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Authors F-J 2015

Kathleen Graham-Gandy

gandykathy2A native of Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, and a retired banker and journalist, Kathleen Graham-Gandy has always been intrigued with historical tidbits and realistic (and exaggerated) stories about her hometown. 

Her first book, Mount Pleasant’s 100 South Main Street,proves that to be true and now her second story, One Man’s Vision… One County’s Reward, adds an exclamation point.

Ms. Gandy’s writing experience began as she wrote loan-underwriting manuals in an attempt to make the loan process more interesting and understandable for training purposes for several Bowling Green, Kentucky banks.  

One Man’s Vision…One County’s Reward, a story about the German Prisoner of War camp that was located in Lawrenceburg during World War II. In addition to the POW camp, the book highlights the life of James H. Stribling who was instrumental in bringing both camps and many industrial establishments to Lawrence County during the early 1900s.  The book is filled with photos. 

Shock Therapy…Building a Power Line with a BLONDE Groundman is a humorous account of the experiences Gandy and her husband, Charles, shared when they built their own power line to their cabin in the woods.  Charles had always dreamed of building his own power line.  But was it Kathy’s dream, too? Read about their adventures in this book they co-authored. To be published late 2014.

Ms. Gandy works with her local church, and is also involved in civic and community activities.  She and her husband, Charles, are active with the Gideons International.  They have four sons and thirteen grandchildren.


Gretchen Griffith

Award-Winning Author

griffithgretchenformalGretchen Griffith has been instrumental in preserving local North Carolina stories through several oral history projects, including her 2012 Lessons Learned: The Story of Pilot Mountain School, her 2013 Called to the Mountains: The Story of Jean L. Frese and her 2014 Wheels & Moonshine: The Stories and Adventures of Claude B. Minton.  

She is a former teacher with thirty years experience covering multiple levels from Head Start five year olds to college freshmen at Appalachian State University, although she claims fourth grade as her favorite spot to fall. Her interest in international cultures began in high school when she was an exchange student in Lima, Peru and continues today through volunteer work with AFS, an intercultural program. Her 2013 children’s picture book, When Christmas Feels Like Home, is based on personal experiences of adapting to a new culture.

Awards Won:

2013 Willie Parker Peace Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians


Bruce S. Hart III

hartbruceThe Time Traveler series is Bruce Hart’s first series combining history and fiction.  In the first book, Time of the Ripper, Bill Parker and his friends travel to 1888 London where they take on Jack the Ripper.   Secrets are revealed that even Bill cannot believe.  The ending will shock the world. 

The second book, Countdown to Camelot, takes the group to the days of King Arthur and his court against Evil incarnate itself, the Evil One.  Friends are made and lost in this sequel to Time of the Ripper.


Terry Irving

Headliner and Award-Winning Author

irvingterryTerry Irving is the winner of four National Emmy Awards, multiple Peabody, DuPont and Telly Awards and was honored at the Columbus Film Festival. He began a career in broadcast journalism in 1973 carrying news film regarding the Watergate investigation and has since covered stories around the world, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and Tiananmen Square. He has written and edited copy for some of the most iconic names in the industry, including Aaron Brown, Wolf Blitzer, Ted Koppel and Diane Sawyer.

He is an active member of the International Thriller Writers and the Mystery Writers of America and serves on the Board of the Foundation for Moral Courage.

He is the author of the on-going series On the Road and the self-help book, The Unemployed Guy’s Guide to Unemployment. His debut thriller Courier takes place amid the scandal and drama of Watergate when a motorcycle courier unsuspectingly picks up a roll of news film and after the news correspondent and crew are killed, discovers he is next on the killer’s list. Courier has garnered praise from Erik Sorenson, Aaron Brown, Ted Koppel, Sam Donaldson and others. Terry’s resume reel appears below.


