We have several authors who will be present during the RG on Saturday, November 16th, who will be selling and autographing their books and answering questions. Feel free to buy one or more of the books beforehand and bring it with you to get signed!
Tom Bixby, author of CRAZY ME… How I Lost Reality and Found Myself, was already a trauma survivor before serving in the Vietnam war. He returned home suffering from Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder and schizophrenia. In recovery, he earned a B.F.A. in film production at NYU and studied psychology at UCLA and Vanderbilt. Tom’s biggest test in recovery came when his son, an Army Ranger and veteran of three combat tours in Afghanistan, took his own life while under treatment for PTSD. Tom’s resilience and continuing determination to build and share a positive and meaningful life serve as an inspiration that exemplifies the strength of the human spirit. He is an award-winning writer/director and volunteers with veterans, recovering alcoholics and the mentally ill. Tom coaches a school chess club, belongs to Mensa, Triple Nine Society, the Directors Guild of America and holds lifetime memberships in the Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America.
CRAZY ME… How I Lost Reality and Found Myself, was described by the Mensa Bulletin as “scarier than any horror novel” and at the same time “hopeful.”
You can purchase the book on Amazon at: Crazy me
Liz Gilmore Williams
Liz Gilmore Williams placed as one of two Finalists in the genre of military history in the 2018 International Book Awards for No Ordinary Soldier: My Father’s Two Wars. She worked as a writer and editor for more than 20 years in Washington, D.C., for two offices of the U.S. Congress and other organizations. Her essay, “April Love,” won an award in 2014 for creative nonfiction from the Virginia Writers Club and was published by the Indiana Voice Journal in February 2015. That and other essays have been published in online literary magazines. Aside from the book’s WW II story, because Liz and her parents hail from Pennsylvania, the book has regional interest for the war on the home front in that state. Find Liz’s monthly column on WW II at Dispatches As a speaker for South Carolina’s Humanities Out Loud Program, Liz travels statewide to speak for meetings at sponsoring organizations that promote discussion about human values, traditions, and cultures.
Liz enjoys interviewing people who’ve had a front-row seat to history and researching the historical context of their experiences. She received an MA in American studies from the University of Maryland and belongs to the South Carolina Writers Association. She lives with her husband and her best friend, Sunny, her Golden retriever, in South Carolina.
Elisa Hansen is a member of Charlotte/Blue Ridge Mensa and recently published her first book, a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel, which has received excellent reviews. “This book is very, very excellent.” “Hansen brings us an action-packed collision between death and undeath.” “I definitely am looking forward to future entries in this series and unless I manage to accidentally kill myself at work or something, I plan to buy them all on launch day.”
Elisa is a recovering musical theater major who enjoys graveyards, haunted mansions, goth fashion, decorative skulls, black tea, and red wine. Born and raised in Southern California, she lived fifteen years in New York City before settling in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she’s not reading or writing books, you can find her on YouTube as her alter-ego, The Maven of the Eventide. Her humorously analytical video essay web series, Vampire Reviews, examines the evolution of vampire tropes as allegories for social issues in media and pop culture through a feminist lens.
Mary Ann Cox
Mary Ann Cox is a member of Piedmont Area Mensa and has published three books in The Hollydale Elves series – The Hollydale Elves, Unknown Elves, and Missing Elves. The Hollydale Elves series are fantasy novels for all ages. You will become friends with many elf characters: some light-hearted and playful, some serious and wise, some young, and some very old. In spite of individual differences and shortcomings, each elf is loveable and memorable.
Mary Ann is a retired teacher, likes to travel, and has seen some amazing sights here and there. Most of all, she enjoys getting together with family and friends.
You can purchase her books on Amazon From these links:
The Hollydale Elves Kindle Edition,
Unknown Elves (The Hollydale Elves Book 2) Kindle Edition,
Missing Elves: (The Hollydale Elves, Book 3) Kindle Edition.
Bob Maier is a member of Charlotte/Blue Ridge Mensa and a semi-professional humorist. He is the author of Chicken Wings for the Beer Drinkers Soul and The War Against the War Against Christmas. His short humor has appeared in Word Ways, Calliope, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, and The Funny Times. One of his pieces from The Funny Times was included in: The Best Of the Best American Humor.
Ken Heptig is a member of CBR Mensa. His 20-year yoga journey led to the creation of his first book. He is now the author of 4 books: Yoga Secrets: 52 Life-Changing Secrets: Calm Your Pain, Stress, and Anxiety and Find More Energy, Happiness, and Meaning in Your Life; The Anxiety Workbook With Yoga Secrets: Use the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga for Anxiety, Worry, Fear, and Panic Attacks; The Depression Workbook With Yoga Secrets: Use the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga for Relief from Depression, Anxiety, and Stress; and The Pain Free Workbook With Yoga Secrets: Use the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga to Stop Chronic Pain.
Ken has been teaching yoga and fitness classes since 1992 and has taught at private studios as well as 9 YMCA’s. He has also taught morning yoga classes at 3 AGs.
You can purchase his books on Amazon at:
Yoga Secrets: 52 Life-Changing Secrets
The Anxiety Workbook With Yoga Secrets
The Depression Workbook With Yoga Secrets
The Pain Free Workbook With Yoga Secrets