Fayette Library hosts emerging writers showcase

A panel of six local authors in the early stages of their writing careers will participate in this year’s Emerging Writers Showcase at the Fayette County Public Library on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. Each writer will give a short presentation, answer questions from the audience, and sell and sign books. Admission is free, and complimentary light refreshments will be served.

Tamala Callaway, a wife and mother of two residing in Coweta County, started writing just to create a story that featured her children. Planning to write only a five- or six-page short story, Tamala eventually found herself completing a novel, which ultimately grew into the “SuperNatural” series: a continuing sequence of paranormal romance stories aimed at teen readers.

Quinn Cooper served in the Military Intelligence Division of the U.S. Army, where his experiences and travels all over the world inspired him to plan a series of thrillers starring Ted Teagan, an Army intelligence veteran. In book one, “Who’s Watching the Watcher?” Teagan finds that his adventures are just beginning when he re-enters civilian life.

Alex Hughes, who grew up in Peachtree City, launched her “Mindspace Investigations” series last fall with “Clean,” a dystopian science fiction/detective novel set in a future Atlanta. In this world, there are telepaths and “normals” – and the cops who must work with both to keep the peace when a serial killer stalks. Book two, “Sharp,” is due out from Penguin next month.

Celia Phillips went back to school at midlife and earned a degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) – Atlanta in 2008. Pursuing both a passion for the Gullah culture of coastal South Carolina and an interest in the art and craft of bookmaking, Celia created a limited run of handmade copies of “Praise Houses,” an art book of prints depicting these traditional Gullah structures.

Aubrey Williams graduated from Riverdale High School in 2007. He began writing “The Knight in Shining Armor,” the first book in “The Sulexian Chronicles” tetralogy, in summer 2006 and published it in the fall of 2007. “Him, Known as Awakened” (Book Two) followed in 2011. He is now awaiting publication for the third installment and working on the final volume in this young adult fantasy series.

Vincent Wolf discovered his talent for drawing at age four, and he has used art as an expression of his observations of society ever since. As an artist and an author, Vincent aims his skills at combating social injustice.

Through his publications – starting with “Do Your Best and Forget the Rest,” a colorfully illustrated book for young children – he hopes to spread positive messages and make a difference in the world.

The event is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the sale of books at the Emerging Writers Showcase benefit the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library, the nonprofit group whose sponsorship makes this event possible, along with many other library programs and services throughout the year.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways 85 and 54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.