Legacies & Memories

E.L. (Ed) Wilks

E.L. (Ed) Wilks is an award-winning author who has written, co-written and edited numerous books, primarily biographies and business-related books, including The Lohman Way: Entrepreneur Lowell Lohman’s Story and Strategies for Building Multimillion-Dollar Family Businesses. Ed is a biographer, editor and president and founder of Legacies & Memories, a biography and publishing firm that has written and produced numerous books since 1999. The firm also has published many books by authors writing in various genres.  

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David M. Moffett

David M. Moffett, a great grandson of John Bigham Moffett II, has for many years researched the Moffett family’s history. He is the author of John Bigham Moffett and Descendants: The Southern Moffetts. He also is co-author of the first book about the early Moffetts, The Moffetts of Lauder, Loughinisland, Leggygowan & the Land of Lincoln, which was updated and revised into a new edition, and with a new title, The Moffetts of Leggygowan & the Land of Lincoln. The books are based on more than twelve years of genealogical research by David and professional researchers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the United States. Mark K. Windover, co-author of The Moffetts of Leggygowan & the Land of Lincoln, is a professional genealogist.

Abby Summerhill

Abby Summerhill is 13 years old and lives in Chicago. She is in the 8th grade at St. Clement School. The Ducklings story happened when she was 9 years old. Noni (Gail) Summerhill is retired from the History Department at The Ohio State University and now lives by the sea in St. Augustine, Florida with her husband Steve. Alyssa Mazon lives in Columbus, Ohio. She is a senior at the Columbus College of Art & Design. She is studying graphic arts.

James H. Hardy

James H. Hardy is the author of Musings: Delightful Stories from a Long Life. He is also the author of Reflections, a collection of sixty-five stories published in 2016. He was editor of the book, Spinal Deformity in Neurological and Muscular Disorder. A retired orthopedic surgeon, he and his wife Barbara live in Florida.

Miriam Hodges

Miriam Hodges is the author of One in a Million: A True Story by Miriam. Miriam is a former Member Emeritus-Nottingham Association of Artists for Troop Entertainment WWII. Holly Rubin Sills is the co-author and editor of One in a Million: A True Story by Miriam. Holly is an author, editor, spokeswoman and advocate for those who demonstrate extraordinary courage.

Randy Cribbs

Randy Cribbs is an award-winning author of numerous books, most of them set in St. Augustine, Florida or about St. Augustine, including a coloring book, Color Me History! St. Augustine, Florida: The Oldest City in the United States.

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Krista Keating-Joseph

Krista Keating-Joseph is the author, with Colonel (Retired) Will G. Merrill Jr., of the biography, ‘Charlie, Don’t Be a Hero’: A Mother’s Story of the Extraordinary Life of Her Son, U.S. Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV. She is also the award-winning author of the Big-Hearted Charlie series of inspirational children’s books based on true stories about her son: Big-Hearted Charlie Runs The Mile (Winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award); Big-Hearted Charlie Never Gives Up; Big-Hearted Charlie Learns How to Make Friends; and Big-Hearted Charlie’s Coloring Book: The Story of a Dog Named Turtle and a Turtle Named Dog. Krista is a Gold Star Mom.

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Colonel (Retired) Will G. Merrill Jr.

Colonel (Retired) Will G. Merrill Jr. is the author, with Krista Keating-Joseph, of the biography, ‘Charlie, Don’t Be a Hero’: A Mother’s Story of the Extraordinary Life of Her Son, U.S. Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV. Will served in the U.S. Army for thirty-one years including tours in Germany, Vietnam, Korea and Greece. His first book, 9/11 Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes, was named Book of the Year in both the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award and military-writers.com contests. He also is the author of Ordinary People: Extraordinary Heroes – Afghanistan and Iraq.

Nancy Rae Lohman

Nancy Rae Lohman is the author of BLOSSOM: Cultivating More Joy and Success in Life and Business. She is a businesswoman, philanthropist, community enthusiast and national speaker. Nancy is available to speak to business and civic organizations, nonprofits and other groups. Among the topics and subjects of her motivational and educational speeches are 1) BLOSSOM: Cultivating More Joy and Success in Business and Life; 2) Leading Yourself to Better Lead Others; 3) Preparing Yourself to Make a Difference; 4) Focus on Personal Measures of Success; and 5) Empowering Best Practices.

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Robert R. Amon Jr.

Robert R. Amon Jr. served in Vietnam in 1969 as a U.S. combat advisor to South Vietnamese allies. He is published in the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Veteran’s Soul and served on the advisory board of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Educational Center. He participates in panel discussions on the Vietnam War, has made guest appearances on TV and radio, and presents at high schools, colleges, veterans’ groups and civic organizations.

