If she ever tires of writing women’s fiction, Erika Marks could easily nab a job working for one of those “Best Beaches” surveys. Or at the very least, she could become an ambassador for the Folly Beach Visitors and Convention Bureau. I defy anyone to read Erika’s latest novel It Comes in Waves and not want to travel to the book’s setting of Folly Beach, South Carolina.
I was first introduced to Erika’s work a couple of years ago when she wrote about another coastal town, Cradle Harbor, Maine, in The Mermaid Collector. The author graciously answered my questions about The Mermaid Collector in this Southern Spines post. Erika’s books are manna for land-locked book lovers who yearn to live as a lighthouse keeper on the coast of Maine or carve waves with strapping surfers in South Carolina (or at least gaze at them while planted under a large umbrella with a fruity drink and plenty of SPF50).
Having met and spent time with Erika a few times now–most recently when she visited the Book Exchange in Marietta, Georgia–I can tell you she’s as lovely as she is talented. Her books just keep getting better. Book Exchange owner Cat Blanco tells me she still has a few signed copies left of It Comes in Waves, but you need to call soon because she’s hand-selling this book like crazy. Call 770-427-4848 and Book Exchange will ship a signed copy direct to your door. A signed copy of the book goes in the mail today to devoted Southern Spines reader Rachel C. in Lexington, South Carolina.