Local Author Showcase 2017
Join us during the Deckle Edge Literary Festival for this annual showcase of talented local writers representing a wide range of genres.
Sunday, February 26th
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Richland Library Main
This Year's Participating Authors:
Ann Eisenstein grew up on a farm in Sidney, Ohio, where weekly trips to the library made it possible to explore and dream about the world beyond. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, graduating with a BS degree in Education, with an English and Journalism minor. Ann taught elementary school in Ohio and California before obtaining her M.Ed. in School Psychology from Wright State University, in Fairborn, Ohio. As a psychologist, she served in school systems in Texas, California, Michigan, and South Carolina, in adolescent psychiatric treatment facilities, in private practice, and for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. She taught college level Psychology in Columbia, SC, where she currently resides. Learn more at anneisenstein.com.
Books Available: Fallen Prey, A Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery; Hiding Carly, A Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery
Arthur Turfa is a Lutheran pastor, Army chaplain (Retired Reservist with veteran status) and an educator on secondary and post-secondary levels. Living in the Midlands of South Carolina, he teaches at Blythewood High School and is an adjunct at Midlands Tech. After writing a lot of poetry in his youth, he took a 20-year break and resumed around 2002. His first book of poetry was released by eLectio Publishing in April 2015. He is the co-owner at one large and two smaller Google+ poetry communities.
Books Available: Places and Times
Benjamin W. Farley is Younts Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, Erskine College, a resident of Columbia, SC, and noted scholar and author. His works range from scholarly tomes in philosophy and religion to literary fiction, adventure, poetry and short stories.
Books Available: Transcendence and Fulfillment: Paul's Seven Pillars of Wisdom and Their Enduring Relevance; By the Waters of Babylon: Meditations on the Psalms for the Solace and Renewal of the Soul; Three Thousand Days and Nights: A Novel of the French and Indian War
Bill Looney lives in NE Columbia, Lake Carolina, Richland County. He has four published suspense novels and his latest, Hunting the Storm, uses Charleston, SC as a backdrop. It is based on an actual FBI cold case. His four books are currently available at Richland Library.
Books Available: Hunting the Storm; Angel of the Abyss; The Lost Star of Jerusalem
Bonnie Stanard is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and former teacher. Marriage took her from the South to Chicago to Brussels, Belgium, and back to the States. Arriving late to the writing profession, she has published six novels in the last five years, one of which was listed on BlueInk Review’s selection of “Best Novels of 2015.” Her poems and stories have been published in journals such as Harpur Palate, Slipstream, Eclipse, and North Atlantic Review. Prior to returning to her home state, she edited local periodicals where she lived. She is an active member of the SC Writers Association, the Columbia II chapter. Follow her at bonniestanard.com and writepersona.blogspot.com.
Books Available: What Missing Means; Dust on the Bible; Master of Westfall Plantation
Brian Barr is an author of novels, short stories, and comic books. His novels Carolina Daemonic: Confederate Shadows and Psychological Revenge are available on Amazon. His comic series, Empress, which he writes with co-creator Chuck Amadori, is available on Comixology.
Books Available: Carolina Daemonic; Psychological Revenge; Daemensions
Briana G. Whitaker is an author, speaker, counselor, wife, mother and most importantly a born-again believer in Christ. She enjoys writing and encouraging people, especially women, to seek God’s best for their lives by giving Him their best. Her writing experiences include eight years as a print journalist in the U.S. Army Reserves, seven years as a middle school language arts teacher, and maintaining an online blog, where she endeavors to provoke others to love and good works one soulful insight at a time. She is a living witness that waiting on God works. Follow her at www.BrianaGWhitaker.com, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @brianagwhitaker.
Books Available: Wait on God: What Every Single Woman Should Know to Receive God's Best!
The man behind the pen name Darin TaDream is just a simple workingman who made a snide comment about the quality of a romance his wife had just finished. She immediately shoved the foot he put in his mouth further in, until he was gnawing on his kneecap. Not one to back down from a challenge, he dove into a few more novels, then created his own first story—but not this one. That story was good enough to convince his wife he could write, and the foot was extracted some. Finding his ankle not very appetizing, he wrote another tale. But to completely remove the foot, he still had to get published. This book is the mouthwash to remove the last taste of his toes and allow him to say, “Yes, I can!”
Books Available: ...Can Come True
Deena C Bouknight has been a writer for more than 30 years, contributing to non-fiction books, magazines, and newspapers, and she has published two southern literary novels.
