Donna Akers is a 7th generation native of Washington County, Virginia, has written several books about Abingdon, Virginia, Washington County, Virginia, Boone, North Carolina and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. She is also the published author of Plumb Full of History, A Story of Abingdon, Virginia, and Legends, Stories and Ghostly Tales of Abingdon and Washington County. Look for Donna on Facebook or she may be reached through her website. She lives near Boone, North Carolina.
Nancy grew up in Kentucky where storytelling is a way of life. Every evening after supper, her father entertained the family with humorous stories. Each time he embellished it a little more. Nancy's mother encouraged her young daughter to write stories, even before Nancy could read. Nancy has a master's degree in Education from Morehead State University and a master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. She lives in Kentucky in the log cabin in which she grew up. She and her husband share the cabin with her canine writer assistants, Jazi and Roxi. Nancy worked as a social worker and elementary school teacher then changed career paths again and became a school librarian, which led her to the world of picture books. Nancy spent her days introducing books to children and her nights writing books for children. Eventually, writing led her down the route to publication. Her books include Whose Sound Is This? and Whose Work Is This?.
R. Region Arrington is the pen name of Richard Region Arrington, born in Erwin, Tennessee. Richard is the author of The Voyage of Billy Buckins. Richard has twenty-two other published articles and works. His books include The Vision of the Cat and Tommy Hop the Bunny. Richard has a fourth book in the works from the Billy Buckins series. A family of writers, his sister Linda writes under the name Linda D. Harrington and is the Author/Illustrator of Holly’s Backyard Adventures. Richards mother was also a writer and wrote The Man Called Simon in 1978. Richard began his career in Law Enforcement in January of 1984 when he went to work as a State Law Enforcement Officer. He was forced to retire due to an injury in the line of duty and went back to his love of writing full time. Richard lives in East Tennessee with his wife of eighteen years, Kristin Arrington and their two sons.
Tennessee writer Mary Ann Artrip has published three novels. Her first, Remember Me with Love was published in 1994 and won the publisher's Golden Book Award for mystery/suspense. It was re-issued mid-2007 in a new edition. Her second, Moonshadows, came out in mid-2005 and her IPPY award-winning third novel, Surrey Square debuted in July 2006. Her most recent publication is Parsnips and Princes, a collection of her short fiction. Mary Ann's books are available from Amazon and other online bookstores as well as her own website. In addition to her published books, several of Mary Ann’s short mystery stories have been published in the widely circulated Woman’s World magazine.
Hazel Hale Bostic is a lifelong resident of Swords Creek, Virginia. She says she 'inherited a love of reading from my mother, Effie Combs Hale, and a sense of humor from my father, Beauchamp.' After leaving her job as bookkeeper/office manager for a Richlands (VA) company, she enrolled in a Southwest Virginia Community College writing class taught by Dr. Thomas McKnight and he encouraged Bostic to publish her works. She stopped counting at 150 publications. This number includes both essays and short stories. She writes fiction and nonfiction and humor is her favorite genre. Her work has appeared in Now and Then, the prestigious Appalachian Journal published by ETSU Appalachian Studies Department, as well as other local, regional, and national publications as she continues to win awards for excellence in writing. She is a member of SWCC Reminiscent Writers, a writers support group founded in 1994 by Dr. McKnight. She's currently a regular monthly contributor to Front Porch Monthly, a regional newspaper headquartered in Staffordsville, VA and her work has appeared in such publications as M Magazine and Storyteller. She is working with a publisher and hopes to have her extensive essay collection published this summer.
Recent winner of a membership in AAG and VWC, June Burton studied Art and Psychology at Berea College and is a 1980 graduate. She lives in Kentucky and her interests are music (especially folk), art ('most all kinds), and literature.
