C. Hope Clark is a Southern gal to the core – born, raised, married, and happily still in the Carolinas. Her agricultural roots are deep, being the granddaughter of a Mississippi cotton farmer, so it’s not surprising that Clark received a B.S. in Agriculture from Clemson University and then went to work for the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Carolina Slade, the lead character in the Slade Mysteries, was drawn from Clark’s own experiences at the USDA.
Hope is married to a long-time (former) officer of federal law enforcement, now working as a contract investigator. The opening scene to “Lowcountry Bribe,” is based on a bribery case that involved both of them in real-life. They married after that case, and now live on Lake Murray, in South Carolina, spending time on Edisto Island whenever they can. The settings for several of Hope’s books, while reimagined to protect the innocent, depict the countryside she loves and has traveled through for most of her life.
She founded and continues to run FundsforWriters.com, a site that Writer’s Digest has recognized as one of 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for fourteen years. Hope has been published in multiple magazines, she speaks at writers’ conferences, her books are award winners, and she remains one of the most gracious, generous mystery writers in the business. And, wow, can she hook you with her stories!
Fun facts about Hope:
Her favorite dessert is Crème Brulee. She considers it “pure luxury.”
One of her inspirations in the writing business? Lisa Gardner.
She is a member of MENSA!
She loves seafood (as does Callie in the Edisto series) especially shrimp and crab, and has wonderful recipes for both.
Click here to see the recipes for Steamed Blue Crab and Citrus Shrimp.
The current list of C. Hope Clark’s Fiction:
The Carolina Slade Series:
“Low Country Bribe”
“Murder on Edisto”
“Echoes of Edisto”
“The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success”
“The Shy Writer, Reborn”
It has been my pleasure to read all of C. Hope Clark's works of fiction. My reviews of two of the titles can be found by clicking on the links.