Saturday, October 24, 2020

Are you an aspiring writer? Looking for something new to read? Join us for a day filled with virtual local author book talks, writing workshops, and more! Virtual event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. our Facebook page @ArlingtonTXLib. 

Start the day off with an interactive Round Robin Storytelling where YOU get to be a writer. We will showcase local authors through book talk videos. Online workshops will be available focusing on self-publishing, how to develop characters, and how to produce a professional book. 

Visit the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library for a chance to take home a book from one of these authors!

Meet the authors! 

Fiction Authors
JoDee Neathery

JoDee Neathery, born in Southern California, moved to her Dad’s home state of Texas at the age of five. She resided in Midland, a postcard of small-town America, populated by dreamers and doers and the friendliest people on the planet. The little girl under the covers dreaming of dancing on Broadway, becoming an author, belting out a tune like Barbra Streisand, and marrying Paul McCartney instead embraced the practical side of making of a living resulting in a career in banking and public relations recruiting. With retirement and a move to a lake-golf course community in East Texas, one dream materialized into a literary novel, Life in a Box, published July 2017. She is currently writing another novel entitled, A Kind of Hush, detailing how life is seldom a tidy affair as she deals with the question of whether there is a gray area between right and wrong. Please visit her website for more information. and follow on social media at:,,,,,,,,

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Faith Taking Flight, Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. Dear Sweet Pea is her debut middle grade novel.

Kathryn Crenshaw

Kathryn Crenshaw is an artist, writer, and fan of history. She worked as an illustrator for over a decade and then, in 2014, she combined her multiple interests to create the webcomic State of Disunion. The comic is a quirky, unique take on American History, in which the States are the characters and America's diverse and expansive history is the subject. 

Marc Liebman

Marc retired as a Captain after twenty-five years in the Navy and is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the Tanker Wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Storm. He is a Naval Aviator with just under 5,000 hours of flight time in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Captain Liebman has worked with the armed forces of Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines and the U.K. He was also the CEO of an aerospace and defense manufacturing company. Marc’s latest career is as an award-winning novelist. Eight of his books have been published. Seven are in the Josh Haman series and the eighth is Marc’s first Age of Sail novel – Raider of the Scottish Coast, which was released in July 2020. The Liebmans live near Aubrey, Texas. Marc is married to Betty, his lovely wife of 50+ years. They spend a lot of time and visiting their seven grandchildren. 

Michelle Rene

Michelle Rene is a creative advocate and the author of several published works of historical fiction and speculative fiction. She has won multiple indie awards. Her novel, Hour Glass, won Chanticleer Review’s “Best Book of the Year” award in 2018. Her experimental novella, Tattoo, was a Foreword Review’s Indies finalist for fantasy. The Dodo Knight, a historical novella, placed as a finalist with the Next Gen Indie Book Awards. Her YA historical fantasy, Manufactured Witches, won the OZMA award for fantasy and was honored by the Indie Author Project as Texas’s best YA novel in 2019. When not writing, she is a professional artist, museum lover, belly dancer, and autism mom. She lives as the only female with her husband, son, and ungrateful cat in Dallas, Texas. More information can be found here:

Melanie Clark

Melanie Clark was born and raised in Germany. With a father in the U.S. Army and a German mother, she grew up in the American military community. From an early age, Melanie spent hours on end building fantasy worlds with adventurous stories. Years later when her nephews were born, her creativity was once again inspired as she encouraged the young boys to explore their own imaginations. Then in her mid-twenties, she found herself in a battle for her life against cancer. It was after she was healed from cancer that she gained a new perspective on life. She discovered planet Lornaiya . . . and her journey as an author began. Lornaiya became the fantasy world where Melanie could feel close to Jesus. It was a world that allowed her to expand her imagination and explore the gifts God had given her. The discoveries of her imagination and having Jesus close to her ignited her heart’s desire to share this treasure with the world. Melanie can be found early mornings sipping her favorite drink (green tea) and working on her book series. She also enjoys filming YouTube videos and sharing her writing journey with Sujemm readers. 