Books Available: Broken Shells; Playing Guy
Erlinda Henderson is the wife of Curtis and mother to Jaquez, Zyon, and Teonna. After becoming a teenage parent at the age of 16, she was determined to provide a quality life for her son. She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant while attending Midlands Technical College, received an Associate Degree in Human Services and then a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Limestone College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work through the Advance Standing Program from the University of South Carolina. A Bishopville, SC native, Erlinda works as a Medical Social Worker/Case Manager and has over 8 years of experience working with hospice. She has always enjoyed writing poetry in her spare time and uses her poetic gift to encourage and inspire readers to trust God in all situations.
Books Available: Thoughts of The Day, Messages From Your Heart; Broken Pieces
Fran Rizer ventured into writing fiction after retiring from teaching in Richland One Public Schools in Columbia, South Carolina. A winner in the Augusta, Georgia, Porter Fleming Fiction Contest, Rizer’s short fiction has been published in Canada as well as the USA. Seven of Rizer’s published novels are Callie Parrish cozy mysteries, which have been nominated for SIBA and Agatha Awards. An avid reader of all genres, Rizer recently expanded her literary offerings with two variations from cozy mysteries – a serial killer thriller and a paranormal.
Books Available: The Horror of Julie Bates; Murder is On the Clock; Kudzu River
Noted speaker, children's book author, illustrator, and literacy advocate, Frances F. Jones is building confidence in today’s youth throughout South Carolina and the nation with her colorful character, Cricket Curls. Through lots of hard work and perseverance, Frances conquered her childhood challenges with dyslexia, and has been able to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a children's book author, illustrator and owner of a growing children's education company.
Books Available: Picture Day; First Sleep Over
Jackie Capers-Brown is known for her inspirational journey of going from earning minimum wage to becoming an award-winning leader and general manager of several million-dollar businesses during her 20+ year corporate career. Today, she is an author, motivational speaker and leadership trainer and mentor. In her book Get Unstuck Now she shares real life experiences and a proven breakthrough system for getting un-stuck to bounce back better than ever after a setback or adversity.
Books Available: Get Unstuck Now: Changing Your Story Unleashes Your Power to Move On and Be Happy
James D. McCallister has worked as a media archivist, newspaper columnist, free-lance journalist, and small business owner. He is the author of numerous academic and magazine publications, as well as three novels. A two-time South Carolina Writer’s Workshop and SC Fiction Project awardee, as well as a Faulkner-Wisdom novel finalist and Saturday Evening Post short story finalist, McCallister adjuncts in creative writing at Midlands Technical College and has appeared as both featured author, panelist, and moderator at the SC Book Festival. A lifelong South Carolinian, McCallister resides in West Columbia, SC, with his wife Jenn and eight beloved cats, muses all.
Books Available: Let the Glory Pass Away; Fellow Traveler; King’s Highway
Jon Stafford was born in 1948, which led to a natural interest in WW2. He has spent 50 years reading and studying about it. During that time he spent 30 years teaching history in local high schools. Columbia was a wonderful place to raise his two girls, and he now enjoys his three grandchildren.
Books Available: Reluctant Warriors
Julia Allcut is the author of The Good Spy Wife, a Christian Spy Novel published by Author House in 2014. Julia used resources from actual stories of espionage she observed while living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. during the decade of the spy. She is presently working on her second novel.
Books Available: The Good Spy Wife
Karen Wardamasky Bobrow is a former mathematician and computer programmer turned genealogist/ancestor stalker from New Jersey now living in South Carolina. She is a mother and a grandmother. She used her analytical skills, along with extensive genealogy research, to write her first book about an American boy growing up in the Soviet Union during the years between the Great Depression and the beginning of the Second World War.
Books Available: Do Svidanya Dad: Tracing the Story of an American Family Trapped in the USSR
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu is a professor of organizational leadership and project management and oversees the Caleb Assembly: a Christian non-profit organization that motivates people to recover from societal challenges such as addictions and depression. He is a motivational speaker, life coach, and leadership expert who has written 4 books; they can be found at www.reboundseries.com and www.thecalebassembly.org/products. He has lived in the Columbia, SC area for about 10 years, encouraging others in local halfway homes.
Books Available: Christ-Led Rebound Series: Depression, Oppression, & Possession; Christ-Led Rebound Series: Bad Habits; Christ-Led Rebound Series: Inactivity
Mary Ann Claud is the author of two published novels, The Dancin' Man and Whirlygig: The Dancin' Man's Daughter. She is presently working on an adapted collection of short essays based on former columns published in the Hendersonville Times-News. Learn more at maryannclaud.com.
Books Available: The Dancin’ Man; Whirlygig: The Dancin’ Man’s Daughter
Mr. Stockdell was born in Richmond, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English. Over the next thirty years he worked as a systems analyst, data processing manager, and management consultant, including three years in the federal government. Mr. Stockdell has an MFA in Fiction Writing and a masters in social work.
