Appalachian Authors Guild General Meeting

November 8, 2016, 11:30am

Shoney's Restaurant, Abingdon, VA

Email Vicki for headcount if plan to attend



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Scott Pratt


Scott Pratt, author of the highly successful Joe Dillard series of crime novels, has been writing for nearly his entire life. He started as a contributor to a high school publication, then won the McClellan Award for outstanding writing while majoring in English at East Tennessee State University.

He later worked as a newspaper reporter, columnist and editor for daily papers in Johnson City and Kingsport, Tennessee. Scott earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1998 after commuting over two hundred miles a day for three years.

Scott's family includes Kristy and a son and daughter, Dylan and Kody. Three dogs also demand their attention at home: a German Shepherd named Rio, a Yorkshire Terrier named Pedro, and a Bichon Friese named Nacho. When he isn't writing (which is rare!), he's reading, watching sports, exercising, mowing his yard, or thinking about writing.

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Possible Mistletoe Market opportunity

For more information if Mistletoe Market is a go this year, contact Festivals Chair Jack Rose -

Website changes

Due to a change in webmasters, at some point during this week, the website may disappear for a few days. The site will be back up as soon as possible, probably in a different format. Meanwhile the Guild newsletter Tidings will be hitting your Inbox before the next general meeting with any new information for members.

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New book - Poetry from the Field by Gina McKnight

"Poetry from the Field" takes you around the farm, through the countryside, and into the forest. Ohio poet Gina McKnight invites you to sit under a sycamore tree and along the banks of Monday Creek. Journey along the well-worn path to the barn, to the stables, and a place in the hay. Find joy in the company of bees, birds, trees, and rain.

From Ohio USA, Gina began writing at an early age. Her poetry has appeared in international anthologies and literary journals. Her first volume of poetry To the Heart was released in 2015. In her second volume, she affirms her love of life, nature, and intangible gifts. Poetry from the Field takes you around the farm, through the countryside, and into the forest.