Blue Mountain College presents ‘Meet the Authors’ night January 19-20

Christian fiction writers from around the South will gather at Blue Mountain College Jan. 19-20 to discuss their art and meet with students and friends of the school.

Six authors will take part in a public Meet the Authors Night discussion at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Guyton Library on the BMC campus. They will also visit students and faculty on Tuesday and Wednesday, and some will travel to area libraries for programs. All are members of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization.

Sue Ann Owens, director of library services at BMC, said the college had often played host to various writers but that this was an unusual program in that a half-dozen authors are scheduled to participate.

“It’s going to be an exciting couple of days,” Owens said. “We’re honored that so many Christian fiction writers have agreed to come to Blue Mountain. They’re all really good writers and we’re looking forward to having them on campus and in the area.”

One writer – Donn Taylor of Houston, Texas – has ties to BMC. His father, Walter Taylor, was academic from 1947 until his death in 1965, and his mother, Florence Taylor, was a longtime BMC librarian who helped design Guyton Library. Also scheduled to attend are Kaye Dacus, Annalisa Daughety, Lila Guzman, Eddie Jones, and Sandra Robbins.

A look at the authors scheduled to take part in the BMC Meet the Authors program:

Kaye Dacus – A resident of Nashville, Dacus is the author of the 3-book Brides of Bonneterre series and The Ransom Trilogy. A graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University, Dacus has a masters of arts degree from Seton Hill University. She has another 3-book series – The Matchmakers – scheduled for publication in 2010.

Annalisa Daughety – A native of the Arkansas Delta, Daughety now lives in Memphis. A graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, she is a former ranger at Shiloh National Military Park. Daughety’s first book, Love Finds you in Charm, Ohio, was published in September, followed closely by the first of a Walk in the Park series drawing on her experiences as a park ranger: Love is a Battlefield in October. Love is Monumental will be released in May.

Lila Guzman – A former naval officer and Spanish professor, Guzman lives and writes in Round Rock, Texas (north of Austin). She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Kentucky and her PhD degree in Spanish at Western Kentucky University. Guzman is the author of young adult novels about the American Revolution, and also writes children’s fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of George Lopez: Latino King of Comedy.

Eddie Jones – An avid sailor, Jones has had two novels – Bahamas Breeze and Dixie Chicken – published. The English graduate from North Carolina State University has also written Calling Down the Light, a book of devotionals, and a collection of essays on cruising and boating, Hard Aground.

Sandra Robbins – A former resident of Starkville and Jackson, Robbins now lives and writes in Martin, Tenn. A graduate of the University of Tennessee Martin, Robbins, a retired elementary school teacher, is the author of two mystery novels, Pedigreed Bloodlines and Final Warning, and has three more due out in 2010-2011: Mountain Peril, The Columns of Cottonwood, and Confidential Source.

Donn Taylor – A graduate of the University of Mississippi and a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, Taylor earned his PhD degree at the University of Texas. He taught at Wayland Baptist University and later was chair of the English Department at Jamestown (N.D.) College. Now living in the Houston area, Taylor has penned two mystery novels – Rhapsody in Red and The Lazarus File – and a book of poetry, Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond.