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There is a lot of talent in our area.
The following are only a few of our local authors.

Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times bestselling author.  Steve's road to publishing was long and arduous, spanning 12 years (1990 - 2002) and 85 rejections over 5 separate manuscripts.  He's also an accomplished instructor, having taught the concepts of writing to audiences across the globe.  
When Steve's not writing, you can find him either on a beach, a golf course, or traveling --- discovering more things lost --- thinking of the next novel.  He lives in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida.  
Steve and his wife Elizabeth have also started a foundation, History Matters, dedicated to aiding the preservation of our heritage. Click here for more


Maggie Carter-de Vries

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, second oldest in a family of six children she traveled extensively as an army brat and later on as an adult. An entrepreneur in the true sense, owning numerous businesses until 2006 when the idea of working seventy hours per week no longer appealed as the life style she and her husband Dutch desired. Now an almost perfect balance of writing, working part-time, spending quality and quantity time with grandson, Andrew and the rest of the family is what make her world a perfect place. She is presently working on a sequel to Amelia’s Secrets, is Group leader of the Florida Writers Association, Amelia Island Chapter and volunteer for the Amelia Island Book Island Festival. Click here for more



Kay Dew Shostak

Kay recently left the suburbs of Atlanta for a small town by the sea, Fernandina Beach, Florida. There she's writing more stories about the happenings in Chancey and enjoying small town life again.



Annette Myers

Annette was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida. She is a retired educator and community activist. Her career has included teaching school, high school guidance counselor, grant writing, consulting, and journalism. "The Shrinking Sands of an African American Beach" is her first published book.


Isabella (Mojani) Hower

Isabella (Mojani) Hower is a local author and illustrator from Amelia Island with a love of nature and, of course, the peafowl that live on Amelia Island, Florida.  Suzy Bell and Pepper Find Amelia is the first book in the Suzy Bell and Pepper children’s book series centered on fun educational aspects of nature and adventures along the way.  Isabella is currently a freshman at the University of Florida Honors College pursuing degrees in both the medical field and writing.


Gordon E. Hart

I attended the Fernandina Beach High School and graduated from the Florida State University and FSU college of Law before I found myself in private practice in Washington. Now back on Amelia Island Florida, I have been actively practicing law for over 32 years. As a member of the Washington State Bar Association as well as the Florida Bar Association I have handled many types of legal matters, from civil to criminal. I am admitted to practicing in Federal District Courts – Middle District of Florida and the Western District of Washington.


Raffaela Marie Rizzo

Member of the Florida Writers's Assoc. and the IBPA; Volunteer President of the Amelia Island Book Festival.. A former senior executive with numerous business and marketing communications awards. RM Rizzo earned an MBA from Jacksonvil...le University and a BA degree in media studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has been a life-long volunteer in community and faith-based organizations to help bring comfort and solace to those in need. Her passions are people, family stories, community, genealogy, history and travel. Born in Italy, raised in Connecticut, she and her husband now make Amelia Island, Florida, home.


Terri Clements Dean

Terri Clements Dean, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years experience in diverse settings, including private practice and mental health organizations. She has served as Clinical Director of a large outpatient dual diagnosis treatment center as well as holding administrative positions in the public sector.

Dr. Dean’s clinical practice is limited to psychotherapy with adult clients. Her work is guided by a psychodynamic approach and philosophy that is at once honoring of the emotional and psychological challenges people often face and at the same time deeply hopeful.

She is a dynamic speaker and teacher, providing psycho-educational workshops and seminars. Her belief that human development is a life-long journey toward wholeness is the foundation of her work with clients and her seminars. She believes that psyche always pushes us toward wholeness with or without our cooperation and that even the smallest agreement on our part produces downright magical results.



Jan Johannes

In the early 1970's, he began work on a picture history of Nassau County, Florida.   That was his first venture into serious years of historic photo reproduction and research.  The book's title was Yesterday's Reflections, going on to five revised editions over the years. 



Roger Moore

Roger and his wife Edie retired to Amelia Island in 1990, where he has since enthusiastically photographed the abundance of natural beauty to be found on the island. His work is exhibited with other artists at the Island Art Association.



Ron Kurtz

Ron moved in 1994 from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Amelia Island, where he served as a volunteer docent and member of the Board of Trustees of the Amelia Island Museum of History.




