About the Author
Cameron Kent is originally from Alexandria, Virginia, and is a 1979 graduate of Wake Forest University.
He’s published three novels: The Road to Devotion, When the Ravens Die, and the children’s novel Make Me Disappear. His writing credits also include four films which have aired on NBC, HBO, Lifetime, and at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
Cameron has worked for WXII-12 News in Winston-Salem for 26 years, serving as the main News Anchor for the last 16 years. He’s been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, including three times as best news writer, and won an Emmy for his reporting on the Pentagon after 9/11.
Cameron and his wife, Sue, have two children, and together they enjoy playing golf, camping, fishing, music, and running. They’re members of Highland Presbyterian Church, and are both very active in Habitat for Humanity.
About the cover artist
The book cover art for The Road to Devotion was created by Benita VanWinkle, a professional freelance photographer in Winston-Salem. The photo was made possible with the kind help of the Apperson family, who tirelessly lent their staging and posing skills at their farm near Mocksville. This included moving hay bales, dressing in 19th century outfits, and continuously herding large, curious farm animals out of the background of the photo. The original image was then digitally altered to reflect a sense of the era in which the story takes place.
Benita is an adjunct instructor at High Point University and Surry Community College. She teaches photography, art history, and other creative courses. Her personal work also includes mixed media, altered arts—whatever creative path she is following at the moment. Benita is a member of the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem and has won numerous awards of excellence throughout the Southeast. Several other non-profit organizations have found their way into her heart, including Forsyth Habitat for Humanity, The Children’s Home of Winston-Salem, The Sawtooth School for Visual Art, and Brookstown United Methodist Church, where she is a Sunday school teacher.
About Press 53
Press 53 was founded in October 2005 by Kevin Morgan Watson of Winston-Salem. Watson’s vision for the press was to ignore market trends and publish writing he loved and then set out to find readers who agreed with him. He was joined shortly thereafter by award-winning writer Sheryl Monks, and together they built Press 53 into a nationally recognized publisher of quality fiction, nonfiction and poetry. In the spring of 2006, Press 53 published a new edition of the classic 1964 historical novel The Land Breakers by John Ehle, which drew praise from the best-selling author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. The Land Breakers was then selected by the Forsyth County Public Library as the 2006 On the Same Page selection. Ms. Monks left Press 53 in November 2008 to return to teaching and writing. Today, from their offices in the Community Arts Café building at Fourth & Spruce in downtown Winston-Salem, where they also operate the Press 53 Center for Creative Writing, Press 53 publishes around 20 books each year from authors across the United States.