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local authors to meet, greet the public tonight
by dyana bagby, staff writer
gwinnett daily post (gwinnett county, ga)

have you ever wanted to meet an author, ask him or her how they come up with their plots, their characters, the first sentence, their endings?

tonight�s your chance, as barnes & noble at the forum in norcross brings four metro-atlanta authors to its store to meet and talk with the public about their books and the craft of writing.

�i�m very excited � meeting with the public is critical for a writer,� said valerie clark, 38, whose first published book, �tormented without a trace,� is now for sale (1stbooks library, $25.45).

clark already has a sequel coming out to this book, the story about domestic abuse and a woman�s journey to overcome a brutal past, and will star as the leading role in a movie based on the book.

�the emotions (in the book) are real, but the story is fictitious,� she added.

laura mcraney, community relations manager at barnes & noble in norcross, said this local author night evolved from the author nights held all over metro-atlanta during last september�s atlanta literary festival. plans right now are to have them twice a year.

�this gives the authors the opportunity to publicize their book, tell motivations and answer questions,� she explained. �it gives a new writer the chance to become known.� other authors to be featured at the event are:

nicholas doerr, a 16-year-old student who has just published his first book, a science-fiction fantasy, titled �the alerion destiny (part one)� (1stbooks library. $15.95).

doerr, who was born in pennsylvania, moved to alpharetta when he was 5 years old. he began seriously writing at 13 and published his first book last year at 16 and is currently working on others.

his science-fiction book introduces the reader to main characters x alerion and kyle stromgarde as they fight evil forces to stop the end of humankind.

dr. regine reynolds-cornell of decatur is a retired professor of french at agnes scott college and an internationally recognized writer and speaker in the field of renaissance studies. reynolds-cornell writes about the life of marguerite de navarre in her novel, �in the shadow of a queen� xlibris corporation, $24.99).

she frames the narrative with the fictional memoirs of catharine du marais, lifelong friend of both marguerite and her brother, francis, who ruled as king of france during the years 1515-1547.

orion jenkins, born in atlanta in 1936, published her first book, �the search for level ground� (publishamerica inc., $19.95), in 1998 after working 30 years in accounting.

this story takes place in 1952 in a little southern town not far from atlanta. suzanna, a young girl, is the main character with a little inner voice that no one wants to talk about. the book explores the trials, hopes and dreams of a disturbed young girl at a time and age when mental illness was a shameful disorder.

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