Books In Bloom

Kathryn Andries

AndriesKathryn Andries is a veteran teacher, author, public speaker and storyteller who has been studied and taught in the field of metaphysics for over 20 years, specializing in the topic of dreams. Her fascination with dreams led to her two most recent books, Naked in Public: Dream Symbols Revealed, and The Dream Doctor, for younger readers. Aquarius Monthly publishes her column on dreams.

Kathryn’s other books include Soul Choices: Six Paths to Find Your Life Purpose, and Soul Choices: Six Paths to Fulfilling Relationships, and The Big Desire. She has hosted the television show Discover Your Life Purpose and is a frequent guest on radio programs. As co-founder of the School of Intuitive Arts and Sciences, she teaches astrology, numerology, palm reading, eye analysis, past lives, and family birth order.

Andries-coverKathryn holds a BA degree from the University of Michigan and earned a holistic health practitioner degree from Body Mind College in California before completing extensive studies in the intuitive arts at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, the School of Metaphysics, and the American Federation of Astrologers.

William Bernhardt

BernhardtWilliam Bernhardt is the author of more than forty books, including the popular Ben Kincaid novels, The Black Sentry (for young adults), his poetry book, The White Bird, the Red Sneaker series of books on fiction writing, and Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, currently being made into an NBC miniseries.

In addition, Bernhardt hosts writing workshops and small-group seminars. He is the only writer to have received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large."

In addition to the novels, he has written plays, including a musical (book and music), humor, biography, poetry, and crossword puzzles. He has two novels that will be released in 2015 The Game Masterand Challengers of the Dust. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and children.


Roy Blount, Jr

BlountA familiar voice on National Public Radio’s “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me” and author of books on everything from cats to Robert E. Lee, Roy Blount Jr. is a southern humorist who was born in Indianapolis.

His lecture topics are as diverse and entertaining as his life experiences, and he’s been described as “a cynic gone antic, with occasional intervals of utter battiness ... ” Blount’s writings include a novel about the husband of the fictional first female president of the United States (First Hubby), a volume of poetry (Webster’s Ark and Soupsongs), an analysis of hair in American culture (It Grows on You), the screenplay for the MGM movie Larger Than Life, and an autobiography (Be Sweet). He edited the bestselling Roy Blount’s Book of Southern Humor, which includes writings from Edgar Allan Poe to Dave Barry and is considered the definitive anthology on the subject.

He focuses much of his writing efforts on articles, and due to his diverse inspirations, a piece rarely has a single theme. What Men Don’t Tell Women is a notable exception! Instead, Blount tells stories—in his writing and his speeches—and gives readers and listeners the feeling that they are enjoying an entertaining evening on their front porch.


Margaret Bolsterli

BolsterliMargaret Jones Bolsterli grew up on a cotton farm in the Arkansas Delta during the Great Depression. She is the author or editor of seven books including The Early Community at Bedford Park: ‘Corporate Happiness’ in the First Garden Suburb, Vinegar Pie and Chicken Bread, a book detailing life and times of early Arkansas settlers, Born in the Delta: The Making of a Southern White Sensibility, During the Wind and Rain: The Jones Family Farm in the Arkansas Delta, 1848-2006, and Things You Need to Hear: Collected Memories of Growing up in Arkansas.

She was educated at the University of Arkansas, Washington University, and the University of Minnesota. She joined the English faculty of the University of Arkansas in 1968. She now is professor emerita. Her latest book is Kaleidoscope: Redrawing An American Family Tree.


Abby Burnett

BurnettAbby Burnett is an independent researcher who studies all aspects of burial in the Arkansas Ozarks. The University Press of Mississippi published her book on this subject, Gone to the Grave, last year.

In addition, she has written entries for the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History Culture, articles for county historical societies, and been featured in AETN’s cemetery documentary, "Silent Storytellers." She lives in a log cabin in the Boston Mountains, when she’s not out photographing tombstones in rural cemeteries.


Robert Cochran & Suzanne McCray

CochranRobert Cochran has lived in Arkansas for thirty years and has produced many articles, books, and documentary films devoted to the arts in Arkansas, including Our Own Sweet Sounds: A Celebration of Popular Music in Arkansas and A Photographer of Note: Arkansas Artist Geleve Grice. His newest book, written with Suzanne McCray, is Lights! Camera! Arkansas! and it delves into several well-known films with Arkansas connections.

Suzanne McCray, a Fort Smith native, is a faculty member in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas and the vice provost of enrollment. She serves on a variety of committees including the Advisory Board for the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.

Together with Robert Cochran she authored Lights! Camera! Arkansas! The book delves into several well-known films with Arkansas connections.


