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Top 10 Haute Young Authors

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Margaret McCombs

Harry Farthing

Author: Summit

Harry Farthing has had a lifelong interest in exploration, archaeology and world history, both published and alternate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has travelled widely to extreme environments such as the Sahara Desert, the Himalaya, the Amazon and the Arctic North.

Harry Farthing is an Englishman born in Lynton, North Devon, and raised in the West Country.

He was educated at St. Michael's Preparatory School, near Barnstaple, Allhallows Public School, near Lyme Regis, and at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

From 1987 he enjoyed a successful career with one of the world's largest commercial real estate consultancies. During this period, he lived and worked in the City of London, Lisbon, Portugal and Milan, Italy becoming Managing Director of the company's Italian operations and European Board Director with responsibility for activities in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar.

In 2010 he moved with his American wife to Charleston, South Carolina, to raise their two daughters and pursue a career in writing.

Harry Farthing has had a lifelong interest in exploration, archaeology and world history, both published and alternate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has travelled widely to extreme environments such as the Sahara Desert, the Himalaya, the Amazon and the Arctic North.

An experienced mountaineer, he has climbed extensively including Mt Blanc and the Matterhorn in the Alps, Mt McKinley in Alaska, Shishapangma, the highest mountain in Tibet, and Mount Everest itself. In 2010 he successfully led all thirteen members of a charity climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Africa.

In 2011 he made a solo 7500 mile journey across North America by BMW Motorcycle that linked the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and travelled 2000 miles of unpaved roads above the 60th Parallel. That trip was the latest in a series of extreme motorcycle journeys that started with a ride from the UK to the Moroccan Sahara when he was just nineteen.

He is an accomplished public speaker and has raised substantial funds for charity through his climbing.

His debut novel Summit marries his knowledge of world travel, adventure sports, mountaineering and modern history to create an exciting action story that is both compelling and thought provoking.

Sequels, Kili, about Africa and the continent's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and Denali, about Mt McKinley and the Arctic North of America, are already in the pipeline.

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Jessica Grogan

Jessica Grogan

Author: Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self

Jessica Grogan, Ph.D., is the author of Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self (2013, Harper Perennial). After majoring in psychology at Vassar college, she performed her graduate work at the University of Texas and Texas State in American studies and professional counseling.

She has taught courses on American history, sixties culture, and psychology at Southwestern University, the University of Texas, and Mount Holyoke College, and is now a member of the faculty at Texas A&M's medical school in the department of Humanities in Medicine.

Originally from Connecticut, Grogan now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, writer Daniel Oppenheimer, and their two children, Jolie and Asa.

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Karen Harrington

Karen Harrington

Author: Sure Signs of Crazy

Karen Harrington is the author of Janeology (2008), Sure Signs of Crazy (2013) and Courage for Beginners (2014). She is a native Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently lives in Plano with her husband, two children and one sneaky dog. Visit her at www.karenharringtonbooks.com.

Lana Lynne Higginbotham

Lana Lynne Higginbotham

Author: Life Between the Letters: The Chuck and Mary Felder Story

Lana is the author of three historical fiction novels under her pen name, Lana Lynne: Home Always Beckons: A New Sunrise (2009), Trails of Change: A New Sunset (2010), Sunbeams at Twilight: A Life's Echo (2012). Her first creative nonfiction novel, written with a coauthor, released February 11, 2014: Life Between the Letters: The Chuck and Mary Felder Story (2014) by Lana Lynne Higginbotham and Mary K. Felder.

She wrote a weekly blog post (2012-2014) and was part of the new "Venture Galleries Author Collection" blog team (2013) under her pen name, Lana Lynne, for Venture Galleries (February 2012- January 2014).

She is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and a writer/author. She is also a certified teacher. Her college degrees are as follows: an associate's degree-graduated summa cum laude from Tyler Junior College, a bachelor's degree-graduated summa cum laude from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a master's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. Lana lives with her husband who teaches speech and theater at White Oak High School. They have one grown daughter and a son-in-law who live in Round Rock, TX. Visit her website to learn more at http://www.lanalynne.com.

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Polly Holyoke

Polly Holyoke

Author: The Neptune Project

Polly Holyoke graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Middlebury College and earned her teaching certificate from CU. She loved working as a middle school social studies teacher and has been creating stories since she was in fifth grade. When she isn't writing, Polly enjoys reading, camping, skiing, scuba diving and hiking in the desert. She lives in Plano with her two daughters, three rescue dogs and a wonderful husband who tolerates piles of books all over their house.

Novelist J. Suzanne Frank spent her formative years in England and Europe where she gained an appreciation of history's reality and immediacy by traipsing through countless castles and museums.

