C. Hope Clark

C. Hope Clark is author of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series, to include Lowcountry Bribe (Feb 2012) and Tidewater Murder (April 2013) to date, published through Bell Bridge Books out of Memphis, TN. Hope was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. The granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, Hope holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, all of which enable her to talk the talk of Carolina Slade, the protagonist in her novels. Her love of writing, however, carried her up the ranks to the ability to retire young, and she left USDA to pen her stories and freelance. Lowcountry Bribe's opening chapter took first place in the Phillip Mangelsdorf Award, third place in 2009 Alabama Writer's Conclave Competition and honorable mention in The Writing Show Chapter Competition 2009 as judged by bestselling mystery author C. J. Box. The chapter also made top three finalist status of the 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense sponsored by Romance Writers of America, and is being considered for the 2012 published category of the same. The novel enjoyed semi-finalist status (top 100 out of 10,000) in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest. In August 2012, Lowcountry Bribe won The Silver Falchion Award at Killer Nashville Conference for mystery writers. It’s also a finalist for the EPIC e-book awards for best mystery. The second book in the series, Tidewater Murder, is due out in April 2013, and the third book, Palmetto Poison, in early 2014. She also currently manages FundsforWriters.com, a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches 35,000+ writers to include university professors, professional journalists and published mystery authors. Writer's Digest has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for a dozen years. She’s published in The Writer Magazine, Writer's Digest, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, Chicken Soup, Next Step Magazine, College Bound Teen, Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), TURF Magazine, Landscape Management and other trade and online publications. She speaks at several writers’ conferences a year. Hope is a member of Sisters in Crime, EPIC, Mystery Writers of America, and MENSA. She is published by Bell Bridge Books. AUTHOR SITE - http://www.chopeclark.com THE BLOG - http://www.chopeclark.com/blog TWITTER - http://twitter.com/hopeclark FACEBOOK - http://www.facebook.com/chopeclark GOODREADS - http://www.goodreads.com/hopeclark PINTEREST - http://www.pinterest.com/chopeclark