In July of 2009, owner and publisher, Wendy Dingwall launched Canterbury House Publishing, Ltd. Our mission is
to publish wholesome quality fiction and memoir including romantic suspense and mystery genres, with an emphasis on colorful
Southern U.S. regional settings. We will seek authors who are passionate about their stories, their craft, and the marketing
of their books.
Since starting in the publishing business in October, 2003, Dingwall has created an Author's Handbook for Marketing,
been a guest speaker on Marketing Authors and their Books at High Country Writers, was a guest on two Publishing panels at
Cape Fear Crime Festival in 2006, and gave a Dialogue Workshop at the May We Write Conference in 2007.
Dingwall is a past president and strong supporter of the High Country Writers Association that meets twice monthly in Boone,
North Carolina. A member of the High Country Writers Association since 2002, in early 2005 she helped to form a small critique
group known as the Fellowship of the Rose. When she is not devoting herself to publish and promote fellow authors, Dingwall
is writing the second novel, to follow her first, Hera's Revenge, a travel mystery to be released in Spring
2011. Hera's Revenge is the first in a series where Dingwall's love of travel, mystery, and story-telling melds and resonates.
She also continues to work on a family story about her mother.
is a resource on the ancient world: specifically
Rome of the Republic, fiction editor; teacher of communication arts and creative writing. She is author of Getorix: The
Eagle and the Bull, a Celtic adventure in ancient Rome; Getorix: Games of the Underworld, and co-author with
Sandra Horton of the accompanying curriculum.
In her other life, Geary teaches at Appalachian State University
and edits for Ingalls Publishing Group. Her background includes an MA in Education from George Peabody College and continued
graduate work in writing, editing, literary criticism as well as over ten year involvement in High Country Writers.
She currently serves as an evaluator on the international level for Future Problem Solving International and as scenario
coordinator for the NC affiliate.
She is available for school visits and presentations from
middle school through seniors:
Possible topics include:
1) The novel content and questions raised by
the story, including: * How people from competing cultures can be friends even though their ideas
of the world are very different. *How people deal with life changes and adapt to a new culture.
2) Daily life in the ancient Roman world, including:
* Roman foods and clothing, including recipes and diagrams. The group
can actually make the foods and clothing described. *Roman architecture and construction methods
– from arches and aqueducts to roads and sewers. *Roman social structure including the importance
of the father figure, elected offices, the role of women, the military, slavery and citizenship.
3) Creative writing: *Getting
started: Write what you know – or what you only imagine. *Shaping your story to your
readers. *Shaping your story for publication – how a real author and editor work together.
4) Integrated, or A+, programs including history,
science, math and language arts: *History, focusing on how the changes in pivotal period led to
the growth of the Empire. * Social studies, including the role of women, slavery and citizenship.
*Math, including Roman measures and measuring instruments. * Language
arts, including Roman myths, speeches, epigrams and poetry. *Art, including fresco,
encaustic (pigment in wax), mosaics and sculpture
Contact Judith Geary
Linda Jencson has a BFA in Fine Arts Photography
and a Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology. She teaches Cultural Anthropology, North American Indians, and sometimes Archaeology,
and Magic Witchcraft and Religion at Appalachian State University. She publishes scholarly articles on popular culture, comparative
religion, and disaster response. All of her work revolves around the ways in which symbols can be used to motivate coordinated
She has presented nearly 20 papers at scholarly conferences, and has given programs for a variety of community
and tourist venues. These include Concordia Communiversity in Minnesota, Appalachian State’s Senior Scholars, The University
of Oregon’s Speakers’ Bureau, the national tourist group Senior Summer School, and Duke University’s Continuing
Education Camp in Blowing Rock, NC. She has also done programs for middle school children through the University of Oregon’s
"Super Summer" program.
Dr. Jencson makes each presentation a performance. She has programs prepared on the following topics—many
of which have been polished to perfection through repeated presentation to a variety of groups—and she can design others
to suit your group’s needs:
What’s It All About, Harry Potter?
The Changing Ethos of American Film and Television
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: More than Entertainment
The City that Survived: Role Model Disaster Response to the Spectacular Red River Valley Flood of 1997
Hollywood Indians: Native Depictions from Stereotype to Artistic Control
The Trail of Tears
The Mound Builders
Indians for Writers: Don’t Stereotype—Research!
Religion of the Buffalo Hunters
Wicca, Neopaganism, and Space Age Shamans: Cult in Cultural Context
Stone Age Economics
Voodoo: an Adapting Religion
Uff-da: Dialect in America
Audience Participation Events
Crash Course in Art History combines slides, lectures and hands-on artistic creations by participants in the
styles of Ancient Egypt, the Gothic Era, and the Impressionists. Allow 6 hours or three 2 hour sessions.
Cheyenne Murder Mystery starts with a lecture on Cheyenne tribal organization followed by assignment of roles
to participants to transform them into members of a historic Cheyenne band. A tragic murder has just been committed and it
is up to the tribe to use their detective skills and tribal associations to find the murderer. Allow 4 hours, ideally a I
hour lecture and a 3 hour sleuthing session.
Bill Kaiser has
conducted seminars and work shops in Write Your Memoir, Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction Stories, and How to Write Historical
Fiction. He has an extensive record of writing news reports, magazine articles and "how to" instructions. He has contributed
to books and manuals on Corporate Public Relations, Aerospace Reporting and Travel Writing.
In the past 10 years, as a member of the High
Country Writers group, he has critiqued and edited hundreds of pages of manuscripts.
Since retiring to the mountains of Northwest North Carolina, Bill has
pursued his long-time interest in the American Civil War with extensive research into life during the 1860s in Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and East
His historical fiction novel "Bloodroot" tells
the story of the clash of ideologies that brought war, murder, robbery, rape and genocide to Southern Appalachian mountain
folk. The novel is scheduled for publication in mid-2007. A sequel "Night Riders" is in development for publication in 2008/2009.
long career as editor and administrator often provided her with opportunities for public speaking. But now her talks are about
the two memoirs which have been published in the past five years. She has spoken to many book and women's clubs and book fairs,
and recently to English classes at a community college.
Because her books are about periods which have
now passed into history, the talks provide a window into those troubled times. Her firstwork, Weather of the Heart,
is about her childhook in Russia during the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution and her difficult jorney to America at
the age of eight. Percival writes movingly about her family life and how drastically it changed under the new totalitarian
regime, and translates much of the drama into her talks. Her parent, cousins and especially Babushka, her beloved grandmother,
come to vibrant life as we share their tribulations and small triumphs against famine and anxiety.
found, in her first book. an act of resurrection for those she had lost, so she knew she had to write her second memoir, Silver
Pages on the Lawn. It tells the poignant love story of two students at Columbia University in New York during the difficult
days of the great Depression of the 1930s, in the troubled years before World War II. Because it was over two years before
they could be married, the young lovers wrote hundreds of letters about their lives and the world in which they lived. We
share their tribulations and longings, their happy married life which they finally achieved, and the abrupt ending of their
Percival can speak about either of these two
historic eras or both, with emphasis in either the human stories or the life of the time, and is competent to address small
or large groups, live or through the media (TV or radio). An interview with her granddaughter was excerpted on NPR last summer,
and produced enthusiastic responses from her hearers.
The author may be reached by E-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 828-297-2828.
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