Christal Presley received her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in English Education from Virginia Tech. She received her Ph.D in Education from Capella University. Her first book, Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD, was published by Health Communications, Inc. in November 2012, and has received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly and writers like Nikki Giovanni and Lee Smith. It has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, NBC, Fox News, NPR, Canada AM, and more. Christal has been a visiting author at LaGrange University and The University of North Georgia, a speaker at The University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, a consultant to the Military Family Clinic at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, and a speaker at mental health conferences, veterans and civic organizations, and classrooms around the country. She has also been a creative writing instructor at Emory Continuing Education at Emory University.

Christal grew up in Honaker, Virginia, and currently divides her time between Social Circle, Georgia, and Meadows of Dan, Virginia. She is the founder of United Children of Veterans, a website that provides resources about PTSD in children of war veterans. In her spare time, you can find Christal playing with her dogs, tending to her chickens and pot belly pig, and gardening. And of course, reading and writing too.

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