Teacher, writer. Born– January 31, 1938,  in Carter’s Quarter, Ga. Parents– George Manley and Alice Lenell (Searcy) Junkins. Education– Oglethorpe University, 1950; Emory University, 1961; Berry College, B.A., 1961; graduate study, Auburn University. Married– Benjamin Turner Gibbons on August 29, 1964. Children– Two. Taught high school, Dalton, Ga. 1961-1963; elementary school, Marietta, Ga., 1963-1964; Beauregard High School, Lee County, Ala., 1964-1966; elementary school, Huntsville, 1966-1969. Member of the Alabama Library Association, Montgomery Creative Writers. Contributed articles to Old House Journal.  Member Alabama Library Association and Montgomery Creative Writers. Received the Georgia Book of the Year Award for juvenile fiction, 1983, and the Alabama Author Award, 1998.


Contemporary Authors online


Breaking New Ground:  The History of the Autauga Quality Cotton Association.  Black Belt Press, 1993.

The Day the Picture Man Came.  Boyds Mills Press, 2003.

Emma Jo’s Song.  Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2001.

Full Steam Ahead.  Boyds Mills Press, 2002.

Halley.  NewSouth Books, 2014.

Hernando de Soto:  A Search for Gold and Glory.  Crane Hill, 2002.

Hook Moon Light:  Spooky Tales from the Georgia Mountains.  Morrow, 1997.

Horace King:  Bridges to Freedom.  Crane Hill Press, 2002.

King Shoes on Clown Pockets.  Morrow, 1989.

Mama and Me and the Model-T.  Morrow, 1999.

Mighty Close to Heaven. New York; Morrow, 1985.

Mountain Wedding.  Morrow, 1996.

Night in the Barn.  Morrow, 1995.

Some Glad Mornings. New York; Morrow, 1982.