Calling North Carolina Home
North Carolina is a great state to live and work as a professional romance novelists or a writer of any genre. The state has a rich literary heritage and some of the most memorable literature of the 20th century was penned by writers who lived in N.C. including Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, O. Henry and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, whose 1938 novel The Yearling won the 1939 Pulitzer Prize.
Contemporary authors include Anne Tyler, who in 1989 won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons, Allan Gurganus, whose 2000 novel The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All spent eight months on The New York Times Best Seller list and Charles Frazier, the only North Carolinian to win the National Book Award for Fiction for 1997’s Cold Mountain and Ron Rash, the author of Serena, now a major motion picture featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.
The Heart of Carolina Romance Writers (HCRW), a regional chapter of the Romance Writers of America has a membership of talented romance writers on the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon lists but the membership is generous sharing their time and expertise to new writers.
As I launch my professional writing career I’d like to thank a few members of the HCRW who through the years have inspired me and shared their expertise: Sabrina Jefferies, New York Times author of sexy regency romance author of historic romance; and Virginia Kantra, also a New York Times author of contemporary romance; and Sara Cannon, an amazingly talented and prolific author of young adult paranormals and new adult fiction. Additionally, she has generously taught many workshops on Indy publishing.
Critique partners Angela Narron, author of southern fiction and inspirational romantic suspense, and Merle Finch, multi-genre author of the Stuck in Middle series, have been important to my growth as a writer. They are brilliant, funny and talented writers! Joining us for our writing retreats are Elizabeth Langston, award-winning young adult novelists; and Marcia Abercrombie, author of contemporary romance–both have been great assistance during the writing journey.
Several people have already asked about the design of my book covers. This is the creation of Lily Smith, Covers by Lily, a talented designer, living and working right in North Carolina!
Literary Festivals, Events and Writer Gatherings in North Carolina
Heart of Carolina Romance Writers – Second Saturday Every Month
Triangle Area. First two meetings free for non-members. (Calendar of Events)
Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair, Lumberton, N.C.
Spring Literary Festival, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.
Blue Ridge Bookfest, Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, N.C.
Heart of Carolina Romance Writer Annual One-Day Writers Conference, Triangle area
North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference, location varies