Local author to speak to Writers in Sandals

Jessica Coker
Author Billy Moore with his horse Molly. Moore will be the guest speaker at Saturday's Writers in Sandals meeting at the Destin Library.

Literal writer in sandals Billy Moore has been a longtime Florida native. So, being the guest author at this week's Writers in Sandals meeting, Saturday, April 20 at the Destin Library just seems fitting.

Moore, who split his time growing up between the beaches of The Emerald Coast and his grandparent’s farm in Alabama, studied novel writing and history before starting his career as a football coach and a teacher at South Walton High School.

During the Writers in Sandals meeting, the DeFuniak Springs resident will share his knowledge of writing, promoting and publishing in both the digital and the traditional hardcopy market.

Best known for his young adult novels, "Cracker's Mule" and "Little Brother Real Snake," Moore's novels have been used in EconKids programs at Rutgers University.

"Cracker's Mule," is set during the 1950s, where a young boy in a small Florida town is sent to visit his grandparents’ rural farm in Alabama. Polio is the subject on everyone's mind during the summer as it's running rampant throughout the world.

"Little Brother Real Snake" is Moore's sophomore novel. More of a coming of age tale and a love story, "Little Brother Real Snake," weaves the twisted web of Red Squirrel, a young Apache warrior who is well respected not only by his tribe but also the neighboring tribes as well.

Moore's third novel, "The Staked Plains," was also published in Spanish under the title "Llano Estacado."

"The Staked Plains" centers on Quentin McLeod and Carlotta Mainord as they struggle to prove their innocence before McLeod is accused — and hanged — for being a Comanche. Moore's novels are action-packed and exciting, making them great summer reads.

Moore will be at the Destin Library for the Writers in Sandals meeting this Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information call the library at 850-837-8572 or visit them online at

For more information on Moore and his work visit him online at