P.E.O. Author's Luncheon with Adrian Fogelin, Julie Bettinger, and Judy Jolly.

Donna Meredith

West Virginia Writers Conference

Award-winning fiction


Three generations of women in a family of West Virginia glass workers share their stories. From Aunt Livvie, Sarah learns about women in her family who overcame wrenching losses, brutal working conditions, and rape. These stories and her family’s unconditional love give Sarah the courage to forge a new life for herself and her child.

  • FIRST PLACE, WOMEN'S FICTION, (pre-publication) Royal Palm Literary Awards, 2009
  • RUNNER-UP, Gulf Coast Novel Contest, 2009
  • Juried into the "Best of West Virginia" Collection at Tamarack


Molly Culpepper believes her hometown of Alderson, Georgia, is a place of harmony—until a colleague chalks a racial slur on the blackboard during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In the chaos that follows, Molly begins to see her town and herself differently as she works with her neighbors to heal wounds, both old and new.

  • GOLD MEDAL, ADULT FICTION Florida Publishers Association, 2012
  • FIRST PLACE, WOMEN'S FICTION, (pre-publication) Royal Palm Literary Awards, 2010
  • Selected as a text by the UNT College of Education.


 Impoverished college student Summer Cassidy  just wants to earn her master's in hydrogeology but two months shy of her graduation, a corporation tries to suppress her research into contaminants in its ASR wells--can they keep her from pursuing the truth and her dreams?

  • SECOND PLACE, thrillers (pre-publication) Florida Writers Association 2013.


When grad student Summer Cassidy arrives in West Virginia to test water quality near fracking sites, she confronts fouled wells, puzzling illnesses, and cyberespionage. Surrounded by chaos and deceit, can Summer track the source of  contaminants before more people get sick—or even die— simply by turning on their taps? 

  • SILVER MEDAL, MYSTERY/THRILLER, Florida Authors and Publishers Association, 2016
  • SECOND PLACE, Blended Fiction, FWA, 2016
  • THIRD PLACE, Thriller/Suspense, FWA 2016



Kelsey Murphy revolutionized the creation of multi-layered cameo glass by marrying fine art to manufacturing. This is the story of everyone in Kelsey's journey, including partner Robert Bomkamp, the people of Pilgrim Glass, and all the forces gathered in Ceredo, West Virginia, the small town and its people who believed in the magic of cameo glass.

  • SILVER MEDAL, ADULT NonFICTION Florida Publishers Association, 2013
  • Juried into the "Best of West Virginia" Collection at Tamarack

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