F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival was developed to assist young inspiring authors with their marketing and to introduce them to veterans of the book business at the festival. Most first time book writers are eager to learn more about the business, and the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival gives them the opportunity to receive information from other authors, publishers, script writers, and editors. F.R.E.S.H. is a boutique festival that has the ability for authors to interact on a personal level with their fans and have the ability to do workshops on their books while introducing the book to the community.
Donna M. Gray-Banks is the Founder and Director of the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival, which is one of the largest book festivals held in Volusia/Flagler Counties in the State of Florida. The Festival began in 2011, and the City of Daytona Beach began sponsorship of the Festival in 2012. Gray-Banks is the author of a very successful trilogy, Ila's Diamonds. She is currently working her fourth book, The House that Jack Built.
Gray-Banks is also the host of a weekly radio show, "A F.R.E.S.H. Conversation" on Joy 106.3 FM Daytona Beach. The show airs each Monday night from 8:00 - 9:00 PM.
Ms. Banks is the proud mother of Gregory Taylor Banks. Her siblings: Christine Hogan, Gilbert Gray, and Jackson Gray, Jr., are the rocks on which she stands. Donna resides in the beautiful City of Palm Coast, Florida.
A proud native of DeLand, Florida, JoJo studied Radio/Television Broadcasting at the University of Central Florida and has been a full-time radio personality since 1984. From 1997 to 2004, she simultaneously worked part-time as Floor Director and Camera Operator for Channel 9 Eyewitness News Daybreak.
In May 2018, JoJo returned to Channel 9 and Channel 27 as a part-time Technical Operator. Currently, JoJo can be heard weekdays, from 10 AM to 3 PM, on Star 94.5, "Orlando's ONLY R&B." Since April of 2016, she's also been heard weekdays from 10AM to 3 PM on Jacksonville's Hot 99.5, "Duval's Only R&B." JoJo's familiar voice has been heard in radio and television commercials, videos, tutorials, and e-books worldwide. She performs freelance as a voice actor.
She is also President and Founder of the Let's Kick Asthma Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that educates people about asthma, and how to live and breathe better with the condition. The group offers a free monthly educational support group, along with outreach services to assist asthma patients and scholarships for students studying in the areas of asthma/allergies and pulmonary medicine.
JoJo was chosen to serve on the National American Lung Association's Asthma Patient Advisory Board to offer input on American Lung Association research, marketing materials, and advocacy efforts for asthma patients nationwide.
JoJo is about to embark on yet another chapter of her life and has begun taking acting lessons with John Wilard Florer at Fierce Entertainment Management. She has also returned to her hobby of bodybuilding and is once again training at On the Move Fitness in Winter Park and at the House of Sweat in Orlando. JoJo is a member of the The Sanctuary in DeLand.
In 2016, after having been saved many years ago, JoJo took the next step and finally surrendered every area of her life to Christ as a committed follower. She studies discipleship through the Cleansing Stream University offered at her church. In July 2017, JoJo was commissioned as a Stephen Minister at The Sanctuary, trained in Christian Care Giving.
"I'm grateful to God for each day of life He gifts to me. I plan to live each one to the fullest, giving Him the glory." -JoJo