Rocktown Author Festival at Massanutten Regional Library features local Valley writers

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Saturday, April 6th will be the first-ever Rocktown Author Festival, held at the Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg.

The event is a celebration of books and writing, and it features 15 local authors.

“We have a children’s graphic novelist, a children’s fiction book writer, we have young adult fiction and fantasy writers, we have fantasy writers for adults, we have a romance writer, we have a paranormal horror writer, we have wonderful mystery writers,” said Michael Evans, the Director of Advancement at MRL.

The doors open at 1:00 p.m., and there will be five different readings beginning at 1:30 p.m. and running every half hour.

At 1:30 p.m., children’s picture book author Shernae Storella will read, and Brandon Jones, who writes young adult fiction will read at 2:00 p.m.

Margaret Locke, a romance writer and USA Today Bestselling Author, will read at 2:30 p.m., and David Simms, a horror/paranormal fiction writer will read at 3:00 p.m. The last author to read will be Sofia Samatar, a fantasy writer and World Fantasy Award Winner.

After each reading, there will be time for a question and answer session with each author.

Authors will be available to sign and sell their books, and offer tips about their craft.

“Discover new writers! Maybe somebody who’s just a neighbor who you didn’t know who is writing books, and to hear some wonderful readings by 5 of our authors this Saturday,” said Evans. “It’s also a great opportunity if you’re a writer, and you need to create that network.”

Many of the authors are independently published, and are familiar with the writing process from beginning to end.

Although they are all local, their books have been distributed across the world.

The event is family friendly and completely free and open to the public.

Other authors attending include:
-Chris Barcomb, children’s graphic novel
-Mary Fulk Larson, mystery
-P.A. Duncan, espionage
-Allison Garcia, Latino Christian fiction
-Brandon Jones, young adult fiction
-Taryn Kloeden, young adult fantasy
-William “Chris” Markham, middle grade fiction and urban fantasy
-Linda Miller, children’s picture books and illustrated stories
-J. Elizabeth Vincent, fantasy
-Sofia Samatar, fantasy
-Tamara Shoemaker, young adult fantasy
-David Simms, horror/paranormal
-Shernae Storella, children’s books
-Margaret Locke, romance
-Beth Trissel, historical/paranormal/young adult fantasy romance/gardening

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