She earned her B.S. in Journalism with a double minor in Drama and Middle Eastern Politics from the University of North Texas. She continued her education with graduate level biblical archeology courses at the Center for Near Eastern Studies in Bethlehem, Israel. She is the first published author from Southern Methodist's University's (SMU) Continuing Education --New York Seminar. She began teaching writing there in 1998.

Frank wrote in many different capacities – from local news reporting and technical documentation, to PR, travel and feature stories – before publishing her first book. Other careers include photo stylist, birth parent caseworker, and public education speaker.

Frank has been program director and curriculum consultant for a SMU's Continuing Education writing program in Dallas, Texas, since 2005. In 2012 she rebooted the program as The Writer's Path at SMU. Unique among adult writing programs, these courses help qualified adult writers with complete projects meet with editors and agents in NYC for professional critique. Frank is also the creator of The Hero Series Seminar, which uses the principles of storytelling to help participants recognize and "rewrite" their lives to overcome and triumph as their own heroes.

Her time-travel novels are meticulously researched and written with an eye to historical accuracy and an understanding of diverse cultural viewpoints. Frank selects pivotal moments in Western history and looks at them from an unexpected angle, using both the latest and the most provocative information to tell the story. Location serves as a character and helps to create not only the story, but also an entire world the reader can experience.

Research has taken Frank to many of the locations in her books, including Egypt, England, Israel, Mexico, and Morocco. From the British Museum to the Louvre, Akrotiri to the Valley of the Kings, she has sought the flavors, colors and emotions that bring her ancient worlds to life. She's worked as a mosaicist in Jerusalem, picked avocados by the Mediterranean, and prepped garments worth six figures, all in the interest of story depth.

All of her time travel books were selected by The Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club. The books have been published in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Korea and Italy. Ingram Top 50 listed Reflections in the Nile. Twilight in Babylon was as a top ten best seller in Germany.

Chloe Green is another personality operating in J. Suzanne Frank's head, and gaining expression through her pen. Ms. Green has written several murder mysteries set behind the scenes in the fashion world. She worked as presser, as First Assistant, as stylist; dabbled as a makeup artist, and read countless issues of Vogue, to assure accuracy in her fast-paced world of photos, videos, catwalks, and corpses.

Jason Mellard

Jason Mellard

Author: Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture

Jason Mellard is the Assistant Director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University in San Marcos, where he teaches and co-edits the Journal of Texas Music History. He completed the award-winning book Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture while a Summerlee fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. Through the book and other writing, radio, and public history projects, he explores the rich and often contrarian cultural past of the Lone Star State from a home base in Austin.

Tadd Myers

Tadd Myers

Author: Portraits of the American Craftsman (view website)

Tadd Myers is an award-winning photographer who specializes in advertising, corporate, and editorial projects around the world. Tadd's extensive client list includes advertising agencies such as The Richards Group, Arnold World Wide, Young & Rubicam, and companies such as New Balance Shoes, Dr. Pepper, Titleist Golf, American Airlines, and Sears Craftsman among many others.

Tadd discovered photography through his father's printing company in Houston, Texas, where at an early age he began operating a printing press and working in the darkroom. His passion for photography led him to Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he earned a BA in Photography with a minor in Computer Science. This combination of artistry and inquisitiveness is what drives Tadd to always look beyond what is in front of his camera lens. Tadd's book Portraits of the American Craftsman is a collection of portraits that celebrate the people and products made in small workshops all over the country, with lyrical descriptions of what they make, who they are, and the tradition embedded in their trade. More at AmericanCraftsmanProject.com or TaddMyers.com.

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Elizabeth L. Silver, copyright Marion Ettinger

Elizabeth L. Silver

Author: The Execution of Noa P. Singleton

Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton (Crown). She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law. Her short work can be seen or is forthcoming in several publications, including The Millions, The Huffington Post, and The Los Angeles Review.

She has taught English as a Second Language in Costa Rica, writing and literature at Drexel and St. Joseph’s Universities in Philadelphia, and has worked as an attorney in Texas and California. She lives in Los Angeles with her family and is currently writing her second book and an original film script. Find her at www.ElizabethLSilver.com or follow her on twitter at @ElizLSilver.

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David Hale Smith

David Hale Smith

Editor: Dallas Noir

David Hale Smith, the editor of Dallas Noir, is a writer and literary agent based in Dallas. Since 1994, he has represented some of the most beloved authors in crime and noir fiction. Along with fourteen Edgar Award nominations, his clients have won the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Barry, Macavity, International Thriller Writers, Eisner, and Bram Stoker awards, along with The Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Christine Warren

Christine Warren

Author: Honky Tonk Debutante: The History of Honky-Tonk Music as I Care to Tell It

Christine Warren grew up in Texas and Tennessee before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Creative Writing and graduated with a degree in English. The richly layered cultures of the South and Southwest, both of which she loves and knows intimately, have profoundly shaped her as a storyteller.

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