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Kristy Woodson Harvey is an American author that writes general and historical fiction. A former student at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism) and East Carolina University, her work has appeared in numerous publications, including ‘USA Today,’ ‘Southern Living,’ and ‘Women’s Health.’
Order of Peachtree Bluff Series
|1||Slightly South of Simple||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||The Secret to Southern Charm||2018||Description / Buy|
|3||The Southern Side of Paradise||2019||Description / Buy|
|4||Christmas in Peachtree Bluff||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Kristy Woodson Harvey Standalone Novels
|1||Dear Carolina||2015||Description / Buy|
|2||Lies and Other Acts of Love||2016||Description / Buy|
|3||Feels Like Falling||2020||Description / Buy|
|4||Under the Southern Sky||2021||Description / Buy|
|5||The Wedding Veil||2022||Description / Buy|
|6||The Summer of Songbirds||2023||Description / Buy|
|7||A Happier Life||2024||Description / Buy|
Many people know the author from ‘Design Chic,’ a design blog she runs with her mother. Kristy and Beth Woodson launched the blog on a whim after deciding to share pictures of their progress on the historic houses they had started redoing.
They never expected their audience to grow beyond the two of them. But then people took an interest. Their following expanded to a point where they drew the attention of companies that wanted to work with them.
‘Design Chic’ has become a significant aspect of Kristy’s career. Though, it doesn’t interfere with her publishing goals. Some of her fans might be shocked to learn that Kristy had no intention of writing fiction.
When she joined Salisbury Post during her teenage years, her goal was to pursue journalism. She wanted to write about real people. She told herself and everyone who would listen that she would never write a novel.
But then she turned 25 and felt the compulsion to write a novel. Once she surrendered to the desire, Kristy realized that publishing was where she belonged. She was born to write fiction.
The author had to fight for her success. During the earliest days of her career, she took every small opportunity that came to her. That included driving for hours to speak at book clubs, writing essays for blogs with minuscule followings, and giving her attention to any reader that wanted it.
Every small sacrifice she made won Kristy a follower. She encourages aspiring writers to follow in her footsteps by seizing every opportunity they encounter, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
She appreciates her time as an intern at the Salisbury Post because it taught her so much about the human condition. By interviewing people, she realized that everyone has an important story to tell.
The author applies that philosophy to her books all the time. She finds simple things that could happen to other people, some of them funny and others sad, and she builds gripping narratives around them.
When she sits down to tell a new story, her characters are the first component she sees. Kristy doesn’t write chronologically. Instead, she puts the story on paper in the order that it comes to her.
Her books are technically southern family dramas. But she makes a point to tell stories about strong female friendships.
People love her books because they are set in wonderful places filled with warm characters that care about one another.
Kristy Woodson Harvey Awards
The author has received the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award (Excellence in Creative Writing).
Best Kristy Woodson Harvey Books
The author’s stories are influenced by her upbringing. She spent her childhood reading Southern fiction. She tries to avoid the stereotypes that many people associate with Southerners. Kristy’s best books include:
Slightly South of Simple: Caroline was a New York girl. She detested her mother’s decision to drag the family back to Peachtree Bluff following her father’s death. When she left, Caroline promised herself that she would never return.
But when her marriage imploded, she had to escape the public fallout. Caroline knew that Ansley would welcome her daughter and granddaughter with open arms.
But Caroline’s father left a significant financial burden on Ansley’s shoulders, and she had worked so hard over the years to find her footing. But now, when she was finally standing tall, all her children were back home, including Caroline.
The Secret To Southern Charm: Sloane’s life crumbled when she learned that her military husband had gone missing. Sloane was a mess, which is why she went back home. Ansley did what she could to care for her. But the older woman had too many problems, including Sloane’s aging grandmother.
Sloane wanted to help. But she could barely get out of bed, let alone look after her children. Fortunately, her sisters were standing by, ready to remind her of her promise to her husband.
Now, Sloane wants to escape her shell and pursue her dreams. But she doesn’t know if she can face her fears.
When Does The Next Kristy Woodson Harvey book come out?
The next book by Kristy Woodson Harvey is A Happier Life and will be released on June, 25th 2024.