William S. Walker is a South Carolina-born author with a lifelong interest in the state’s Pee Dee region and Revolutionary War leader Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. Walker, from Nichols in Marion County, worked as a reporter and editor in the United States and Europe for more than four decades and has written and edited for newspapers on assignments in over 50 countries. He began a 28-year career with the newspaper Stars and Stripes at Darmstadt, Germany, as a reporter in 1973 and was the newspaper’s worldwide Executive Editor when he retired in 2002. Before joining Stars and Stripes Walker worked at daily newspapers in South Carolina and as a news editor for the Associated Press. He is a graduate of Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, where he earned a Ph.D. in East European History. His 2010 book, German and Bosnian Voices In A Time Of Crisis, told the story of Bosnian refugees in Germany from 1992-2002. Walker is currently researching for a book on South Carolina politics.
L.L. “Chick” Gaddy, a native of Timmonsville, South Carolina, is a naturalist and author based in Columbia, S.C. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a Ph. D. in biogeography from the University of Georgia. Gaddy is president of the environmental consulting firm terra incognita. He has done environmental-related studies on endangered species, wetlands and conservation from Maine to Idaho during a nearly 40-year career. His interest in the Pee Dee region begun more than a half century ago during fishing trips with his father on the Little Pee Dee River. Gaddy’s other books include: The Natural History of the Congaree Swamp (2013) Ferns of the West Indies (2013) Spiders of the Carolinas (2009), Biodiversity: Przewalski’s horse, Edna’s trillium, the giant squid, and over 1.5 million other species (2005) and a Naturalist’s Guide to the Blue Ridge Front (2000).