On Monday, October 22, 2012, Ardent Writer Press publisher, Steve Gierhart, met with author Greg Starnes in Scottsboro.  The purpose – to gleefully sign Greg to a contract for his family-friendly collection of humorous (and boo-inducing) ghost stories, Hollers from the Hollows, collected from around Fort Payne and Northeast Alabama. 

Greg brings a wonderful set of skills to Ardent Writer Press, and we are all happy he is here. 

Though Hollers is Greg’sfirst book-length work, he 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.

Stay tuned in 2013 for this great collection.  It will be on sale in several North Alabama venues, including state parks.

And finally, another Ardent Writer author, Larry Williamson (Legend of the Tallassee Carbine), is a graduate of Auburn.  With both Larry (Auburn) and Greg’s (UA) interest in writing, history, and their schools, how long before we get a little competition there?  This could be fun.


Greg Starnes and Steve Gierhart sign the contract for publication of Greg’s collection of North Alabama ghost stories in Scottsboro



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 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.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.