Karla Smith is a lover of history, maps, charts and vintage photographs. She is a retired educator, having taught history for more than 40 years. Karla founded Suffolk River Heritage in 2006 with the purpose of gathering local history and stories about the people of Crittenden, Eclipse and Hobson, Virginia. The result was the new organization’s first book, The River Binds Us. Two more cultural history books followed: Peninsula In Passage and Truckin’ on the Western Branch. Karla’s love of the water, boats and navigation led her to collaborate with Larry Saint and others to produce a fourth book, Screwpiles: The Forgotten Lighthouses. That book highlights the history, stories, maps, and documents of the lighthouses of the James River and lower Chesapeake Bay. #wbf2019#williamsburgbookfestival#authorspotlight#countdown#theartofwriting#vaauthor
Mary Bush was born into an aviation family in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1949. From the time she was a toddler, she hung around the airport; and she started her formal flight training just before her 16th birthday. She flew a variety of aircraft out of both Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Miami International Airports, in the Northwest corner infamously known as both “Cockroach Corner” and “Corrosion Corner.” Mary flew World War II transport planes, as well as the Constellation and DC-6, to many exotic destinations. Mary made history when she was hired in 1976 as Hughes Airwest’s first woman pilot. She flew the Fairchild F-27, the DC-9, and B-727 at the airline. In 1981, Mary took a leave of absence due to post-traumatic stress symptoms caused by sexual harassment. With courage and support from family members, she has been able to rebuild her life and find joy and happiness. Her story of courage and overcoming setbacks is sure to inspire. The determination Mary displayed all those years ago continue to inspire young women today as she tell her story as a motivational speaker. If you would like her to speak to your organization send her an email. Look for her popular memoir Aviatrix, on Amazon. Aviatrix the movie is adapted from the book. Daring Mary Aviation Pioneer her new children’s book will be out in late 2020. She also contributed to and helped produce Women Who Fly by International Society of Women Airline Pilots. #wbf2019#williamsburgbookfestival#authorspotlight#countdown#theartofwriting#pilotwriter#womenwhoflyandwrite
Peter Stipe is the author of three books. His first book, Finding Our Way, a collection of short stories, was released in 2015. His second book and first novel, The Art of Love, was released in the summer of 2017. In 2019, Remember Me, Peter’s third book was published. This book chronicles Peter’s emotional search for the truth behind his family stories and includes an account of the lives of his great-grandparents in upstate New York and New Jersey during the late 1800s. Now retired, Peter has enjoyed a long career that has included time in education as well as work in Human Resource Development and Training for a variety of businesses. In addition to his writing, Peter is an accomplished artist, working with photography and in watercolor. He has photographs on display at the On The Hill Gallery in Yorktown, Virginia. #wbf2019#williamsburgbookfestival#authorspotlight#countdown#theartofwriting#vaauthor
#authorspotlight Post!⠀ ⠀ @spaceships_and_dragons, whose real name is Aurora, has been writing Fantasy and Sci-fi stories since she was eight. She was born in the Amazon jungle (of Bolivia), adopted and raised in the U.S. She currently lives in Orlando, FL with her family, and spends her days writing and keeping her overactive toddler alive😆 Her website link (RLmedina.com) is in my bio and she can also be reached on Facebook at RLMedinabooks.⠀ ⠀ @lekibb is an author of fiction that prominently features African-American LGBT characters. Right now, she is heavily into short stories but is working on branching out into novellas (and eventually novels). She's been writing since childhood and would often read her stories to her great-grandmother, who was probably my first fan. She grew up on a quirky mix of 1980s cartoons, MTV and BET (which often shows up in her writing). You can find out more about her on lmbennett.com⠀ ⠀ @shatarawithlove is black and proud; militant and millenial, serving the culture and the kingdom since the '99 and the 2000s. Writing since age 9, she publishes both traditionally and independently under three pen names specific to different literary genres; Eyeconik (urban), Neikita Jackson (creative non-fiction + children's lit) and more recently Shatara Michelle (romance.) She's currently finishing up her undergrad degree in Creative Writing and AAS. You can stay up-to-date on everything she has going on from releases, events to free reads and contests by visiting her little corner of the world wide web www.shataramichelle.com or by texting 'shatara' to 31996.⠀ ⠀ @_authortaymonae currently writes Urban Fiction and Romance books; she's been publishing books since August 2017. She also has a lifestyle that she started in January 2018 (Thatsalltay.com). She also loves to bake, shop, and read. You can also find her on Facebook (Tay Mo'Nae, Tay's Book Baes)
Yesterday we had the privilege of serving juice at @andrea.thompson 's Redding meetup at The Makery. We are proud to announce that we carry Andrea's book, "How I Beat Cancer" in the shop. Andrea's story is incredible and a must-read. She serves others as a health coach, providing practical solutions and life strategies to others who long to thrive in their health. Make sure to grab your copy.
#authorspotlight Though he says that he is NOT OK, Omar Miranda, M.Ed., is a certified Christian counselor, youth leader, lay pastor and Elder. He is the former editor of the Seventh-day Adventist youth weekly Insight, and is a prolific author. He writes from Plainville, Georgia.
Today on #authorspotlight, we're doing something a little different. It's a character interview! C. Becker, author of, Finding Euphoria, is interviewing her protagonist Hailey Langley. Check it out and leave a comment! https://jenyheckman.com/?page_id=3705
#authorspotlight Nathan Brown is a writer and book editor at Signs Publishing Company, based near Melbourne, Australia. He is author/editor of 16 books, including two this year—Of Falafels and Following Jesus and For the Least of These. Nathan has completed two masters degrees, in professional writing, and theology and justice, respectively. He has worked as a magazine editor for the Adventist Church and continues to write regularly for a number of church publications around the world.
Laura Eckroat is an award-winning author of 9 children's books. Her most recent book, One Eye-A Squirrel's Tale, is based on a true story about an injured squirrel that her husband helped rescue. This book was released in July 2019. Mrs. Eckroat has visited hundreds of schools all over the country sharing her passion of writing and the writing process with children from pre-k to 5th grade. This summer she presented at the ADK International Convention in Minneapolis, MN and has also presented at the Massachusetts Reading Association Convention and SoMirac-State of Maryland International Reading Assoc. Conference. Her work has been featured in Dallas Child Magazine and Fort Worth Texas Magazine. Laura was born and raised in Whiting, IN but has lived in Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas and now resides in Wisconsin, with her husband Steven and their two rescue dogs Muffin and Shadow. She has a daughter, Ashley and SIL Forrest--and a grandbaby due in January! She is an elementary school teacher and a life-long Chicago Bears football fan! She enjoys gardening, reading, writing, hanging with her dogs and doing fundraisers to help Rescue Dog Organizations. #wbf2019#williamsburgbookfestival#authorspotlight#countdown#theartofwriting#teacherwriter