Alumni Authors

Clemson Tigers can be found in every profession, and many are published authors. Here is a short, but not exhaustive, list of alumni authors and some of their books that may pique your interest.

Scott AbellaScott Abella M ’02

Conserving America’s National Parks (CreateSpace) shares the status of conservation challenges and successes in America’s 408 national parks.



JohnSeketaJohn Seketa HA ’13

Clemson Through the Eyes of the Tiger (John106Publishing) documents the grit and sweat that goes into becoming the Clemson Tiger mascot. More than 70 people have donned the suit that brings stadiums of cheering fans to their feet each season.


McCarty.Hubbard.QuisenberryBert McCarty ’81, PhD ’86; L. Ray Hubbard Jr. ’82, ’83, PhD ’13; Virgil Quisenberry, professor emeritus of soil physics

Applied Soil Physical Properties, Drainage, and Irrigation Strategies (Springer). This practical guide aims to demystify the complicated math used in soil physics formulas.


Whittle_Growing Up ClemsonJerry Whittle ’79

Growing up in Clemson: Blessed in the Fifties (Amazon Digital Services) details the experiences of growing up in a small college town from 1950-1960.



Robert ElderRobert Elder ’03, M ’05

The Sacred Mirror: Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860 (University of North Carolina Press) challenges the traditional interpretations of the rise of evangelicals in the South, including in the Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian denominations.


David DownsDavid J. Downs ’99

Alms: Charity, Reward, and Atonement in Early Christianity (Baylor University Press) looks at how care for the poor was also an atonement for sin in early Christianity.



Bradley_Wilderness and DisasterDavid E. Bradley M ’88

Wilderness and Disaster Survival Guide (self published) tackles survival scenarios from animal dangers to natural and man-made disasters.




WOODWALKEREmily Benson Martin ’10 M ’12
Woodwalker (HarperCollins) is an epic fantasy about the adventures of Mae who is exiled from her home and her people. As Mae embarks on her own, she comes across three out-of-place strangers and risks death to help a deposed queen regain her throne. Read an excerpt here.

Alumni Authors

CLEMSON TIGERS can be found in every profession, and many are published authors. Here is a short, but not exhaustive, list of alumni authors and some of their books that may pique your interest.


Lawrence V. Starkey Jr. (’56 A&S)
The Inheritance
(CreateSpace) is a suspense novel based on how great wealth can strain family relationships.

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William S. Walker (’67 HIST)
Down the Little Pee Dee, Paddling South Carolina’s Legendary Blackwater River
(Dog Ear Publishing) takes readers on a 109-mile journey down the river with adventures and personal narrative.


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C. Kenneth Dodd Jr. (PhD ’74 ZOOL)
Frogs of the United States and Canada (Johns Hopkins University Press) is a two-volume, fully referenced resource providing color photographs and range maps for 106 native and nonindigenous species. The book was selected for the 2014 Wildlife Publications Award — Outstanding Book Category.


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Jim W. DeMint (M ’79 BUSADM)
Falling in Love with America Again (Center Street) shares the inspirational stories of individual Americans across the country who are rekindling the fires of patriotism and activism.


Ron Rash (M ’79 ENGL)
Nothing Gold Can Stay (Ecco) is a collection of stories that take place in western North Carolina.


Jerry N. Whittle (’79 ENGL)
Slingshot, Standing with Better Angels, Two Hearts Make a Bridge, Honeysuckle Time and Santa Rides Again (Amazon Digital Services) are novels with settings from South Carolina to Tennessee to Louisiana.


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W. Kelly Durham (’80 POSC)

The Reluctant Copilot (Amazon Digital Services) is a novel set in the flak- and fighter-filled skies over Nazi-occupied Europe as two men battle for the respect of their crew and for survival against their common enemy.


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Leigh Anne Whitlock Hoover (’83 SED-EN)
For Better or Worse
(Jan-Carol Publishing) is a mother’s memoir that chronicles a family’s emotional journey through the joys of a wedding and the life events that follow.


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Darlene O’Dell (M ’88 ENGL)
The Story of the Philadelphia Eleven (Seabury Books) is the story of the first eleven female priests in the Episcopal Church and how their ordinations set off a media firestorm and upended centuries of customs defining the role of women within the church.


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Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer (’88 PRTM)
South (Starbooks) features 50 essays about the Southfrom notable musicians, athletes, journalists, writers, business leaders, artist, actors, clergy, chefs and more. It captures the heritage and treasures of the region through a collection of photographs.


