Ardent Writer Press visits Local Author Expo – February 2, 2013 at Birmingham Central Library (Downtown)

The Ardent Writer Press participated in the Birmingham Library’s Local Author Expo on Saturday, February 2, 2013.  Birmingham rolled out the red carpet for The Ardent Writer Press and over 100 other authors for this wonderful event.  Not only was the public exposed to the works of so many creative minds who love the literary arts, but they served up a buffet of programs for the day.  

Included was a touching discussion with author Carolyn Maull McKinstry, the courageous survivor of the Birmingham church bombings of 1963, a seminal moment in the Civil Rights Movement. 

Publisher Steve Gierhart attended with Ardent Writer Authors, Annie Laura Smith, Twilight of Honor (who was accompanied by her daughter, Laura) and Larry Williamson, Legend of the Tallassee Carbine.


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.