018 REGIONAL WRITERS, SO PLEASE SEE THE PICTURES AND BIOGRAPHIES OF OUR 2018 REGIONAL WRITERS BELOW!
ALSO, CHECK OUT OUR FEATURED AUTHOR LINEUP UNDER OUR “2018 FEATURED AUTHORS” HEADING ON OUR WEBSITE.
Though the Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 2018, the Regional Writer Event will be held one day only on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9:00am-4:30pm and will be located in the Fellowship Hall on the bottom floor of The Dahlonega Baptist Church (234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega, GA 30533). Festival attendees are invited and encouraged to come visit our 2018 Regional Writers where they can peruse and purchase wonderful and interesting books and actually meet the authors!
Though we have met our quota for Regional Writers for the 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival to be held March 24-25, 2018 we are still accepting applications. Authors who apply between now and late February, 2018 and who are selected will be placed in our “Reserve Pool” of authors. Any cancellations by 2018 Regional Writers will be filled by Reserve Pool Authors. Reserve Pool Authors who are not selected to replace a Regional Writer cancellation will then automatically become Regional Writers in the 2019 Dahlonega Literary Festival to be held March, 2019.
Here is a sneak peak of the 2018 Regional Writers:
Daniel T. Adams is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and an award-winning musician and videographer whose mission can be found within his slogan: “Presenting Facts Through Fiction”. His debut novel, Beyond The Gate is the first in a style of fiction that he calls “Inspirational Thrillers” displaying his enjoyment of a good story alongside his passion for exploring the redemptive powers of love as it shines in the darkness; the triumph of good over evil.
Daniel creatively taps into his knack and love of storytelling to deliver high-energy, humorous, and inspiring speeches which can motivate people of all ages. His talks aim at teaching his audience that each person’s life is a story to be told, and that it is up to each individual to make their life a story worth-reading – a narrative that can inspire and initiate positive change in the world.
For more information regarding Beyond The Gate, to join his mailing list, or stay up-to-date with new books underway, please visit Daniel’s official author website at www.danieltadams.com.
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A. Bernette is an author, spoken word artist, and recording artist. She is an Amazon best-selling author with seven published books to her credit and more to come. Bernette shares a message of hope, peace, tolerance, personal power and love as one of the greatest tools to heal the world. She does this through exciting portrayals of heroes and antagonist as well as the truth she speaks in her poetry and inspirational books. She has performed as a spoken word artist and vocalist at venues in the metro Atlanta area and recently released her debut single, Walk in Peace. She is also an integrative creative coach living in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and children. Websites: www.CreativeCoreHS.com and www.BernetteSherman.com
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Christine Bowen is an award-winning author, seasoned motivational speaker, master photographer, faith-based lyricist and published poet whose mission is to inspire the brokenhearted to hope. She is the author of six thought-provoking books and two endearing children’s books creatively encouraging her readers to discover and consider the depths of who they are. Christine’s “My Lamb” children book series has My Lamb discover that his heart will always lead him beyond his imagination. My Lamb experiences his greatest lessons from his greatest challenges.
Christine imaginatively funnels all her talents and books in powerful, high energy, humorous, and motivating speeches, which teaches people of all ages to overcome their weaknesses with their strengths, providing an enlightened journey into the potential of their psychological, social, and spiritual lives.
Christine speaks at conferences, organizations, public libraries, public schools, churches, youth groups, festivals, and specialized meetings providing workshops for all ages with her books and workbooks. Check out www.chrisitnebowen.org and share in her tapestry of stories because you are all beautiful souls.
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T. M. Brown is a Southern boy at heart, although he’s lived and traveled in many states far removed from his beloved boyhood roots in Georgia and Florida. He returned to North Florida several years ago while his two sons were still in school and enjoyed traveling throughout the South for business. After his youngest son went off to college, he ventured to New Orleans to complete post graduate studies. The last fifteen years, he has preached, taught and coached in Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida until his wife and he relocated outside of Atlanta where they have since retired to write, travel, and spoil grandchildren. He is the author of Sanctuary.
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A.R. Cook is a native of Riverside, Illinois, currently resides in Gainesville, Georgia, and is the author of The Scholar and the Sphinx young adult book series published by Knox Robinson Publishing, and The Scale Seekers fantasy series. She also has short stories published in the anthology “The Kress Project” from the Georgia Museum of Art, and the dark fairy-tale collections “Willow Weep No More” and “Shadows of the Oak” from Tenebris Books. Her most recent release is “Chronicles of Mirstone,” a high fantasy anthology featuring stories from six authors.
