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Top 10 Haute Young Authors

Tables of Content begins with a cocktail reception with Top 10 Haute Young Authors.

Lauren Allbright

Exit Strategy

Lauren Allbright roamed the southern states before landing in Texas and calling it home. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University. After graduation, she spent her days teaching middle schoolers and her nights reading books. Now when she is not writing (or momming), she enjoys training for half-marathons and triathlons as well as camping with her family. She lives in Dallas with her patient husband, three high-energy children, six (give or take) fish, one overly excitable cocker spaniel, and (the slowest ever) guinea pig named Blaster. Her writing has appeared in many different publications, including the Huffington Post, and her middle grade novel, EXIT STRATEGY, will be published by Aladdin/S&S June 6, 2017.

Andresen, Beth

Beth Andresen

Color and Activity Book for Librarians (or anybody who has worked at a library)

Beth Andresen (pen name E.B. Nesser) is an artist and web designer.  A lifelong literary aficionado, she spent countless childhood hours perusing the stacks of her local library.  She has found herself at home in libraries as an adult as well, working as a photo researcher in an archives, a Jill-of-many-trades at an urban library, and a web designer at an academic library.

The Color and Activity Book for Librarians is an homage to the wonderfully creative and passionate people who make libraries.

Ms. Andresen currently lives in Dallas and works for Southern Methodist University’s Office of Information Technology.

Logan Barnard

Logan Barnard

Moggin Says Red

Logan Barnard wrote Moggin Says Red at one of his mother's book signings in Lawton, Oklahoma when he was just a first-grader himself. He tried to sell his first handwritten copy to passersby for the low price of $50, but when he couldn't, he agreed to let his mother submit it to contests for him. And guess what? It won! 

Now in the fourth grade and living back home in the Permian Basin area of west Texas, Logan is an advocate of autism awareness as well as being a fan of Marvel superheroes, Rocky Balboa, and is a top speller at his school. Logan hopes that Moggin can help children the world over learn their colors. 

Sara Barnard

The ABC's of Texas Plants

Sara Barnard, the mother to author Logan and his three siblings, is a prolific author of books for children and adults, as well as holding her BA in European Medieval History and elementary teaching certification. 


Some of Sara's works for children include Little Spoon, Chunky Sugars, Michaela of the Sea, The ABC's of Texas Plants, The ABC's of Oklahoma Plants, The Big Bad Wolf Really Isn't so Big and Bad, Desperado, Shootout in Old Amarillo, and the four-book award winning series The Saga of Indian Em'ly.


Sara Barnard is a member of the Western Fictioneers, the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History, the Permian Basin Bookies, and is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency. 


Sara and her children make their home in the Permian Basin area of west Texas with the roadrunners, tumbleweeds, and a pack of rescue animals that accompany the family on their adventures. 


Jill Cox

The Bridge

Jill Cox received a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Arts in French Language, Literature, and Culture from Middlebury College (which gave her an excellent excuse to study in Paris… twice).  After she returned home to Texas, Jill spent several years teaching high school French and convincing others to join in on the fun. Now she spends her days drinking more coffee than necessary and her free time writing stories about the people and places she loves best. Jill’s first novel, The Bridge, debuted in 2016, and its sequel, The Long Walk, will release in late autumn 2017. For more information, please visit or follow Jill on social media: @jillcoxbooks.

Wes Ferguson

The Blanco River

Wes Ferguson is a nonfiction author and Texas Monthly contributor. His latest book is about the Blanco River in the Texas Hill Country, where a devastating flood in 2015 destroyed hundreds of homes and killed one dozen people. Ferguson is a longtime journalist and former newspaper editor. A native of the East Texas Piney Woods, he lives in Austin with his girlfriend, Laura, and their five nameless fish.


Carter Hopkins

The Lincoln Prophecy

Carter Hopkins grew up in Rockwall, Texas and studied at the University of Texas at Austin before graduating from SMU School of Law in 2004. He is currently an in-house lawyer for a cyber-security company and lives in Dallas with his wife Amie and their two children, Ethan (2) and Elee (1). Carter is currently working on his second novel, The Scorpion Code, which will be available later this year. 


Travis McGaughey

The Medicine Tree

TRAVIS MCGAUGHEY was born in West Texas in 1978. He graduated from Midwestern State University where he received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He went on to graduate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned an M.A. in Christian Education. A student pastor by profession, Travis is an archaeologist by avocation. The Medicine Tree is his first book. He and his family reside in Parker County, TX. 


M.L. Nelson

Mae and Jane in the Rain

M.L. Nelson is the author of two children's books, Mae and Jane in the Rain and The Perfect Petal Set, and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she studied journalism, advertising and Spanish. She currently lives in California with her husband Stephen, where they enjoy exploring the beauty of Creation. 

Beth Trizza

Stroke of Health; How Being Healthy Saved My Life

Beth Trizza is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary story. She spent half of her life as a wife and stay-at-home mom. Following her divorce, she began to pursue her passion of health and fitness. After a few years as a personal trainer, she enrolled in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is now a certified health coach.