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New author stops at MacIntosh Books

March 30, 2016
By MEGHAN McCOY (mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The love that blossomed from an internship initially created a writing bug for one North Carolina resident, eventually resulting in her first published book last May.

Kristy Woodson Harvey stopped at MacIntosh Books and Paper Friday, March 18 for a few hours autographing her book "Dear Carolina" while sharing her story with those who walked through the doors. The following day, she appeared at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers.

After receiving her masters degree in literature, the author moved to a small town in North Carolina and began selling insurance while working in finance. Harvey said when her husband purchased a dental practice, she decided to take time to write that novel that brewed in the back of her mind.

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“Sweet Carolina” author Kristy Woodson Harvey.

MEGHAN MCCOY

She wrote her first column at the age of 17 years old and did freelance writing for two years before her first book was a published. She also writes an interior design blog.

Like many authors, she wrote a few novels before she felt the "this is it" feeling.

"They were okay," Harvey said. "I felt like I was getting there, but wasn't the book I wanted to write."

After her son was born, new ideas took shape, allowing the creativity to expand and the characters to take on minds of their own.

"I felt emotions I never felt before and it came out in my writing," she said.

Harvey entered a writing contest, winning the women's fiction division of the Tampa Area Romance Writers Contest. The contest was judged by her now editor, who was excited about her book "Dear Carolina."

"Dear Carolina" explores the feelings of a biological and adoptive mother, which takes readers on the journey of a very difficult decision. She said the novel touches upon open adoption, which incorporates a love story of each of the main characters.

"They go on their own journey to create a family," Harvey said.

She said it took her about a year to complete the novel, after spending three months of writing every day to finish the first draft. She said the difficult part was editing, taking it apart and putting it back together to have the right flow.

"Once I get it down, I can make it what I want it to be," the author said. "I can be more creative once the words are down."

The process allowed her to play and see what words worked best for the novel, which allowed her characters to take over.

Her next novel, "Lies and Other Acts of Love," will hit the shelves April 5. The book, Harvey said sheds light on family secrets and the things people will do to protect those they love.

The novel follows two main characters Lynn "Lovey" White and her granddaughter Annabelle, who make very different decisions.

"I love to write about families," the author said. "I'm so grateful for everyone who reads my book. It feels like a real gift."

For more information, visit www.KristyWoodsonHarvey.com.

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