Eugenia Price by Carey C. Giudici
All her life, Eugenia Price inspired people with her writing--and was inspired by them. "Never forget your readers," she advised other writers. "Mine go from twelve years old to the age of 90, and they write to me from all over the country. They're all such special people."
Back in 1961 "Genie" Price--already known for her books such as What Is God Like? and God Speaks To Women Today--happened to visit Fort Frederica and St. Simons. Our local legends and stories were all she needed to start a second career in fiction, so after renting a St. Simons home for two seasons, Ms. Price and long-time companion Joyce Blackburn moved here permanently from Chicago. Her fourteen novels have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide; one was on a New York Times Best Sellers list for eighteen weeks.
Ms. Price's St. Simons Trilogy, Florida Trilogy, Savannah Quartet, Georgia Trilogy and her final novel Waiting Time became popular across the country and in sixteen foreign countries. Over the years she received a half-dozen prestigious awards and the affection of countless readers who sent some 3,000 letters a year (and each of whom received a personal reply).
She finished editing her last book in 1996 weeks before her death from congestive heart failure--a few days shy of her 80th birthday. Eugenia Price was laid to rest in Christ Church cemetery, near many of "her people" that had populated her books.
The Price legacy isn't limited to her books. She and Ms. Blackburn also established the Eugenia Price-Joyce Blackburn Foundation to support many humanitarian, preservation and artistic organizations while promoting excellence in writing and ensuring the continued availability of their individual works.
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