Authors A Through K

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Abraham, Ken    

Following a childhood in the small Pennsylvania town of Clymer, Ken Abraham received his education at Indiana University,Ken Abraham Asbury College, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He has been a professional musician, pastor, and motivational speaker. Writing was a part of all these career paths and gradually became his main focus. In addition to his own books, he has collaborated with many popular celebrities and public figures, including Paul Azinger, Dr. Jimmy Allen, and Jim Bakker, for which he has been featured on "20-20," "Larry King Live," and "Good Morning America." He also writes Bible commentaries and study guides. Abraham has authored more than 50 books with sales of more than 2 million copies. Abraham and his family moved to Williamson County in 1997.

  • Against All Odds: My Story, 2013
  • Falling in Love for All the Right Reasons: How to Find Your Soul Mate, 2005
  • The Prodigal Project, Book 1: Genesis (with Daniel Hart), 2003
  • Dear God, Do You Really See Everything (with Annie Fitzgerald), 2003
  • Dear God, Thank You for Your Friends (with Annie Fitzgerald), 2003
  • Dear God, Thank You for Making Me Special (with Annie Fitzgerald), 2003
  • Dear God, It's Me Again (with Annie Fitzgerald), 2003
  • Racing to Win (with Joe Gibbs), 2002
  • Right Thing (with Scott Waddle), 2002
  • Let's Roll: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage (with Lisa Beamer and others), 2002
  • The True Story of a Cocaine Drug Lord and His Unexpected Encounter with God (with   Jorge F. Valdes), 2000
  • Payne S. Stewart: The Authorized Biography (with Tracey Stewart), 2000
  • The Refuge: A Look into the Future and the Power of Living in a Christian Community (with Jim Bakker), 2000
  • Vestal! Lord I Wouldn't Take Nothin' for my Journey Now (with Vestal Goodman), 2000, 1998
  • Convicted (with Jorge Valdes), 1999
  • Jesus Loves Me Devotional (with Angela Abraham and others), 1999
  • Jesus Loves Me Bible (with Angela Abraham and others), 1999
  • Fairways: Inspiration for the Golf Enthusiast, 1999
  • Prosperity and the Coming Apocalypse (with Jim Bakker), 1998
  • Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child (with Jim Croyle), 1997
  • Beauty to Last a Lifetime (with Kim Boyce), 1997, 1993
  • A Tender Road Home: The Story of How God Healed a Marriage Crippled by Anger and Abuse (with Paul and Susie Luchsinger), 1997
  • Who Are the Promise Keepers: Understanding the Christian Men's Movement, 1997
  • God Keeps His Promises: Prophecies Fulfilled in the New Testament, 1997
  • Jesus Teaches Me to Pray, 1997
  • I Was Wrong: The Untold Story of the Shocking Journey from PTL Power to Prison and Beyond (with Jim Bakker), 1996
  • Praise and Worship: A Devotional for Little Ones (with Angela Abraham), 1996
  • Brainstorm: Monsters from the ID, 1996
  • Levantate Y Pelea: Stand Up and Fight Back, 1996
  • Zinger: A Champion's Story of Determination, Courage, and Charging Back (with Paul   Azinger, 1995
  • The Burden of a Secret (with Jimmy Allen), 1995
  • Don't Bite the Apple 'Til You Check for Worms: A Survival Guide to Love, Sex, and Singleness, 1994
  • Finding Heaven in the Real World (with Stephen Curtis Chapman), 1994
  • In Process: Devotions to Help You Develop Your Faith (with Kim Boyce), 1994
  • The Hosanna Bible (with Angela Abraham), 1994
  • Stand Up and Fight Back: A Young Person's Guide to Spiritual Warfare, 1993
  • Armed and Dangerous: Straight Answers from the Bible, 1993
  • The Gamer: An 11-Time All-Star's Inside Story of the Pain, Grit, Guts, and Glory of Life in the Majors (with Gary Carter), 1993
  • In Focus (with Kim Boyce), 1992
  • This Isn't the Trip I Signed Up For, 1991
  • The Disillusioned Christian, 1991
  • Unmasking the Myths of Marriage, 1990
  • Positive Holiness, 1988
  • Ken Abraham's Hot Trax Devotions for Guys, 1987
  • Ken Abraham's Hot Trax Devotions for Girls, 1987
  • Promises of the Messiah (with Abram K. Abraham), 1987
  • Designer Genes, 1986

Acuff, Roy 

Roy Claxton Acuff was an American country music singer, fiddler, promoter, and freemason. Known as the "King of Country Music", Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful. (Wikipedia)

  • Roy Acuff's Nashville: the life and good times of country music, with William Neely, 1983.

