When Dr. Timothy Holder, associate professor of history at Walters State Community College, decided to publish an anthology, he didn’t need to look far to find contributing writers.
Three of the four stories featured in “Four: Four Stories of Suspense and Adventure” were written by people Holder had met through his work at Walters State.
“I met Ashley (Williams) when we both received the R. Jack Fishman Writing Award from Walters State. I was impressed by the quality of her writing,” Holder said.
Williams is a criminal justice major. A Texas native, Williams now lives in Greeneville with her family and has published two novels. The most recent is “Broken Identity,” published in 2011 by publishing house Destiny Image. She writes contemporary Christian fiction and plans to use her criminal justice knowledge to incorporate a new dimension of suspense into her writing.
After Williams, Holder then asked D.A. Adams to be part of the project. Adams is an English instructor who, like Holder, teaches on the college’s Sevier County Campus. Adams is the author of the “Brotherhood of Dwarves” series published by Seventh Star Press. The series has a cult-like following among fantasy and science fiction fans. The latest book in the series is “Between Dark and Light.”
The third story was written by Ann Lovell, of Richmond, Va. A Knoxville native, Ann spent 13 years living in Asia. Lovell is best known for a series of children’s books called “Connie and Friends.”
Then Holder contributed a murder mystery. Holder has written a science fiction novel, but has been prolific with nonfiction work in the past decade. His titles usually connect to history, education or faith. These include “Nixon and His Men,” “Ask the Professor” and “Influential Christians.”
“Four” is available through popular online booksellers and at the Walters State Bookstore on the Morristown campus. The book is also available for Kindle readers.
In the picture: Authors (and Walters State instructors) D.A. Adams and Dr. Timothy Holder pose with “Four: Four Stories of Suspense and Adventure.” The book features four authors. Three have Walters State Connections: Adams, adjunct faculty member in English; Holder, associate professor of history; and student Ashley Williams (not pictured).