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On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, the special series on the business side of publishing concludes with a conversation with literary agent Alice Speilburg. Alice is the founding agent of Speilburg Literary and has worked in book publishing for more than a decade. She is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents (formerly the AAR) and represents narrative nonfiction an d commercial fiction for adults and YA readers. Alice previously worked at John Wiley & Sons, and Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors, literary and professional societies, and branded content.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, our special series on the business side of publishing continues with book publicist Maryglenn McCombs. Maryglenn is a 1993 graduate of Vanderbilt University and has been actively working in the book publishing industry for nearly 20 years. During that time she has been involved with literally hundreds of books. She discuss what a book publicist does for authors and why authors need them to help promote their work(s).
This episode of Now, Appalachia is the first episode in a series of podcasts focusing on the business side of writing and publishing. The guest for this episode is Ashley Runyon, of the University Press of Kentucky.The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as six private colleges and Kentucky’s two major historical societies.
Ashley Runyon, the acquisitions editor of the press, discusses university presses, how and why they might be a good publishing option for authors, and how an author can know if a university press is a good option for their project.
This episode of Now, Appalachia is the first episode in a series of podcasts focusing on the business side of writing and publishing. The guest for this episode is Ashley Runyon, of the University Press of Kentucky. The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as six private colleges and Kentucky’s two major historical societies.
Ashley Runyon, the acquisitions editor of the press, discusses university presses, how and why they might be a good publishing option for authors, and how an author can know if a university press is a good option for their project.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Ohio author Jess Montgomery about her latest novel THE STILLS. Jess Montgomery is the “Literary Life” columnist for the Dayton Daily News and writes a new Writer's Digest magazine column, "Level Up Your Writing (Life)." Based on early chapters of the first in the Kinship Series, The Widows, Jess was awarded an Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grant for literary arts and named the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. She lives in her native state of Ohio.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Kentucky author Leesa Cross-Smith about her new novel THIS CLOSE TO OKAY. Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and the author of Every Kiss A War, Whiskey & Ribbons, So We Can Glow, and This Close To Okay. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two teenagers. Find more at LeesaCrossSmith.com.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews North Carolina author Renea Winchester about her new novel OUTBOUND TRAIN. Renea Winchester was born in Bryson City, North Carolina. She is the author of two nonfiction books set in Atlanta Georgia where she lived for 17 years. Outbound Train is her first novel.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews New York Times bestselling Appalachian author John Hart about his latest novel THE UNWILLING. John is the New York Times bestselling author of The King of Lies, Down River, The Last Child, Iron House, Redemption Road, and The Hush. The only author in history to win the Edgar Award for Best Novel consecutively, John has also won the Barry Award, the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Award for Fiction, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. His novels have been translated into thirty languages and can be found in more than seventy countries.
On the first episode of 2021, Eliot interviews author Michael Farris Smith about his new novel NICK. Michael is the author of Blackwood, The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists in Esquire, Southern Living, Book Riot, and numerous other outlets, and have been named Indie Next, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections. He has been a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, the Gold Dagger Award in the UK, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices in France, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Bitter Southerner, Garden & Gun, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks to Brooks Rexroat, founder of Summer Camp Publishing. Summer Camp Publishing is a micropress specializing in brief but powerful works of prose and poetry. Based in Banner Elk, North Carolina, the press has a special affinity for the Appalachian and Midwestern roots of its founders but is home for compelling work from writers writing from anywhere and everywhere.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks to Tennessee historian and author Jeff Jackson about his latest book: PAPER BULLETS: TWO ARTISTS WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO DEFY THE NAZIS. Jeff is a is Professor of History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. An expert on European history and culture, he is the author of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 and Making Jazz French: Music and Modern Life in Interwar Paris. He has appeared in documentary films and helped develop “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story” for PBS’s Great Performances.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Kentucky author Ellen Birkett Morris about her short story collection LOST GIRLS. Her fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, AntiochReview, South Carolina Review, and other journals. She received the BevelSummers Prize for short fiction. Morris is a recipient of the Al Smith Fellowfrom the Kentucky Arts Council. Morris has an MFA from QueensUniversity-Charlotte.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Ohio poet Ben Kline. Hailing from west Appalachian farm country, Ben Kline lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, writing poems and telling stories, drinking more coffee than might seem wise. His chapbook SAGITTARIUS A* will be published in 2020 by Sibling Rivalry Press.
