JOURNEY TO ANOTHER WORLD

A new author’s book for kids explores metaphysical concepts

Take one cool character named Katherine, send her out on adventures into other dimensions, and you’ve got part entertainment, part life lesson, part Dr. Who for young readers. That’s the concept behind Cosmic Kitty: A Mindful, Metaphysical Journey, the first book by Sandy Springs author Shan Gill.

Though the public is just getting to know Katherine and her alter […]

THE NOVEL AS A JOURNEY

Cancer and an economic downturn refocus a Buckhead writer’s story

Of all the factors that led to Travis Neighbor Ward publishing her latest novel, having been a magazine editor in New York and living in Italy for five years took a back seat to having breast cancer at the start of the Great Recession in 2007.

“Cancer changed me in many ways,” says the Buckhead resident and former […]

THE LEGACY OF SAM MASSELL

Reminiscing with the Buckhead Coalition president on his life—and Atlanta’s—story

Talking to Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell is akin to downloading a living history book. At 90, the former Atlanta councilman and mayor, one-time commercial real estate broker and granddad of three has not only lived through some of the city’s milestones, he directed them, and he’s more than happy to share his recollections.

Remember when women working […]

CHAPTER TWO

Second-career author’s debut novel features exotic locales, gems and murder

Writers get their inspirations from all sorts of peculiar places. For Sandy Springs resident Anne Lovett, the idea for her latest novel, Rubies from Burma, sprang from a casual party conversation about a woman’s earrings.

Lovett was chatting with a friend of her father’s who was regaling her with tales of serving in the military during World War […]

LIFE ON DEADLINE

At 76, Sandy Springs scribe Ken Brownlee keeps on writing

Ken Brownlee first realized he wanted to be a journalist when he was 7. “Even then, I was writing stuff,” recalls the 76-year-old Sandy Springs resident.

Through stints on his high school paper and journalism courses in college at Case Western Reserve in Ohio, Brownlee stayed focused on a writing career. Even when he was drafted into the […]

SUSPENSE STARTS AT HOME

Brookhaven author’s latest book shows off Atlanta

Heeding that old adage “Write what you know” made writing her third novel a bit easier for Brookhaven’s Kimberly Belle. She set The Marriage Lie in Atlanta largely because she needed a setting with a major airport. What could be better than her adopted hometown?

“I usually come up with the plot first,” she says. “My first book needed to be […]

BETWEEN THE LINES

Book lovers find author talks add more to the story…

Authors Sam Hayes and Allen Goodwin with Winecoff Hotel Historian Chet Wallace spoke about about the Winecoff Hotel Fire at a recent Titles@Twilight event.

The idea for Heritage Sandy Springs’ monthly author discussion series came from Milam Propst, with a little help from William Tecumseh Sherman.

That storied Civil War general, forever linked with the phrase […]

A MOM’S GUIDE TO BECOMING AN EX

Buckhead parent writes the book on making divorce work.

For the last seven years, Sarah Armstrong has heard the same comment from people who know her story: “They tell me I had such a good divorce,” says the Brookwood Hills resident.

And they’re not being facetious or snarky. In fact, they’ve come to Armstrong looking for suggestions on how they can make the best of their own bad […]

BOOK ’EM

Local and international authors converge for 16 days of literary thrills.

Co-chairs Deborah Jacobs (left) and Dee Kline oversee more than 200 volunteers working on this year’s festival.

Co-chairs Deborah Jacobs (left) and Dee Kline oversee more than 200 volunteers working on this year’s festival.

Dee Kline describes herself as an avowed book lover who has been enraptured by reading since she was 4 years […]

MBA? ME? TOTALLY.

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Comedian turned author offers semi-serious tips about going back to school.

From the outset, Paul Ollinger admits he’s “very pro-MBA because of what it did for me—despite the fact that I’m now a struggling comic.” What the degree did was convince the Brookhaven resident that he had a future in stand-up.

“I finished Dartmouth’s MBA program in 1997, seeking a better job so I could make more […]