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Beth Duke

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in Anniston, Alabama, The United States
July 09

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Beth Dial Duke is an Amazon #1 Best Selling author and the recipient of short story awards on two continents.
She is eyeing the other five.
Beth lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, one ornamental dog, and a flock of fluffy pet chickens.
She loves reading, writing, and not arithmetic.
Baking is a hobby, with semi-pro cupcakes and amateur macarons a specialty.
And puns—the worse, the better.
Travel is her other favorite thing, along with joining book clubs for discussion. Please invite her to London...England or Kentucky, either is fine. Anywhere!
Please see bethduke.com for more information.
If a personal visit isn't possible, Google Hangouts is.
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Beth Duke My third book features Ronni, who's inherited a large sum of money contingent on penning the life story of her benefactor, a delightful and beautiful …moreMy third book features Ronni, who's inherited a large sum of money contingent on penning the life story of her benefactor, a delightful and beautiful woman named Violet. The narrative bounces back and forth between their lives, so my brain is bouncing back and forth from the 1940's to 2012 right now!(less)
Beth Duke Without a doubt, hearing from readers who've enjoyed my work. That thrill is never diminished one bit!…moreWithout a doubt, hearing from readers who've enjoyed my work. That thrill is never diminished one bit!(less)
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“I started collecting something of my own: words.”
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“There are diamonds in the red clay of northeast Alabama. Delaney is one of them.”
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“You should always walk like you have a crown on your head, Ronni. You are beautiful when you radiate confidence. Remember that.”
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“No matter what a person does to cover up and conceal themselves, when we write and lose control, I can spot a person from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina a mile away even if they make no exact reference to location. Their words are lush like the land they come from, filled with nine aunties, people named Bubba. There is something extravagant and wild about what they have to say — snakes on the roof of a car, swamps, a delta, sweat, the smell of sea, buzz of an air conditioner, Coca-Cola — something fertile, with a hidden danger or shame, thick like the humidity, unspoken yet ever-present.

Often when a southerner reads, the members of the class look at each other, and you can hear them thinking, gee, I can't write like that. The power and force of the land is heard in the piece. These southerners know the names of what shrubs hang over what creek, what dogwood flowers bloom what color, what kind of soil is under their feet.

I tease the class, "Pay no mind. It's the southern writing gene. The rest of us have to toil away.”
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