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Linda M. Brandt

Linda M. Brandt is the author of “Coffee with Linda”: 365 Days of Devotions. “Coffee with Linda” has a loyal following on Facebook where her daily devotions are shared and enjoyed by thousands. Linda also is an artist and she is the author and illustrator of several books, including My Jonah Journey…Developing an Attitude of Gratitude; Henry’s Life as a Tulip Bulb; and Henry the Tulip Bulb Gets Back to his Roots.

Arthur Mendenhall

Arthur Mendenhall, author of the Jed Chance Series, has always been a fan of westerns. He grew up reading Louis L.’ Amour and other western writers and watching John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and other movie and TV riders of the plains.

Peter Guinta

Peter Guinta is the author of Well of Bones: 20 American Snipers, 10,000 ISIS Terrorists. Peter is a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran who – as a professional news reporter – reported on insurrection, electoral and political violence, and war in what he calls Third World hell holes such as Baghdad and Ramadi in Iraq, Panama, El Salvador, Oman and Qatar. In 2005, he received Florida Press Club’s First Place award for in-depth reporting about the Florida National Guard in Iraq. Peter is co-author of Illumination Rounds, a graphic portrayal of American soldiers and Marines in Vietnam.

Nancy Macri

Nancy Macri is the author of St. Augustine: Unique Places…Disappearing Spaces. Nancy is an experienced and accomplished artist who has won awards for her paintings in acrylics and watercolors. For years, she also has conducted workshops and taught drawing and painting in her hometown, St. Augustine, Florida. She has traveled the world to paint – and surf – but always returns to the town she loves.

Rick McAllister

Rick McAllister is the author of the memoir, Chasing Hemingway: Five Journeys on My Way to Here. He also is the author of The Olde South: A Photo Journey Along the Back Roads of the South. A photographer for over forty years, Rick spent eight years traveling the back roads of the Southeastern part of the United States searching for images for his critically acclaimed series. Rick makes his home in St. Augustine, Florida.

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Kenneth M. Barrett, Jr.

Kenneth M. Barrett, Jr. is the author of Anastasia Island: St. Augustine’s Jewel by the Sea. Archiving, collecting, curating and photographing for St. Augustine’s various collections since 1976, Kenneth M. Barrett, Jr.’s work has been published in more than a dozen books about Florida and St. Augustine’s rich history. A former member of Flagler College’s Art Department, he was responsible for bringing the work of noted photographer Richard Twine to the St. Augustine Historical Society.

Robert H. Maynard

Robert H. Maynard is the author of A Squirrel Afraid of Heights? Robert writes a bi-monthly newspaper column and has more than forty years of experience writing, hunting, fishing, camping and exploring nature. His intense love and knowledge of nature are evident in his storytelling.

Linda R. Beall

Linda R. Beall is the author and creator of the Four PAWS series. Four PAWS are four little dogs named Jessie, Max, Itty-Bitty, and Preston. The most recent Four PAWS book is Four PAWS Rumble and Tumble Through the Streets in St. Augustine. Linda M. Brandt illustrated the book. Linda R. Beall’s previous books include: Four PAWS and One Old Cat; We Four PAWS and ME at Yellowstone National Park; and Four PAWS Lucky Little Duke Dog.

Lou Ellen Riley

Lizzie and the Storytellers grew out of the author’s own experiences with grief and loss. Lou Ellen Riley includes a little bit of herself in every character in the book. She appreciates the value of friendship and finding good in everyone. The author is a retired teacher who loves to read and loves to see children reading. She lives in Northeast Florida with her husband, and a lively assortment of cats, dogs, and horses. She thoroughly enjoys taking care of everyone.

Eugene W. Vest

Eugene W. Vest was raised in a Christian family in the 1930s and 40s. He and his two younger sisters were active in Church programs from a very early age. As Gene grew older, went to college, and became an engineer, he continued his work in the church and the study of Bible history. Now in retirement, Gene enjoys talking and writing stories based on that history. His book, CALEB, is one such story.

Jannie Carter Williams

Jannie Carter Williams, author of From Poverty to Prosperity, has more than forty years of experience in the real estate industry. Using her knowledge of buying, selling, and investing in property, she achieved her goal of becoming financially independent. She lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.

Anthony Zaffuto

Anthony Zaffuto is the author of Be Your Own Boss: How to Start or Buy a Business. His nearly six decades span work as a Financial Analyst, Manager, Director, and Vice President of two companies. He has been an entrepreneur, franchisee, consultant, speaker, and university Professor of Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management, and Entrepreneurship.