Becoming a writer after a midlife reassessment at forty, Atlanta native Haywood Smith published six critically acclaimed historical romance novels about “strong women, hunky men, great love scenes between husband and wife, and accurate history” set in England and Scotland. Her historicals received numerous national awards and nominations, including a Best First Book Rita nomination from Romance Writers of America, a prestigious Maggie Award, and a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
After a difficult divorce, Haywood switched to writing funny, uplifting women’s fiction about serious issues with “women who’ve lived long enough to learn a thing or two.”
“But I have a strong following among younger women,” Haywood says, “because I write about how we women can help each other, instead of tearing each other down.”
Her best-selling women’s fiction titles include QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH, THE RED HAT CLUB, THE RED HAT CLUB RIDES AGAIN and WEDDING BELLES, LADIES OF THE LAKE, WAKING UP IN DIXIE, WIFE-IN-LAW, OUT OF WARRANTY, QUEEN BEE GOES HOME AGAIN, and QUEEN BEE GOES HOME AGAIN. She also published a fun handbook titled THE 12 SACRED TRADITIONS OF MAGNIFICENT MOTHERS-IN-LAW and contributed to an anthology of true stories in ATLANTA’S REAL WOMEN.
Haywood is currently revising and re-releasing her historical novels in e-format for young adult and general readership, and working on two nonfiction books.
Members and guests must be 18 years or older to attend.
Meeting cost: $15 (cash or check) at the door
9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Networking
10:00-11:00 Featured Speaker
11:00-12:00 Book signing/Business Meeting
Signing: Haywood Smith
Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria
200 Interstate N Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339