J. D. R. Hawkins has dedicated years of extensive research to telling engaging and informative stories of the War Between the States in her award-winning series The Renegades. A member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Hawkins has participated in Civil War reenactments and has spoken about Confederate commanders’ battle strategies. She also holds memberships in the International Women’s Writing Guild, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Writers.
Hawkins earned a BS in journalism–advertising and a minor in ad design from Iowa State University. Her first novel, A Beckoning Hellfire, received both Publisher’s Choice and Editor’s Choice awards, and her second novel, A Beautiful, Glittering Lie, received the 2013 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award and the B.R.A.G. Medallion.
In addition to her love of writing, her personal interests include music, gardening, painting, and volunteering, having previously volunteered for the Colorado Horse Rescue. Hawkins and her husband live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.