As you may know, we (both Tay & Kay) were both born and raised in North Carolina and met while living in the Southern Part of Heaven (AKA Chapel Hill). In honor of that, we wanted to share a few local authors that you’ve probably heard of (and if you haven’t, you’ll be antsy to remedy that ASAP)!
1.) David Joy
I first stumbled up David Joy through Book of the Month with his book The Line That Held Us and absolutely fell in love… so much so that Santa may or may not be bringing me his other books, The Weight of This World and Where All Light Tends to Go. David lives in Jackson County, NC – near my brother’s alma mater, Western Carolina University!
*Psst, check out my full review here!*
I first grabbed a copy of Slightly South of Simple because it looked like an easy beach read, but it was so much more than that. I loved getting to know the sisters and watching them develop as the book progressed. I have the sequel The Secret to Southern Charm waiting for me, and I may or may not have ordered Dear Carolina on Black Friday… #treatyoself?!
Oh, and Kristy is a fellow UNC grad #GoHeels!
3.) Nicholas Sparks
Okay, if you haven’t heard of Nicholas Sparks, there is a good chance you’ve been living under a rock. He’s one of the most well-known authors with several film adaptations, including The Longest Ride, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, The Lucky One, and (my personal favorite) Safe Haven. Plus, you have the added bonus that the stories take place in NC – and it’s so fun to see the cameos the Tar Heel state makes in the story! Forewarning: keep the tissues close by – you’re gonna ugly cry with these.
Full disclosure: I haven’t actually read one of Marybeth’s books yet because I’ve been saving When We Were Worthy for Christmas travels, but when Chelsea @suspensethrill and Amy @TheSouthernGirlReads both sings its praises, you know you have something special. Stay tuned for my review – or get your own copy and we can buddy read. Win, win!
5.) Robert Beatty
Robert lives in Asheville, NC, which I’m certain played a huge role in his decision to write Serafina and the Black Cloak, which takes place at the Biltmore Estates! It was such a fun, imaginative read with a a unique, heroic girl as the protagonist. The best part: his books can be enjoyed by readers young and old (bonus points for making America’s youth read again)!
Honestly, this post has been so much fun to put together because I had no idea there was so much well-known talent in NC! If you know any others, share them in the comments or DM me @shihtzus.and.book.reviews so we can support more NC authors!