Local Authors

Traci Abramson

Mystery writer Traci Abramson admits to having a hard time naming her characters. To solve her problem, she reintroduces them throughout her books. And while she knows that she needs to push through the first fifty pages to really get the book going, she also needs to "learn her characters enough to get their pasts." Her first book took her many years until she finally got it to a published form.

Brady Earnhart

The shift from poetry to song writing was a necessary one for Brady Earnhart. He describes poetry as "too solitary a business," in which one writes alone, sends the piece off to a literary magazine, and then eventually receives a simple rejection or acceptance on a slip of paper.

Warren Rochelle

It is not often that you get an opportunity to have a bit of magic and mystery in your day. Probably reading Harvest of Changelings, an adult fairytale, is as close some of us are going to get to it in a day-to-day constraint. In my interview with Warren Rochelle, I jumped straight to the heart of the matter.

Jack Bales

Jake Bales has been so widely interviewed that when I sat down with him, I hardly knew where to begin. He is not merely a favorite librarian at the Simpson Library, at the University of Mary Washington; he is also the author of more than five different biographies, including such renowned authors as Horatio Alger, Kenneth Roberts and Willie Morris, as well as two biographical essays on Peter Jenkins and Homer Hickam.

Steve Watkins - Updated

It was late afternoon when I sat down to talk with the author of the recent publication, My Chaos Theory. Steve Watkins is an English professor at the University of Mary Washington.

Megan Hicks

Megan Hicks is a story teller, an author, and an artist. She has received four national story telling awards. Megan has two published CDs on which she tells original stories. She has a short story published in the "South Dakota Review," and she writes for our very own local magazine, The Front Porch. In her "Discovery" column, Megan does interviews on a variety of topics and people each month.

Kurt Leidecker (1902-1991)

A longtime professor of religion at Mary Washington College, Kurt Leidecker published a wealth of insightful books and scholarly essays on world religion during his life. He first arrived in the United States at the age of nineteen, in 1921, and became a U.S. citizen in 1927, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from Oberlin College and his doctorate from the University of Chicago. In 1948, he came to Fredericksburg, becoming a professor of philosophy at Mary Washington College and beginning the long tradition of Asian studies that would enrich the institution.

Larry Turner

In his book Eden and Other Addresses, writer Larry Turner brings a unique style and unconventional themes to the world of religious poetry. Eden and Other Addresses retells many well-known Bible stories from often overlooked points of view, such as "The Eighth Day of Creation", a retelling of the Gnostic version of the creation of the world, and "Bathsheba: Street Girl to Queen", which details the relationship of David and Bathsheba from Bathsheba's perspective.

Steve Watkins

Steve Watkins, professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, has had a long career in journalistic writing, and one of the crowning achievements of his work as a journalist is his book The Black O.

Mercedes Paz-Carty: Wayra Churi

Mercedes Paz-Carty continues the literary tradition of her family through the publication of her novel Wayra Churi: Hijo del Viento (Son of the Wind).