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In addition to working full-time as an editor, Susan Snowden is also an award-winning author and poet. This page provides information about her work.

Southern Fried Lies, a novel by
Susan Snowden, is set in the early 1960s in Atlanta.


2013 IPPY AwardFirst Place for Fiction in the Southeast
Presented at the Independent Publisher Book Awards
ceremony in NYC, May 29, 2013

Book Synopsis:

Told in the clear, strong voice of Sarah Claiborne, a precocious teenager who reads Kafka and Camus, Southern Fried Lies is the story of an Atlanta family in crisis. The Claibornes appear picture-perfect: Edward, a successful architect; Catherine, active in the community; four model children. But life at "Tara″ is not what it seems; behind closed doors there is sometimes danger–and dark secrets.

The story is set against the backdrop of social unrest roiling across the South in the early 1960s.

(The novel was funded in part by a grant from the
North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.

Praised by reviewers . . .

Midwest Book Review, "Riveting read . . . highly recommended″

Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville, NC,"Southern Fried Lies delivers . . . thoroughly engaging. . .a driving plot . . . a narrator we come to love"

Main Street Rag (literary journal), Charlotte, NC, "Transcends time . . . speaks to women of all ages . . . characters breathe and live as we do
. . . Snowden captivates us with her details.″

Praised by authors. . .

"Tough, touching, humorous . . .″ Anthony Bukoski, author of Time Between Trains

"Flawlessly written, compellingly told . . .″ Lonnie Busch, author of Turnback Creek

"A keep-you-up-late page-turner . . .″ Judy Goldman, author of
Losing My Sister

Staff Pick at. . .

Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
Fountainhead Bookstore, Hendersonville, NC

Bestseller at ...

Fountainhead Bookstore (Fall–Winter, 2012–2013)

Nominated for . . .

2012 SIBA Award (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance)


Published by Archer Hill Publishing in Columbia, South Carolina, Southern Fried Lies is available as an e-book and in soft cover through online booksellers. ISBN: 978-0-9853301-0-1

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About A Closet Full of Masks: A Novella and Stories
by Susan Snowden

Book synopsis:

Snowden′s wry humor suffuses even the most poignant of these sixteen stories, all set in the South—from south Georgia to southern Appalachia. Thematically, she treats readers to a smorgasbord of tales whose characters—young, old, affluent, poor—are all struggling in various ways.

Praise for the book:

"These stories aren′t far-fetched; this is the real South, and Susan Snowden′s dialogue is consistently pitch-perfect.″

--Steve Brown, author of Carolina Girls and The Belles of Charleston, among others.

"In this wonderfully varied collection Susan Snowden has penned intriguing characters ranging from complex and hostile to unpretentious and compassionate. Readers will find themselves zipping through to see what happens next, anticipating rereading and properly relishing each story."

--Mary Ickes, Western North Carolina Woman magazine

"The novella and fifteen short stories that comprise the collection fully certify Susan Snowden as an exceptionally gifted and entertaining storyteller. An impressively absorbing read from beginning to end. A Closet Full of Masks is highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as for community and academic library American literary fiction collections."

--Midwest Book Review

In A Closet Full of Masks, "Snowden has got it all—psychology, irony, symbolism, sense of place (Atlanta, Charleston, Asheville) and a cast of (diverse) characters″ . . . (In the title piece) "things aren′t rosy in blue-blood land . . . mental illness, loneliness, revenge and envy appear on china platters at a dinner no one really wants."

--Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen-Times

"Susan Snowden′s second book, A Closet Full of Masks, consists of a novella, which is a sequel to her award-winning novel Southern Fried Lies, and over a dozen stories, most of which originally appeared in journals and anthologies. For readers of her novel, the novella offers a continuation of the story of Sarah Claiborne as she goes off to college in pursuit of fame and a seemingly elusive sense of personal identity. There is both humor and sadness in Sarah′s narrative, and readers will be left with the desire to hear more from Sarah as she struggles to define herself apart from her strong but troubled mother.

"The other stories deal with a variety of quirky and interesting characters. I especially liked "Stung,″ in which the narrator has a fling with her pest control man, "The Bridge,″ in which an unusual theft empowers the narrator . . . and "Choked Up,″ depicting a husband′s inability to accept the end of his marriage.

"This collection is an impressive follow-up to Southern Fried Lies."

--Glenda Beall, North Carolina Writers′ Network–West (Netwest blog)

"Susan Snowden′s stories are infused with a literary magic that readers will not want to miss."

--Susan Gabriel, author of The Secret Sense of Wildflower and Temple Secrets


Published by Archer Hill Publishing in Columbia, South Carolina, A Closet Full of Masks is available in soft cover from online booksellers. ISBN: 978-0-9853301-7-0

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Susan Snowden′s next book, Sifting the Past: Poetry and Postcard Prose, is forthcoming in the fall of 2018.

Note: Susan lectures often at libraries and writers′ conferences about writing. She speaks to book clubs and writers′ groups about writing, editing, and publishing. For more information, contact her at

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