His work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in The Cortland Review, DIAGRAM, My Loves: a Digital Anthology of Queer Love Poems, Okay Donkey, Theta Wave, Screen Door Review, Homology Lit, Pidgeonholes, Impossible Archetype and many more. You can read more at benklineonline.wordpress.com.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews North Carolina author and podcaster Landis Wade. Landis Wade is a recovering trial lawyer, dog lover, host of Charlotte Readers Podcast and author of books and stories whose third book--"The Christmas Redemption"--won the Holiday category of the 12th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards.
He won the 2016 North Carolina State Bar short story contest for "The Deliberation" and received awards for his non-fiction pieces, "The Cape Fear Debacle" and "First Dance." His short work has also appeared in Writersdigest.com, The Charlotte Observer, Flying South, Fiction on the Web and in various anthologies, including by Daniel Boone Footsteps.
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks to North Carolina author Annette Clapsaddle about her new novel EVEN AS WE BREATHE. Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her work Going to Water won the Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She is coeditor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers' Network. She resides in Qualla, North Carolina.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews journalist Jeff Young about his new book APPALACHIAN FALL: DISPATCHES FROM COAL COUNTRY ON WHAT'S AILING AMERICA. Jeff Young is the managing editor of Ohio Valley ReSource, a regional journalism collaborative reporting on economic and social change in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The ReSource includes seven public media outlets across the three states, and aims to strengthen news coverage of the area’s most important issues. Jeff previously worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and was a Washington correspondent for the Public Radio International program “Living on Earth.” His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, and he was named a 2012 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Carter Taylor Seaton about her latest novel THE OTHER MORGANS. West Virginia native Carter Taylor Seaton is a Marshall University graduate, a former marathoner and scuba diver, and the award-winning author of two novels, Father's Troubles, and amo, amas, amat . . . an unconventional love story, as well as non-fiction: Hippie Homesteaders: Arts, Music, and Living on the Land in West Virginia, and a biography of the late congressman Ken Hechler, The Rebel in the Red Jeep. Her children's book, Me and MaryAnn, is a collection of stories of her mischievous childhood. She has been a regular contributor to Huntington Quarterly Magazine and other regional magazines for over twenty years. Seaton is an oft sought-after speaker and workshop presenter as well as the host of both a cable television program, Chapters, which profiles authors, editors, and publishers, and a monthly literary event in Huntington, her hometown.
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot welcomes back Randal O'Wain to the show to talk about his latest work, a collection of short stories titled HALLELUJAH STATION AND OTHER STORIES. Randal is the author of Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working Class South. He is assistant teaching professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing fellow at the Alderson Federal Correctional Institution. His work has been published in Oxford American, The Masters Review, Crazyhorse, Zone 3, and Guernica Magazine.
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Jamie Poissant. is the author of The Heaven of Animals: Stories, in print in five languages, winner of the GLCA New Writers Award and a Florida Book Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, One Story, Ploughshares, and others. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and lives in Orlando with his wife and daughters. Lake Life is his first novel.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author David Joy about his latest novel WHEN THESE MOUNTAINS BURN. David is the author of The Line That Held Us (winner of the 2018 SIBA Book Prize), The Weight of This World, and Where All Light Tends to Go (Edgar finalist for Best First Novel). His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications, and he is the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey and a co-editor for Gather at the River: Twenty-Five Authors on Fishing. Joy lives in Tuckasegee, North Carolina.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Edward Farmer about his new novel PALE. Edward A. Farmer is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where he journaled and cultivated stories his entire childhood. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a degree in English and psychology, and recipient of the MacArthur-Leithauser Travel Award for creative writing. He currently lives and writes in Pasadena, California. Pale is his first novel.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews writer Karen Salyer McElmurray about her latest novel WANTING RADIANCE. Karen Salyer McElmurray won an AWP Award for creative nonfiction for her book Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey and the Orison Award for creative nonfiction for her essay "Blue Glass." She has had other essays recognized as "Notable Essays" in Best American Essays, while her essays "Speaking Freely" and "Attics" were nominated for Pushcart Awards. She currently teaches at Gettysburg College and in West Virginia Wesleyan's Low-Residency MFA program.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews North Carolina author Meagan Lucas. Meagan Lucas is the author of the Southern Literary Fiction novel SONGBIRDS AND STRAY DOGS. Her short work has appeared in: The Santa Fe Writer's Project, The New Southern Fugitives, Still: The Journal, and The Blue Mountain Review among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she won the 2017 Scythe Prize for Fiction. Meagan teaches English Composition at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and lives with her husband and children in Hendersonville, NC.