Buchanan County Public Library

Local Author Festival

April 14th, 2022 at 6pm.

Local Authors attending this year’s Local Author Festival

Franklin Horton

Franklin Horton lives and writes in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. He submitted his first writing project to a magazine at thirteen years old, receiving the first of what would eventually be hundreds of rejections from agents and publishers. He’s now completed thirty-five novels and sold over a million books in ebook, paperback, and audio. He lives a hermit’s life on a remote mountaintop, splitting his day between writing and tinkering in his shop like one of his characters.

Michael C. Fuller

Michael C. Fuller was born in Southwest Virginia and has been a lifelong resident here. He and his wife Helen have lived on her family property for 50 years on Compton Mountain. He and Helen have traveled to all 48 lower states and Canada. Michael has served as a Sunday school teacher, a deacon and a resident storyteller for church functions and gatherings. He retired as Maintenance Supervisor for Buchanan Co. Public Schools in 2017, but has since returned as a part-time employee. His books ‘Reflections on Faith, Hope and the World Around Us’ and ‘Reflections on Childhood’ are collections of poems and short stories that reflect his enduring faith and celebrate his memories and experiences. His work has been highlighted in Voice Magazine for Women published by Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. in Johnson City, TN, and also featured on WJHL TV’s “Daytime Tri-Cities”.

Ellen Elmes

As a young college volunteer, visual artist Ellen Elmes was initially drawn to mountain life in the late 1960s by the intrigue of people and place in McDowell County, West Virginia. She has now written a memoir, An Appalachian Labyrinth: Painting to the Center, which chronicles her stories and paintings created since then as evidence of why she and her husband Don have made the mountains of Southwest Virginia their home for more than fifty years. In her book, Elmes provides a spirited reflection on how the development and content of her murals and watercolors have been profoundly impacted by the beauty, people, and experiences of living in Central Appalachia.

Adda Leah Davis

Adda Leah Davis is a McDowell County, West Virginia native who has now lived in Russell County, Virginia for over twenty years and dearly loves the entire area. She is a retired elementary school teacher and counselor.  After retirement from the school system she wrote for two newspapers in McDowell County, started an oral history theater group, and was Director of Economic Development in McDowell County for six years. Mrs. Davis has presented workshops on oral history, community development, leadership, and writing.  She is energetic and enthusiastic about any project she starts and about life in general. Davis is the author of sixteen books

Brenda Crissman Musick

Brenda Crissman Musick was born and raised in Southwest Virginia in the small town of Honaker, the third of three children. She grew up in a time when life was slower and friends and family were treasured. It was a time of outside play and games from the imagination.

From the time she was a child, Brenda loved to read and write stories, devouring the Nancy Drew Mysteries and The Hardy Boys. She was never bored as long as there was a book in her hand. She began writing, also, at an early age. Brenda graduated from Honaker High School in 1965. She graduated from UVA Wise (then called Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia), with a Bachelor of Science in Education. The most rewarding time of her life was teaching in the Russell County School System. Throughout those years she continued to read and write, teaching both. She taught writing classes for middle school students and conducted writing workshops for teachers. She continues to teach writing workshops today, as well as teaching Bible Studies, genealogy research, and reminiscent writing.

Jerry Scarberry

Jerry Calvin Scarberry was born and raised Pike County in Eastern Kentucky near some booger woods. He currently lives and operates a bookstore in Buchanan County Virginia near some other booger woods.

Doug Adkins

Douglas Adkins was born and raised in the small Appalachian town of Grundy, Virginia. When he’s not crafting story ideas or reading, he likes spending time with his family, being outdoors, or learning something new. Always in search of a captivating story, he believes that life would fundamentally have less meaning without the value of art, whatever the medium may be. Although he’s been writing for years THE DARKEST OF NIGHTS is currently his only published work of fiction. However, he plans on pursuing his passion for storytelling the future.

Linda Hoagland

Linda Hudson Hoagland has won acclaim for her mystery novels that include the recent Snooping Can Be Uncomfortable, Onward & Upward, Missing Sammy, An Unjust Court, and Snooping Can Helpful – Sometimes.  She is also the author of works of nonfiction, 2 collections of short writings along with 2 volumes of poems.  Hoagland has won numerous awards for her work, including first place for the Pearl S. Buck Award for Social Change and the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest.   Her work has appeared in many anthologies.

