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Melanie Burgess, author and illustrator, is a graduate of Charis Bible College, a licensed minister, and mother of three children. In 2014, she and her husband, David, moved from Colorado Springs back to Keyser, WV, where they are camp hosts at Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland. The aviary at the park inspired her first children's book, Stinky Owl, and she is part of the Headline Books School Show Program. Award winning author, Rachelle Wilfong, is an entrepreneur and lover of the outdoors. Halloween Cat is story was inspired by her love of Halloween, the spirit of the holiday encouraged by her parents Patricia and Jerry, and the memories of fun and laughter while trick or treating with her siblings, Tina, Dawn and Hank. Rachelle does conference presentations and is part of the Headline Kids School Show Program.

Award winning author, Julia Black, is a native of St. Albans, WV. She is a registered nurse, a board member of the Roarke-Sullivan Lifeway Center and founder of Rhonda's Closet, a non-profit organization which provides prom wear for young ladies in need at no cost. She lives in Romance WV with her family. Tom Beal is an individual with interests ranging from classical music to chemistry. He studied music at Southern Methodist University earning a degree in French Horn performance and is currently a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He is active in support of the West Virginia Youth Symphony and music outreach in the surrounding communities. He is the Senior Vice President of AC&S, Inc. Tom resides in Charleston, WV, where he enjoys hiking and rock climbing with his family.

Featured Authors www.HeadlineBooks.com While Enough is fiction, Tony Hylton has been around journalism for more than 76 of his 77 years. His connection with this honorable profession has taken many forms - Editor/publisher of the Hinton (WV) Daily News (now Hinton News); visiting professor of journalism at Susquehanna University; public relations practitioner for a national trade association in Washington, DC and a steel company in northern West Virginia; communication director for AARP Virginia and Public Information officer for a major U.S. Army headquarters in the Republic of Vietnam.

Adeline Renee Schneid was born and raised in West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2017 with a Master's in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is currently a public school teacher in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Her passion for literacy, education, and her home state served as inspiration for The

Grant Maloy Smith is a Billboard Top 10 Country/Roots musician who has performed all over the world--from Nashville to London, including New York City's famous Carnegie Hall. He was inspired to write a song about possums saving Christmas after appearing on the "Tim White Bluegrass Show" in eastern Tennessee. The song led to a children’s book illustrated by the author.

A native of Mingo County, WV, Dr. Sabrina Runyon has been an educator for 27 years, and was a principal for eight years and currently Mingo County's PK-8 director, Title I and Title III director, County events coordinator, and is the lead for a host of other services. Married with two sons, she has a master's degree from Salem International University. Dr. Runyon finished her doctoral studies at Phoenix University. Her first book, Sabrina's Book, was an introductory poem to her fellow doctoral classmates her first year of residency.


International Award winning author, Don Stansberry, is a native West Virginian and an elementary school teacher. Don has been a public school teacher since 1984 and always had an interest in writing. He was the head coach for the Parkersburg High Girls' Basketball team for 16 years and retired from this position with four state championships.

Award winning author, Angie Wilson, is a veteran elementary school reading teacher. She is the creator of two children's book series, Appalachian Heritage Books and Gracie's Mysteries Series. Her books have received a London Book Festival Award, Readers' Favorite Award, and three Mom's Choice Awards. She is very active in the Headline Kids School Show Program and visits classrooms throughout the year. She can often be found traveling with her husband, Derek, a church consultant minister. Suzanne Alexander has been a docent for the Huntington Museum of Art for over ten years as well as an outreach teacher for their Museum Making Connections program. Throughout her career as an elementary school librarian, language arts teacher, children’s librarian in a public library, and book columnist, Suzanne has shared her love of reading and art. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys traveling which often creates inspiration for her writing. Award winning author, KARL STEWART, was raised in the hills of post-WWII West Virginia, and moved to Wisconsin in his teen years, attending a Catholic seminary. Upon leaving the seminary, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, serving as a communications sergeant in the elite Green Beret Special Forces until 1969. He enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, earning a double-major degree in political science and history. In 2005 Stewart retired from teaching high school Social Studies and English to devote himself to his two passions, family and writing, echoing his West Virginia childhood playgrounds.

Millie Snyder is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneur. She has been positively impacting people's lives for nearly fifty years with her message of healthy living. With her message, she provides the tools for living a longer, healthier life, which produces growth along the way to become the best you possible. To Millie, preparation is the key to success and celebration of life acts as the motivation to live in a health conscious manner. Multiple award-winning author, Lisa McCombs, was awarded Runner Up Best YA Fiction at the Paris Book Festival and Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Fairmont State University. and West Virginia University, Lisa holds degrees in English, Communication Studies, Library Media, Special Education, and Folk life Studies. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, her goal is to reach out to people living with chronic illness.