Andrew Chafin lives and works in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia in the small town of Lebanon, Virginia. His life’s work has been in helping improve the quality of life for the Appalachian people through his work with the Cumberland Plateau Planning District from which he is now retired after more than 40 years. Chafin’s hobby is writing about Appalachia and its people and places. His first book, Growing Up in Bloody Mingo was published by Heritage Books in 2003. This book was followed by Noble’s Decision, a novel about life, love, and politics in a small Appalachian town. From West Virginia with Love is the sequel. Andrew's most recent book returns to non-fiction. Ordinary Hero, the story of Police Chief Sid Hatfield and the Matewan Massacre reveals an episode in American history that was bloodier than the gunfight at O.K. Corral, meaner than Deadwood and deadlier than Dodge City.
Adda Leah Davis is a retired schoolteacher, mother, grandmother and author. Since leaving the educational system she has written for three newspapers, worked six years in economic development, been a playwright/director, started an oral history theater and spoken to numerous groups. Addie's first works were her teaching aids, Golden Harvest Creations, a series of Primary School texts and workbooks. She went on to publish Caleb's Song and Here I Am Again, Lord. Her book, Lucinda's Mountain, was published in mid-2007. She has written and published two sequels to Lucinda Harmon's story, Jason's Journey and The Beckoning Hills, available from the usual sources and her website. Her stories and essays have been published in three anthologies as well as numerous other publications and she is hard at work on her latest book, a mystery novel.
Rebecca Elswick is a Virginia resident, Grundy High School teacher and Adjunct Professor at Southwest Virginia Community College and University of Virginia at Wise. Her writing interests include personal and reflective essays, novels and short stories.
Trish Estepp is a native of Perry County (Hazard), Kentucky. She spent her childhood and teenage years in a little holler called Meadow Branch where she attended a one-room school for grades one through eight. After she and her two classmates graduated from Meadow Branch Grade School she became the first in her family to graduate from high school. Berea College made it possible for her to continue her education and bring her to where she is today. Trish is a retired Elementary Special Education Teacher and is currently the First Lady at Southwest Virginia Community College. She is a member of the Reminiscent Writers at SWCC and a founding committee member for the Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium held each summer at SWCC. She has been writing her personal biography for several years to help preserve the culture of being raised "in the head of a holler" deep in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. She enjoys writing about her happy and naive childhood, secluded from the outside world. Some of her personal essays have been published in The Front Porch Monthly in Virginia as well as M Magazine in Kentucky.
Darrell Fleming, Clintwood, VA native, author and avid golfer, retired as an education administrator in Northern Virginia. After his retirement Darrell and wife, Kathy, moved closer to their SW Virginia roots and live near Blountville, Tennesee. He actively promotes his book, Family, Friends and War Heroes, drawn from a journal kept by his father when he served on the USS Hopping during World War II, and has almost finished another nonfiction book largely based on the life of his pioneer Great Grandmother. Darrell's book may be reviewed and purchased at his website.
Lisa Hall was born in Kentucky, moved to East Tennessee when she was three and has been a Tennessee girl ever since. For ten years, she worked for local school systems. Currently, she stays home to raise two small daughters and writes whenever time allows. She lives in Fall Branch, Tennessee with husband, daughters, two cats and a dalmatian. She has written the Cutie Pie Chronicles series of three books, sometimes called contemporary Appalachian 'chick lit,' published by Mountain Girl Press. Her short stories are also included in several Mountain Girl Press anthologies. All may be ordered through book stores or Lisa's website or her publisher Mountain Girl Press. When not writing, Lisa enjoys spending time either outdoors or in her kitchen. She and her girls love long walks, swimming, skiing, gardening and just about anything that gets them outside.
Susan Harmon was born and raised in the mountains and lived most of her life in the small city of Loyall, a railroad town in Harlan County, Kentucky. As a student at Harlan High School, she was encouraged by her English teacher, Mrs. Betty Jones, to continue her passion for writing stories. After graduation, she began life's journey which took her on a very different path. A few years later, she completed a two year degree at Southeast Community College and secured a job with Kentucky State Government where she retired after 27 years. During all that time, she placed her family and career in the forefront with a steadfast determination to pursue her writing after retirement, and that is what she did. Read more about Susan's writing career on her website.
