Folly Beach Wine & Sign
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
Locklear’s Beach City Grill,
Avondale Wine & Cheese,
Folly Beach Parks & Recreation,
Folly Beach Wine & Sign
Have fun in the sun on the stunning Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, South Carolina. Sip a glass of wine, talk and meet some wonderful authors and artists. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of sandy beaches, cool ocean breezes, and views of the great Atlantic Ocean.
· FOLLY BEACH BLOG WINE AND SIGN
Hundreds of people came out to Folly Beach this past Saturday, April 26th, to enjoy the Wine and Sign event held at the fishing pier by the Tides hotel. The afternoon was astonishingly beautiful with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, soft clouds drifting across a light blue sky, and a slight breeze whispering in our ears. Our first stop was at Locklears to pick up some frosty beverages before meandering our way to meet the artists. Over twenty booths were set up for people to view and learn about the artists and/or their body of work. For convenience, Locklears also had a bar set up on the pier for people to refresh their beverages as they emptied their cups.
First, we chatted with Diann Shaddox, who was the event organizer and director. She told us about the 20+ artists who participated in this year’s Wine and Sign. Some of the authors included Deanna Anderson who brought two books, 365 Tarot Activities, and her book of short stories,Of the Seven: Sinner or Saint. Author Virginia Lori Jennings introduced herself as a speculative fiction author who enjoys researching her new books. Stratton Lawrence, photographer and writer, proudly showed attendees his new book of over 200 stunning photos in Images of America – Folly Beach. Others involved were author Dee Phelps, author Denise W. Owen, poet Warren Slesinger, lawyer and author Sean Keefer, author Quitman Marshall, and many more.
Also an author, Diann wrote A Faded Cottage, a book that focuses on a main character who suffers from essential tremors and the challenges that stem from it. Hosting a successful event such as the Wine and Sign contributes to the the Diann Shaddox Foundation, a group supporting individuals suffering from neurological conditions. The foundation seeks to inspire, inform, and increase awareness of these conditions to the public with the hope of finding an eventual cure. Approximately five percent of the population suffers from essential tremors. This is not insignificant to Diann, and she hopes to continue to educate is through her foundation, work and with more events such as the Wine and Sign on the pier. Look for more artistic talent to visit us again on Folly and support a great cause!
Guest Authors Meet the Authors
Author Bio: Deanna Anderson
Anderson has several titles both non-fiction and fiction. She is married and her and her husband have two teenage daughters. In addition to publishing books she also write regularly for the local magazine "Lakeside" and for the national magazine "Circle Sanctuary." She enjoys hiking, camping, taking pictures of wildflowers, and learning about different cultures and spiritual beliefs. To find out more about Anderson or her titles visit http://andersondeanna.weebly.com
"365 Tarot Activities"--(released January 2014) A comprehensive titled filled with over three hundred activities, journal prompts, discussion prompts, group activities, and methods and instructions for learning to read Tarot cards.
"Of the Seven: Sinner or Saint" (expected re-release date March 2014)
With fourteen short stories based on the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Seven Heavenly Virtues, when you have reached the last page of "Of the Seven" you will have to ask yourself the ultimate question: Are you a Sinner, or are you a Saint?
Meet author Virginia Lori Jennings:
Virginia Jennings is a speculative fiction author of two books as well as an illustrator with PDMI Publishing LLC. Jack of all trades, master of none she is a die hard tinkerer; she enjoys working at something until she gets it right. Whether it is ideas for her next novel, or trying to understand how the human brain works, she loves to research stuff.
Virginia lives in South Carolina with her husband and three kids. When she is not writing she enjoys watching science fiction or action adventure movies with her family. She also enjoys watching Star Trek, Dr. Who, Walking Dead, and House though not necessarily in that order! You can find out more about Virginia at www.virginialorijennings.com
Roger Pinckney was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry. He graduated from University of South Carolina and earned an MFA through the Iowa Writers Workshop. Pinckney farmed, taught school, and wrote award-winning features for Minnesota and North Dakota newspapers.
His first successful book was Blue Roots, a history of South Carolina voodoo. Since then, he’s produced several collections of essays and his novel, Little Glory has been purchased by a Hollywood independent film maker. Pinckney is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and Orion Writing Circle Award.
