Discover Local Writers: The must reads of 2014

Authored By seanphippster

Barnes & Noble will highlight seven local authors during a Jan. 18 event.

The second annual Discover Local Writers event will focus on authors who are making an impact in a variety of genres, including self-improvement, fiction, teens and children’s picture books.

The free event is from 2 to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble’s Hamilton Place location.

Here’s a list of the featured authors and some information on their books.

Gary Highfield, “When ‘Want To’ Becomes ‘Have To!'” 
An entrepreneur, business executive and grandfather of eight, Gary Highfield’s book tells his story of overcoming adversity to gain a successful career and the lifestyle he desired for his wife and children. Along the way, he offers tips and quotes to help you navigate your own life. He writes: “If you will take to heart the principles I’ve learned and put them into action, and if you will work hard, you will begin to see separation from the things that have been holding you back … The question is, how far do you want to go? Take charge of your life. As the saying goes, if I can do it, anyone can!”

Matthew Hubbard, “Drowning”
Being hailed as a “modern-day ‘Breakfast Club,'” Matthew Hubbard’s “Drowning” tells the lives of four college students struggling with psychological drama during the fall term of their freshman year. The story evolved from a poem Hubbard wrote during his final year in college. The poem-also called “Drowning”-was so impressive to his marketing professor that Hubbard said he was pulled aside and told he was pursuing the wrong major. Click here to read more about “Drowning.”

Deborah Levine, “Going Southern: The No Mess Guide to Success in the South” 
Imagine having little to no concept of Southern culture and being suddenly thrust into our world of cornbread, overaffection and sweet tea. Deborah Levine-a transplant herself-draws from her anthropological background to help others navigate the often-strange Southern landscape. The book includes tips to help non-Southerners with as much insight into the “why” as the “how.” Levine was recently interviewed by C-SPAN for a Book TV segment.

Katherine Ladney Mitchell, “Dr. HickerUp: The Hiccup Healing Man”
Inspired by her son’s infantile hiccups and the word her husband used to describe them, “Dr. HickerUp: The Hiccup Healing Man” tells the story of young Billy and his stubborn case of the hiccups. When all else fails, he seeks the help of the quirky yet brilliant Dr. HickerUp for a cure. The book was beautifully illustrated by Chelsea Ann Spring. Mitchell also partnered with her daughter to create this book. Both will be at the event.

Joey Motes, “In Other Words: The Book of Proverbs” 
A reinterpretation of the Book of Proverbs, Joey Motes offers the perfect gift for anyone of the Christian faith. But it’s more than just a book, according to Motes. He writes: “This book is a guideline drawn from the Book of Proverbs that I hope will create a thirst in you to read the wise sayings in that book.” Motes has ministered for 23 years and routinely ministers in street meetings, radio and in various churches around the nation.

Greg Wilkey, “Growing Up Dead” 
A native Chattanoogan, Greg Wilkey has been called “a writer to watch” by Anne Rice. “Growing Up Dead” is the first of four novels about Mortimer Drake, a 14-year-old vampire hybrid. When he discovers that his mother is a human but his father is a 925-year-old vampire, the plot gets weird. What happens when Mortimer enters into the centuries-old war of the undead?

Becky Wooley, “Non-Prophet Murders” 
Being a minister’s wife and former church secretary allows Becky Wooley to know exactly “where the bodies are buried,” she writes. “Non-Prophet Murders: A Grit and Grace Mystery” follows the work of “techno-savvy” young Christians as they practice their faith and solve mysteries. The series currently features two titles.