2019 FLA Annual Conference: Opening Session Keynote Speaker

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels and three children’s books. Mary Alice writes richly textured stories that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. 

She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA.  She has received numerous awards, including several Readers’ Choice Awards, RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the Girls Scouts of America Woman of Distinction Award, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing and was featured at the National Festival of the Book, the 2008 International Book Award for Green Fiction for The Butterfly’s Daughter, the 2015 Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award, and the ASPCA Henry Bergh award for Children’s Fiction.  The SC Academy of Authors inducted Monroe into the Literary Hall of Fame for her fiction work. Her novel A Lowcountry Christmas won the 2017 Southern Prize for Fiction.  Monroe's bestselling novel The Beach House has been adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie in May 2018, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell, Minka Kelly, and Chad Michael Murray.  

Monroe is an active conservationist and lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Her forthcoming novel, THE SUMMER GUESTS releases May 2019.