Roger lives on Daufuskie Island, one of the last free and wild barrier islands, where he writes and works diligently to preserve land and culture.
J. C. Fewell is the pen name of Joan C. Harris. Having graduated from Beaufort High School and Clemson University, she returned to the Low Country in 2001. She spent many years as a Special Education teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She taught fictional writing/short story/novel at the Prince George’s County Community College in Largo, Maryland. A long-time classroom story teller, she finally found her genre in tales of her beloved Beaufort, South Carolina. She published her first story, Uncle Sugar’s Finest, in 1990.
She also has taught writing classes at Technical College of the Low Country and for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She is an expert in telling a short story long and lists her major accomplishment as having survived Hurricane Gracie in 1959.
Abstract Alexandra a 21st century American Abstract Expressionist Artist. A four year old girl sits in a yellow chair while her mother sketches the scene. Many times I sat for my mom as she painted. My connection to these paintings and watching the process of them being created set the stage for a lifetime of loving and creating art.
I enjoy creating expressive works of art. While studying the work of the original abstract expressionists such as; Lee Krasner, William Baziotes and Mark Rothko, I was captivated. The struggles these artists faced and how hard they fought for legitimacy, which is still very prevalent for artists today.
Stratton Lawrence's book, Images of America - Folly Beach, was published in April 2013 and features over 200 photographs and pictures of the island, including the Civil War era and the early days of tourism in the 1920s. Stratton writes for the Post and Courier, Charleston Magazine, the Charleston City Paper, and Zagat, and lives with his wife, Hunter, on Folly Beach.
After I graduated from the University of Iowa with an MFA in 1961,
I taught English part-time while working full-time in the publishing business as
an editor, marketing manager or sales manager at the following university presses: Chicago, Oregon, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
I received an Ingram Merrill grant of $5,000 (1971) and a South Carolina Poetry Fellowship with a grant of $5,000 (2003).
South Carolina Poetry Archives $500 (2013)
The Evening Light Ninety-Six Press (Furman University) 2013 A Word for It (Chapbook) Finishing Line Press 2007
My poetry has been published in the American Poetry Review,
Antioch Review, California Quarterly, Comstock, Georgia Review,
Iowa Review, New Letters, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, North American Review, North Dakota Review, Northwest Review, Poetry East, Sewanee Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Texas Review.
My fiction has been published in the Alaska Quarterly Review,
Short Story America and Fiction International.
I have been a resident at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies for writers and the Sitka Center for Study of the Arts and Ecology.
At present, I teach at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort.
I am the artist Julie Oliver. I live in Hilton Head Island SC. I am the creator of Morgan's Mommy's
Seashell Creations & Face Painting.com
I started creating about six years back when my husband and I landed in Hilton Head on a one night stay, and it turned into a lifestyle. My husband was terminally ill with cancer, so I was the caretaker of our family. My daughter and myself and our dog Bo Bo. So we wear quit a group.
Life does move on. So life began again at 52. As they say: it's never to late to start over.
I started creating tabletop fountains and the other seashell creations. My goal was to share the beauty of this Island in a very special way by creating special memories of Hilton Head Island, SC.
Hi everyone, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Diann Shaddox and I'm the author of A FADED COTTAGE, a SC love story; FAMILY FAVORITES, a cookbook; & WHISPERING FOG, a time travel romance. I’m a member of the Wyandotte Nation and I have Essential Tremors. I also have a collection of Native American children’s tales that I’m working on for future books.
I grew up in southwest Arkansas, in a rural town, where Main Street has diagonal parking, old brick buildings containing a bank, old fashion pharmacy, and even a Dime Store. The small town of Nashville is surrounded by farms and rolling countryside and is a modest, but quaint southern town where football still reigns supreme. A town that brought my imagination to life, hot summer evenings catching fireflies, riding bikes all over the small town and swimming in creeks and lakes.
