Celebrity Authors

on the Beach

Where writers of all ages can quickly learn how to write, publish, and promote their work  

For more information

Contact: William A. Cummins

Telephone: 386-383-5198

"Your conference was a 100% success so far as I am concerned. I had reached a stage in my writing where I needed to hear from people who had gone on from where I (now) find myself floundering. Your conference provided the people with the know how to get me going in the right direction. Thanks."

Dick R


"We both enjoyed the conference very much and learned quite a lot. We are really interested in pursuing the dreams we have of writing and sharing our writings with the world. Thank you again for your conference. It has really inspired both of us!"

Adam & Claudia


"Next year I hope to be one of your speakers."   --Betsy K


"Saturday was a wonderful occasion and am happy that I attended. The program was great and well attended. I was happy to connect with a few people I knew. The speakers were good, and your choice of the News-Journal building was a good one too." 

Theresa P 


"Good, useful conference and superb networking. Will definitely look forward to the next one."  

Ernie A 
"I, along with many others, arrived when the doors opened and stayed until they closed. I thought every speaker presented valuable information, and think you should have another event next year."
Frank R

"I think that overall it was a good conference. Most of the speakers had good information to share. I think it would have been helpful to have a 15 minute mid-morning break. Thank you all for organizing the conference. It was definitely a success. I would like to have seen more participants."  

 Mary P
"Thanks for putting on a great day for the written word. Learning how to string words together, hopefully making sense, while making people want to read them… then getting those words to readers. When thinking about it, I'm always flabbergasted that all the written words since the beginning of writing, at least in English, are made up 26 simple characters strung together. Amazing!" 
James H 



A new writers team is in town... Associate Membership is now FREE (below)... Coming soon a Celebrity Writers Handbook.


Celebrity Authors on the Beach is a group of talented writers dedicated to helping others live an all-American dream and publish a book.


The inaugural writers conference was presented November 16, 2013 at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Twelve celebrity authors appeared on stage to share their experiences in writing, publishing and promoting books. An attentive audience took notes, asked questions ,and left the event with both tried-and-true tips and a game plan on how to act on their dreams.


The Celebrity Team and its individual members are available to speak at social events, conferences, meetings, and businesses. For speaker availability contact Drector, William A. Cummins, by email: wacummins@clearwire.net or telephone: 386-383-5198 

Celebrity Authors on the Beach is an action-oriented group of authors and event organizers who wish to share their knowledge, wisdom, and experience with others to foster the growth and prosperity of all involved in the writing, publishing, and promotion of books.

The goal of Celebrity Authors is to encourage social intercourse and provide inside information that will move writers to take action as experts and entrepreneurs. We offer tips and techniques we use to write and successfully publish -- techniques most people don't know-- valuable tips about every step in the business of writing and publishing which have enabled us to make large acale impacts that have affected our lives and the lives of others.

ASSOCIATE Membership is FREE. We invite authors. writers, teachers, students, venders, and others with similar interests to join as Associate Members. You will be listed on our roster and invited to participate in all our events. To join simply send your name, email address, and telephone number to Director, William A. Cummins: wacummins@clearwire.net or telephone: 386-383-5198 

Director, WILLIAM A. CUMMINS, CEO of CAI Publishing, was a successful teenage singing cowboy on radio and stage. In time he left ‘showbiz’ and as a professional engineer was honored as a diplomate in the American academy of environmental engineers. Bill is an award-winning author, publisher, and enrichment speaker. Email: wacummins@clearwire.net    Phone: 386-383-5198   Website: www.caipublishing.net  

DR. MARY C. CUSTURERI,  president of Taylor and Seale Publishing, received numerous awards and grants for teaching excellence at the high school and university level. A prolific writer and speaker at national and international conferences, she is now on the board of the Future Literary Professionals of America. Email: marycustureri@aol.com   Phone: 888-866-8248  Website: www.taylorandseale.com 
AUDREY PARENTE is an award-winning journalist, fiction and non-fiction author, poet, and pulp-fiction authority. She published thousands of stories at The Daytona Beach News-Journal, earning Florida Press and Society of Professional Journalism awards, and a Pulitzer nomination for investigative reporting about military use of depleted uranium. Email: audreypmother@yahoo.com   Phone: 386-679-9801

