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Stacy Allen is the author of Expedition Indigo, the first in a series featuring Dr. Riley Cooper, a SCUBA-diving archaeologist. 

Allen’s passion for adventure has taken her to over 60 countries. She is the current VP of Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  She is an Advanced Open Water Diver, married and lives in the Atlanta area. 

Allen is represented by Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Raymond L. Atkins’s fourth novel, Sweetwater Blues, is now available from Mercer University Press.  Set in fictional Sweetwater, Ga., the story chronicles ten years in the life of Palmer Cray, a young man who, in the aftermath of his one great mistake, confronts regret at his own fallibility, endures punishment for his actions, finds unexpected redemption, and is given a second chance to try to make it all right.

Atkins resides in Rome, Ga. where he is an instructor of English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He lives in an old house with a patient wife and a fat dog.  His hobbies include people-watching, reading, and watching movies that have no hope of ever achieving credibility.

Atkins’ fifth book, South of the Etowah, will be released in March of 2016.

Romily Bernard, Harper Teen author of the Find Me series, graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in literature.

She has worked as a riding instructor, cell phone salesgirl, personal assistant, groom, exercise rider, accounting assistant, HR project manager, and, during a very dark time, customer service rep.

So don't let anyone tell you a BA will keep you unemployed. Learn more at
www.romilybernard.com.

Award-winning illustrator Mark Braught received his BFA from Indiana State University. He has created work for such clients as Warner Brothers, Churchill Downs, Newsweek, IBM and Herman Miller in addition to a number of children’s books, including P is for Peach, a Georgia Alphabet, Cosmo’s Moon, Dear Baby I’m Watching Over You, and most recently Whose Shadow Do I See?

Also he is also active as a mentor for SCBWI illustrators in the southeast. Originally from the midwest, Braught currently resides in Commerce.

A north Georgia native, Kimberly Brock is the bestselling author of The River Witch and recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award 2013 for first novel.

She is the founder of Tinderbox Writers Workshop and speaks and teaches widely on writing and creativity. Brock is a freelance writer for “Northside Woman Magazine” and her short stories and nonfiction have appeared in anthologies and magazines, and on sites such as Writer Unboxed and Psychology Today. Please visit her at www.kimberlybrockbooks.com.

Michael K. Brown, known to friends simply as Mike, was born in Alabama and grew up in Birmingham.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, he has lived in the Atlanta area for most of his adult life.

He held management positions for three major companies before leaving the corporate world.

Somewhere a River is his second novel to be published. His first novel, Promise of Silver, was released in May 2014, by Ingalls Publishing Company. Presently, Brown lives in Loganville, where he and his wife, Judy, own and operate a flooring business. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

Michael Buchanan’s latest co-authored novel, The Fat Boy Chronicles, was released in 2010. The book won the National Parenting Publication’s Gold Award, and Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence and was recently featured in Publishers Weekly. The novel is used by schools around the nation in their anti-bullying and childhood obesity efforts

Buchanan and his co-author Diane Lang are guest speakers at schools nationwide as well as state, national and international conferences where they discuss the issues of bullying, childhood obesity and the issues’ connection to academics. Buchanan and Lang won the 2014 Champions of Character Award for Literature for NY State. The writing pair also conduct workshops for middle and high school students interested in writing for the page and/or the screen. Buchanan was a featured speaker at the 2011 International Anti-Bullying Convention in New Orleans.

Both authors are nationally-recognized retired teachers. The sequel to The Fat Boy Chronicles is underway while their next book, Treasure of the Four Lions, is completed. Buchanan’s other novels include Micah’s Child and upcoming work Cry of the Quetzal.

Valerie Joan Connors is the author of three novels, A Promise Made, Shadow of a Smile and In Her Keeping. She is the vice-president of programming for the Atlanta Writers Club, an organization with more than 700 active members and a 100-year history in the Atlanta area.