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Katherine St. John about her novel THE LION'S DEN. Katherine is a native of Mississippi and graduate of the University of Southern California. Over the years she has worked as an actress, screenwriter, director, photographer, producer, singer-songwriter, legal assistant, bartender-waitress, yoga instructor, real estate agent, and travel coordinator . . . but finds she likes writing novels best. Katherine currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews thriller writer Meghan Holloway about her latest novel HUNTING GROUND. Meghan lives in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains with her standard poodle and spends her days as a scientist with the requisite glasses, but minus the lab coat.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Ohio poet Darren Demaree. Darren C. Demaree is a graduate of the College of Wooster, Miami University (MA), and Kent State University (MLIS). He is the recipient of a 2018 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. "Emily As Sometimes the Forest Wants the Fire" is his eleventh collection of poetry.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot welcomes back fiction novelist Jordan Farmer to talk about his new book THE POISON FLOOD. Jordan was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia, population approximately 2,000. He earned his M.A. from Marshall University and his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks with the White House Historian for the White House Historical Association Lindsay Chervinsky about her new book THE CABINET: GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE CREATION OF AN AMERICAN INSTITUTION. Lindsay writes about politics, the military, and culture from the 1770s to the 1820s. Lindsay completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, my Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, and my B.A. at George Washington University.
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews novelist Taylor Brown about his latest book Pride of Eden. Taylor Brown was born on the Georgia coast. He is the author of a short story collection, IN THE SEASON OF BLOOD AND GOLD, as well as four novels: FALLEN LAND, THE RIVER OF KINGS, GODS OF HOWL MOUNTAIN, and PRIDE OF EDEN (St. Martin's Press). He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, and a finalist for the Press 53 Open Awards, Machigonne Fiction Contest, and Doris Betts Fiction Prize.
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot speaks to Conor Knighton about his new book "Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park."
A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Conor Knighton is an Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, America's #1 Sunday morning news program. He has also hosted shows on Current TV, AMC, and Bio Channel.
On this episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Kentucky author Wesley Browne about his new novel Hillbilly Hustle. Wesley is the founder and host of Pages & Pints Reading Series at Apollo Pizza in Richmond, Kentucky.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews Mississippi author Lee Durkee about his latest novel The Last Taxi Driver. Lee Durkee is the author of the novel Rides of the Midway. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the Sun, Best of the Oxford American, Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, New England Review, and Mississippi Noir. In 2021, his memoir Stalking Shakespeare will chronicle his decade-long obsession with trying to find lost portraits of William Shakespeare. A former cab driver, he lives in north Mississippi.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews author Amanda Eyre Ward about her latest novel "The Jetsetters." Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of Sleep Toward Heaven, How to Be Lost, Love Stories in This Town, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, The Same Sky, The Nearness of You, and The Jetsetters. Her bestselling novels have been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, and more. Amanda's work has been optioned for film and television and translated into fifteen languages. She lives in Austin, TX and Ouray, CO. Amanda currently writes every morning and spends afternoons with her children.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot talks to Kentucky author Carter Sickels about his latest novel "The Prettiest Star." Carter is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and has been awarded scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, VCCA, and the MacDowell Colony. His essays and fiction have appeared in various publications, including Guernica, Bellevue Literary Review, and BuzzFeed, and he is the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. Carter is Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches in the Bluegrass Writers Studio Low-Residency MFA program.
On the latest episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot talks to mystery author Jess Montgomery about her latest novel "The Hallows," a sequel to her first novel "The Widows." Jess is is the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News and former Executive Director of the renowned Antioch Writers’ Workshop in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Based on early chapters of The Hollows, Jess was awarded an Ohio Arts Council individual artist’s grant for literary arts and the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus. She lives in her native state of Ohio.
On the latest episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot interviews author Matt Browning. Matt Browning is the author of "Bookstore Explorer: West Virginia," a celebration of the Mountain State's independent bookstores. He discusses the role that independent bookstores have within the cultural fabric of Appalachia and how independent bookstores throughout the country are often the center of the community. He is represented by Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.
On the latest episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot interviews thriller author John Vercher. John Vercher is a writer currently living in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He holds a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program. His fiction has appeared on Akashic Books’ Mondays are Murder and Fri-SciFi. and he is a contributing writer for Cognoscenti, the thoughts and opinions page of WBUR Boston.