My southern roots emerge in my first published novel, A Faded Cottage. A Faded Cottage’ is a South Carolina love story, about a man with Essential Tremor and is a perfect beach read, with a powerful story blending fact and fiction. ‘A Faded Cottage’ is a story about a famous artist whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has ET and begins to shake uncontrollably. He leaves his life in New York and buys a faded cottage on the beach of South Carolina discovering his teenage love after thirty years. This is his journal of only two weeks, a story of endless love, his tale of living with ET, and the strength and power of love. A portion of the proceeds from each book sold of “A Faded Cottage” will be donated to the International Essential Tremor Foundation to help find a cure. Essential tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk. An estimated 10 million Americans have ET and race, age, and gender isn’t a factor in developing ET. Not only am I promoting my novel, but I’m also promoting and working to bring awareness to Essential Tremor and all neurological disorders like Dystonia, and PD.
Come join me on my new adventure of creating FAMILY FAVORITES a cookbook blending recipes from around the world, go to http://www.diannshaddox.com/family-favorites-around-the-world.html and summit a recipe.
My next book, ‘Whispering Fog’ a time travel romance is scheduled to be released late spring 2014. http://www.diannshaddox.com/whispering-fog.html
I love early morning watching the sunrise, music, playing golf, gardening, crafts, writing, and I enjoy quiet dinners in candle lit rooms. I love meeting new people; we all have our own stories to tell in our books of life and I look forward to hearing from you. Diann Shaddox
Carl T. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved south at age two and considers himself a born southerner. Carl attended The Richmond Professional Institute of The College of William& Mary where he earned a BFA degree in Theatre and English. During this time one of his best college friends was Tom Robbins, author of Even the Cowgirls Get the Blues and a number of other novels. This meeting stimulated his interest in writing.
After spending years in professional music, theatre and education at the high school and college level and creating an entertainment management firm in Philadelphia, Robbins convinced him he should get back to writing, which he had started in college. In 1995 he moved to South Carolina where he wrote his first novel, Nothin’ Left to Lose, which received excellent reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and ForeWord magazine and was listed as one of the Top 10 Books by South Carolina Authors for that year.
Living on Fripp Island, where he received advice and encouragement from author Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music, Carl wrote the first Sam Larkin novel, Lowcountry Boil, which won an IPPY award for suspense, was nominated for the Southern Independent Bookseller’s “Book of the Year” and The Southern Critics Circle Award for “Book of the Year”. Lowcountry Boil has been optioned for film four times.
Smith followed that success with the second Sam Larkin novel, Louisiana Burn, which also won IPPY and SIBA awards.
After leaving Fripp Island, Carl settled in Greenville, SC where he completed his third Larkin novel, Carolina Fire, which his publisher released as an eBook prior to its print release.
He has also completed an additional novel, A Season For Killing and is working on another. All of Carl’s books are now available as eBooks. Lowcountry Boil, Louisiana Burn and Nothin’ Left To Lose are also available in print additions.
The fourth book in the Sam Larkin series, Matthew’s Island, A Novel of Retribution, will be released in February 2014.
DEE PHELPS is an alumnus of The University of Pittsburgh and Wharton School of Nursing. Her family passed down, through generations, tales of life on a Lowcountry cotton and indigo plantation, once owning a Plantation near Beaufort, South Carolina. From those fascinating and sometimes harrowing stories, Dee wrote The Disappointment Room. She is the author of the children’s book, The Flower in the Thickets written under the pen name, Marcella Miller, has written numerous International travel articles for National magazines and was a surgical nurse for over twenty five years. She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina near her three grown sons and five grandchildren. http://deephelps.com
Sean Keefer was born and raised in the Carolinas.
After high school and following college at The University of South Carolina he wanted to get away from South Carolina. Not long after leaving, he realized he had to come back.
After studying law in North Carolina, Sean settled in Charleston, South Carolina and instantly became enamored with the people as well as the city.
One day he started writing and the words, generally, kept flowing. A page became a chapter that ultimately became a book known as The Trust. Since having been published, The Trust has been recognized with an IPPY award in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense genre, was recognized as a fiction winner in the 2011 Beach Book Festival, was a 2012 SIBA Long List nominee and Sean was nominated in the Best Local Writer category by the readers of the Charleston City Paper.
The experience of taking a novel from conceptualization to print has been one of frustration, peppered with increasing amounts of reward. Each step, from the first words hitting the page, to holding the book in hand has been a personal reward.
The Trust is Sean’s first book. His second, tentatively entitled, The Solicitor, is being edited for publication and he has started work on his third.
