Craig Boykin came from a difficult childhood. He grew up with low-level literacy skills and eventually dropped out of high school. After being incarcerated, Boykin decided to improve his situation and earn his GED. He went on to obtain both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is now working toward a Ph.D. in adult education. Boykin has become a celebrated author and speaker on education and motivates others to live up to greatness.
Alan Cook is the author of approximately eighteen books (depending on how you define book). He has written many mystery/suspense novels, and has also written two children’s books and nonfiction books about walking adventures and freedom quotations. He is required to write four poems a year for his wife, Bonny.
“I was a literacy teacher for many years, and I learned that some adults hide their reading problems. These problems limit their opportunities. It’s important that people be able to learn to read better without feeling ashamed. ProLiteracy provides this service.” —Alan Cook
Bonny Cook’s memoir, Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Traveling the World, and Other Adventures tells about going from being a school teacher to a vice president of Xerox Corporation. Now retired, she is an expert on DNA and genealogy and loves to travel, especially to visit the British cousins she’s uncovered.
“I was a school teacher for four years before I went into the business world. Some students slip through the cracks and don’t learn necessary reading skills. ProLiteracy takes over where the schools fail, and helps people master these skills.” —Bonny Cook
Shelley Shepard Gray
Shelley Shepard Gray writes Amish romances for Harper Collins inspirational line, Avon Inspire and historical romances as Shelley Gray for Zondervan. Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists. Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
To date, Shelley has published over fifty novels for a variety of publishers. Her novels have been highlighted in the Philadelphia Enquirer, Washington Post, Time Magazine, and USA Today. She has also been interviewed on NPR as well as numerous regional radio stations.
My books are available in print and ebook format through most venues (Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Kobo, etc). Most are geared towards adults who enjoy history, mystery, thrills and romance...and maybe a little time travel.
My stories involve people in tough situations who not only survive but often flourish because of their grit and determination. I hope my tales will encourage others to overcome their own personal challenges.
Literacy is important to me because it is the easiest way to learn and gain life experiences. I may not be able to climb Mount Everest, but I can feel the frigid wind, stinging my face, the burn of frostbite on my feet through others' words. I can learn how to turn scrap into treasure or surplus foodstuffs into grand cuisine with the guidance of books that will stimulate my own thought processes.
Earl Mills is all too familiar with the shame and embarrassment of being illiterate. At 45 years old, Earl was married with five children, owned his own home, and worked for 25 years at the same company. Yet he had a secret that few others knew: he could not read.
Earl sought the assistance of the Craven Literacy Council. When he went to them they assessed him at a second-grade reading level. He had trouble spelling words like girl and bird. With sheer determination he embarked on a three-year process of learning how to read. In addition to improving his literacy skills, Mills developed his ability to capture the frustrations and triumphs through his poetry. Today, he has published several books of poetry, including From Illiterate to Poet and From Illiterate to Author.
National bestselling author, Jillian Neal, was not only born 30 but also came accessorized with loads of books and adorable handbags in which to carry them, at least that’s what she tells people. After earning a degree in education, she discovered that her passion could never be housed inside a classroom. A vehement lover of love and having maintained a lifelong affair with the awe-inspiring power of words, she set to turn the romance industry on its head. Her overly-caffeinated, troupe-spinning muse is never happy with the standard formula story. She believes every book should be brimming with passion, loaded with hot sexy scenes, packed with a gut-punch of emotion, and have characters that leap off the page and right into your heart.
Her first series, The Gifted Realm, defines contemporary romance with a fantasy twist. Her Gypsy Beach series will leave you longing to visit the sultry shores of the tiny bohemian beach town, and her erotic romance series, Camden Ranch, will make you certain there is nothing better than a cowboy with some chaps, a rope, and a plan. The sheer amount of coffee required to keep all of those characters dancing in her head borders on lethal, so she unleashes their engaging stories on page after page of spellbinding reads.
Jillian lives outside of Atlanta with her own sexy sweetheart, their teenage sons, and enough stiletto heels, cowgirl boots, and flip-flops to exist in any of the fictional worlds she brings to life.