Nicole Seitz, Author of Southern Fiction
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March 2007

You had me at "soul-soothing" and though I'm not sure what "Gullah" is, I'm looking forward to finding out. To get a rave review from Pat Conroy on a debut book is, IMO, to have arrived! Good for you!

~Sharon Jenna, MD~ March 29, 2007

Hoping to be the lucky winner. Looks like a great book!

~Karen LeClerc, IL~ March 23, 2007

I have to have the whole story.

~Linda Owen, MN~ March 22, 2007

I remember with such pleasure our trip to Georgia and learning a bit about the Gullah culture. I'd love to learn more and good fiction is one of my favorite learning tools.

~Susanne Broidy, CA~ March 22, 2007

Author Buzz free book contest. I can't wait to read this book!

~Wendy Garner, MI~ March 22, 2007

I love reading about the Gullah traditions-looking forward to the book!

~Lori Estey, NH~ March 22, 2007

I am a long way from Gullah country, but I have visited, read about it, and heard the stories and tales. I am glad to hear of your novel.
Best wishes on your writing career
Karen Byrne
Spokane County Library District

~Karen Byrne, WA~ March 22, 2007

I have always loved reading about the Gullah connections in our sister state, SC. I would love to win a copy of your book as well as the basket. Thanks!

~Shelly Thompson, NC~ March 22, 2007

Nicole, I haven't read your book yet, but I am looking forward to reading it !! Hope you'll be writing for many years to come !

~Beth Ann Giannosa, MI~ March 22, 2007

Can't wait to read your book. Just back from your area. We covered the coast from Georgetown to Beaufort...and I bought the treasured sweetgrass baskets for wedding presents. It is such an art, and I have never met a basketmaker who wasn't friendly and helpful.

~Emilie Townsend, VA~ March 22, 2007

'sweetgrass' sounds absolutely delightful! it is on my must read list.

~Pat Drosnes, NJ~ March 22, 2007

I can't wait to read your book, it sounds wonderful!

~Erin Sellner, PA~ March 22, 2007

What is a sweetgrass basket?

~Pam Bump, NY~ March 22, 2007

I write a small newsletter about books. I live in handicapped housing and most of ladies/men here are homebound. Because I am not. I have 4 or 5 bookclubs and started doing the newsletter because everyone was asking what books were in the stores. It goes to about 50 people and then I go buy the books for them. Would love to read your book and write about it - it seems like something everyone here could relate to and would most likely enjoy. I will include it in the list of "new" books regardless but would love to write an article about it. So please enter me into the drawing I heard about in AUTHOR BUZZ. Thanks so much.

~Deborah Fochler, VA~ March 22, 2007

I have put your book on my to read list!

~Carol Weston, KY~ March 22, 2007

Read about your book in AuthorBuzz and can't wait to read it. It sounds delightful!

~Maryette Mixon, GA~ March 21, 2007

Your book sounds charming and I look forward to reading it.

~Janet, IL~ March 21, 2007

I would just love to win the book! I would really love to win the basket too. I have read a book about sweetgrass baskets before. I just can't remember the name!!!!

~Carolyn Winemiller, PA~ March 21, 2007

I look forward to reading your novel.

~Kathleen Harris, FL~ March 21, 2007

Hi Nicole, what a delightful story "The Spirit of Sweetgrass". It would be a pleasure to read it.

~Ana Luisa Santiago, Puerto Rico~ March 21, 2007

Basketry is another of those "old" skills that we need to work to preserve, and your book will certainly help with that.

~Mary Garrett, MO~ March 21, 2007

Just finished reading your book. Loved everything about it. Visit the lowcountry every chance I get and your book took me there. Thanks!

~Judith Vaughn, NC~ March 20, 2007

I love books set in the Carolinas. I have read a lot of Siddons and Frank and Conroy and can't wait to read yours.

~Shelia Willis, MD~ March 20, 2007

Am looking forward to this new young talent!!!

~Carla Huffman, TX~ March 20, 2007

I read about you in the Author Buzz from my online book club. I would love to win a book to read and then share with my students. The girls love to read the books that I have. I teach High School and we have SSR which is silent and sustained reading everyday for 10 minutes.
Thank you for reading,
Karen Zabuska

~Karen Zabuska, CA~ March 20, 2007

As you can see from my address, I'm a South Carolina girl too. Pleeze(as we prenounce it)pleeze pick me! Thanks :)

~Joy S. Laughridge, SC ~ March 20, 2007

Hi Nicole! I read about you and your book at Author Buzz. Regards, Julia

~Julia Blanco, Venezuela ~ March 20, 2007

I can't wait to read the book. I love books about the Gullah culture.

~Elizabeth Chadwick, GA~ March 19, 2007

I thoroughly enjoyed your book. Charleston, Isle of Palmes, Sullivan's Island, and Mt. Pleasant are among my favorite spots in the country. Each year we return there with the entire family, kids and grandkids. It is a very special place and your book made it even more so. Congratulations on a fine novel.

