Donny Bailey Seagraves signing her children's middle-grade novel, Gone From These Woods at Borders Bookstore in Athens, Georgia. L-R: Donna Rhodes Griffin, Donny Bailey Seagraves, Lee Hartle, Margaret Johnston.

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 Random House (now Penguin Random House). Her newest book is COOKING WITH ANNIE D: SOUTHERN RECIPES SEASONED WITH SEAGRAVES AND PETTYJOHN FAMILY HISTORY, published by Coile Grove Press.

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, the 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.

Author Donny Bailey Seagraves with Bertis Downs and students at Barrow Elementary School in Athens, 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 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.

To learn more about Donny Bailey Seagraves, visit her FAQs page, see her Press Kit, read her article about how she got published by Random house without an agent in The Writer Magazine and read a story about how she became a writer. Also read this Athens Banner-Herald article and this Oglethorpe Echo article about the author.

Author Donny Bailey Seagraves signs her children's middle-grade novel, Gone From These Woods, at Borders Bookstore in Athens, Georgia

You will also find 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, which you should be able to find in your local library.