Non-Fiction Authors

Cookbook & Writing

Amber Royer

Amber Royer is the author of The Chocoverse Science Fiction Series and The Bean to Bar Mysteries. She likes to tell stories that involve complex characters caught up in sticky situations larger than themselves, with no easy answers in sight. If you’re looking for flawed romantic leads, danger and adventure, and optimistic multicultural themes, visit her website


Daniel Carlson

Dan Carlson is a retired police officer and law enforcement educator who, over the course of his career, served with the Poughkeepsie City Police, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police. At the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Plano, Texas, he developed programs and taught - internationally - on law enforcement management, leadership, and ethics. Dan has written four books and several articles for inclusion in professional journals, and he celebrates his good fortune at having been assigned to work at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. See more of his work at,, Contact him at or by phone: 214-770-3926. 

David Bryant Perkins

David Bryant Perkins is a world traveler who has lived on four continents studying history, philosophy, human behavior, music, art, & “the unknown’ within many cultures and has published works in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Russia & the United States. Screenplay writing began after hearing “…this would make a great movie!” often on his second book - Hitler’s Astrologer - a historical drama based on the true story of how the Third Reich used astrology and the occult before & during WWII. Since 2014, all of David’s screenplays have been Official Selections & voted Best Screenplay in Film Festivals all over the world. Currently finishing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in the field of Online Instructional Design, David has designed online courses for foreign languages, chess, astronomy, veterans as a form of therapy, students for improving their high school proficiency scores, and an online screenplay writing course specially designed for those authors wishing to turn their books into screenplays. More information can be found at:

Tui Snider

Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and researcher specializing in overlooked history, cemetery symbolism, and haunted lore of the Lone Star State. As she puts it, "I used to write fiction - but then, I moved to Texas!" Tui enjoys speaking at events such as the International UFO Congress, and occasionally teaches classes based on her books at TCU. Her writing and photos have been featured in many outlets, including Coast to Coast AM, LifeHack, and Cult of Weird, among others. Snider’s best-selling books include Paranormal Texas, Understanding Cemetery Symbols, and Santa Claus Bank Robbery: A True Crime Saga in Texas. 6 Feet Under Texas is her most recent release, but she has several books in progress, including one about the Great Texas Airship Mystery of 1897. Tui enjoys connecting with readers all over the globe through her weekly newsletter. To learn more (and grab a FREE book!) visit:


Alicia Forbes

Alicia Forbes is a wife, mom, and an entrepreneur. She currently resides in Arlington, TX with her husband, 2 children and dog TJ.

She is the co-owner of TRINITE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, LLC a privately held design-built company that provides construction management services, for both commercial and residential investors and owners.

She has several years of experience in the construction industry and has owned multiple businesses. She loves to volunteer her time to see the lost saved and to help women be empowered and saved from the Human Trafficking Industry. 

Connect with her on Instagram: @forbesenterprises 

Dr. Susan Mecca

Dr. Susan Mecca is a psychologist, inspirational speaker, and organizational consultant who has coached individuals and organizations across the globe to use serious personal and professional challenges as a catalyst for personal growth. Her book, The Gift of Crisis: Finding Your Best Self in the Worst of Times provides practical and inspirational strategies designed to foster hope, competence, even transformation when serious crises disrupt our lives. She is passionate about how to be intentional, effective, and the growth of possibilities even during life’s most difficult challenges. 

Sci-fi & Fantasy Authors

Alycia Christine

Alycia Christine grew up near the dusty cotton fields of Lubbock, Texas, and fell in love with reading when her father first read fantasy and science fiction books to her at age ten. Her love of writing and photography blossomed during her time at Texas A&M University where she earned a B.S. in agriculture journalism. She began writing Skinshifter as part of a college course project. Since then, Skinshifter and the rest of her novels have gone on to enchant readers with their vivid characters and soulful stories. Her photography has been featured in Times Square. When she isn’t writing, drawing, or shooting photography, Alycia works to promote education and literacy through local and international philanthropic organizations. She and her husband live in Dallas, Texas. 

