Curtiss Ann Matlock
Curtiss Ann Matlock is the author of thirty-six books and short stories. With over 7 million copies in print worldwide, her books have earned rave reviews, spots on the USA TODAY bestseller lists and numerous awards.
Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, into a family of avid readers, Curtiss Ann began her writing career with publication of two small, warm-hearted articles about her life, for which she received a total of $100. She was so enthused at this success that she immediately started writing her first novel. She also enrolled in the professional writing program at the University of Oklahoma, where she studied under the bestselling writer Jack Bickham and Grand Master mystery writer, Carolyn Hart. In her second year of study, Curtiss Ann experienced the dream of selling the first novel she ever wrote, a romance, to Harlequin Books. She continued on to sell every book she wrote.
Told with a strong Southern voice, her insightful stories portray the uncommon valor of everyday people and the humor, heartbreak, and shining graces of small-town life. In 1999, Lost Highways was nominated for a RITA Award in women’s fiction from the Romance Writers of America, and began the tender and funny series about the lives of the beloved characters in fictional Valentine, Oklahoma. The sixth book of the series, Sweet Dreams at the Goodnight Motel, was a Oklahoma Book Award finalist.
For the past five years, CurtissAnn has occupied herself with family life in south Alabama, essays on the writer life on her blog, and developing the republishing of her early novels.