North Carolina Authors and Illustrators
The following is a list of authors and illustrators with ties to North Carolina – compiled by past president Mary Jo Floyd. Some live here now, others grew up here or have family roots here. Because this is an incomplete list, please send suggestions and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of these authors and illustrators can be found on the following two websites: Writers and Illustrators of North Carolina – http://www.wincbooks.com/index.htm and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – http://www.scbwicarolinas.org/. The UNC-Chapel Hill Library has a listing of novels set in North Carolina which includes many children and young adult authors from our state, http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/ncnovels/index.php/authors-2/. Check out the Literary Map of North Carolina and see how many authors are from your county.
Also, the Roads Scholars program of the NC Humanities Council includes many adult authors that may be of interest to local reading councils. These speakers are free of charge. Check out this extensive listing at http://nchumanities.org/programs/road-scholars. Other websites of interest are the NC Writers’ Network, http://www.ncwriters.org/ and the NC Literary Hall of Fame, http://www.weymouthcenter.org/nc-literary-hall-of-fame/.
Don’t forget that local independent bookstores serve as resources and often link to local authors. Many communities have writers’ support groups offering workshops, contests, critiques, and other writing activities. Book and literary festivals also offer opportunities to meet writers and illustrators from North Carolina.
Brown, Tameka Fryer – http://www.tamekafryerbrown.com/
Card, Orson Scott Card (Greensboro) http://www.hatrack.com/
Carris, Joan – http://www.joancarrisbooks.com/
Dessen, Sarah (Chapel Hill) http://sarahdessen.com/
Dubowski, Cathy East email@example.com
Ebel, Julia Taylor (Jamestown) http://www.juliaebel.com/
Flood, Pansie Hart (Greenville) firstname.lastname@example.org
Gill, David Macinnis (Wilmington) http://davidmacinnisgill.com/
Gray, Luli http://www.wincbooks.com/luligray.htm ; 250 South Estes Drive Chapel Hill NC 27512
Greene, Stephanie http://stephaniegreenebooks.com/wp/
Hartley, A.J. (Charlotte) – http://ajhartley.net/
Hawes, Louise http://www.louisehawes.com/
Hicks, Betty (Greensboro) us.macmillan.com/author/bettyhicks
Houston, Gloria (western NC) http://www.gloriahouston.com/
Hurmence, Belinda (Raleigh) email@example.com
Hutton, John (Winston-Salem) firstname.lastname@example.org
Laminack, Lester (Asheville) – http://www.lesterlaminack.com/index.htm
Messer, Stephen – http://stephenmesser.com/
Ogburn, Jacqueline K.- email@example.com
Patterson, Irania Macias (Charlotte)
Perkins, Stephanie (Chapel Hill) – http://www.stephanieperkins.com/
Salsi, Lynn (Greensboro) http://www.lynnsalsi.com/
Schroder, Monica (NC mtns) – http://www.monikaschroeder.com/
Tiernan, Cate (Durham) – http://catetiernan.net/
Vernon, Ursula (Pittsboro) – http://ursulavernon.com/
Out-of-State authors who were born in NC or lived in NC
Holmes, Sara Lewis (DC) http://www.saralewisholmes.com/index.htm
Jones, Elizabeth McDavid (Va) http://www.elizabethmcdavidjones.com/
Moses, Sheila P. http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Shelia-P-Moses/19361088
Myracle, Lauren laurenmyracle.com
Osborne, Mary Pope marypopeosborne.com
Additions or questions? Contact Mary Jo Floyd.