Donna Roberts is a kindergarten/pre-school teacher with nearly 25 years of experience. She currently teaches kindergarten at Sherman Elementary School in Boone County, WV. Born and raised in Pineville, WV, Donna moved to Boone County in 1990. She attended Bluefield State College where she received a BS degree in Elementary Education Multi Subject K8. She has always enjoyed writing and this is her first children’s book. Diana Pishner Walker was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, WV and graduated in 1977. She attended Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV and was a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School. Diana resides in Fairmont, WV with her family. Her Italian roots run deep. Her maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Province of Cosenza, Italy. Her paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy. She is the author of two award winning books, Spaghetti & Meatballs: Growing Up Italian and Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration.


Featured Authors www.HeadlineBooks.com Kelsey N. Clark resides in small town West Virginia with her family on their farm. Kelsey is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist but enjoys mostly the blessings of being a mom. She enjoys keeping diaries of her experiences with her children, and the phases and phrases that they share with her throughout their daily life. Through their interaction and adventure, Kelsey offers a glimpse into the mind of her children and their childlike perceptions of life and lessons-learned.

Stephanie R. Lang is currently a special education teacher in Monongalia County, West Virginia. She has a Master of Arts in elementary education and also in reading, along with ten years of teaching experiences. This book was prompted by her love for children, children's literature, and reading.

A dog, a tree, and Santa‌a wonderful tale about Beasley and her special secret about Santa. First time author, Ellen Shubert, weaves a tale about her Bassett hound, adds some Christmas magic, and with the beautiful illustrations by awardwinning illustrator, Ashley Belote, this book will quickly become not only a childhood favorite, but a family favorite! Ellen Shubert is a graduate of West Virginia University and currently employed as a teacher in Preston County, WV. She lives in Masontown, WV with her family and six crazy dogs. She is a lover of books, dogs, and everything Christmas!


Award winning author, Jane Foster, taught elementary school for 38 years, and then taught reading on a part-time basis at the elementary school level for five years after retirement. She is a member of Risen King Church and the Kanawha Valley Doll Club. Jane's first children's book is Dime Store Days and is a Mom's Choice Award Recipient. She writes doll articles for Antique Doll Magazine, Doll News Magazine, and has written for Doll Collector (formerly Contemporary Doll) Magazine. Jane and her husband live in her native town of Hurricane, West Virginia.

Award-winning author Colleen Driscoll is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her books are Mom's Choice Award recipients. The Driscoll family recorded the companion Piper the Elf audio books with original music. Colleen especially enjoys meeting her fans and inspiring others to write. She is part of the Headline Kids School Show Program and visits schools regularly. For more information visit www.PiperTheElf.com.

Dr. E. D. Michael was born in West Virginia on Plum Run, Marion County, and received a B.S. degree in Biology from Marietta College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University. He taught at West Virginia University from 1970 through 1998. Following retirement, he became a part-time resident of Canaan Valley and conducted numerous scientific studies on the ecology of snapping turtles in that unique ecosystem. That research formed the basis for his first historical novel, A Valley Called Canaan: 1885-2002. His 50-year career as a wildlife biologist resulted in more than 100 publications, both scientific and popular.


International Award winning author, Don Stansberry, is a native West Virginian and an elementary school teacher. Don has been a public school teacher since 1984 and always had an interest in writing. He was the head coach for the Parkersburg High Girls' Basketball team for 16 years and retired from this position with four state championships.

Award winning author, Angie Wilson, is a veteran elementary school reading teacher. She is the creator of two children's book series, Appalachian Heritage Books and Gracie's Mysteries Series. Her books have received a London Book Festival Award, Readers' Favorite Award, and three Mom's Choice Awards. She is very active in the Headline Kids School Show Program and visits classrooms throughout the year. She can often be found traveling with her husband, Derek, a church consultant minister. Suzanne Alexander has been a docent for the Huntington Museum of Art for over ten years as well as an outreach teacher for their Museum Making Connections program. Throughout her career as an elementary school librarian, language arts teacher, children’s librarian in a public library, and book columnist, Suzanne has shared her love of reading and art. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys traveling which often creates inspiration for her writing. Award winning author, KARL STEWART, was raised in the hills of post-WWII West Virginia, and moved to Wisconsin in his teen years, attending a Catholic seminary. Upon leaving the seminary, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966, serving as a communications sergeant in the elite Green Beret Special Forces until 1969. He enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, earning a double-major degree in political science and history. In 2005 Stewart retired from teaching high school Social Studies and English to devote himself to his two passions, family and writing, echoing his West Virginia childhood playgrounds.

