Authors F-J 2012


Dozens of authors participated in Book 'Em North Carolina on February 25, 2012.
Click on the links below to view the author list in alphabetical order.


Authors A-E Authors F-J Authors K-O Authors P-T Authors U-Z

Lynda Fitzgerald

Although Lynda Fitzgerald now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, she was born and raised in central Florida. She studied creative writing at both Georgia Perimeter College, where she was the winner of a Creative Writing Scholarship, and at Emory University.

Her debut novel, If Truth Be Told, set in east central Florida, was released by Five Star/Gale in June, 2007. Her second, Of Words & Music, was released in 2008, and her first mystery series, LIVE Ringer, also set on the Space Coast of Florida, hit the shelves in April 2010, with the second in the series, LIVE in Person, due for release in December 2011.

Lynda is a frequent teacher and lecturer on writing skills. Although she now lives miles from any ocean, Lynda's heart and soul remain firmly planted in Florida, and she's back there three or four times every year.

For more about Lynda and her books, visit her website at  

Karen Fritz

Karen Fritz lives in North Carolina with her husband, two daughters and three dogs. Blind Vision is her debut novel. She is currently working on her second novel, Crossroads.

Blind Vision is a mystery/thriller that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the dark mind of a serial killer. Watch as the heroic blind psychic struggles with horrific visions of women being mutilated and murdered. Perch on the edge of your seat as the psychic and the hard boiled detective race to find the next victim before it is too late.

Elizabeth A. Fulghum

I am originally from Wilson, NC, as is my husband.  I have been married for almost 50 years (to the same man) and lived in St. Pauls for 40 of those years.  My husband, Claude, and I have two children - Janet Mize who is married to the Reverend Dr. Douglas Mize of Greenville, SC and Richard Fulghum of Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

I retired from St. Pauls High School (American History) in 1997 and since that time have enjoyed a life filled with family and travel.  We have 3 grandchildren from our daughter  - Rachel age 12, Mary Katherine age 10 and Kayla age 22 months.

I set out to preserve the recipes and food traditions of one family. What resulted was a cookbook with stories or a storybook with recipes, depending on whether you are a cook or a folklorist.

Lizards for Dinner has been chosen as a feature in the October 2011 issue of Our State Magazine.

I look forward to sharing the deliciousness and variety of the southern kitchen - and the recipe for "lizards".

Garnet Goldman

Garnet Goldman is an artist. She met Kim Underwood when Kim asked Garnet to illustrate his first children’s book, His Dogness Finds a Blue Heart. They are now married and have two children. The stories in the second book, The Wonderful World of Sparkle Girl & Doobins, began as bedtime stories. She will appear at Book 'Em North Carolina with author Kim Underwood.   


Lynette Hall Hampton

Lynette Hall Hampton has held many jobs in her life, but she's always considered writing her career. While in the business world, she wrote and sold three short children’s books and over 400 articles, poems and short stories for magazines and newspapers. During this time, she toyed with writing novels, but those efforts are now tucked away in her files.


In 1999, she started her first mystery novel, Jilted By Death. It was published in 2004 and was nominated for the best NC fiction by the Literary Society of NC. The sequel is Echoes of Mercy and the third in this series will be out next year. She has a series of mysteries published by Desert Breeze as eBooks. Her new series is Western Romances. The first was Fiona’s Journey. She loves several types of books and enjoys writing in different genres.


Now retired, she spends several hours every night in front of her computer. She's a night person and her creative juices seem to start flowing after the sun is sound asleep. Unlike most writers, she works on 4-6 manuscripts at a time. She does most of her editing and re-writing in the daylight hours if she's not busy with her two grandchildren, meeting her friends for lunch, reading, or traveling whenever she gets the chance

Dean Hardy

Dean Hardy is the Bible Department Chair at Charlotte Christian School North Carolina. His resume includes working with Palm Beach County Youth for Christ and a Masters degree under the tutelage of Norman Geisler at Southern Evangelical Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys watching Nascar races and the NFL as well as dabbling in philosophy and reading the works of C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and George Macdonald. Dean lives with his beautiful wife and two young sons in Matthews, NC.

