Walton Young

Walton Young

walton-400Walton Young was born in Rome, GA, and grew up in the Atlanta area. After graduating from Decatur High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Georgia State University, where he later earned a master's degree in English.

He worked more than thirty-two years in advertising at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2005 he retired from the newspaper to write and to teach full-time. That same year he received his PhD in English from The University of Georgia, where his major concentration was creative writing (fiction).

Young is associate professor of English at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA. He teaches creative writing (fiction) and Southern literature, as well as other American literature courses. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa. His favorite authors are F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. His favorite novel is Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, with Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! a close second.

His short story "To the Breath of the Night Wind" was a winner in the 2005 short story contest sponsored by the Dahlonega Literary Festival. Included among his publications and conference presentations are an essay on Caroline Gordon's Civil War novel None Shall Look Back, which was published in the Mississippi Quarterly, and conference papers on Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Wolfe's "The Lost Boy."

Young's novel, A Gathering of Eagles, set primarily in Kingston in Bartow County during Christmas of 1919, is deeply rooted in time and place. It is about Prescott Freeman, who returns from the battlefields of France in the First World War to the family farm. He finds himself embroiled in another conflict—this one between families—a conflict fueled by greed and revenge. The novel is about family and about the land. It deals with loss and the redemptive power of love.

Young and his wife, Suzanne, split their time between their homes in Sautee-Nacoochee in the north Georgia mountains and in Duluth. A Gathering of Eagles is his first published novel.

Copyright 2012 Walton Young