Authors K-O 2014


Visit with more than seventy-five authors at
Book 'Em North Carolina on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

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Authors A-E Authors F-J Authors K-O Authors P-T Authors U-Z

Ginger King

Ginger King says North Carolina has always been her real home, even though she grew up in Virginia.  Her grandmother lived in the small North Carolina community called Scuppernong, and even as a child she always saw visits there as coming home.   The year of 2012 saw her come home to Scuppernong in a brand new way.

In February 2012, Ginger had no idea that within a year she would add author to her resume and be nominated with other female NC writers for a Mothervine award.  Her journey into being published began at the 2012 Book Em event.  Today she is the author of the Carolina Wine Country Cooking series which is all about cooking with wine from the Carolina vines.  The books include recipes using the famous North Carolina Muscadine as well as European varietals produced in the western part of the state.  She also is a contributor to her publisher’s holiday anthologies, for example Second Helpings, which is a compilation of holiday short stories and authors recipes, released in November 2012. 

She is a contributor with other food writers from around the globe and the World Food Travel Association on a culinary travel guide titled Have Fork Will Travel.  Also look for her writings in regional NC magazines across the state.

Her websites and contain links to her blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Dixie Land

Ms. Land began writing in the mid 90’s with the goal of completing one book. She has since written and published an additional ten novels. In 2005 she and business partner David Shaffer formed Alabaster Book Publishing. To date they have published 80 books for thirty-four authors. Dixie’s books have received favorable reviews from Our State Magazine, Writer’s Digest and she has appeared on TV several times to discuss her books as well as the publishing company.

Phyllis Locklear

Phyl’ Locklear is an entrepreneur who lives in NC. She is a native of the Lumbee tribe. Her passion for her native people inspired her to write about the ways of their culture.

Jessie Cole is a Lumbee woman in her thirties with dreams of finding her prince and getting married in a big white beautiful church. She grew up in a rural area of Robeson County, raised by her Grandpa and colorful Aunt Candy Mary. Her Grandpa falls ill and his dying wish is for Jessie to find her soul-mate.

Things don’t unfold quite like he intended, though, as Jessie embarks on a seven year season of courting all manner of ill-suited prospects: liars, cheaters, drunks, pot-heads, and prejudiced fools. Hoping to find her prince charming, she instead surveys a pond full of frogs. Jessie turns to her Aunt Candy Mary, neighbors, and a childhood friend to help mend her broken heart. Will Jessie ever find her prince? Or will she settle for a pond full of frogs?

Seven Seasons of Black & White presents an Indian’s woman’s search for love as she attempts to strike a balance between her thick native roots and the trials of modern day life.

Nancy Lorraine

Nancy Lorraine is a wife, mother, and grandmother, an author, a master gardener, and a retired mental health professional. Knowledge of children's developmental issues as well as her gardening experience informs her stories. Nancy Lorraine's extensive backyard butterfly garden and her 7 year old granddaughter inspired her to write The Butterfly Adventure.  It is her hope that the stories about the insects and flowers that live in a backyard garden will encourage children to explore and enjoy the natural world in their own backyards.

A bonus is that the illustrations in The Butterfly Adventure are original watercolors by Dorothy Heron.  It is a beautiful book, worthy of the designation of an "art book" as well as a children's book. The book is as enjoyable to adults as it is to children from ages 4 to 9.

Richard Lutman

Award-Winning Author

Richard Lutman has a MFA in Writing from Vermont College.  He teaches short story classes as part of Coastal Carolina University's Lifelong Learning program.  His fiction has appeared in publications including Epiphany Magazine, The Bethlehem Writers Roundtable and Prick of the Spindle.  He has also won awards for his short stories, nonfiction, and screenplays.  He was a 2008 Pushcart nominee in fiction and the recipient of national awards for his non-fiction, short stories and screenplays.  

Awards Won:

Novella “Iron Butterfly” short listed 2012 Santa Fe Writers Project

2008 Pushcart nominee in fiction

Quarter Finalist 2006 Write Movies International Writing competition (Script)

Honorable Mention 2003 Writer’s Digest Television/Movie Script

Finalist 2003 Write Movies International Writing competition (Script)

First prize 2001 Rhode Island Film Festival screenplay competition

Honorable mention, 1989, 1990 and 1993, 1996, and 1998 Writer's Digest fiction and Feature Writing competition.

Second place--National Writers Club short story contest, 1987.

Runner up in Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Individual Artists

Fellowships (fiction), 1984, 1987.  Finalist, 1991.

Robert Frost Poetry Medal, 1965.

Hawk MacKinney

Award-Winning Author

"Without question, Hawk is one of the most gifted and imaginative writers I have had the pleasure to represent," states Barbara Casey, president of the Barbara Casey Literary Agency. "His reading fans will have something special to look forward to in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Intrigue, murder, deception and conspiracy—take Hawk's main character, retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram, from his South Carolina ancestral home of Moccasin Hollow to the dirty backrooms of the nation's capital and across Europe and the Middle East."

During his service as a Navy Commander was a full-time postgraduate faculty with two postgraduate degrees, majors in languages and history, and taught postgraduate studies at several stateside universities and at Hadasseh Medical School in Jerusalem.

