Olivia deBelle Byrd

It's A Love Story | Saturday, May 16, 2:10 - 3:00, Carolina Meeting Room B
Literary Laughs | Sunday, May 17, 2:50 - 3:40, Lexington Meeting Room A
Genre(s) Fiction Southern

Olivia deBelle Byrd is the third generation of her family to call Panama City, Florida, home where she resides with her husband, Tommy. They are the proud parents of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and taught elementary school before staying home to raise her children. Olivia is a new writer and humorist who delights audiences with hilarious stories of her beloved South by turning ordinary happenings into entertainment. After years of regaling family and friends with stories, she was encouraged to comprise them into a book. The result is her first collection of humorous essays, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle, winner of the Florida Publishers Association Book Awards. Her newest book, Save My Place, was released September 1 and is a beautifully written love story of two people who search deep within their souls to save each other. The genesis of Olivia’s writing has been her love of storytelling, the Deep South, and her community.

Book Title: Save My Place

Set in the South during the 1960s and 70s against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Save My Place is a beautifully written love story of two people who search deep within their souls to save each other. With her popular book of essays, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle, Olivia deBelle Byrd pulled at the funny bone of a multitude of readers. Now with her wonderful debut novel, Save My Place, she successfully pulls at the heartstrings. In a moving and grounded narrative voice, Byrd paints a portrait of new love, family secrets, unspeakable loss, treasured childhood memories, and redemption—all set against the backdrop of a changing world during the Vietnam War. Save My Place is as bright and uplifting as the Florida sun where the novel’s protagonist, Elisabeth, retreats to mend the broken pieces of her life. It is not to be missed.
—Michael Morris, Man in the Blue Moon