Anne Lovett, a native of Dublin, Georgia, began writing as a child. An alumna of Emory University and Georgia Tech, she has published literary short stories, personal essays, journalism, and poetry. She is the author of the Kirkus-starred World War II novel Rubies from Burma, named one of the best 100 Indie books of 2017 by Kirkus Reviews, and Saving Miss Lillian, a finalist for the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence given by the Georgia Romance Writers. She lives in Atlanta with her model-railroader husband and rescue cat. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s in the garden.
Atlanta Writers Club Historical Fiction
Listen to a panel of talented Atlanta Writers Club members as they discuss their newest historical fiction titles. Distinguished panelists include Alayne Smith and Anne Lovett.
Katie Hart Smith, a columnist and published author for 25 years, has a wide array of work that ranges from medical and academic, to historical fiction, non-fiction, and children’s stories. She served on the editorial board and was a manuscript reviewer for the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal and was a former member of the advisory board for Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine. As a young adult, she obtained a B.S. in Nursing from Georgia State University and later received a MBA from Troy State University. Throughout her professional career, Smith has continued to write and lecture for the medical community, including Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Lawrenceville.
The River Nymph
On a warm August night in 1924, 14-year-old Tenny Chance flees from a sharecropper’s shack on a Georgia plantation, determined to find her brother and a job in order to save her family from the landlord’s exploitation. Two days later, 17-year-old flapper Augusta Pemberton and her cousin Pete Godwin accidentally take a photograph of Tenny bathing in the Ocmulgee river on her way to Ashbyville, thus setting the scene for the eventual meeting of the two young women and the collision of their lives. Both Tenny and Gussie chase dreams of independence and fulfillment–in Tenny’s case, to become a respectable nurse, in Gussie’s, to go to New York, where jazz and fun rule, to sell her photographs to magazines. Enter smooth talker Ned Fletcher, who manages to wreak havoc for both. Can both Tenny and Gussie find a way to win back their lives and their dreams?