Achurch, HollyJanice Keck Literary Award Seal

Holly Achurch has been secretly writing for years. Her closet is full of secret stories ready for a little sunlight. A Tennessee Breeze is her first picture book for children. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, 7-year-old son, and two dogs, Missy and Harry. She is also an identical twin. 

  • A Tennessee Breeze, illustrated by Leighanne Schneider, 2018

Adamson, Larry

Larry Adamson was raised in Indiana and graduated from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. After teaching and coaching for several years in Indiana high schools he served on the staff of the United States Golf Association in NJ for twenty-four years. He's retired, loves basketball, has two old cars, loves music and travel. Larry has been married to his wife, Barbara, for fifty-five years. He plays a lot of golf, blogs about favorite things from golf, sports, old cars, family and the past. Can learn more at

  • Just Some Thoughts, 2017Larry Adamson

Agarwal, Neeti

Neeti Agarwal has a great passion for activity-based learning. She believes that children learn best when they are engaged in fun and interactive activities that help them explore and discover new things. Neeti is an engineer and has always been fascinated by the way things work. She loves to tinker with gadgets and figure out how they function. This love for problem-solving has inspired her to create stories that not only entertain but also teach children about science and math. Neeti lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Ria and Vik's Explorations: The Sounds of Nature, 2023
  • Ria and Nik's Seasonal Adventures, 2023

Akin, Genie

Genie Akin grew up on a large farm in Franklin, the daughter of one of the largest cattle breeders in Tennessee. On her farm near Lexington, Kentucky, she raises thoroughbred broodmares and racing stock, as well as breeding and selling hunter and jumper ponies. Akin donated the proceeds of her first book, a children's title, Whose Children Are We?, to the Mary G. Copeland Foundation's home for abused and neglected children, which she began in 1994.  She wrote a novel about the horse show world under the pen name Ellie Boatman.

  • Unbridled Injustice, 2005
  • Whose Children Are We, 1996

Alexander, Deanna

Deanna Alexander is a writer, editor, and proofreader in Franklin, Tennessee, where she is also continuing her online theology study through Dallas Theological Seminary. Deanna has been a volunteer Bible teacher with Evangel Prison Ministries for nine years, since June 2013, helping inmates to know the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through Bible teaching. Beautiful, Brutal Neglected Christian Theology is her first published book. She is passionate about theology and enjoys reading about theological topics, listening to sermons and good Southern gospel music.

  • Beautiful, Brutal Neglected Christian Theology, 2022

Alexander, Hudson

A native of Franklin, Hudson Alexander began writing for the Tennessean at age 17 while he was still attending Battle Ground Academy. He graduated from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville with a B.S. in communications, having worked summers in radio news at WKDA. Alexander has worked in radio, business, and freelance writing, mostly for Civil War publications. He has been a staff writer for Civil War News. He was inspired to write by the example of his grandfather, T. H. "Alex" Alexander, who was the first nationally syndicated columnist.

  • Physicians of Williamson County: A Legacy of Healing, 1797 to 1997, 1997

Alexander, TameraTamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is one of today's most popular writers of inspirational historical romance. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for many of her critically-acclaimed novels. 

  • From a Distance, 2008
  • Beyond This Moment, 2009

Tasha AlexanderAlexander, Tasha (1969 - )

Tasha Alexander, pseudonym Tasha Tyska, a former resident of Franklin, now lives in Chicago.  In South Bend, Indiana, this daughter of philosophy professors grew up completely surrounded by books.  Tyska earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and lived in Wyoming and Connecticut before moving to Tennessee in 2004. Tyska's degree included a concentration in Medieval Studies in which she focused on history and literature.

  • The Adventuress, 2015
  • The Counterfeit Heiress, 2014
  • Behind the Shattered Glass, 2013
  • Death In The Floating City, 2012
  • A Crimson Warning, 2011
  • Dangerous to Know, 2010
  • Tears of Pearl, 2009
  • A Fatal Waltz, 2008
  • Elizabeth: the Golden Age, 2007
  • A Poisoned Season, 2007
  • And Only to Deceive, 2005
  • Death in St. Petersburg, 2017

Allen, Mary (1941 - )

Mary Allen attended Nashville elementary schools, moved to Williamson County in 1954, and graduated from Franklin High School in 1960. Her poetry has won several awards and has been published by Quill Press, World of Poetry, Great Lakes Poetry Press, and Sparrow Grass Poetry. Allen says that readers should focus on her poems, not her accomplishments. She writes -  It is my expressed hope that these poems will be of encouragement to anyone who seeks to use their talents for the betterment of humanity and for the glory of God.

