I’m an information junkie. I love observing it, collecting it, disseminating it. So I read. A lot. But most of all…I write.

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A multitasker from the word go, I juggle a variety of interests and projects at once. For example, I’ve published five books that could not be more different. I’m currently working on two more picture books, two middle grade novels and one mainstream novel. I am an early adopter of technology, volunteer as an Extension Master Gardener, created the first completely online English 101-102 sequence at the University of Kentucky, worked with the Kentucky Attorney General to develop and implement cyber-bullying and Internet safety presentations for K-12, mentor other writers, and am known locally as the “Fig Whisperer.” Whew!

And in my spare time I play ukulele with the Hot Cookies of the Bluegrass, and love to sing.

I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my husband and a very spoiled Pomeranian, who is periodically nonplussed when a foster usurps his territory.




Doris Settles enjoys working with bookstores, nonprofits, events, libraries, schools, clubs and stores to provide talks, workshops and sign books and is comfortable talking on radio, podcast and television programs either in person or virtually. History is integrated into whatever topic I speak about, as experiences inform our perceptions of everything.

Conference Plenary or Keynote presentations on these topics can be directed to local, regional or national audiences on any of these or other topics. Contact me to discuss details.


Heartland Book Festival

September 30, 2022 @ 9:00 am - January 17, 2023 @ 3:00 pm

Bluegrass Writers Community Reading

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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“Doris Settles has written a very sweet story with a lovely message in lyrical prose.  Like Leira Clara, my sister Susie planted colorful zinnias every year in order to share. I loved that. Nature is so important in the lives of our children, and fresh flowers bring the beauty and joy of nature indoors.”

Katy Moss Warner, President Emeritus American Horticulture Society, Past President of America in Bloom

I’ve attended and contracted many regional and national conference workshops and keynotes done by Doris Settles and am always amazed at the depth and breadth of her understanding of how our world is changing in both positive and negative ways.

Maxine Reid, Regional Kentucky FRC Coordinator

I have been fortunate to work with and know Doris for many years. Some of my favorite memories are of us sharing an afternoon in her garden or eating a delicious homegrown meal that she prepared as we talked over the many, many inspiring ideas we had for books and projects. Doris writes and speaks with such passion with life lessons that teach and affect people’s lives in meaningful ways.

Jennifer Watson, SPARKS Curriculum Design and GEM Coaching