Whether it is due to the fact that she lives in a town
steeped in civil war history or because of her fondness for
such writers as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and
Katherine Ann Porter is up for debate, but Charlotte Hughes
brings a welcome shot of Southern comfort to her readers.
Raised in South Carolina and Texas, Charlotte comes by her
feel for the South- its voices and traditions-
honestly. "It's not a perfect place but my roots are here
and the characters that populate my books are the people
that I have grown up with." She describes her mother as the
heroine of her life. "She taught me the value of hard work-
something I have never been afraid of- and that's allowed
me to remain a highly motivated individual."
Although she majored in English and communications,
Charlotte maintains that most of what she has accomplished
is self-taught. "I always read a lot, and one day, while
running a day care center, I picked up a Silhouette
romance. That book saved me- I literally 'saw the light'
and began to write myself." When her husband was
transferred to Kansas City, Charlotte decided to write full-
time. "My first catgory romance manuscript was turned down
but I sold the second one. I look at first books as very
useful and necessary learning tools of what not to do."
Since that first rejected manuscript, Charlotte Hughes has
gone on to write thirty critically acclaimed novels running
the gamut from romance to horror, mystery to humor. A
regular occupant of Waldenbooks and B. Dalton's bestseller
lists, Charlotte was one of the first category romance
writers to secure a top-fifty ranking on USA Today's list.
She has won the respect of both Southern Literary cousins
such as Pat Conroy and Janet Evanovich, and her romance
peers. A two-time recipient of the Maggie Award, Charlotte
has also won the Talisman Award for best short story.
Charlotte Hughes lives in historic Beaufort, South
Carolina, surrounded by water and antebellum homes. She has
two dachshunds, Rambo and Muffin. Charlotte's most recent
novel, A NEW ATTITUDE is her first novel for MIRA books.
She also has books due for Silhouette Desire (release date
July) and for MIRA (Hot Shot!) due out August 27th.
Books:High Anxiety, January 2010
Kate Holly #3
Nutcase, March 2009
Kate Holly #2
What Looks Like Crazy, March 2008
New Attitude, February 2006
Full Bloom, April 2005