Presenting Authors for 2013

We would like to thank our 2013 exhibiting presenters.

L.C. Fiore   L.C. Fiore's debut novel, Green Gospel, was named First Runner-Up in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards (General Fiction) and short-listed for the 2011 Balcones Fiction Prize. His short fiction has appeared or
is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, New South, storySouth, MAKE, Folio, and Wascana Review, among many others, and has been anthologized in Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short Short Stories (Persea Books, 2011) and Tattoos (Main Street Rag, 2012). An award-winning short-story writer and editor, his work has also
appeared on NPR, TriQuarterly Review, and in various baseball publications. His readings have been selected as a Critic's Pick in the Triangle's Independent Weekly and as "Recommended" by the Chicago Tribune. His short play, "The Pit," won the 2012 Ten-Minute Play Contest sponsored by the Winston-Salem Writers, where it was given a staged reading and anthologized. Fiore is the communications director for the North Carolina Writers' Network. He lives in Durham with his wife and daughter.          1:00 - 1:45 TEDC Building


Dr Walt Larimore Dr. Walt Larimore has been called "one of America's best-known family physicians" and has been listed in the Best Doctors in America, Distinguished Physicians of America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in America, and the International Health Professionals of the Year.

Besides practicing family medicine, Dr. Larimore is also an author, educator, and medical journalist. He serves on the adjunct family medicine faculty of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

Dr. Larimore is a prolific author and has published thirty books, thirty medical textbook chapters, and nearly 700 articles in a variety of medical journals and lay magazines. His best-selling books include Bryson City Tales, Bryson City Seasons, and Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook. His books have garnered a number of national awards, including three Gold Medallion Award nominations, two Christy Award nominations, a Retailer's Choice Award, and a Book of the Year Award from ECPA.

Since 2010, Dr. Larimore has published four novels. The first two, The Gabon Virus and The Influenza Bomb, were written with his dear friend Paul McCusker. His first two solo novels, Hazel Creek, and its sequel, Sugar Fork were released in 2012 – both were nominated for Christy Awards.

Dr. Larimore's most recent health book is 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People. He's also recently written two books for kids going through puberty (and their parents). The Ultimate Guys' Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body was published in 2012 and The Ultimate Girls' Body Book: Not-so-stupid questions about your body will be published in 2014.  1:00 - 1:45 TEDC Building


Jay Erskine Leutze Jay Erskine Leutze was born in Virginia in 1964. He attended the University of North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina School of Law. He now lives in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a Trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation's most established land trusts. In 2008 he testified before Congress on the value of public lands and in support of several additions to the National Forests in North Carolina. He is a national spokesman on behalf of the Land and Water Conservation Fund coalition.

He is the author of Stand Up that Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail, the true story of a reclusive writer and outdoorsman who teams up with his Appalachian "mountain people" neighbors -- including a fourteen year-old girl -- to save a treasured summit from being destroyed by a mining operation. The case set a powerful legal precedent and resulted in a re-drafting of the state's mining laws. In January, 2013, he was awarded the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the state of North Carolina's highest civilian honor, for his significant contribution to the conservation of the state's most vulnerable natural resources, parks, and recreation areas. Simon and Schuster ~ Jay Erskine-Leutze  10:00 - 10:45 TEDC Building


Matt Matthews  Matt Matthews is a  Greenville pastor and new author who has earned high praise for his first novel, Mercy Creek, which won the South Carolina First Novel Prize in 2010. He serves as pastor at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina and is married to Rachel Matthews, a pastoral counselor.  They have three sons.

Published by Hub City Press in 2011, Mercy Creek has earned high praise from reviewers.  Dorothea Benton Frank said the book "marks the launch of a brilliant new voice in literature."  Publishers Weekly called Matthews' work "an enticing full-blown whodunnit ... a first-rate effort displaying skill, sensitivity, and grace."  Mercy Creek is set In the "sulky summer days of a Virginia Eastern Shore town"

Matt Matthews was born and raised in the sight of water in Hampton, Virginia.   He attended Union Seminary in Richmond after studying journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University. All of this in addition to having worked at a pickle plant, boatyard, the Virginia State Capitol, as a chaplain in a hospital and Boy Scout Camp, and as an occasional newspaper columnist.

