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Mary Montague Sikes
An Artful Animal Alphabet, February 12, 2018

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Neal Steele interviewed Mary Montague Sikes on February 12th about her first children's book, An Artful Animal Alphabet, featuring her writing and paintings, which was released in 2017.

Mary Montague Sikes is an award-winning author of eight non-fiction books and nine novels. Holder of a BA degree in psychology from the University of Mary Washington and a MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University, she has many years of experience as a free-lance writer and photographer for local and national newspapers and for national and international magazines.
A former member of the Board of Governors of Virginia Writers Club, she is co-founder and first treasurer of Virginia Romance Writers, is a founding member of Chesapeake Bay Writers Club, and is also a founding member of Chesapeake Bay Pen Women. A past-president of the Richmond Branch, National League of American Pen Women, she has presented state and national NLAPW conference workshops. She is a past-president of Richmond Artists Association and a current member of Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association.
Sikes has shown her paintings extensively in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Soon after the release of her coffee table book, Hotels to Remember that she wrote and illustrated, she was included on a Virginia Festival of the Book travel panel.

 
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Susan Williamson
Turkmen Captives January 8, 2018

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Neal Steele interviewed Susan Williamson about her novel, Turkmen Captives. In the book, Madelaine Jones is still reeling from her husband’s death in Afghanistan when her house explodes and a mysterious letter indicates her husband might not have been a war casualty.  Her desire to learn the truth involves her in international intrigue on three continents  as she and an Irish intelligence officer search for answers.

Susan Williamson has been an extension agent, newspaper editor, educator, food coop manager, and professional horsewoman. She is an avid reader and writer. She currently resides in Williamsburg with her husband and labradoodle. She is a former board member of Winston-Salem Writers and a member of Chesapeake Bay Writers.
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