Featured Alabama Authors
This section of our site features Alabama Authors/Writers with published works that we wish to recognize, arranged alphabetically by last name. Authors currently writing for The Ardent Writer Press can be found under the tab labeled Ardent Writer Authors.
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Beverly Barton – Alabama Author
Beverly Marie Beaver (December 23, 1946 – April 21, 2011), was better known as Beverly Barton, an American author, known for her romantic suspense novels. She wrote over seventy contemporary romance novels and created the popular The Protectors series for Harlequin Enterprises, becoming one of the most popular Alabama Authors in the process.
Rick Bragg – Alabama Author
Rick Bragg is an American author and journalist known for his non-fiction books, especially those on his family in Alabama. Bragg won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 for his work at The New York Times. His most famous work is a memoir, All Over But the Shoutin, which describes his difficult childhood in Piedmont, Alabama with an alcoholic and absent father but a loving mother, to his rise as a notable journalist and author.
Truman Capote – Alabama Author
Truman Streckfus Persons (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984), known as Truman Capote, was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a “nonfiction novel.” At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays. He and his best friend, Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, spent four years collaborating on the research for his non-fiction novel, In Cold Blood which was also turned into a critically successful movie. Truman Capote, best known for his extravagant, celebrated, and outrageous lifestyle as much as his famous works, reached a level of success few writers, celebrities, and socialites dream of.
Giselle Carmichael – Alabama Author
Giselle Carmichael is the author of several novels focusing on African-American romance. Her upbringing in a military family introduced her to different people and cultures, but she credits her parents for teaching her what true love is. Her novel, Lace, was a finalist in the 2005 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest. And I’ll Be Your Shelter was selected as Shades of Romance Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards as Genesis Press Inc. Best Book of 2003.
Butch Carroll – Alabama Author
Arthur “Butch” Carroll is the author of Tokers’ Blood, a novel of drug dealing and murder in a small Alabama town during the 1960s. He is also the author of the Civil War drama, Confederate Jasmine. Carroll’s crime novel Tokers’ Blood (A Southern Take on Gettin’ Off, Gettin’ Away, and Murder in the 1960s) is scheduled for publication by The Ardent Writer Press in 2014. Butch was born in Columbus, Georgia, and raised thirty miles away in Hurtsboro, Alabama. He is a practicing pediatric dentist who also loves to write. Other hobbies include shooting sporting clays, boating, dancing, and playing the piano. Butch and his wife, Betty, an artist, reside in Auburn, Alabama.
Mark Childress – Alabama Author
Mark Childress, born in Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee’s home town, is an American reporter, novelist and southern writer. He was a reporter for The Birmingham News, the Features Editor of Southern Living magazine, and Regional Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has written seven novels, including Crazy in Alabama which was made into a feature film. His most recent work is Georgia Bottoms.
Terry Cline – Alabama Author
C. Terry Cline, Jr. is author of nine published suspense novels. At age 37, he retired from the advertising and public relations industry and sold his first novel three years later. He has also written comedy material for radio and television, produced a joke book for deejays, and co-authored a musical written for children. He is a popular public speaker. Several of his novels,including Missing Persons, The Attorney Conspiracy, and Cross Current, are now available for download as ebooks from Amazon.com/Kindle and iPhoneApps. Terry Cline and his wife, author Judith Richards, live in Fairhope, Alabama, a colony of writers and artists on Mobile Bay.
Dennis Covington – Alabama Author
Dennis Covington is an American author whose work includes novels and nonfiction. His subject matter includes spirituality, the environment, and the South. Covington’s book, Salvation on Sand Mountain, was a 1995 National Book Award finalist and his articles have been published in The New York Times and Vogue.
Dennis has been a professor of literature at the University of Alabama Birmingham as well as Texas Tech University. In addition, he has served as judge for the National Book Awards.
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Vicki Marsh Covington – Alabama Author
Birmingham native Vicki Covington (1952- ) is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, and essayist. Her fiction is characterized by themes of family and community and is set in her native South. Her works include Bird of Paradise, the 1991 Fiction Award from the Alabama Library Association, Night Ride Home. Gathering Home, and The Last Hotel for Women. Her work also has been published in Southern Living, Southern Humanities Review, Shenandoah, PMS, and other journals.
