Cassandra King grew up on a peanut farm in the rural community of Pinckard, Ala. She decided at a young age that she wanted to be a writer and wrote stories to read to her friends at recess. King attended Alabama College (now University of Montevallo) and graduated with a BA in English in 1967. After marrying, she continued to write but focused most of her energy on raising her children and supporting her husband’s career. In the late 1980s, King returned to the University of Montevallo, where she earned an MFA in 1988. Her thesis project was an early draft for Making Waves in Zion, which was published in 1995. King and her husband were divorced that same year.
For several years, King taught English and writing classes at Jefferson State and Gadsden State Community Colleges and at the University of Montevallo. In 1998, King married South Carolina writer, Pat Conroy, whom she had met in 1995 at the Southern Voices literary conference in Hoover. After their marriage, King stopped teaching and began writing full-time. Her second novel, The Sunday Wife, was published in 2002. King and her husband live and write at their home on Fripp Island, S.C.
Cassandra King’s novels feature Southern women who find the courage to make changes in their lives through the support of their friends. Several of her books are set in small towns in Alabama.
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Photo by Tamara Reynolds; courtesy of Cassandra King.
Last updated on May 30, 2008.