David Mark Williams


Alayne Smith is a retired broadcast journalism teacher who earned M.Ed. and E.Ds. degrees in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia. She taught broadcast journalism for fifteen years in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and broadcast journalism informs her work.


Alayne’s first book, Ellen and the Three Predictions, was published in March 2017 by Cactus Moon Publishing in Tempe, Arizona. Her second book, Educating Sadie, was a finalist in the 2018 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Alayne is currently writing This is Ellen Jones, a sequel to Ellen and the Three Predictions. 

Being active in the Atlanta Writers Club, Alayne presented at the Decatur Book Festival 2017, 2019, and moderated a panel of young adult authors in 2018. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Georgia Writers Association, Friends of Gwinnett County Public Library, and Georgia Association for Instruction Technology.

David Mark Williams

 ellen and the three predictions


I look down at her predictions for me. There are three:

She will be an advocate for the beauty. . . She will find the soldier. . . She will foil a dictator. . .

Ellen and the Three Predictions, details the life of eighteen-year-old Ellen Jones and the predictions of Old Luella, a seer in the small town of Marshall, Alabama whose predictions Ellen reads after her mother's unexpected death. The predictions seem far-fetched to young Ellen but throughout this book, the reader will learn far before Ellen, just how significant her role in the lives of those she loves will be.

Through the political and social changes of the early 1960s, Ellen, a budding journalist, comes to terms with her role in the world as she encounters each of Old Luella's predictions. These encounters take her through the social taboos of Callendar Plantation, Alabama - to the promise of love and a career in Miami - and finally, to a daring rescue in Castro's Cuba.

Ellen's Notebook is carefully prepared as she becomes more passionate about the career and responsibility of journalism. Introducing readers to life in the early 1960's mirroring much of today's complex social climate.