Donny Bailey Seagraves is an American author of books for children and adults. She is a native of Athens, Georgia and for many years lived in the nearby small town of Winterville, the setting for her debut children’s middle grade novel, Gone From These Woods, published by Penguin Random House.

Seagraves attended the University of Georgia, where she majored in journalism. She is a longtime freelance writer with regional and national publication credits that include: The Writer, Chicago Tribune, Mature Living and Athens Magazine, where she freelanced for 20 years.

A popular speaker, Seagraves has presented at the Harriette Austin Writers Conference, SCBWI MD/DE/WV Regional Conference and the Northwest Georgia Valley Writers Conference. Other speaking engagements have included The Southern Festival of Books, The AJC Decatur Book Festival, the Georgia Reading Association, SIBA and The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Georgia.

Seagraves is a professional member of SCBWI and the Georgia Writers Registry and is a former City of Winterville, Georgia Council member, Mayor Pro-Tem and Interim Mayor. She has previously served on the boards of the Winterville Marigold Festival, Friends of the Winterville Library, the Athens Regional Library Boomers and the Athens Area Council on Aging.


When she’s not writing, Seagraves works in her used and rare book business, Junebug Books and Collectibles, which she founded in 1998. She and husband Phillip are the parents of twins, Jen and Greg, and grandparents to George and Patrick.

Read more about Donny Bailey Seagraves in Gale’s Something About the Author, Volume 224, Facts and Figures About Authors and Illustrators of Books for Young People and in Contemporary Authors, Volume(s) 311, published by Gale, in your local library.

Also find out more by visiting the FAQs page, the Press Kit page, and by reading these articles and this blogpost.


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Donny Bailey Seagraves signing Gone From These Woods at Borders Bookstore in Athens Georgia
Author Donny Bailey Seagraves, Bertis Downs and students at Barrow Elementary School
Donny Bailey Seagraves at the Winterville, Georgia Depot
Donny Bailey (Seagraves) typing a story for the Athens High School Thumb Tack Tribune
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