Millie Snyder is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, and entrepreneur. She has been positively impacting people's lives for nearly fifty years with her message of healthy living. With her message, she provides the tools for living a longer, healthier life, which produces growth along the way to become the best you possible. To Millie, preparation is the key to success and celebration of life acts as the motivation to live in a health conscious manner. Multiple award-winning author, Lisa McCombs, was awarded Runner Up Best YA Fiction at the Paris Book Festival and Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Fairmont State University. and West Virginia University, Lisa holds degrees in English, Communication Studies, Library Media, Special Education, and Folk life Studies. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2001, her goal is to reach out to people living with chronic illness.

Donna Roberts is a kindergarten/pre-school teacher with nearly 25 years of experience. She currently teaches kindergarten at Sherman Elementary School in Boone County, WV. Born and raised in Pineville, WV, Donna moved to Boone County in 1990. She attended Bluefield State College where she received a BS degree in Elementary Education Multi Subject K8. She has always enjoyed writing and this is her first children’s book. Diana Pishner Walker was born in Clarksburg, WV and is the daughter of the late Louis and Anna Allessio Pishner. She attended Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, WV and graduated in 1977. She attended Fairmont State College, Fairmont WV and was a “Fast ForWord” computer aide at East Dale Elementary School. Diana resides in Fairmont, WV with her family. Her Italian roots run deep. Her maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Province of Cosenza, Italy. Her paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Reggio Calabria Italy. She is the author of two award winning books, Spaghetti & Meatballs: Growing Up Italian and Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration.


Melanie Burgess, author and illustrator, is a graduate of Charis Bible College, a licensed minister, and mother of three children. In 2014, she and her husband, David, moved from Colorado Springs back to Keyser, WV, where they are camp hosts at Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland. The aviary at the park inspired her first children's book, Stinky Owl, and she is part of the Headline Books School Show Program. Award winning author, Rachelle Wilfong, is an entrepreneur and lover of the outdoors. Halloween Cat is story was inspired by her love of Halloween, the spirit of the holiday encouraged by her parents Patricia and Jerry, and the memories of fun and laughter while trick or treating with her siblings, Tina, Dawn and Hank. Rachelle does conference presentations and is part of the Headline Kids School Show Program.

Award winning author, Julia Black, is a native of St. Albans, WV. She is a registered nurse, a board member of the Roarke-Sullivan Lifeway Center and founder of Rhonda's Closet, a non-profit organization which provides prom wear for young ladies in need at no cost. She lives in Romance WV with her family. Tom Beal is an individual with interests ranging from classical music to chemistry. He studied music at Southern Methodist University earning a degree in French Horn performance and is currently a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He is active in support of the West Virginia Youth Symphony and music outreach in the surrounding communities. He is the Senior Vice President of AC&S, Inc. Tom resides in Charleston, WV, where he enjoys hiking and rock climbing with his family.

Featured Authors www.HeadlineBooks.com While Enough is fiction, Tony Hylton has been around journalism for more than 76 of his 77 years. His connection with this honorable profession has taken many forms - Editor/publisher of the Hinton (WV) Daily News (now Hinton News); visiting professor of journalism at Susquehanna University; public relations practitioner for a national trade association in Washington, DC and a steel company in northern West Virginia; communication director for AARP Virginia and Public Information officer for a major U.S. Army headquarters in the Republic of Vietnam.

Adeline Renee Schneid was born and raised in West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2017 with a Master's in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is currently a public school teacher in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Her passion for literacy, education, and her home state served as inspiration for The

Grant Maloy Smith is a Billboard Top 10 Country/Roots musician who has performed all over the world--from Nashville to London, including New York City's famous Carnegie Hall. He was inspired to write a song about possums saving Christmas after appearing on the "Tim White Bluegrass Show" in eastern Tennessee. The song led to a children’s book illustrated by the author.

A native of Mingo County, WV, Dr. Sabrina Runyon has been an educator for 27 years, and was a principal for eight years and currently Mingo County's PK-8 director, Title I and Title III director, County events coordinator, and is the lead for a host of other services. Married with two sons, she has a master's degree from Salem International University. Dr. Runyon finished her doctoral studies at Phoenix University. Her first book, Sabrina's Book, was an introductory poem to her fellow doctoral classmates her first year of residency.

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Featured Authors 2019 West Virginia Book Festival  

West Virginia Book Festival, October 4 - 5, Charleston Convention & Civic Center, Charleston, WV Headline Books, 2018 Independent Publisher...

Featured Authors 2019 West Virginia Book Festival  

West Virginia Book Festival, October 4 - 5, Charleston Convention & Civic Center, Charleston, WV Headline Books, 2018 Independent Publisher...