"Minnow," James McTeer’s debut novel, evokes the mysteries of childhood, the sacrifices we make to preserve our families, and the ghosts that linger in the Spanish moss of the South Carolina barrier islands. A winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize, James’ writing reveals the story of a small boy who leaves his dying father’s bedside to find a medicine for a mysterious illness. When his mother sends him to a druggist in their coastal town, the story takes an unexpectedly turn into a dark and wondrous journey deep into the ancient Sea Islands.
Born and raised in Beaufort, James is a school librarian in Columbia, SC. He is the grandson of the late J. E. McTeer, whose thirty-seven years as High Sheriff of the Lowcountry (and local witch doctor) served as inspiration for Minnow.
Sheri Shepherd Levy, is the award-winning author of Seven Days to Goodbye, a story about Trina, a puppy raiser. After her beloved dog dies, she swears she’ll never get another. But then Trina learns about service dogs, and realizes if she becomes a puppy raiser, she could train puppy after puppy and never worry about them dying.
Sheri, a California native turned Southern, taught a multi-handicapped special education class for 16 years before teaching in a Family Learning Program, doing home visits, GED skills, and parenting classes when she started writing in secret. When Sheri needed information and support, she joined Emrys writing classes and gained the confidence to continue developing her novel.