Alayne Smith

Alayne Smith grew up in Alabama, lived in Tripoli, Libya and Denver, Colorado, and settled in Atlanta, Ga. in 1969. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Montevallo and masters and education specialist degrees in Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia.

Employed by the Gwinnett County Schools, Smith worked as a media specialist in a Gwinnett middle school for eleven years. In 1989, she moved to the high school level where she initiated a high school program of broadcast journalism and video production. Her students aired a daily morning news show that covered hard news and sports. Advanced students produced a monthly video magazine composed of feature stories of interest to teens. Her students interviewed and shot footage all over the Atlanta area. As a result, two of her students were awarded an Emmy in 1999. Smith served as a CNN Student Bureau advisor for three years.

Smith began working at the county level in 2004. She trained media specialists and teachers in video production and broadcast journalism for five years.

Ellen and the Three Predictions is her first novel and is published by Cactus Moon Publishing, Tempe, Ariz. Ellen and the Three Predictions was a semi-finalist at the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition in 2016.

Smith is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Atlanta Writers Club, and the Georgia Association of Instructional Technology.