Laura Fox

With roots all across the U.S. and Canada, LAURA FOX has found some semblance of ‘home’ in writing. There, she can be her most honest self—leading with freedom and grace. Although grief from the loss of her father is what first drove Laura to write, she has found it to be a sacred haven in which she can hold both lament and hope at the same time. Her husband’s military career has planted them in central Georgia where they and their three children chase the ocean breeze as often as they possibly can. Welcome Laura as a panelist to Turning a New Page Book Festival on January 27, 2024 at First Baptist Church, Perry, GA.

Cindy Kay Stewart

CINDY KAY STEWART just retired from Bartow County Schools after spending thirty-two years in education. She taught a variety of subjects to special education and regular education students at the elementary and high school levels in California, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Georgia. She’s a graduate of Bob Jones University (B.S. in Elementary Education), the University of Nebraska at Omaha (M.S. in Secondary Education/History), and earned Educational Certification through Kennesaw State University. 

Cindy currently plays the piano and assists her husband who directs the adult choir at Calvary Baptist Church in Smyrna, Georgia. She’s Vice-President of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Georgia Chapter and the upcoming President of Faith, Hope, & Love Christian Writers.

Cindy writes Historical Christian Romance – stories of hope, steeped in love, and anchored in faith. She is passionate about revealing God’s handiwork in history. Her manuscripts have won the Touched by Love Award, the First Impressions contest, and the Sandra Robbins Inspirational Writing Award. They’ve also finaled in the Maggie Award of Excellence and the Cascade Awards

Cindy resides in North Georgia with her college sweetheart and husband of forty-two years. Her daughter, son-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren live nearby. Cindy’s currently writing the Circle of Hope series set in WWII Europe.

Cindy will be a panelist for Turning a New Page Book Festival on January 27, 2024 at First Baptist Church, Perry, Georgia. Welcome, Cindy!

Sarah Jane Houston

SARAH JANE HOUSTON is a native of Albany Georgia and is the oldest of 6 children.  She currently attends Troy University, where she studies Communications & Political Science. She is on Troy University’s dance team and is an active member of Troy’s Student Government Association where she serves on the public relations team and as an Academic Affairs Senator. She has also found her fit at Troy as the Director of Recruitment for Troy University’s Student and Alumni Association and Assistant director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Chi Omega sorority.

In addition to her campus involvement, she serves as a local title holder in the Miss America Organization. She is passionate about equality and has dedicated her life to empowering youth through representation and inclusion.

In January of 2022, she published her children’s book “Janeybug’s Big Day,” a personal narrative about her struggles as an extremely visually impaired child. This book was published with the goal of legally blind children now being represented in literature. Since the publication, this book has been adopted as featured inclusion curriculum for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Page Page Turners is honored to have Sarah Jane as a children’s literature panelist on January 27, 2024 for Turning a New Page book festival at First Baptist Church, Perry, GA. Welcome!

Sheresa Stubbs

SHERESA STUBBS has 17 years’ experience as an educator. She presently works in the education field and teaches in the Henry County School District. Perry Page Turners welcomes Sheresa as a Children’s Literature panelist for Turning a New Page book festival on January 27, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Perry, Georgia. 

Writing has been a passion of hers since the age of twenty-four. Also, Ms. Stubbs is an Entrepreneur of D’Beanair’s Beauty & More online store. She enjoys writing because it allows her the opportunity to share real life experiences to children. Also, she is an honor graduate from Ashworth College with a business management degree, and an honor graduate in early childhood education degree from Ashworth College. In addition, she’s pursuing a degree from University of Arizona Global Campus in Early Childhood Administration. Furthermore, she is the author of “Henrietta Moves To A New City”. Hobbies: Culinary Arts, Traveling, Reading, Writing, Yoga, ZUMBA, and Spin Cycle. Contact her at or

Jana Shugart

JANA SHUGART recently spoke at the First Baptist Church Women’s Conference in August. We are excited to announce that Jana will be joining us a a panelist for Turning a New Page book festival on January 27, 2024.