On the latest episode of Now, Appalachia, Eliot interviews South Carolina short story author Dustin M. Hoffman. Dustin painted houses in Michigan for ten years and is now an assistant professor of English at Winthrop University in South Carolina. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines, including Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, Puerto del Sol, Midwestern Gothic, and Cimarron Review, and his story “Building Walls” received a Pushcart Prize special mention.
On this episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot interviews author Jordan Farmer. Originally from West Virginia, Jordan received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His stories have appeared in the Southwest Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Baltimore Review, Pembroke Magazine, Day One Magazine and many other publications. The Pallbearer, his first novel, is discussed extensively in this interview.
On the latest episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot interviews poet January Gill O'Neil. January is the author of the new poetry collection Rewilding, as well as other collections titled Misery Islands and Underlife, published by CavanKerry Press. She is a board of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) A Cave Canem fellow, January's poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day series, Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, American Poetry Review, and others. She is currently the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.
On the latest episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot interviews Tennessee author Kimberly Collins. She grew up in Matewan, West Virginia and currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. She discusses her latest novel, titled "Blood Creek: Mingo Chronicles: Book One." She is working on the second book in the Mingo Chronicles series titled "Mingo Chronicles: The Massacre."
On the latest episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot speaks with essayist Randal O'Wain. Randal O'Wain earned his MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. He is an assistant teaching professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution. O’Wain is the author of the essay collection Meander Belt and his work has been published in Oxford American, Hotel Amerika, Crazyhorse, and Guernica Magazine.
On this episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot interviews North Carolina author Elaine Neal Orr. Elaine Neil Orr is a writer of fiction, memoir, and literary criticism. With stories set in Nigeria and the American South, she delves into themes of home, country, and spiritual longing. Orr was born in Nigeria to medical missionary parents and spent her growing-up years in the savannahs and rain forests of that country. She is an award-winning Professor of English at North Carolina State University and serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University.
On this episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot speaks with author Kasey S. Pipes about his latest book "After the Fall: The Remarkable Comeback of Richard Nixon." Kasey is the Norris Fellow at the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He also served as an advisor to President George W. Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Joe Walters is the former marketing director at Inkwater Press and is the founder and president of Independent Book Review since April 2018. During his time as the marketing and publicity director at Inkwater Press, he discovered how difficult it was for small press and self-published books to get the attention they deserved. In this interview, Joe discusses why its difficult for some books to get attention and how Independent Book Review can help authors overcome that obstacle.
On this episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot speaks with author John Billheimer. Billheimer, a native West Virginian, lives in Portola Valley, California. THE CONTRARY BLUES was the first book in the “funny, sometimes touching,” mystery series set in Appalachia and featuring failure analyst Owen Allison.A second mystery series featuring Lloyd Keaton, a Midwest sports writer with a gambling problem, debuted in 2012 with FIELD OF SCHEMES, a mystery involving baseball and steroids. The author’s output includes two nonfiction books, BASEBALL AND THE BLAME GAME, which examines scapegoating in the major leagues, and HITCHCOCK AND THE CENSORS, which traces the rise of movie censorship and documents its impact on Alfred Hitchcock as he battled bluenoses to produce a lifetime of memorable films.
On this episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot speaks with essayist Brooke Larson about her new collection of essays "Pleasing Tree." They also discuss the genre of essays and what makes them unique for writers and readers. Born and raised in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Brooke holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and is currently a PhD student in Poetry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Often she runs away to teach primitive survival skills as a wilderness guide in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. https://bit.ly/2NHk2kS
David Bell is the USA Today-bestselling author of eight novels from Berkley/Penguin, He is an associate professor of English at Western Kentucky University where he directs the MFA program in creative writing. and is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He discuss with Eliot his latest thriller novel "Layover" and how and MFA program can benefit writers.
