In Search Of: Southern Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Authors

 Southerners are a little bit crazy–just ask us. We wallow in our eccentricities, spin our tall tales, and nurture our ghosts and ghouls and crazy old aunts stuck up in the attic.

I’m in the process of setting up a new website dedicated to paranormality with a Southern accent and am trying to create a database of authors from the South, or who write about the South. I’m looking for authors of Paranormal Fiction: urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and horror, both adult and YA. You can get a quick sneak peek by clicking HERE, though there isn’t much to see yet.

For planning purposes, I am considering “Southern” states who seceded from the Union during the War of Northern Aggression (aka The Late Unpleasantness). Never mind that all my Alabama relations fled to Illinois and joined up with the Union, or that my part of the state seceded from the Confederacy. We have to have some boundaries. So that means (drum roll):

Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia

Send me names! I have a talented group of Southern writers who’ll be joining me to offer reviews, essays on Southern mythology, general blogginess, and even Southern recipes, art, and music. We hope to roll out by the end of the month. Stay tuned!

PS. To start us off, I’ll get a few out of the way: Charlaine Harris, Stacia Kane, Sherrilyn Kenyon. Now, keep it going! I’ll choose one commenter at random next week to win the latest in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead in the Family.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

22 thoughts on “In Search Of: Southern Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Authors

  1. If you’re only talking about published authors, I’d add Anne Rice to the list. If you’re looking for unpublished, too, you can add me and JA Souders (we both write YA paranormal. I’m from Tennessee and she’s from Florida) 🙂

  2. Raising my hand! 🙂 I’m a Southern girl–I live in Alabama. I write paranormals for Kensington Brava. Love those vampires, demons, and shifters (and I’m currently working on Fallen Angels).

    I can’t wait to see the list of authors!

  3. I was going to say I had no authors to list, but I do actually have one as-yet-unpubbed. AJ Larrieu -http://www.ajlarrieu.com – writing about New Orleans telekinetics.

    The reason I was ACTUALLY goign to post was to say that I’m really excited about this blog! I’m from Canada, but there’s just a real romanticisim of the Deep South for me. Looking forward to it.

  4. I’m in TN and write southern Gothic paranormal (with a little time travel) and would love to be a part of your new site. Woot!

    I’ve also read all of the Sookie books except the last one (hint hint LOL).

    Have I mentioned WOOT?!

  5. A few YA authors who live in or write about the South:

    Rachel Hawkins – Hex Hall
    Jackson Pearce – Sisters Red
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Beautiful Creatures
    Myra McEntire – Hourglass

    Violet @ The Eager Readers

  6. Carolyn Haines is from Mississippi and writes mystery novels (which are hilarious) and feature a ghost as a character. Check her out!

  7. I’m in Florida, and I have a YA fantasy out called From Light to Dark. I’ve also written and am shopping around a low fantasy YA set in Florida. 🙂

    What a great idea for a collection of writers! I’m looking forward to seeing the list!

  8. I’m in Florida, and I have a YA fantasy out called From Light to Dark. I’ve also written and am shopping around a low fantasy YA set in Florida. 🙂

    What a great idea for a collection of writers! I’m looking forward to seeing the list!

  9. Wow, you guys are awesome! This is going to be a lot of fun 🙂

    And thanks for the YA authors, Violet. Duh…Rachel Hawkins lives in the same town as me. I would’ve gotten you, Rachel, really and truly.

  10. JK Coi
    Julie Kenner
    Marilu Mann (that’s me and my shifters are Louisiana-based for the most part. Demons are in Texas.)
    Gail Dayton

    🙂

    p.s. leave me out of the drawing.

  11. Rachel Vincent’s shifter series is set in Texas and has some Louisiana chapters in it.

    Also, my writing tends to be in Florida and other parts of the South. I can’t wait for things to get going with the Southern Paranormal blog!

  12. Sniff. Maryland *wanted* to secede. lol This sounds great–can’t wait to see more (am following!), and the Southern Fried Gothic site looks awesome. Good luck!

    Laura Kamoie

  13. Yes please! SkylerWhite.com My parents are both Virginians and I live in Texas. I write paranormal/dark fantasy for Berkley– vampires, fallen angels, and Victorian occult. What a cool concept you’ve got going here!

  14. Thanks for all the comments, everyone! I’m keeping my list handy, and I’ll be back in touch as I get the new site up and running. I’ll draw for the Sookie book early next week!

  15. Looks like I’m a little out of date on this post, but I was wondering if you’d compiled a list? I didn’t see one on southern-fried-gothic.com
    I just got done reading a book by A.E. Mayer that’s Southern Urban Fantasy and was looking for more.