LEESBURG, David M. Newell

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

David Newell Grave, Fruitland Park

David Newell Grave, Fruitland Park

Mr. Newell wrote a wonderful book about the Withlacoochee area of Florida. It was titled "If Nothin' Don't Happen".

The book features the adventures of a Florida Cracker family as they range through the wilds of this part of Florida from "The Hammock" to the Gulf. He is a master of recreating the old Florida dialect.

The book was published in 1974.

David M. Newell lived most of his life in Leesburg, Florida, some 50 miles east of the Gulf Hammock area he writes about. His career included being the editor of Field and Stream magazine, Sports Afield, and a special correspondent for the New York Times.

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KEY WEST, Tennessee Williams

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams was a playwright who spent many years living in Key West. He lived from 1911-1983.

Among his work is"

"The Glass Menagerie" in 1945,

"A Streetcard Named Desire" in 1947 which won him the Pulitzer Prize

and many other poems and plays.

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JACKSONVILLE, Jane R. Wood

Jane R Wood

Jane R Wood

Jane R Wood was born in Astoria, Oregon, in 1947, but moved to Central Florida with her family in 1957, just in time to witness America’s historic journeys into space.

This Florida author grew up along the Space Coast, and spent two of her college summers working at the Kennedy Space Center.

She graduated from the University of Florida in 1969, taught middle school and high school in Brevard County and Orange County, and then became a stay-at-home-mom for ten years while her two sons were growing up.

During that period she wrote a community news column for a local newspaper.

In 1988, she earned an M.Ed from the University of North Florida. She was hired by a Jacksonville cable company where she produced educational shows for television.

She was promoted to Community Affairs Manager, but was downsized in 2000 after twelve years.

That gave her the opportunity to do something she always wanted to do – write fiction books for kids.

Her first book, Voices in St. Augustine, was published in 2004 by a small publisher in St. Augustine.

In 2007, she started her own independent publishing company, Florida Kids Press, Inc. Since then this prolific Florida author has published three additional books.

Her first three books take place in Florida, and all three have received a Mom’s Choice Award®, a national award recognizing “quality family-friendly” products.

As a former teacher, Wood designs her books to be educational, as well as fun.

She uses mystery, adventure and humor to engage young readers, while at the same time, weaving history and information about the environment into her story lines.

Wood’s books are used in many schools throughout the state of Florida. She has numerous Teacher Resources on her website at www.janewoodbooks.com, and does Author Visits to Schools across the country.

Wood lives in Jacksonville with her husband Terry. She has two grown sons and one granddaughter, all of whom also live in Jacksonville.

ABOUT JANE R WOOD FLORIDA BOOKS

Here is a list of Jane R Wood books; the first three have Florida settings.

(2004,2008) Voices in St. Augustine – A mystery that takes place in the Nation’s Oldest City.

(2007) Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess and Buried Treasure. This story takes place during the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Amelia Island and is filled with colorful characters, humorous situations and a youthful spirit of adventure.

(2008) Trouble on the St. Johns River – A book with an environmental theme that inspires kids to become more aware of the ecosystem around them and ways they can “make a difference” too.

(2010) Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country - The Johnson family vacations in Savannah, Charleston and Pawleys Island, South Carolina – all areas rich in history and ghost stories. Kids love ghost stories!
Her books and biographical information are available on Amazon.com at Jane R Wood.

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WASHINGTON, DC, Michael Grunwald

Michael Grunwald

Michael Grunwald

Michael Grunwald is a Washington Post reporter who has won the George Polk Award for national reporting and other prizes for investigative reporting.

He won the Society of Environmental Journalists award for his reporting on the Florida Everglades.

This award established his reputation as one of the leading Florida authors.

Michael Grunwald lives in Washington, D.C.

He wrote "THE SWAMP: Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise."

THE SWAMP covers the history of the Everglades.

He tells the story about how the Everglades was once universally despised as a wasteland fit only for snakes and bugs and fugitive Indians.

His book weaves the story of the Everglades into the larger fabric of Florida history from ancient times through the Spanish and British periods and up to today when the country has launched the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP).

Grunwald tells the stories of the struggles with Everglades drainage and flooding, including the tragic hurricanes of 1926 and 1928.

The Army Corps of Engineers finally tamed the Everglades with miles of levees and canals, turning more than half of the Everglades into sprawling suburbs on the east and west coasts and sugar plantations and farms in the central region.

Although the southern Everglades was preserved as a national park, it soon deteriorated into an ecological mess. Marjorie Stoneman Douglas's "River of Grass" stopped flowing, and 90 percent of its wading birds vanished.

