Williamsburg Book Festival - Promoting local writers

Exhibiting Authors

Robert Archibald

Robert Archibald is Chancellor Professor of Economics and Public Policy Emeritus at the College of William and Mary. Bob was born in New Jersey, grew up in Oklahoma and Arizona, and was educated at the University of Arizona (BA) and Purdue University (MS and PhD). At William and Mary, where he was on the faculty for 41 years, he held several administrative positions: Department Chair, Director of the Public Policy Program, and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, but was always honored to be promoted back to the faculty. While there are those who thought his academic writings contained some fiction, upon retirement he started writing books which were intentionally fictitious. He has published four novels with Blue Fortune enterprises: Roundabout Revenge(2019), Guilty Until Proven Innocent (2020), Crime Might Pay (2021), and Who Dung It? (2021). The first three books focus on a group of righteous vigilantes. The fourth book is completely different.

Bob lives in Williamsburg and is married to his wife of 49 years, Nancy. They have a son and  daughter and three delightful grandchildren.

Rodney Barfield

Maritime History Museum Curator & Director
Elon Un. - Va. Tech. - UVa.

INTERESTS: Outer Banks history & culture
19th c. African American history
Thomas Day, Free Black Cabinetmaker

BOOKS:  TEMPEST ON THE OUTER BANKS (a historical novel)
SEASONED BY SALT: A Historical Atlas_

Ashley Bartley

Ashley Bartley, M.Ed., NCC, is a school counselor, author, and curriculum writer. Her children’s books, Diamond Rattle Loves to Tattle (2020) and Opal Octopus Is Overwhelmed (2021) are part of a social emotional learning children’s book series published by Boys Town Press. Her writing has also been published in The Joyful Life Magazine and on the Kindred Mom blog.

She earned her B.A. in psychology from The University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in School Counseling from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she grew up. She also has a diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature and is a National Board Certified Counselor. She now lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and three young

Contact Ashley Bartley: Instagram: @CounselorStation
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CounselorStation
Email: counselorstation@gmail.comLearn more at www.counselorstation.com

Karen Batshaw

Karen Batshaw is an author living in Williamsburg, Virginia. Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Her previous novels include Love’s Journey, Kate’s Journey, and Echoes in the Mist which are romantic historical fiction.

Hidden in Plain Sight was her first book of serious historical fiction about the tragedy that befell the Jewish and Greek Orthodox communities during World War II in Greece.

As she delved into Greece’s World War II history for Hidden in Plain Sight, she learned about the plight of the Greek refugees who had been expelled from Asia Minor and the historically neglected Ottoman genocide. Batshaw also learned about the unknown history of what happened to the Greek Orthodox Christians and Greek Jews under the Bulgarian occupation during World War II. Both of these events formed the basis of Light and Shadows.

 Both books present history though the eyes of men and women whose stories of love and courage are portrayed against a meticulously researched historical background.

Check out her Facebook at www.facebook.com/Light-and-Shadows-2777227412501721.

Ginny Brock

Ginny Brock was born in South Africa and has travelled extensively throughout her life, living in many different countries, worldwide, before she and her family made their home at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Using her background in journalism, a career that spanned three decades, and co-existed alongside a lifelong interest and study of metaphysics, she is the author of multiple books on the subject. Most recently, she wrote and published her first novel, When the South Wind Blows, followed by its sequel, The Writer’s Cottage.

After a recent move from Smith Mountain Lake, Ginny now makes her home in Toano, Virginia, on the outskirts of Williamsburg, where she writes full time when not travelling between Virginia and Maine.

David S. Cariens

David Cariens is a retired CIA officer--31-year career.  In this capacity he wrote for all levels of the U.S. government--from the President to the working level analysts and policymakers.


Cariens served in Eastern Europe and as an editor at the BBC-FBIS facility outside London. He has taught intelligence analysis and writing throughout the federal government and for a number of U.S. allies abroad.

He is the author of nine books including A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales -- an examination of the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia in January 2002. Angela Dales, the mother of Cariens’ oldest grandchild, was killed in that shooting.