Moccasin Trace was nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. A historical romance, Moccasin Trace is the family background for the serial protagonist in the “Craige Ingram Mystery Series”. Vault of Secrets, the 1st book in his "Ingram Mystery Series," received national attention. Nymrod Resurrection, 2010 and Blood and Gold, 2011 are the 2nd and 3rd books in the mystery series. Two 2012 works…a 4th title in the Ingram Series, The Lady of Corpsewood Manor, and Volume I of his Sci-Fi, The Cairns of Sainctuarie, The Bleikovat Event. Both 2012 releases were nominated for the Chautauqua Prize and the Hoffer Award. His next mystery-thriller is due out in 2013.

Awards Won:

2013 Yerby Award for Fiction
Augusta Literary Festival


Scott Mason

Award-Winning Author

A man without arms from Chapel Hill who chainsaws trees with his feet; a 101-year-old woman from Southern Pines whose homemade snake oil cures every ailment; a Johnston County tinkerer whose floor-to-ceiling paper chain swallows half his living room; a Sunset Beach mailbox perched in a sand dune; and a Jackson County rock carved by a giant. These are stories Scott Mason has reported for WRAL-TV in Raleigh and which he's written about in his book, Tar Heel Traveler: Journeys Across North Carolina (Globe Pequot Press).

The book is a blend of oral history and memoir with a good dose of quirky humor. It takes its name from his feature series on WRAL. He is the TV reporter—the Tar Heel Traveler—who journeys across North Carolina profiling colorful characters and out-of-the-way places.

Readers will come to know people they’ve never met, travel places they’ve never visited, and learn things they didn’t know. And they’ll laugh a lot along the way!

Awards Won:

More than 100 Journalism Awards including:

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

Regional Emmys

The Gabriel Award

The National Headliner Award

Two North Carolina TV Reporter of the Year Awards

2010  5th Place, Writer’s Digest National Writing Competition

2009  10th Place, Writer’s Digest National Writing Competition

Karen Matthews

Karen Matthews is a technical writer and the owner of Carolina Souvenirs, a company developing original souvenirs for the North and South Carolina tourist markets.  She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alabama. Karen is married and has one son and four step-children, all of whom are now grown.  She lives with her husband, Richard, on a small farm in Sanford, North Carolina.

The Legend of Lizard Lick is Karen Matthew’s first book.  It is a whimsical illustrated children’s book starring a charming cast of frogs and lizards in a tale about how the community of Lizard Lick, North Carolina got its funny name.

The Legend of Lizard Lick is illustrated by award-winning Chapel Hill artist, Josh Taylor.  His work has appeared in magazines, billboards, books, and a feature film.  The Legend of Lizard Lick is filled with 26 full-color illustrations depicting the frogs and lizards resolving their differences over sharing the scare water in Sweetwater Pond during a drought. It teaches children about preserving natural resources, playing outdoors, getting along with neighbors, and settling conflicts in a peaceful way.

Bob Mayer

New York Times
Bestselling Author

New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has over 50 books published.  He has sold over five million books and is in demand as a team-building, life-change, and leadership speaker and consultant. 

Bob graduated from West Point and served in the military as a Special Forces A-Team leader and a teacher at the JFK Special Warfare Center & School.  He teaches novel writing and improving the author via his Write It Forward program. 

He is the CEO of Cool Gus Publishing, which has grown to a seven figure business in just two years, and is one of the bestselling indie authors in the United States.


Janet McCanless

Award-Winning Author

Jan is a retired high school teacher and freelance newspaper columnist, now writing mysteries. These are lighthearted, character driven plots with quirky, lovable characters who somehow, in their middle age, get involved in solving crimes. The stories are centered in a fictional, coastal NC town called Beryl's Cove, a fishing and tourist mecca, rich in state history. Addictive is the word most frequently used to describe the 6 books in the Beryl's Cove mystery series, and every book has found itself on the local best seller list.

Jan's other book is a compilation of her most humorous newspaper columns and magazine articles during a ten year period. Great fun and a laugh a minute. Entitled Wyatt Earp, GAP Pickles and Thoughts of Home, it's a must read for the lover of humor stories, a great many of them about NC.

Awards Won:

The Mother Vine awarded for Best Short Stories to Wyatt Earp, GAP Pickles and Thoughts of Home, April of 2013.

Brenda McKean

Award-Winning Author

Want to know about the role women played during the American Civil War in N.C.? Two non-fiction books, Blood and War at My Doorstep: North Carolina Civilians in the War Between the States, Volume I and Volume II, describe in detail how civilians coped with slavery, secession, the blockade, deserters, conscription, starvation, the enemy, death, and the struggle to survive which led to riots, stealing, and prostitution.  Shortages caused by the blockade made life difficult but in spite of this N.C. women stepped up to support the troops in various ways.

These two volumes encompass many endnotes, footnotes, appendix, and peoples’ names so it is a bonus for genealogists.  As yet no book  is as complete a history on the home front as this one.

Awards Won:

The Willie Parker Peace Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for Blood and War at My Doorstep, 2013.


Sarah Norkus

Sarah Norkus grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of the editor of the horse racing magazine, The Horseman and Fair World. She likes to say that writing is in her blood. Her cousin, Stephen Ambrose wrote many historical military books including Band of Brothers. She has three published books, a memoir, The Eleventh Summer, a literary fiction, Until the Wind Changes and The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain, a YA historical fiction/fantasy.

In Sarah’s latest book, The Secret Diary of Sarah Chamberlain, the protagonist, Emily Grace discovers a diary under a floorboard in the attic of an old house and is unknowingly whisked back in time 150 years to prevent a murder.  Shocked to find herself in a nineteenth century parlor, she accidentally trips and hits her head.  When she awakens she has no memory of herself or the people around her.  Can she retrieve her memory in time to stop the death of an innocent man?