  • Poetry on Canvas, 1997
  • A Rose Grows Free, 1994
  • To Soar Like an Eagle, 1992
  • Reflections of the Heart, 1992

Allen, McChesney (pseudonym)

  • Parables of Light, 2020

Allen, Nancy Evelyn (Hatchett) (1941 - )

Nancy Allen grew up on a Bell Buckle, Tennessee farm. Nancy has had varied work experiences as a cosmetologist, a daycare manager, a minister of education, adult group home manager and Baptist Sunday School Board employee. After retiring three times she is now devoted to full-time writing from her home in Nolensville.

Interested in storytelling as early as high school, she only began writing in her later years. Her writing experience is significantly influenced, not only by her work experiences but also by the different places she has lived in the states and in Germany. As a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, almost all her writing includes a Christian content.

  • The Covenant Woman of the Old Testament, 2009
  • The Covenant Woman of the New Testament, 2009
  • The Covenant Woman of the Bible, 2009
  • Gathering: Writers of Williamson County, 2009 (an anthology)
  • Barack H. Obama: Vision to Victory, 2009 (an anthology)
  • 7 Fs for Families, 1984

Allen, Violet Page (1921 - )

Violet Allen was born in Atnip Hollow, in the Camp Branch Community of DeKalb County, Tennessee near Smithville. She spent her early years in the Hollow where she loved the simple caring and sharing life with her extended family. Life in the Hollow had its share of hardships including the death of her father when she was only four. Her mother raised her to appreciate an education. When Center Hill Dam was formed on the Caney Fork River in DeKalb County, many families in the Hollow were displaced. In 1946, Violet moved with her mother and step-father to a farm in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where she still lives.

She became a speech and hearing teacher in Williamson County, eventually named as a supervisor in special education. She retired in 1986, after 36 years in education. Her family encouraged her to write about the history of the hills. With encouragement from her Spring Hill writers group, she pursued the writing of her first book, preserving a piece of Americana dating back to the late 1700s.

  • My Life in the Hills, 2009

Allen, William Fletcher (1931 - )

Fletcher Allen, along with two brothers and three sisters, grew up on a farm in South Carolina, where he learned to appreciate hard work and high thinking. His large family is the subject of his book. Allen graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC. and entered a career of writing and editing, a lifetime occupation interrupted only by a stint in the army during the Korean War. He worked on Baptist denominational newspapers in South Carolina, Maryland, and more recently Tennessee. He came to Franklin, Williamson County, in 1987. In retirement, Allen has published poetry and essays.

  • Plowing Wind and Time, 2007
  • Telling the Truth in Love: A brief history of the Baptist and Reflector from 1835
  • Half a Dozen Assorted, editor, 2000

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Rebecca Nichols Alonzo is a speaker about betrayal and the power of forgiveness. Her story has been featured on Dr. Phil, The 700 Club, Lifestyle Magazine, and CNN. She has been involved in ministry, including church plants, youth outreach, Bible studies and missions for over twenty years. Rebecca’s autobiography, The Devil in Pew Number Seven, is the amazing true saga of relentless persecution, one family’s faith and courage in the face of it, and a daughter whose parents taught her that forgiveness is the language of Heaven. She attended Evangel University and is a graduate of Missouri State University. Rebecca and her husband, along with their two children, live in Franklin, Tennessee.

  • The Devil in Pew Number Seven: a true story, with Bob DeMoss, 2010

Alvarez, Marino C.

Marino C. Alvarez is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning of the College of Education at Tennessee State University. He received his MA and doctoral degree (Ed.D.) from West Virginia University. His interest in content literacy stems from his years of teaching Social Studies in middle and secondary schools.

  • The Art of Educating with V Diagrams, with D. Bob Gowin, 2005
  • A Professor Reflects on Sherlock Holmes, 2012
  • The Little Book: Conceptual Elements of Research, with D. Bob Gowin, 2009

Anderson, Mary Trim (1910 - )

Born in Maury County, Mary Trim Anderson grew up in Thompson's Station, attended The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and received her master's degree from Peabody. She taught English in the Williamson County, Franklin City, and Maury County schools for 44 years before her retirement in 1975. She has served as president of the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English, the Franklin Business and Professional Women's Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Professional Society, and the Williamson County Historical Society. She has made frequent contributions to the annual journal of the historical society and has served as its editor several times, most notably for the 1976 bicentennial edition. Her book was added to the selective historical collection of the DAR Library in Washington, D.C.

