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 […]

LIGHTS, CAMERA, SCANDAL!

Author’s new novel parallels real-life revelations in Hollywood

While the ongoing revelations about misconduct in Hollywood have come as a shock to many in the movie-going public, Bobbi Kornblit isn’t a bit surprised. What does amaze the former film industry insider and Los Angeles resident is the uncanny timing of her new novel, Red Carpet Rivals.

“When it came out at the end of last year, I had […]

PUTTING IT POETICALLY

Local writer’s second career is turning a fine phrase

Kathleen Brewin Lewis banishes any stereotype of the starving poet. Although the Sandy Springs mom, wife and former fundraiser admits she’s not getting rich writing poetry, her ability to create colorful, evocative images in a few short lines has led to a rather thick portfolio of published work.

After a career freelancing for nonprofits, Lewis decided her youngest child’s […]

TOUGH LOVE

Lessons learned at home inspire a local lawyer’s first novel.

Growing up with a single mom who was a busy criminal defense attorney didn’t endear Sandy Springs’ Jason Sheffield to the law. “For instance, as an 8-year-old, I was taught to answer the phone, ‘Sheffield residence. This is Jason speaking. How can I help you?’” he recalls. “I knew her clients were calling from federal prison in […]

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 […]