The Ardent Writer Press participated in the Alabama Book Festival on Saturday, April 20th in Montgomery, Alabama
The Ardent Writer Press participated in a packed Alabama Book Festival this past Saturday, April 20th, in Montgomery, Alabama.
A select few authors conducted discussions about their book and signed copies for the public afterwards, including Ardent Writer Press’ own Larry Williamson! Larry discussed Legend of the Tallassee Carbine and took questions from the audience.
Other Ardent Writer attendees were Annie Laura Smith (Twilight of Honor) and her daughter, Laura, Mike Wines (Stupid Alabama) and Carol Ealons (Tuxedo Junction). Publisher Steve Gierhart and his wife, Bonny, also attended, including a reception for authors at the historic Hill House next door to the Governor’s Mansion on Friday evening before the festival. The Alabama State Council for the Arts, the Alabama Writers’ Forum, and the festival sponsored the reception.
All AWP authors visited and talked with fans. Mike took several preorders for his upcoming laugh-a-page tween novel, Stupid Alabama, while Carol Ealons visited with jazz great and friend, Doc Adams. You can see more on Carol and Mike’s author pages, and her blog on signing with Ardent Writer Press.
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Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight. The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful. It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them. While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted. They persevered.
Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.
Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.
Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.
He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.