Born and raised in a small town in West Tennessee, Sally Kilpatrick writes to go home, a place she better appreciates and understands since moving away to college over twenty years ago. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Tennessee, Sally met and fell in love with a Georgia man who relocated her to his home state. There she taught high school Spanish for eight years before taking a sabbatical to write and mother full time. She went back to school at Kennesaw State University where she graduated with a M.A. in professional writing.

In 2001, Sally attended her first Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) meeting. She liked GRW so much that she took on various leadership positions culminating in a two-year term as president of this chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA). Sally attributes GRW with helping her make contacts with editors and agents and improving the underrated author skill of public speaking.

Before Kensington published her first novel, The Happy Hour Choir, in Spring 2015, Sally estimates she had written four and a half other manuscripts. Countless muffins and cups of coffee at her local dessert shop fueled the first draft of The Happy Hour Choir. The original story of protagonist Beulah Land won the “Duel on the Delta” and was a finalist for the Maggie Awards and Golden Heart(R) Awards.

Her next two novels also take place in the Ellery “universe.” Bittersweet Creek, described by Sally as “Shakespeare. . . with cows,” released in the fall of 2015. Better Get to Livin, her story of a funeral director and a failed actress, was a 2013 Maggie finalist and will be published in the summer of 2016.

Sally lives with her husband and two children (aka The Hobbit and Her Majesty) in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. In addition to reading and writing, Sally likes traveling, historic house tours, running, religious studies, and all things geek. Readers can follow her regular writerly and motherly travails on Twitter @superwritermom or Facebook (also SuperWriterMom). Learn more at her author home base on the Interwebs: www.sallykilpatrick.com.


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Beulah Land and the Happy Hour Choir

  • Finalist in the 2012 Golden Heart
  • Winner of the 2010 Duel on the Delta
  • Finalist in the 2010 Maggie Awards of Excellence.




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ROMILY BERNARD | YA AUTHOR: A shameless plug for one of my talented critique partners. Congrats to Romily for her first place win in the YA category of the 2011 Maggies!
JENNIFER MCQUISTION | HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHOR: Please visit my critique partner’s website. Congrats to Jennifer for finaling in the Golden Heart Contest for the second year in a row!