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.
Meet Author Olivia deBelle Byrd
Olivia deBelle Byrd knows what it is like to grow up amid Southern traditions. Her most recent book, Save My Place,
is a coming-of-age story that earned the 2015 Gold Medal for Florida Fiction from the Florida Publishers Association and a second Gold Medal for Cover Design. Olivia’s first book of humorous anecdotes, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle,
was awarded two Silver Medals from the Florida Publishers Association. Stop by the Spotlight Stage on Saturday and see Olivia as delights the audience with her humorous vignettes and tales of classic Southern personalities you are sure to appreciate. The daughter of one of the first Pepsi bottlers in the South, Olivia is a longtime resident of Panama City, where she lives with her husband Tommy, and today, in addition to writing, she enjoys visiting family (including two grandchildren) in Austin, Texas. Be sure to stick around after the presentations on Friday and Saturday at the Spotlight Stage to meet Olivia and have one of her books signed.
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
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. Here 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.