  • Landmarks: The Restoration Movement in Williamson County, 1993

Neil T AndersonAnderson, Neil T. (1947 - )

Dr. Anderson's grandfather immigrated from Norway to Minnesota, established a farm and built a school for the local children. Growing up on the farm, going to church, walking to school, living a life of hard work and humble means all shaped Neil's life and writing. A stint in the Navy led him to study electrical engineering; he became an aerospace engineer. When God's ministry called, he earned advanced degrees at Talbot School of Theology and Pepperdine University, both in California. For several years he was a pastor, then became a professor of Practical Theology at Talbot. He founded "Freedom in Christ Ministries", an international organization. After his wife suffered a serious and lengthy illness, he began writing of the insights this difficult experience had given him.

  • The Core of Christianity, 2009
  • The Path to Reconciliation, 2008
  • Winning the Battle Within, 2008
  • Restored, 2007
  • Experiencing Christ Together, 2006
  • Extreme Church Makeover, 2005
  • The Daily Disciple, 2005
  • Overcoming Depression, 2004
  • Finding Freedom in a Sex-Obsessed World, 2004
  • Unleashing God's Power in You, 2004
  • Freedom in Christ, 2004
  • Discipleship Counseling, 2003
  • Breaking the Bondage of Legalism, 2003
  • Overcoming Addictive Behavior, 2003
  • Overcoming a Negative Self-Image, 2003
  • Stomping Out Fear, 2003
  • Finding God's Will in Spiritually Deceptive Time, 2003
  • Blessed are the Peacemakers, 2002
  • Getting Anger Under Control, 2002
  • God's Power at Work In You, 2001
  • Stomping Out Depression, 2001
  • Steps to Freedom in Christ, 2002
  • Who I Am in Christ, 2001
  • One Day at a Time, 2000
  • Real Life, 2000
  • Righteous Pursuit, 2000
  • Christ Centered Therapy, 2009
  • Higher Ground, 1999
  • Walking in Freedom, 1999
  • Finding Hope Again, 1999
  • Radical Image, 1998
  • Sold Out for God, 1998
  • Ministering the Steps to Freedom, 1998
  • What God Says About Me, 1998
  • Rivers of Revival, 1997
  • The Common Made Holy, 1997
  • Freedom from Addiction Workbook, 1997
  • Freedom from Addiction, 1996
  • Christ Centered Marriage, 1996
  • Spiritual Protection for Your Children, 1996
  • Ultimate Love, 1996
  • Extreme Faith, 1996
  • Awesome God, 1996
  • Reality Check, 1996
  • Know Light No Fear, 1996
  • Helping Others Find Freedom in Christ, 1995
  • Busting Free, 1994
  • Setting Your Church Free, 1994
  • A Way of Escape, 1994
  • Living Free in Christ, 1993
  • Daily in Christ, 1993
  • Bondage Breaker, Youth Edition, 1993
  • Stomping Out the Darkness, 1993
  • Breaking Through to Spiritual Maturity, 1992
  • Seduction of Our Children, 1991
  • Released from Bondage, 1991
  • Walking Through the Darkness (later) Walking in the Light), 1991
  • Victory Over the Darkness, 1990
  • The Bondage Breaker, 1990 revised 2002

Anderson, Wren Smith (1980 - )

Inspired by a seventh-grade teacher in her home city of Knoxville, Tennessee, Wren Anderson began to write plays and stories and to dream of someday writing and illustrating her own children's book. In school, she took art courses as well as her major in advertising from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After a few years of practical work in sales, she went to Middle Tennessee State University for a Master degree in Business education and then became a Business Ed. teacher in Williamson County high schools. Meanwhile, she sketched, wrote, and dreamed and came up with her first children's book.

  • Smile Spotters: a Tooth Fairy Tradition, 2016
  • Sweet Dreams, Anita Bonita, 2008

Andrews, Thomas Brent

Thomas Brent Andrews is a novelist and journalist who has worked for The Lebanon Democrat and The Review-Appeal in Tennessee and the Post Falls Press and Coeur d'Alene Press in Idaho. He lives with his wife Ginny and their two children in Franklin, Tennessee.

The Pot Plan, 2005

Andrews, William Franklin

Emerging wide-eyed and eager to work his way up in the world from a sharecropper shack near Franklin, here is a "country boy" trying different careers, exploring his landscape and his talents and bearing witness to a wide swath of Americana. Pumping gas and cleaning windshields, selling cookware door-to-door, or singing the national anthem for a crowd of ten thousand, Frank never failed to find humor and beauty. His stories have generated laughter and wonder among friends and family.

