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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anthony Mays  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1951 in Reading, PA

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Illinois Connection

Mays has lived in Illinois since 1992. The name of the main character (Dwight Morris) in his book, ''Halfway to Uncertainty'', was derived from two cities along I-55 south of Chicago, and, part of the book takes place in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Anthony Mays was born and raised in Pennsylvania. At the age of 17, he went into military service and retired after serving twenty years. After which, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Mays went on to make a second career with the U.S. government working with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs from which he also retired. He is now enjoying his third career in writing fiction.


Halfway to the Truth LiFE Award - Literature for Environment for its use of E-waste in the story plot

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Halfway to a Vineyard
ISBN: 1541304519. OCLC Number:

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Sam Champion is a military man through and through. A pilot in the United States Coast Guard, his dedication and skills serve to save lives. However, his wife is not thrilled about the perils of his chosen career. With another child on the way, she convinces him to hang up his uniform in exchange for a safer occupation. They move to the northwest coast - to her namesake family vineyard situated in the hills of California's Humboldt County. Although growing grapes in Sherry's Vineyard is an alien concept to Sam, her father becomes his mainstay in learning everything about the wine industry. However, his mentoring comes to an abrupt halt when tragedy strikes. Lack of evidence that supports their suspicion linking a local marijuana kingpin to the shooting of her father weighs heavily on them. As they struggle to accept her father's loss, the vineyard itself becomes a pawn in a game that may well end badly.

Halfway to Magnolia House
ISBN: 1522891773. OCLC Number:

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Laura Wingate's life in New York City was falling apart. The man she hoped to marry would not commit, and her job as a museum exhibitions manager was growing stale. Needing to reevaluate her future, she travels to Magnolia House located near Alexandria, Louisiana. It was a place she shared many happy days with her grandparents. Along the way, Laura meets Kendrick Reynolds, a Hollywood director preparing to film a movie in the area around Alexandria based on the American Civil War's Red River Campaign. Her attraction to Kendrick quickly puts his life in danger when another crew member, and forgotten high school classmate, competes for her attention. As production gets underway, Laura also becomes intrigued by the historical events of 1864 and rumors about Magnolia House involvement in the Underground Railroad. Artifacts she discovers in the attic suggest the rumors were not unfounded, but she cannot interpret their meaning. When her new suitors accidentally stumble across the evidence she seeks, they put aside their differences and make a pact to keep it from her. Little did she suspect the past was going to collide with the present, changing her forever.