Dave & Penny Bevins

Dave Bevins is widely known for his 52 years working for the Buchanan County School System. During his tenure, he served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at several different schools. He is also known for being the most prolific writer in Buchanan County’s history. His column has appeared weekly in the Virginia Mountaineer for almost 50 years.


Penny has been married to Dave Bevins for fifty-six years. They have two sons, David and Bobby, and seven grandchildren. Penny has worked in education, banking, accounting, and social work during her career. Her hobbies are reading, writing, photography and travel. Her memoir, Leaving the Holler and Other stories from the Creek, is her first published book.

Sam Varney

Sam Varney is a native of the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Born in the rich coalfields of Southern West Virginia, he was raised in the equally rich coalfields of nearby Virginia and has always had an active interest in the history of the mountains. He was educated in the public schools of Buchanan County, Virginia, and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. He later did post-graduate work at Troy State University in Alabama.

Born in the 1935, just after the dark years of the Depression, his early life and surroundings allowed him to witness the passing of the traditions and folkways of his parents and grandparents and the beginning of the modern era. His interest in preserving this colorful mountain history led him to write a series of articles devoted to the lore and legend of the hills. The articles were published from 1972 to 1981 in The Virginia Mountaineer, a weekly publication in Grundy, Virginia.

The articles were a few of his childhood memories which were written originally to be passed to his grandchildren in order to give them a brief account of how it was to live in a far different time and place that will never be again. The articles were later placed in book form to be passed to future generations.

Sam and his wife, Martha, currently reside at 700 Hayter’s Gap Road, Honaker, Virginia 24260. He can be contacted at spiperv@gmail.com.

Rosemarie Miller

Rosemarie Miller, CND, was a member of the Congregation of Notre Dame from 1957-2003. During that time span, she taught Elementary, Middle, and High School students. From 2003-2010, she served as a part-time adjunct professor at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois; a Master’s degree in The Art of Teaching from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri; a Sixth Year Certificate in the Humanities from Hollins University in Hollins, Virginia; and attended New York University, Boston College, and Notre Dame University for on-going education.

Kenna Blankenship

Dickenson County native and Buchanan County transplant, Kenna Blankenship found her love of stories at a young age. From piles of books to beginning her own stories, she just can’t seem to scratch the itch. Now having published her first collection of work, pursuing a career in education, and starting a family of her own, she hopes to continue her journey with a focus on Appalachian Literature.

Amanda Sexton

Amanda Sexton is a wife, mother, minister, and counselor whose life’s calling is to provide hope to the hopeless, especially those struggling with addiction and trauma.

Ell See Ferrell

Ell See (L.C.) Ferrell was born in 1942 on the left hand fork of Home Creek in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. He played football for the Grundy Golden Wave and Chamblee Bulldogs in Chamblee, GA until he graduated high school and went to run track at East Tennessee State University. Then, he moved on to the United States Marine Corp where he served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a rifleman and radio operator before returning to the mountains. L.C. is held in high regard by family and friends for his service to this country. On Veteran’s Day a couple of years ago, one of his nephews, Jonathan Clevinger, posted the following on social media. “Let me tell y’all about my Uncle L.C. Ferrell. This man taught me how to shoot a bow, how to have passion for the outdoors and was one of the men that taught me how to be a man. In my eyes, growing up, this was my super hero! Semper Fi! Thank you for your service, Uncle!”

Gretchen Stevens

Gretchen Stevens has a passion for helping people take care of themselves naturally and uses essential oils and other natural techniques to help people manage stress, improve their health, and even overcome addiction. She has been a certified aromatherapist and health specialist since 2005 and teaches on several topics, including Essential Oils of the Bible. Gretchen is the author of a two-book series, Simple Steps to Being Healthy…Naturally! She is originally from Hurley, Virginia, but now resides in Abingdon, where she and her daughter, Starr Widener, recently opened their business, Heavenly Aroma, which specializes in ozone therapy with essential oils.


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