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Meet the 2019 Faculty

K. Gail McAbee

K.G. McAbee has had over a hundred short stories published in various anthologies and magazines, plus another dozen novels. She lives in a 200-year-old haunted log cabin in South Carolina, loves dogs and iced tea, and has an unholy passion for adverbs that she fights daily. She writes steampunk, fantasy, science fiction, horror, pulp, westerns, romance and YA. She’s a member of Horror Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, The Heinlein Society, and International Thriller Writers and is an Artist in Residence-Literature with the South Carolina Arts Commission. She’s won a Dream Realm award for fantasy, a Black Orchid Novella award for mystery, and an honorable mention from Writers of the Future for a steampunk/zombie mashup novella called ‘Undead Under London.’ Feel free to drop her an email at kgmcabee@gmail.com or visit her website: www.kgmcabeebooks.com

Charlotte Henley Babb

Charlotte Babb began writing when she could scribble her name on a chalkboard, although she sometimes mistook "Chocolate" for "Charlotte" at the drug store ice cream counter. She brings to any project a number of experiences, including work as a web designer, technical writer, washing machine gasket inspector, cloth store associate, girl Friday, computer tech, and telephone psychic.

She has studied the folk stories of many cultures and wonders what happened to ours. Where the stories are for people over 20 who have survived marriage, divorce, child rearing, education, bankruptcy, widowhood, and love's last kiss? She writes them.

Babb's publications include  

• A novel and two story collections about Maven, Fairy Godmother  

• Five short stories about magic in the real word: Just a Smidgen of Magic 

• Southern fiction and poetry collection in Walking Off Heaven's Shore

• Six short stories in Port Nowhere, a shared world anthology   

• Three poems in The Thing in the Tub

• Two articles in Circle Sanctuary magazine

• A meditation in The Upper Room

Jeff Newberry

Jeff Newberry writes stories in poetry and prose and teaches others to do the same. The Poet in Residence and a Professor of English at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, he is the author of a novel, a poetry collection, and a chapbook.

 

His forthcoming book, Cross Country, is a collaboration with the poet Justin Evans.

 

His Pushcart-nominated writing has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The Southeast Review, Xavier Review, and North American Review, and he also serves as poetry editor for the online journal, Green Briar Review.

Jeff Newberry

Jeff Newberry writes stories in poetry and prose and teaches others to do the same. The Poet in Residence and a Professor of English at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, he is the author of a novel, a poetry collection, and a chapbook.

 

His forthcoming book, Cross Country, is a collaboration with the poet Justin Evans.

 

His Pushcart-nominated writing has appeared in a number of literary magazines, including The Southeast Review, Xavier Review, and North American Review, and he also serves as poetry editor for the online journal, Green Briar Review.

Cappy Hall Rearick

Cappy Hall Rearick, author of sixteen published books has won numerous awards for her writing. She is a syndicated humor columnist, having penned five successful columns. 

 

She holds membership in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Georgia Writers Association, South Carolina Writers, North Carolina Writers and the Florida Writers Association. She has been featured by the Erma Bombeck Writers as a Humor Writer of the Month. Cappy’s first novel, The Road to Hell is Seldom Seen, was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award. It was her second nomination. 

 

Her more recent published books are a mystery series surrounding The Glad Girls. The fourth novel in the series, Abruzzo Moon, will be published in 2019.

 

Cappy and her husband, Bill, share space with two spoiled rotten cats in Saluda, North Carolina.

Dana Ridenour

Dana Ridenour began her career as a special agent with the FBI in November of 1995 and retired in 2016. Assigned to four different FBI Field Divisions, she had the opportunity to work a wide variety of cases, including multi-faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime. Over the years, Dana served as a member of the FBI's Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.

As a twenty-year veteran of the FBI, Dana spent most of her career as a FBI undercover operative infiltrating various criminal organizations including domestic terrorism extremists in the Animal Liberation Front. Dana’s first novel, Behind The Mask, draws heavily from her personal experiences working undercover. The novel won numerous literary awards, and was followed by her award-winning Beyond the Cabin in 2017. Below the Radar will be released in August 2019, and all three stories are in development for television.

And special guest - Doug Dahlgren

Georgia author Doug Dahlgren began a new career after his retirement. Writing what he calls plausible fiction, his direct and concise style is popular with his readers. The situations are believable, the personalities are ones his readers enjoy getting to know, and perhaps even recognize. 

By applying what he learned about written communication in business to this new craft, his nine books in print draw the reader into page-turning adventures. 

In February of 2014, Doug was interviewed on Artist First Radio and subsequently approached about hosting his own show on the network. The Doug Dahlgren Show is now past its fifth anniversary and continues to introduce authors, musical artists, and interesting people to his audience every Friday. 

 

www.artistfirst.com/dahlgren.htm