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I’m glad you’re here. My name is Donny Bailey Seagraves. I’m an American author of books for children and adults. I’m also a native of Athens, Georgia and for many years lived in the nearby small town of Winterville, the rural North Georgia setting for my first published children’s middle grade novel, Gone From These Woods, published by Penguin Random House. For more information about Gone From These Woods, scroll down or go here. Wondering how I got published by Penguin Random House without an agent? Read my article in The Writer Magazine

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Author Donny Bailey Seagraves standing at a door of the historic Winterville, Georgia train depot. Winterville, population approximately 1,200, is located 6 miles from Athens and the University of Georgia.

Gone From These Woods

I didn't want to go rabbit hunting with Uncle Clay on that cold November morning. But I went. Now I have to live with what happened for the rest of my life. It was just an accident. The rabbit ran away. Clay fell beside me. But he wasn't dead. Clay couldn't be dead.

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Nothing has been the same for Daniel Sartain since that morning in the woods when Uncle Clay went down. Mom tries to hold the family together with her comfort and love. Mrs. Hardy, Daniel’s guidance counselor at school, offers a sanctuary in her office as she tries to help Daniel survive after losing his role model and best friend. At the same time, Daniel’s alcoholic father, Clay’s older brother, makes a tragic situation worse. The memory of that cold morning in the Georgia woods – and most of all the hurt – will stay with Daniel forever. But somehow, he must find a way to go on . . . for Uncle Clay . . . and for himself.

In Gone From These Woods, author Donny Bailey Seagraves, an Athens, Georgia native, deftly illustrates the culture and tradition of the American rural South and how one boy must learn to navigate this world.

About the Author

Donny Bailey Seagraves

Donny Bailey Seagraves is an American author living in Athens, Georgia, USA. Her debut middle grade novel, Gone From These Woods, was published by Penguin Random House. For many years, she has been a freelance writer with publication credits in numerous regional and national newspapers and magazines. When she’s not writing, Donny works in her business, Junebug Books and Collectibles, which she founded in 1998. To find out more about Donny, visit her About me page, Bio page, FAQs and Press Kit.

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Read Donny’s Breakthrough article in The Writer Magazine about how she got published by Random House without an agent.

Read Donny’s Athens Magazine article about the late Harriette Austin, beloved writing teacher.

Read Donny’s Athens Magazine article about the oldest rodeo Bronc rider, Harry Hancock, a native of Athens, GA.

Read Donny’s Chicago Tribune article about Brenda Mullis, who went from Winterville, GA abused wife to studying to be a Methodist Pastor. 

Visit the Books page to find out about Gone From These Woods and other books by Donny Bailey Seagraves coming soon.

Other Books by Donny Bailey Seagraves

Coming soon: Finding Fiction in Your Own Backyard

Coming soon: Athens Writes

Coming soon: Spelling Bee

Coming soon: Cooking Southern With Annie D: A Seagraves Family Cookbook

Read My Latest Blog Posts

How I Won the Aqua Typewriter

How I Won the Aqua Typewriter Back in the 1960s, developers built a new shopping center at the corner of Lexington Highway and Cherokee Road in my hometown of Athens,

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Interview With Literary Agent Jill Corcoran

SCBWI SpringMingle 2013 Blog Tour: Agent Jill Corcoran SCBWI SpringMingle 2013 Blog Tour: Agent Jill Corcoran by Donny Seagraves | Jan 24, 2013 | authors, Blog Book Tour, Conferences | 4 comments Today I have the pleasure of hosting

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Interview With Darcy Pattison

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