A Southern Girl by John Warley
Meet Author John Warley
"A Southern Girl" - Original Fiction Based In South Carolina
If you are looking for a great read this summer, I would like to recommend A Southern Girl by John Warley. I was recommending this book even before it was released because I know the author and knew it had to be great. I definitely was not disappointed. How do I know the author? Well, let me tell you.
Several years ago my friend John Sitton told me about an old college buddy of his who had just published a book called The Moralist and he thought I might enjoy it. After reading this fun political satire, I just had to write a review. I contacted my friend's friend and asked him if he could share a picture of the cover and a picture of himself to use on my review. John Warley also graciously consented to an email interview which I used on my page. I soon felt like John Warley was my friend, too, even though we had never met face to face. We continued to correspond over the years along with our mutual friend, John Sitton and my sister Joan Adams.
I was thrilled when John told me that his latest book. A Southern Girl was chosen to be the first in the series of Story River Books published by the University of South Carolina Press. All of the Story River Books will be original fiction based in South Carolina. Another favorite author of mine, Pat Conroy , is the Editor-at-Large of this series.
John Warley let us know that he had a radio interview in nearby Clemson, SC on April 23. John Sitton and his wife Haley and another friend Annette Buchanan and I went to work to plan a "Meet The Author" Reception which was held at Annette's beautiful home, Boxwood Manor. I was finally going to get to meet John Warley in person. The reception was wonderful with over 60 friends included and I think everyone there is as anxious as I am for this book to be released. John told a little about himself and then read the preface of the book which left everyone wanting to hear more. John Warley explained that this story was inspired by his daughter but was not her story. John and his wife had two sons and then adopted an infant from Korea before having their third son. This is the story of an adopted Korean girl who grew up in beautiful, historic Charleston and becomes A Southern Girl. It is a story of international adoption, a story of "Southern Pride" and "Family Pride", a story of love on many levels and what we do for our loved ones but most of all it is a story of change and how these loveable characters deal with it and remain loyal to the ones they love.
John Warley - Book Signing at Boxwood Manor
"A Southern Girl" by John Warley
It didn't take long for John Warley's wonderful characters in "A Southern Girl" to take on a life of their own. The more I read, the more I wanted to read and certainly did not want it to end.
More books by Author John Warley and I am now looking forward to his 4th one.
These two books by John Warley are totally different and different from "A Southern Girl". I have enjoyed all three.
3 Videos: John Warley Tells About "A Southern Girl"
Listen to John Warley tell about his newest book, A Southern Girl.
At our Meet The Author Reception, I was so impressed with how much John was enjoying the people in attendance. It is hard to be the center of attention but he genuinely wanted to get to know each person there. He wanted to hear their stories and made everyone feel very much at ease.
You will see what I mean when you view these three videos:
- Part 1 of John telling about his new book and how it was inspired by his own daughter but explains that it is not her story.
- Part 2 - John talks about writers that have inspired him and begins with his friend and fellow author, Pat Conroy. John Sitton, John Warley and Pat Conroy have been friends since their days at the Citadel.
- Part 3 - John talks more about the book and that it is a story of family.
Part 1: John Warley Talks About The Inspiration for "A Southern Girl"
Part 2: John Talks About Writers Who Have Inspired Him
Part 3: John Warley Talks More About His Novel
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Reception for Author John Warley at Boxwood Manor in Pendleton, SC
Our Reception and Book Signing for Author John Warley
Our Reception for John Warley on April 23, 2014 was a fun time at the beautiful Boxwood Manor. John and Haley Sitton, Annette Buchanan, Doc and Nancy Hellams enjoyed hosting this reception for John. This was the first time I had met John in person even though we had been online friends for several years. We invited friends to come meet John and hear him tell about his new book that had not been released at this time. I think everyone left wanting to start reading the book right then.
I think John Warley truly enjoyed his first visit to historic Pendleton, SC. It was so wonderful for Annette to open her lovely home, Boxwood Manor, for the event. The next day John Sitton took John Warley on a tour of Pendleton and found the grave of one of his ancestors at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Annette and I met them for lunch at 1826 On The Green and enjoyed hearing about their adventure.
John returned to Pendleton on June 3, 2014 for a book signing held at Boxwood Manor from 5 to 7 pm.
John's website has a complete listing of his book tour so check it out at http://www.johnwarley.com