Borden Deal – Alabama Author
Borden Deal was born in Mississippi and after a checkered career in various occupations enrolled at the University of Alabama in 1946. A prolific writer, Deal penned twenty-one novels and more than one hundred short stories, many of which appeared in McCall’s, Collier’s, Saturday Review, and Good Housekeeping. His work has been translated into twenty different languages. His novel The Insolent Breed served as the basis for the Broadway musical A Joyful Noise. His novel Dunbar’s Cove was the basis for the plot of the movie Wild River, starring Lee Remick and Montgomery Clift.
Murray Dunlap – Alabama Author
(From other online sources Murray Dunlap is an Alabama author whose work has appeared in about fifty magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices. The story ‘Race Day’ was a finalist for the American Fiction Short Story award, 2014. Bastard Blue, his first book, was published on June 7th, 2011 (the three year anniversary of a car wreck that very nearly killed him…). The extraordinary individuals Pam Houston, Michael Knight, and Fred Ashe taught him the art of writing. The Ardent Writer Press will publish his collection, entitled Fires and Other Stories.
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Carol Ealons – Alabama Author
Carol Ealons author of Tuxedo Junction, Right Back Where I Belong, the historical account of jazz in her native Birmingham, Alabama, retired as an Administrator from one of the city’s largest communications centers in 2002. She has always been interested in music. She first learned about the Tuxedo Junction Dance Hall in the early 1970s while dating her husband, James Ealons, Sr. who was a native of Ensley. The stories fascinated her and she always wanted to do something about it. When she retired, she had the time and the curiosity to complete the mission. She revisited the people, compiled the notes, tracked down all of the musicians still living and wrote a book she hopes you will also find fascinating and surprising. Carol signed with The Ardent Writer Press to publish paperback and eBook versions of Junction, her definitive history of jazz in Birmingham, Alabama
Charles Farley – Alabama Author
Charles Farley, author of The Hotel Monte Sano, is a retired teacher, librarian, and salesman. He is the author of several books, including the popular Doc Berber Florida Mystery Trilogy: Secrets of San Blas, Secrets of St. Vincent, and Secrets of St. Joe. His Soul of the Man is the compelling biography of blues master Bobby “Blue” Bland. Soul of the Man received accolades from many sources, including The [London] Telegraph, The [London] Sunday Times Culture Magazine, and The Blues Revue.
Zelda Fitzgerald – Alabama Author
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (July 24, 1900 – March 10, 1948), born Zelda Sayre (“Sayre” is pronounced to rhyme with “fair”) in Montgomery, Alabama, was an American novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband “the first American Flapper”. After the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise (1920), the Fitzgeralds became celebrities. The newspapers of New York saw them as embodiments of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties: young, seemingly wealthy, beautiful. However, their marriage was a tangle of jealousy, resentment and acrimony. Scott used their relationship as material in his novels, even lifting snippets from Zelda’s diary and assigning them to his fictional heroines. Seeking an artistic identity of her own, Zelda wrote magazine articles and short stories, and at 27 became obsessed with a career as a ballerina, practicing to exhaustion. While being treated for schizophrenia, Zelda wrote a semi-autobiographicalnovel, Save Me the Waltz, which was published in 1932. Scott was furious that she had used material from their life together, though he would go on to do the same, as in Tender Is the Night, published in 1934; the two novels provide contrasting portrayals of the couple’s failing marriage.
Fannie Flagg – Alabama Author
Fannie Flagg, the irreverent jokester, actress, and writer was severely dyslexic, yet overcame this significant barrier to have a remarkable career in the arts, movies, books, and television. She was a producer of local television in Birmingham before partnering with Allen Funt on his Candid Camera show. Ms. Flagg also held several supporting roles on television while writing in the background. Her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, became the basis for the highly successful movie Fried Green Tomatoes, scoring big both at the box office and with critics. In 2012 Fannie received the prestigious Harper Lee Award from the Alabama Writer’s Forum. In addition, she has had other books on the best seller lists, such as Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man (1983).