His textbook, Critical Thinking Through Writing: Intelligence and Crime Analysis, is the standard text for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and is used nationwide. Cariens is a contributing author to the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Agency’s textbook, Criminal Intelligence for the 21st Century.

His textbook on memoir writing, Eight Steps to Writing Your Memoir, was published in April 2018. His book on intelligence briefings, Effective Intelligence Briefing: A Guide for Intelligence Officers and Educators, was published in September 2020, and his memoir, Escaping Madness, is slated for publication in late 2020.

Cariens is a victims' rights advocate; he takes no money for his work on behalf of school shooting victims and their families.

Visit his website at aquestionofaccountability.com.


John Conlee

John Conlee, professor emeritus of English Literature at The College of William & Mary, has authored six exceptional novels. They take place on the Irish Sea, in Medieval England, in Cornwall, on American baseball diamonds and in New Mexico at the end of time as we know it. He’s also written four children’s books featuring King Arthur.

Learn more by visiting http://palehorsebooks.com.

Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis is the author of the eco-poetry collection Passiflora, which won the 2019 Cider Press Review Book Award and was released in February 2021, and of the chapbook Holding for the Farrier (Finishing Line Press). Widely published in literary journals, her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for Best of the Net and the Conger Beasley Jr. Award. Kathy lives in an old farmhouse in Rockville, Va., where she tends a wildflower meadow when not writing.

For more information, check out her website: http://kathydaviswrites.com

Janice Hoffman

JANICE HOFFMAN holds degrees from Indiana University, teaches writing at the post-secondary level, and is published in literary journals and state poetry anthologies in the US and Canada. She is a member of several local and state writing groups, as well as the Poetry Society of Virginia for whom she edits A Common Wealth of Poetry.

Her books of poetry include Soul Cookies (High Tide Publications, 2019) and Azaleas in October (2021). Her children's books are Four Fairy Friends (2019), Cuatro Amigas Hadas (2020), The Official Four Fairy Friends Coloring Book (2020), and Four Fairy Friends Celebrate Christmas (2021).

Jan lives in Williamsburg and may be reached on Facebook at Janice Hoffman Poetry or via email at janhoffpoetry@gmail.com. Visit her website at jan-hoffman.com.

Tim Holland

Tim Holland is the author of three novel the most recent being The Murder of Amos Dunn. He is a director of the Williamsburg Book Festival, a past director of Chesapeake Bay Writers, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and The Bronte Society of Haworth, England. He recently received a Keating award for his short fiction. Over the years his freelance articles have appeared in a wide variety newspapers and magazines as well as having written book reviews and literary criticism for Recorder Publishing’s eight newspapers in New Jersey.

Wilford Kale

Wilford Kale is a retired journalist and state agency official. He has written professionally for 60 years. He worked for more than 25 year as bureau chief and senior writer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In his retirement years, Kale has written or edited a dozen books.

Books available at the Book Fair include: Hark Upon the Gale–An Illustrated History of the College of William and Mary, A Very Virginia Christmas, From Student to Warrior: A Military History of the College of William and MaryYorktown, Virginia: A Brief History, and I love to tell the Story.


E. Compton Lee

I am the daughter of an English teacher and my parents filled me with the beauty of the written word from the cradle onward. Bed time stories were a given. No T.V. The first stories I remember are Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books, beloved by my whole family. We read them every spring together or on our own. Even now we all revisit them from time to time.

My first published book, Native, is a literary tale written with insight into the twists and turns of love, deep friendship and betrayal and brings to life a world of contrast between the grinding poverty in the “Holler” and the nearby affluence of those with property, wealth and the leisure to indulge their interest in horses. Add a dissolute young woman who offers to work at Annie’s farm as a riding instructor and the story races to its harrowing climax. This novel examines the vagaries of women’s struggle for financial independence, with lost love and the risks of trust.

My second published novel, My Name Is Sloan, is a companion piece to Native and; yes, it takes me and my readers back to the mountains where Clare and Annie confront a new set of problems. This is a story of how your address and social standing effect the way government agencies treat you. Eight-year-old Sloan is taken into foster care for all the wrong reasons.