Carol Morgan Hart lives in Bluefield, VA. She retired from teaching at Graham High School in Tazewell County, having taught English for 20 years including experiences at Tazewell High School, Rocky Gap High School and Botetourt High School. She was a dot.com columnist for five years for roanoke.com (Roanoke Times) writing weekly columns about Southwest Virginia. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Radford University. Her interests are spending time with her family and friends, reading, writing, traveling and following the Virginia Tech Hokies. Carol just completed her first book, a historical novel based on Conrad Amburger, a German immigrant who went west to start a new life in 1717. She researched this book extensively, attended Germanna Foundation workshops, and has followed in the footsteps of Conrad and other characters both to Bonnigheim, GrossGartach, Schwaigern, Heilbronn, Kircheim am Neckar to the Falls of the Rappahannock, Germanna, Mt. Pony, and Deep Run. She did not always find the answers to the questions, but she tried to absorb the environment of the characters. Facing West may be found at Hearthside Books in Bluefield, West VA.
Jerry L. Haynes was born in the cotton mill town of Danville, VA in 1951 where his parents worked in the mill and in the tobacco fields of Pittsylvania County. In 1953 the family moved back to their hometown of Fries, VA. With the exception of his first two years, and the four years he served in the US Navy, Haynes has lived within ninety minutes of his hometown. His favorite past-times are watching his Hokies play and travel, especially on cruises. He and his wife Judy founded the charity, Bringing Hope and Happiness to Others in which they strive to improve the life of children in Romania, and other countries. As with most fiction writers, Haynes enjoys the “escape” his writing offers to him. He cherishes the thoughts that through his books, readers might recall the best memories of their past. Learn more about Jerry Haynes at his website.
Linda Hoagland has eight novels released by Publish America: The Little Old Lady Next Door, 2006, An Awfully Lonely Place, 2008, and The Backwards House. Included also are Living Life for Others, Watch Out for Eddy, Death by Computer, Quilted Memories and her latest Checking on the House. She is adding to her collection of short stories constantly, with many essays, short stories, or poems published. A widow, Linda has two sons, and works for Tazewell County Schools.
Poet, Painter and Musician T. Byron Kelly (born in Washington D.C.) has been working as an active performance artist in the South Western Virginia area for over two decades. Live, spontaneous lyric poetry performances and gallery exhibits have been at the heart of the Poet's work. Byron studied the relationships between poetry, painting and music and soon began to illustrate his own poems with paintings and put them to music as well. Byron has also taught creative writing and composition on the college level and is a member of the Blue Ridge Studio-Virginia, the Appalachian Writers Association (A.W.A.),the Appalachian Authors' Guild (A.A.G.), the XYZ Gallery (Blacksburg, VA.), the Jacksonville Center for the Arts (Floyd,VA.) and the Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Regional Art Center (Christiansburg, VA). He paints poems and found a kind of home there. His paintings have always been rather cartoon like and fantastically oriented, a rendering of a dream if you will- he always thought (about realist art) that if you wanted a photograph then why not take a snapshot with a camera?
Even though Rose was born and reared in Rapid City, South Dakota in the heart of the Black Hills, she now loves living in the Appalachian foothills of Johnson City, TN. She welcomes visitors to her website, which features some of her favorite links to writers associations, poetry societies, fellow authors, her Blog, and samples of her writing as well as a News and Events page which lists both past and present accomplishments. Rose maintains a calendar of local writers’ association meetings on the Write Time page of her website. The Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast Chapter’s ‘The Year in Review’ is also available on her website on the PST-NE page. This new organization is a going and growing chapter which Rose organized in February 2010.
