Meet our Member Authors
From fiction, non-fiction, and memoir, to children's books, poetry, and essays, members of our author network have something for every reader.
Check out the great books below and connect with the authors through their websites and social media.
Timothy Anders is the author of Choosing Barabbas. A local Pastor and Library Assistant by day, novelist by night, he received his bachelor of science degree in History from Appalachian State University. A Sparta, NC native, he is a lover of sports, card games, finding laughter in any situation and spending time with his cherished wife. You can read more of his unpublished collection at https://itakeabreath.wordpress.com and follow him on twitter @BroTimAnders and Timothy Anders-Author on Facebook.
Stacy Hawks holds a B.A. in History & an MEd. from Liberty University. Her novel Dividing Ridge: the Unsolved Murder of Elva Brannock is the first book from Alleghany to be featured on the NC Literary Map, and Stacy is working on her second novel coming late 2021.
After a young woman goes missing on her way to school a community is left on edge. With news spreading quickly of her disappearance and gossip swirling, it is up to local law enforcement to restore a sense of safety and one determined Sheriff to bring justice to her family.
Through a career in education bridging elementary classes to the university level, Dr. Suzanne Mellow-Irwin has served in various positions: classroom teacher, curriculum supervisor, superintendent of schools and university professor. Educated at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., she holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She presently lives at Stratford Oaks Farm in Sparta, North Carolina, where the art of storytelling has endeared her to "children" of all ages.
Eldon Joines, a native of Alleghany County and the grandfather of five grandsons, operated a fabric store and upholstery shop on Main Street in Sparta with his wife Kathy until they retired. An avid outdoorsman and active in the local community, Eldon served as a Boy Scout leader for many years. He enjoys tending to the family property—the seventh generation to do so—, researching local and family history, and writing. After the birth of his grandson Landon and the incredible journey that followed, Eldon took on the task of recording what happened. The result is Landon’s Story.
After Landon’s birth, a surgeon told his family that Landon would die. His intestine had twisted, and his small intestine was dead. “You can’t survive without a small intestine,” the surgeon said. The family mourned and waited for Landon’s death until God intervened and revealed that Landon could survive with a small intestine transplant. But, Landon would need to survive the removal of the dead intestine, intravenous nutrition, infections, liver damage, and many other challenges before growing old enough and big enough to survive a transplant—about two years old. Landon’s Story is the journey, as told by his grandfather Eldon Joines.
Zoe M. McCarthy, a full-time writer and speaker, was pegged an expressive analytic in a personality test. Isn’t that an oxymoron? Maybe, but Zoe couldn’t survive without expressing her creative imaginings while she followed an actuarial career performing mathematical analyses. As an introvert, she receives her energy from writing alone in her home office overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She enjoys leading writing workshops and teaching a community Bible study. Zoe and her husband, grandparents of six, enjoy canoeing and spending time at their lake cabin, where she writes during month-long sabbaticals—alone.
Believing opposites distract, Zoe creates heroes and heroines in her contemporary Christian romances who learn to embrace their differences. These traditionally and self-published romances involve tenderness and humor. She also has a book of contemporary allegories covering topics such as the power of prayer, how God provides, letting go and letting God work, and sharing faith. Her book, Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days, is designed to shape a not-yet-submitted, a rejected, or a self-published manuscript with low ratings into a book that shines or to guide writers starting a manuscript.
Books of Short Stories (Allegories)
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