Irene Aldrich's (Austin) book
Bits of Blue Taffeta: Remembering the Forgotten Generation was published by Palmetto Publishing Group, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing. The book chronicles experiences of children growing up during the Great Depression, World War II, and postwar years. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.
Russell Ashworth (Austin) published his debut novel,
Souls of Men, in April (Crooked Lane Books). His second novel,
Two-Faced, was accepted for publication in November. He's currently working on the third novel in the Elaine Hope series of mysteries.
's (Austin) 2017 highlights include mentoring writers at SXSW Interactive, moderating at the Texas Book Festival, and presenting a client at BookExpo in NYC. Stephanie looks forward to presenting to the Las Vegas Writer's Conference in 2018 and hopes to be in Glasgow for the Historical Novel Society UK Conference. Visit her website
(Austin) received an Orbis Pictus Honor from the National Council of Teachers of English for his latest nonfiction book,
. He's putting the finishing touches on his next nonfiction book,
What Do You Do With A Voice Like That?
, a picture book biography of Barbara Jordan.
Sandra Blair (Austin) finally published her book
Alphabet Animals: I Spy My ABCs. She is currently illustrating and writing Book 2. She placed 10th (adult story) and Honorable Mention (children's story) in the 2016 Atlantis Short Story Contest and was a finalist in the WOW! Winter 2017 Flash Fiction Contest.
(Dallas) continues to teach popular continuing education publishing courses. Her course "How to Self-Publish Quickly, Professionally, and Economically to Get into Bookstores" will be held at SMU over three nights in Jan/Feb. Register
's (Georgetown) debut picture book
Why Am I Me?
received four starred reviews and was included on
best books of 2017 lists. Learn more
(Houston) sold her most recent novel
The Weight of a Piano
to Gary Fisketjon at Knopf for publication in January 2019. So far, it has sold in six foreign territories in four pre-empts and two auctions. Read more about Chris's work
Jerry Craven (Jasper) had two books published in 2017 by Angelina River Press:
Ceremonial Stones of Fire, stories from SE Asia where Craven lived for 2 years; and
Parallel Hours, a time-travel novel co-written with Andrew Geyer. Both books are available to order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
(Austin) published her YA novel
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
this year, available online
. She is working on a new YA novel about Austin Girls Rock Camp.
(Georgetown) was recently awarded the 2018 Helen Sheehan Book Prize for her Young Adult novel;
will be published by Elephant Rock Books in the fall of 2018. This will be her first book. You can read the judges' comments
Mae Edwards (Waller) published her autobiography
Stolen Options this year. She shares how her faith sustained her through many trials and tribulations of foster care, an alcoholic step-father, an abusive husband while in the USAF, battling breast cancer, and many other obstacles. Purchase through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
(Austin) released her debut novel
in September. It is an enthralling work of original fiction that deftly weaves characters from Shakespeare's most magical plays into a novel that appeals to younger readers and older generations alike. More information is available
Dixie Lee Evatt
Sue Meredith Cleveland,
aka Meredith Lee, (Austin) published their book
Shrouded: A Crispin Leads Mystery
, a 2017 WLT Manuscript finalist, received a starred
review. You can purchase the book
Sharon Feldt (Sulphur Springs) published
Sarah O'Shea and the Wacky Faucet this year.
The Scary Hair of Sarah O'Shea won the Grand Prize in the 2017 Red City Review Book Awards. She is currently working on another Sarah book and a Christmas book. Books sold on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
(Houston) is excited to announce that her collection of award-winning short fiction
will be published by Spider Road Press in Spring 2018 and her award-winning crime story "Padre" has been featured in Tales of Texas from Houston Writers House, available
(Buda) published her second picture book,
Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?: A Preschooler's Guide to Losing a Loved One
. Her first book,
Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?
, received a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Medal and was a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist. Find more information
Greg Garrett (Austin) published his latest nonfiction book,
Living with the Living Dead, with Oxford University Press in May. This year he talked about the book at BookExpo, the Edinburgh and Texas Book Festivals, and for BBC Radio,
The Spectator, Google Talks, and 50 other media sources.
(Houston) won an award for literary fiction from the Military Writers Society of America for his novel
, and his poem "Lost: On the Staten Island Ferry" was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. See more on
and his poetry
's (Austin) second novel,
Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller
, was published by Harvard Square Editions in June. Joe was among one-hundred Italian-American authors invited by Barnes & Noble to march in the Manhattan Columbus Day Parade. Read the first chapters of Joe's novels
Walt Gragg (Georgetown) released his debut novel
The Red Line (Berkley) in May. The book received a coveted boxed, starred review from
Publishers Weekly and was named Best Book Award Winner in the Thriller/Adventure Category at the 14th Annual American Book Fest. It has been optioned to Hollywood.
