" Southern Gothic" Author Presentation at 29th Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration
I was honored to present as a writer at the 29th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, exploring the topic “Southern Gothic.” This time-honored tradition has a reputation as one of the South's most significant conferences devoted to literature, history, film, and culture. The event was held at the Natchez (MS) Convention Center February 22-24, 2018, and I spoke Saturday, February 24 at 3:30 pm. Most of the program was free-of-charge, and there were book signings.
How do medical thrillers and mysteries fit into the Southern Gothic literary genre? If you caught my presentation at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, then you know the truth.
I would also like to share that my fifth novel, “The 5 Manners of Death,” was nominated for the 2018 Fiction award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.
In "The Five Manners of Death" there are five ways to die. Surgeon Diana Bratton believes that homicide is the only one left. Then the police prove her wrong. Diana learns that murder is her family secret. After a construction worker unearths a human skull
on the campus of the University of Mississippi that dates to the 1960s, an
older woman’s desperate attempt to erase history counts down the five manners
of death. Surgeon Diana Bratton is surrounded by bodies after the discovery of
her Aunt Phoebe’s 50-year-old note detailing the five ways to die. Suicide,
accident, natural cause, and one death classified undetermined are soon crossed
of this list—leaving Diana to believe that only homicide remains. Then the
police prove her wrong. When Phoebe is linked not only to that death, but to
the recent deaths of two local men, Diana is torn between pursuing Phoebe’s
innocence and accepting police theory that her aunt is involved in multiple
murders. Diana steals precious time from…