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Carolyn Tempel Dingman (’91 DESIGN)
Cancel the Wedding (Harper Paperbacks) is the story of a woman’s journey to discover the secrets of a request from her mother’s will and the shocking truths about the past.
Sean C. Foley (’91 ENT)
The Iguana’s Eyes (Columbia Vista Publishing) is a young adult novel about 13-year old Madeline Bloomfield
suddenly finding herself alone in the world and her experiences with adventure and friendship.


Patrick M. Duffy Jr. (’92 POSC)
Parenting Your Delinquent, Defiant, or Out-of-Control Teen (New Harbinger Publications) is designed to provide practical and effective skills for parents faced with challenging behavior.


Adrian M. Hunter (’94 INDE)
Bello One (iBooks) is a poetic endeavor.
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Brian K. Feltman (’99 SED-H, M ’02 HIST)
The Stigma of Surrender: German Prisoners, British Captors, and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond (UNC Press) examines the experiences of the approximately 130,000 German prisoners held in the United Kingdom during World War I.
Jacob B. “Jake” Moran (’02 MKTG)
Can You Hear Me Now? (WestBow Press) chronicles one man’s faith journey. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to funding mission work in eastern Uganda.


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Chaise A. Crosby (’07 FINMGT)
The Great Awakening (CreateSpace) is a novel set in the Carolinas that promotes sustainable farming with realism and humor.


Daniel R. Rodriguez (’14 PRTM)
Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) details the Clemson student-athlete’s
experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you’re a published author, send us a high resolution image of your book cover so we can include you in next spring’s “Alumni Authors.” Send to Julia Sellers at or 114 Daniel Dr., Clemson, S.C. 29631.

Betsy Byars Duffey ’75 and Laurie Byars Myers ’73

Betsy Byars Duffey and Laurie Byars Myers - The Shepherd's Song book.

Betsy Byars Duffey and Laurie Byars Myers

Writing Sisters: It’s a Family Affair

These Clemson sisters have blazed a trail in the publishing world. Together they have published more than 35 children’s novels and won numerous awards, including the S.C. Children’s Choice Award. Their names are known and loved by children all over the state of S.C., across the country and even around the world with books translated into Japanese and Korean.

Betsy Byars Duffey and Laurie Byars Myers The Shepherd's Song book.

Betsy Byars Duffey and Laurie Byars Myers The Shepherd’s Song book.

Their first novel for adults, The Shepherd’s Song, has been published by Howard Books of Simon & Schuster. It follows the incredible journey of one piece of paper —a copy of Psalm 23 — as it travels around the world, linking lives and hearts with its simple but beautiful message, and forever changing the lives of those who read it.

Whether it’s children’s or adult’s books, Betsy and Laurie do their research. In the past they’ve visited the Lewis and Clark trail, ridden dozens of roller coasters and gone SCUBA diving. The Shepherd’s Song involved a trip to a sheep farm to see first hand the life of a shepherd and the sheep.

Betsy and Laurie were born into a writing family with deep Clemson roots, beginning with grandfather, Edward H. Byars ’18. Their father, Edward F. Byars ’46, M ’54, wrote engineering textbooks and books about aviation; their mother, Betsy Byars, was a distinguished children’s author and the winner of numerous book awards, including a National Book Award, a Newbery and others. Two siblings, Nan Byars ’78 and Guy Byars ’80, are writers in their own fields.

Clemson laid a strong foundation for writing — for these two sisters and for their whole Tiger family!

Betsy and her husband live in Atlanta and have two grown sons. Laurie and her husband, Michael ’72, live in Augusta and have three grown children.

The Shepherd’s Song is available at | | @WritingSisters

Rembert R. Stokes (’53 ME)

Rembert R. Stokes Cultivating Generosity: Giving What's Right,

Rembert R. Stokes Cultivating Generosity: Giving What’s Right,

Cultivating Generosity: Giving What’s Right, Not What’s Left details programs for churches that let money permeate the environment in a wholesome and constructive way. The book is available at

Thomas R. Waldron (’61 CE)

Thomas R. Waldron I Flew with Heroes

Thomas R. Waldron I Flew with Heroes

I Flew With Heroes is the author’s eyewitness account as a gunship pilot of the joint U.S. Army/U.S. Air Force raid on Son Tay POW camp, Nov. 21, 1970. The book can be found at Amazon, Kindle and Clemson’s Cooper Library.

William D. Carson (’63 HORT)

William D. Carson The Emancipation Procrastination book

William D. Carson The Emancipation Procrastination book

The Emancipation Procrastination is the story of an African-American family who migrated from Summerton to Philadelphia to escape their primitive living conditions and almost non-existent educational opportunities. The book is published by Thomas Nelson and is available at

*John A. Blackburn (’69 ARCH)

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