J.D. Frost – Alabama Author
J.D. Frost is author of Dollface – A Moses Palmer Mystery J.D Frost is a mystery writer with an eye toward detail. His inaugural novel, Dollface, reflects that attentive mind as the streets of Chattanooga, Tennessee are opened up like a map, not only of vivid and actual locations and local slang but realistic cop-slang with psycho-killers and psycho-bosses vying for the notice and heed of Detective Moses Palmer. J.D. and his wife, sculptress Donna Frost, live in North Alabama. He is a founding member of the Star Market Writers Group in Huntsville, Alabama Doll Face is set to be published with The Ardent Writer Press in 2014.
Charles Gaines – Alabama Author
Charles L. Gaines (born c. 1942) is an American writer and outdoorsman, raised in Birmingham, Alabama, notable for his works on fly fishing, his role in the development of paintball, and his photo-essay Pumping Iron, about the bodybuilding culture of the 1970s, which was later adapted into a documentary film of the same name. In 1976, his first novel, Stay Hungry, was made into a motion picture starring Jeff Bridges, Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger (the latter in one of his earliest roles.)
Steve Gierhart – Alabama Author
Steve Gierhart is author of Shadow of The Conjurer. Steve also wrote the article “Empowering Your Team”, published in the July/August 1993 edition of Program Manager, The Journal of the Defense Systems Management College. In 1975 he compiled with Billy Rowsy for the Oklahoma Legislative Council, the compendium titled, A Compendium of Boards, Agencies, and Commissions in the Executive Branch of the Oklahoma State Government.
Shirley Ann Grau – Alabama Author
Shirley Ann Grau was born in New Orleans but spent her formative years in rural Alabama near Montgomery with her mother. Her work is set primarily in the Deep South and explores issues of race and gender. Her 1964 saga The Keepers of the House was awarded the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Winston Groom – Alabama Author
Winston F. Groom, Jr., is an American novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for his book Forrest Gump, which was adapted into the hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks in 1994. Raised in Mobile, Groom graduated from the University of Alabama before taking a tour in Vietnam. After that tour he became a reporter for the Washington Star before retiring to become a full time writer and novelist. His novels are works of historical fiction, usually involved around wartime in several eras. However, recently, he finished a work titled “Kearny’s March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847” which revolves around the expansionist activities behind President Polk. In 2011 Winston received the prestigious Harper Lee Award from the Alabama Writer’s Forum.
Michael Guillebeau – Alabama Author
Michael Guillebeau’s stories often center on the Gulf Coast, his favorite hangout, and involve colorful and quirky characters. His first book, JOSH WHOEVER received a starred review in Library Journal and was named a Debut Mystery of the Month. A second book, A STUDY IN DETAIL, has been bought by Five Star Mysteries for publication in February, 2015. Guillebeau has published eighteen short stories, including three in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. His short story compilation, SHARK’S TOOTH, is published by The Ardent Writer Press. Michael lives in Madison, Alabama and Panama City Beach, Florida.
Sarah Haardt Menchken – Alabama Author
Sarah Powell Haardt Mencken (1898-1935) (Taken from The Encyclopedia of Alabama) Sara Haardt drew most of her fame from her marriage to famous author, H. L. Mencken. However, he was initially charmed not only by the attractive Haardt but also by her capabilities as a writer. For more than a decade he was her literary mentor as well as her suitor. During her brief life, Sara Haardt (1898-1935) produced a novel, a movie script, scores of newspaper reviews, articles, and essays, and more than 50 short stories. Although most of her work was produced for the popular press, it is nonetheless marked by a keen sense of the historical and social forces at work in the early twentieth-century South and by a poignant accuracy in evoking southern scenes and personalities.
