I love to read and have enjoyed snuggling up with a good book since the time I was a little girl. I guess you could say that an appreciation of the written word is in my blood.
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While both fiction and nonfiction are enticing, I have a special place in my heart for Southern fiction and its authors who have perfected the craft of spinning a yarn. 5 Southern Fiction writers that I highly recommend include:
Fannie Flagg-This author and actress, whose given name is Patricia Neal, is best known for penning the book that was adapted into the movie Fried Green Tomatoes (Wikipedia). The book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Ballantine Reader’s Circle), along with the more than ten other works that she has written are truly entertaining.
Dorothea Benton Frank-She is a talented novelist who grew up on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina and her books reflect an intimate knowledge of the “Low Country”. Her debut novel and still one of my favorites is Sullivan’s Island (Lowcountry Tales).
Lisa Patton-From Franklin, Tennessee, Lisa has amazing gift for drawing you into a story. The minute I picked up her first novel, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter: A Novel, I was hooked and haven’t looked back since.
Mary Kay Andrews- Coming from a journalistic background, Kathy Hogan Trocheck, has written most recently under the Mary Kay Andrews pen name (marykayandrews.com). My favorite of Andrew’s books thus far is Hissy Fit: A Novel–(about a wedding gone way wrong and the aftermath).
Greg Iles-This Natchez, Mississippi resident is a master of the Southern Thriller along with his brilliant works in other genres. He is one of those “just stayed up all night because I couldn’t put the book down” authors. One of my favorite works of Iles is The Quiet Game (Penn Cage Novels).