Matt served as pastor to churches in Arkansas and Virginia before being called to St. Giles Presbyterian in Greenville.  He's also a musician and a playwright and has written a children's story about 'vocation.'   Fritz and Christine and Their Very Nervous Parents is illustrated by Adrienne Davis.  It was published in the fall of 2010 by Avenida Books. 10:00 - 10:45 TEDC Building


Jack Prather Jack J. Prather - Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina (400-pages/134-photos) is the launch of a potential series about exemplars who made their marks anywhere in the region, state or nation. Jack's projected next book in late 2013 will focus on 'Women Notables', and in 2014 on 'Young Notables', as he strives to become the major chronicler of people who reside in WNC.

The book was nominated for the NC Literacy and Historical Association's 2012 'Ragan Old North State Award for Non-Fiction' (formerly the Mayflower Cup); and the NC Bar Association's e-Bar newsletter named his website as its "August Website of the Month".

Since publication in May 2012, the book of 12 comprehensive condensed bios that center on personal life stories as told to the author has received extensive publicity in newspapers, magazines and blogs, as well as on television and radio outlets. The bios include career and life highlights, chronologies, writings by and about them, testimonials, and photo arrays.

Testimonials about the Notables and book came from Katie Couric, former NC Governor Jim Hunt, the late traditional music legend Doc Watson, former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Exum, NC Secretary-of-State Elaine Marshall, biographer Bruce Chadwick and others.

Young Writers Scholarship: A portion of proceeds from Jack's books are donated to the Young Writers' Scholarship fund that he founded in May at Warren Wilson College near Asheville. He asks fellow authors, writers and avid-readers to also lend support.

Writing History: For 13 years as a journalist for two newspapers and UPI contributor, Jack earned six NJ Press Association writing and editing awards, including Best Column in All Divisions. He later won prizes for magazine feature articles, op-ed pieces ghost-written for clients, and poetry.

Since 2006 Jack has also authored two mystery thriller novels, The Day of the Knights and Investigative Reporter, and Speaking Up in Poetry & Prose that targeted social, political and religious issues of importance to all Americans that was featured at the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock, where his Sandburg Homage was on display. He previously wrote two strategic public relations guidebooks.

Jack moved to Hendersonville in 2005 after two-years at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Fulltime writing since then includes a feature for the premier issue of WNC magazine, an article about writing for the Hendersonville Times-News, and two business articles for the Chamber of Commerce magazine, Leading Edge.  8:45 - 9:30 TEDC Building


Kerry Reichs Kerry Reichs, daughter of the writer Kathryn Reichs, is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she learned the importance of "the lovely thank you note" and white-meat-only chicken salad. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, Duke University School of Law and Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Kerry practiced law in Washington D.C. for more than six years prior to taking a sabbatical to write a novel. After discovering that sabbaticals agree with her, Kerry focused on writing full-time.

Kerry's mother, Kathryn Reichs, a Forensic Anthropologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, has had a rich career in education, police work and writing,   She is also a producer of the successful Fox series Bones, which is based on her novels.  Kathryn said she felt "a mixture of delight and apprehension" as Kerry began her writing career.  Mother and daughter kept discussion of Kerry's work "off limits" until Kerry sold her first book.  Now they often travel and host events together.

Kerry's first novel, Best Day in Someone Else's Life, was published in May of 2006.  Leaving Unknown, her second novel, came out in March of 2010.  A Library Journal review stated that "Reichs creates an enjoyable journey with wonderful writing and likable characters."  This book was also published  by Orion in the United Kingdom under the name Good Luck Girl.  Kerry's first two novels have been optioned for film/television.

