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Name: Jingle Davis

Family: My great-grandparents, from Macon, traveled to the coast on excursion trains in the pre-causeway days when ferry boats ran between Brunswick and St. Simons. Their daughter, my grandmother, Bess Norris Langston, later told wonderful stories about the island in the late 1880s and early 1900s. People danced in the open-air pavilion at the pier; rode a mule-pulled train up the beach to an oceanfront hotel where the Coast Guard Station is now; and bought fruits, vegetables, sweet grass baskets and hand-knitted cast nets at the pier from Gullah Geechee vendors who settled on St. Simons after the Civil War. When Bessie married Edgar Langston Sr., they lived in Dublin and vacationed on St. Simons with their son, Edgar Jr., and daughter, Jean Elizabeth. When Jean Elizabeth met Jaxon O’Dell Hice, she was teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Hendersonville, N.C.; he worked at the local mica mine. The day they met, he said he planned to marry her and asked where she’d like to live. St. Simons Island, she answered. They married in 1937, moved to the island and bought a cottage on Floyd Street in what was then called the Pier Section. I was born in 1942 during World War II. Bessie babysat while my parents spotted enemy aircraft from a tower at the King and Prince Hotel and German submarines from the beach. We built a home in the King City subdivision and moved in when I was five, the year my brother, Jaxon Jr., was born. My uncle and aunt, Ed and Polly Langston, built a home across the street and reared my cousin, Carole, there. Bessie and her wonderful stories moved in with us permanently after her husband died. My husband and I reared our four children — daughter Claudia and sons Jim, Ervin and Karl — on East Beach. Once grown, they moved much-too-far-away, enjoyed successful careers and produced 13 grandchildren. My three older children have since moved back to the coast; one to Darien; two to St. Simons. We’re still trying to persuade the youngest to leave Athens and join us.

School: I graduated from Glynn Academy in 1960, took courses at UGA and Brunswick College, attended writing seminars and workshops and was a fellow at the Ossabaw Island Project, a creative retreat on the eponymous island.

Occupation: Writer. Editor. My first professional writing was for children’s magazines: Jack and Jill, Children’s Playmate. My first newspaper job was at The Brunswick News, where I fell in love with reporting. I worked briefly for the state Department of Natural Resources and wrote for Outdoors in Georgia Magazine. I freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The AJC later hired me full-time.

What is your all time favorite novel? Jane Austin’s "Pride and Prejudice."

Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: The Pier. I fished and crabbed from it, dived off the deep end, hid in kid-sized niches under the concrete T, carved my initials on its wooden rails and benches, and watched the then-roofed wooden end wash away in a 1940s hurricane. My mother, an ardent angler, probably caught a million speckled trout off the pier.

Perfect Saturday in the Golden Isles: Spending time with family, friends and my dog, Ransom.

What is one thing every visitor should do (or see) before leaving the Golden Isles? The St. Simons Library in the Casino at Neptune Park offers one of the best views on the island, plus a great team of librarians.

Tell us what to expect in your new book to be released this summer? I grew up playing on tabby ruins on the Georgia coast, which has led to a lifelong fascination with the old oyster shell concrete. The book, titled "Following the Tabby Trail: Where Coastal History is Captured in Unique Oyster Shell Structures," follows a 275-mile long stretch of coastline between St. Augustine, Fla., and Charleston, S. C. The area embraces the vast majority of historic tabby in the United States, almost all built between the late 1600s and the Civil War. Each of the 48 sites in the book includes a description of the site plus the profile of a notable figure associated with it. Gorgeous original photographs by St. Simons native Benjamin Galland and historic pictures illustrate the book, to be published by the University of Georgia Press in June.