Native Texan Holly Bebernitz moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1967. After thirty years of teaching speech, English, and history on the secondary and college levels, she retired from classroom teaching to become a full-time grandmother. The change in schedule allowed the time needed to complete the novel she had begun writing in 1998.
When Trevorode the Defender was published in March 2013, the author realized the story of the Magnolia Arms was not yet complete. Three books followed: Road to Briarwood (2015), Tea at Kimball Pines (2017), and The Moores, the Merriers (2019). Part V, The Return of Hobson Paine is in progress.
In addition to the Magnolia Arms Chronicles, the author has published Tales of the Peregrine Inn, an 18th century adventure set at an inn on the North Carolina coast, and is also at work on Tales of Hog Holler, a charming collection of stories about a rural West Virginia community. She was a participant at the 2020 Jax Book Fest and is a frequent speaker at schools and storytelling festivals.