The Authors are Coming...to Booktoberfest!

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One School of the Arts is excited to announce that, this Thursday, during our Book Fair Week, three, not one, three bestselling authors will visit our school and speak to our scholars. Additionally, they will be at Booktober Fest Family Night where their books will be on sale.

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Michelle Medlock Adams 
Author of over 80 books with close to 4 million books sold, Michelle’s board book, My First Day of School (Worthy Kids) won AWSA’s Golden Scroll for Best Children’s Book, as well as the Selah Award for Best Children’s Book in 2018, her fourth Selah for Best Children’s Book since 2012. In fact, in 2014 Michelle’s board book God Knows You not only won the Selah for Best Children’s Book but also won the esteemed Book of the Year honor over all other Selah winners.


In addition, her children’s book, I Will Not Be Afraid (Concordia Publishing House) earned “The Gold” Enduring Light medal for best children’s book in the 2018 Illumination Awards and was a Director’s Choice Finalist.


Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University, Michelle has written more than 1,500 articles for newspapers, magazines and websites; acted as a stringer for the Associated Press; written for a worldwide ministry; helped pen a New York Times Bestseller; hosted “Joy In Our Town” for the Trinity Broadcasting Network; blogged twice weekly for Guideposts from 2013 to 2015; and served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University three different years. Today, she is President of Platinum Literary Services, a premier full-service literary firm;  Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Serious Writer, Inc.; an online instructor for the Serious Writer Academy; a columnist for a Midwest newspaper; and an Assistant Acquisitions Editor for Little Lamb Books, LLC, a faith-based children’s publishing house. She is celebrating the recent release of her books, “Fabulous & Focused” “Dinosaur Devotions” and “C Is for Christmas,” and she’s anticipating the upcoming release of “They Call Me Mom” (Kregel), a devotional book she co-authored with Bethany Jett.
 
When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites articles, blog posts, and books for celebrities, politicians, and some of today’s most effective and popular ministers. Michelle is also a much sought-after teacher at writers’ conferences and universities, as well as an inspirational speaker at women’s conferences, churches, sports camps, and non-profit events nationwide.
 
Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two daughters, Abby and Allyson, two sons-in-law, one grandson and two more grandbabies on the way. She and Jeff share their home in Southern Indiana with a miniature dachshund, a rescue Shepherd/Collie mix, and two cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings. 

You can find out more about Michelle at: MichelleMedlockAdams.com


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Eva Marie Everson

Eva Marie Everson is a CBA best-selling and multiple award-winning author and speaker, including a Christy finalist, a Silver Medallion winner, a Carol, several Maggies and Golden Scroll awards, an Illumination First Place, an Inspirational Retailers Choice Award. Her work The One True Love of Alice-Ann was named one of the top 10 inspirational works of fiction by BookList in 2018. She is one of the original five Word Weavers members, which began in 1997 and now serves as the president of Word Weavers International, which serves writers primarily as a national and international group of critique and educational chapters. 

Eva Marie served as a mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild for several years and has taught at a number of writers conferences nationwide. During the 2010-2011 school year, Eva Marie served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. She describes it as one of the best times she ever had while working. Eva Marie also serves as director of Florida Christian Writers Conference and Georgia Christian Writers Conference and as a private writing coach and editor.

She is both a past and current student at Andersonville Theological Seminary where she plans to receive her Masters in Old Testament Theology sometime before her ninetieth birthday. If she lives long enough, her doctorate. Born and reared in Georgia, Eva Marie and her husband make their home in Central Florida where they are owned by one very spoiled dog and two hearts-full of grandchildren, one who attends One School of the Arts.

You can find out more about Eva Marie at: EvaMarieEversonAUTHOR.com


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Taryn Souders

Taryn’s first book, Whole-y Cow!  Fractions Are Fun was published by Sleeping Bear Press (2010), and became a non-fiction best seller for Scholastic’s Book Clubs.

Her middle grade novel Dead Possums Are Fair Game was part of the 2016 Battle of the Books in Birdville ISD in Texas and the 2017 Battle of the Books in Chicago. It has also been named to the 2018-2019 Georgia Children’s Book Award list.

How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer was a 2017 Crystal Kite Finalist and took third place as a Sunshine State Young Reader Award 2017-2018 book, and will be sold as a title at our BookFair.
 

Taryn graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a specialization in Mathematics. She taught algebra and pre-algebra before staying home to raise her three kids.

She has presented at The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Florida Reading Association, the Arkansas Reading Association, the Tennessee Reading Association, and the Virginia State Reading Association. She often visits schools in Florida and in Texas.

Taryn is a member of both SCBWI and Word Weavers, International. She currently lives in Sorrento, Florida with her husband, David, their three children, and two cats—an overly fuzzy Ragdoll named Mordecai, and a polydactyl Hemingway named Sebastian—who sleep on the sofa all day (the cats, not her husband or children).

You can find out more about Taryn at: TarynSouders.com

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening at One School of the Arts!