Claire Hertzler

Though this is her first book, Claire Hertzler is uniquely qualified to write The High Sheriff of Greene as she grew up in the Wyatt culture of Greene County, Ga. "There goes Wyatt and Taylor," she remembers hearing as the sheriff whizzed by in a cloud of dust with his deputy. Hertzler has written the story of this legendary sheriff from over 30 oral interviews and countless newspaper accounts. She has brought Wyatt alive again to those who knew him and for those who wished they had. Hertzler has preserved a slice of Georgia history that captivates and inspires and is creating exciting chatter from over 500 readers already.

Hertzler's blog deals with current issues, observations about life, and profiles of folks inspiring others. She is a three-year member of Atlanta's Writers Club.

Her writings also include these published articles: "Travel Insurance Tips," Transitions Abroad Magazine; "Encounter With God," Church Recreation Magazine; "and "Easter at Flat Rock," Georgia Magazine, also about Greene County, Ga. She has two articles in Pens in the Piedmont, an anthology released July 2017 by East Metro Atlanta Christian Writers.

In addition to writing, Hertzler enjoys public speaking, gardening, fashions, and travel. She holds degrees from Mercer University, Southwestern Seminary, and Georgia State University. She has professional experience in public education, Christian education, volunteer services administration, and nonprofits. She was one of the first activists fighting human trafficking in Atlanta, an interest she maintains.

Hertzler loves living in Decatur, Ga. with her husband, Eugene. She relishes the mornings they have a cappuccino at one of the many coffee shops in Decatur. And she has missed only one Decatur Book Festival since its inception!