Alabama Journalist, Three-Time Author Shares Writing Life with Tuscaloosa Christian Writers Group

Gary Lloyd

You wouldn’t know it by his presentation Tuesday night to the Tuscaloosa Christian Writers Group, but Gary Lloyd had already worked a full day, driven an hour from the Birmingham area to Tuscaloosa and spoken to a University journalism class.

By the time he finished addressing the attendees at the Tuscaloosa Christian Writers Group,  Lloyd had shared the story behind his first three books and outlined the plan for his next two book-length projects.

The 28-year-old Trussville, Ala. native has not only completed Trussville, Alabama: A Brief History, the most recent history of the growing city that includes parts Jefferson and St. Clair Counties, but also two works of fiction,  Deep Green and Heart of the Plate.

A former managing editor of The Trussville Tribune,  Lloyd released Heart of the Plate, a story from the baseball diamond only a few months after publishing Deep Green, a fictionalized account of a young man’s life journey through his involvement in church basketball.

“I’ve always been a non-fiction kind of person,” Lloyd said.

He credits his wife, Jessica,  for his journey into the area of fiction writing, which also draws on his experience as a sports journalist.

“Sports is what I know,” he said as he recounted the experience of the subject of his latest book.

During his remarks to the writers group Tuesday at the Tuscaloosa Public Library, Lloyd previewed an upcoming book about San Francisco 49ers Defensive Tackle Quinton Dial.  He also talked about a planned project that will feature his late father-in-law, who started the Ray of Hope Wheelchair Ramp Ministry, which is based on Pace, Fla.

“This book will be the hardest write, but the most rewarding to write,” he said.

When he’s not working at his full-time job at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama or giving talks in Tuscaloosa, Lloyd explained that he spends his afternoons writing and researching future books.

Gary Lloyd shared tips on self-publishing with The Tuscaloosa Christian Writers Group.




George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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