By on March 8, 2017

On March 18, 10:30 to 12:30, come and chat with independent authors, listen to their stories, and pick their brains on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about self-publishing! The event is free, and food is provided. Please RSVP online or by emailing Sarah at Call the library for more information: 817-491-2691

Meet our guest speakers:

Miracle Austin

Miracle Austin works in the social work arena by day and in the writer’s world at night and on weekends. She’s a YA/NA cross-genre hybrid author; adults also enjoy her works. She’s been writing since junior high, and Drive by The Cars is one of her biggest inspirations to write. She enjoys writing free-verse poems/mini-stories and short stories. Horror and suspense are her favorite genres, but she’s not limited to them. Doll is her debut YA Paranormal novel; it won 2nd place in the Young Adult category in the 2016 Purple Dragonfly Awards. Doll 2: The Revealing is anticipated to release in the late fall of 2017. She enjoys attending diverse/teen book festivals and comic conventions, where she has been honored to be one of the panelists on some. She hopes to present at many more teen book events and conduct school visits in the future. Miracle resides in Texas with her family and looks forward to hearing from her readers.

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Keith Cartlidge

For years people have been telling Keith Cartlidge he should write a novel. He finally believed them and poured his vision of small town life into Paxon Chute: A Novel about Life and Other Funny Things in the Texas Hill Country, the first offering in the Paxon Chute series. Keith lives in Texas with his wife and three children.

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Rachelle Harp

Rachelle Harp is a speculative fiction author as well as an avid coffee drinker. She spins short stories and novels in various genres. Over the years, she has worked in education as both a music and a history teacher.

Most recently, Rachelle was a Writers of the Future finalist. She’s a Zebulon Contest Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Novel winner for the Pikes Peak Writers and a Launch Pad Novel Contest grand prize winner as well. Her fiction has been published in Havok Magazine and the 2nd & Starlight Anthology, and her non-fiction in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has upcoming publications in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine and StarShipSofa.

When she’s not teaching or writing, Rachelle loves spending time with her family, daughter, and friends, as well as her two cats. She and her husband live in the North Dallas area.

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Henry McLaughlin

Henry’s novel, Journey to Riverbend, won the Operation First Novel award sponsored by the Christian Writers Guild and was published by Tyndale House in January, 2011. Henry writes in historical, contemporary and fantasy. In his stories he explores the themes of reconciliation and restoration. He seeks to bring his character’s adventures to life, to show the struggles and triumphs over man and nature that helped build strong people. He is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. He serves as Associate Director of North Texas Christian Writers. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops, leads writing groups, edits, and mentors and coaches.

In addition to his writing, Henry treasures working with other writers and helping them on their own writing journeys.

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James Peercy

James William Peercy is currently the published author of the Xun Ove and the Cliff Fulton series, which include The Wall Outside, Partition Majik, Without A Conscious and Thought That’s Thin. He is the owner of a computer, sales and service company, Complete Communication Solutions, located in Denison, Texas. Constantly working, he spends his down time writing the next book and spending time with his wife and their four dogs.

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Jacqueline E. Smith

Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Humanities. Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature.

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