Cathy Pickens Visits in December
Pickens successfully uses her own courtroom experiences and the backdrop of the small-town South in her fiction. Southern Fried won St. Martin's Press Malice Domestic Award for Best Traditional Mystery. Set in a small South Carolina hill country town, it was called an "assured debut, a cozy with some sharp edges" by Publishers' Weekly and was one of five finalists for RT BookClub's 2004 best new mysteries award.
In her other life, Pickens is a lawyer and business professor at Queens University of Charlotte, where she teaches business law and a popular MBA course and workshop on developing the creative process. She is national past-president of Sisters in Crime, a 3000-member organization of crime writers and readers. She also serves on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and as president of the regional Forensic Medicine Program.