GRANDMA’S DOING WHAT?

A Sandy Springs author dishes on dating and the senior set

STORY: H.M. Cauley

It might be raising a few eyebrows, but author Lynn Garson is happy with the title of her new book, Sex and the Single Grandma.

“Some people said they didn’t consider themselves a ‘grandma,’ and some didn’t like the idea of grandmas having sex,” says Garson. “I worked through a lot of titles before I […]

FROM PAN TO PAGE

After years of nurturing successful restaurants, chef Ford Fry whips up his first cookbook

Be it fajitas or flan, Ford Fry’s new Tex-Mex tome has it all.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Atlantans have long enjoyed dining at Ford Fry restaurants. In Buckhead alone, the Texasborn chef is behind the flavors of St. Cecilia, King + Duke and Superica, while also overseeing operations at nine other eateries around […]

ACT TWO: WRITE A BOOK

Clothing boutique founder Dana Spinola adds author to her resume

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Call it a life crisis; call it a crossroads. Whatever it was, it hit Dana Spinola hard last year. After 16 years, the founder of the Fab’rik clothing stores and the mom of four was wiped out.

“I was living at 1 percent battery life,” says the 44-year-old. “When my team told me to take a […]

DR. DARRIA HACKS INTO MOTHERHOOD

And in short, snappy bursts that won’t stress parents out

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Being an ER doc is nothing like parenting a 5- and 2-year-old. It’s considerably easier, insists Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, a Sandy Springs mom, writer and TV contributor who faces her biggest challenges the minute her kids wake up.

“When I’m in the ER, I have too much to do and not enough time, but I’m […]

LITTLE BOOK, BIG MESSAGE

A local mom’s first work is inspired by lessons for her own kids

Lissa Webber with her own puppy, Ladybug.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Growing up in Buckhead, where she attended Morris Brandon Elementary and Sutton Middle School, Lissa Webber was enamored of writing. But after graduating from the University of North Carolina, her career path led her in an opposite direction. First were the years as […]

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Cookie and coffee king Michael Coles shares the secrets to his achievements in his first book

STORY: H.M. Cauley
PHOTO: David Caselli

Entrepreneur Michael Coles admits he’s a compulsive note-taker. For 25 years, the Brookhaven resident scribbled ideas on napkins, hotel stationery and random pieces of paper—enough to fill a 4-inch file—before he began recording them on his phone. The entire time, Coles, 74, imagined compiling his snippets into […]

BOOKING IT

Buckhead publisher turns writers’ dreams into reality

The author of How I Did It and several other self-published books, Vikki Jones now shares her publishing expertise with others.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

As is the case with so many industries, the world of publishing has evolved under the influence of new technologies. Now, manuscripts that might have grown dusty from the neglect of agents and traditional publishers […]

TELL AND SELL YOUR STORY

A film industry pro shares insider tips in free writing workshops

STORY: H.M. Cauley
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

New Zealand native Mark Staufer has spent years in London and Hollywood working in front of and behind the camera. But since moving to Buckhead three years ago, the 54-year-old has finally found what he describes as his real passion in life.

“I like sitting at home in the dark with my characters […]

ELEVEN DOGS, EIGHT MONKS AND ONE BUSY GUY

Brookhaven entrepreneur Jesse Itzler’s new book recounts his 15 days off the grid

STORY: H.M. Cauley

After his 2016 book, Living With a SEAL: 31 Days Training With the Toughest Man on the Planet, became a hit, life only got more intense for Brookhaven entrepreneur Jesse Itzler. And it was already fairly intense: The Atlanta Hawks co-owner and father of four kids under age 8 is always on […]

20 YEARS OF STYLISH GATHERINGS

Tony Conway’s first book showcases his Buckhead company’s over-the-top events

STORY: H.M. Cauley

There are two things you need to know about event maestro Tony Conway, owner of Buckhead-based Legendary Events. First, he gets bored easily. “I’m in this business because I can do an event, be done, then go on to the next one,” he says. “It’s why I have such a passion for it. I don’t […]