Award-winning author Genie Smith Bernstein began writing by falling out of the sky. After safely landing an airplane whose engine failed, she was unable to talk about the experience until capturing her emotions on paper. From that exercise came her ability to infuse writing with emotion and led her to the romance genre.

Originally from Eatonton, Georgia, Berstein writes in an authentic southern voice. Swimming to keep fit she makes her home in Athens, Georgia, and shares with her husband their joyously combined family of six children and thirteen globe-trotting grandchildren.

Berstein is a featured columnist for Georgia Connector, Georgia’s premier regional quarterly magazine. Awarded South Carolina’s “Carrie McCray Literary Award for Non-Fiction,” her work was also selected to appear in four volumes of “O, Georgia!” anthologies of Georgia’s newest and most promising writers.” Her romance novel, Act on the Heart, will be released by Black Opal Books in 2015.