During business hours, she’s the CFO of an architecture, engineering and interior design firm. Connors lives in Atlanta with her husband and two dogs and is working on her next novel.

Jackie K. Cooper is a film and book critic whose reviews appear on his personal Web site, www.jackiekcooper.com, as well as Rotten Tomatoes and The Huffington Post. His reviews also run in an assortment of newspapers in Georgia.

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 cable channels in middle Georgia. His “Two Minute Entertainment Rundown” appears weekly on YouTube.

Cooper is the author of six books: Journey of a Gentle Southern Man; Chances and Choices; Halfway Home; The Bookbinder; The Sunrise Remembers; and 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 Journalists Association. Cooper can be reached at jkershawcooper@aol.com.

Newly honored by the Georgia Writers Association, David Darracott was named 2015 Author of the Year for his novel Wasted in the detective/mystery category. He is also author of the novel Internal Security, as well as short stories and nonfiction for magazines, television and film productions. He holds a Masters degree in English and received a Hambidge Fellowship in 2009. Though fiction is his passion—first, last, and always—fly fishing and golf run a close second. A graduate of Emory University, Darracott lives in north Atlanta. You can learn more about his work at www.daviddarracott.com.

Jameson Gregg won 2014 Georgia Author of the Year for his comic novel, Luck Be A Chicken. His humorous writings have appeared in literary anthologies, magazines and newspapers throughout Georgia. Luck Be A Chicken, his first novel, is a hilarious and heartbreaking southern satire flavored with a bit of farce – real southern fried chicken fiction.   

Gregg is a Mississippi native and graduate of Ole Miss and the Mississippi College School of Law. He enjoyed a successful law practice in Georgia’s Golden Isles (Brunswick, St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, and Sea Island) for nearly 20 years before hanging up his wingtips to pursue his passion for writing. He lives in the Georgia mountains with his wife, Maureen.

Jessica Handler is the author of Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, named by the Georgia Center for the Book one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read.” Atlanta Magazine called it the “Best Memoir of 2009.”  

Her second book, Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss was praised by Vanity Fair magazine as “a wise and encouraging guide.”

Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity Magazine, Newsweek, The Washington Post, More Magazine, and elsewhere.

Honors include residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, a 2010 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writers Center, the 2009 Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship for the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, and special mention for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. Visit her online at www.jessicahandler.com.

Ann Hite’s Where The Souls Go, the third book in the Black Mountain series, was released Sept. 1.

Her debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, became a Townsend Prize Finalist and won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. She is an active board member of the Georgia Writers Association.

Hite lives in Marietta. Learn more about her at www.annhite.wordpress.com.

Terra Elan McVoy has held a variety of jobs centered around reading and writing, from managing the independent children’s bookstore Little Shop of Stories (where she is still currently a bookseller), to teaching writing classes, to even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants.

McVoy lives and works in the same Atlanta neighborhood where her novels After the Kiss, Being Friends with Boys, and Pure are set. She has also authored three other young adult titles, including the Edgar award-nominated Criminal. Her middle grade novel, Drive Me Crazy, debuted this summer.

To learn more about McVoy and connect with her, visit www.terraelan.com.

Bob Meyers is the author and photographer of two award-winning coffee table books, Bygone Treasures and Timeless Beauties: Barns of Old Milton County and Irish Pubs in America: History, Lore and Recipes.

The first edition of Barns of Old Milton County sold out in one month. Irish Pubs in America won the prestigious Next Generation Indie Award as the best coffee table book published in the United States in 2014.

Meyers spent most of his professional life in the media, public relations and marketing arena. His career was split evenly between the U.S. Diplomatic Service and the private sector. 

As a diplomat, Meyers was responsible for media and cultural relations in Panama, Peru, Chile, Belgium and Switzerland.  He served as a negotiator and U.S. Spokesman at the Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations in Geneva. 

