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Atlanta Magazine: Scribes of Summer.

Atlanta authors talk about their latest books and invite us inside the writer’s life.



BY Suzanne Van Atten

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ben Rollins

Atlanta Magazine


YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR

to find the perfect page-turner for your beach read this year.


Seven authors with Atlanta ties have new novels coming out before the fall. Some are seasoned

pros who produce a book nearly every summer, and one is a first-timer making her fiction debut.


All of them are women, and one thing their books share in common is a strong, complicated

female protagonist. Their characters may not always make the best decisions, but the women

at the center of these novels have agency to make their own choices and figure their ways out of

challenging situations.


In their own words, here’s what the authors have to say about their new books and the writing life.


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Karin SLAUGHTER

THE LAST WIDOW


Anissa GRAY

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS


Joshilyn JACKSON

NEVER HAVE I EVER


Susan Rebecca WHITE

WE ARE ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE


Jessica HANDLER

THE MAGNETIC GIRL


Mary Kay ANDREWS

SUNSET BEACH


Patti Callahan HENRY

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER




Patti Callahan HENRY


The New York Times best-selling author has written 15 novels, including last year’s

historical novel, Becoming Mrs. Lewis NEW TITLE The Favorite Daughter


WHAT IT’S ABOUT

How a fractured family comes to heal through memories that were both lost and found.


CENTRAL CHARACTERS

Colleen Donahue. She’s in her 30s. She has had a terrible betrayal by the two people closest to her, sister and her fiance, and she has spent her life protecting herself from that pain.


THEMES

It’s about how memory defines who we are.


WHO WOULD STAR IN THE

MOVIE VERSION?

Amy Adams


EAGER TO READ

Everybody in this article. I’m not kidding.


FAVORITE BOOK OF 2018

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike


FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis


BEST THING ABOUT BEING A

WRITER

The tribe. The readers and the other writers


HARDEST THING

The middle of the book. It’s the time you think you can’t do it this time. It’s always the time you think you’re wasting your life and your time.


CURE FOR WRITER’S BLOCK

For me, because a long time ago I read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, I’ve redefined writer’s block. I call it resistance. When I’m stuck, I try to find ways to break through or get around it by filling back

up the well, whether it’s by taking a walk in nature or reading somebody else’s beautiful work. Sometimes, I’ll read poetry.


WRITING ADVICE

I think it’s really good for new writers to know our books don’t come out the way

they see them. They don’t see all the work, the edits, the dead ends.



May 2019 Atlanta Magazine


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