Gary Kwapisz worked in the graphic novel field for 15 years, drawing for almost every comic book publisher characters ranging from Conan to Harvey Pekar. After working in comics he went on to illustrate books and work on movies. He is now getting back to comics after 10 years with his new civil war graphic novel, Civil War Adventure, which may be ordered from Amazon and other online stores as well as his website, History Graphics Press. HGP was conceived in 2008 by Gary and another long time comic book professional, Chuck Dixon, to publish entertaining, historically accurate graphic novels set against the background of American history. With the example of the old EC Comics in mind, they planned modern graphic novels that were character driven and using the best art and stories available to draw the reader into the history and make the past come to life. Self publishing has been a lot more work than they thought it would be when they conceived the project, providing insight that self publishing is creative and difficult! Having always worked on the creative side of the business, I’ve had the artist’s tendency to look down on the business people, but not anymore! Gary lives at the base of the Clinch Mountains in SW Virginia with three generations of Kwapisz women, and more animals than he cares to acknowledge.
Susan Tanner McCoury grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina. She has a Masters degree in biology and taught that subject for three years. She is a graduate of the Long Ridge Writers School. She has published poetry and songs. She is also a private pilot and hopes to incorporate this experience in future books. This is her first published novel for children. Suzan has written two children's books, The Unusual Adventures of Black Shadow Smoky and The Blue Streak and The Crystal Swan, recently published by Grateful Steps Publishing. She is a member of the Maryland Writer's Group and the Appalachian Author's Guild as well as the Society of Children's Book Writers International.
From Ohio, USA, Gina McKnight is a children's literature author, freelance writer and poet. Living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains promotes the inspiration and passion for creative writing. A sponsor/facilitator of writing contests in Ohio and in India; a monthly equine columnist at goinggaited.com and wise-badger.com. A graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, West Redding, Connecticut and Leadership Scholar, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio. Writing at an early age, an avid reader and lover of words, Gina continues to be encouraged by her family, neighbors and friends. Biography, photos, blog, book releases, freelance and more can be found at her website. Follow Gina on Facebook, LinkedIn, Figament, Good Reads also!
Bob Mustin has been a North Carolina Writers Network writer-in-residence at Peace College under Doris Betts' guiding hand. In the early '90s, Bob was the editor of a small literary journal, The Rural Sophisticate, based in Georgia. His work has appeared in The Rockhurst Review, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Cooweescoowee, Under The Sun, Gihon River Review, Reflections Literary Journal and at thesquaretable.com, raving dove, Sport Literate, the Externalist, and R.KV.R.Y in electronic form. Bob's non-fiction piece, Grandpa Tom's Cane, won the 2007 North Carolina Writers Network Rose Post Award for creative non-fiction. Two rather long works are in progress or marketing: A historical fiction novel set between 1939 and 1945 and involving the very brutal conflict between Germany and The Soviet Union. A piece of long fiction involving two old friends - one, a rather traditional person. The other is a visionary thinker, now committed to nihilism and terrorism. Both are committed to the friendship, but both know in the end there must be a showdown between their different social views. More about Bob's work, interests, reviews and general observations on life can be found here and here
Some of Sylvia Nickels' stories have paranormal elements, such as Bods in Communities Magazine and Teddy Boy in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine. Monopoly Game and her poem, Respect, appeared in Echoes and Images, the literary journal of Northeast State Community College. The Taste of Sweet Revenge was an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Cape Fear Writers Conference short story competition. Casino Justice, Starr Sight and Symbiosis may be read on the Bewildering Stories ezine. Road to Riches can be found on Orchard Press-Short Fiction ezine. Other stories were published and are archived with such ezines as Pine Tree Mysteries, Dead Ringer and Blazing Adventures, P.I and the Dancer. She has finished a mystery novel, A Will for Murder, first in a series of at least three books.
Rosalie Davis Null was born in the coalfields of Buchanan County. She grew up in Grundy, VA, where her father was a coal miner. On her mother's death when she was fourteen, Rosalie cared for and helped raise three younger sisters. Their mother had always read to the children and their father, a great storyteller, entertained them with bedtime stories. After thirty-five years as technician in a doctor's offfice, Rosalie retired and has now published two books. A Trip Down Memory Lane, is the history of Buchanan County and her family story during the Great Depression. Her second book Rosemary's Dream tells of a young woman who left her Appalachian home for a life in New York City. Rosalie has a passion for writing and her hobbies, photography, doing crafts and researching her family tree. Now living in Richlands, VA, her great joy is spending time with her family, especially great grandchildren Coltin and Riley. Rosalie can be reached here via email.
