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Tri Kappa luncheon features five authors

Courier-Times Staff Report

The second-annual Tri Kappa Author Luncheon is 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 709 S. Memorial Drive, New Castle. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with tickets available at the door for $25 each. The price includes a meal and hearing from five authors. Authors will have their books available for signing and purchase.

Ticket proceeds benefit the Tri Kappa Scholarship Fund. Emcee will be author Mark Herbkersman. Authors featured are Lori Jester, Tracy McCarty, Sandy Moore, Tisha Sledd and Sophia Beaumont. The following are short biographies on the authors.

n Lori Jester is author of “Where’s My Boy?” She works at Sugarcreek Packing in Cambridge City.

“I am inspired by everything!” said Jester. “It literally can be the simplest thing or event, but mostly I am inspired by conversations had with my children while in nature. I can just really let my guard down when I am amongst the trees and there are no outside forces fighting for my attention, and wonderful thoughts and ideas seem to find me there.”

Jester is the mother of five children: Kaleb, who passed on at age 5, and would have been 25; Taylor, 23; Mariah, 20, Allison, 16, and Elijah, 12. She is divorced and now engaged to a man who will bring two step-children and a step-granddaughter into her life. Her pets are a cat, a snake and fish.

She plans to begin “my new life” in August. She would love to become a high school counselor. “I feel like I will write again someday,” said Jester. “As with my existing book, I’m sure it will just come to me when I’m least expecting it.”

n Tracy McCarty is a pastor’s wife, mother of two daughters and servant wherever God calls her. She is married to Ryan, long-time pastor at Wilkinson Church of Christ. She works in the Eastern Hancock Schools Superintendent’s office. Her book is “A Pebble In the Ocean.” 

“Life is busy working full-time and spending the last six years running to and from junior-and-senior high school sports events,” said McCarty. Her older daughter, Reagan, is a stylist/barber in Pendleton and younger daughter, Chloe, is an Eastern Hancock freshman.

As for writing, McCarty calls herself “an accidental author.” She said after years of teaching at church, God stirred a fire in her heart for His Word and diving deeper into it. “I’ve learned to study culture, history, geography and languages and to find treasures I never knew existed in the Bible...”

She has put together one devotional book and one children’s book and hopes to one day write full-time and share her study process with others so they can discover the treasures in God’s Word.

n Sandy Moore is the author of two children’s books, “Sadie’s Search for Home” and “Doodle’s Search for Success.” She spent 35 years in both advertising and later in the editorial department writing for The Courier-Times and remains a contributing columnist for the quarterly Her magazine for women. Following her retirement, she worked part-time for ICAP.

“I have done volunteer work with children all of my life and truly enjoy writing for children,” said Moore. “I worked for the Too Good For Drugs program and presented the lessons to every second and third grade in Henry County for several years. The interaction with kids helped me realize what many children have to overcome.”

Moore currently volunteers for the DIVE after-school program at Eastwood Elementary School. She is married to Mike, a rural New Castle farmer, and is a mother and grandmother. The Moore pets include horse Sadie, dog Doodle and cat Millie.

“I hope to continue to ride my horse, love my family and friends and share the gift of reading with as many people as possible, said Moore.

n Tisha Sledd has published four books with two more completed. Her published works are: “The Battle for Peace: Who is Your Master?;” “Maturing in Christ: Keys to Overcome;” “The Disaster Prepared Kitchen” and “Josiah the Great.”

Sledd directs the nonprofit organization, The Dream Factory and Tisha Sledd Ministries.

“After experiencing several childhood traumas, I have a huge heart for people who struggle to become emotionally whole,” said Sledd. “Most of my writings, even the fiction books, are focused on helping people to see themselves as God sees them, enabling them to live their lives to the fullest.”

Married to Tom, the couple have two sons, Josiah, 20, and Joel, 15.

“I’m looking forward to finding a literary agent and a publisher for my new fiction books,” said Sledd. “I am also taking steps to produce self-paced video classes helping people to become emotionally whole.”

n Sophia Beaumont works in office administration. She is the author of the Evie Cappelli series of three books: “The Spider’s Web;” “The Ferrymen” and “Moreau House.”

Her books deal with mental health and she draws from her own experiences and fears as well as dreams. Beaumont has two cats, Hermes and Loki, and her roommate / cover artist / partner in crime, she said, is Ash.

The author’s next book is a gender-bent retelling of “The Three Musketeers, All For One,” comes out in June. “I’m also working on several Gothic tales and pieces of historical fiction which will be out in late 2018-19,” said Beaumont. “In April, I will be presenting at Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati.”