Mary Anne Benedetto

benedettomaryanneSpeaker, ghostwriter, blogger, Certified Lifewriting Instructor and author of Eyelash,Never Say Perfect, 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing and From Italy with Love & Limoncello and Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps!, Mary Anne Benedetto’s passions include helping people capture and preserve their life stories, creating Christian fiction, world travel and walking the spectacular South Carolina beaches. Please visit her at www.awriterspresence.com, www.maryannebenedetto.blogspot.com, www.abookfeast4u.blogspot.com and www.4womenwholove2travel.blogspot.com. Founder of Beach Author Network, independently and traditionally published South Carolina coast authors, who convene to discuss marketing, promotion, community events.

Visit http://www.beachauthornetwork.blogspot.com.


Alvin Bess

bessalvinA thorough and honest account of my life and of my retarders and how I succeeded despite them, this book (Undaunted Black Male) is designed to serve as a guidebook or a handbook for individuals, young and old, male or female, Black, White, Hispanic, Native American, Indian, or Asian, during their undaunted and necessary travel through the underbrush of firm selective retarders and chameleon scarecrows. Available at amazon,Undaunted Black Male will soon be revised into a School Edition.


Sandra Bruney

bruneysandySandy Bruney loves to read and write about real women and their problems, their strengths, their friendships. Her heroines could be your contemporaries, or their story could take place a century ago or even in a parallel universe. No matter where you find them, they reflect the challenges, triumphs and loves of every woman of any age.


Dr. Patrice J. Carter

carterpatriceDr. Patrice J. Carter resides in Fayetteville, NC with the love of her life, Dalton and son Miles. She is a Motivational Speaker, Christian Life Coach, Author and Small Business Coach.

Dr. Carter is also a Licensed Minister and Founder of Speak to the World Ministries (STTWM) in partnership with her husband, Evangelist Dalton J. Carter.

Dr. Carter motivates, encourages and empowers men and women through her speaking engagements. Her speaking has been described as “life changing and empowering.”

As a Christian Life Coach, Dr. Carter coaches her clients towards their destiny using her book, SUPERb Woman: From Bad Girl to God’s Girl, as well as her experiences and insight.  Her coaching is tailored towards individuals, groups and business owners and her goal is to coach them towards breakthrough and success in all areas of their life.

As an Author, Dr. Carter completed her first book, in 2010, entitled, SUPERb Woman:  From Bad Girl to God’s Girl a devotional and self-guided journey that focuses on worthiness and self-esteem; and a deconstructed view of the Proverbs 31 woman for women of all ages.

As a Small Business Consultant, Dr. Carter specializes in business coaching, training and professional development.  She has 26 years of combined experience in the areas of Business, Military and Healthcare and holds: PhD in Organization and Management, Capella University, M.B.A, Webster University and, M.S.A. in Healthcare Administration, Central Michigan University.

Watch Dr. Patrice J. Carter on her SUPERb Woman T.V. YouTube Channel and find out more at www.drpatricecarter.com.


Cindy Cipriano

ciprianocindyThe Circle
Calum Ranson is sure of three things:  his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe.  No one until Laurel shows up at his mother’s bookstore wearing a dark clan’s mark.  When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel’s brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan.  Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother – revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.

The Lost
Calum, Laurel and Hagen reunite in their search for Finley. Going against everything Calum knows is right, he gives Laurel Sidhe Talents which causes her father to forbid her to see Calum. An old friend, Kira steps in to take Laurel’s place, but Calum questions her motivation. Ultimately, Finley must make his own decision; to be rescued or save another lost Sidhe.


Matthew R. Drayton

draytonmattSucceeding While Black draws attention to and provides solutions for many of the issues facing African-Americans. Many young African-American men will find themselves in prison, in gangs, and on the streets without opportunities to succeed. African-American children still trail behind other ethnicities in almost every academic statistical category in America. By sharing his own story and personal struggles, author Matt Dayton debunks the myth of a challenging early life inevitably resulting in failure, and candidly shares his journey of changed focus and better decisions. Drawing on a lifetime of mentoring and leadership, Matt provides the building blocks to success—from appearance to attitude—in an accessible voice that will appeal to all readers. If you are working with African-American youth, this book is a must-have.

