Born and raised in the South, award winning, internationally published author and poet Christy Tillery French loves to write about quirky Southern women. Her books cross several genres, including mystery, humorous mystery, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, action-adventure, dystopia, and Southern/Appalachian fiction. They are: Chasing Horses, Wayne’s Dead, Chasing Demons, Chasing Secrets, Obsolete, The Bodyguard Series: The Bodyguard, The Bodyguard and the Show Dog, The Bodyguard and the Rock Star, The Bodyguard and the Snitch and The Bodyguard and the Bodyguard. She co-writes the Appalachian Journey series (Southern historical fiction) with her sister Cyndi Tillery Hodges under the pseudonym CC Tillery. Books to date are: Whistling Woman, Moonfixer and Beloved Woman. Wise Woman coming soon! Her short story Investigator Incarnate was published in the anthology Cats in a Dreamspell and she contributed five recipes to Killer Recipes, a cookbook donating proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
French’s books have been chosen by numerous book clubs across America as their Book of the Month. Chasing Horses was named Best in Romantic Comedy, 2001 in the Heart & Scroll Madcap Contest. Wayne’s Dead was named one of MyShelf’s Top 10 Reads for 2002 and Manager’s Pick for the Month of September 2003 by United Authors Association. The Bodyguard and the Show Dog received the 2006 Single Titles Reviewers’ Choice Award and was nominated finalist in the Dog Writers Association of America 2006 Writing Competition, Book: Fiction. The Bodyguard and the Rock Star was named Award-Winning Finalist in the USA Book News Best Books 2009 Competition. Chasing Secrets was named Finalist in the 2009 Dog Writer’s Association of America Writing Competition, Book: Fiction and Finalist in the EPIC 2010 E-Book Competition, Adventure Romance. Chasing Demons was named Finalist in the EPIC 2012 E-Book Competition, Adventure Romance. In addition, French’’s books have been placed with the McClung Historical Collection of the East Tennessee Historical Center as part of the local and genealogical history of East Tennessee. The translation rights for Wayne’s Dead were sold to Yacom Publishers of Seoul, South Korea and the translation rights for Chasing Demons were sold to Futami Shobo Publishers of Tokyo, Japan, where it went into a second printing within six months.
French was listed in the book 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading, 2010. Her article on Genre Fiction vs. Literary Fiction was utilized by the University of Florida in Spring, 2006 as part of the coursework for Crime and Detective Fiction (http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/eginway/POW4930.html). Her essay on The History of Makeup has been published in the book Exploring Beauty by Joanne Strobert. In August, 2006, French was interviewed for the Norwegian magazine, “Magasinet”, published by “Dagbladet” (http://www.dagbladet.no/magasinet/2006/08/28/475079.html) in an article by Kjersti Flaa about beauty scams and women’s constant search for the right products..
French’s poetry has been published in America and England. She has been recognized in Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets (American Biographical Institute, 2002-2014), Who’s Who in America (Marquis Who’s Who, 2003-2014), Who’s Who of American Women (Marquis Who’s Who 2004-2014), Who’s Who in Finance and Business (Marquis Who’s Who, 2004-2014), Manchester Who’s Who, 2006-2014, and Canterbury Who’s Who Registry Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2010-2014.
French presently serves on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Mountain Writers. She formerly served on the Board of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) Skill Build Committee, representing East Tennessee, and organized and hosted a skill build in Knoxville, Tennessee in August, 2005, sponsored by SEMWA.
French worked as a paralegal until she decided she preferred to be her own boss. In the past, she owned and operated a medical transcription service for psychiatrists and psychologists, a transcription service for court reporters, and freelanced as a paralegal. With her husband, she has co-owned a cartage company, industrial tire service, and most recently, a forklift service and industrial battery service. French previously was book reviewer for the Knoxville News-Sentinel and presently reviews books for Midwest Book Review and Amazon Vine Voice. She previously served as acquisitions editor for L&L Dreamspell.
French resides on a mini-farm in Powell, TN, with her husband and four dogs. Avid boaters, she and her husband are renovating a 1987 70’ Somerset houseboat. In addition, she enjoys working in her flowerbeds and vegetable gardens, horseback riding, camping and, of course, reading. She is a volunteer with Wolf Creek Weimaraner Rescue and donates proceeds from her book sales to this group as well as the local animal shelter. She is a member of Tennessee Mountain Writers, Knoxville Writers Guild, High Country Writers, Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and Tennessee Writers Alliance.