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Sea Island Storytellers' Weekend

Friday, June 16-Saturday, June 17

Delve into the minds behind the Sookie Stackhouse series, Behind Her Eyes, and The Defense with bestselling and award-winning authors Charlaine Harris, Sarah Pinborough and Steve Cavanagh. Over the course of the weekend they’ll be sharing the secrets behind getting novels finished, what inspires them, the ideas behind their works, and providing inspiration to all who have contemplated picking up a pen themselves. The two-day program includes talks, Q&As, private consultations, and socializing with the authors.

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Behind the Scenes of Behind Her Eyes

June 16, 2017 - 5:30 p.m.

Mizner Ballroom

Sarah Pinborough talks about the ideas the led to Behind Her Eyes and the appeal of psychological thrillers to an author. Book signing with authors to follow. Reservations required, .

Private Consulting Sessions

June 17, 2017 - 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Charlaine Harris, Sarah Pinborough, and Steve Cavanagh have agreed to a limited number of 30-minute consultations. They will critique the first 10 pages of any written manuscript or meet to discuss potential ideas. Every person has a story to tell and every story has an interesting angle. The challenge is finding the angle that will hook editors and readers. $250/30-minute private session. To set up a private consultation contact Marcie Maddox, marciemaddox@seaisland.com.

An Intimate Lunch with the Authors

June 17, 2017 - 12 p.m.

The Cloister Library

Join Charlaine, Sarah, and Steve for an intimate lunch and conversation. $60/person. Limited seating. Tax and service charge additional. Reservations required, .

Bringing Story to Life

June 17, 2017 - 3 p.m.

Mizner Ballroom

3 p.m.  In his talk, “Fiction and Justice,” Steve Cavanagh shares amusing anecdotes and serious insights into the art of bringing the law into entertainment.

3:45 p.m. Sarah Pinborough talks to Charlaine Harris about how it feels to create characters readers fall in love with, along with insight into her life and career.

4:30 p.m. This panel discussion chaired by Sarah Pinborough focuses on the inspirations, drives, and methods that keep writers writing.

Book signing with authors to follow. Reservations required, .

Charlaine Harris


Charlaine Harris is a New York Times Bestselling author and a true daughter of the South. She was born in Mississippi and has lived in Tennessee, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas. After years of dabbling with poetry, plays, and essays, she began her career as a novelist when her husband encouraged her to write full time. Her first book, Sweet and Deadly, appeared in 1981. When she decided to write a cross-genre book that would appeal to fans of mystery, science fiction, romance, and suspense, she could not have anticipated the huge surge of reader interest in the adventures of a barmaid in Louisiana or that it would become the HBO hit TV series "True Blood." Charlaine’s recent series has been adapted for television by visionary director of "Mr. Robot." “Midnight, Texas” premieres on NBC July 25.

Sarah Pinborough


Sarah Pinborough, the Storytellers' Weekend curator, is the number one Sunday Times Bestselling and New York Times Bestselling author of the psychological thriller Behind Her Eyes. During her career she has published more than 20 novels and several novellas, and has written for the BBC. Her recent novels include the dystopian love story, The Death House, and a teenage thriller, 13 Minutes, which has been bought by Netflix. The film and television rights to Behind Her Eyes have just been sold to Left Bank Production, makers of such hits as “The Queen” and more recently “The Crown.”

Steve Cavanagh


Steve Cavanagh was born and raised in Belfast and is a practicing lawyer. Steve’s first novel in the Eddie Flynn series, The Defense, was chosen as one of Amazon’s great debuts for 2015, as part of their Amazon Rising Stars program. In 2015 Steve received the ACES award for Literature from the Northern Ireland Arts Council. The Defense was nominated for the Crime Writer’s Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, the Prix de Polar Cognac for Best International Thriller, and two Dead Good Readers Awards including Most Recommended Book. Steve writes fast-paced legal thrillers set in New York City featuring former con artist turned trial lawyer, Eddie Flynn.

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