Meet The Author

The Meet the Author series brings published local authors to The Public Library at Tellico Village.  The authors will be available to discuss their books and to speak to the patrons regarding the process of writing in general.

The Meet the Author series is free and does not require preregistration.  The author will be available in the library lobby from 10 to Noon the first Friday of every month unless otherwise noted.

Related Notes

Memoirs Writing Group meets the second Monday of each month at 1:30 in the library conference room.  Come share and be inspired by this ongoing group. Contact Gayle Thomasson.

2016 Author Schedule

February 5: Eva Wike PhD, is an award-winning storyteller and author of the family history book, The Matheson Cove: In the Shadow of the Devil's Post Office.  In her newest book, Fiddler of the Mountains, she recounts the life of her Uncle Johnny Mull and captures the essence of Appalachian mountain life.

A resident of Oak Ridge since 1958, Ms. Wike taught physics and mathematics for 25 years before retiring and beginning her writing career.

March 4: Kathleen Sales' debut novel, Saving Superman, won the NABE Pinnacle Achievement Award in Psychological Fiction for summer 2014.  The book's sequel, Attack from Within, was just published.

Dr. Sales is a retired psychiatrist who practiced for nearly 40 years in rural areas surrounding Knoxville. She specialized in treating victims of PTSD and abuse.  She and her husband live in the Oak Ridge area  Her webside is  

Dr. Sales will also be giving a lecture on "The ABC's of Post Traumatic Syndrome" March 17 10am-11 in the library conference.

April 1: Nancy Fessenden McEntee, PhD, has written a compelling biography of one of the forgotten but key figures in colonial America, Mosley Blount: The Colonial First Lady of Tennessee takes this intelligent yet tragic figure out from under the shadow of her powerful husband, Governor William Blount, and reveals the amazing story of an educated ad resourceful woman who faced overwhelming tragedies and shocking events in her 39 year lifetime.

Retired from numerous careers, including one as a marine, Dr. McEntee earned all three of her degrees after age 40.  She currently lives near the Smoky Mountains

May 6: Sara Bivens  worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist for many years and won numerous awards for feature writing.  Her first novel, Crazy Creek, is set in the mountains and valleys of East Tennessee.  Combining mystery and romance, it also tracks the beginning of the TVA and examines its impact on life in the area.

Sarah and her husband live on a farm in Loudon where she is currently working on her second novel.

June 3Marilyn Mascaro traces the life of a young boy, Bartlett "B.Y." Harris, as he and his family leave Virginia in 1835 and head west toward opportunity.  Surviving History tells the remarkable life experiences of B.Y. from settling in Bean Station during the stagecoach era, to living through the region's tumultuous Civil War experience, to entering the 20th century.

Mrs. Mascaro taught college level writing and literature.  Now  retired from teaching, she lives near Knoxville with her husband.

August 5: Cindy Leihkauff is a former classroom and music teacher with a passion for directing children to sing, create and think using storytelling and music.  Her charming children's book, The Parable Patch, gently retells five of the biblical parables told by Jesus.  Each story focuses on delightful characters and is accompanied by a song designed to link the scriptures to the allegories in her book. 

 Now retired from teaching, Cindy continues to design and perform programs that combine singing, drama and storytelling.  She and her husband live in Clinton.

September 2:  Dewaine Speaks is a native East Tennessean. His previously published works are Preparing for International Travel, an informative travel guide, and Weston Fulton Changed The World, a biography of Tennessee’s most prolific inventor. He is a member of the Author’s Guild of Tennessee.

Mr. Speaks earned a BA with a major in Economics from the University of Tennessee and was an outfielder for the Volunteers baseball team. He was a member of the United States Air Force, the Tennessee Air National Guard, and is currently a member of the East Tennessee Veteran’s Honor Guard. He retired from Robertshaw Controls Company as National Sales Manager.

Ray Clift is native of East Tennessee. He earned a BS in Biological Sciences Education and a MS in Industrial Technical Education from the University of Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Management from Walden University. Dr. Clift worked as an Engineering Graphics and Mathematics Instructor at the University of Georgia before joining Rohm & Haas Chemical Company, from which he retired.

Dr. Clift was the Statistical Process Control Instructor for Rohm & Haas Chemical Company worldwide. He was a member of the United States Air Force, the Georgia Air National Guard, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Emerald Youth Foundation.

October 7:  Cheryl Peyton became interested in Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project after moving to Tennessee, and was inspired to write her first book about nuclear weaponry.  Her fictional novels since then are mysteries centered around memorable characters and exciting tales.  Her fourth book in a series featuring Alex Trotter, Murder in Montmarte will be featured at this Meet & Greet.

November 4: Bobbi Phelps Wolverton will feature nonfiction novels Behind the Smile During the Glamour Years of Aviation, and Black Empress, Rescuing a Puppy from Iran.  Ms. Wolverton traveled around the world as part of her education with University of California, Berkeley and earned a degree in Art History.  She is also an accomplished photographer and copywriter, and started Angler's Calendar & Catalog Company for which she won Exporter of the Year for the State of Idaho in 1993.

December 2: Janet Greer, who always loved children's picture books became inspired to write her own when she became a grandmother.  When You Hear a Siren is designed to help young children understand that a siren means help is on the way.  It also teaches children the importance of policeman, firemen, and emergency responders.