Hearts across the Lowcountry of South Carolina and beyond broke–mine included–when the news hit. The deaths of my friends and fellow writers Dorothea Benton Frank and Anne Rivers Siddons. Their passings were only days apart from each other.


Together with Anne River Siddons, who’s wearing her signature red-framed glasses in this photo.
Dottie and I at a friend’s book release party

I was honored to be asked by Garden & Gun Magazine to write an essay with my dear friend and author Patti Callahan Henry that celebrates their lives and influence in southern fiction. Read the essay: Remembering Two Icons of the Literary South.

They will be dearly missed by family, friends, colleagues and their legions of readers. But, we can all take comfort in knowing that their legacy lives on through their books.

Share your stories about Anne and Dottie. What are your favorite books by these two writers?