Motivated by a midlife crisis and burned out from selling real estate, Haywood Smith decided to quit her day job and pursue her dream to become a writer. That dream came true with her breakout bestseller, The Red Hat Club -- a publishing phenomenon celebrating women's friendships that inspired real-life "Red Hat Clubs" across the nation.
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Also Known As:
Anne Haywood Pritchett
Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1949
Place of Birth:
One year of college and several professional real estate degrees and appraisal certifications
Haywood Smith's official web site
|"I love hearing from readers who enjoyed my books," Smith tells us in our exclusive interview. "I do not love hearing from people who can’t handle the realistic nature or language in my work. Everything in my work is there for a reason. If a character cusses, she’s been provoked (and it beats busting loose with an Uzi at the nineteenth hole of her ex’s country club). If she takes the Lord’s name in vain (like my fictional SuSu character) it’s because she’s subconsciously crying out to the God she’s rejected.” |
|Gone with the Wind|
We asked Smith to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books. She mentions Margaret Mitchell's classic southern epic, explaining, "I’m Southern. I’m romantic. I love real men, kick-ass women, and accurate history. What else is there to say?"
|Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood|
Upon reading Rebecca Wells's bestseller, Smith recalls: "I finally realized the power we as women could have if we stop trying to fix each other and start accepting and loving each other -- flawed and troubled though we may be -- instead." Read our interview with Smith to learn about more of her favorite reads, including: