Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Invite an Author or Illustrator

Author and illustrator visits have the power to change lives.  To find Midsouth authors and illustrators, you may visit the SCBWI’s Midsouth Speakers Bureau

Midsouth is also happy to provide the following list of published authors and illustrators from Tennessee and Kentucky who maintain a website and have expressed interest in receiving invitations.  The list is restricted to those authors and illustrators whose work has appeared in at least one children’s book, magazine, movie, or play in return for compensation.  Many of these individuals have produced award-winners and bestsellers.  

To discuss a potential appearance, visit the person’s website and use the contact information supplied there.

(For suggestions on ways to help pay for a school visit, please see Funding a School Visit)

City/State Author or Illustrator Contact information
Adairville, KY Alison Lyne
Arrington, TN Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
Bristol, TN Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Chattanooga, TN Joyce McPherson
Danville, KY Patsi B. Trollinger
Dayton, KY Charles Colman
Deer Lodge, TN Rita Monette
Franklin, TN Maureen O’Brien
Franklin, TN Kris Sexton
Franklin, TN Howard Shirley
Harriman, TN Brooks Benjamin
Harrodsburg, KY Lois Sepahban
Hazard, KY Nancy Kelly Allen
Hebron, KY Linda Gondosch
Hohenwald, TN Carol Buckley
Hopkinsville, KY Susan Vaught
Johnson City, TN  Chris Everheart
Kingston, TN Kim Johnson
Knoxville, TN Kelsey C. Roy
Lancaster, KY Beth Dotson Brown
Lenoir City, TN Connie Green
Lexington, KY Evelyn Christensen
Lexington, KY David Arnold
Lexington, KY George Ella Lyon
Lexington, KY Randi Mrvos
Lexington, KY Doina Paraschiv
Lexington, KY Martha Bennett Stiles
Lexington, KY Mary Knight
Louisville, KY Gail Nall
Louisville, KY Marie Bradby
Louisville, KY  Michael Cooper
Louisville, KY Kelly Creagh
Louisville, KY Kurt Hampe
Louisville, KY Katie McGarry
Louisville, KY Scott Soeder
Louisville, KY Charles Suddeth
Louisville, KY  Norma Vantrease
Mt. Juliet, TN Donna Getzinger Driver
Madison, TN Sharon Cameron
Madisonville, KY Patricia Wiles
Maryville, TN Rhonda H. Rucker
Memphis, TN Alice Duncan
Memphis, TN Moriah McStay
Memphis, TN Michael Gravois
Memphis, TN Barry Wolverton
Murfreesboro, TN Amy Parker
Murfreesboro, TN Debra West Smith
Nashville, TN  Tracy Barrett
Nashville, TN Robert J. Blake
Nashville, TN Shellie Braeuner
Nashville, TN Kimberly Dana
Nashville, TN Helene Dunbar
Nashville, TN Susan Eaddy
Nashville, TN Debbie Guthery
Nashville, TN Helen Hemphill
Nashville, TN Karyn Henley
Nashville, TN Candie Moonshower
Nashville, TN Ruta Sepetys
Nashville, TN Courtney Stevens
Nashville, TN  Jennifer Trafton
Nashville, TN Mary Uhles
Nashville, TN Jessica Young 
Nashville, TN Edie Stoltz Zolkower
Norris, TN Kathleen E. Fearing
Oak Ridge, TN Edward T. Sullivan
Richmond, KY  Marie Mitchell
Sevierville, TN Debbie Dadey
Spring Hill, TN C. J. Redwine