The March prompt for our LitWyrm Book-A-Month challenge is to read locally. Our goal is to encourage you to read a book set in your region or by an author from your hometown. For me, that’s reading Greenville authors. Here in Greenville, SC, we seem to have an abundant writing community, so I just want to highlight a few of my favorite authors. This prompt is dear to my heart because local authors have been an incredible influence on me. Local authors made books more present and real to me, partly because I’ve met some of the authors in person. Despite my bias, I can honestly say that all these authors are great, and you should give them a try!
So Without Further Adieu, Here are 5 Fantastic Greenville Authors:
1. Bob Shumaker: Author of the Legend of the Schmooney and the Schmooney Trilogy.
I loved his books as a kid and distinctly remember going to the Simpsonville park for an event all about the Schmooney. Okay, to be honest, I just remember riding on the kid’s train and then getting a mini Schmooney plush toy. Even so, Bob Shumaker was the first local author I knew of. I always considered his picture book a classic, and to this day, I’m surprised that more people haven’t read it.
2. Edie Melson: Author of Maiden of Iron, While My Solider Serves, and her latest book, Soul Care for Writers.
In her non-fiction, Edie Melson is insightful and encouraging. In her fiction, she is creative and captivating. Maiden of Iron, one of my favorite books, tells a steampunk version of Robin Hood from Maid Marion’s perspective. I love Edie’s voice in her books and highly recommend her work to anyone in need of encouragement or looking for your next steampunk adventure. You can find her titles on her website, Edie Melson.
3. Daniel Blackaby: Author of the Gallowood Files and the Lost City Chronicles.
I’ve heard Daniel Blackaby speak at writing conferences, and this author knows fiction. He is a very great speaker, who’s book The Legend of the Book Keeper has been sitting neglected on my shelf for too long. I’m planning to use this month’s prompt as my excuse to finally bump it to the top of my reading list, and I’m super excited to start it. If you want to know more about him, check out his Facebook page here.
4. Lynette Eason: Author of Danger Never Sleeps and the Blue Justice series
The author of over 50 books, Lynette Eason is a master of suspense. NoveList Plus compares her work to authors such as Sandra Brown and Irene Hannon, and I’d compare her to Dee Henderson. If you enjoy fast-paced Christian suspense, you’ll enjoy her engaging style. For a list of all her books, check out her author website: Lynette Eason.
5. Vonda Skelton: Author of the Silver Dagger Mysteries and Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe.
Vonda Skelton will always hold a special place in my heart, not only because I loved her Silver Dagger Mysteries, but because she’s the reason I’m a writer today. Years ago, while I was in high school, she invited me to her writing critique group. I met a community of adult writers who believed in me and helped me to believe in myself. Vonda’s invitation made me view my writing as something serious. For that, I’ll always be grateful. Plus, she is a woman full of wisdom and joy, so if you ever get the chance to read her books or hear her speak, please do! You’ll be glad you did.
If you’d like a broader list of Greenville authors, check out this article from GVLToday. Although it’s a little older, from 2018, there’s a good variety of authors included.
Be sure to share in the comments some of your favorite authors and why you enjoy their work so much!