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Friends of the Wetumpka Library welcomes award-winning author and South Alabama native Kay Chandler on Thursday.

Just six years ago, this inspiring 23-year-old grandmother published her first two novels, ‘Lunacy’ and ‘Unwed’, both receiving a ‘Reader’s Choice Award’ in their inaugural year.

The awards started rolling in as Chandler published 19 more books, all of which received 5-star reviews on Amazon. After winning several first-place awards for his novels and short stories, Chandler received the coveted “Best Overall Writer Award” at the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference.

“Chandler is quickly becoming the new voice of Southern fiction,” the Friends of the Wetumpka Library said in a statement. “Kay’s work has been described as dark yet redeeming, familiar yet unpredictable; and above all, addictive and impossible to put down.

Chandler said growing up in the South gave him all the material he needed to write.

“The South has a history of injustice,” Chandler said in a statement. “I know them well. I was born and raised in lower Alabama. Our history is tainted with ugliness. But there’s an old saying that “Nothing was ever sliced ​​so thin that it didn’t have two sides.” I come from a long line of good believers in the Christian church – and also a line of moon smugglers. The haves. And the poor.

“My two grandmothers had very different outlooks on life during the Depression years. Both have shaped my life, and the seeds passed down have helped shape my novels. My mother was a city girl who, in 1935, fell in love with the son of a sharecropper – a man who told the same stories countless times and yet I never tire of hearing them. The seeds fell on fertile soil. They have taken root and I now see them springing up in the lives of my characters.

Chandler will talk about his writing and experiences at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wetumpka Library. Chandler will have some of his books for sale and will be happy to sign them.

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