Florida as symbol, myth and paradox is the subject of this collection of critical essays exploring fiction written by female Floridian authors. In the words of author Karen Russell, the Sunshine State is "virtually past-less, seasons are out of the question, and it's built on a primordial park full of monsters". Discussing the state as setting, the essayists - also Floridians - suggest that it is a creation of the stories told about it, its history and its people. Each of the book's 12 chapters covers one author, including a brief biography followed by one to two essays on some of the author's works. The book's final section includes interviews with authors Angela Hunt, Jeannine Capo Cruz, Vicki Hendricks, and Lynne Barrett. This book honors Florida women who write fiction, write about fiction and read fiction, It is also a call to Florida fiction writers - published and unpublished - to keep writing.
Tammy Powley is an associate professor of English and teaches composition and technical communications at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, Florida, USA. Her publications consist of academic works as well as commercial "how-to" books and articles for digital media companies. She lives in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. April Van Camp is a professor of English at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida, USA where she teaches composition and literature. She has published several creative non-fiction essays and was editor for the 2008 edition of Florida Proceedings. She lives in Ft. Pierce, USA.