The Ardent Writer Press enjoyed the festivities at Local Author Expo 2015, held at the Birmingham Library on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

In addition, members of the Huntsville based Coffee Tree Writers group also attended with authors from AWP. Snacks were provided to the public by the authors and AWP. Donna Frost, wife of AWP author J.D. Frost, made special candies for the event and attended in the absence of J.D. Other attendees were publisher Steve Gierhart, and several other AWP authors including Murray Dunlap (Fires and Bastard Blue), Joe Connaughton (Tales of the 319th), and Carol Ealons (Tuxedo Junction – Right Back Where I Belong). Also attending was Coffee Tree Writers author Rob Williams (In Search of Brandon Springs-Tate Publishing).

In addition to meeting the public, the event was a smorgasbord for developing contacts. Ashley Chappell-Peeples was welcomed at the AWP Tent. Ashley, coordinator for the upcoming Rocket City Lit Fest (Oct 10-11 at the Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville), stopped by to meet authors and invite AWP to the event. This weekend AWP, teaming with the Coffee Tree Writers Group did just that, reserving 2 booths for writers.

Ardent Writer Press also talked with PDMI Publisher Todd McKinney and his wife, Nessa, about the business model used by PDMI, some of which will affect the way AWP handles the marketing of authors’ works.

AWP wishes to especially thank Jared Millet, Birmingham Event Coordinator and Book Procurement Executive, who coordinated the highly successful event. Jared does does an outstanding job each year and respects the work of local authors’ contributions to the community and region.

The Birmingham, Alabama Library has a wonderful set of photos from the event at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bpl/sets/72157648159822264

 

Joe Connaughton (Tales of the 319th) and Carol Ealons (Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong)

Joe Connaughton (Tales of the 319th) and Carol Ealons (Tuxedo Junction-Right Back Where I Belong)

Donna Frost, wife of author J.D. Frost (Dollface) and Rob Williams (In Search of Brandon Springs)

Donna Frost, wife of author J.D. Frost (Dollface) and Rob Williams (In Search of Brandon Springs)

Author Expo 2015 Ardent Writer Press Tent

The Young at Heart Enjoy Balloon Art

The Young at Heart Enjoy Balloon Art

Joe and Carol talk to the Public

Joe and Carol talk to the Public

Publisher Steve Gierhart thanks Jared Millet, Library Event Coordinator, for a wonderful day

Publisher Steve Gierhart thanks Jared Millet, Library Event Coordinator, for a wonderful day

Jared Millet, Birmingham Event Coordinator, with Ardent Writer Press Authors

Jared Millet, Birmingham Event Coordinator, with Ardent Writer Press Authors

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.