|While driving through the Cherokee National Forest in search of the perfect pumpkin
farm and the perfect pumpkin for Halloween, I answered a staggering amount of
questions from the back seat from my son Macee. “Why this, what is that, how tall are
those....” I tried my best to get all of the answers about mountains, trees, animals, and
“smoke” correct, but I knew more research was needed. Why Are the Mountains Smoky?
is a book born from questions coming from the back seat.
Matthew Kent Whitaker was born in Louisville,Kentucky—raised in Nashville,
Tennessee. He married a Chattanooga lady and found himself in Chattanooga. He now
live in North Georgia. Living, driving, camping, hiking, and being part of the Appalachian
Mountains has always been a backdrop in his life. Kent went to MTSU. He has been in
marketing and advertising for over 15 years. He has worked in advertising agencies,
newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV. He loves the mountains and the beach! He
coached a little league baseball team, built model rockets with his son, and was a
Volunteer Rescue Worker for about 8 years. He is also a food writer. He write cookbooks,
food articles for newspapers, etc. He has a great web site, does catering, and even
teaches classes at a Chattanooga culinary school.
Kent is quickly becoming known for being a great Southern Writer and Story teller.