Christine Osborne is a transplant to NE Tennessee from the Midwest. She has written numerous non-fiction articles for professional journals during her careers which have included funeral service and hospice, and presented at several national conferences. Now retired, she is focused on writing a novel. She enjoys taking a periodic hiatus to write personal essays about the 'special' people she has worked with in the past as well as those she meets in the hills and hollers of her adopted home. Two of these pieces have been published in Lost State Voices III, an anthology by members of the Lost State Writers Guild.
Helen S. Owens, one of six children, grew up on a farm in the western mountains of Virginia. She attended one-room schools at Possum Hollow, Artrip, and Finney, and graduated from Honaker High School. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Radford University and a Masters in Education from Virginia Tech. Having taught in the schools of Russell County for more than 25 years, Owens is now retired. The last eight years of retirement have been spent researching the Revolutionary War in Virginia and the Carolinas and then writing the historical novel, Stand and Face the Morning. In addition to history, another passion is her interest in Appalachian Studies. She states, "We should be concerned with teaching the history and culture of our region, not only for the sake of the past but for the sake of the present and future.
Phyllis Owens, a high school English teacher in McDowell County, West Virginia, a region burdened with extremely high unemployment for many years, was part of the National Writing Project, whose goal was to 'improve writing and learning in the nation's schools.' She turned stumbling blocks into stepping stones and got grants for such projects as a student Shakespeare presentation and an anthology of student writing depicting the heritage of McDowell County. A link to her article in the NWP journal, The Quarterly, titled "Stepping Stones" may be found here. She developed a host of writing projects around the simplest of resources: a stone.
Jack R. Pyle was born in Appalachia in a coal mining town that doesn't exist anymore. He has lived in New York City--the part they used to call Hell's Kitchen--in Miami, in St. Petersburg. He discovered Western North Carolina as a young boy on one of the many trips from Ohio to Florida, that time over the Cumberland Gap. Jack was, at one time in his New York career, secretary to the novelist and writer, Jan Struther, author of "Mrs. Miniver," later to become a movie starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon--still seen on the old movie channels. An award winning novelist, Jack writes of the Florida of John D. McDonald, and the mountains of Sharyn McCrumb. He is a life-long writer, but a published writer only in the last twenty or so years. He says age is not a factor, but courage is. When he finally screwed up his courage and began sending short stories out, he, in his own words "became a writer." He has been rejected--yes, he still receives rejections. He understands that the T in Talent is not as important as the P in Persistence and he says, "...what's more, don't ever start a book--a long writing project--that you don't believe in." He has written all his life, but he didn't start serious writing until after he had served a stint in the service of his country and a longer stint in the commercial world. He says it just didn't occur to him that people would want to pay to read what he had been writing all those years. He is active in the library systems across the country as a willing speaker for Friends of the Library and other support groups. He is always ready to do a reading, join a panel, give a talk, or donate books. Jack is a member of the Writers Guild of Western North Carolina, The Appalachian Authors Guild and several other writer-related organizations. He is a private pilot and was once a golf and fishing adict, but the business of being a writer these days altered his lifestyle.
