Marriott Conference Center Auditorium
Listen to this panel of talented Atlanta Writers Club members who will talk about their new general fiction titles. The distinguished panel includes T. M. (Mike) Brown (Sanctuary), Albert Norton, Jr.(Rough Water Baptism), Sheryl Parbhoo (The Unexpected Daughter), Alayne Smith (Ellen and the Three Predictions), and Gray Stewart (Haylow).
After 30 years traveling in business, Mike Brown returned to college and completed his degree with magna cum laude honors. After seminary, he became a teacher, coach, and preacher in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida until he retired in 2014. Since then, beyond his ongoing devotional and bible study writings, he tackled the challenge of authoring southern fiction. When not writing or leading a bible study, Brown and his wife of over 40 years enjoy traveling and spoiling their five grandchildren spread between Georgia and Kentucky.
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Sheryl Parbhoo is a cornbread-loving Southerner who wears many hats including her latest, novelist. The Atlanta area mother of five is also a blogger, educator, and realtor. On her popular blog, Southern Life, Indian Wife, Parbhoo has written about her experiences with multicultural marriage and family life. Her reflections on Indian and Southern culture in her life, as well as the responses she receives from readers, are the real life inspirations for the characters in her debut novel, The Unexpected Daughter.
Attention from her novel, blog, and contributions to online magazines have led to radio interviews, talk show invitations, as well as being featured by PBSNewshour and cited by Harvard Divinity School. She loves to hear from readers.
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.
Gray Stewart’s life story reflects ways the South has changed and how it hasn’t. He is a third generation white Atlantan but spent more than a decade on the faculty of Morehouse College, a historically African American men’s college, where he taught the fiction workshop from 2000-2010. He has also worked as a paramedic at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s lifeline for the indigent and one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the country. These experiences have given him a unique vantage point from which to describe “the city too busy to hate.”
He holds a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Georgia and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University. A Fulbright beneficiary, Hambidge Fellow, and former contributing fiction editor for The Chattahoochee Review, he is a core faculty member at the Etowah Valley Writers MFA program at Reinhardt University. His debut novel Haylow won the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Award.
Clayton H. Ramsey served two terms as president of the Atlanta Writers Club, a 700-member, 103-year-old community of writers in the Atlanta area and is currently both an Officer Emeritus on the Board of Directors and VP of Contests, Awards & Scholarships. He has been a moderator for panel discussions at the Decatur Book Festival for years and is on the selection committee for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. He writes poetry, flash fiction, short stories, novels, non-fiction articles and essays. He has been published in Georgia Backroads, Mash Stories, The Blue Mountain Review, Fickle Muses and an anthology of Atlanta writers called The Treasure Trove. He has also contributed to a number of scientific articles, and has been honored by the Atlanta Writers Club, the Georgia Writers Museum, and Mash Stories for his writing. He lives in Decatur with his wife.