When Sean is not writing he works , as a family law attorney. Sean can frequently be found wandering the lowcountry of South Carolina with his camera, playing guitar around Charleston or exploring the underwater world of the southeast.
You can follow Sean on Twitter @TheTrustNovel or you can Like The Trust on Facebook. For more information visit SeanKeefer.com
Mary C. Coy is a fourth-generation Charlestonian. She is a 1975 graduate of ‘old’ Bishop England High School and the College of Charleston and is a former educator in local classrooms, museums and historic sites. Her latest book, To Hear Them Tell It: Memories of Growing Up in Charleston, is a collection of vignettes based on her interviews of over two dozen other native Charlestonians whose stories depict a Charleston that locals remember and newcomers enjoy hearing about. She is also the author of five guide books about Charleston including The Civil War Walking History Book; The Revolutionary War Walking History Book; Uptown Whirl; Charleston: From a Kid’s-Eye View; and Charleston 101 (which is also available as an audio book narrated by native Charlestonians in their delightful ‘Lowcountry brogue’). Her articles have been published in Fodor’s Travel Guide as well as local magazines and newspapers, and she is often a guest lecturer at special events.
We are Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier, a.k.a, "J&C Wordsmiths"! We are authors based in Beautiful Beaufort By The Sea, Twenty-Three Miles From Yemassee! Or, just a couple islands south of the great folks in Folly Beach, for y'all not familiar with this wonderful Lowcountry...
We were best friends in Beaufort High School back in the 1970s with aspirations of becoming writers and authors after graduation. Unfortunately, we instead went separate ways following high school and lost track of each other for over three decades......until one fortuitous day when Cyndi found Jack online through a mutual Facebook friend. They reunited in person almost 32 years to the day from the last time they saw each other and picked up where they left off, as if no time had passed. Jack had talked about some characters in high school, even drawing pictures of them to show Cyndi his vision, and they returned to those characters to start a new series of stories built around "The Task Force Division", with a team of former-military agents, each with a specialized talent. They spent a year writing their first novel, "Murder In Twos and Threes", pitting their heroes against a serial killer with a penchant for explosive murders in groups of three every two years. Since its debut, "Murder" has maintained a five-star rating on Amazon.com. They followed up their first novel with short stories "Mother's Coffin" and "Ancient Footsteps" published direct to Amazon Kindle, as well as the second Task Force story, "Trail of The Talon". They are currently editing the third book in the series, "The Latrodectus Murders", with several other short stories of mixed genres written and awaiting editing and rewrites.
Following high school graduation, Jack attended the University of South Carolina-Beaufort for two years before completing his studies at Winthrop College (now University) in Rock Hill. He returned to Beaufort and began a career in management at The Beaufort Gazette. In 2002 he transferred to sister paper The Island Packet to the end of his career in 2011. He is married and has a seven-year-old Pomeranian. Cyndi, also went to the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, but never crossed paths with Jack. She went on to a career with Beaufort County Emergency Management until her own retirement in 2010. She is married and has four cats to keep her warm during cold nights. In comparing notes recently, they were surprised to learn how many times over the years they were often only feet away from each other and never knew it!
With the support of their other halves, Cyndi and Jack are working hard to turn writing into a new second career, along with founding the new Annual "Novel" Wine Tasting and Literary Festival at September Oaks Vineyards in Ridgeland, S.C., this year held on Saturday, October 25.
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About the author Kim Poovey
Kim Poovey has traveled the southeast for more than 18 years regaling audiences with tales of days gone by. Donned in period attire she portrays such famous characters as Jane Austen and Scarlett O' Hara, as well as the main character of her own novel, Truer Words. In addition, she presents on various topics of the 19th century such as the mourning practices of the civil war and the wardrobe of Victorian ladies. In 2011 she portrayed Mrs. Stanton, wife of Secretary of War Stanton (Kevin Kline) in the Robert Redford film The Conspirator. Her novel Truer Words was released by Tate Publishing in 2012.
About the book...
Truer Words is a novel about Emma Victoria Brown, a woman born in the Lowcountry of South Carolina during the Victorian era. Growing up on a wealthy plantation Emma is headstrong and independent but her family holds a secret that could cost them their lives. Share in Emma's childhood antics, love, sorrows, Civil War experience, and life ambitions.
