2011 Festival of Reading Visiting Authors

The Lake County Library System and all member and branch libraries presented the 8th annual Festival of Reading April 2-9, 2011 and welcome the following authors.

Special Guest Author

James Grippando

Featured Authors

Tim Dorsey
Hallie Ephron
H. Terrell Griffin
Jon Jefferson
Joyce Moore
Sharon Potts
Deborah Sharp



2011 Festival of Reading Special Guest Author

James Grippando
James Grippando Money to Burn
Coming Soon: Afraid of the Dark


James Grippando is the bestselling author of sixteen novels of suspense from HarperCollins including Money to Burn, Intent to Kill, Born to Run, Last Call, Lying with Strangers, Got the Look, Hear No Evil, and The Pardon, many of them part of his Jack Swyteck series. He is also the author of a thriller for younger readers, Leapholes (ABA), and in 2006 contributed a short story to the acclaimed Thriller collection. James is now Counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, one of the nation’s leading litigation law firms, headed by David Boies. Born and raised outside of Chicago, Grippando lives in Miami with his family where he was a trial lawyer for twelve years.

For more about James Grippando and his work, visit www.jamesgrippando.com or www.harpercollins.com




2011 Festival of Reading Featured Authors

Tim Dorsey Tim Dorsey
Gator A-Go-Go

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983 with a B.S. in Transportation. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.

The world’s biggest beach party is about to get crashed—Serge A. Storms style—in Gator A-Go-Go, New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey’s latest outrageously funny and supremely twisted wild ride. Tim has since published twelve novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish and Gator A-Go-Go. nd number 13, Electric Barracuda, will be released in 2011.

For more about Tim Dorsey and his work, visit www.timdorsey.com

Hallie Ephron Hallie Ephron
Never Tell a Lie

Hallie Ephron is a writer, book reviewer, and writing teacher. Her newest novel is gripping psychological suspense, Never Tell a Lie (William Morrow). Publishers Weekly gives it a starred reviewed and calls it "stunning" and a "deliciously creepy tale of obsession." In the fall of 2010, Never Tell a Lie is in production as a movie for Lifetime/TV and has been translated into 7 languages. It was nominated for multiple awards, including the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and won the David Award for Best Mystery Novel of 2010. Ms. Ephron reviews crime fiction for the Boston Globe. Her "On Crime" column contains reviews of three new books, and appears every other month in the Ideas section of the Sunday Globe.

Hallie combined writing talent with a love of teaching in Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'Em Dead with Style (Writers Digest Books). The book received rave reviews and was nominated for Edgar and for Anthony awards. Hallie teaches writing workshops at conferences across the country. She says, "Mystery novels are genre fiction, and though there’s no one way to write one, there are plenty insights that can make the process a whole lot less circuitous and painful the first time out."

She grew up in Los Angeles, the third of four writing Ephron sisters (Nora, Delia, and Amy) and her parents were screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote classic movies like The Desk Set and Carousel. She credits genes with giving her the courage to finally get started writing fiction. Her next standalone psychological suspense novel, Come and Find Me, due out in April of 2011.

For more about Hallie Ephron and her work, visit www.hallieephron.com

H. Terrell Griffin H. Terrell Griffin
Bitter Legacy

Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin is a board-certified trial lawyer who practiced in Orlando for thirty-eight years. Terry has spent his adult life soldiering, studying, lawyering and writing, in that order. He earned degrees in history and law, graduating in the top ten percent of his law class and serving as an editor of the Mercer Law Review.

Terry's first novel, Longboat Blues became a regional bestseller following its publication in November 2005. His second novel, the popular Murder Key was published in the fall of 2006 and was an immediate hit. Blood Island was released on December 1, 2008, and within three weeks went to a second printing. The book was a finalist for the U.S.A. Book News National Best Book of 2008 in the Mystery/Suspense category. It made the American Booksellers Association's (Booksense) national bestseller list and was a finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards and in the ForeWord Magazine Best Book of the Year in the Mystery Category.

Wyatt's Revenge which was released nationwide on November 16, 2009, was named National Best Book of The Year (2009) in the mystery/suspense category by USA Book News. The fifth book in the series featuring Matt Royal, Bitter Legacy, is due out this year. Matt has been described by one reviewer as "Travis McGee with a law degree."

Terry and his wife, Jean, live in Longboat Key and Maitland, Florida.

