Bestselling author to speak at Sumter County Museum

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 11/9/18

The Sumter County Museum continues its authors' series on Monday with a talk and book signing by New York Times bestselling writer Kristina McMorris. The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

McMorris is also a USA Today bestselling author …

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Bestselling author to speak at Sumter County Museum

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The Sumter County Museum continues its authors' series on Monday with a talk and book signing by New York Times bestselling writer Kristina McMorris. The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public.

McMorris is also a USA Today bestselling author published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins and Kensington Books. Since her first novel, "Letters from Home," was published in 2011, she has written the novels "Bridge of Scarlet Leaves," "The Pieces We Keep" and "The Edge of Lost," as well as several novellas. Her current book, the historical novel "Sold on a Monday," was released in September.

McMorris' background is diverse: She hosted an Emmy Award-winning children's show for five years, beginning at age 9 and also acted in many films while she lived in Los Angeles. She has also owned a wedding and event planning company, and was a magazine writer and a public relations director.

Her first published work was a compilation of many of her grandmother's recipes. While researching biographical information, McMorris found letters her grandfather wrote to his girlfriend during his World War II service in the Navy; they inspired her to write "Letters from Home."

"Sold on a Monday" has received critical praise, including this from Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of "The Orphan's Tale": "A vivid and original story... McMorris brilliantly chronicles the way in which a moment's fateful choice can result in a lifetime of harrowing consequences. A masterpiece that poignantly echoes universal themes of loss and redemption, 'Sold on a Monday' is both heartfelt and heartbreaking."

Publisher's Weekly wrote, "The sale of two young children leads to devastating consequences in this historical tearjerker from McMorris... A tender love story enriches a complex plot, giving readers a story with grit, substance, and rich historical detail."

The story of the sale of two children by their desperate mother was inspired by a photo in a 1948 newspaper, The Vidette-Messenger, which showed a mother with her children and a sign reading "4 Children for Sale, Inquire Within."

McMorris said of the photo, "As a mom myself, I wondered what could have possibly pushed a parent to that point. In the direst of times, I could fathom perhaps having to give up my children for the sake of their well-being. But why on earth ask for money in return?"

McMorris' books have won more than two dozen awards, among them the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA's RITA Award and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction.

In demand for speaking engagements and workshop presentations, McMorris has a Bachelor's degree in International Marketing from Pepperdine University. She was named one of Portland, Oregon's "Forty Under 40" by The Business Journal. McMorris, her husband and their two sons live in Oregon.

The Sumter County Museum invites the public to a talk and book signing by Kristina McMorris at 7 p.m. Monday at the museum, 122 N. Washington St. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, call the museum at (803) 775-0908.