“The Hammerhead Chronicles” by Scott Gould

To start, The Hammerhead Chronicles by Scott Gould isn’t about sharks and based on the number of social media posts coming from Gould reiterating this statement, some others went there too. Also, the world is divided into two groups—cyclists and non-cyclists. Cyclists even have their own secret language which includes hammerheads…that are not sharks. Apologies […]

Dawn Major interviews Janisse Ray, author of “The Woods of Fannin County”

Associate Editor of Southern Literary Review, Dawn Major originally met Southern author, poet, activist, Janisse Ray while Major was a graduate student attending the Etowah Valley MFA Creative Writing Program. Ray taught a nonfiction workshop then and was the keynote speaker for the graduating class. DM: I know you had some anxiety over publishing fiction […]

December Read of the Month: “The Woods of Fannin County” by Janisse Ray

Astounding as it may seem for admirers of Southern author, poet, activist Janisse Ray, The Woods of Fannin County (Janisse Ray, 2022) is her first time publishing fiction. Maybe more surprising is her anxiety over venturing into fiction. The Woods of Fannin County is an unfathomable story, and perhaps, fiction made it easier to tell […]

Dawn Major interviews Kim Woods Miller about “The Woods of Fannin County”

Associate Editor of Southern Literary Review, Dawn Major was sharing Janisse Ray’s latest work, her novel, The Woods of Fannin County, on her Facebook page when a family member of the abandoned children Ray wrote about, Kim Woods Miller, thanked her for reading her family’s story. The novel is a work of fiction, inspired by […]

October Read of the Month: “Haints on Black Mountain: A Haunted Short Story Collection” by Ann Hite

There are novelists who never master the short story form or who wouldn’t consider writing memoir. There are also writers of short fiction who balk at the idea of committing to a novel. And though 2012 Georgia Author of the Year and Townsend Prize finalist Ann Hite stays true to her Appalachian settings and Southern […]

Dawn Major Interviews Ann Hite

Dawn Major met Ann Hite through a friend and fellow Southern author Raymond Adkins. She was seeking Southern authors to review for her blog, now called SouthernRead, and Adkins emailed her about Hite. Dawn loved Hite’s Appalachian settings and her infamous haints, but  also her approach to writing, which is much like her own. Go […]