Jean Davidson and Jon Davidson

DavidsonJean Davidson is the granddaughter of Walter Davidson, one of the four founders and the first president of Harley-Davidson. Her father, Gordon Davidson, was Vice-President of Manufacturing. Jean rode her first Harley at age 12, once had the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in Wisconsin, and rubbed shoulders with all the Harley and Davidson family members, famous racers, Hell's Angels, and even Evil Knievel.

As a mother and grandmother, she has spent many years gathering personal family stories and old photographs that offer a rare and exciting look into one of the most famous families in motorcycling history.

Jon Davidson is one of Jean's sons and co-authored with his mother the new Harley Davidson book, Harley-Davidson Family Memories, and Riding Back in Time, a book written for children.


Kimberly and James Dean

DeanIn 2004, Kimberly and James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children's book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer; Kimberly worked in the press office of the Governor of Georgia) to make a living selling art in a tent at local festivals. Kim made clay sculpture and James painted watercolor landscapes. One day in 1999 James painted his little black cat he had named Pete. Only he painted him blue instead of black. Soon all of his paintings were of Pete.

Life since that day has been filled with strange and wonderful coincidences. Pete has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with five cats (Abbey, Audrey, Freda, Phoebe, and Bob) and a little pug named Emma.


Tess Gerritsen

GerritsenTrained as a medical doctor, Tess Gerritsen built a second career as an internationally bestselling thriller writer. Her 25 novels include the Rizzoli and Isles crime series, on which the TV show "Rizzoli & Isles" is based. Among her titles are Harvest, Gravity, The Surgeon, and Die Again. Her books are translated into 40 languages and more than 30 million copies have been sold. She lives in Maine.


Nancy Hartney

HartneyNancy Hartney writes short stories and flash fiction. Washed in Water: Tales from the South is her debut collection published July 2013 by Pen-L Publishing. The Ozarks Writers League named Washed in the Water Best Book of Fiction 2014. It also earned their prestigious President's Award.

Previously her short stories have been published in the regional anthologies Voices, Seven Hills Review, and Echoes of the Ozarks. Several western anthologies, Cactus Country, Frontier Tales, and Rough Country, have featured her old west tales.

She contributes non-fiction articles to regional and national magazines on travel, horseback riding, and history.


Amy Lillard

LillardAmy loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family...and maybe homemade tacos...and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely high on the list.

Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, two spoiled cats, and one very lazy beagle. Oh, and don't forget the stray kitty that has taken up residence on her front porch. ^..^ When she's not creating quirky characters and happy endings, she's chauffeuring her prodigy to guitar lessons and orchestra concerts. She has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework.

Amy also writes contemporary romances under the pen name Amie Loullen. An award winning author, Amy is a member of RWA and ACFW. She loves to hear from readers. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.


Amanda Eyre Ward

WardNovelist Amanda Eyre Ward majored in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, while working part-time at the Williamstown Public Library. Several years later, she received her MFA and took a job at the University of Montana Mansfield Library.

Through a number of moves and life changes, including marriage and motherhood, she pursued her writing career, writing short stories and publishing her first novel, Sleep Toward Heaven, which won the Violet Crown Book Award and was optioned for a film by Sandra Bullock and Fox Searchlight.

Three more critically acclaimed novels followed, as well as, a collection of short stories. The Dallas Morning News review of Close Your Eyes, said, "Austin novelist Amanda Eyre Ward puts another jewel in her crown as the reigning doyenne of 'dark secrets' literary fiction." Her fifth book, The Same Sky, was named one of the most anticipated books of 2015 by BookPeople. It has been described as a novel that brilliantly provides a needed respite from the angry politics surrounding border issues that, instead of dividing us, connects us to our humanity.


Sarah E. White

WhiteSarah E. White is a writer, blogger, knitter, crafter, and mom based in Fayetteville. She writes about knitting for and and also writes the blog, Our Daily Craft, where she talks about crafting with and for kids, creativity for moms and other busy people and creating the life you've always wanted. Her third knitting book Colorwork Knitting, will be released in April 2015.


Steve Yates

YatesSteve Yates is a native of Springfield, Missouri. He is the winner of the Juniper Prize in Fiction for which University of Massachusetts Press published Some Kinds of Love: Stories in 2013. His short stories and excerpts from his two novels have appeared in numerous journals including TriQuarterly, Ontario Review, Missouri Review, and Southwest Review. In Best American Short Stories 2010, Richard Russo named one of Yates's stories among the "Distinguished Stories of 2009." His novella, Sandy & Wayne, won the inaugural Knickerbocker Prize, was published in the journal Big Fiction, and is forthcoming from Dock Street Press. His new novel, The Teeth of the Souls, is the sequel to his first novel, Morkan's Quarry, both published by Missouri State University's Moon City Press. A parishioner of Saint Paul Catholic Church, he lives in Flowood, Mississippi, with his wife Tammy Gebhart Yates, and is assistant director / marketing director at the University Press of Mississippi in Jackson.