Dorothy Diemer Hendry – Alabama Author
Dorothy Diemer Hendry (1918-2006), author of Looking For Jencey: The Life of Lizzie Elnora Murphy Casebolt (Dorothy’s Grandmother). Dorothy’s poetry has appeared in Poem, The Alabama Anthology of Poetry, Columbia Poetry, and Poet’s Choice, a Huntsville, Alabama, poetry group project. Also published by iUniverse is a collection of Dorothy Diemer Hendry’s poetry: BURNISHED PEBBLES, Poems of Love, Death, and Life. Dorothy edited teacher’s manuals for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, was a member of the National League of American Pen Women Letters, the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, the Huntsville Museum of Art, Friends of the Library, and the National and Alabama Councils of Teachers of English as well as other groups too numerous to mention.
Homer Hickam – Alabama Author
Homer Hickam has one of the most varied careers of any living author. His accomplishments range far from the literary scene as well. He is the recipient of Alabama’s Distinguished Service Award for heroism shown during a 1984 rescue effort of crew and passengers of a sunken paddleboat in the Tennessee River. While a student at Virginia Tech he designed a cannon to be fired at games that was cast out of brass that had been collected from cadet belt buckles and caps, and scrap he got from his father, the superintendent of a coal mine. The cannon was named “The Skipper” after President John F. Kennedy and is an icon for the Hokies. He had a long and successful career as a civilian engineer and manager with both the U.S. Army and NASA in Huntsville, Alabama. Then, he hit it big when one of his books, the memoir “Rocket Boys“, went on to successful transition to the movies as October Sky (an anagram of “Rocket Boys“). Mr. Hickam also served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He served six years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain.
Linda Howard – Alabama Author
Linda S. Howington (born August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States) is an American best-selling romance/suspense author under her pseudonym Linda Howard. She is a life-long resident of Gadsden where she lives with her husband, Gary, who is a Bass Tournament Pro. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, joining in 1981 shortly after it was formed. She has won the B. Dalton Bestseller Award and the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award for Series and the W.I.S.H. Award for hero Joe Mackenzie from her Silhouette Intimate Moments title, Mackenzie’s Mission. A Romance Writers of America RITA and Golden Choice finalist, she is a frequent Waldenbooks bestselling author, often claiming the number-one position. In 2005 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Career Achievement Award. Linda has written over 80 books by herself or in collaboration with others.
Mark Hubbs – Alabama Author
Mark Hubbs writes from Madison, Alabama. His “The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou” is published by Blue Water Publications
James Byron Huggins – Alabama Author
Novelist, journalist, religious activist; these all describe James Byron Huggins. Born in 1959, a graduate of Morgan County High School, and Troy State University, Huggins began his career as a journalist with the Hartselle Enquirer. Now known for his science fiction novels, Huggins did not take a direct route to writing fame. While his fiction is fantastic, Huggins real life is even more bizzare. Huggins became homeless, living in his car and the woods. He decided to devote his life and life-savings to the efforts of the Christian Underground in Eastern Europe, a group created to smuggle information in and out of Iron Curtain countries. He continued his precarious lifestyle when in 1987 he traveled to Romania, smuggling Christian materials to the locals while sending photos and information to the U.S. When he returned to the U.S., Huggins also returned to journalism. He worked for several small newspapers and a Christian magazine in Alabama, spent five years as a police officer in Huntsville, married, and began a family. After penning three best-selling Christian oriented action thrillers, Leviathan, The Reckoning and A Wolf Story, Huggins broke into the mainstream science fiction market with the novel, Cain. He picked up $1 million from Paramount Pictures for the film rights, and Universal Studios spent $1.25 million for the rights to Huggins’ next book, Hunter.
William Bradford Huie – Alabama Author
William Bradford “Bill” Huie (November 13, 1910 – November 20, 1986) was an American journalist, editor, publisher, television interviewer, screenwriter, lecturer, and novelist. Huie ranks as one of Alabama’s most prolific authors. Over the course of his long career, Huie published numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, but he is perhaps best known as an investigative journalist. His career spanned most of the twentieth century, and Huie was a keen observer of many of that century’s defining events, including the Great Depression, World War II, and the struggle for civil rights. His works also rank among those with the greatest impact on life in America, especially his exposes of the Ku Klux Klan, the notorious murder of Emmett Till, and the trial of Ruby McCollum, for which he was jailed for contempt of court. Huie’s book, The Execution of Private Slovik, related the true story of World War II G.I. Eddie Slovik, the only soldier since the American Civil War to be executed for desertion, a fate kept so quiet by the government that even Slovik’s widow did not know how that her husband had died. It was made into a popular movie by NBC.
