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Top 10 Haute Young Authors
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Corporal David J. Bates
Author: Narrow it Down
Over the past 14 years, Cpl. David Bates has inspired many through his leadership as a Leadership Cadet Corps instructor in Dallas, Texas He opened The Marsh Military Museum, believed to be the first of its kind on a public school campus throughout the country and has led the Marsh Leadership Cadet Corps to the national championship among middle schools for three of the past six years.
He won the 2010 National Middle School Cadet Corps Instructor of the Year and was voted by his colleagues as the TC Marsh 2012 Teacher of the Year. His book, Narrow it Down, is about making a difference in the things you can control and focuses on raising the bar when it comes to the educational system.
A. Carolyn Carpan
Author: Rocked by Romance: A Guide to Teen Romance Fiction
Carolyn Carpan is an academic research librarian, writer, and library leader. She is the Assistant Director for Research Services in the Central University Libraries at SMU. Her books include Rocked by Romance: A Guide to Teen Romance Fiction, Jane Yolen, and Sisters, Schoolgirls and Sleuths: Girls' Series Books in America.
Author: Historic Dallas Hotels; Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sam Childers is a historian, writer and museum consultant. He has served in various positions on the staffs of several museums including: Communications Manager for Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, Director of Public Programs and Marketing Manager for the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and Director of Development for the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Atlanta, GA.
He received his B.S. Magna Cum Laude in History from Texas Woman’s University in 1995. He is a contributing writer and editorial assistant to Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas. His writing has also appeared in the White House Historical Association’s journal White House History. He has served on the steering committee for the Dallas Legacies History Conference and is president of Colophon: The Friends of the SMU Libraries. His book Historic Dallas Hotels was published by Arcadia Publishing. A longtime student of presidential history, he is currently working on a book project about Lady Bird Johnson’s 1965 whistle stop campaign.
J. Suzanne Frank
Author: Chloe and Cheftu time travel series; Dallas O'Connor mysteries
J. Suzanne Frank is the author of the popular Chloe and Cheftu time travel series and the Dallas O'Connor mysteries. She published the rest of her novels after completing The Writer's Path at SMU, a program she now directs. She lives in Dallas, TX.
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.
Author: The Fire Horse Girl
Kay Honeyman grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelors and Masters in English Language and Literature.
She has taught middle and high school English for fifteen years and currently teaches at Highland Park Middle School. She was chosen as Teacher of the Year in 2009 and represented Highland Park ISD as their Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Honeyman has published articles on teaching and writing in Teaching Tolerance and The Writer's Magazine. She presented at AASL (American Association of School Librarians) in 2007 on Reading for Pleasure in the Secondary Classroom and ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) in 2012 on Engaging Students in Real World Connection.
Honeyman became fascinated with the history of Chinese immigration to the United States when she and her husband decided to adopt from China. They adopted their first child in 2010 and will travel again to get their second child in 2012.
The Fire Horse Girl (published by Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic) is Kay Honeyman's first novel.
Author: The Last Akaway (Brody Boondoggle fantasy adventure series)
Gary Karton is author of The Last Akaway, the first book in the Brody Boondoggle fantasy adventure series for young readers. The Last Akaway, is the story of two distant brothers and the adventure that brings them back together. It is a book about the special powers every kid possesses and how those special powers are inspired through creativity and play.
A former Washington Post sports reporter and current speechwriter, Gary currently lives in Virginia with his wife, dog and two sons. He is also the coauthor of No Free Lunch - One Man's Journey from Welfare to the American Dream (Ballantine, May 2002). Gary has been working with children since coaching tennis at age 14 and is continually inspired by the potential in every child.
Filmmaker: Tent City, U.S.A
Margaret McCombs is a film and television producer and director in New York City and has been producing non-fiction films and television programming for nearly a decade. Her most recent film, Tent City, U.S.A., is part of the Oprah Winfrey Documentary Club.
Margaret's work in film began at New York City based Stick Figure Productions with whom she has produced numerous films and television series. She served as Director of Documentaries. Margaret has now formed her own film company, Clark and Willow Productions, which will produce documentary films focused on human interest stories. Clark and Willow's first film, One Life at a Time, is currently in production with Margaret directing.
Margaret graduated from Pratt Institute where she received a BFA in Film and Television.Read full biography.
Author: Traumatic States: Gendered Violence, Suffering and Care
Nia Parson (Ph.D. 2005, Rutgers University) joined SMU as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in fall 2008. Dr. Parson, a cultural and medical anthropologist, is interested broadly in the relationships of gender, violence, the state, and health, in global perspective.