He was also Director of the U.S. Governments' Foreign Press Centers in Washington, DC and New York City.  At one point in his career, he was a Special Assistant to the White House Staff Director under President Carter.

In the private sector, Meyers was responsible for global employee communications for AlliedSignal (now Honeywell), a Fortune 100 company.  He later served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Scientific-Atlanta (now Cisco). 

He has long been active in community affairs and serves on the Friends of the Milton Library Board of Directors.

Lisa Boalt Richardson has traveled the globe working with tea masters and researching to learn more about the second most popular beverage in the world.  She regularly speaks at conferences and special events focusing on her culinary arts and specialty tea expertise. Some of the venues include: World Tea Expo, Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Sundance Resort, Holland America Cruise Line and Emory University. She also consults with companies wanting to learn more about specialty tea such as R. C. Bigalow and Lipton.

Her anticipated third tea book, Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage, published by Chronicle Books released in the fall of 2014. Her first book, Tea with a Twist, won "Best Tea Book USA 2009" from Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.a

Richardson has contributed to publications including Cooking with Paula Deen and TeaTime Magazine. Her tea expertise and recipes have been featured in numerous national publications such as Women's Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, and The New York Times. She has also been interviewed by Foxnews.com, Discovery.com, and NBCnews.com.

For more information, visit www.lisaknowstea.com.

Nicki Salcedo is an Atlanta native and graduate of Stanford University in California. Her romantic suspense novel All Beautiful Things earned her the Maggie Award of Excellence and a Golden Heart© nomination.

She writes a weekly column for the Atlanta-based news site Decaturish.com. Intersections is a collection of these columns about life in the South. Her readers have compared her Lewis Grizzard and Celestine Sibley.

Salcedo has four children, a husband and a cat named after a famous Braves baseball player. She thinks everyone should write and loves connecting with readers. You can find her on social media or at http://nickisalcedo.com.

Susan Sands grew up in a tiny southern town in northwest Louisiana near the Texas border. She has a degree in education from Northwestern State University in nearby Natchitoches, La.

Her characters and setting are pulled from those very Southern small towns and open spaces, where the air is clean and the words are often spoken with more syllables than necessary, y’all.

Her lifelong love of reading and the realization that her children were growing up and would eventually move on spurred her to try her hand at writing. Her Southern fiction novel, Again, Alabama is currently available on Kindle, Nook and in print.

Susan lives with her dentist husband and three nearly grown children in Johns Creek. She is a member of the Georgia Romance Writers and the Romance Writers of America.

 Scott Seeke is a writer for print and screen best known for the award winning 2010 Sony film Get Low, which starred Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek.  He also writes for The LutheranMagazine and on his blog      scottseeke.comUncle Bush’s Live Funeral is his first book.

On weekends he serves as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Marietta, GA, where he has learned a thing or two about funerals. A native of upstate New York and passionate Syracuse University fan, he lives in Alpharetta with his wife, two children, and a seventy pound lap dog named Chipper Jones.

After more than nine years, 385 rejections, and a forest of sloppy copies, Diane Z. Shore published her first picture book, Bus-A-Saurus Bop, winner of the 2004 Children’s Choice Award.

Shore says her short attention span and immaturity prepared her well to be a children’s writer. As a child she loved Amelia Bedelia, wanted to move into the Berenstain Bears’ treehouse, and still looks for the hidden pictures in Highlights for Children, one of several magazines for which she writes. 

Currently the author of eight books, Shore travels  to schools and libraries across the U.S. with her program, "A-Rockin' and A-Readin!'" inspiring students to read and write.

Rona Simmons is the author of Postcards from Wonderland and a previous work of historical fiction, The Quiet Room, both published by Deeds Publishing. 

After retiring from a 30-year career in the financial services industry, Simmons turned to writing. She is an active member of the Atlanta Writers Club and Georgia Writers Association.  Her work has appeared in anthologies, blogs, and online and print magazines and journals.

