31 Central Florida authors to catch up with while at home

This damn pandemic is also an opportune time to kick back and catch up on our favorite reading material, especially books written by local authors. Whether you're looking for a deep mystery, a heartwarming fairytale or a mix to figure out life, these native authors who you may or may not have heard of are sure to satisfy any literary craving.

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31 Central Florida authors to catch up with while at home
Kristen Arnett 
Kristen Arnett perfectly captures the heart-wrenching feelings of loss and love in her novel Mostly Dead Things. The book focuses on Jessa-Lynn Morton who loses her father to suicide and is forced to take on the family business, while the rest of her family struggles with strange coping mechanism, revealing their true identities.
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Kristen Arnett


Kristen Arnett perfectly captures the heart-wrenching feelings of loss and love in her novel Mostly Dead Things. The book focuses on Jessa-Lynn Morton who loses her father to suicide and is forced to take on the family business, while the rest of her family struggles with strange coping mechanism, revealing their true identities.

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Bob Morris 
Bob Morris’s five new eBooks Short Road to Hell, All Over The Map, Gut Check, The Man With The Fish On His Foot, and The Whole Shebang each come with a collection of short stories that make readers laugh, shed tears and embrace life lessons.
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Bob Morris


Bob Morris’s five new eBooks Short Road to Hell, All Over The Map, Gut Check, The Man With The Fish On His Foot, and The Whole Shebang each come with a collection of short stories that make readers laugh, shed tears and embrace life lessons.

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Teege Braune 
Teege Braune displays humor in his articles for The Drunken Odyssey that presents his creative writing in “Top Takes a Top,” which was featured in the Bridge Eight literary magazine.
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Teege Braune


Teege Braune displays humor in his articles for The Drunken Odyssey that presents his creative writing in “Top Takes a Top,” which was featured in the Bridge Eight literary magazine.

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Kristin Harmel 
Kristin Harmel’s most recent work, The Winemaker’s Wife, is set in 1940 during some of the most gruesome days of World War 2, that teaches how one decision can impact others lives forever, yielding to serious consequences for the cost of freedom. Harmel is also known for her novel The Room on Rue Amelie, which tells the story of World War 2 from three different perspectives that eventually cross paths in the turmoil.
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Kristin Harmel


Kristin Harmel’s most recent work, The Winemaker’s Wife, is set in 1940 during some of the most gruesome days of World War 2, that teaches how one decision can impact others lives forever, yielding to serious consequences for the cost of freedom. Harmel is also known for her novel The Room on Rue Amelie, which tells the story of World War 2 from three different perspectives that eventually cross paths in the turmoil.

Photo via Kristin Harmel
Suleika Jaouad 
Suleika Jaouad is known for her New York Times column “Life, Interrupted” and her first debut novel Between Two Kingdoms which focuses on Jaouad’s true story of survival in coping with leukemia and her journey of healing and self-discovery.
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Suleika Jaouad


Suleika Jaouad is known for her New York Times column “Life, Interrupted” and her first debut novel Between Two Kingdoms which focuses on Jaouad’s true story of survival in coping with leukemia and her journey of healing and self-discovery.

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Heather McPherson 
Heather McPherson is known for her time in Orlando as a food editor for the Orlando Sentinel and has two published cookbooks; Field to Feast and Good Catch.
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Heather McPherson


Heather McPherson is known for her time in Orlando as a food editor for the Orlando Sentinel and has two published cookbooks; Field to Feast and Good Catch.

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Kacey Kowars
Kacey Kowars’s A Celebration of Words is a collection of the stories he learned in interviewing various literary heroes on his radio show, “The Kacey Kowars Show,” including guests such as David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block and more.
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Kacey Kowars


Kacey Kowars’s A Celebration of Words is a collection of the stories he learned in interviewing various literary heroes on his radio show, “The Kacey Kowars Show,” including guests such as David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Block and more.

Photo via Kacey Kowars/ Facebook
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler 
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler’s books Science of Parenthood, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and The BIGGER Book of Parenting Tweets all use both science and humor to help parents understand why children do the things they do with the help of their signature cartoons.
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Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler


Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler’s books Science of Parenthood, The Big Book of Parenting Tweets, and The BIGGER Book of Parenting Tweets all use both science and humor to help parents understand why children do the things they do with the help of their signature cartoons.

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Tez Brooks 
Tez Brooks is known for his book The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce which focuses on his journeys and lessons on the rocky road of single fatherhood. Brooks has also written three other books on family and spirituality including Four Easy Ways Your Church Can, Minister to Single Dads, and The Door.
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Tez Brooks


Tez Brooks is known for his book The Single Dad Detour: Directions for Fathering After Divorce which focuses on his journeys and lessons on the rocky road of single fatherhood. Brooks has also written three other books on family and spirituality including Four Easy Ways Your Church Can, Minister to Single Dads, and The Door.

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