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Meet The Authors 2014


Bob steed



The Best of Bob Steed
The Not-So-Serious but Seriously Accomplished Life of Robert L. Steed
Former United States Attorney General Griffin Bell, a partner with Robert L. Steed in the prestigious Atlanta law firm of King & Spalding, once described Steed as “half lawyer, half wit. His law partners insist he’s a writer, and his writer friends insist he’s a lawyer.” In fact, Steed built an enviable career in both fields. A graduate of Mercer Law School, Steed became one of the nation’s leading bond attorneys during an era of rapid economic development. All the while he wrote humorous essays that were published in The Atlanta Constitution and collected into books. Steed served as a member of the Mercer University Board of Trustees from 1974 till the present. His insight, humor, and love of Mercer helped him to guide the university, as chairman of the Board, through some tempestuous times. Shared here for the first time is the story behind the persona—the family, wife, wit, and commitment that coalesced to form an extraordinary scholar, writer, and philanthropist.

Chuck Perry spent more than forty years in the publishing business, first as a newspaperman wit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, then as founder and publisher of Longstreet Press, and finally in corporate marketing at Cox Enterprises, Inc. Today he describes himself as “self-unemployed” and spends sunny days on the golf course. Perry holds an ABJ and MA in English from the University of Georgia.



Carolyn Newton Curry holds a BA in English from Agnes Scott College and MA and PhD degrees in History from Georgia State University. She has taught at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and the University of Kentucky. Curry is the founder and chair of Women Alone Together®, a non-profit foundation created to meet the needs of women who are alone in our culture. The well-being of women past and present has been her lifelong passion.


Betsy Duffey began writing in 1990 and has published over twenty children’s books, including a number of popular series. Her books have won numerous awards, been included in numerous books clubs, and have been translated into Japanese, Korean, Dutch and Danish. Duffey currently writes with her sister, Laurie Myers.


Laurie Myers is the award-winning author of chapter books for children. Her books have been on the International Reading Association’s Children’s Choice, Teachers’ Choice and Parents’ Choice lists, as well as Junior Library Guild selection and many state master lists and nominations for the Crown Award. She has collaborated with her sister, Betsy Duffey and their mother, Betsy Byars on several popular books.


James T. Farmer III, a true Southern gentleman and a graduate of Auburn University, has written a variety of books on Southern living. He is president of James Farmer Designs, which specializes in residential landscape, interior and floral design. He has appeared on the Today Show as well as regional television. His work has been featured in Southern Living and Traditional Home, among other magazines, and he is an editor-at-large for Southern Living.


Spearman Jack Godsey is a veteran of World War II, a college graduate in electrical engineering, and is retired from a career in rocket development. He is a husband and the father of two sons and two daughters. Godsey lives with his wife and a dog in the home he built overlooking a lake and writes for fun.


Nancy Grace joined Court TV from the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, where she served for a decade as Special Prosecutor, compiling a perfect record of nearly 100 felony convictions at trial and no losses. She has also appeared on The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss today’s most important trials.


Gould B. Hagler, Jr. is a long-time lobbyist, representing the insurance industry at the state level. He holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Georgia State University. Hagler is a member of several historical and hereditary societies, including the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta (president, 2011–2012) and the Sons of Confederate Veterans (commander, John B. Gordon Camp 46, 1996–1997).

F. Martin

F. Martin Harmon was sports information director for twenty-two years at three Southern universities—the final fourteen years at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Earlier in his career, he was prep sports editor at the Nashville Banner. Harmon is recently retired as public relations director at Roosevelt Warm Springs, the historic Georgia facility founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt. He is the author of The Warm Springs Story: Legacy & Legend.


Terry Kay, a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, is the author of fourteen works of fiction, including To Dance with the White Dog, The Book of Marie, The Greats of Cuttercane, Shadow Song, The Runaway, The Year the Lights Came On, and a recent book for young readers, The Seventh Mirror.


A life-long educator, Lori Eriksen Rush taught interior design and the history of interiors and furniture at The Art Institute of Atlanta where she also served as chair of the Interior Design department for twenty years. The 1990 recipient of the Education Award, Georgia Chapter, ASID, and the 2012 Teacher of the Year from The Art Institute of Atlanta, she is now retired and continues to research early twentieth-century Atlanta interiors.

Michael Smith

Michael Buffalo Smith created GRITZ Magazine in 1998, and was editor for thirteen years during which time he became known as “The Ambassador of Southern Rock.” He has written many cover stories, features, and reviews for magazines including Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Hittin’ the Note, and Mojo. Smith also writes Southern-based fiction and songs and is the author of Prisoner of Southern Rock: A Memoir.

Scott walker

Scott Walker is the director of the Institute of Life Purpose and senior lecturer at Mercer University. He earned a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia, specializing in adult developmental studies. Walker is the author of eleven books, including Hell’s Broke Loose in Georgia and The Edge of Terror. He served with Jim McAfee on the Mercer University Board of Trustees.

Sam Williams

At the helm of one of the nation’s most influential chambers of commerce, Sam A. Williams led Atlanta, Georgia’s high-profile business community for almost two decades. Earning a national reputation for harnessing the power of business leaders to make cities thrive, he has become one of the nation’s leading experts in urban competitiveness. Williams was also a partner for twenty-two years with Portman Properties, a global architect-development company. He is an active alumnus of Harvard Business School and Georgia Tech.


Renea Winchester is the award-winning author of In the Garden with Billy. She is the recipient of the Appalachian Writer and Denny Plattner awards and her work has aired on Georgia’s WAB90.1FM. Winchester is passionate about literacy and human interest stories.

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