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John Sims Jeter – Alabama Author
John Sims Jeter resides in Temple Terrace, Florida, and is a member of Lifelong Writers at the University of South Florida. His short story, “The Man Who Took Notes,” was published in the 2004-2005 Issue of The Louisville Review and nominated for 2005 Pushcart Prize XXIX. Jeter, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, retired in 2005 from his previous life as a mathematician and professional engineer. His first published novel is “…And the Angels Sang”. He is a volunteer reader for the Radio Reading Service of WUSF-FM at USF and enjoys writing and reading, choral singing, listening to music of the 50’s – 70’s, the blues and classical music, light yard work, and non-competitive bicycling.
(Taken from other online sources, including Suzanne’s website “www.suzanne-johnson.com”)
Suzanne Johnson – Alabama Author
Suzanne Johnson is the author of a new urban fantasy series beginning with ROYAL STREET and RIVER ROAD, both coming in 2012 from Tor Books, and ELYSIAN FIELDS, coming in 2013, also from Tor. A longtime New Orleans resident now living in Auburn, Alabama, Suzanne is a veteran journalist with more than fifty national awards in writing and editing nonfiction. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and a native of Winfield, Alabama. uring her daytime job, Suzanne is associate editor of Auburn Magazine, the quarterly magazine of the Auburn University Alumni Association. She has also worked at Tulane University in New Orleans, the University of San Diego, Rice University in Houston, and at the University of Illinois. Awards include: the Robert S. Sibley Award for the best university magazine in the U.S. and Canada, for the Rice University Sallyport; feature writing awards in 2009 and 2010 from Writer’s Digest magazine; and more than 50 awards in writing and editing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Suzanne is an active member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and is a member of the Georgia, Southern Magic, and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapters of RWA.
Helen Keller – Alabama Author
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled, and was outspoken in her anti-war convictions. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World, she campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, socialism, and other radical left causes. She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1971.
Keller wrote a total of 12 published books and several articles, including her autobiography, The Story of My Life (1903).
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Cassandra King – Alabama Author
Born near Dothan, Alabama, Cassandra King Conroy, wife of Pat Conroy, and author of Queen of Broken Hearts and The Sunday Wife, is a famous Alabama Author in her own right. Cassandra King is a native of Alabama, where she formerly taught English and creative writing classes. She has published stories and essays in various quarterlies and anthologies, and her second novel, The Sunday Wife, was published to terrific reviews and acclaim. Cassandra currently resides in South Carolina with her husband, Pat Conroy, and she belongs to a real-life Same Sweet Girls group, which reunites every year.
Harper Lee – Alabama Author
Harper Lee is best known for writing the best-seller “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960)—her one and only published novel which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Regardless of the absence of other published works from Lee, numerous Alabama authors are lovingly associated with her through the many literary awards made in her name, such as the Harper Lee Award given by the Alabama Writers’ Forum or the new Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction which has been given with much fanfare to John Grisham and Michael Connelly. A complete biography with background on her collaboration with her good friend and fellow Alabamian, Truman Capote, on his “In Cold Blood” is at Biography.com. Extensive background information can also be found at Wikipedia.
In 2007 Harper was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony.
William March – Alabama Author
William March (September 18, 1893 – May 15, 1954) was an American author and a highly decorated US Marine. The author of six novels and four short-story collections, March was praised by critics and heralded as “the unrecognized genius of our time”, without attaining popular appeal until after his death. He volunteered for the US Marines and saw action in World War I, for which he was decorated with some of the highest honors—the French Croix de Guerre, the American Distinguished Service Cross, and the Navy Cross. His novels are psychological character studies which intertwine his own personal torment—deriving presumably from childhood trauma as well as from his war experiences—with the conflicts spawned by class, family, sexual, and racial matters.
Though he did not favor it, his most popular novel was The Bad Seed which was also successfully transitioned to films, in not just one but two iterations (1956 film and 1985 television). It was also made into a Broadway play in 1955 of the same name.