You can visit my website at www.ecomptonlee.com or find me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/e.comptonlee. My books are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Judy McCandless

Now retired in Williamsburg, Judy grew up four blocks from the sea in Marblehead, Mass. with a passion for travel. At 24 she drove to California for adventure and stayed to marry, complete a B.S. in Business, and advance through positions in medical center administration and finally in contract management at Westinghouse in Silicon Valley. Stressed out in corporate midlife, she and husband John broke away for a total of eight years navigating a small boat 20,000 miles to Australia and beyond. As a result, Judy has published WORKAHOLICS ADRIFT: Transformation in the Pacific Islands. This action-packed memoir describes nature’s glory and fury as she experiences medical, marital, and cultural clashes in remote Oceania. One of numerous, five-star reviews says, “it reads like a good novel.”

Eve Monk

Eve Monk is a linguistic educator. She taught French and German in public schools and in Special Programs at William and Mary. Her book Twenty-Three-Years is a memoir of the first twenty-three-years of her life in Germany - her idyllic childhood, life during Hitler's war and its aftermath, and her escape from Russian-occupied East Germany and finally her immigration to the United States of America.

Eve lives in Williamsburg, where she has worked as a volunteer at the James City County Community Video Center and Magruder Elementary School. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Kentucky.



Caterina Novelliere

Caterina is passionate about history, music, romance, old languages, and travel. She regularly intertwines these subjects in her Servants of Morrigan: Four Horsemen Series and in Tale of Rouen, a romantic tale that combines fantasy, time travel, and historical fiction.

She holds a degree in Music Management with a minor in Vocal Performance from Old Dominion University in Virginia, a second B.A. in History with a minor in Italian from the University of Texas San Antonio, and a M.A. in Public History from Texas State University. Caterina studied abroad in Italy and England. She took full advantage of her time overseas to conduct research for her coursework and literary works. While she is a fan of all history, her heart resides in Antiquity. An obsession with cappuccino and Greek coffee started her down a path of researching commodities and gastronomic history in her free time.

If you would like to connect with Cat or learn more about her books, please visit her website: https://caterinanovelliere.com. You can also find her on Facebook @CaterinaNovelliere or Instagram @chantueserouge.

Christian Pascale

Christian Pascale was born in Brooklyn New York. He graduated from Lafayette College Magna Cum Lauda with degrees in French and International Relations. At Lafayette he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and then went on to receive an M.A. in European Area Studies from American University in Washington D.C. and a Doctorat de l’université from La Sorbonne in Paris, France. During his early years he worked as a substitute teacher, a tennis instructor in Europe and the U.S., a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, a political fund-raiser, and Director of Studies at a New England preparatory school. For more than thirty years, he worked in both domestic and foreign assignments for the United States Government.

Christian is also a poet who has published twenty poems in two internationally distributed magazines and is currently a member of the James City Poets. He is married to Liria Hoffmann Pascale who is a native Brazilian and an architect. They live in Williamsburg, Virginia and have two adult sons. Memories are the Stories We Tell Ourselves is his debut book.

You can learn more about Christian by visiting his website:https://christianpascale.com.

Patti Procopi

I am a former army brat who lived all over the world before settling in the rural community of Gloucester, Virginia.  There my husband, Greg, and I raised three daughters and numerous cats and dogs

After retiring from working at two area history museums I finally had the time to do the things I always wanted to do, including writing. The nomadic life of an army brat often made it difficult to make friends and form lasting relationships.  My writing is about emotional connections, friendship and family.

In addition to writing, I spend my days rescuing raptors and researching my family’s past on Ancestry. I feel there is a story there somewhere in my past. Greg and I also love to travel and were busy checking off our bucket list until the pandemic side-lined us.

You can find me on Facebook, Linked In, and Instagram.  Or check out my website – pattiproauthor.com where you can read some of my stories.

Jeffrey H Ryan

Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His debut book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail was hailed by the former Executive Editor of National Geographic as “a classic of nature and travel writing” and set off a national tour (in a 1985 VW camper, no less).

