Interested in books and stories written by local writers? 

Matthew Carrier, a two-time cancer survivor, recently published To Ring the Bell, an inside look at his battle with cancer. 

“It’s the story of life, hope, and healing. It’s about living a moment at a time and being grateful for another day,” Carrier, who lives in the Millington area of Tipton County, said.


“Sometimes, we don’t get to walk the path we choose, and if so, we must learn to adapt. During my trial, I saw life’s beauty through simple moments, and those moments–like when I wake and breathe in the morning air–changed my perspective.”

The 80-page paperback can be ordered from Amazon.

Shannon Leach, a writer in the Burlison community, has had short stories published in several anthologies since 2022: The House that Built Me, where contributors share stories of their faith; A Memoir of Mothers, a collection of stories celebrating mothers; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons I Learned from My Dog and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons I Learned from My Cat, both collections of heartwarming stories about pets.

Shannon is known for her volunteer efforts all over Tipton County, including with Junior Auxiliary and Friends of the Tipton County Public Library, and is the co-founder of the non-profit A Fostered Gift. For more information about her publications, see her website.

In November 2022, Melissa Sartain published My Favorite Color is Red, a book about a journey of finding the strength to acknowledge a toxic relationship and the courage to get out of it. She compiles all the red flags – red is her favorite, remember – through a raw and witty journey toward finding herself.

Sartain, a lifelong resident of Tipton County, is currently the vice mayor of Brighton and owns an accounting and payroll firm.

The Kindle and paperback versions of her book can be purchased on Amazon.

Books by local authors can be borrowed from the Tipton County Public Library and purchased at the Tipton County Museum. 

Echo Day
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Echo Day is an award-winning journalist, photographer and designer. She is currently The Leader's managing editor.