What is your latest release and what genre is it? Red Clay and Roses is a roman à clef in the vein of historical fiction
Quick description: Red Clay and Roses is a fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s, when the world was beginning to change. Steeped in history, this novel deeply penetrates the surface of a complex era as the cast of characters grapples with inequality in the Jim Crow South.
Susan Koone Nicholls is a retired R.N. living in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, Greg, a rocket scientist. She was born, raised and educated in Georgia, where she also raised her family. She has three children, a step-son, and two grandchildren. Orphaned from her mother at an early age, she spent time in foster care and in a children’s group home in the North Georgia Mountains, The Ethyl Harpst Home. All proceeds from book sales of Red Clay and Roses are donated to The Russell Home for Atypical Children.
What are you working on now?
The Richard Noggin novels in the Naked Eye Series, a crime fiction series set in a fictionalized nudist resort inspired by my family’s resort here in Central Florida.
S.K.’s reading recommendation:
I just read Tim Dorsey’s Tiger Shrimp Tango and am just nuts over his anti-hero serial killers, Serge and Coleman. I’ve been following them across Florida for eight years and they never fail to surprise me or make me laugh out loud. I mean death by lobster, who woulda thunk it? Dorsey is clever and his writing is tight.