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Mindy Friddle is the author of The Garden Angel (St. Martin's Press), selected for Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers program. Her second novel, Secret Keepers (St. Martin's Press), won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction.

  • Recent short stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southern Humanities Review, Steel Toe Review, and Phoebe.

  • The South Carolina Arts Commission granted Mindy a Fellowship in Prose, and she has twice won the South Carolina Fiction Prize.

  • Named a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Mindy has been awarded residencies at Ragdale and Bread Loaf.

  • Mindy earned her MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson.

  • She has worked as a newspaper reporter, a columnist and book reviewer. She teaches Journalism at Furman University. 

  • Mindy comes from a family that has lived in the Carolinas and in the southern Appalachian mountains since before the Revolutionary War. She found all the old photographs of her dead kinfolk you see on her website in her great-grandmother's trunk. 

An Army Brat, she was born in South Carolina, lived in Europe, California and Virginia and now lives in Greenville, South Carolina. 

...there’s vinegar and sharp greens enough along the way to merit the rich sweetness.
— Publishers Weekly