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 Bio - Coming Soon

David S. Cariens

David Cariens is a retired CIA officer where he wrote for all levels of the U.S. government--from the President to the working level analysts and policymakers.  

Cariens’ first book, A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales, is an examination of the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in January 2002.  His textbook, Critical Thinking Through Writing: Intelligence and Crime Analysis, is the standard text for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. His books include: Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn’t Get Out; Intelligence and Crime Terminology: A Glossary of Terms and Acronyms; A Handbook for Intelligence and Crime Analysis; and The America We All Want: Protecting Your Community From Gun Violence.  

He is on the board of the Writers Guild of Virginia. His textbook on memoir writing, Eight Steps to Writing Your Memoir, was published in April 2018. Cariens memoir, Escaping Madness, is slated for publication in 2019. 

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

Cindy L. Freeman

Cindy L. Freeman began writing after retiring from a forty-five-year career in music education and church music ministry. A published author of novels, blogs, and award-winning short stories, she recently added editing to her repertoire. She enjoys tackling sensitive subjects in her novels about strong women who overcome adversity. Cindy lives in James City County with her husband, Carl. They have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and numerous granddogs.

Check out her website at www.cindylfreeman.com and her blog at http://cindylfreeman.blogspot.com.

Janice Hoffman

Janice Hoffman Bio - Coming Soon!

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.

Teresa Inge

Teresa Inge Bio - Coming Soon!

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

Judy McCandless Bio- Coming Soon

Libby McNamee

Libby McNamee Bio Coming Soon!

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.

Nicole Ordway

Legend meets local history in Nicole R. Ordway’s writing. Her novels Hollow Thunder and The Loyalty of Dew (HCS Publishing) feature a Colonial revolution relying on the decisions of werewolves and deer-shapeshifters. In 2019 HCS Publishing released Nicole's first novella, Civil Dusk, which features a coming-to-magic story set within the unique folklore and locations of Scotland's Orkney Islands. With gargoyle short fiction and upcoming novellas of steampunk pirate romance, you should watch this author.

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 Sherriff Bio- Coming Soon!

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 montsikes.com  and marymontaguesikes.com.

Lisa Sondag

Lisa Sondag Bio- Coming Soon!

Peter Stipe

Peter Stipe is the author of three booksHis first book, Finding Our Way, a collection of short stories, was released in 2015His second book and first novel, The Art of Love, was released in the summer of 2017In 2019, Remember Me, Peter’s third book was publishedThis book chronicles Peter’s emotional search for the truth behind his family stories and includes an account of the lives of his great-grandparents in upstate New York and New Jersey during the late 1800s. 

Now retired, Peter has enjoyed a long career that has included time in education as well as work in Human Resource Development and Training for a variety of businesses. In addition to his writing, Peter is an accomplished artist, working with photography and in watercolorHe has photographs on display at the On The Hill Gallery in Yorktown, 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 Bio - Coming Soon!

Pam Weber

Pam Weber Bio - Coming Soon!

Heather Weidner

Heather Weidner Bio - Coming Soon!


Susan Williamson

Susan Williamson is a former newspaper editor, educator, extension agent and riding instructor. She is the author of three novels, Desert Tail, Tangled Tail, and Dead on the Trail, a children’s book, The Riding Lesson and Buying Your First Horse. She is a contributor to Next Door Neighbors Magazine and Tidewater Women. She is a member of Chesapeake Bay Writers, the Virginia Writers Guild and the American Saddlebred Association of Virginia. She lives in Williamsburg with her husband and Labradoodle.

Visit her website at www.susanwilliamsonauthor.com.