Robert McCammon – Alabama Author
Robert McCammon is the recipient of five Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association (which he helped found) and the World Fantasy Award for Boy’s Life. In addition, he has received the 1985 Alabama Library Association’s Alabama Author Award, the prestigious French 1992 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Award, and the 2008 Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention, among others. McCammon is an American novelist from Birmingham, Alabama. One of the influential names in the late 1970s–early 1990s American horror literature boom, by 1991 McCamon had three New York Times bestsellers (The Wolf’s Hour, Stinger, and Swan Song) and 5 million books in print.
Albert L Murray – Alabama Author
Albert L. Murray was born in Nokomis, Mobile County, Alabama, and is an African-American literary and jazz critic, novelist and biographer. He attended the Tuskegee Institute and received a Bachelors degree in 1939. He later earned a M.A. from New York University in 1948. In 1943 he entered the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as a major in 1962. He is a noted music, social, and literary critic who also has won international acclaim for his novels, short stories, essays, and poems. His writings include the “Scooter” 4-set series of semi-autobiographical novels starting with Train Whistle Guitar (1974) and ending with The Magic Keys (2005), but also the brilliant cultural analyses of The Omni-Americans, as well as his seminal works on the influence of jazz and the blues on American culture.
Murray often has explored and celebrated the richness that arises from the intersection of African American and American culture. His most noteworthy contribution to American writing, however, has been creating a unique style using elements of black cultural traditions—the rhythms of black southern speech, folklore, cultural heroes, the blues, and jazz—that influenced him during his coming of age in Alabama.
Sena Jeter Naslund – Alabama Author
New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund‘s most recent novel is The Fountain of St. James Court. She has published several other novels, some of which are Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, Ahab’s Wife, and Four Spirits. The daughter of a physician father and a musician mother, she grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, with her two older brothers: Marvin D. Jeter, an archaeologist and author of Edward Palmer’s Arkansaw Mounds; and John Sims Jeter, a retired engineer and author of the novel And the Angels Sang. Naslund graduated from Birmingham Southern College where she received the B.B. Comer Medal in English. Kentucky Poet Laureate during 2005–2006, Naslund is a former Writer in Residence and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville, and an editor of Spalding’s Fleur-de-Lis Press.
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Nancy Owen Nelson – Alabama Author
Author Nancy Owen Nelson‘s most recent work is Searching for Nannie B., a memoir of her journey to restore the lost heritage of her grandmother, Nannie B. Russell, who died giving birth to Nancy’s mother, Nannie B. Nelson. It will be published by The Ardent Writer Press in the summer of 2015. Born in Harselle, Alabama, Nancy Owen Nelson has published articles in several academic journals and anthologies. She is co-editor of The Selected Letters of Frederick Manfred: 1932-1954 (University of Nebraska Press, 1989) and editor of Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life (1995, University of North Texas Press) and The Lizard Speaks: Essays on the Writings of Frederick Manfred (the Center for Western Studies, 1998). She has a published poetry in the, What Wildness is this? (University of Texas Press, March 2007) as well as in the South Dakota Review and Graffiti Rag and has creative nonfiction pieces in Mom’s Writing Literary Journal (Fall, 2008), Lalitamba journal, and Roll (Telling Our Stories Press, 2013). She is currently teaching writing in several colleges and conducts a memoir workshop for Springfed Arts (a Detroit literary/music organization).
Howell Raines – Alabama Author
Howell Hiram Raines, born in Birmingham, Alabama, is an American journalist, including a White House Correspondent and former Executive Editor for The New York Times from 2001 until he left in 2003 in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal. In 2008, he became a contributing editor for Conde Nast Portfolio, writing the magazine’s media column. He was awarded the Pulitzer Price for Feature Writing in 1992. He has published a novel, Whiskey Man, and two memoirs, The One that Got Away and Fly Fishing Through the Mid Life Crisis.
Christy Reece – Alabama Author
Christy Reece is the author of Rescue Me and The Last Chance Rescue Series. She holds a BSW from the University of Memphis and is a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She is a New York Times best-seller of dark romantic suspense.