Holly Herrick is the author of six cookbooks, and underway with her seventh, the third in series on French Cooking, The French Cook: Soupes and Daubes (Gibbs Smith, September 2014). Holly finds cooking inspiration in fresh, seasonal produce and classical technique. An honors recipient of Le Grande Diplome, Cuisine and Pastry, Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France, Holly also has long-wrtten about food and travel, first as an award-winning restaurant critic for The Post and Courier, and currently as a contributor to many regional and national publications. She has called Charleston home for fourteen years, and resides downtown with her best friends and pet companions, Tann Mann (a chocolate cocker spaniel) and Chutney Cat. Future writing plans include culinary romance novels, children's books, and of course, cookbooks. http://hollyherrick.com/
Denise W. Owen, author of the children's book, Turtle Gliding, has been writing poetry since age 10. For the past 38 years, she has written several hundred poems and hopes to publish a book of poetry someday. Denise is from Sanford, NC and spent all of her summers at Oak Island, NC, where she grew to love the Loggerhead sea turtle. Her father and his wife reside at Oak Is., and are currently involved with helping to preserve the life and habitat of the local endangered sea turtles. Denise has lived in NC, VA, PA, NJ, GA and now SC, where she and her husband John and two children Derek and Danielle are planning to stay for a while. Denise's mother, Jo Wicker, is the Illustrator of Turtle Gliding and they are working on their second book together. Her publisher is Grateful Steps Publishing, Inc. out of Asheville, NC. Denise and her family are Christians and beach lovers.
Quitman Marshall was born in Columbia, SC, and grew up there and in Barcelona, Spain; then he lived in D.C., Amherst, and New York City. He was the founding coordinator of the Literary Series at Spoleto Festival USA. His new book of poems, YOU WERE BORN ONE TIME (Ninety-Six Press, 2014), won the 2013 SC Poetry Archives Book Prize. His chapbooks include THE BIRTH GIFT (1986), 14th STREET (1988), and THE SLOW COMET (1996), all from the Hale Press. In 1996 he won the Writers Exchange Award sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc. He moved to Paris in 1999, and since 2001 has lived in Beaufort, SC, with his wife, Martine, and their three children.
Whirlwind Love: Libby’s Journey
Whirlwind Love: Libby’s Journey is a fiction novel. A dramatic love story about Libby Morgan who, finding herself free from past heartbreak and responsibilities, sets out for an adventure and a goal. Inspired by years of travel calendars at work, she intends to photograph hot air balloons over the Grand Canyon at a Fall Freedom Festival. Along the way, she records messages for her niece, Megan. After an emotional recording, she listens to the radio and becomes intrigued by the voice of Joe King. When she learns he is performing along her path, she spontaneously alters her plans to hear and photograph him.
Joe King, lead singer for The Brothers King, is jaded by years of abuse, battle and mismanagement. Having grown tired of his lifestyle and responsibility for his bandmate/brother, Chuck, Joe is frustrated and angry; and he no longer feels compelled to hide it. An evening of flirting ends with a confrontation that leaves Libby and Joe contemplating their actions while reeling from their unforgettable encounter. Fate brings them together again and again, where they find an undeniable fusion of souls. They discover a love not to be denied, and a journey never to be forgotten. Visit http://www.whirlwindlove.com for more information.
About the Author:
DiDi Hendley is a former info-tech geek and technical writer from the midlands of SC. Fascination with manipulating images lead her to study photography in 2006 and to become a professional photographer on leap day in 2008. Her Angel Babies and Bubble Art series can be seen at http://www.BeamsByDiDi.com.
In February 2010, Christian Kane's Acoustic Live in London CD inspired the stories in the Whirlwind Love series, and Libby’s Journey is the first of five (so far). DiDi spent the past four years studying the art and craft of writing novels, as well as attending Trident Tech in Charleston to begin the study of crafting screenplays and film production. Libby’s Journey fans often comment that the book is “visual” and “should be a movie.” With nine titles now in progress, DiDi plans for her newfound, creative career path to be the journey of her lifetime. More information can be found at http://www.DiDiHendley.com.