Amber Royer

Amber Royer is the author of The Chocoverse Science Fiction Series and The Bean to Bar Mysteries. She likes to tell stories that involve complex characters caught up in sticky situations larger than themselves, with no easy answers in sight. If you’re looking for flawed romantic leads, danger and adventure, and optimistic multicultural themes, visit her website

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 60 publications such as Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Fairy Tale Review, and LeVar Burton Reads, as well as in six languages. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and won the Grand Prize in the SyFy Channel’s Battle the Beast contest; SyFy made and released an animated short of her short story “Party Tricks,” set in the world of The Magicians. She curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth. 

Diana Dawn

Diana Dawn is the author of the fantasy romance adventure series, Whispering Willows.  She has been writing stories since she was a little girl.  She has a Bachelor's in Computer Science and by trade, is a web developer. She loves to work with graphics and websites, but she also enjoys writing stories.  Diana is married with three children.  When she’s not writing her next book or designing a website, she likes to go on vacations with her family. 

Michelle Miles

Michelle Miles believes in fairy tales, true love and magic. She is the award-winning author of the epic fantasy, In the Tower of the Wizard King, as well as the fantasy romance series, Realm of Honor, featuring knights and their ladies fair, and the paranormal dragon-shifter romance series, Dragon Protectors. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, cross-stitching and watching movies. Even though she’s a native Texan, she loves castles, dragons, fairies and elves and is an avid Game of Thrones fan. She can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads. More information can be found at any of these locations:,,,,,, 

Michelle Monárrez

Born and raised between the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, Monárrez grew up in a bilingual and diverse culture. With a passion for the written word, she set out to pursue a career in Fiction writing and graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Creative Writing and English. Monárrez considers herself a Mexican-American writer. Her roots and Fiction Crafting training in both countries gave her voice a unique flavor. Her writing aims to deliver stories placed in American settings that echo her Hispanic heritage through diverse themes, unique descriptions, and the use of magical realism. Monárrez currently lives in Dallas, TX with her husband. When she isn’t writing and stressing over her next manuscript, she can be found baking sourdough bread, geeking out about superheroes, or avidly listening to podcasts.

Harlem Renaissance

Kim Mathis

Kimberly Mathis is a native of Dallas, Texas and a 1996 honors graduate of Skyline High School. Kim has been a registered preparer with the Internal Revenue Service since 2006 and currently owns and operates her own income tax service, The Tax Lady. She also serves as Vice President of the Kevin Mathis Foundation, a nonprofit charity founded in 2004 that focuses on youth empowerment, building stronger communities and providing support for families affected by drug addiction. Kim is a newly published author, of a memoir entitled Dope Girl, in which she candidly shares painful details of being born a drug dependent infant to a mother with a tumultuous addiction to heroin and cocaine. She relives moments of growing up with a drug addict and gives riveting and emotionally charged, first hand eye witness accounts to the perils of addiction. She lives in Colleyville, Texas and is married to her college sweetheart and former 10-year NFL defensive back, Kevin Mathis. They are the proud parents of three children, Kennedy, Kaleb and Kole. She enjoys interior design, traveling, writing and a good book. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at The University of Arkansas at Monticello. 

Mel Brown McGinnis

Mel Brown McGinnis is an attorney, author, poet, and motivational speaker. She has been practicing law for 19 years, and she is the owner of MPowered Sports and Entertainment, LLC. Mel fell in love with poetry at the age of 14 and has been writing poetry and verse ever since. In 2018, Mel released her inspirational book Reflections of Life, A Collection of Poetry, Prose and Images which focuses on empowering women, and champions the fight against domestic violence, and will be a featured book at the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta, GA in July 2021. Mel has been a feature poet in numerous spoken word showcases throughout the DFW area, and she is a sought after motivational speaker on various inspirational topics. Mel serves on the Board of Directors of the Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also Co-Executive Producer of the feature film "Beneath the Scar," by Dr. Samone Brown, which highlights the issue of domestic violence on college campuses. She enjoys photography, planning weddings, competitive running, and collecting memorabilia for her future in-home Prince museum. Mel is happily married and lives in the Dallas, Texas area. Visit for more information and follow Mel on Facebook and Instagram @authormelmcginnis.