Anne G. Rutledge – Alabama Author
Anne G. Rutledge is author of Granddaughter of a Runaway Slave Boy (to be released by The Ardent Writer Press in the Summer or Fall of 2015) as well as many other books and periodicals, such as Pieces of Myself and Emory O. Jackson: Warrior. A witness and participant to the gigantic civil rights changes that swept the nation in the 1960s, Anne passed on a legacy of involvement whether in civil rights or the arts.
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Philip Shirley – Alabama Author
Phillip Shirley was born in Dothan and raised in that lucky little writers’ town, Monroeville, Alabama. You can lose track of how many good authors were manufactured from Harper Lee’s little factory. Philip Shirley lives near Madison, Mississippi, on the Barnett Reservoir with his wife, the painter Virginia Shirley and a black lab named Miles. In addition to publishing fiction and non-fiction, he’s Chairman and CEO of GodwinGroup, the South’s oldest ad agency. His Oh Don’t You Cry for Me has won critical acclaim. He followed that anthology up with a collaboration with business writer, David Magee, called Sweet Spot: 125 Years of Baseball and the Louisville Slugger, which includes a foreword by Ken Griffey Jr. Sweet Spot was released by Triumph Books, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, in May 2009. His latest is a crime novel, The White Lie, released in 2014.
Annie Laura Smith – Alabama Author
Annie Laura Smith worked in the computer industry, taught at the University of Florida, and is a retired Senior Systems Engineer and Technical Writer. With Ardent Writer Press, she published (October 2012) her fifth novel, Twilight of Honor, the first historical romance she has written and set during the tumultuous days of the Vietnam Era. Her earlier historical novels are set during World War II. These include: The Legacy of Bletchley Park, Will Paris Burn?, Saving da Vinci, and Alexandra’s Secret. In addition to her adult and young adult novels, Annie has also written biographical stories for children. Two of these, Sally Ride – America’s First Woman Astronaut and Neil Armstrong – First Man on the Moon, were published by the Ardent Writer Press in March and April of 2013. Annie currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama
Greg Starnes – Alabama Author
Greg Starnes, author of the collection of Fort Payne ghost stories titled Hollers from the Hollows, was raised in Anniston, Alabama, and graduated in the Top Ten of the Saks High School Class of 1986. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Alabama, graduating cum laude in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Who else but a rabid Tide fan would stay an extra year in college simply to attend an Auburn game one last time as a student? (Greg notes with relish that the Tide won that last year.) Though Hollers (published by The Ardent Writer Press in February, 2013) is his first book-length work, Greg is the author of numerous articles for newspapers and journals, including The Anniston Star, The Chattanooga Times-Free Press, The Fort Payne Times-Journal, The Talladega Daily Home, FATE Magazine, The Alabama Confederate, The Oxford Sun, The Groundhog, and The North Jackson Progress. He is currently under contract to write a feature for the Alabama Heritage on a little-known Confederate supply depot and training camp near Anniston, known in the 1860s as Blue Mountain. Greg is also a master storyteller and entertainer who has often teamed with internationally known storyteller, Renee Morrison, at Spookapalooza in DeSoto State Park as well as the International Tellabration event at the Little River Canyon Center.
Michael Stewart – Alabama Author
Michael Garnet Stewart is an American author and native of Vredenburgh, Alabama. An associate editor of the Cumberland Law Review and moot court champion, after law school, Steward practiced health care law in Alabama before rising to become General Counsel of Complete Health, a large healthcare company. In the 1990s he retired to write. He is the author of the popular Tom McInnes Series of suspense novels, including Sins of the Brother and Dog Island.
T. S. Stribling – Alabama Author
Thomas Sigismund Stribling (March 4, 1881 – July 8, 1965) was an American writer, editor, and lawyer who published under the name T.S. Stribling. He won the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel in 1933 for his novel The Store. The Store is the second book in The Vaiden Trilogy of the family of the same name. His serious novels often examined Southern life through the eyes of the middle class and poor. He flashed a light on evil social practices and conditions of that time, such as Jim Crow Laws or Tennessee’s Initiated Segregation Seating Act for Railroad Cars. Stribling was even one of the first science fiction writers, writing about aliens and intelligent apes as early as 1920 for popular pulp magazines of the time.