Born on a farm in Eastern North Carolina, Taylor Reese parents used 'the moon signs' via Turner's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac for planting, harvesting, pruning, etc. After college he worked for the Navy as a civilian before and after his service in WWII in the U. S. Army Air Corps, later known as just the Air Force. He moved to Florida and became a court reporter, working for the largest firm in Miami, then began his own business. After retirement in 1989 he began writing humor and poetry. Many rejections and acceptances followed. He and Jack Pyle, lifelong friends, came up with their almanac books: RAISING WITH THE MOON: The Complete Guide to Gardening and Living by the Signs of the Moon and YOU AND THE MAN IN THE MOON: The complete Guide to Using the Almanac. Since then they have written separately in their respectives genres. Taylor has been published in a variety of magazines, including: Saturday Evening Post, Farm and Ranch Living, Progressive Farmer, Country America, and What of Tomorrow (Yorkshire, England). His short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in such publications as Arizona Mandala, Christian Single, Virginia Bar Association Journal, The Villager and the Purple Patch (West Bromwich, England). Literary magazines include: St. Andrews Review (St. Andrews Presbyterian College), Portland Review (Portland State University) and Tidewater Review (Tidewater College). His short story, A Painful Cleansing, was included in Emyl Jenkins' anthology, THE BOOK OF AMERICAN TRADITIONS (Crown Publishers). An active member of the Writers Guild of Western North Carolina and the Appalachian Authors Guild, Taylor participates in bookstore signings and events, and speaks at numerous libraries and garden clubs throughout the southeast. Among many others, he has participated in the Novello: Festival of Reading (Charlotte, NC), the Kentucky Book Fair (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004), the very first Western North Carolina Book Fair, A Celebration of Books and Authors at East Tennessee State University, The Carl Sandburg Book Fair (Hendersonville, NC).
Rachel Riggsby is a former columnist, reporter and news editor for the Virginia Mountaineer in Grundy, VA. She began as a 10-cents an inch 'stringer' for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV and later became correspondent for the out of town daily, reporting breaking news by phone and delivering feature stories, film and other news by passenger bus. Her series of front page stories on the coal industry drew national media attention at one time, as did a feature on a local millionaire. One of her news photos was published in the Washington Post, and she once served as UPI correspondent for the area. Her weekly newspaper column, Miscellanea featured poetry, short stories, essays and news commentary. These columns plus other writings are collected in her book, Miscellanea: From the Sidelines of the Sixties, published in 2001. Her writings have also appeared in numerous other publications.
Writer Jack Rose became President of the Appalachian Authors Guild last year. He has published several books, among them Murder in Pleasant Grove, Missing, Looking Down on the Moon, In Search of Himself and his most recent, Death on Red Oak Lane. All may be ordered online and from the author here or email Jack.
Rodney Smith grew up in and around the area of Beckley, West Virginia. He says, ‘being taught by my parents the importance of God and family helped me to achieve my goals in life and overcome obstacles that came my way’. Due to high unemployment within the state, He left the beautiful mountains of West Virginia to find work. He became a shoe department manager and worked in stores throughout the south until his retirement. He has fulfilled some lifelong dreams of acting on local stages, writing poetry and his new love of writing books. Encouraged by Jack Russell Rose, he wrote his first book, Journey Through My Mind, and followed that one up with, To Stop Corruption. His new book, Miranda’s Shattered Life is now being edited and will be out soon. He says he is thankful to God and the many people he has met on his journey through life. To learn more about Rodney and his writing, email him.
Rebecca Somoskey and her husband, Emory, have eight children, twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren. They have over fifty combined years of ministry and working with children in Sunday School, Kid's Church and various kids clubs, as well as working in the public school system. She began writing in Jr. High school, is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and has published in national publications such as Jr. Trails, Discovery Trails, Memos, Discoveries, Keys for Kids, Shine Brightly, Skipping Stones, OUAT and Woman's Touch, as well as Eldridge Publishing Company. Rebecca's weekly column in The Richlands News Press is titled Inspiration From The Mountains and is in it's 4th year of publication. She has also written Christian curriculum for Christian Education Publishers. Her first book, Summer of the Buckeye Whistle, takes place on Bearwallow Mountain, where we reside. Emory is a direct descendent of the James Crockett family, who purchased our farm in the early 1900's.
Born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia, and to honor her beloved mother and father, Brenda Lester-Sprinkle has chosen to write using the name "Leslie Wallace". As a Playwright, Leslie has written "A Night at the Barter" and "Hollow Secrets". Her recently published book is "Careth's Story - Teachers, Rumors and Lies", available here. Educated at Virginia Universities, Leslie holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology with several cognates. As a retired teacher, she remains a strong advocate for teacher's rights and has written several articles on the subject published in numerous venues.