Becoming a writer after a mid-life reassessment at 40, Atlanta native Haywood Smith published six critically acclaimed historical romance novels about “strong women, hunky men, great love scenes between husband and wife, and accurate history” set in England and Scotland.

She received numerous national awards and nominations, including a Best First Book Rita nomination from the Romance Writers of America, a prestigious Maggie Award, and a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her best-selling women’s fiction titles include Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch, The Red Hat Club, The Red Hat Club Rides Again, Wedding Belles, Ladies of the Lake, Waking Up Dixie, Wife-in-Law, Out of Warranty, and Queen Bee Goes Home Again.  She also published a fun handbook titled The 12 Sacred Traditions of Magnificent Mothers-In-Law and contributed to an anthology of true stories in Atlanta’s Real Women

Smith is currently revising and re-releasing her historical novels in e-format for young adult and general readership, and working on two nonfiction books.

Kevin A. Springer grew up on a farm in Maryland where his imagination knew no limits.

As a husband and father, he reconnected with his creativity while telling bedtime stories to his two young boys. One such story evolved into his debut book, Extraordinary Sam & the Adventurers’ Guild, which tells the tale of an ordinary boy who finds a hatbox and discovers a world of adventure and self-discovery.

Springer is a self-proclaimed dreamer and kid at heart. When he’s not writing or reading, he is coaching soccer or helping with homework. He lives outside of Atlanta with his wife, two extraordinary boys, and dogs.

Carole Townsend is a true Southerner -- born in Atlanta, living in Nashville for a while during college and going right back to Atlanta upon graduation.

Following a brief stint as a New York City resident (three months and seventeen days, to be exact), she married a southerner, and they’ve raised their family of four children (plus four rescue dogs) in Lawrenceville.

Townsend loved writing from her very early pre-teen years. After 20 years in the corporate world as a marketing professional, she realized that her most effective contributions were always in writing.

Now 12-plus years into a career as an author, newspaper reporter and columnist, Townsend enjoys writing about the quirky business of life – the good, the bad and the downright funny. Her first three books celebrate women and family, humor and the glorious South.

Her second book, Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear, takes an honest, sometimes humorous and often poignant look at the lives of women from adolescence through our golden years, all based on the advice we got from our mamas.

Her fourth book, Blood in the Soil, is an intriguing true crime novel set partially in Gwinnett County and is slated for a spring 2016 release.

Townsend has been a guest on CNN, FOX, and major network news stations. She is often a guest on national radio shows, as well.

George Weinstein is the author of the southern historical novel Hardscrabble Road, the multi-cultural historical novel The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno, and the modern romance The Caretaker, which won the 2015 Indie Book Award for Best Fiction Book Cover. Weinstein is the former president of the Atlanta Writers Club and now serves as an officer emeritus and director of the Atlanta Writers Conference, a twice-yearly event that brings top literary agents and publishers to Atlanta to work with members and give them a shot at publication. His Web site is www.georgeweinstein.com.

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, White pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August 2000.  Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests, including the Southeastern Booksellers Alliance Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award.

White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, S.C. Her nineteenth novel, The Sound of Glass, was published in May 2015 by New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group.

Susan Rebecca White is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, A Place at the Table, A Soft Place to Land, and Bound South.

Additionally, she has written a variety of nonfiction, including food criticism for Atlanta magazine, and essays for The Bitter Southerner, Salon and Tin House.

She has taught creative writing at Hollins, SCAD and Emory. White currently lives in Atlanta with her husband Sam and their son Gus.

Amanda Kyle Williams is the author of The Stranger You Seek, Stranger In The Room and Don’t Talk To Strangers featuring former FBI investigative analyst turned private detective Keye Street. The Stranger series is set in Atlanta where the author lives and works as a full-time writer. Williams is currently at work on the fourth book in the series, A Complete Stranger (Bantam Books 2016).