Sergeant Major (Retired) Matt Drayton is a decorated Army veteran who has led and mentored hundreds of men and women. Matt is the owner of Drayton Communications, a corporate speaker, consultant, and leadership expert with over 33 years’ experience in government and commercial commerce. Matt has worked as a Senior Department of Defense Civilian, an Analyst for the Northrup Grumman Corporation, and as a Broadcaster and Radio Station manager. Matt is a member of the National Speakers Association.

Stefan Duncan

duncanstefanStefan is both author and artist.  He is writing two fantasy series, SWORDSLINGER andRAVEN’S LIGHT, both #1 in Amazon’s category of Contemporary Fantasy Series. 

As an artist, he is called, “The American Van Gogh,” by Van Gogh Gallery website. His website is http://www.stefanduncan.com.


Lynda Durrant

Award-Winning Author

Lynda Durrant’s love of history launched her career as a writer of historic fiction novels for children. She’s written about Indian captives, a petticoat soldier, Johnny Appleseed, the Shakers, and many more. Lynda Durrant writes about real young people who lived in American history.

Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington, is based upon a true story. When Ariel Bradley was nine years old, he spied upon British troops just prior to the 1776 Battle of Great Plains. His heroism helped the Americans win this important battle, the first win for the Americans in the Revolutionary War.    

Betsy Zane, the Rose of Fort Henry is about the great-aunt of writer Zane Grey. Betsy made an historic run for the gunpowder during the Battle of Fort Henry, in what is now Wheeling, West Virginia. This last battle of the Revolutionary War was won in part by Betsy Zane, 14-year-old heroine of the American Revolution.

Echohawk is based upon an Indian captive in the Hudson River Valley in the 1740’s. Jonathan Starr is a Mohican now, but his memories of his lost family draw him to a shattering conclusion about family, trust, and the bonds that connect us.

Her books have garnered starred reviews fromKirkus Reviews and Booklist.

Awards Won:

American Library Association

Parents Choice Magazine

Bloomer Award

International Reading Association


Jane Edwards

Award-Winning Author

edwardsjaneJelly Bean Finds Her Special Place is the true story of a lamb named Jelly Bean who was abandoned at birth by her mother. Two neighbors, Jane Edwards and Renee’ Pappas, stepped up to nurture this lamb both physically and emotionally.
As Jelly Bean grew, she faced many changes in her life. She began a journey to find her special place in the world. The young reader can follow this lamb’s journey with actual photographs of Jelly Bean while searching for hidden jelly bean candy on each page.

Jelly Bean Finds Her Special Place is a story of love, hope and encouragement. Her message is that there is a special place for each of us, even a lamb.

Awards Won:

2012 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in Children’s Non-Fiction

2013 Indie Excellence Book Awards – Finalist in the Children’s Inspirational and Motivational Category

2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards – Honorable Mention in the Picture Books -ages 6+Older Category
2013 Readers Choice 5 Star Review

2014 Indie Excellence Book Awards – Finalist in the Children’s Non-Fiction Category


Darlene Eichler

eichlerdarleneDarlene Eichler been writing for the past eight years under the pen names Nan Turner and Darlene Eichler. After she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease she found herself not sleeping at night. As a teacher/librarian she had always wanted to write. Now was her chance. Her first book was an autobiographical, cathartic exercise to help with getting on with life after a divorce.

The “Rose Series” came after that, a story of a little Melungeon girl who grows up in the 1950s and 60s in Virginia. After that the “Lily Series” began. Trunk Tales is a memoir of spending the summers with her great grandmother on a tobacco farm in Virginia. “Satan’s Best Friend” is about the making of a cult leader.

“Where’s the Kitty” is her first children’s book and came out May 24, 2013 It has been well received….the illustrations are exceptional. This has been an enjoyable journey for her and “Where’s The Kitty” will be, hopefully, the first of several children’s books.

Next event date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Location: Lumberton, NC Robeson Community College

Email: bookemnc@robeson.edu