She is also a playwright and aspiring screenwriter. Her plays have been performed and work-shopped at the University of Iowa in Iowa City; Western Springs, Illinois; and Atlanta, Georgia.
Her website http://scholarandsphinx.wixsite.com/arcook
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Larry Copeland is a native Georgian and a devoted, lifelong lover of murder mysteries. He spent more than three decades roaming the South as a reporter for USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also worked as a waiter, a mental hospital attendant and a hotel front desk clerk. Larry lives in a 114-year-old New South cottage in Atlanta’s Historic West End with his wife, Kim, and their friends, Vic, an Australian Cattle Dog, and Autumn, a Calico cat. His first novel, The Moaning Bench, was selected by the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Atlanta Writers Club for the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense panel at the 2017 book festival. Larry’s second novel, The Bella Chronicles, will be published soon. Please visit his website http://lcopelandmedia.com/books/
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Author and artist J.S. Davey continues to mix old school wit and whimsy with timeless words of wisdom. His Proverbs and Parables series, as well as his new Fables series, have been used in school curriculum throughout North Carolina, teaching children the importance of contentment and humility.
In late 2016, J.S. Davey created his publishing imprint Fiction Forest Books and began partnering with a non-profit ministry in Uganda to help feed, house, and educate orphaned children touched by aids and war.
Read more about J.S. Davey’s books and mission, see his artwork, and subscribe to his monthly newsletter at www.fictionforestbooks.com.
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Born and raised in Arkansas, Andy Davidson holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Mississippi. His writing has appeared in Carve Magazine, The Santa Clara Review, Drunken Boat, and other journals. He is the author of In the Valley of the Sun, which Publishers Weekly called “a complex novel of horror, human nature, and the American South.” He lives in Cochran, Georgia, with his wife and a bunch of cats. Please visit his website: http://theandydavidson.com
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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 http://www.judyfogarty.com
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Author of the “River’s Trilogy”, J.G. Jakes was born and raised on her family’s southwest Georgia farm, where as a child she followed on the heels of her father’s feet, loving and nurturing the land he farmed. Bound by her family heritage, her formative years fostered such an appreciation for the wholesome values taught by farm life that she counts herself as a true daughter of the soil. Now as a retired school teacher, she continues her love for writing life’s lessons attuned to characters with honor, integrity and formidable challenges. Her keen interest in the lives of strong and inspiring men and women is cultivated into her books of the River’s Trilogy, as she continues to share extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Please visit her at https://www.jgjakes.com or on FaceBook www.facebook/authorjgjakes.com
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Annette Laing calls herself a recovering academic historian. She’s a specialist in early American culture, who quit her tenured job as a professor to write YA/Middle Grades time-travel novels. Yes, she is quite mad, but she is also British, so that might explain it. Annette recently completed The Snipesville Chronicles, her series of four novels with Confusion Press, (“Clever and charming time-travel adventure”—Kirkus Reviews). Snipesville weaves the entertaining and complex tale of three reluctant time-travelers from a boring town in Georgia who find themselves in a small town in England in apparently random years in the past. Annette is now working on a novel about time-travelers who meet during the American Revolution, and a non-fiction work about an under-recognized African-American educator in Atlanta. Annette also visits schools, libraries, museums, and teachers’ conferences to present what she calls “non-boring history” for kids, teens, families, and educators. Learn more at AnnetteLaing.com
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Jeremy Logan’s published novels: Don’t Go There – conspiracy novel that sets the stage for my disaster trilogy. The Rubik Memorandum – 1/15 (Part 1 of “The Disaster Trilogy”). Smitten – 4-15-16 – A coming of age romance interrupted by a serial killer. The Trigger Effect – Two seventeen year-olds from affluent families, found murdered execution style behind the supermarket next to the dumpster. What could they have possibly done to deserve this? Drugs were not involved. Publisher: Deeds Publishing.
I parlayed my experience with the individuals I came across in my legal career to create the characters in my novels. My corporate specialty, disaster responder/investigator in the energy industry.
For The Trigger Effect, I wanted to collaborate with an author who could bring feminine sensitivity and pragmatism. I was fortunate to persuade author Brenda Sevcik to travel with me on this effort. She’s has an exceptional talent for character development. We’ll be putting on dramatic portrayals of scenes from our novel at our joint author appearances. The intention is to entertain those who follow us. Please visit my Website: jeremyloganbooks.com
Author-Collaborator Brenda Sevcik:
Fiction displaying beautiful language in tandem with illuminating the strength of the human character and growth of the individual, have always called to me. In my work, I attempt to offer insight, light and hope to my readers.
