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Authors are listed alphabetically by last name. Click
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from Waynesboro, Virginia
Deb Booth, photographer and digital artist,
wrote her first book when she was 48 years old, proving that it's
never too late to make your dreams happen, and that you don't get
"hat hair" from wearing many hats. Please feel free to read her book
Mary Kinney Branson and Jack Branson
from Cumming, Georgia
In January 2003, federal agent Jack Branson’s
85-year-old aunt Ann was bludgeoned to death and stabbed 97 times in
small-town Kentucky. The killer left no fingerprints and no DNA.
The case may have gone unsolved if Ann herself had not pointed
police to her killer. Her story is chronicled in
Murder in Mayberry.
Murder in Mayberry:
Greed, Death and Mayhem in a Small Town is the true
story of a brutal crime, a promising young professional who became a
killer, and a wealthy, successful woman who became the perfect
victim. It’s about the impact of violent crime on a previously
“normal” family and on a quiet, trusting community who refused to
forget one of its own.
Murder in Mayberry
is endorsed by Family and Friends of Violent Crime Victims. The
hardback edition was released in February 2008 by New Horizon Press.
The paperback edition will be released by Berkley in March 2009.
authors, Jack and Mary Branson, are currently writing a historic
true crime book on the Atlanta child murders of 1979-81, working
with the FBI agent who was in charge of the investigation.
from Richmond, Virginia
Mary Burton recently signed with Kensington
Books to write three single tile suspense novels and the first,
titled I'm Watching You,
was released in December 2007. She also completed another novel for
Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Cold Case
Cop released in January 2008. Burton published her
first book, a historical western romance in 1999 and in 2005 was a
Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist for
The Unexpected Wife, a historical western set
in 1880s Montana.
is a graduate of Hollins University and currently lives in Richmond,
Virginia. Hobbies include yoga, the occasional triathlon, and
volunteering as a kitchen assistant in a culinary school. She is
currently working on her 18th novel.
from Fork Union, Virginia
A Journey to
Freedom is about a young woman leaving home for
college with the idea of redefining her life instead of letting her
mother continue to define who she was.
is about a young woman who finds secrets and deceptions in a
journal she found in the home of her recently deceased mother. Her
findings take her on a journey to Scotland.
from Spokane, Washington
multiple times best selling author
Chris Crutcher is an author and therapy consultant born
in Dayton, Ohio to a WWII bomber pilot and a homemaker.
He grew up in Cascade, Idaho and graduated from Eastern
Washington University with a BA in psychology and
sociology and a teaching credential. After teaching in
Washington State and California, Crutcher became the
director of a "last chance" k-12 alternative school in
Oakland, CA before returning to Spokane to write his
for Greenwillow in 1982. Eight other novels, a
collection of short stories and an autobiography
followed, all from Greenwillow/HarperCollins.
Crutcher's fast paced fiction -- heavily influenced by
his work as a therapist and child protection advocate --
is known for its expert balande of comedy and tragedy,
as well as its unflinching honesty. He has received
many awards and is a popular columnist (Voices From the
Middle, iParenting) and public speaker. Crutcher
lectures more than 60 times a year. He makes his home
in Spokane, Washington in the Pacific Northwest.
The Sledding Hill
King of the Mild Frontier
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
The Deep End
The Crazy Horse Electric Game
2006 Pen/NEWMAN'S OWN First Amendment Award Nominee
2005 NCAC Defender of Free Speech Honoree
2005 Catholic Library Association St. Katharine
2004 Writers Who Make a Difference Award (The Writer
2002 Washington STate Book Award
2002 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award
2000 Margaret A. Edwards Award (ALA)
1998 National Intellectual Freedome Award (NCTE/SLATE)
1998/1997 Back-to-Back California Young Reader Medals
1993 ALAN Award for Contribution to Young Adult
from Staunton, Virginia
Charles Culbertson is an award-winning
journalist and local historian who has written four books on local
history. His work appears weekly on the History Page of the Staunton
Leader. Staunton, Virginia: Another Treasury of Historic Tales
is a followup to his successful 2004 book, and offers a unique look
at the forgotten, lesser-known stories from the Queen City’s past.
from Charlottesville, VA
Kathy Erskine was born in the Netherlands and
grew up in Israel, South Africa, Scotland, Canada, and the United
States. That experience helped her to view life from different
perspectives, an element she uses in her writing. Her first novel,
IBHUBESI: THE LION, is set in apartheid South Africa
and tells the coming of age story of an American teen dealing with
racism and cruelty within a nation and his own family. Her second
novel, QUAKING, addresses
the effects of U.S. involvement in a war in the Middle East, and how
a teen seeks peace in the midst of fear.
QUAKING was chosen by the American Library
Association as one of the top ten books of 2008 on their list of
“Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.”
Erskine attended St. Andrews University in
Scotland and graduated from the College of William and Mary in
Virginia, earning a law degree from The American University in
Washington, D.C. She is working on several more novels for young
people, and enjoys presenting writing seminars to a variety of