DR. DAVID AXELROD is an arts director and publisher of Writers Ink Press. His stories, memoirs, scripts, and non-fiction have been published in over 500 periodicals. Author of 20 books of poetry, he has received three Fulbright Awards including China's first Fulbright Poet-in-Residence and served as Suffolk County, NY, Poet Laureate. Email: axelrodthepoet@yahoo.com   Phone: 386-337-4567   Website: www.poetrydoctor.org  

KRISTINA CIRCELLI, BA, MA is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She is the author of several novels and edits books for others. A descendent of the Cherokee nation, Kristina successfully turned her childhood dream into a full-time career. Website: www.circelli.info  
DR. MICHELLE THOMPSON, Dean of Freshman College in Bethune-Cookman, valued speaker on women and children’s issues, was awarded the Gold Standard in Literary Excellence by the Princeton Literary Review for her novel The Other Side of Through. Her new novel Sick of Sorry was released last summer. Email: michelledonice@yahoo.com   Phone: 386-566-7063   Website: www.michelledonice.com
DAVE ARCHARD became an author following a five decade career in broadcasting. The narrative of his passion to be a radio announcer won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Memoir Writing before being published. His fiction stories have been selected twice for inclusion in the Florida Writers Association annual anthology. Email: davea714@aol.com   Phone: 386-255-1618
DR. CAROLE BYRD studied literature and journalism abroad after receiving her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Literature. Former Dean of Education at FSC, Dr. Byrd is a prolific writer. She is now Associate Director of Bethune-Cookman University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Wildcats Write program, which has produced published writers. Email: byrdl@cookman.edu   Phone: 386-597-3405
SHIRLEY SWIGART ATHA, whose pseudonym is Grandma Atha, wrote her first book to teach children love and respect for all creatures. Every writer’s dream will come alive as this first-time author takes him or her step by step through the maze of writing and publishing. Email: shirleyatha@gmail.com   Phone: 386-846-3122
DAN WALSH, a best-selling author of 9 novels published by Revell and Guideposts, has won 3 Carol Awards, 2 Selah awards and has been a finalist for RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. He is now writing a four-book fiction series with renowned relationship expert Dr. Gary Smalley. Email: dwalsh@danwalshbooks.com   Phone: 386-846-0439   Website: www.danwalshbooks.com
KAREN GALLAGHER started working with ‘words’ at The Associated Press, followed by 10 years of promotional work in the coal industry, 7 years owning a public relations company, and 22 years at The Daytona Beach News-Journal, including 5 years as Books pages editor. She now helps others get attention for their work. Email: dbksf@usa2net.net 
DR. LYNN HAWKINS teaches writing at Daytona State College. A former award-winning feature writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she has published more than 2,500 feature stories in magazines and newspapers, written a weekly program for Nebraska ETV, hosted a live daily radio talk show, and authored two books. Email: hawkinsl@daytonastate.edu   Phone: 386-785-2047

JENNIFER CARLSON, Event Manager, is a skilled and talented coordinator of behind the scenes activities relating to producing a successful show. She works well with clients, listens to their needs, and presents ideas and solutions while staying focused and organized so the event goes off without a hitch. Email: jenncarlson3@gmail.com

SKIP CROWELL, owner of CR Media, provides audio/visual expertise that ensures confidence for performers and clients alike. His broad experience includes web development, print material, and video production. Skip has had the privilege of videotaping in all 50 states and several foreign countries. His goal is to create the absolute best. Email: info@creativeresourcesmedia   Phone: 386-310-7890   Website: www.CRMediaOnline.com