Margaret Walker – Alabama Author
Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander (July 7, 1915 – November 30, 1998) was an African-American poet and writer. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she wrote as Margaret Walker, mostly writing critically successful poetry but also authoring the acclaimed novel, Jubilee. In 1936 she began work with the Federal Writers’ Project under the Works Progress Administration, a historical government effort that resulted in The Slave Narratives, transcripts of African American Slaves that were still alive. In 1942, Margaret received her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Iowa, and in 1965, she returned to that school to earn her Ph.D. In 1968, Walker founded the Institute for the Study of History, Life, and Culture of Black People (now the Margaret Walker Center) and went on to serve as the Institute’s director. She served as the literature professor at Jackson State University from 1949-1979.
Eugene Walter – Alabama Author
Eugene Ferdinand Walter, Jr. (November 30, 1921 – March 29, 1998) was an American screenwriter, poet, short-story author, actor, puppeteer, gourmet chef, cryptographer, translator, editor, costume designer and well-known raconteur. During his years in Paris, he was nicknamed Tum-te-tum. A friend once observed that Walter had lived a “pixilated wonderland of a life.” He relocated in the 1950s to Paris, where he helped launch the Paris Review, living across the street from the publication’s office and contributing to the earliest issues with text, art and interviews. His books include Monkey Poems (1953) and The Byzantine Riddle (1980). He also was the author of several gourmet cook books.
Larry Williamson – Alabama Author
Larry Williamson is a retired football and track coach who taught Math in high school for 36 years. He’s the author of the award-winning novel about the Creek Indian War of 1813-14, Tallapoosa. His new novel, Legend of the Tallassee Carbine, was published in January 2013 by The Ardent Writer Press. An Auburn engineering graduate, he currently teaches the Writing Your Novel Workshop and Writing Humor Workshop for the Outreach Program at Auburn University. Larry and his Civil War historical novel, Legend of the Tallassee Carbine, was chosen as one of the featured novelists for the premier book festival in Alabama, the Alabama Book Festival. Held in Montgomery in April, 2013, Larry gave presentations and book signings at the fair which was attended by several thousand people.
E. O. Wilson – Alabama Author
Edward Osborne Wilson is an American biologist, researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity), theorist (consilience, biophilia), naturalist (conservationist) and author. His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is considered to be the world’s leading authority. He is also the author of numerous scientific and naturalist works (books and articles) of non-fiction as well as a novel, Anthill. Wilson was the Joseph Pellegrino University Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Wilson argues that the belief in God and rituals of religion are products of evolution. He argues that they should not be rejected or dismissed, but further investigated by science to better understand their significance to human nature. In his book The Creation, Wilson suggests that scientists ought to “offer the hand of friendship” to religious leaders and build an alliance with them, stating that “Science and religion are two of the most potent forces on Earth and they should come together to save the creation.”
Kathryn Tucker Windham – Alabama Author
Kathryn Tucker Windham (June 2, 1918 – June 12, 2011) was an American storyteller, author, photographer, and journalist. She was born in Selma, Alabama and grew up in nearby Thomasville. Windham got her first writing job at the age of 12, reviewing movies for her cousin’s small town newspaper, The Thomasville Times. Soon after graduating from college, she became a reporter for the Alabama Journal and then The Birmingham News. In 1956 she went to work at the Selma Times-Journal where she won several Associated Press awards for her writing and photography. She was most known for her series of books of “true” ghost stories, based on local folklore, beginning with 13 Alabama ghosts and Jeffrey (1969).
Michael P. Wines – Alabama Author
Michael P. Wines, author of the humorous young adult novel, Stupid Alabama (to be published by The Ardent Writer Press in 2013), has had a varied career in his young life. Not only is he an author, but he is a professional woodworker whose beautiful creations grace the website “www.wineswoodworks.com”. Along the way he became a herpetologist, working at the Memphis Zoo where he not only helped care for snakes, reptile and all things slimy and scaly, but also conducted a weekly stage show titled “Living with Venomous Reptiles”.