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- Julie Schoerke

A public relations expert with 30 years experience, Julie specializes in developing winning book publicity campaigns for authors and publishers. But it’s her infectious smile, always-positive attitude and die-hard support that welcomes authors into the JKS family. Her hallmark is creative campaigns that fit the lifestyle of the author. She’s been on the forefront of industry trends, being among the first to work with book bloggers, to produce and creatively distribute book trailers, and to secure book sale numbers reporting for indie authors to hit bestseller lists. And, in bucking trends, she reinvented the book tour to be more author-friendly. Julie is frequently interviewed on radio, literary blogs and asked to speak before audiences of all sizes. Most recently invited by The University of Chicago, Sarah Lawrence College, Decatur Book Festival, and James River Writing Conference among others throughout the United States, her advice and ideas for promoting books are endless, current and inventive.

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