Books Available: The Solution: Repairing Our Broken Political System
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Millie West has a background in aviation, as well as in real estate, and has owned her own company. A South Carolina history buff, Millie has spent countless hours exploring the rich historical vestiges of her home state. She has viewed many treasures of the past by taking less-traveled paths into the countryside. Her love of the fascinating, complex, and compelling history of the south is expressed in her writing. Millie resides with her family near Columbia, South Carolina. To learn more visit www.milliewestauthor.com.
Books Available: Catherine's Cross; The Cast Net
Nadine Johnson is a children’s author residing in Summerville, South Carolina. She has spent the last several years promoting literacy through her company 123 Mango Tree LLC by visiting local schools and giving books to children. She has published five picture books include the Last Night I Dreamt children’s book series, I Love and I Am. Her goal is to continue to write books that engage children and build their love for reading at an early age.
Books Available: Bing vs. the J-Crew; Love; I Am
USC Professor Emerita Patricia G. “Pat” McNeely taught writing and reporting in the School of Journalism for 33 years. Before joining the faculty, McNeely was a reporter and editor for The Greenville News, The State and The Columbia Record. She is the author of several books highlighting fascinating aspects of Southern and Civil War history.
Books Available: Eyewitnesses to General Sherman's Atrocities in the Civil War; Sherman's Flame and Blame Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas ... and the burning of Columbia; Lincoln, Sherman, Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold
Pattie Welek Hall is the author of a children’s book, Believe, translated into Spanish as Creer. Her memoir, A Mother's Dance: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Full Circle, was a 2013 Shortlist Finalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner award for Narrative Nonfiction, named a Pulpwood Queen Book Club Bonus Pick, and a Finalist in the Health: Psychology/Mental Health category of the 2016 Best Book Awards. She’s been published in Brain Injury, the International Brain Injury Association 10th World Congress scientific journal, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries. She hosts an Internet radio talk show, Joy Radio, from Charleston, South Carolina, where she makes her home.
Books Available: A Mother's Dance: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Full Circle
Rachel Haynie is drawn to stories of local and regional history as well as the arts and her writing appears in Columbia Living Magazine, Jasper and on MidlandsAnchor.com. A former teacher, she is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Books Available: How Charles Townes Sent a Beam Straight to the Stars; Stalled; Myths and Legends of South Carolina
As the saying goes, “you can’t pick your relatives.” But if you’re a fiction writer, you can pick your name. Raegan Teller is the nom de plume for Wanda Bryant Craig, a former communications consultant and business writer in Columbia, South Carolina. She has also been a marketing manager, executive coach, and insurance manager—among other things. While working her way through school, she even sold burial vaults at a cemetery. How apropos is that for a mystery writer!
Books Available: Murder in Madden
For the past 24 years, Sean Foley has worked as a herpetologist for the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina. When he’s not training crocodiles, cleaning gecko cages, and feeding rattlesnakes and cobras, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Occasionally he even finds time to write. The Iguana’s Eyes is his debut young adult novel. For more information, visit www.seanfoleybooks.com.
Books Available: The Iguana’s Eyes
Thomas Zane graduated from Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Maryland, and completed two associate degrees and a bachelor degree while serving in the United States Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, he became a business man, truck driver, mini storage assistant manager, a part time high school teacher, salesman and finally a writer. He currently resides in Sumter, SC.
Books Available: Arthur Gray
Historian Tom Elmore grew up in Columbia, S.C. where he heard numerous tales and legends about life in the city during the Civil War. He holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of South Carolina, is the author of numerous articles in regional and national publications and has lectured all across the Mid-Atlantic States. In addition, Elmore is a book reviewer for Blue & Gray Magazine and wrote the Columbia Gems local history series for Blue Fish Digest. He lives in Columbia with his wife Krys and their two Chihuahuas Speedy and Sassy.
Books Available: Potter's Raid Through South Carolina; The Scandalous Lives of Carolina Belles Marie Boozer and Amelia Feaster: Flirting with the Enemy; A Carnival of Destruction: Sherman's Invasion of South Carolina
Wallace McBride is an award-winning South Carolina journalist, and creator/editor of The Collinsport Historical Society website, podcast and publishing imprint. He was once used as a human shield by Michelle Phillips, owns a complete run of "Howard the Duck" comics and talks too much about "Dark Shadows." Learn more at www.collinsporthistoricalsociety.com.
Books Available: Monster Serial; Bride of Monster Serial; Taste the Blood of Monster Serial