Dr. John Sheffield recently retired as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment at the University of Tennessee. Previously, he served as Director for Energy Technology Programs at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, retiring from there in 2003.  

A physicist, his main field of research is fusion energy. He served on the US-DOE’s Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for many years including being the chair from 1996 to 2000. He continues to publish in this area.  His numerous technical publications include:
Co-author of Plasma Scattering of Electromagnetic Radiation,Elsevier 2010, and
The chapter on “Future World Energy Resources and Needs,” in Energy: Science, Policy, and the Pursuit of Sustainability, (Bent, Orr, Baker eds.) Island Press 2002.

Other publications include: 
A humorous memoir, Fun in Fusion Research, Elsevier 2013.
Contributions with 19 local authors to North Point of View: Tales of Alpharetta and Beyond, iUniverse 2006. A novel, Marienna’s Fantasy, iUniverse 2005.

He now concentrates on writing and his novel, Roseland’s Secret was published in June by Deeds Publishing. 

He is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club where he has won two first place awards for poetry. He was also the recipient of the Southeastern Writers Association’s 2015 Edna Sampson Award for an unpublished humorous novel, My Friend Albert.




Return To Roseland

After an agonizing two-year wait, Andrew Ferguson has returned to Roseland. Back on the remote island in the southern Atlantic where he once spent months studying the habits of the mysterious native auk, he now hopes to settle down and marry the love of his life, Roselander Rose Pascoe. But the island community won’t let him back in so easily. To prove his worth, Andrew has spent his absence learning about sustainable farming in hopes that becoming a useful member of the island community will allow him to stay. The Maskers, a pagan cult on the island with a history of violence to outsiders, are determined not to let that happen. Adding to his problems, Rose is the prime candidate for the role of Queen in an ancient rite on Midsummer’s Day…one that requires her to be unfaithful several times over. Andrew can only hope that the eccentric Clara has a plot to get them married in time. Will the Maskers succeed in undermining his efforts and force him off Roseland, or will Andrew fight to stay and be forced to watch as Rose lies with another man?


Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-58-4 | 320 Pages
FICTION / General
FICTION / Romance / General



Andrew Ferguson travels to Roseland, a remote island in the southern Atlantic, to research why an unusual bird, the Roseland Auk, has many more males than females. Back in the States, his professor warns him that the island’s society is matriarchal, it retains pagan customs, and the women are off limits to outsiders. He ignores the professor’s advice and falls for a beautiful islander, who is promised to the son of the Penseythan, the island’s head. Through his research, Andy understands the bird’s behavior and uncovers the islanders’ dark secret. When he ignores the Penseythan’s warnings to stop meddling in the island’s affairs, he puts his life in danger.


Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-76-8 | 360 Pages
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense