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Louisiana Authors. Kimberly Willis Holt. Elaine Grant. Tim Gautreau. Baton Rouge and Surrounding Areas. Cindy Foust. Lawana Blackwell. John Ed Bradly. Sylvia Rochester. Louisiana. Authors In Baton Rouge. Elaine Grant. Lawana Blackwell. Sylvia Rochester. Sylvia Rochester.

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Kimberly Willis Holt

Elaine Grant

Tim Gautreau

Baton Rouge and Surrounding Areas

Cindy Foust

Lawana Blackwell

John Ed Bradly

Sylvia Rochester

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Authors In Baton Rouge

Elaine Grant

Lawana Blackwell

Sylvia Rochester

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  • Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Graduated from LSU with a degree in arts and science with a concentration in Fine Arts and English

  • In Alabama she worked for NASA

  • She has two sons and seven grandsons

  • She spent two years with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia

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  • When Evil Loves – a women who lost her love might be in love with a killer

  • The Sweet Smell of Death – drama of the government is brought to LA’s bayous

  • Shadow of the Soul – cruel grips of winter in 1870 blows in an exciting novel

  • Come Back My Love – Civil War brings in more than division of a nation; it hails a dangerous mystery

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  • Her works come from pictures in her mind.

  • Writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels.

  • Her travels to many places including Europe and Africa inspire her to write.

  • Spends hours traveling to bayous in South Louisiana searching for future paintings and novel settings.

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Born in 1951 in a small town thirty miles outside of Auburn, Alabama

Resident of Baton Rouge, LA for 30 years

Married with one son

Loves horses, gardening, baseball, eating sushi

Her first short story published in a local newspaper

Wrote her first novel at age sixteen

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  • Make Believe Mom

    “Instant mom- just add a fiancé and seven kids!”

  • Roses For Chloe

    A 150-year-old southern plantation named Caroline is being haunted by love, passion, and a ghost named Chloe.

  • Little Book of Baseball

    This book is a guide to baseball for children starting t-ball. It explains the greatness of the game and why it is America’s pastime.

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•Elaine Grant is a talented author, she entertains you with laugh out loud moments as well as tear-wiping sighs

•She takes horror, comedy, drama, and romance and is able to wrap them up in one book

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Her Life

Born Feb. 1952, Baton Rouge

Took writing courses at LSU

Married with three sons

Realized at forty God called her to write Christian-based novels

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Her Works

Writes Christian and historical romance novels

The Gresham Chronicles

Tales of London

The Maiden of Mayfair

The Victorian Serenadea

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Writes believable plots with realistic character development and spiritual insight.

Characters in the book learn lessons about God’s love and forgiveness.

She says about her work, “When you write a book, a little bit of you goes into every character.”

Her Style

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Louisiana and spiritual insight.

Authors In Surrounding Areas

Tim Gautreau

Kimberly Willis Holt

John Ed Bradly

Cindy Foust

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Cindy and spiritual insight.Foust

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Biography and spiritual insight.

  • Was born in Lake Arthur LA, but now she lives in West Monroe, LA.

  • Is married and has two children.

  • Began publishing her books when her son, Samuel, died.

  • “I believe God laid it on my heart to do this.” – Cindy Foust

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Austin Alligator and spiritual insight.

I’ll See You Guys Later

Benny Bear

Having A Baby Sister Isn’t Fair

Claude and Callie Cat

When We Get In A Spat

Douglas Duck

I Think My Pacifier Is Stuck

Elephant Emma Lou

I’ve Lost My Pretty Tutu

Freddy Fox

I’ve Got The Chicken Pox

Glen Goose

There’s A Babysitter On The Loose

Harry Harry Hippo

My Doctor’s Name Is Chico

Iguana Ike

The Truth Is What I Like

Johnny Jackelope

You Must Believe in Hope


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Style and spiritual insight.

  • Writes children’s books for every letter of the alphabet, helping children cope with everyday life.

