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Karen Petit

Karen Petit is the author
of The Shandon Ivy League 
Mystery Series, books for 
children of middle-school 
age. She also has written 
a memoir, A Paw on My Heart,
the story of how a horrible 
divorce led her to a writer's career. 

(right) The author* and her dog Ivy

*For news of Ms. Petit's speaking engagements and public appearances, visit www.theivybooks.comFor an interview with the author, click here. 


Carmella Broome

Blind since birth, Carmella Broome is the author of Carmella’s Quest: Taking On College Sight Unseen, her first book. Miss Broome is a professional counselor who lives in Columbia, S.C., with her guide-dog Maggie, a yellow Labrador retriever. 


For an interview with the author, click here.



 Michael Miller

Michael Miller, author of Lonesome Pines – Living and Dying in a Little Town, grew up in Dillon, a small town near the North Carolina border, but he now resides in Columbia, S.C. A former newspaperman, he’s a 2007 winner of the S.C. Fiction Project and is the author of Hootie! How the Blowfish Put Pop Back into Pop Rock, a biography of the rock band Hootie & The Blowfish. Lonesome Pines is Miller’s first book of fiction.



Pat Guerry Hodnett

Pat Guerry Hodnett, a long-time resident of York, S.C., turned to fiction writing after retiring from teaching in public school. A Place for Lily Kate is her first novel, the cover of which was designed by her daughter Tish. Mrs. Hodnett is now working on a second novel, Dragon Smoke, a sequel to A Place for Lily Kate. For an interview with the author, click here.



Ernest L. Wiggins

Ernest L. Wiggins is an associate professor in the University of South Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. A former newspaperman, Wiggins puts his sharp reporter's eye and pen to good use in both fiction and the essay in Reflections of a Native Son in the New South, his first book.  


Rob Barge

A resident of Columbia, S.C., Rob Barge is a graphic deisgner/illustrator who collaborated with writer Cooper Riverbridge to produce a little book of humor titled Y'all Ain't From Around Here, Are Ya? The book is perhaps best explained by its subtitle: How To Talk Like a South Carolinian. Barge, who also illustrated Michael Miller's Lonesome Pines, has a professional website at He can be reached at


James D. McCallister

James D. McCallister (left) is the author of King's Highway, a first novel that Red Letter Press will publish in June 2007. McCallister, who lives in West Columbia, S.C., with his wife Jenn and their nine cats, is a 1988 graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is a columnist for the alternative weekly Columbia CityPaper and writes free-lance articles for other publications. For an interview with the author, click on Interview



Sheila Morris

Born and raised in Grimes County, Texas, Sheila Morris is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and earned a graduate degree at the University of South Carolina. She has been a CPA, stockbroker, financial adviser, and college instructor, and is now an executive for a financial firm. She lives in Columbia, S.C., with her partner Teresa Williams and their four dogs, and is active in seeking equal rights for women, African Americans, and gays and lesbians.