Born and raised in the South, award winning, internationally published author and poet Christy Tillery French loves to write about quirky Southern women and has published 12 books to date: Chasing Horses, Wayne’s Dead, Chasing Demons, Chasing Secrets, and The Bodyguard series: The Bodyguard, The Bodyguard and the Show Dog, The Bodyguard and the Rock Star, The Bodyguard and the Snitch, and The Bodyguard and the Bodyguard. The Bodyguard and Bridezilla coming soon! Christy co-wrote Whistling Woman, a Southern/Appalachian historical fiction with her sister Cyndi Tillery Hodges. She recently released Obsolete, a dystopian action-adventure, as a Kindle.
Christy has five recipes in Killer Recipes, a cookbook donating all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. She has a short story entitled Investigator Incarnate in the anthology Cats in a Dreamspell. She has been featured as one of the authors in the book 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading, released September, 2010.
Christy’s books have been chosen by numerous book clubs across America as their Book of the Month. Chasing Horses was named Finalist in the Heart & Scroll Madcap Contest for Best in Romantic Comedy, 2001. Wayne’s Dead was named one of MyShelf’s Top 10 Reads for 2002 and Manager’s Pick for the Month of September 2003 by United Authors Association. The Bodyguard and the Show Dog received the 2006 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award and was named Finalist in the Dog Writers Association of America 2006 Writing Competition, Book: Fiction. The Bodyguard and the Rock Star was named Finalist in the USA Book News National Best Books 2009 Award, Fiction and Literature: Cross Genre Fiction. Chasing Secrets was named Finalist in the Dog Writers Association of American 2009 Writing Competition, Book: Fiction, and Finalist in the EPIC 2010 E-Book Competition: Mystery, Suspense and/or Action Adventure. In addition,all eight books have been placed with the McClung Historical Collection of the East Tennessee Historical Center as part of the local and genealogical history of East Tennessee. The translation rights for Wayne’s Dead were sold to Yacom Publishers of Seoul, South Korea and the translation rights for Chasing Demons were sold to Futami Shobo Publishers of Tokyo, Japan.
Christy’s award-winning poetry has been published in America and England. She has been recognized in Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets (American Biographical Institute, 2002-2009), Who’s Who in America (Marquis Who’s Who, 2003-2009), Who’s Who of American Women (Marquis Who’s Who 2004-2009), Who’s Who in Finance and Business (Marquis Who’s Who, 2004-2009), and Manchester Who’s Who, 2006-2009.
Christy previously served on the Board of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) Skill Build Committee, representing East Tennessee. In August, 2005, she organized and hosted a skill build in Knoxville, Tennessee, sponsored by SEMWA. She presently serves on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Mountain Writers.
In August, 2006, French was interviewed for the Norwegian magazine, “Magasinet”,published by “Dagbladet” (http://www.dagbladet.no/magasinet/2006/08/28/475079.html) in an article by Kjersti Flaa about beauty scams and women’s constant search for the right products.. Her article on Genre Fiction vs. Literary Fiction was utilized by the University of Florida in Spring, 2006 as part of the coursework for Crime and Detective Fiction in Brazil (http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/eginway/POW4930.html). Her essay on The History of Makeup has been published in the book Exploring Beauty by Joanne Strobert.
Christy worked as a paralegal until she decided she preferred to be her own boss. In the past, she owned and operated a medical transcription service for psychiatrists and psychologists, a transcription service for court reporters, and freelanced as a paralegal. With her husband, she has co-owned a cartage company, industrial tire service, and most recently, a forklift service and industrial battery service. French previously was book reviewer for the Knoxville News-Sentinel and presently reviews books for Midwest Book Review.
Christy resides on a mini-farm in Powell, TN, with her husband, four dogs and two cats. Avid boaters, she and her husband are remodeling a 1987 70′ Somerset houseboat. In addition, Christy enjoys working in her flowerbeds and vegetable gardens, horseback riding, camping and, of course, reading. She is a volunteer with Wolf Creek Weimaraner Rescue and donates proceeds from her book sales to this group as well as the local animal shelter. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, High Country Writers, Tennessee Writers Alliance, and Tennessee Mountain Writers.
More information about Christy and her writing can be found at http://christytilleryfrench.com and
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