Jana is a wife, mom, and Bible teacher in middle Georgia. She holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of two books. Welcome, Jana!

Carol Cannon

CAROL CANNON is the author of women’s Christian fiction. In her novels, Carol brings to life captivating relationships that embrace family and lasting friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of faith and hope. 

Carol grew up in Indiana, but for over forty years she has lived near Hawkinsville, Georgia. which inspired her Southern small-town settings for both her Kerry and Heart & Soul Christian book series. Carol and David, her husband of fifty-three years, live in the log home that they, along with their three children, built. She is a devoted grandmother to seven grandchildren. 

She thanks God each and every day for her many blessings and for the support of her family and friends. She is humbly grateful to all her readers who have taken time out of their busy lives to read her books. Follow Carol on Facebook and Instagram. You can purchase Carol’s books in paperback and e-book through any online book seller.

Welcome Carol as a panelist for Turning a New Page book festival on January 27, 2024 at First Baptist Church, Perry, Georgia.

Jeannie Waters

Southern author, speaker, and blogger, Jeannie Waters, shares a homespun mix of biblical truth and heart-hugging encouragement. An award-winning writer, she’s the author of a 40-day devotional, A Place at His Table: God’s Daily Gifts to Satisfy Your Heart. Jeannie and her husband live in an historic Georgia city and enjoy five grandchildren.

Visit Jeannie at where she shares her love for Jesus and ideas for “Connecting with God and Each Other.” Find her on social media @jeanniewaters44.

Jonathan Rogers

Perry Page Turners welcomes Jonathan Rogers as a keynote speaker for Turning a New Page book festival on January 27, 2024 at First Baptist Church, Perry, GA.

Rogers, a native of Warner Robins, is the author of The Wilderking Trilogy (The Bark of the Bog Owl, The Secret of the Swamp King, and The Way of the Wilderking), The Charlatan’s Boy, and The Terrible Speed of Mercy: A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor. His other books include The World According to Narnia and a biography of Saint Patrick. He is the host of The Habit Membership for Writers and The Habit Podcast. Every Tuesday he sends out The Habit Weekly, a letter for writers (subscribe at Jonathan has spent his adult life in Nashville, Tennessee, where he and his wife Lou Alice raised a houseful of robustious children.

Lerita Coleman Brown

Lerita Coleman Brown is a most grateful heart (29 years) and kidney (18 years) transplant recipient and survivor of several other medical ordeals. She lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with her husband and their family includes two grown children, and one grandchild. Lerita savors reading, sitting in nature, gardening, sewing, watching college football, writing, viewing the visual and performing arts, telling stories, and laughing a lot. Retired from a career as a psychology professor, Lerita currently serves a spiritual director/companion, author, retreat leader, and speaker. She earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz and PhD from Harvard University. Lerita promotes contemplative spirituality, the living wisdom of Howard Thurman, and uncovering the peace and joy in one’s heart on her website, and other social media platforms. Lerita appears in the documentaries, Back Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, and The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song. Her books, When the Heart Speaks, Listen—Discovering Inner Wisdom was published in 2019 and What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman debuted in 2023.

Perry Page Turners is honored and humbled to have Dr. Brown speak on her latest book, What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman. Dr. Lionel Brown, superintendent of Peach County Schools, will moderate the discussion on January 27, 2024 at Turning a New Page book festival, First Baptist Church, Perry, Ga. Please join us..

Jackie Riley

Perry Page Turners welcomes Jackie Riley to our book festival, Turning a New Page on January 27, 2024 at First Baptist Church, Perry, GA. Jackie has worked as an editor of books and journals for 30 years, and during that time has also served in management roles. Prior to finding her niche in the publishing world, she spent 10 years as a high school teacher and 3 years on a church staff. A Perry native and current resident of Macon, she holds degrees from Georgia College (M.Ed.), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.R.E.), and Georgia Southern College (B.S. Ed.). Welcome, Jackie!