Joseph and Julia Gunnels


     Joseph and Julia Gunnels have honed their skills over a number of years and a variety of projects. As screenwriters, they most recently completed the script, Golden Warrior, currently of interest to the venerable Ealing Studios in England.

     Golden Warrior tells the epic tale of Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. Godwinson was a man revered by his people and considered by military historians to be one of the greatest warriors of all time. Prior to writing Golden Warrior, the Gunnels wrote Run Lightning, a rollicking tale about moonshine running and the early days of stock car racing. Run Lightning tells the story of a defiant hero who goes from being an outlaw to a racing legend. It weighs the difference between law and justice and brings together ruthless villains, fast cars, romance and the traditions of a people who call the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains their home.

     The Gunnels met while at George Washington University, where Joseph won a National Society of Arts and Letters one-act playwriting contest that propelled him into a year's tutorial at Harvard with Broadway playwright, William Alfred. In 1974, Joseph published The Recital and Other Stories. Over the years, the Gunnels have written in numerous genres, working in such fields as theatre, children's literature and journalism.

     Joseph has taught a number of classes in the art of "Plot and Character" both at the Writers Workshop in Asheville, N.C. and at UNC Asheville. Most recently he co-authored a Memoir that focuses on a spiritual seeker's journey while dealing with terminal cancer and the miraculous healing that ensued. The Gunnels are the parents of three grown sons and have lived in their beloved North Carolina mountains for more than thirty years.