It has been a pleasure collaborating on The Trigger Effect with Jeremy Logan. He has kindly showed me the process of writing a novel and uncovered a few mysteries for me. May you enjoy our combined efforts, as you unfold the many layers of intrigue in our novel. https://sevcikbrenda.wixsite.com/website
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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 (www.LTRC-Ops.com) 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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G. A. Sealy is originally from Queens, New York but has lived in Atlanta, Ga for the past 10 years. G.A. Sealy is a certified science, health and wellness educator and consultant, and life coach with an emphasis on weight loss. His experiences as an educator working in a variety of communities, and as a father of a young lady of color, led to his creation of The Little Scientist Series of books with the goal of “Teaching Young Minds through Science and Rhymes,” and his I Love Me Series of books which are designed to promote self-confidence, self-acceptance, love of self and health in young people. For more information about the author, or any of his books, please contact email@example.com or visit www.dawitpublishing.com
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Kimberly Simms’ literary voice is rooted in the Southern tradition of storytelling, informed by her British and Southern lineage. She is an award-winning poet and was the was the 2016 Carl Sandburg National Historic Site Writer-In Residence. In her debut book of poems, Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill, Kimberly chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Piedmont with historical accuracy and imaginative insight. The poems reflect not only the hardscrabble lives of mill workers in the early 1900s, but more so, the grit and self-reliance upon which these families subsisted and survived. The Greenville, S.C.-based author’s explorations of new roles for women, the presence of child labor and a tight community’s loss of an established way of life went on to receive praise from author Ron Rash. An experienced performer with a background in poetry slams, as well as a former schoolteacher, she is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University. Learn more at kimberlyjsimms.com.
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Mark Warren is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Chemistry/Pre- med. At Medicine Bow, his school in the Southern Appalachians, he teaches nature classes and survival skills of the Cherokees. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year in 1980.
Mark has written extensively about nature for magazines, including: Guernica, Blue Ridge Highlander, North Georgia Journal, and Georgia Backroads.
His published books include:
Two Winters in a Tipi (Lyons Press, 2012), a memoir
Secrets of the Forest (Waldenhouse Publishing, 2016), a 4-volume series on nature/survival
Adobe Moon (Five Star Publishing, 2017), an historical novel
Born to the Badge (Five Star, 2018), an historical novel
Mark lives with his wife, Susan, in Dahlonega, GA. Please visit Mark’s website http://medicinebow.net
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Lawrence Weill is an author and artist in living in the woods over a beaver pond in far western Kentucky. He has two novels and one non-fiction book in print. He writes short fiction, non-fiction articles and books, and poetry. His work has appeared in a wide range of local, regional, and national journals. He also is a visual artist working in graphite, oils, metal and wood.
Prior to his life as a writer and visual artist, Lawrence worked in academia, as a professor of philosophy and later as an administrator. He holds degrees in mathematics, humanities, and higher education.
Lawrence is also an avid outdoorsman and gardener. Please visit his website: www.lawrenceweill.com for updates and to enjoy his visual art. He also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.weill.1/
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Kathy Williams was born in Ft Bragg, NC in 1949. Her parents met and married at the end of WWII in Austria. Her father was an Army Captain, her mother an Army nurse. She enjoyed the childhood of the traveling “Army Brat” that enriched her life and widened her horizons.
Her early careers included an unsuccessful stint as a jockey followed by a little more productive, race horse training business. She then spent nearly 22 years in the convenience store business, starting out as a third shift clerk working her way up to a District Manager position at Flash Foods, responsible for running one third of the company. During this time, as a single mother, she helped to send her three children to college. Inspired by her children and parents she completed her own BA degree in International Studies with a minor in Spanish at Georgia Southern University after fourteen years of night classes. During her last year at Georgia Southern she wrote her first book, Dear Dad.
Writing had always been a part of her life that she wanted to pursue. During high school she had been the editor of her high school paper. Upon her retirement from Flash Foods in 2014 she relocated to Blue Ridge, GA to be close to her children and grandchildren. Here she has engaged in many volunteer opportunities that included becoming the newsletter editor for the Benton MacKaye Trail Association. She also participates as a volunteer at the Blue Ridge Community Theater and is a Friend of the Fannin County Library as well as a member of the Blue Ridge Poets and Writers Group.
Some of her favorite things include running, triathlons, hiking, anything Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, Stephen Colbert, animals, Jeopardy, Game of Thrones, history, travel, reading and the Atlanta Falcons.
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