On this episode of "Now, Appalachia," Eliot talks with creative nonfiction author Christina Fisanick about her book "The Optimistic Food Addict," which discusses her personal struggle with food and weight and the complicated relationship food has with Appalachian people and their culture. They also discuss the first Northern Appalachian Writers Conference, scheduled for early September 2019.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host and thriller author interviews Karen Swallow Prior, an award-winning Professor of English at Liberty University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at SUNY Buffalo. Her writing has appeared at The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Washington Post, Vox, First Things, Sojourners, Relevant, Think Christian, and other places. She is a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Senior Fellow at Liberty University' Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She and her husband live on a 100-year old homestead in central Virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens. And lots of books.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host and thriller writer Eliot Parker interviews Del Duduit. Del Duduit is an award-winning sportswriter and author. He has been published in Clubhouse Magazine, Sports Spectrum, and on ToddStarnes.com. He is a contributing writer for Athletes in Action, The Christian View, Bridges Magazine, and PM Magazine. He is the co-editor for Southern Ohio Christian Voice and blogs weekly at delduduit.com. He lives in Lucasville, Ohio, with his wife Angie.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network Host and thriller author Eliot Parker interviews poet Rita Quillen. Rita Quillen’s novel Hiding Ezra was published in 2014 from Little Creek Books; it was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition, and a chapter of the novel is included in the new scholarly study of Appalachian dialect just published by the University of Kentucky Press entitled Talking Appalachian. Her poetry chapbook, Something Solid To Anchor To, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her new full-length poetry collection, THE MAD FARMER'S WIFE, was published in the fall of 2016 from Texas Review Press, and was a finalist for the prestigious WEATHERFORD AWARD IN APPALACHIAN LITERATURE from Berea College.
One of six semi-finalists for the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Virginia, her poetry received three Pushcart nominations as well as a Best of the Net nomination. Her collection Her Secret Dream, new and selected poems, is from Wind Press in Kentucky and was named the Outstanding Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association in 2008. Previous works are poetry collections October Dusk and Counting The Sums, as well as a book of essays Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry.
Rita is also a musician, playing guitar, mandolin,piano, dulcimer, autoharp, bass, and bodhran, and she has recently began writing songs. She won first place in the 2015 Gathering in the Gap Songwriting Contest and was also a finalist in the Richard Leigh Songwriting Competition that same year. She has performed at many venues in the region as part of various groups or as a singer/songwriter.
She lives and farms on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Virginia. Contact her through her author Facebook page linked on this page: www.facebook.com/ritaquillenhidingezra.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host and thriller writer Eliot Parker interviews Cat Pleska. Cat is an author, editor, educator, publisher, and storyteller. She often leads writing workshops in the community and is an essayist for West Virginia Public Radio, and a book reviewer for West Virginia University Press. She edited the anthology Fed from the Blade: Tales and Poems from the Mountains (Woodland Press 2012), and her first book, Riding on Comets: a Memoir was published by West Virginia University Press May 2015. Riding on Comets was short listed for the 2015 book of the year in the memoir category by Foreword Magazine. Cat is the 2016 recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Support of the Arts. Her cookbook, One Foot in the Gravy—Hooked on the Sauce: Recipes You’ll Relish was published by Mountain State Press in April 2017. She is working on a novel, a collection of short stories, and a collection of essays. She holds an MFA from Goucher College in Baltimore (2004), as well as an MA in Humanities (1998) and a BA in English (writing emphasis, 1994). She teaches in the graduate humanities program for Marshall University and is a full time Instructor for Arizona State University’s Master of Liberal Studies Program.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host Eliot Parker welcomes author Sheryl Monks. Sheryl Monks is the author of Monsters in Appalachia, published by Vandalia Press, the creative imprint of West Virginia University Press. She holds an MFA in fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Her stories have appeared in Rkvry Quarterly, Electric Literature, The Butter, The Greensboro Review, storySouth, Regarding Arts and Letters, Night Train, and other journals, and in the anthologies Surreal South and Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Contemporary West Virginia Fiction and Poetry, among others. Monsters in Appalachia is a Weatherford Award finalist, a Southern Book Prize finalist, and a Foreword Indies Book finalist. Sheryl lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she works for a peer-reviewed medical journal.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host and thriller author Eliot Parker interviews Jessica Strawser. Jessica is the editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine and the author of Almost Missed You and Not That I Could Tell. She has written for The New York Times Modern Love, Publishers Weekly and other fine venues, and lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host and thriller author Eliot Parker interviews Mesha Maren. Mesha Maren's debut novel, Sugar Run, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in January 2019. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, Crazyhorse, Southern Cultures, Hobart, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She is the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution.
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host and thriller author Eliot Parker interviews West Virginia author Heather Gilbert. She is an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren't afraid to protect those they love. Publisher's Weekly gave Heather's Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is "an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership."
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network host and thriller author Eliot Parker interviews author Nick White. Nick White is the author of the novel How to Survive a Summer and the short story collection Sweet and Low. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Guernica, The Literary Review, LitHub, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University.