Visit his website at www.JeffRyanAuthor.com, follow him on Instagram @jeff_ryan_author, and check out his Facebook at www.facebook.com/AppalachianOdyssey.

Mary Kay Savarese

I was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, going on to earn a business degree in accounting from City University, NY. Soon after I found myself working in insurance and finance and went on to marry my wonderful husband. We moved to New England. I have spent thirteen years as a religious education teacher and have lived and worked in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. For the past decade, I have served as a Eucharistic minister at my local Catholic church, bringing the Eucharist to community nursing homes. After raising a family in Connecticut my husband and I became Florida Residents.

My debut fiction novel, Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume (who knew!) is a contemporary Mystery Romance with a Spiritual twist. It has received 5 Stars from Readers' Favorite, Best Book, American BookFest, The International Royal Dragonfly for Mystery and debut. Recently, Eric Hoffer International award for Grand Prize Short List, First Horizon for superior debut, Small Press Winner for 2021 and NIEA award.

"A delightful rollicking supernatural whodunnit"-US Review of Books

Mary appears on iHeartRadio, podcasts, Mindalia TV, Cable, local publications and UK Radio. Her latest novel, The Girl In The Toile Wallpaper, is a Fantasy Adventure trilogy published this summer.

You can learn more about Mary at her website https://www.maryksavarese.com or contact her at maryksavarese@gmail.com

Mary Sherriff

Mary Helen Sheriff is the author of the award-winning southern women’s fiction, Boop and Eve’s Road Trip. She serves as the CEO of Bookish Road Trip and a blogger at “...the gift of story.”

After 14 years teaching elementary school, middle school, college, and professionals, Mary has taken a break from the classroom to focus on writing. She has an MFA from Hollins University, an MA from Old Dominion University, and a BA from UVA. She lives in Henrico County, Virginia with her two
children, two cats, and one husband.

Mary Montigue Sikes

Mary Montague Sikes is a native Virginia author and artist. In her latest book, Artful Angels, her intuitive artwork and poetry combine to create “meditations for the soul”.

Author of 20 fiction and non-fiction books, Sikes used her love of photography and travel writing to craft her first hardcover, Hotels to Remember, which brought an invitation to speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Since then, she has spoken at numerous events, including a conference of the National League of American Pen Women in Denver, Colorado, a writers’ conference in Springfield, Missouri, World Healing Conference in San Diego, California, conferences of the Virginia Writers Club, the Hanover Writers Club, and numerous local clubs and organizations.

Sikes and her husband Olen make their home in West Point where she enjoys views of the woods and a creek she believes John Smith once explored.

Hearts Across Forever, Spirit Vision Soul Songs, An Artful Animal Alphabet are among her published books.

You can find more about her works at montisikes.com  and marymontaguesikes.com.

Lisa Sondag

Lisa M. Sondag has been working with children most of her life as a teacher, children’s choir director, mother, and grandmother and is always looking for creative opportunities to develop and engage children in the love of learning.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Specialized Studies in Family Dynamics from Ohio University.  Her first book, which you can sing along with, combines her love of music, children, and her unusual, beautiful, One-of-a-Kind dog, The Amazing Aida Bella.

Peter Stipe

Peter Stipe has enjoyed a long and varied career that has included fourteen years in education as a public high school history teacher and track coach.  He also has worked for many years in Human Resource Development and Training for a variety of businesses. Most recently he worked for AAA as Director of Training and Development for the New England region. He has a Bachelors degree in History from Boston University and a Masters in Education from Tufts.

His first book Finding Our Way, a collection of short stories, was published in 2015.  The Art of Love is his second book, his first full novel. It is a love story set in Providence, RI.  Remember Me follows Peter’s search for his family roots and traces what might have been the lives of his great grandfather and great grand-mother. His fourth book, The Fairy Garden, is a fantasy/coming of age story of a girl/woman who discovers fairies living in her grandfather’s garden in Virginia.

Peter spent his childhood in Virginia before moving to the Boston area in his teens.  A New Englander for most of his life he now lives with his wife in Williamsburg, Virginia

You can find him on Facebook @PeterGStipe.

