J.D. Frost honored as a featured author at the 2016 Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery.

Ardent Writer Press Author J.D. Frost (Dollface and Face2Face) was honored on April 23 as a featured author for the Alabama Book Festival, the premiere book festival in the state.  The Alabama Book Festival is held on the third Saturday in April of each year on the charming grounds of Old Alabama Town Park in downtown Montgomery, near the State Capitol. 

J.D. and his wife, Donna, were invited to the Book Festival Party on the night before the festival, and then at the festival J.D. was on a panel discussing “writing suspense.” The panel discussion was held inside Molton House on the grounds of Old Alabama Town.  Along with J.D. was writer/author and former television news anchor, Linda McNeill, and the moderator, Dr. Tyson Platt, associate professor for psychology at Alabama State University.  J.D. and Linda fielded a number of questions from the audience and through Dr. Platt about their own process of writing.  J.D. indicated he was honored to be included in the festival as an author and panel member.  His books were on sale to the public at the festival through the Old Town Gift Shop.

On stage was the author’s new Vin Diesel “look,” his head shaved to honor a friend of his son who is undergoing treatment for throat cancer.  J.D. indicated he might keep it for awhile.

Dr. Thomas Platt, moderator, Thriller writer Linda McNeill and Ardent Writer Press author J.D. Frost at the 2016 Alabama Book Festival in Molton House on the grounds of Old Alabama Town in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Thomas Platt, moderator, Thriller writer Linda McNeill and Ardent Writer Press author J.D. Frost at the 2016 Alabama Book Festival in Molton House on the grounds of Old Alabama Town in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

 

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.