Ruth Coe Chambers takes pride in her Florida panhandle roots, and her hometown of Port St. Joe has inspired much of her writing. She attended Florida State University, the University of South Florida and graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Fresno. It was through creative writing classes at the University of South Florida that she found her “voice” and began writing literary fiction.
Her play, Changing Places, took first prize at the First Coast Writer’s Festival, and echoes the voice of Tennessee Williams. A subsequent play, She’s Wonderful, also garnered first prize at the Festival. Both plays have been performed for audiences at Florida State College at Jacksonville as well as the ABET Experimental Theater in Atlantic Beach.
Her first novel, The Chinaberry Album, garnered praise from The New York Times Book Review and has been likened to the works of Carson McCullers and Eudora Welty.
Today Chambers makes her home at Neptune Beach, FL, where she writes with her dog, Lili at her feet.
Chambers has released a reissue of The Chinaberry Album and recently published the sequel, Heat Lightning, a post World War II novel that returns to Bay Harbor and to events that change the protagonist's life. Both novels are available through Amazon Kindle and print versions can be ordered on Amazon as well. Barnes and Noble and a few other outlets carry the books as well. Chambers had the pleasure of launching her books--one reissued, one new--at the 100th birthday celebration of her beloved Port St. Joe.
Her first paranormal manuscript, The House on the Forgotten Coast, is again set on the Florida Gulf Coast, this time in Apalachicola. She hopes to release this novel in the not too distant future.
She is currently working on the third novel in the Bay Harbor Trilogy, Receding Tide.