  • She says, “Writing a new book takes six hours to six months.”

  • Rhyming is used throughout all of her books.

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John Ed Bradley and spiritual insight.

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Biography and spiritual insight.

  • John Ed Bradley was born on August 12, 1958.

  • He was born in Opelousas, Louisiana.

  • John Ed Bradley was an all SEC Center at LSU.

  • He became an author when his football playing days were over.

  • “Tupelo Nights” was his first novel.

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Works and spiritual insight.

  • It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium.

  • Autobiography of Bradley’s experiences as an LSU Tiger

  • “His book is so much more than just football once you read it.”- Mark Warren

  • Two other novels are Tupelo Nights and My Juliet.

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Style and spiritual insight.

  • Major themes:

    - Love

    - Murder

    - Racism

    - Sports

  • A writer of great power and intensity

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Tim Gautreaux and spiritual insight.

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BIOGRAPHY and spiritual insight.

  • Tim Gautreaux was born and raised in Morgan City, Louisiana.

  • As a kid, he was given a typewriter where he began his writing career.

  • Working as a teacher helped him become a better writer.

  • He is now a writer and a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

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WORKS and spiritual insight.

  • His earlier works have appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and Zoetrope.

  • He has written: The Next Step in the Dance, Same Place, Same Things, The Clearing, and Welding With Children.

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STYLE and spiritual insight.

  • His writing shows big details and thoroughly explains small details

  • Characters are ordinary people who experience bizarre events

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Kimberly Willis Holt and spiritual insight.

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Biography and spiritual insight.

  • Born in Pensacola, Florida on September 9, 1960.

  • Kimberly’s mother was a teacher; her father worked as a chef for the U.S Navy.

  • Her “emotional home” was Forest Hill, Louisiana.

  • Wrote her first book in 1998.

  • She says, “Louisiana gave me my roots; Texas gave me my branches.”

  • Favorite foods: dark chocolate, and chicken and dumplings.

  • Favorite hobbies: reading, movies, and going to plays.

  • Favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

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Works and spiritual insight.

My Louisiana Sky:

  • Tiger Ann Parker lives with her grandmother and parents in Saitter, Louisiana. Tiger’s parents are mentally slow, but she is a straight ‘A’ student who finds herself being more and more embarrassed of her parents.

    When Zachary Beaver Came to Town:

  • This Story is about a 13 year old boy who moves to Texas. His life consists of mostly loss and friendship.

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Style and spiritual insight.

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

  • It is sad, happy, funny, and everything else.

    My Louisiana Sky (First Book)

  • “It had a great storyline and I loved the characters.”

  • This book is great for tomboys.

  • The author did an excellent job with bringing in death, sadness, romance, and excitement.

From Barnes & Nobles’ Reviewers

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Bibliography and spiritual insight.

  • www.elainegrant.com

  • www.bookbrowse.com

  • www.Atlanta.creativeloafing.com

  • www.louisiana.edu

  • www.sylviarochester.com

  • www.bayoustudios.com

  • www.christianbook.com

  • www.historicalromancewriters.com

  • www.randomhouse.com

  • www.2theadvocate.com

  • www.powells.com

  • www.esquire.com

  • www.gardendistrictbookshop.com

  • www.Amazon.com

  • Personal Interviews: Elaine Grant, Sylvia Rochester,

    Lawana Blackwell

  • Phone Interviews: John Ed Bradley, Cindy Foust

  • Internet Interviews: Tim Gautreaux, Kimberly Willis Holt

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Special Thanks To: and spiritual insight.

  • All of the participating authors

  • All of Mrs. Miller’s Classes, especially

    Technical Support Students:

    • Kelli Blount

    • Dainon Miles

    • Zachary Luker

    • Holton Hancock

    • Joshua Arnone

    • Michael Bochicchio

    • Kyle Haigler

    • Dylan Philippe

    • Ian Douglas