Her interests also include migration, social determinants of health, globalization, and narrative analysis. Dr. Parson's new book, Traumatic States: Gendered Violence, Suffering and Care is forthcoming from Vanderbilt University Press. She has published articles in the journals Medical Anthropology Quarterly and Violence Against Women and has work forthcoming in edited volumes. Traumatic States is based on ethnographic research she conducted on women's experiences of domestic violence, help-seeking, and recovery in post-dictatorship Santiago, Chile, funded by Fulbright-Hays and Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research grants. Dr. Parson also completed two years as a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Health at Rutgers University. While there, she conducted research on domestic violence among Spanish-speaking immigrants in New Jersey. Her research and writing activities have also been funded by generous support from the SMU University Research Council, the SMU Human Rights Education Program, the Rutgers University Institute for Research on Women, a Rutgers University Bevier Dissertation Award, and a grant from the Sam Taylor Fund. Dr. Parson is currently conducting research funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health on mental health care for Mexican immigrant women in Dallas, TX who have suffered domestic violence. She is a member of Editorial Board of Violence Against Women: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal (2012-2013). She currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Association for Feminist Anthropology.Read full biography.
Author: The Informationist; The Innocent; The Doll
Taylor Stevens is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The Informationist, The Innocent and The Doll—thrillers that feature Vanessa Michael Munroe, a kick-butt heroine who has often been referred to as a cross between Jason Bourne and Lisbeth Salander. The series has received critical acclaim, is published in nineteen languages and has been optioned for film by James Cameron's production company, Lightstorm Entertainment.
Born in New York State, and into the Children of God, Stevens was raised in communes across the globe. Separated from her family at age twelve and denied an education beyond sixth grade, she lived on three continents and in a dozen countries before reaching fourteen. In place of schooling, the majority of her adolescence was spent caring for the many younger commune children, begging on the streets, washing laundry and cooking meals for hundreds at a time. She was in her twenties and a mother of two babies when she finally broke free. For more info: taylorstevensbooks.com/
Amanda Eyre Ward
Author: Close Your Eyes; Forgive Me; How to Be Lost; Sleep Toward Heaven; Love Stories in This Town
Amanda Eyre Ward is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Montana. She is the author of the novels Sleep Toward Heaven, How to Be Lost, Forgive Me, and the short-story collection Love Stores in This Town. Amanda lives with her family in Austin, Texas.
Amanda Eyre Ward was born in New York City in 1972. Her family moved to Rye, New York when she was four. Amanda attended Kent School in Kent, CT, where she wrote for the Kent News.
Amanda majored in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She studied fiction writing with Jim Shepard and spent her junior fall in coastal Kenya. She worked part-time at the Williamstown Public Library. After graduation, Amanda taught at Athens College in Greece for a year, and then moved to Missoula, Montana.
Amanda studied fiction writing at the University of Montana with Bill Kittredge, Dierdre McNamer, Debra Earling, and Kevin Canty, receiving her MFA. After traveling to Egypt, she took a job at the University of Montana Mansfield Library, working in Inter Library Loan.
In 1998, Amanda moved to Austin, Texas where she began working on Sleep Toward Heaven. She wrote for the Austin Chronicle and worked for a variety of Internet startups. In 1999, Amanda won third prize in the Austin Chronicle short story contest with her story Miss Montana's Wedding Day.
She published Butte as in Beautiful that same year.
In July, 2000, Amanda married the geologist Tip Meckel in Ouray, Colorado.
They spent a summer in New Orleans, Louisiana, where Amanda wrote the short stories The Beginning of the Wrong Novel and Classified.
During that summer, Amanda finished Sleep Toward Heaven, which was published in 2003. Sleep Toward Heaven won the Violet Crown Book Award and was optioned for film by Sandra Bullock and Fox Searchlight. To promote Sleep Toward Heaven, Amanda, her baby, and her mother Mary-Anne Westley traveled to London and Paris.
Amanda moved to Waterville, Maine, where she wrote in an attic filled with books. Amanda's second novel, How to Be Lost, was published in 2004. How to Be Lost was selected as a Target Bookmarked pick, and has been published in fifteen countries.
After one year in Maine and two years on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Amanda and her family returned to Austin, Texas.
To research her third novel, Forgive Me, Amanda traveled with her sister, Liza Ward Bennigson, to Cape Town, South Africa. Forgive Me was published in 2007.
Amanda's short story collection, Love Stories in This Town, was published in April, 2009.
Her new novel, Close Your Eyes, published in July, 2011, received a four-star reiew in People Magazine, won the Elle Lettres Readers' Prize for September, and inspired the Dallas Morning News to write, "With CLOSE YOUR EYES, Austin novelist Amanda Eyre Ward puts another jewel in her crown as the reigning doyenne of 'dark secrets' literary fiction."
Close Your Eyes was named in Kirkus' Best Books of 2011, and won the Elle Magazine Fiction Book of the Year. It will be released in paperback in August, 2012.
Amanda currently writes every morning and spends afternoons with her children.