K. I. Knight

Kathryn Knight, who uses the pen name K. I. Knight, is an international award-winning author, genetic genealogist, American historian, keynote speaker, and cemetery preservationist.

For over thirteen years, Knight documented more than 20,000 hours researching the first recorded Africans to arrive in the English settlement of Virginia in 1619. Her passion is unrivaled and strongly evident in her published writings.

Her literary works include Fate & Freedom, a five-star Gold medal historical trilogy detailing the lives of the 1619 Africans, as well as her nonfiction work, Unveiled – The Twenty & Odd: Documenting the First Africans in England’s America 1619–1625 and Beyond, for which she was awarded the Phillis Wheatley Book Award by the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage.

Knight is a board member for several national nonprofit organizations and a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and literary societies. The mother of three adult children, the author lives in North Florida with her husband, Tom.



Jane R. Wood

Jane R. Wood is the author of five award-winning juvenile fiction books in which she weaves history and science into stories of mystery, adventure, and humor for young readers, ages 8–14. Students like her books because they’re fun—teachers like them for their educational value.

Wood is a former teacher, newspaper reporter, and television producer. She has a BA from the University of Florida and an MEd from the University of North Florida and is often asked to speak at book festivals, writer and publisher workshops and webinars, and education conferences.

Wood has served in leadership positions on several nonprofit boards involved in education, international relations, and book publishing. The author lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband, Terry, and is the mother of two grown sons and five grandchildren.

To learn more about her and her books, visit her website at