Peggy O’Neal Peden

  • Peggy O'Neal Peden
  • Summer Haze

PEGGY O’NEAL PEDEN grew up in Middle Tennessee and has lived in and around Nashville for most of her life. She has taught English at high school and college levels, owned a travel agency, been published in regional magazines, and written award-winning advertising copy. She has a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University and a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. A member of the Nashville Artist Guild, she lives in Nashville. Your Killin’ Heart is her first novel.

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Michael Bishop

  • Michael Bishop
  • Murder In Music City

Michael Bishop was born in Gadsden, Alabama and had the good fortune to grow up on a small farm nearby on Sand Mountain. He is a graduate of Freed Hardeman University and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. When not working with hospitals and academic health systems around the country, he is at work on his next book. Available for speaking engagements – storytelling for sales teams and the story behind the bombshell book – A Murder in Music City.

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Joy Jordan-Lake

  • Joy Jordan Lake
  • A Tangled Mercy

Joy Jordan-Lake’s varied​–and admittedly odd​–professional experience has included working as a college professor, author, waitress, journalist, director of a program for homeless families, university chaplain, and–the job title that remains her personal favorite: head sailing instructor.

After earning a bachelors degree from Furman University and a masters from a theological seminary, Joy re-located to Boston, Massachusetts, area where she earned a masters and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Tufts University, and specialized in the role of race and religion in 19-century American fiction, especially in the cultural battle over slavery.

Joy’s most recent book project is in a genre completely new to her, a children’s picture book, targeted for adoptive families: A Very-Much Love. More details and preliminary illustrations will be gradually released, but, meanwhile, she is thrilled for the chance to work with a marvelous new editor and an award-winning illustrator from Spain. Honored to be raising a younger daughter who was born in China, Joy is ecstatic to get to be a part of a book that celebrates the extraordinary gift of adoption.

Having taught at universities in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee, Joy now focuses primarily on writing–though the occasional class or workshop lure her out of her writing cave. Residing just south of Nashville, she and her husband relish getting to share life with their three magnificent kids (the oldest of whom has now launched to grad school), as well as the family’s sweet, needy Golden Retriever.

With friends and fellow readers, Joy values the chances to think about stories–in great literature, in contemporary novels, in sacred texts, in creative writing workshops–and consider how stories challenge, disturb, inspire and change the way we see the world.

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Emcee – Kendall Hinote

  •  Emcee Kendall Hinote
  • Kendall Hinote
Kendall’s ability to make connections between authors, their books and untapped audiences earned her a reputation as an out of the box thinker. Putting an author’s book personally into the hands of thought leaders is a distinction of her work. Kendall specializes in client relations and campaigns that are author and issue centric leading her to work with traditionally published and award-winning authors on national campaigns as well as self-published authors aiming to cultivate niche audiences. Kendall is an ambassador for authors and their causes and is regarded by clients as a trusted and strategic advisor. She brings to every project insight she gained from her time in journalism, communications, public relations, politics, community development, fundraising, non-profit seeding, education, editing, creativity coaching, literary services, workshop presentation and group facilitation prior to her work in literary publicity.

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