Grunwald hopes that mankind has finally recognized the majesty and importance of the Everglades.

CERP is the largest environmental restoration project in history and may be the last chance to save the Everglades.

The jury is still out on whether CERP will do the job.

The Everglades is a tremendously complex ecosystem and the science of restoration is constantly changing and evolving. "THE SWAMP" is available at Amazon.com.

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KEY BISCAYNE, Joan Gill Blank

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Joan Gill Blank

Joan Gill Blank

Joan Gill Blank wrote at least two books about Key Biscayne:

1. Key Biscayne: A History of Miami's Tropical Island and

2. The Cape Florida Lighthouse

She is still alive as of 2018 and has lived on Key Biscayne for almost 70 years.

I lived on Key Biscayne from 1993 to 1996 and Ms Blank's books capture the spirit of the island better than any other I've read.

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Connie May Fowler

by Debra Woods, #1 Fan
(Jacksonville, Fl)

Connie May Fowler

Connie May Fowler

Connie May Fowler is an excellent author in St Augustine. You have probably heard of several of her works, after all she is an essayist, screenwriter and novelist!

Before Women Had Wings won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and was made into a successful "Oprah Winfrey Presents" TV Movie.

Remembering Blue won a Chautauqua South Award for Fiction.

She and her husband are cofounders of the Connie May Fowler Women with Wings Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding women and children in need.

On a personal note, her stories encompass the raw Florida of my childhood transporting me back in time revealing forgotten details once again revealing another perspective.

I thoroughly enjoy her books and am very surprised she was not listed!!

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CORAL GABLES, Charlton W. Tebeau

A History of Florida

A History of Florida

Charlton W. Tebeau was born in 1904 and died in 2000. During his long life he wrote many books, but his most famous one is "A History of Florida" published in 1971.

When first published, it was the most comprehensive history of Florida ever written and became a standard textbook in many classroom.

He was a professor with the University of Miami from 1939 until 1976, and was the chairman of the university's history department for 23 years.

From Wikipedia, some of the books he wrote:

1934. The Planter in the Lower South, 1865-1880.
1955. The Story of the Chokoloskee Bay Country
1963. They Lived in the Park; the story of man in the Everglades National Park.
1965. With Ruby Leach Carson. Florida from Indian trail to space age: a history.
1966. Florida's last frontier; the history of Collier County. Coral Gables, Florida:
1968. Man in the Everglades; 2,000 years of human history in the Everglades National Park.
1971. A History of Florida. Coral Gables, Florida: University of Miami Press. ISBN 0-87024-149-4
1972. Synagogue in the central city: Temple Israel of Greater Miami, 1922-1972.
1976. The University of Miami : a golden anniversary history, 1926-1976.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Dan Santoro

by Dan Santoro
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)


“Trapper” Dan Santoro first visited Fort Lauderdale Beach for Spring Break ’79 and returned the following 2 years as well.

He permanently moved to “Fort Liquordale” in 1986 and quickly immersed himself in the wild nightclub scene there, working and making friends with dozens of like-minded individuals and vacationers while soaking up the sun and history of the city.

After the death of “Crazy Gregg” Newell, he was challenged by his friends to write the ultimate history of one of America’s hottest destinations in the latter half of the 20th century. And thus was born "Where the Boys (and Girls) Were! The Fun & Sun history of Fort lauderdale Beach"!

Surf’s up! See you at the Elbo Room!

Visit my website at http://www.fortlauderdalebeachbook.com/ to order an e-book or real book.

To purchase a SIGNED copy of my book please contact me directly at rugbydan@bellsouth.net . Paperbacks are $25 and hardcovers are $35 (plus $5.00 postage). Shipping takes about 2 weeks.

Thanxxx!

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DAYTONA BEACH, Michelle Davidson


Michelle Davidson is a mixed media artist and author who currently lives in Daytona Beach, Florida.

She is the author of "Florida's Haunted Hospitality", a good look at the supposedly haunted inns all throughout the State of Florida.

She has thoughtfully organized all 18 of the inns and other structures into the various regions of Florida

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LAKELAND, Melanie Hoover

by Melanie Hoover
(Lakeland Florida USA)


Melanie Hoover has lived in Lakeland, Florida since 1978.

Originally from Holland, Michigan, she and her husband of 45 years, have moved many times since she lived in Naples, Florida 49 years ago. They have lived in a number of large cities including, Springfield, Missouri, Minneapolis, Akron, Chicago, Champaign/Urbana and Peoria, Illinois.

She uses the pseudonym 'Melanie Leigh' on her novels.

Her novel set in Naples, Florida is a ode to the romance and beautiful memories of her time there, where she lived 3 blocks from the Naples Pier.

