Jack and Mary Branson: In January 2003, federal agent Jack Branson’s 85-year-old aunt Ann was bludgeoned to death and stabbed 97 times in small-town Kentucky. The killer left no fingerprints and no DNA. The case may have gone unsolved if Ann herself had not pointed police to her killer. Her story is chronicled in "Murder in Mayberry."
Murder in Mayberry: Greed, Death and Mayhem in a Small Town is the true story of a brutal crime, a promising young professional who became a killer, and a wealthy, successful woman who became the perfect victim. It’s about the impact of violent crime on a previously “normal” family and on a quiet, trusting community who refused to forget one of its own.
Murder in Mayberry is endorsed by Family and Friends of Violent Crime Victims. The hardback edition was released in February 2008 by New Horizon Press. The paperback edition will be released by Berkley in March 2009. Also, the crime and the book will be featured on CBS 48 Hours, time to be announced.
Mayberry’s authors, Jack and Mary Branson, are currently writing a historic true crime book on the Atlanta child murders of 1979-81, working with the FBI agent who was in charge of the investigation.
The Bransons’ website is www.murdertheywrote.com.
About the Authors:
Mary Kinney Branson holds a B.A. degree from Indiana State University and has done graduate work at Georgia State University. She is the author of 16 books in the children's and Christian markets and has ghostwritten many more. She resides with her husband, Jack, in Cumming, Georgia.
Jack Branson is a retired U.S. Treasury Special Agent who served on a public corruption task force. His Secret Service duties included the Presidential Jump Team and NATO’s fiftieth anniversary. He is a licensed private investigator, heading his own agency, Branson & Associates, LLC. He holds a B.S. degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where he also did graduate work.
Lena Claxton: Lena Claxton is co-author of "How to Say It: Marketing With New Media"
(Penguin) which "The Writer" Magazine (1/09) says "those who count writing
as a professional activity ... will benefit from the tips and tools
provided." Lena is a principal of www.newmediamavens.com where she helps business owners
build expert status, communicate and connect with their audience using new
media. She is also CEO of AuthorSpark where she helps writers navigate the
publishing process, build a platform and market their books using new
media. She is available for speaking/workshops, coaching and consulting.
Download a free excerpt from the book at her websites:
www.newmediamavens.com or www.authorspark.com
Lillie Templeton: Lillie Templeton is a budding artist/animator whose style can best be described as bold, graphic, lively, action-packed cartooning. She adores color and it is infused in almost all aspects of her work. Her inspiration for her recently-published comic book, Passages, was drawn from her family and a personal love for reading.
Gail F. Martin: Gail Martin is a publicity expert as well as an author, entrepreneur and
educator. Her value proposition is simple: she connects marketing and
public relations directly to business plan goals for small business
owners, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs to help them save time and money
and get better results from their marketing programs.
Gail is the author of the bestselling Chronicles of the Necromancer
fantasy adventure series, with The Summoner (2007), The Blood King
(2008) and Dark Haven (2009). Her nonfiction articles have been featured
in regional and national magazines. She’s also an adjunct professor
Virginia Farmer: A member of Romance Writers of America for the past 15 years, award-winning author Virginia Farmer has published three novels. Actively involved in Carolina Romance Writers, she has served as PAN Liaison, Treasurer and currently as the chapter president.
Nancy Knight: Nancy Knight has had twelve novels and numerous stories and articles published. She has had seven plays produced in professional theatres. She has had a screenplay produced and is a partner in the new Indy film company, Dragonfly Productions. She is a partner in BelleBooks and also in Soundhole Publishing. She has been teaching art and writing for more than 20 years.
Kimberly Hunter: I've been writing for as long as I can remember.
Reading too;) I got my first romance when I was thirteen; it was "Shiek's
Promise" by Penelope Neri. To say I was floored would be an understatement. I started writing seriously about ten years ago. Bought a romance I thought
would be great and was sadly disappointed. After reading it I thought that I
could have done a better job and that's when it clicked. I could do a better
job and now, ten years later, I have a novel and a short story out with many
more to come.
Cindy Holby: I've always been a writer. Ever since I could remember my biggest desire was to put words to paper. Finally my dreams of publication came true in 2002 with the release of Chase The Wind, the first book in my historical family saga. But I've also looked to the stars since I was a small girl. Which led to my writing of Futuristic Action Romance under the pen name Colby Hodge. And since I've got a knack for relating to teens, I also enjoy writing for them under the name Kassy Tayler.
Leigh served three years as advisor or co-advisor of his local Romance
Writers of America chapter before spending six years on the national
Directors, two of those years as president. Leigh was the recipient
of the 1993
Regional and National service awards for his work in RWA.
Before turning to a career in writing, Leigh earned a BA and an MA in
and Musicology from the University of North Carolina. He taught music
schools and churches for 32 years before retiring in 1993 to
time. Leigh has three grown children and enjoys gardening when he can
time off from writing and learning how to cook.
Leigh is the author of both the popular Seven Brides series and The
series. Please visit Leigh’s website at Leigh-Greenwood.com. You
Leigh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suzanne Adair: Suzanne Adair is a member of Mystery Writers of
America, Sisters in Crime, and the Historical Novel Society. Paper
Woman, the first book of her historical mystery/suspense series,
received the Patrick D. Smith Literature Award from the Florida
Historical Society. The Blacksmith's Daughter and Camp Follower
continue her fictional ventures into the Southern theater of the
Revolutionary War. Adair is a graduate of RWA author Mary Buckham's
online course, "Plotting With the Mythic Journey." Visit her web site
(www.suzanneadair.com) and author blog (www.suzanneadair.typepad.com)
for more information and an event calendar.
K. Gail McAbee: K. G. McAbee writes all manner of genre fiction: fantasy, science
fiction, pulp, horror, mystery, gothic and suspense. Her first book won
the Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence from Reviewers International, and
she co-wrote the 2001 Independent E-Book Award for Best Reference Book.
The Dark Legacy, Book One of The Crystal Staircase Series, won the Dream
Realm Award for Best YA Fantasy, and her short fiction has finaled for
the Sapphire and Derringer Awards. She’s taught classes at The Writers
Workshop of Asheville and Spartanburg Community College. She lives in
upstate South Carolina, in a log cabin built in 1818 complete with a
pair of ghosts. Visit her website for more information: www.kgmcabee.net.
Connor O'Callaghan: Conor O'Callaghan was born in Newry, Northern Ireland, in 1968. He has
published two original collections of poetry /Seatown/ (2000) and
/Fiction/ (2005) with Wake Forest University Press. Recent work has
appeared in /Harper's/ and /Poetry/. He has been holder of the Heimbold
Chair in Irish Studies, Villanova University, Pennsylvania. He is now
Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University. Apart from poetry, he has
written the bestselling prose memoir of Ireland's involvement in the
2002 soccer World Cup, /Red Mist /(Bloomsbury 2004), which was adapted
as a documentary for UK television.
Joyce and Jim Lavene: Joyce and Jim Lavene write the Peggy Lee Garden and the Renaissance Faire
Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. These books have been IMBA and Barnes
and Noble bestsellers, and have gone into multiple printings. They also
wrote 12 Sheriff Sharyn Howard Mysteries from Avalon Books from 1999 to
2007. The first book in that series, Last Dance, was nominated for the
Master's Choice Award for best first mystery novel. They also write the
Stock Car Racing and Pet Psychic Mysteries from Midnight Ink.