Each author below has graciously donated their water-themed stories, poems, and time to When You Pass Through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors. Like a winding river their words meander through memories and nostalgia or swell in a fit of faith or questioning. Some offer lessons learned by the water or new beginnings because of it. There are even works of fiction—it often speaks the clearest truth.
Nicole Seitz (Editor) is the author of six critically acclaimed novels – Beyond Molasses Creek, The Inheritance of Beauty, Saving Cicadas, A Hundred Years of Happiness, Trouble the Water, and The Spirit of Sweetgrass. Her paintings are featured on several of her books. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism, and also has a degree in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Nicole is a regular contributor to the Southern authors’ blog, Southern Belle View and has had short stories, essays and articles published in The Charleston City Paper, Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers, Lowcountry Dog Magazine, and SouthCarolina Magazine. Her original monologue, “The Longing” was part of Listen to Your Mother-Charleston in 2014. Nicole lives in the Charleston, SC area with her husband and two children, and teaches visual arts to elementary and high school students at a local private school.
Lisa Wingate skillfully weaves lyrical writing and unforgettable settings with elements of traditional Southern storytelling, history, and mystery to create novels that Publisher’s Weekly calls “Masterful” and Library Journal refers to as “A good option for fans of Nicholas Sparks and Mary Alice Monroe.” She was selected among Booklist’s Top 10 for two consecutive years. Lisa is a journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of twenty-five novels. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol Award nominee, a multiple Christy Award nominee, a two-time Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RT Booklovers Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner for mystery/suspense. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.” More information about her novels can be found at http://www.lisawingate.com.
Signe Pike is the author of Faery Tale. The memoir earned a “Best of 2010” nod from Kirkus Reviews as well as glowing reviews from Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Adventure Magazine, and renowned spiritual leader Marianne Williamson. Pike has been featured on National Public Radio’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” along with Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and A.S. Byatt. Her poetry collection Native Water published in Spring 2012. Pike worked as a book editor at both Random House and Penguin before relocating to Charleston to write full-time. She is currently at work on a historical novel.
Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her nineteenth novel, The Sound of Glass, was published in May 2015 by New American Library, a division of PenguinRandomHouse Publishing Group. Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London and Tulane University. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and two spoiled Havanese dogs.
Marjory Wentworth’s poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times. Her books of poetry include Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, and New and Selected Poems. She is the co-writer with Juan Mendez of Taking a Stand, The Evolution of Human Rights, co-editor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking, Poetry and Prose inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green, and the author of the prizewinning children’s story Shackles. Forthcoming books include, Finding Grace, The Tragedy and Triumph of Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church, with Herb Frazier and Bernard Powers, Ph.D. (2016) and Out of Wonder with Kwame Alexander and Chris Colderly (2017). Marjory is on the faculty at The Art Institute of Charleston. She is the co-founder and former president of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts. She serves on the Editorial Board of the University of South Carolina’s Palmetto Poetry Series, and she is the poetry editor for Charleston Currents. Her work is included in the South Carolina Poetry Archives at Furman University, and she is the Poet Laureate of South Carolina.
Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Outcast, which Library Journal called “outstanding…fresh and inspirational” in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. CBA Retailers + Resources called her second book, The Midwife, “an excellent read [that] will be hard to put down.” Jolina’s nonfiction writing has been featured in Reader’s Digest, Writer’s Digest, and Today’s Christian Woman. She and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but they recently relocated from the mountains of Tennessee to a farm in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, where they live with their two young daughters. Jolina’s third novel, The Alliance, releases through Tyndale House in June 2016. Jolina blogs regularly at http://www.jolinapetersheim.com and with other bestselling authors at http://www.southernbelleviewdaily.com.
Michael Bassett is a poet, philosopher, booklover, visual artist, and educator. He holds an MFA from Vermont College and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of four poetry collections: Karma Puppets (2003), Waiting for Love to Make My Phone Explode (2007), A Train Dreams of When it Was a Killer Whale (2009), and Hatchery of Tongues (2014). His poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and dozens of anthologies. He is the winner of the 2005 Fugue poetry contest judged by Tony Hoagland and of the Joan Johnson award. He lives in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Fred Bassett is a retired academic who holds four academic degrees, including a Ph.D. in Biblical literature from Emory University. He has four books of poetry, the most recent being The Old Stoic Faces the Mirror. His poems have also appeared in more than 90 publications. He has two novels: South Wind Rising and Honey from a Lion. Fred currently lives with his wife Peg in Greenwood, South Carolina.
