10 Great Works of Fiction by Local Dallas Authors

This list is arranged in no particular order and is limited to books written by local authors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area you won't want to miss out on. Though many of these books were published in 2017, not all are subject to this year. All are wonderful works of fiction to check out.

1. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson10 Great Works of Fiction by Local Dallas Authors

Set as a dystopian thriller, published in June, The Sandcastle Empire focuses on a formerly privileged girl by the name of Eden who narrowly escapes a concentration camp in the year 2049. The author, Olson, is a University of North Texas graduate who lives in Denton and received an offer for the book back in 2015.

2. The Dime by Kathleen Kent

Kent, formerly known for her publishing three works of historical fiction, pivots to contemporary crime with a snappy police procedural, The Dime, centered on a Polish lesbian place officer from Brooklyn who moves to Dallas, TX to investigate a Mexican drug cartel.

3. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Classified as a YA novel, Ramona Blue unveils weighty social themes that explore sexual fluidity, identity, displacement, and poverty through the experience of blue-haired-6-foot-3 Ramona. Murphy, who lives in Fort Worth is an exciting voice in contemporary YA fiction.

4. The Devil's Country by Harry Hunsicker

The first in seven crime novels primarily takes place outside of Dallas, TX, and The Devil's Country marks the first appearance of the protagonist, Arlo Baines, who is a former Texas ranger who has suffered the loss of his wife and children at the hands of crooked Dallas police officers involved with local drug dealers.

5. Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

Tigers, Not Daughters is a YA magical realist ghost story that features a group of sisters trying to escape their San Antonio neighborhood. This piece of fiction is a brilliant new novel by a massively accomplished local writer that will appeal to all ages of the audience.

6. The Pledge by Kathleen Kent

The Pledge features strong women, sharp dialogue, and a vulnerable heroine combined for a satisfactory adventure.

7. Stick a Fork in Me by Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins' final novel, Stick a Fork in Me,  is a reflection on the list of an old-school football coach who lands his dream job at a large university. The catch? He can't stand the place. Now the only dream left for the coach is retirement.

8. Ain't Nobody Nobody by Heather Harper Ellett

Ellett, a former Dallas therapist, spins this sharp nuanced murder mystery, Ain't Nobody Nobody, set in a strange, outlandish otherworld of East Texas. Here, we will find a disgraced former sheriff investigating the strange death of a stranger.

9. The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

The Big Finish is a novel that is a hilarious, good-hearted story about a man who has felt that he wasted the first 80 years of his life, and a young woman turned companion who needs a new lease on life. The unlikely friendship becomes an exercise in leaving a legacy and changing one's ways for the better.

10. Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen is a compelling hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, finds Williams taking her chance at freedom by disguising herself as a man and joining the Army's legendary Buffalo Soldiers. Inspired by the true story of Cathy Williams, it is a historical page-turner.

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