JCPL Column: Meet local authors at the library

Many of us aspire to write a book someday, and lucky for you, some of your neighbors have made that dream a reality.

Johnson County is home to a wide variety of authors, including some bestsellers and award-winners. No matter your age or reading interests, it’s not hard to find an appealing book by a local author. There is so much talent right here in our community!

If you don’t know where to start, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 11. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clark Pleasant Branch of Johnson County Public Library, there will be a local author fair with 30 authors in attendance! The variety of authors will have picture books, memoirs, young adult novels, Christian self-help, gardening, essays, poetry, romance, non-fiction and more. There is a little bit of everything. Attendees can chat with authors, purchase books, enter to win giveaways and add to their ever-growing TBR (to be read) pile.

Of the 30 authors that will be present, 22 are from right here in Johnson County and the other eight are from Brown County, Indianapolis and some of the surrounding donut counties. Franklin boasts the most authors in attendance with eight, Greenwood with four, Whiteland and New Whiteland each have three, and Bargersville, Ninevah, and Trafalgar will each have one author present.

Here is a small sampling of all the wonderful authors that you can meet on March 11:

Sandy Adams (Trafalgar): “One Crazy Connection.” Fun fact: Sandy published her first book at the age of 76 years old!

Alana Ash (Franklin): “Dormant Soul.” Fun fact: While she currently lives in Indiana with her family, she has lived in South Korea, Guam and throughout the USA.

Brian Allen Carr (Franklin): “Opioid, Indiana.” Fun fact: Brian was the inaugural winner of the Texas Observer short story prize as judged by Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry, and the recipient of a Wonderland Book Award.

Sandy James (Whiteland): “Saving Grace.” Fun fact: Published through Forever Yours, Carina Press, and indie-published, she has been an Amazon #1 bestseller multiple times and has won numerous awards including two HOLT Medallions.

Christy Newton (Greenwood): “The Trouble with Playing Cupid” and “Begin Again.” Fun fact: Christy is a hopeless romantic, and you can often find her signing books in Sarah’s Hallmark Store.

Terri Roberts-Leonard (Greenwood): “Danda the Panda: Welcome to My World.” Fun fact: Terri is a diversity, equity and inclusion trainer and educator whose focus is on community service and education.

Erin Cataldi is the Adult and Teen Services Librarian at Clark Pleasant Branch Library. JCPL staff members share in writing this twice-monthly column for the Daily Journal. Send comments to