In 2007, Dean published his first book Stand Your Ground: An Introductory Text for Apologetics Students via Wipf and Stock Publishers. The book has gained support from such apologists as Norman Geisler, Frank Turek, Paul Copan, and Alex Mcfarland.

Since then, Dean has written a middle-grade fantasy book entitled Magnus Kir and is published by Ambassador-International. Visit for details.


Dora Hiers

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn't want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers.

When Dora isn't writing or working on writerly tasks, she enjoys reading and family gatherings. When the temperature cools, you'll catch her flicking the fireplace switch on and kicking back under a blanket to cheer for the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Just about any time of the year, she and hubby are game for a quick jaunt to the mountains. And nothing beats spending time with the grandkids! She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after's!

Journey's End, Dora's debut inspirational romance, released with White Rose Publishing in May 2011 in e-book and print formats. Journey's Edge, awarded 2nd place in the First Coast Romance Writers 2010 Unpublished Beacon Contest, is coming soon with White Rose Publishing.

Readers can connect with Dora at, through her blog at, through Facebook at Dora Hiers Author and through twitter at @DoraHiers.

Ryan Jakubsen

Ryan Jakubsen is  eleven years old and loves to write. He began his series during the summer between third and fourth grade and when his first book was published, he became North Carolina's youngest published author. His books are called The Portals Trilogy. They are fantasy adventures about four brothers who are separated by a tornado in North Carolina and swept through portals (gateways to another dimension.) They must reunite and face many obstacles as they try to get home.   

Ryan has talked to students in area schools and been interviewed on television about his books. He loves to read and he also loves hiking, boating, and going to the beach.

Regina Jeffers

Regina Jeffers is the author of several Jane Austen adaptations and Regency era romances, including Darcy’s Passions, Darcy’s Temptation (2009 Booksellers’ Best Award Finalist), Vampire Darcy’s Desire, The Phantom of Pemberley (Third Place – Romantic Suspense – 2010 SOLA Award), Christmas at Pemberley, The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, A Touch of Velvet, A Touch of Cashémere and The First Wives’ Club.

She considers herself a Janeite and spends much of her free time with the Jane Austen Society of North America and

A teacher for 39 years, Regina Jeffers is a Time Warner Star Teacher Award winner, a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, a Columbus Educator Award winner, and a guest panelist for the Smithsonian. She has served on various national educational committees and is often sought as a media literacy consultant.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson is a Master Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC), where he currently serves as a Disaster response team member and holds life membership.  He also serves as the Mid East Regional Director for the organization, providing administrative leadership for chaplains in seven states and the DC area.

Chaplain Bob served two tours of duty at the WTC disaster in New York and was compelled to write about his experiences in I Saw God the midst of tragedy: A Chaplain's Experience at Ground Zero.  He also served as the point man for the ICPC in Gulfport Mississippi, in the aftermath of Katrina, serving the police departments of Gulfport, Long Beach, and Pass Christian.

Chaplain Bob finished the National Incident Management Training from FEMA as part of the Homeland Security disaster response team and is a member of the Blue Ridge Critical Incident Stress Team.  In addition to his service in law enforcement chaplaincy, he also serves as a volunteer Chaplain at Augusta Medical Center, where he is also a member of the chaplain’s supervisory committee. 

Bob has served as a Chaplain for the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, the Staunton Police Department and is now serving as Chaplain for the Waynesboro Police Department.  He is a former FBI Chaplain.  He is a life Member of the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad and served as a Sergeant of a patrol unit with the Staunton Police Reserves.

Bob is the director of the disaster response team for the International conference of Police chaplains.  (ICPC)

Carol Dean Jones

West Virginia artisan Carol Dean Jones has been creating fabric art and teaching quilting since 1980. Her work has been displayed in juried quilt shows and is sold in specialty shops in West Virginia.  

Inspired by Book ‘Em, Carol will introduce a line of handbags and totes created just for the occasion!

They were one of the most popular items at Book 'Em Virginia in October 2010!