Cassandra King is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, and Moonrise, as well as numerous short stories, essays, and articles. Her latest release is The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle. A native of L. A. (Lower Alabama), Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Batt Humphreys is the Executive Producer of Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson. Prior to joining the Sinclair Broadcast Group, he served in several executive roles with CBS News. As an Executive Producer he was in charge of The CBS Early Show, charged with transforming that broadcast to conform with a revised editorial focus on original and hard news reporting for the network. That drew early and rare positive attention from the New York Times and National Journal, as well as other publications. Batt managed a large and diverse staff of correspondents and producers around the world during some of the most critical events of our time, including lead coverage of the early hours of September 11, 2001, several wars, multiple presidential elections and every natural catastrophe known to Man or Nature. Batt has also redirected a journalist’s passion for reporting, to fiction. He has written two novels. His first, Dead Weight, was the winner of several national awards. The second entitled Affair&Honor: Jack Kennedy in World War II was recently released.
Bret Lott has taught at the College of Charleston since 1986, except for a brief interlude when he served as editor and director of The Southern Review at LSU from 2004 to 2007. He is the bestselling author of 14 books, has spoken on Flannery O’Connor at the White House, served as Fulbright Senior Scholar and writer-in-residence at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, and was a member of the National Council on the Arts from 2006 to 2012. He is director of the MFA in program in creative writing at the College.
Julie Cantrell is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Into the Free, When Mountains Move, and The Feathered Bone. She writes for The Huffington Post and Southern Writers Magazine, and she blogs regularly at http://www.southernbelleview.com. Learn more at http://www.juliecantrell.com.
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is the author of Lessons Learned on Bull Run Road, ‘Twas the Night before the Very First Christmas, Southern Comfort with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, and the Penguin Group USA release, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On, voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by SIBA, the SIBA Independent Booksellers Alliance. Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy! was released May, 2011 and has subsequently been nominated for the same Nonfiction Book of the Year by SIBA for 2012. Her latest work, Heart Wide Open, was released by Random/Waterbrook March 18th, 2014. Shellie is owner and publisher of “All Things Southern” and the host of a weekly radio talk show and daily radio segments by the same name. She and her husband, Phil, live in Lake Providence, Louisiana. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Dorothy McFalls makes her home on the coast of South Carolina with her husband, two dogs, fluffy cat, and adorable baby. In 2001, she took a leap of faith and pursued her dream of writing romantic fiction full-time. As Dorothy St. James she also writes cozy mysteries. Reviewers have called her work: “amazing,” “perfect,” “filled with emotion,” and “lined with danger.” Learn more at http://www.dorothymcfalls.com.
Dianne Haynes Miley lives near Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and mother-in-law. She and her husband grew up in northeastern Ohio where they raised their now-grown son and daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, walking on the beach, swimming, reading, flower gardening, entertaining, hosting tea parties, cooking, decorating, and traveling. In addition to writing, Dianne works at a Christian pregnancy center where she encourages young women in unplanned pregnancies. She founded a non-profit, Sanctuary Of Unborn Life (SOUL) with hopes of building a maternity home in the Charleston area. A portion of all her book proceeds benefit SOUL. To learn more, visit http://www.diannemiley.com where you can find her books, sign up for her quarterly newsletter, or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In or GoodReads.
Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her third novel, A Tapestry of Secrets, will release in August 2016. To learn more, visit http://www.SarahLoudinThomas.com.
Denise Hildreth Jones is President and Founder of Reclaiming Hearts Ministries based in Franklin,Tennessee. She is a wife, bonus mom to five teenagers and a playmate to a really cute Shih-Tzu. She loves Sunday dinners with her family, soul conversation with her friends, reading good books and cold Coca-Colas. And every now and then she writes a few books. http://www.reclaiminghearts.com
Eva Marie Everson is a multiple award-winning author, speaker, and teacher. She is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, and serves as education consultant to SON Studios. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother who, for all practical purposes, is owned by her dog.