Mindy Friddle’s first novel, The Garden Angel (St. Martin’s Press/Picador), a SIBA bestseller, was selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program in 2004, and was a National Public Radio Morning Edition summer reading pick. Her second novel, Secret Keepers, published by St. Martin ‘s Press and Picador won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Mindy was awarded a 2008-2009 Individual Artist Fellowship in Prose from the South Carolina Arts Commission and has twice won the South Carolina Fiction Prize. She was named a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in Sewanee, Tennessee She graduated from Furman Univeristy, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson. She lives in Greenville where she directs the Writing Room, a community-based nonprofit program she founded in 2006 to bring writers to Greenville for paid seminars and readings.