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Novels by Darden North, MD

Darden North, MD, is a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist in Jackson, MS, who has written and independently published two hardcover novels, House Call (October 2005) and Points of Origin (October 2006), followed by paperback release of House Call in October 2007. This year marks twenty-two years of medical/surgical practice, a background that lends unmistakable authenticity to his medical thrillers as North portrays intense character relationships. Darden North’s work has not only been compared to the earlier novels of John Grisham, but also to the style of James Patterson, Greg Iles, and even Mary Higgins Clark.

Points of Origin was recognized in southern fiction by the 2007 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Both House Call and Points of Origin were nominated in fiction by the Mississippi Institute for Art and Letters and by the Southern Independent Book Association. After selling over 12,000 copies of his work, North is writing a third novel as he continues to deliver babies and maintain a full gynecology practice. North participates in the Mississippi Writers Guild, the Southern Writers Group, and Mystery Writers of America and has presented at the Texas Book Festival; the Kentucky Bluegrass Book Festival; the Southern Independent Book Association in Orlando, Florida; and the 2007 Mississippi Library Commission. More than 50 television and radio stations in several states have interviewed him while reviews of House Call and Points of Origin have been published in more than ten magazines and newspapers. Throughout the Southeast and in New York City, Darden North has appeared at more than 100 book signings or public speaking engagements and remains available for additional appearances. North and his wife, Sally, are active members of their community and have two grown children and three dogs. Years ago, North hung up his golf clubs --- but on occasion is spotted with a tennis racket.

PRAISE FOR HOUSE CALL & POINTS OF ORIGIN .......................... “ … A suspenseful ride striking up feelings of fear, sadness, joy, and shock." --- Delta Magazine "North may become to the medical mystery genre what Grisham is to the legal thriller." --- Bluffs and Bayous Magazine
" … intricate, suspenseful … The author grabs the reader immediately." ---Portico Jackson “... a fast-paced tale ... for murder and intrigue fans." --- Allbooks Review "House Call leaves readers wanting more." --- The Delta Democrat Times “Points of Origin ... heart-stopping, spellbinding ending ... haunted me for days after closing the cover." --- Reader Views "I devoured both ... uncanny character
development along classic southern lines.” --- Kathy Spurlock, Executive Editor, The News-Star "North reminds readers that things are not always as they appear." --- The Clarion-Ledger

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2017 Southeast Region Writing Conferences

"Writer's Digest" is sponsoring writing conferences in Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee in 2017. The magazine's editors will be speaking and literary agents are scheduled to be on hand for one-on-one pitches.

For more information, check out these links:
      February 24, 2017 alabamawritingworkshop.com
      April 22, 2017  neworleanswritingworkshop.com
      July 22, 2017  tennesseewritingworkshop.com 
I received a tweet message from The Writer's Digest team about the conferences and thought I would pass along the information. An email contact was also provided: chuck.sambuchino@fwmedia.com.
If you are a budding or blooming writer, you might want to check out these opportunities.
----- Darden
Darden North www.dardennorth.com