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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

Many of these authors and illustrators can be found on the following two websites:  Writers and Illustrators of North Carolina – and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators –  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,  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  Other websites of interest are the NC Writers’ Network, and the 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.

Bemis, John Claude –

Brantley-Newton, Vanessa

Brown, Tameka Fryer –

Card, Orson Scott Card (Greensboro)

Carmichael, Clay (Carrboro)

Carris, Joan –

Christensen, Bonnie (Wilson)

Crane, Carol (Holly Springs)

Dessen, Sarah (Chapel Hill)

Dowell, Frances O’Roark (Durham)

Dubowski, Cathy East

Ebel, Julia Taylor (Jamestown)

Flood, Pansie Hart (Greenville)

Gill, David Macinnis (Wilmington)

Gratz, Alan (Penland) –

Gray, Luli ;  250 South Estes Drive Chapel Hill NC 27512

Greene, Stephanie

Haley, Gail E.  (Blowing Rock)

Hartley, A.J. (Charlotte) –

Hawes, Louise

Heyes, Eileen

Hicks, Betty (Greensboro)

Holub, Joan (Raleigh)

Hostetter, Joyce Moyer

Houston, Gloria (western NC)

Hurmence, Belinda (Raleigh)

Hutton, John (Winston-Salem)

Johnson, J.J. –

Laminack, Lester (Asheville) –

Lee, Karen (Raleigh) –

Lyons, Kelly Starling –

McDonald, Dave –

Messer, Stephen –

Norris, Shana (Kinston) –

Ogburn, Jacqueline K.-

Patterson, Irania Macias (Charlotte)

Perkins, Stephanie (Chapel Hill) –

Revis, Beth (Union Mills)

Ryan, Carrie (Charlotte)

Salsi, Lynn (Greensboro)

Schroder, Monica (NC mtns) –

Tate, Eleanora E.

Tiernan, Cate (Durham) –

Tolan, Stephanie S. (Charlotte) –

Turnage, Sheila (Farmville)  –

Vernon, Ursula (Pittsboro) –

Wartski, Maureen Crane(Raleigh)

Washington, Donna –

Weatherford, Carole Boston –

Wood, Frances M.-

Wolf, Allan (Asheville)

Wright Frierson, Virginia  (Wilmington)

Younger, Barbara (Hillsborough)

Out-of-State authors who were born in NC or lived in NC

Holmes, Sara Lewis (DC)

Jones, Elizabeth McDavid (Va)

Moses, Sheila P.

Myracle, Lauren

Osborne, Mary Pope

Ransome, James

Additions or questions? Contact Mary Jo Floyd.

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