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Susan Rivers Author of The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Susan Rivers began her writing career as a playwright, receiving the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and the New York Drama League Award, working as an NEA Writer-in-Residence in San Francisco, and being named as a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award for British and American Women Playwrights.
Fiction became her focus after starting her family and moving to the Carolinas in 1995.  She holds an MFA in Fiction-writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and was awarded a Regional Artist Grant from the Arts and Sciences Council there.  Since 2009, she and her husband have made their home in former cotton mill town in upstate South Carolina, where stray animals and stories are thick on the ground.  None are turned away.

The Second Mrs. Hockaday, published by Algonquin Books, is her debut novel. It has been named a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize as well as the Crook's Corner Prize for a debut novel set in the American South. Don't miss Susan on the Spotlight Stage Friday as she speaks about the novel and answers audience questions.

Author Angela Williams

Angela Williams grew up in a family with deep roots in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. A graduate of Queens University, she received her master’s from Duke University. A life-long teacher, her last tenure was twenty years at The Citadel. She’s published academic books and articles as well as short stories. Currently she is a Communication Consultant and Coach. Catch her at the Spotlight Stage on Sunday talking about her experiences as an author and reading excerpts from her memoir, "Hush Now Baby".

Mystery author Dorothy St. James

Mystery author Dorothy St. James was born in New York but raised in South Carolina. She makes her home on an artsy island community in South Carolina with her husband, a neurotic dog, and fluffy cat. She will be reading excerpts from her newest book, "Asking for Truffle" at the Spotlight Stage on Saturday. In this book, she is going back to her roots and setting a mystery series in a Southern beach town much like the one she’s called home for the past 20 years. The Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries combine her love of fine chocolates, quirky Southern charm, with a dash of danger. Asking for Truffle hits bookstore shelves September 2017.

New Author Lorna Hollifield

Lorna Hollifield was born in Asheville, North Carolina, but now enjoys the island life outside of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Kimsey, and her lovable mutt, Daisy.  

She’s been an author from the time she could speak, always spinning yarns for anyone who would listen.  She began her professional writing journey as a tourism and travel blogger, before finally deciding to pursue her dream of publishing fiction.  Tobacco Sun is her first novel, and she’s delighted to share it with the world!  Join Lorna on the Spotlight Stage as she reads excerpts from her new book and tells the tale of two sisters living in Tobaccoville, North Carolina and the secrets that they keep.

Lowcountry Boil Author Susan M. Boyer

Susan M. Boyer writes the USA TODAY Bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and garnered several other awards and nominations. Lowcountry Bonfire, the sixth Liz Talbot mystery, debuted on June 27. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels. Hear her speak about the inspiration for her book series at the show on Saturday on the Spotlight Stage.

Archie Burkel The Hat Lady

Whether you are a hat wearer, a wannabe hat wearer, or a think you can't be a hat wearer, Archie's book The Joy of Hats will guide you through shopping, fitting, storing, cleaning, and traveling with hats. Best of all, you will find something to hang your hat on that brings you joy.

Parenting Expert & Author Bonnie Compton

Are you on the parenting treadmill? You are not alone! Most parents feel the same way. Stop by the Southern Author's stage to hear Bonnie speak on Saturday about how to develop a meaningful relationship with your child, a relationship that will continue to grow as your child grows.

Mothering with Courage guides mothers in their quest to remain openhearted through the ups and downs of motherhood. With courage, a mom learns to self-reflect, face her fears, and make decisions consciously and confidently.  She learns to discover her own answers within and begins to see her child and herself in a different light—only from that space can she become the most authentic mother for her child.
Bonnie lives in Charleston, SC with her husband. She is a mom of four adult children and believes that being a mother has been her most important job.  She also loves being Gramma to her three beautiful granddaughters.

Author J.C. Sasser

J.C. was born in Savannah and grew up in a small town called Metter, sixty miles northwest.  She discovered writing through sound.  As an infant, she crawled around the ankles of two of the best storytellers she’d ever heard, her maternal grandmother and her father. The plots were not what she found most interesting.  It was the way they told these stories that never got old.

Her novel Gradle Bird is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption.This wildly inventive, picaresque novel that stretches the boundaries of what it means to be family and what it costs to love and be loved.

J.C. ( Jana)  lives with her husband, Thomas, along with our two sons, T.C. and Robert Esten, and two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June,  in an old barn on Edisto Island, SC.  To this day, her mother is one of her favorite writers. She will be appearing at the Southern Authors Stage on Friday.

Author Janet Lee Berg

Janet Lee Berg earned a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook Southampton, where she was mentored by many authored professors such as the late, great Frank McCourt. Employed as a journalist by Dan’s Papers of the Hamptons for nearly 12 years, she was afforded the opportunity to interview numerous celebrities, one of her favorites being Linda Ronstadt. She then tested the waters by publishing a small hardcover book for readers of all ages called Glitz of the Hamptons, a parody of the area known for its affluence and glamour. The Hamptons is also where she and her husband raised their daughter and son, and where she visited elementary classrooms, inspiring schoolchildren to express themselves through the written word.
            Berg’s novel Rembrandt’s Shadow and sequel—to follow—titled Restitution is loosely based on stunning true life events of her husband’s family during the Holocaust, and how they bargained their art collection for the safe passage of Jews from the Netherlands. The fictionalized version in both novels Rembrandt’s Shadow and Restitution follows the life of Sylvie Rosenberg, the privileged daughter of a renowned Jewish art dealer in Holland, who spends the first fifteen years of her childhood without ever knowing her father's love, until the day that he trades his beloved Rembrandt to the Nazis in exchange for her life.
Meet Janet at the Southern Authors Showcase Saturday between from 3pm – 5pm where she’ll share her story and have her novel Rembrandt’s Shadow.
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