Regional Writers

Welcome to the Regional Writer Section.  We are now accepting applications for writers interested in participating in the 2017 Dahlonega Literary Festival to be held March 25-26, 2017.

 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 2017  should contact Mr. Ken Smoke at for more information.

Here’s a sneak peak of the 2017 Regional Writers!

author photoBryce Gibson writes Southern fiction that takes readers to charming and oftentimes sinister areas of The South. He has a degree in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina, works full time as a farmer, and lives in South Carolina with his wife and their dog. Bryce is the author of the Young Adult thriller Perennials and the Southern mystery Unclaimed Acre. He is currently at work on his next novel.


Richard Judy is a graduate of the University of Georgia who grew up in the Atlanta area and spent a long career in public relations. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1973 and hiked the trail in sections a second time. He has bicycled from Los Angeles to Savannah Beach, and hiked, biked and canoed all over the world in such places as the Himalayas, the Balkans, and Alaska. His son and daughter are both AT thru-hikers. He serves as a board member and volunteer for several nonprofit environmental groups. He is currently writing his second novel, Trail Town. He resides in Roswell, Georgia with his wife who has hiked the entire width of the Appalachian Trail.


Annette Laing Headshot High-ResAnnette 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


CLottCynthia Lott is a Writer and Researcher. She loves hearing life stories over a glass of good wine, preferably a nice Shiraz or Cabernet. A member of both Sisters in Crime, Inc. and International Thriller Writers, Inc., she also holds an MLS from UW-Madison and a B.A. in Creative Writing from LSU. The Feathers is her debut novel (The Southern Spectral Series Book 1) is available in e-book, paperback and audio formats. The Irises (The Southern Spectral Series Book 2), its exciting follow up, is now available in e-book and paperback formats. Cynthia enjoys exploring new places, hiking, vegan cuisine and loving on her big dog. She shares her time between Atlanta and Orlando.


SMRobertsStacy Marie Roberts was born in Washington D.C. to Bruce and Vera James. The military moved their family to Augusta, GA in 1990 and she has resided there since that time. She has two sisters, Crystal and Brittney James. She currently resides in Evans, GA with her husband, Daniel Roberts and their four dogs, Billionaire, Boomer, Charlie, and Donut. She is a 2001 graduate of Hephzibah Comprehensive High School. She graduated from Augusta State University, now known as Georgia Regents University, in 2006 with a BA in Marketing. She completed her MBA in Human Resources from Liberty University in the spring of 2015. Stacy loves working with young people. In addition to having years of childcare experience, she is the president of the Temple Teens Department of the New Life Worship Center in Hephzibah GA. She has been a member of New Life for over 25 years under the ministry of Pastors Claude and Regina Harris. She also is a certified executive and personal development coach and the president/ owner of SMR Leadership Solutions, LLC. She loves using literature to educate and coach individuals of all ages. Stacy has had a love for reading and writing stories since an early age. She loves using her stories to teach children the word of God and valuable life lessons. She believes that through Him, all things are possible.

4 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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