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107 Local Authors Shaping Tampa Bay's Literary Scene

Posted By LocalShops1, Friday, January 2, 2015

Florida's most popular authors, Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry, live in Miami, but the Tampa Bay region has its fair share of prolific writers as well, including best-selling authors Michael Connelly (sales include more than 58 million copies worldwide, translated into 39 languages); Tim Dorsey (former Tampa Tribune metro editor who went on to publish 17 novels); and Dennis Lahane (author of 10 novels), who officially splits his time between Boston and Los Angeles but maintains his home here, too.

Some of our other favorites include urban activist and St. Petersburg resident Peter Kageyama (author of "For the Love of Cities" and its sequel, "Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places"); historians Ray Arsenault (St. Petersburg) and Lynne S. Brown (Gulfport); Tampa Bay Times journalists Stephanie Hayes ("Obitchuary"), Craig Pittman ("The Scent of Scandal," "Paving Paradise" and "Manatee Insanity") and Ian Vasquez ("In the Heart," "Lonesome Point" and "Mr. Hooligan") and former Times writers Jeff Klinkenberg ("Land of Flowers," "Seasons of Real Florida" and "In the Land of Alligators"), Tom French ("The Zoo Story," "Unanswered Cries), Janet Keeler ("Cookielicious") and Eric Deggans ("Race-Baiter").

And plenty of LocalShops1 members are published, too, including Suzin Carr (of the "I Choose" series, illustrated by her son, Chandler); Kris Radish (co-owner of Wine Madonna in downtown St. Petersburg); Chris Kuhn ("The Muse Unlocked"); and four-legged Snapper (author of "Hold My Paw," with some help from human friends), who was born with a birth defect and grew up to become a therapy dog with PARC in St. Petersburg.

Below is a list of other writers in the Tampa Bay region, compiled from various websites, writers' organizations and input from LocalShops1 members and friends. Click on the writer's name to get to his or her website. And make sure to read through to the end for a list of local writers' organizations and the area's two biggest literary events!



Tracy A. Akers 

Skip Allen 

Bob Andelman

Mary Kay Andrews (Kathy Hogan Trocheck) 

Ace Atkins 

Carole Stevens Bibisi

Sandra D. Bricker 

Nicholas D. Brown 

Don Bruns 

Linda Burhans 

John Capouya 

Kathy Carmichael
Rita Cerisi 

Nora Charles (Noreen Wald) 

Bill Chastain 
Wendi Christner 
Blaize Clement 

Max Courson 

Jasmine Cresswell 

Tony D'Souza 

Michelle Ivy Davis 

Michael J. Deeb 

Scott Deitche 

Bob Dixon

Lois Duncan 

Valerie Faulker 

John Henry Fleming 

Frank Foster 

Krayl Funch



Terri Garrey 
Debra Gingerich 

Leslie Glass 

Peter Golenbock 

Randy Gonzalez 

Lisa Grace 

Heather Graham 

Daniel Guarro 

Patricia Gussin 

David Hagberg 

Lynne Hansen 

Susan Noe Harmon 

Carolyn Hennecy 

Patty G. Henderson 
Virginia Sydall Henley 
Marylou Hess 

Robert Z. Hicks 

Jay Hopler 

Susan B. Huetteman 

Chris Jackson 

Chrissy Jackson 

John Jakes 

Joan Johnston 

Susan Kearney 

Sandra Kischuk 

Michael Koryta



Ward Larsen 
Julie Leto 

Bill Maxwell

Weslynn McCallister 

Susan Carol McCarthy 

Gregory McColm 

Connie Mason 

Claire Matturro 

Peter Meinke 

John Miller 

Sharon Miner 

Jackie Minniti 

Ben Montgomery

Joyce Elson Moore 

Madeline Mora-Summonte 

Gary Mormino
Charrie Hazard Moscardini 
Kathy Nappier (K.L. Nappier) 

Joe Navarro
Greg Neri 
Ev Newton 
Diane Ochiltree 

Eugene Orlando

Diana Peterfreund 

Deirdre Powell 



Karen Rose 

Lori Roy
Roxanne St. Claire 

Jeff Shaara 

Enid Shomer

Anna Small 

Jeff Strand 

Ira Sukrungruang 

James Swain 

Chris Coad Taylor 

John M. Taylor 

Vicki M. Taylor 

Lisa Unger 

Lynn Waddell

Helen Wallace 
Sterling Watson 
Elissa Wilds 
C.L. Wilson 

Pete Williams 


Groups for writers in the Tampa Bay region
Florida Writers Association
Pinellas Authors and Writers Organization

Sarasota Fiction Writers 

Tampa Area Romance Authors 

Tampa Writers Alliance 

Literary events in the Tampa Bay area
St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading 

Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise 




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