This is the website of John D. Avera, author of the Ella Minnow Series. The first book of the series, Ella Minnow Peed, received a five-star rating from Readers Favorite.

John D. Avera is proud to announce the release of the second book in the series, Ella Minnow and the New Fish, which also received a five-star rating from Readers Favorite.

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My wife, Katie, and I live in London, a small town in Southeastern Kentucky, around 38 miles from the Tennessee border off  South I-75.  We thank God for all of the life lessons that we have learned, and for the ministry that we have been able to be a part of together.

My wife and I were married on June 5, 1999 in Prospect, KY.  God gave the pleasure of sharing the gospel with her and leading her into salvation. I have one son, Leighton, born August 29, 2001, he is very active in church with our student ministry as well as in the bands at school. I had the great pleasure of also leading him to the Lord. I have one daughter, Raylee, born March 29, 2016.  I am currently the Student and Worship Pastor at Hart Baptist Church in London, I teach in a local elementary school, I lead a worship band, and I am an author.

I am a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.  I received a Bachelor of Music Education degree (2001) and a Master of Music degree (2003). I also hold a Masters degree from The University of the Cumberlands as an Education Specialist in Principal. During my college years I did tend to stray from the right path but it didn’t take long for God to bring me back.

I am the author of the Ella Minnow series. I hope that you will buy my books, I believe both of them have a positive message that kids need to hear today.


Book Fair

Come out today to the Kentuckiana Authors Fair and buy some books. Books from every genre. Kid friendly! Located at the LaGrange, KY, YMCA/ community center until 5 pm! Best selling authors, local authors, new authors, they are all represented. See you there!

Kentuckiana Authors Fair

I will be attending the Kentuckiana Authors Fair this Saturday in LaGrange, Ky. There will be many different authors there of various genres. Hope to see you there. 10-5 @ the LaGrange YMCA community center.

Happy Easter

As I celebrate Easter today, I reflect on what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross at Calvary. He took on the sins of the world and paid the price for them. The great news is, He died but didn’t stay buried! Three days later He arose from the grave! He died as a …


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