Wild 'n Wacky, South Cackalacky. We're excited to announce that our new nonfiction anthology will be out this spring. Can't wait for you to read the zany, crazy, funny, serious, weird, stories we've gathered about our beautiful state of South Carolina! Look for updates!
Coming Soon: the release of Prison Grits by Jean Bell. A big prison in a small southern town provides a number of opportunities for ladies looking for work. But not all of those opportunities turn out well. Riots, escapes, assaults, and corruption make these jobs way too interesting for some of the ladies in town. Mrs. Kelly is a widow with a smart mouth, no money, and a love of glitter. She worries that she's too old to supervise young inmates in prison cafeteria, but she finds out the inmates aren't the only ones who are up to no good. Faith Miller is a very strange librarian who uses her prison job to avenge her past. In the process, she creates problems for everyone, even the local Chamber of Commerce. And Wilmas's personal life with a suicidal mother and a violent husband makes her n expert on bad luck and bad choices. The mistakes she makes in her security job place her freedom at great risk. But she then discovers a world of redemption and multiple second chances. While on the job, each lady responds differently to the drama of the prison. And along the way they learn a little more about themselves. ********* Jean Bell writes from experience. In her most recent job before retirement, she was in charge of security at South Carolina’s largest maximum security prison. Prior to that position, for more than twenty years in the corrections field, she dealt with the same issues dominating current news: risk-assessment of pedophiles, tracking gang activities, and escape prevention and apprehension. For the fifteen years prior to prison work, she was employed with the Veterans Administration in Baltimore. While there, she counseled veterans from several wars. She worked in a heroin clinic for addicted Viet Nam veterans. And she also worked with World War Two survivors of the Bataan Death March who were still having problems with PTSD forty years after their rescue. Jean and her husband, a retired college professor, live in South Carolina. They have two grown children, and one grandchild. Jean has previously written newspaper columns and essays, and has won awards for her short fiction. Prison Grits is her first novel. She would love to hear from her readers about the characters in Prison Grits. Jean was also published in the anthology His Mother! published by Southern Sass Publishing Alliances in September 2016.