Jon Jefferson Jon Jefferson
Body Farm novels

Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science and broadcast on National Public Radio. Jefferson Bass is the New York Times best-selling writing team of Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. The first four Body Farm novels — Carved in Bone, Flesh and Bone, The Devil’s Bones, and Bones of Betrayal — took readers deep into the backwoods of East Tennessee, where fascinating forensic science mixed with extraordinary characters, including the Farm’s charismatic founder, Dr. Bill Brockton. Now, in the latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series Kathy Reichs calls “the real deal,” Brockton must stop a grisly black market dealing in body parts and cadavers. Don’t miss this white-knuckle adventure, which draws on the experiences of the man widely considered the world’s foremost expert in forensic anthropology. Jon is also the coauthor of Death's Acre, and the writer and producer of two highly rated National Geographic documentaries about the Body Farm.

Joyce Moore Joyce Moore
The Tapestry Shop

Joyce Elson Moore is an award winning author of historical fiction. In addition to her novels, her work has appeared in major newspapers and national publications, poetry journals, and anthologies of selected writers. After a brief teaching career, Joyce turned to writing full time, and has reached a widening audience with her books. Along with previous awards and contest wins, Jeanne of Clairmonde received First Place in the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Awards. The Tapestry Shop is the story of the trouvère Adam de la Halle‚ a thirteenth century poet/musician who entertained in France’s royal courts. Adam's secular play‚ Robin et Marion‚ led to the birth of the comic opera form and the first penning of the Robin Hood legend. The Tapestry Shop, released in 2010 was winner in the First Coast Writers’ Festival. Her books continue to draw praise and rave reviews. Joyce offers workshops on topics that range from the craft of writing to researching for historical novels.

For more about Joyce Moore and her work, visit www.joycemoorebooks.com

Sharon Potts Sharon Potts
Someone’s Watching

Sharon Potts worked as a CPA, business executive, and entrepreneur before turning to a career of murder and becoming a crime fiction writer. She is on the board of directors of the Florida chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and served as the chapter treasurer and as co-chair of SleuthFest its annual writers' conference. She lives in Miami.

Sharon’s novels are domestic thrillers set in sultry, seductive, and sometimes scandalous Miami. Her debut novel, In Their Bloodwas the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Mystery/Suspense category and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. It is the story of Jeremy Stroeb, a disillusioned college student whose parents are brutally murdered in their own home. Unaware that he's putting his own life in jeopardy and his sister at risk, Jeremy tries to find his parents' killer by getting on the inside of their worlds. But in doing so, Jeremy discovers his adolescent view of his mother and father was wrong. They weren't the people he had believed them to be.

Sharon’s latest thriller Someone’s Watching also takes place behind Miami Beach’s glamorous façade. Twenty-something Robbie Ivy wants to keep her life as simple and commitment-free as possible. But Robbie's life gets inextricably complicated when her estranged father shows up with a shocking revelation about two teenage girls who disappeared in South Beach. One of the missing girls is Robbie's sister Kate—a sister Robbie never knew existed. Robbie immerses herself in the unfamiliar world to which Kate may have fallen prey: the sexy, sizzling South Beach club scene. But in this see-and-be-seen world, everyone is dressed to kill, people are dying for a chance to get beyond the velvet rope. . . and someone is watching.

For more about Sharon Potts and her work, visit www.sharonpotts.com

Deborah Sharp Deborah Sharp
Mace Bauer Mystery Series

Deborah Sharp was a reporter for USA Today for nearly two decades. Given all the stories she wrote about killer sharks, rampaging alligators, and human evil-doers, it's a wonder she leaves her house. She traded the sad stories of the news business for her funny "Mace Bauer Mystery" series, set in a sweet-tea-and-barbecue slice of her native Florida. The series debuted with Mama Does Time (Midnight Ink, 2008). Mama's out of the slammer and into the saddle in Mama Rides Shotgun (July 2009.) In 2010's Mama Gets Hitched, Mama ties the sacred knot of matrimony . . . for the fifth time.

Deborah's Florida mysteries are funny, with a soft Southern edge: Think Carl Hiaasen on estrogen. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband of 20 years, television reporter Kerry Sanders. No kids. No pets. They had goldfish once. Turned out badly.

Fresh Fiction raves of the Mace Bauer Mysteries, "Delightfully off-beat Southern charm . . . fast-paced, full of suspense, and funny to boot!" The fourth installment, Mama Sees Stars, comes out in Fall 2011. Mama, a serial bride, wears sherbet-colored pantsuits and performs beauty parlor aromatherapy at Hair Today Dyed Tomorrow. Now, I don't care who you are, as Larry the Cable Guy would say, that's funny! And don't we all need a laugh now and then?

For more about Deborah Sharp and her work, visit www.deborahsharp.com