Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 books including her newest novel TheSummer of Lost and Found (May 2021, Gallery Books), and her first Middle Grade book The Islanders (June 2021, Aladdin Books).
Monroe's books have been published worldwide. She's earned numerous accolades and awards, including: Induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors' Hall of Fame; Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award; South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence; RT Lifetime Achievement Award; the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the prestigious Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.
Mary Alice Monroe is also the co-creator and co-host of the weekly webshow and podcast Friends and Fiction.
Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home in the lowcountry, Monroe's experiences gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.
Monroe and Dorothea Benton Frank were lowcountry neighbors. Dottie--as she was called among friends-- lived across the inlet from Isle of Palms on the neighboring Sullivan's Island. Together they became part of a small tribe of Lowcountry writers who gathered together over the years for meals and conversation supporting each other's careers and personal lives. Dottie's energy and spirit will be forever missed.