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About Anthony Mays

Do You Know This Author? Probably not, BUT YOU SHOULD.

Somewhat of a renegade and independent author of fiction books and other short stories who uses the 'Halfway to' theme.  Readers of all genres are welcome to enjoy his work and invited to provide reviews and/or comments.

HONORED to be added to the Illinois Authors Wiki, a project of the Illinois Center for the Book. It is a comprehensive resource for information on authors, photographers and illustrators who have published books and have lived in Illinois or written about Illinois.

Anthony's third novel, Halfway to the Truth, received the LiFE (Literature for Environment) Award for his use of electronic waste as its storyline. This fictional thriller moves the reader from the shipyards of Savannah, Georgia to a hazardous electronic waste site in the horn of Africa and explores its environmental and health impact.
Anthony Mays, the author of the 'Halfway to' themed books, chose to use the 'halfway to' expression based on his road travels around the country. Seemingly, he was halfway to his destination when a character, plot, or location came to his imagination taken from things he saw along the way. Throughout the remainder of the trip, a strong, mental outline followed on how he planned to use those elements.

Writing books became a natural extension from Anthony's career in the U.S. government where he wrote briefings, operating procedures, and instructional guides. His biggest challenge in making the transition was moving from writing succinct, factual, bulleted ideas to writing prose narrative for a fully developed novel.

Along with his wife, Sherry, he lives in southern Illinois and enjoys sharing the experiences of their three children, their significant others, and four blessed grandchildren. Most vacations are spent near water where Anthony envisions finding the next great treasure trove. In the meantime, he is excited to take pieces of his life experiences and mold them into fictional works of art.

What's Happening

Hard to believe, but the 2018 semi-finalists were announced and I was honored to be one of them. I chose to submit my latest novel, Halfway to a Vineyard, for this year's contest. This exciting, library-driven initiative is in its fifth year and just keeps getting better.  This year, 46 Illinois authors submitted to the 2018 Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author contest. I am grateful that Illinois offers this competition for independent authors and appreciative that my work was considered. Heather Bentley won this year for her work Sweetest Heartbreak.



My short story Witches, Trolls, Elves, and Goblins of Elsah is now published You can read it all right here,-Trolls,-Elves,-and-Goblins-of-Elsah&id=9664491


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