Having done a variety of jobs throughout her life; newspaper (obits in High School for the local newspaper), Nanny, waitress, retail sales, office, hotel desk clerk, editing, radio and owning a Bridal Shop, her writing is a constant outlet for life and imagination.

She has several books, 2 Christian Romance novels and working on a 3rd, and 5 others are Devotional reading and a blog at 'melanie48.wordpress.com'. Her husband also writes and has produced all of her books covers.

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KEY WEST, David L. Hemmel

by David L. Hemmel
(Key West, Florida)


KEY WEST. David L. Hemmel has lived a large part of his life in a picket fence lined 'Conch House' in Key West's historic district. From this vantage point he has become friends with the old time local royalty and absorbed their many tales about our unique southernmost city. One of his most recent novels, 'Cuban Crimes of Passion' takes place between La Habana and Key West which are separated by the Florida Straits and its deadly and unpredictable Gulf Stream, a liquid highway for adventurers, smugglers and the simply curious.

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JACKSONVILLE, Armand Rosamilia

by Armand Rosamilia
(Jacksonville, Florida, USA)


Born in New Jersey in 1969, Armand has made Florida home since 2001.

He has several books set in Florida, including "Miami Spy Games," nonfiction "A View From My Seat: My Baseball Season With The Jumbo Shrimp" as well as "Dying Days" and "Dirty Deeds" series.

Quite a few of his short stories are set in areas of Florida. He is also a podcast host of two different programs on writing and author interviews and runs Project Entertainment Network, a growing podcast empire of 20 different shows.

He enjoys the weather and M&M's.

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JACKSONVILLE, James Weldon Johnson

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson was born in 1871 and died in 1938. He had a successful and varied career as an author, diplomat, lawyer, educator, songwriter, and civil rights activist.

He was also the first African American to become the Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

One of his songs was "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing". This song became very popular and was known as the "Negro National Anthem" and promoted by the NAACP.

His most well known book is "The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man". He also published a poetry collection "Fifty Years and Other Poems".

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MIAMI, Gaby Triana

by Gaby Triana
(Miami, FL)

Gaby Triana is the author of the Haunted Florida series (Island of Bones, River of Ghosts, City of Spells), as well as YA favorites, Wake the Hollow, Cakespell, Summer of Yesterday, and many more.

She’s published with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Entangled Publishing, and has ghostwritten 40+ novels for bestselling authors.

Gaby’s books have won an IRA Teen Choice Award, ALA Best Paperback, and Hispanic Magazine’s Good Reads Awards. She writes about ghosts, haunted places, and abandoned locations.

When not obsessing over Halloween, Christmas, or the paranormal, Gaby dreams of living a witchy life in the forests of New England but for the meantime resides in sunny Miami with her boys, Michael, Noah, Murphy, and her husband Curtis, their dog, Chloe, and four cats—Daisy, Mickey Meows, Paris, and the reformed thug/shooting survivor, Bowie.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Bill Brooks

by Bill Brooks
(Beverly Hills Fl)

Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks moved to Florida nearly 5 years ago and lives in Beverly Hills Florida. He mostly writes classic Westerns but also crime fiction.

His latest novel, Catch Me Kill Me has its setting in Miami. So he's getting there as a Florida author.

The main character is a Miami police detective who on his last hours of duty before he retires, catches a multiple homicide and one of the dead is his ex-wife's brother, so he can't exactly retire as he hoped.

Bill has written more than 40 novels of historical fiction, including Frontier Fiction, the tale of Tom Dooley, An American Tragedy and others.

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AUBURNDALE, Suzanne D. Williams

by Suzanne D. Williams
(Auburndale, FL, USA)


Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and nature photographer.

She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books, as well as writing devotionals and how-to articles for various websites.

Many of her books are set in Florida, using its small towns and rich history as a backdrop.

Her key work, LOVE & REDEMPTION, Book 1 of a seven-book series, is set in a fictional town that is fashioned after her hometown, Lakeland, in Central Florida.

She loves to include historical locations, from St. Augustine to the St. John's River and the Everglades in her stories, showing her love for the Florida environment.

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SURFSIDE, Isaac Bashevis Singer

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer lived from 1902 to 1991. He was a Polish-American author who wrote only in Yiddish.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978.

He and his wife moved to Surfside, Florida north of Miami Beach in their senior years.

A street in Surfide is named for him: "Isaac Singer Boulevard".

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MIAMI, Arva Moore Parks

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)


From Wikipedia:

Arva Moore Parks McCabe (born 1939) is a historian, author and preservationist in Miami, Florida.

