O.Z. Diggs Himself Out by Ron Baxley, Jr.
O.Z. Diggs Himself Out, is an adult fantasy novel that couples Southern literature with Oz fantasy in a satirical travelogue. O.Z. Diggs is on a quest to regain his magical roots through items left behind by his legendary ancestor: the Wizard of Oz! O.Z. Diggs VII becomes so much more than his Southern identity and background.
Ron Baxley, Jr. is a fantasy and science fiction author of 27 years and former educator of 15 years. He has been a part-time correspondent/reporter for the Orangeburg "Times and Democrat" in Orangeburg, S.C. for over three years and a part-time travel specialist. He returned to his hometown of Barnwell, S.C. in January 2015 to be a care-giver for his mother and is the father of a fur-child, his emotional support dog, Ziggy, who is a shelter-adopted Pembroke Welsh Corgi who he has based a graphic novel on. In 2016, Ron was given the honor of a lifetime membership by the International L. Frank Baum and All Things Oz Foundation in Chittenango, New York, birthplace of L. Frank Baum, for his lifetime Ozian achievements. He has continued to be invited as a participating author to their Oz-Stravaganza festival nearly annually the past seven years and has continued to be invited annually as a special guest to the Wizard of Oz Festival-Ionia in Michigan. He has also been a guest or vendor at various cons throughout the country. Ron continues as a part-time contributing writer for the Disney Avenue fan-site as well. He most recently signed a contract for an Oz parody adventure game he wrote and programmed, NE by NW OZ (with some illustrations by USA Today graphic artist Ian Clyde), with the Choice of Games Company.