2022 AUTHOR LINEUP

We are thankful for the authors who have offered to come to the Heartland Book Festival.  You can find information about the authors and their books they will be selling at the book festival.  Come on out to meet them and find the books you'd like to read.

Non-Fiction

 

W. RON ADAMS

W. Ron Adams
Biography

W. Ron Adams holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Murray State University and a JD/MBA from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  His law practice focuses primarily on bankruptcy, family, disability and personal injury law.  Before becoming a lawyer, he was a coal miner, a home builder and owner of a car wash.  He resides in Northern Kentucky with his wife and several small dogs.

Coal Mine to Courtroom: A Quadriplegic's Memoir of Relentless Faith, Courage and Eternal Success
Book: Coal Mine to Courtroom; Author: W. Ron Adams

"Coal Mine to Courtroom" is the true story of how "Ronnie" Adams, formerly one of Kentucky's top-ranked high school basketball players, became a successful lawyer after a coal mining accident left him a quadriplegic at age 19.  This book is an uplifting story about relationships, loss, love survival and faith that will inspire readers from all walks of life, regardless of their personal beliefs.

LAURIE CLINE

Laurie Cline
Biography

Laurie Cline is one of the authors in the International Best Seller, Fiercely Faithful. she has been married for 28 years, is the mother of two grown boys, a daughter-in-love and 2 beautiful granddaughters.

Laurie has been a software developer for over 30 years and works for a large payroll/hr software company in Nashville.  She is passionate about writing and sharing her story in hopes that others can also find joy again in their hard seasons of life.

Counting It All Joy
Book: Counting IT ALL Joy; Author: Laurie Cline

"Counting It All Joy" takes you through the journey of unspeakable suffering and unthinkable loss to finding joy again with God's help.  A surgery-gone-wrong left Laurie's preacher husband disabled and unable to speak.  Suddenly this family of faith found themselves sitting in the ashes of their old life trying to recover what had been stolen.  This story of faith, resilience, and hope will encourage anyone that has found themselves robbed of life's agonizing circumstances.

NANCY GRANT

Nancy Grant
Biography

Kentucky author, field naturalist, and public speaker Nancy Grant brings readers and listeners right into the scene as she describes the activities of birds in varied habitats.  Her friendly conversational style conveys the fun and excitement of  birdwatching in all seasons of the year.  She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Kentucky Humanities Speakers Bureau.  Her presentations at birding festivals and libraries also feature her color photos.

Binge Birding: Twenty Days with Binoculars
Book Title: Binge Birding - Twenty Days with Binoculars; Author: Nancy Grant

Binge Birding: Twenty Days with Binoculars is the travel adventure that’s like going birding with a friend.  In this well-paced narrative of Nancy’s nearly 4,000 mile solo road trip along the Texas Gulf Coast during spring migration, readers will enjoy seeing how birds find food and mates, and raise their young.  In fields and forests, along bayous and seashores, readers will meet more than 150 bird species—and pick up fresh ideas for birdwatching fun anywhere.

WENDI KELLEY

Wendi Kelley
Biography

Wendi Kelley is a first-time author.  She is honored to share her breast cancer story, hoping it encourages others going through the process.  She wants her story to lead people to turn to God and listen for His whisper during difficult times.  She and Randall have been married for 22 years had have three children:  Cash (Amy), Micah (Ryan) and Jack (Maria).  She also loves being 'Bibi' to Sophie, Bronx, Rorie, Haddie, Carrigan, and Hailey.

God (Still) Whispers
Book Title: God (Still) Whispers; Author: Wendi Kelley

“God (Still) Whispers” takes you through the journey of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and on to recovery with God’s help.  This story of faith and hope will encourage anyone that finds themselves in similar circumstances, as well as some helpful ways that loved ones of those going through cancer can show their love and support.

JANE OLMSTED

Jane Olmsted
Biography

Jane Olmsted is a retired professor of English at Western Kentucky University.  Her collection of poetry, Seeking the Other Side, was published in 2015 (Fleur-de-Lis Press) and a chapbook, Tree Forms (Finishing Line Press), was published in 2011.  Her poems and stories have appeared in Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Adirondack, and Briar Cliff Review, among others.  An essay about the loss of her son, “The Weight of a Human Heart,” won the 2001 Memoir Journal grand prize.

The Tree You Come Home To
Book Title: the TREE you COME HOME to; Author: Hane Olmsted

The Tree You Come Home To tells the story of Jane’s family’s struggle with mental illness, addiction, and the crises that followed the murder of her youngest son.  TTYCHT takes the reader on her personal journey to finding meaning and healing. Doctors, attorneys, and social workers repeatedly told Jane and her husband that they weren’t used to working with “families like yours.”

RICK ROBINSON AND WADE DEHATE

Rick Robinson and Wade DeHate
Biography

Rick Robinson is an international award-winning author, having twice been named the International Independent Published Author of the Year.  He has ranked number one in his category on Amazon and has often placed multiple books in the top 100.  Growing up learning to fish and hunt in the southeastern United States, Wade DeHate is an avid outdoorsman.  During the mid-1980’s, Wade discovered fly fishing for trout.

A Fish Ate My Homework: A Beginner's Guide to Fly Fishing
Book Title: A FISH ATE MY HOMEWORK - A Beginner's Guide to Fly Fishing; Author: Rick Robinson and Wade DeHate

Rick Robinson and Wade DeHate have put together an eloquent and lighthearted guide on why to take up fly fishing and the basics it takes to get started.  Assisted by a number of fellow fly fishers from around the world, the collective effort by DeHate and Robinson will cover everything the beginner needs to know to get started and even offer a few helpful hints for the avid fly fisher.

DONALD SMITH

Donald Smith
Biography

Donald Smith is a retired Army Reserve officer who spent more that 30 years in the U.S. intelligence community.  He currently teaches Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ArcGIS software skills.  He has a bachelors in history from the University of Virginia and a masters from the Joint Military Intelligence College (now the National Intelligence University.  He has been published in Civil War Times magazine, World War II magazine and Military History magazine.

Steinstuecken: A Little Pocket of Freedom
Book Title: Steinstuecken - A Little Pocket of Freedom; Author: Donald Smith

During the Cold War, the U.S. was responsible for protecting a neighborhood in Berlin---but U.S. forces could not walk or drive there!  Steinstuecken, a West Berlin neighborhood, was completely surrounded by Communist-controlled territory.  Yet, for more than 20 years, the U.S. kept the neighborhood safe---and the residents managed to live relatively normal lives.  This book tells how they did it.  This story, about life in a Cold War hotspot, deserves to be remembered.

JULIANNE UNSEL

Julianne Unsel
Biography

Jules Unsel is a retired teacher living among family and friends in Estill County.  She writes poetry, fiction, and the occasional country music howler.  Co-director of the Coming of Age project (a Kentucky Foundation for Women grant-funded program supporting creative work by Kentucky women over 60), she enjoys involvement in several writing communities in Lexington, Irvine, and Berea.

Coming of Age: Writing & Art by Kentucky Women Over 60
Book Title: COMING of AGE - Writing & Art by Kentcky Women Over 60; Author: Julianne Unsel

The Coming of Age project, funded in part by a Kentucky Foundation for Women Arts as Activism Grant, brought together 32 writers with Kentucky roots who supported each other's creative work during the signal first year of the Covid pandemic.  This anthology contains selections of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, drama, and visual arts that are testimony to the power and diversity of older women's voices.

PAUL L. WHALEN

Paul L. Whalen
Biography

Attorney Paul L. Whalen is a resident of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and is past chair of the KY Conference of the UMC Commission on Archives and History.

Profiles of Kentucky’s United States Senators — 1792-Present
Book Title: Profiles of Kentucky’s United States Senators — 1792-Present; Author: Paul L. Whalen

This book presents biographical essays, with portrait photographs, from everyone who has represented Kentucky in the US Senate since its inception.  The book also includes interesting “First and Onlys” for Kentucky US Senators, Senate Salaries since 1789, and US Senators from other states who were born in Kentucky.