  • From Humble Beginnings: Songs of a Native Son, 2005
  • From Humble Beginnings: Tales of a Native Son, 2017. Illustrated by Hannah Muriel Andrews, the author's granddaughter.

Armistead, Bob (1952 - )

Bob Armistead was born in Franklin and graduated from Battle Ground Academy. He attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship and majored in history. Since graduation in 1971, he has made his home in Nashville, where he has a gallery and related internet business that deal in Civil War art and battle souvenirs. The titles of his works show that his main interest is Civil War history.

  • Warrior Forrest, 1998
  • Never to Quit: A Story of Two Confederates, 1993

Alfred AschAsch, Alfred

Colonel Alfred Asch, USAF (retired), lived in Brentwood, Tennessee. He served two tours of air combat in World War Two, flying 70 combat missions over North Africa and Europe. He also introduced automation to the USAF, including contributions to the breakthrough language COBOL. Colonel Asch served 28 years in the USAF and was awarded many military honors, including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, and others. Colonel Asch wrote The Whole Nine Yards...And Then Some, while in his nineties. He passed away in 2013. 

  • The Whole Nine Yards...And Then Some, 2013

Aswad, Shawn

  • Munzie Luvs Snooty, 2017

Atkinson, Don

Don Atkinson grew up and was educated in the Huntsville, Alabama area. He received his master and doctoral degrees from Baptist seminaries and served pastorates in Alabama and Georgia before coming to serve as an editor and writer with the Baptist Sunday School Board (LifeWay Christian Resources) in Nashville and to live in Franklin. In addition to his work with the Board, Atkinson has served as pastor of Walker Memorial Baptist Church in Franklin. He is also an avid sports fan - the Crimson Tide above all.

  • Meeting Needs, Sharing Christ, 1995
  • Celebrating Life, 1989
  • A Barnabas Lifestyle, 1986

Atwood, Jeff (1964 - )

Jeff Atwood was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and spent his formative years in Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Pennsylvania, all of which influenced his outlook on life and family values. His love for writing was born from his affection for books at an early age. His book Our Big, Big God was influenced by conversations about God with his daughter, who has significant mental and physical disabilities. Jeff was educated at Purdue University and has had a career in communications, advertising/public relations, and marketing. He now resides in Brentwood. 

  • My First Message: Amazing Stories of the Bible, 2008
  • My First Message: Stories of Jesus, 2008
  • DriveTime Devotions for Women Volume 2, 2007
  • DriveTime Devotions for Men Volume 2, 2007
  • Our Big, Big God, 2007
  • DriveTime Devotions for Men Volume 1, 2006
  • DriveTime Devotions for Women Volume 1, 2006

Augustine, Peg (1948 - )

Born in Virginia, Peg Augustine attended Scarritt College, earning a degree in Christian education. A resident of Franklin, she is a children's book editor at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville and pastor of historic Garrison United Methodist Church near Leiper's Fork. Augustine's books for children are affordable, inspirational, and colorfully illustrated stories of Christmas, Easter, and Bible characters. 

  • Every Letter Tells the Story: An Easter ABC, 2003
  • The First Christmas, 2002
  • Alphabet Rhymes for Bible Times, 2002
  • Jesus Says, 2002
  • The Bible Says, 2002
  • Paul Says, 2001
  • Abingdon's Young Readers' Bible Dictionary (with Daphne Flegal), 2001
  • Counting to Ten with Moses, 2000

Austin, David

  • My Little World, and I'm a Little Bigger! / "Poetic Tales about the ways that Little People spend their days," 1995

Avery, NanetteNanette Avery

Nanette L. Avery, novelist and short story writer, is best known for her historical fiction, Orphan in America, which earned distinction as one of the “Best Indie Books” by Kirkus Reviews. Recipient of “The Jessica Cosgrave Lifetime Achievement Award”; her historical fiction novel Out of the Rabbit Hutch is a recommended title by the Tennessee Library Association. Drawing upon her experiences and the backdrop of life growing up in the Virgin Islands, she is an eclectic author who transcends many genres.

  • Blank, 2022
  •  Who, 2021
  • The Colony, 2020
  • Out of the Rabbit Hutch, 2019
  • The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works, 2018
  • A Curious Host, 2016
  • Orphan in America, 2015
  • Sun Safely Alphabet Book: 26 letters to sun safety, 2010
  • My Mother's Tattoo and Other Stories for Kids, 2009
  • Sixty Jars in a Pioneer Town, 2008
  • Once Upon a Time Words: Definitions of Often Read but Seldom Spoken Words, 2006