regional writers


The Review/Selection Process for selecting our 2020 Regional Writers is under way! The Dahlonega Literary Festival has two levels of authors: Featured Authors and Regional Writers.  

Featured Authors are well known, published authors who are invited to attend our Festival. The DLF programs are designed around them. 


Regional Writers are authors who are published with traditional publishers or self-published. They have perhaps written several books or perhaps just one. They are usually from the Southeastern United States, but we accept applications from authors who live anywhere. Regional Writers contact us, apply for selection, and submit a book for review. They must be selected by one of our Reviewers.  Regional Writers may participate in Festival programming if selected by the Programming Committee to do so.

As we select our Regional Writers we will add their photos with their brief biographies below along with book covers and plot summaries of the books they submitted for review.

Though the Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, 2020, the Regional Writer and Featured Author book sales will be held one day only on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Book sales will be located in the Fellowship Hall on the bottom floor of The Dahlonega Baptist Church (234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega, GA 30533).

Authors interested in applying to participate as a Regional Writer in the 2020 Festival should contact Mr. Ken Smoke at for more information.  Our goal is to fill our Regional Writer quota by November 30, 2019, so please don’t delay contacting Mr. Smoke.

The genres of books that are considered for selection in the Regional Writers section include the following: Fiction (mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, regional fiction, etc), non-fiction (history, biographies, and memoirs), poetry, travel, the arts, cookbooks, juvenile fiction/non-fiction, and young adult fiction/non-fiction.

Also, check out our Featured Authors lineup under our Featured Authors heading to view pictures and brief biographies of our Featured Authors and their book covers and plot summaries.

Regional Writer Biographies  & Books

Click Each Author to See

Their Biography and Book Summary


Stephanie Baldi


William N. Gilmore

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Stan Knick

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Diane M. How

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Megan Lucas

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Mab Morris


Donna Gentry Morton

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Brian Reynolds


G. Andre Sealy

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There is no other person I would rather

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