(Austin) wrote and illustrated
Líona the Lionheart: An Old New Fairy Tale
. It's a special story for big and little women alike. Learn more
(Austin) had her essay "Tan Lines" accepted for publication by
forthcoming summer 2018.
's (Fort Worth) book,
The Outskirts of Hope
, was a silver medalist for the May Sarton
Women's 2015-2016 Book Award in the Memoir Category. This book about her family's experience in the Civil Rights Movement in the segregated Deep South is available here. Jo is now working on a new book about her transgender son.
Jennifer Jackson (Austin) began drafting her Fantasy novel
Florum this year.
Florum is about a group of girls who work together to save the world.
(San Antonio) celebrated the release of her new book
Called to the Marketplace: Leadership Lessons for Christian Entrepreneurs and Professionals
. You can buy her book
Vicki Joyner (Austin) added new priorities in 2017: growth and health. Through Charlotte Gullick's WLT summer workshop, she studied craft. Using GoodReads, she enjoyed fifty books. By hiking and good nutrition, she strengthened and lost eighty pounds. As a Literacy Partner, she returned to a first-grade classroom.
(Austin) is pretty freaking delighted that
The Ocotillo Review
selected "The Knee Poem" as the Editor's Choice in their upcoming edition. Also,
this recent interview
about her YA novel
Evidence of Things Not Seen
talks about the craft of writing a missing protagonist.
(Austin) had personal essays appear in
Entropy, The Threepenny Review,
l. He was also a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize 2017. Follow him on
or contact him via his
(Austin) won a 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award for his novel
Sick to Death
. (This was Greg's second "IPPY" award.) In October, he published his fourth novel,
In Wolves' Clothing
, which has already received ample critical acclaim.You can buy the book
(Austin) published her women's fiction book
Tenth Year in the Sun
this year. She is hard at work on its dramatic sequel. You can purchase the novel at BookPeople or on
's (Austin) book
A Medial Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages
was translated into German and won a number of awards, including the Gold Medal in College Nonfiction from Literary Classics and 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award: Bronze Medal in Women's Studies. Purchase the book
(Mabank) realized a dream five years in the making with the publication of her literary novel
Life in a Box
in July and was honored to receive a signing slot in the WLT booth at the Texas Book Festival in November. The book is available on her
and at Book People, Paragraphs on Padre, and other select independent bookstores.
(San Marcos) released her debut mystery
Daughters of Bad Men
on November 14. The first in a new series, published by Red Adept Publishing, this novel introduces skip tracer Jamie Rush and her partner Cookie Hinojosa as they take on an emotional missing persons case. Visit her website
(Houston) won the 2017 Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. As always, she's working on her next mystery novel. Find out more at her
and @SCPerkinsWriter on Twitter and Facebook.
Norma Inman Schmelling (Fair Oaks Ranch) is writing columns for
The Hill Country Weekly. Most of her columns are about her travels to Africa, but she has also written about the challenges of downsizing, attending a citizenship naturalization ceremony of a former student, and being at the 50th anniversary commemoration of Pearl Harbor.
Stacia Seaman (Austin) and co-editor Sandy Lowe published their anthology
Girls Next Door this year. They are currently working on their next anthology.
(Georgetown) has updated his
to include his new monograph titled
The Avengers: the Romance Between John Steed and Emma Peel
Elisabeth Commanday Swim
(Houston) published her second book
Piano without Tears
for grownups who love music and want to share it with their kids (no prior training needed!).
Piano Without Tears
and her first book
Generous Attention for Stressed-Out Grownups who Love their Kids
are available on Amazon. When not writing food poems, she enjoys flying kites.
(Dallas), an award-winning author, published three thrillers this year. The latest is
Callie: The Bayou Hauntings
. He's working on his next novel. You can find his books on Amazon and get more information
Helen Thompson's (Austin) book
Marfa Modern has gone into a second printing. She is currently working on another book about Texas modern architecture.
was featured at the 48th Annual LBJ State Park Tree Lighting on December 17. You can purchase this book from the LBJ State Park or online
. Her new book,
Have You Seen My Family
, will be published in 2018 by TCU Press.
Nancy G. West
(San Antonio) is delighted that
River City Dead
is a Finalist for Chanticleer's Mystery & Mayhem Award. Aggie and Detective Sam's rendezvous on the San Antonio River Walk during Fiesta is marred by mischief, humor and corpses.
River City Dead
is Book 4 in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series. Purchase
Kate Winkler Dawson
(Austin) published her debut book
Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, The Great London Smog, and the Strangling of A City
. She's now working on a book about a genius killer in Gilded Age New York. You can purchase
Death in the Air
(Houston) won The Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Award and The Readers' Favorite Mystery Award for
The Body Next Door
, Book 2 in The Samantha Newman Series, available online