Kerry's third book, What You Wish For, A Novel came on the market in July 2012.  In discussing her most recent work, Kerry said, "I'm inspired by real life stories, but I don't draw from the headlines. I draw from the stories buried on page eight. I'm fascinated by what will become the headlines."  8:45 - 9:30 TEDC Building

Shirrel Rhoades Shirrel Rhoades was born in rural Wilkes County, North Carolina. His father owned a furniture store where his mother helped out. He has a brother, Bill, and a sister named Dawn, both younger by ten and thirteen years. His parents divorced while he was in his teens and Rhoades' father died shortly afterward in an automobile accident.

Rhoades was raised in Mulberry, North Carolina, where he attended Wilkes Central High School. After graduating in 1960, Rhoades attended Wake Forest University and Stetson University. He received his BA in Fine Arts in 1964.

After college, Rhoades took a job as layout artist with The Florida Times-Union. He later become the Sunday Magazine's assistant editor and chief feature writer, as well as the newspaper's film and theatre critic

In 1968, Rhoades became the Executive Editor of Etienne Dupuch Jr. Publications, the Nassau-based publisher of The Bahamas Business Handbook and other travel and education titles. In 1972, he launched Directions (a travel magazine for the Great Smoky Mountains region) and an annual book series and quarterly travel publication about the Cayman Islands.

After selling his interest to his partners in 1973, he joined Open Court Publishing in Illinois to launch Cricket, a literary magazine for children.

In 1976, Rhoades became Associate Publisher of Harper's Magazine. Three years later, he was recruited to Charter Publishing as Vice President of Consumer Marketing for Ladies' Home Journal, Redbook, and Sport.

Rhoades joined Scholastic to launch Family Computing magazine. In 1988, purchased his own periodical, Opportunity Magazine. Later he would launch a sister publication, Income Plu$, both aimed at small business entrepreneurs.

In 1996, Rhoades became Executive Vice President of Marvel Entertainment and Publisher of Marvel Comics. He left Marvel three years later and joined Reader's Digest as Vice President of New Business Development.

Rhoades has published multiple books, including Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry (with Dr. David E. Sumner), Comic Books: How the Industry Works, and A Complete History of American Comic Books

As an adjunct associate professor, Rhoades taught for 17 years in New York University's Center for Publishing. He also served as associate chair of the Association's Education Committee  2:15 - 3:00 will be judging the comic novel contest


Michel Stone Michel Stone's first novel, The Iguana Tree, which Library Journal says "recalls the work of John Steinbeck," debuted to great reviews and awards upon publication in March of 2012. The New York Journal of Books called the book "a triumph" and added that "Ms. Stone has found a compelling realistic fiction voice and established herself as an author to watch."

A 2011 recipient of the SC Fiction Project Award, Michel has published numerous stories and essays in journals, magazines, and books. She is a graduate of Clemson University and has earned a Master's Degree from Converse College. In addition, Michel is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island on the South Carolina coast, Ms. Stone now lives in Spartanburg, S.C. where she is at work on her second novel.

The Iguana Tree is available in hardcover or e-book format from Hub City Press , a non-profit independent press in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Hub City is dedicated to publishing well-crafted, high-quality works by new and established authors, with an emphasis on the Southern experience. 2:15- 3:00 TEDC Building


John Coleman Wood ****  John Wood's book, The Names of Things, is a finalist for the 2013 Chautauqua Prize 

John Colman Wood , author of The Names of Things (Ashland Creek Press, 2012), teaches at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His field research with Gabra nomads of northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

John's fiction has appeared in Anthropology and Humanism, and he has twice won the Ethnographic Fiction Prize of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, once for a story extracted from The Names of Things.

He also wrote an anthropological work, When Men Are Women: Manhood among Gabra Nomads of East Africa (University of Wisconsin Press, 1999).  This book examines the unique world of the nomadic Gabra people, a camel-herding society in northern Kenya.

Before becoming an anthropologist, Wood was a journalist. "When I finished college, I got a job as a newspaper reporter and spent the next ten years writing stories about crime, politics, public policy, science, poverty, the environment, and even a few circuses."

The Ashland Creek Press , has kindly provided the first 30 pages of the novel on their website. John Colman Wood also has a new blog, Im/placed : "My writing – as all writing – plays the edge of fiction and nonfiction, truth and invention." 10:00 - 10:45 TEDC Building