A University of Florida Alumnus (1960), she was inducted into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame (1986) and was honored in Coral Gables Citizen of the Year.

She has worked to preserve Harry Truman’s Little White House and the Biltmore Hotel.

She wrote Miami, The Magic City and George Merrick’s Coral Gables.

She runs the Coral Gables Museum and has served as president of History Miami, chaired Coral Gables' Historic Preservation Board, and the Florida Humanities Council.

She produced films on Miami and Coconut Grove (she won an Emmy from the Florida Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and chaired the Florida Endowment for the Humanities in 1982-83.

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TAMPA, Cathy Finch White

by Cathy Finch White
(Tampa Florida)

Cathy Finch White was born and raised in Panama City Florida.

She attended Gulf Coast College and later relocated to Tampa where she continued her education at Tampa College. She still lives in Tampa.

Cathy has 3 children, whom all are college graduates and one grandson who is the inspiration behind all of her books.

She wants kids to understand that reading and education is the key to success in life.

EDITOR SAYS
Cathy, it would be nice to know what you have written, titles, etc.

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COCOA BEACH, Gordon England

Gordon England

Gordon England

Gordon England hails from Texas and was born in 1954. He now lives a tropical life in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Texas and retired from a successful civil engineering career in Florida.

While a practicing engineer, he coauthored three books and wrote dozens of technical papers presented at conventions across the country.

He is an editorial advisor for Stormwater Magazine and peer reviews research papers for the Environmental Water Resources Institute. He wrote Brevard County’s stormwater regulations and parts of Auckland, New Zealand’s rules for stormwater treatment devices.

Gordon grew up an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing across Texas and Mexico. These experiences serve as a basis for several of the short stories in his Wild Side Adventure Stories series. His passion for the outdoors led to offshore fishing adventures when he moved to Florida in 1988 and discovered a whole new world of tropics and Margaritaville and his wife Annie, another explorer. These exploits led to his first book, Boat Tales, True Tales of Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoors, with stories from Texas, Mexico, Florida, the Bahamas, and Panama.

The search for more adventures led his escape to Nassau, Bahamas for several years where he worked as a Senior Engineer for the government’s Ministry of Works as his day job. In his off time he explored the islands in his boat, Boat Tales, in search of spectacular reefs, big fish, the perfect tiki bar, and Buffet’s One Particular Harbor, gathering a treasure chest of story material that he now writes about.

His story of wandering the islands is told in his book Living in the Bahamas, Escape to the Bahamas, which shares adventures and misadventures in paradise lost, as well as Bahamian Harbour Guide, a pictorial travelogue of Gordon’s favorite harbors off the beaten tourist trail.

Since returning to Florida in 2006, Gordon has written a prolific collection of books, plays, songs, and audible books, as well as Kindle eBooks featured in his Wild Side Series of short stories.

NONFICTION SHORT STORIES

Lake Washington Terror, Wild Side Series No.1 (2013)
Cape Canaveral Odyssey, Wild Side Series No.2 (2012)
Cuban Confusion, Wild Side Series No.3 (2013)
Quail Bonanza, Wild Side Series No.4 (2012)
Popcorn Poison, Wild Side Series No.5 (2013)
Whitewing Hunting in Mexico, Wild Side Series No.6 (2011)
Chasing Pancho Villa, Wild Side Series No.7 (2013)
Bad Storm, Wild Side Series No.8 (2012)
First Marlin, Wild Side Series No.9 (2012)
The Other Side, Wild Side Series No.10 (2012)
First Marlin, Wild Side Series No.11 (2012)
Deep Into Mexico, Wild Side Series No.12 (2012)
Hole in the Wall, Wild Side Series No.13 (2012)
Rabbit Run, Wild Side Series No.14 (2012)
Big Dolphin, Wild Side Series No.15 (2012)
Pit Bull Terror, Wild Side Series No. 16 (2011)
Pinas Bay, Wild Side Series No.17 (2012)
Baja Tuna Frenzy, Wild Side Series No.18 (2014)
Texas Dove Swarm, Wild Side Series No. 19 (2014)

NON-FICTION BOOKS

Bahamian Harbour Guide - Finding Your Dreams (2013)
Living in the Bahamas - Adventures in Paradise (2013)
Boat Tales - True Tales of Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Adventure (2012)

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TALLAHASSEE, Michael Shaara

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Michael Shaara

Michael Shaara

Michael Shaara was born in 1928 and died in 1988 of a heart attack.

He lived in Tallahasse at one time while teaching literature at Florida State University.

His novel about the Battle of Gettysburg, "The Killer Angels", won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1975.

He also wrote many science fiction stories that were published in magazines.

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