Karlyle Tomms is an award-winning author who grew up in the rural Ozarks. He began writing fiction later in life, and has written for different regional magazines and newspapers over the years. He has often been selected to speak at both professional and non-professional events, as well as radio talk shows. His first novel, Confessions from the Pumpkin Patch, won the 2016 New Apple Awards Medal for General Fiction and was endorsed by Marideth Sisco who is known for her work on “Winter’s Bone” starring Jennifer Lawrence, a film which was nominated for four Academy Awards, and won the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. His general method for fiction has been to define a protagonist and allow that character to tell his or her own story from first person perspective as though the protagonist is writing an autobiography. His fictional books are about people overcoming social, psychological, emotional and spiritual challenges. He has a poetry book which is about his own journey of overcoming childhood bullying and trauma, and learning to cherish life on the Coastal Bend of Texas.