Member News & Announcements

Looking for a good read to shake off the doldrums?

Check out these titles by some of our SWA members.

Buzz Bernard

H.W. “Buzz” Bernard, the author of two books in a series about World War II pilots -- When Heroes Flew and The Shangri-La Raiders -- has announced that book three in the series – The Roof of the World -- will be released May 24 by Severn River Publishing.

In The Roof of the World, a legendary WWII airlift mission cuts through the snaggle toothed Himalaya Mountains—the Hump— where both the terrain and weather prove uncommonly savage. Major Rod Shep- herd, a C-46 pilot and Army Air Forces weather officer, risks incredible danger with every flight.

Buzz will be the Keynote Speaker and have a book signing for his new book on June 10th at the SWA Writers Conference.

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Dana Wildsmith

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Dana Wildsmith, author of the environmental memoir Back to Abnormal: Surviving with an Old Farm in the New South, will teach a writing class at the John C. Campbell Folk School this summer. “What is in Your Writing Folder?” will be taught August 14-20.

Wildsmith, a Folk School instructor since 2004, says “I would love to have the chance to work with some of our members there!” Follow this link to sign up for her class: https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=24941

Wildsmith also writes poetry. Her most recent collection of poems is “One Light,” a memoir in poetry, published in Texas Review Press. She is also the author of five additional collections of poetry, including “Christmas in Bethlehem.”

Wildsmith is a fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College

Richard C. Meehan, Jr.

Richard C. Meehan, Jr.’s new book Ford the Pacholet: An American Revolutionary War Novel Culminating in the Pivotal Battle of Cowpens (Noggin Universe Press,  LLC) was released April 9. It is a stirring and historically accurate fiction novel about Lem Farnandis, a Colonial American teenager who became caught up in the pivotal Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781.

Meehan said last year he submitted beginning chapters of Ford the Pacholet to the annual SWA writing contest and won Amy Wethington’s 2nd place award for YA/Midgrade markets.

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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

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Jayne Jaudon Ferrer’s novel, Hayley and the Hot Flashes, will be released on June 8th, National Best Friends Day. That’s perfect timing for this rollicking road trip tale about has-been country music diva Hayley Swift and her four best friends from high school.

Author of six poetry collections and a nonfiction book about games, Ferrer is excited about enter- ing the fiction arena, especially since Small Town Girl Publishing, an imprint of Brother Mockingbird, chose this as its debut release. Hayley and her friends prove that it’s attitude that mat- ters—not age—as the “Retro Rodeo Tour” sends them sparkling and singing all around the South.

Marlene Buchanan

Life is Hard

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Now more than ever we all need to step back and take a minute to laugh. Share in Marlene's hilarious misadventures and mishaps.

"Life is hard. We need to do whatever we can to make is softer. Come laugh with me."

Marlene Ratledge Buchanan has been selected by Ladies of All Nations International as a finalist for Beautiful Survivors World of Honors, which recognizes remarkable individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and leadership, those who are willing to be a voice of change and survive no matter what breakdowns they went through.

Buchanan has been selected to receive the Beautiful Survivor Recognition Award.

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