Teresa Still and her husband live in East Tennessee. She finds daily inspiration in her four grandchildren. Teresa wrote and illustrated her book, Katie Has Two Homes as a bedtime story for her then 4 yr old granddaughter. The book answered questions and eased Katie's mind about Mommy and Daddy and herself not living together anymore. It has made the process of communicating about divorce simple. Teresa's second book, Tessa Has Two Homes is the same but illustrated as African American at the request of a dear friend. Order Teresa's book through the usual online outlets or her website.
Pam Umberger has been teaching horseback riding lessons for over thirty years and carriage driving lessons for over fifteen years. She is a available for private training clinics and as a guest speaker for clubs and organizations. Pam's clinics attract people from across Virginia and surrounding states. She specializes in working with riders and their horses, building self-confidence with timid horsemen and horsewomen and offers training of most breeds in English or Western riding, private and group riding lessons, and carriage driving lessons. For several years, Pam taught Equine Behavior and Training at Virginia Tech, a required course in which Pam and her students were responsible for preparing the horses sold in the yearly Hokie Harvest Sale held in October at Virginia Tech. Pam's book, Principle-ly Horses ~ A Training Manual, was used for this class and may be ordered from Pam's Copper Crest Farm website as well as her other book called Life After Hitching.
Gary Varner was born in a coal camp in McRoberts, Kentucky and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pound, Virginia. He credits growing up in small towns as the inspiration for his storytelling. Gary was a dreamer and wanted to "try everything and see the world." Gary is the author of Let Me Tell You a Story, available on audio-book, The Adventures of Homer the Worker Ant, a children's book and is working on a novel about his maternal grandfather. Gary lives in Johnson City, Tennessee with his wife Peggy, his high school sweetheart. Gary enjoys golf, writing, traveling, telling stories, and mostly his wife, his two children and four grandchildren. He is a member of: Appalachian Authors Guild & Associates (Board member), Lost State Writers Guild, Jonesborough Storytellers Guild, (Performing member) Tennessee Storytelling Association. Contact Gary Varner here for programs, workshops and presentations.
Whitt a native of Tazewell County, Virginia moved to Kentucky in 1970 to carry out his trade as a Sheet Metal Worker with Local 24, Southern Ohio. Now retired, he has always had an interest in genealogy and was always a real history buff for regional and civil war history. However, he didn't pursue his interest until he started researching his ancestry on-line in 1999. While tracing his family's heritage, Whitt was soon introduced to his great-grandfather David Crockett Whitt. The discoveries he made during his fascinating search led him to create "Legacy, The Days of David Crockett Whitt," a work of historical fiction with his great-grandfather serving as the skeleton for this account of life in an earlier, and harder time. Legacy follows Whitt's great-grandfather "Crockett," through the early settler days in Virginia and Kentucky from 1836 thru 1909, his formative years in Greenup County Kentucky and the time that he spent in a Civil War prison. In Legacy, Whitt encompasses his faith and shows this pioneer family relying on their faith as well to get through trying times. Charles is able to use the prefix Colonel in his pen-name because he is a Kentucky Colonel. To purchase this book go to Colonel Whitt's website or write to Post Office Box 831, Flatwoods, KY. 41139. Price for this researched 580 page book is $30. plus $6 shipping.
Lavonda Lynn (Meade) Young, poetess and newsletter editor, lives in Virginia and is a member of the Virginia Writers Club. Her first book, Just A Woman (Poetry, Prose, & Homespun Recipes) was recently published by Cedar Creek Publishing. Her poems have been published in Young America Sings, National High School Poetry Anthology and Blue Ridge Anthology. Lynn's poems have taken prizes in the Virginia Writers Club writing contest, Poetry, and a contest sponsored by the American Society of Aging/National Council on Aging. She was also awarded a Poetry Guild Editor's Choice Award. She is editor of the monthly newsletter, The Blue Ridge, a publication of the Blue Ridge Chapter, Virginia Writers Club and of Friends Focus, published four times a year by the Friends of the Fluvanna County Library (Palmyra, Virginia). In addition to her writing, Lynn is helping an aunt complete a genealogy of the Meade family.