Leslie St. James

Lesley St. James is the author of the Jill Cooksey mysteries: the award-winning The Sweet Scent of Death and Death of a Dolly Waggler. Jill Cooksey is a PR professional whose clients never fail to misbehave but whose friends always have her back. With the help of her PR Posse, Jill takes on clients, criminals, and the New York dating scene. It’s hard to say which is worse. Lesley St. James began her career in film and television before moving to public relations and then to education.

A devoted, lifelong reader of mysteries, she always knew the kind of books she would write. When she’s not writing or teaching writing, Lesley enjoys traveling, movies, and genealogy. She resides in Virginia with her husband, Matthew. Connect with her at www.lesleystjames.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LesleyStJames.

Sally Stiles

Sally Stiles has called four continents, six countries, eight states and one small trawler home. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught and published poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her work includes eight books and hundreds of magazine articles. Her memoir, Plunge!, is heralded as “a beautiful literary accomplishment.” Reviewers have called her latest book, Like a Mask Dancing, a novel of Tanzania, “compassionate, “dramatic” and “beautifully written.”

For more information, visit http://palehorsebooks.com.


Erwin Thomas

For over 25 years Guyanese-born Erwin K. Thomas, Ph.D., was a professor and graduate director in International Journalism & Broadcasting at Norfolk State University, VA.  He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and SUNY–Oswego. Thomas has published eleven books - two about the mass media with (Brown H. Carpenter), devotionals, an autobiography, and a novel.  He is married to Mary Barta Thomas, and they are members of the Church of the Holy Apostles– an ecumenical community of Episcopalians and Roman Catholics in Virginia Beach, VA.  Their son Matthew lives with their daughter-in-law Shannon Mabry in Charlottesville, VA.

Website: https://www.amazon.com/author/erwinthomas

Email: erwinkthomas@yahoo.com


A Life of Prayer: Devotions & Pandemic, Dfurstane’s Spiritual Beliefs, Heaven Bound: Bread of Life, Guyana’s Seawall Girl, Life’s Passages: From Guyana to America, Gifts of God: Reflections & Affirmations, Keys of Faith: Fifty-Two Meditations for Living, and A Weekly Encounter: Fifty-Two Meditations of Hope

Lynn Underwood

Lynn Underwood is now retired from active government service. He has worked in the building safety profession that includes building code development at the state and national level for over 35 years. He has written eight non-fiction books on construction or inspection; the most recent title: Residential Construction Codes, Third edition, published by Dewalt. He wrote regularly for several national magazines including Fine Homebuilding and Mother Earth News. A graduate engineer, Lynn is a former home builder in New Mexico, and a licensed contractor in Virginia.

Recently he has published his first novel, entitled The First Stone, a saga about forgiveness. He has been published by The Writer’s Guild of Virginia Journal. With a second novel just completed and two more in the works, Underwood is quickly becoming a well-known local author.

Lynn is married to Glenda White. Together they live in Williamsburg, Virginia. His hobbies include fiction writing, astronomy and woodworking. He volunteers at Williamsburg Baptist Church where he serves as the Moderator of the Leadership Council

Julie Valerie

Julie Valerie is the bestselling author of Holly Banks Full of Angst and The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, Books 1 & 2 in the Village of Primm series, both with Lake Union Publishing. She co-founded the Bookish Road Trip, is a past board member for James River Writers, earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School, has a master's degree in education, a bachelor of fine arts in fashion, and certification in wilderness first aid. A former trend forecaster, Julie enjoys books, the study of wine, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and travel. She married her college sweetheart, and they live in Virginia with their four children and two English Labradors. Learn more about Julie and subscribe to her newsletter at julievalerie.com.


Holly Banks Full of Angst (Village of Primm, Book 1)
The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks (Village of Primm, Book 1)

Say hello to Julie by visiting her website at julievalerie.com.

Heather Weidner

Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop's kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers is the first in her cozy mystery series, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries. She also writes the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series set in Virginia (Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband).

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Sisters in Crime – Chessie, Guppies, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.