G. W. Reynolds, III

Dr. G. W. Reynolds has been an educator for over 30 years. He has served as a teacher, coach and administrator. His doctoral research at the University of North Florida and his experiences with the pre-natal drug exposed children prompted him to write his novel, Sin City. Click here for more



Cara Curtin

Cara Curtin got her B.A. in English and promptly found a job as a copywriter at an advertising agency in Norfolk, Virginia. It took her three years of writing billable copy to discover that she was starving to death. She joined the Navy when the recruiter promised her a living wage.  When she completed Officer Training School, the Navy first sent her to Public Affairs School in Indianapolis and then to Pensacola, Florida, as a public affairs officer. Click here for more



Chuck Barrett

Chuck Barrett grew up in Panama City, Florida. After high school, he moved to Alabama for six years, which included attending Auburn University where he graduated with a degree in Aviation Management. He then took a job in Mississippi for three years flying charter, air ambulance, and flight instructing. He now resides in Northeast Florida where he has spent the last twenty-five years as an air traffic controller. Click here for more






Jane Marie Malcolm

Amelia Island, Florida's Jane Marie is the most gracious person on the Internet. She touches lives with her short stories, articles, and The Goodbye Lie historic series, all available on her 800 plus page website,
Jane Marie is a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Florida Writers Association, Inc., the Amelia Island Museum of History, and the General Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society of Amelia Island. She has played handbells for 20 years. Click here for more


Nola Perez

Nola Perez grew up on Amelia Island, Florida, then lived for twenty years in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was a member of Walter Griffin's Poet Studio. She has been awarded a grant from the Georgia Council of the Arts and two grants from the City of Atlanta, Bureau of Cultural Affairs. She was a finalist in 1993 for the National Poetry Series and in 1998 the runner-up in the Anhinga Press Florida Poetry Series. In 1997 She won the Robert Pen Warren First Poetry prize (Vermont).Click here for more


Bruce Thomason

He has been in law enforcement for more than 41 years. In 1967, he joined his hometown police department in Beaumont, Texas. After reaching the rank of captain, he resigned in 1986 to become the chief of police in West Carrollton, Ohio. After five years, he resigned to accept the chief's position with the Jacksonville Beach, Florida Police Department.

In his career, he has worked in a variety of jobs: dispatching officers to calls; answering those calls as a uniformed patrol officer; investigating crimes ranging from petty thefts to homicides; serving as a supervisor for those police functions; and serving as a police chief for more than 22 years. After all these years, he still get a kick out of the job.


Tony Stubits

Tony Stubits is the author of the medical thriller “Unnatural Selection” and has practiced optometry in Florida and Georgia for over twenty-seven years. He currently resides on Amelia Island, Florida and enjoys gulf, boating, and spending time with his family.


Elizabeth Wilkes

Elizabeth Wilkes Photography is based in Fernandina Beach, Florida and is owned and operated by Elizabeth and Clyde Wilkes.

Elizabeth provides all professional photography and videography services. She has been involved with general commercial and fine art photography for many years. Additionally she has produced a number of photo journal publications related to travel to Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, Key West Florida and the Minnesota North Shore on Lake Superior.

Clyde is an FAA certified commercial pilot and flight instructor. Elizabeth and Clyde operate as a team for ground and aerial imaging projects and have acquired extensive experience with aerial photography and video from their helicopter. Clyde has also become experienced in video editing and web design. Click here for more


Mark DeWayne Combs

Mark is a critical investigative researcher who is fascinated by Ancient Mysteries, Biblical History and the Origins of Man. He is an author, public speaker, blogger and publisher. His first book, End The Beginning, takes a critical look at the well-known and not-so-well-known details of Noah's Flood.


Steve Nicklas

Steve Nicklas has been a financial advisor with some of the biggest firms on Wall Street over the last 17 years. He has written financial columns, performed radio business reports, and taught continuing-education classes in the North Florida area during his career.


Dickie Anderson

Dickie Anderson is a popular speaker using her humor, talent and writing experiences to entertain and inspire those that write or who long to write. Anderson has a witty knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Her twice-weekly column, From the Porch, shares stories about the joys and sometimes sorrows of our every days. Her articles on the people and history of Amelia Island are featured in regional publications.

Anderson has published four collections of her popular column. The small brightly colored books have proven best sellers in local bookstores.

Anderson's commitment to her community is evident. She serves as a docent for the Amelia Island Museum of History, served on the Boards of the Amelia Arts Academy, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival and the Amelia Book Island Festival.

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