~Barbara Mengason, GA~ March 19, 2007

I love all things Gullah, ate at Gullah Grub on Lady's Island, SC, and collect sweetgrass, but only have two because of infrequent trips and lack of money. I will DEFINITELY be reading this book!

~Pat Werths, IL~ March 19, 2007

The book sounds great. Hope I win!

~Rebecca McKenzie, AL~ March 19, 2007

I just discovered you and "Spirit of Sweetgrass" on Suzanne Beecher's Authorbuzz site. I am eager to read the book. I fell in love with the Gullah and lowcountry culture upon reading all of Dorothea Benton Frank's books and am so excited to find another author who writes about this fascinating area. I've never visited the lowcountry, but have a dream of doing so. Christine Harris

~Christine Harris, AR~ March 19, 2007

How great that you have chosen to write about this culture! My recent move to the south has led me to a new start. As an avid reader residing in several different parts of this country one of my loves is the history and cultures of each area. Reading your work will add to my knowledge that I can share with others in my work.

~Nancy Sammons, NC~ March 19, 2007

I JUST got back from a trip to the Lowcountry. I would love to read your book! Looking forward to hearing from you!

~Lisa Moss, CT~ March 19, 2007

I have been fascinated with Gullah culture for several years and look forward to reading your book.

~Michelle Sharif, OH~ March 19, 2007

Gullah roots are the best!!

~Mona Berrier, AZ~ March 19, 2007

Great book, look forward to reading of your work

~Sanjay Srinivas, TX~ March 19, 2007

Thank you!

~Melody Carpenter, WA~ March 19, 2007

I love stories about the deep south !!!!

~Joanne Farris, OR~ March 19, 2007

Hi I would love to win a signed copy of "The Spirit of Sweetgrass." (and the basket too)!!! Reading about the book on Author Buzz made me think about the ladies that use to weave baskets and bring them to the sewing factory I worked at as a young girl. They would bring them on payday. Such wonderful art. Thanks for bringing up a really nice memory.

Thanks and Have A Great Day!

~Rhonda Catrett, AL~ March 19, 2007

Being a born and breed YANKEE, I am truly fascinated by the south, and all of it's rich culture and traditions. I would like to read your book THE SPIRIT OF SWEETGRASS to learn more about the Gullah and their beautiful craft.
Thank you!

~Patricia Badolato, NY~ March 19, 2007

I cannot wait to read your book! I love the cover art as well!

~Julie Horner, IL~ March 19, 2007

I recall watching women in the market area of New Orleans as their agile fingers created beautiful baskets. Their hands were mesmerizing.

I would love to read your book and learn more about the Gullah culture. The premise of your book sounds as mesmerizing as those peaceful women's movements as they worked their craft.

~Kari Wainwright, CO~ March 19, 2007

Your book sounds interesting-with a birthday in March, I am hope to win eith a basket or book. Thank you for offering this! I have always noticed the women who make sweetgrass baskets along the road in Mt. Pleasant and in Charleston.

~Tensil Clayton, NC~ March 19, 2007

I have recently moved to South Carolina and I am trying to learn everything I can about the Gullah stories, art and traditions. I would dearly love to win a sweet grass basket!

~Angela, SC~ March 19, 2007

I read the prologue on your web site, fell in love with the story... soon as I finish e-mailing my comment, I am going to purchase or reserve the book at the library. If there is a waiting list, I won't be able to wait for it, I fell in love with Essie Mae and her philosophy.
THis is my kind of story! Thank you for sharing,
Sincerely, Barbara Bordner, a transplant from Ct. who loves living in the "low country".

~Barbara Bordner, SC~ March 19, 2007

Hi Nicole,
I am really excited to read your book. I particularly enjoy southern fiction. My husband and I visited Charleston some years ago. I truly love it there. I enjoy the books of the other authors which you are compared to, so I am quite sure that I will enjoy yours. Best of luck in your writing. I wish you many wonderful books.
Penny Vick

~Penny Vick, CT~ March 19, 2007

This sounds great. I really hope I win thanks to you and to AuthorBuzz for presenting it there.

~Linda Scott, PA~ March 19, 2007

I taught at an African American high school and have read several books about the Gullah. The book sounds very intiguing.Good to have another author to add to my must read list.

~Diane L. Smith, WI~ March 19, 2007

I am intrigued by the premise of your book. Having Recently read Cold Sassy Tree and Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns.

~Rita Pierini, IL~ March 19, 2007

I'm looking forward to reading your book.

~Diane Strouss, MO~ March 19, 2007

Your book intriques me. I would love to receive a copy and review it on my blog: I love Sue Monk Kidd and Mary DeMuth and the like, so I have a feeling that your books are right up my alley (sorry - not enough coffee in my system to get past cliches!).

~Heather Goodman, TX~ March 19, 2007

Love stories of the low country. If I don't win this book, I will have to buy. Thanks for sharing your storytelling with all of us.

~Beverly Ferro, TX~ March 19, 2007

I am looking forward to reading this book. I learn about so many new authors from the Authorbuzz and enjoy taking trips through the books I pick up to read.

~MAUREEN SPENCER, AZ~ March 19, 2007

I love reading books about this area of the country and look forward to reading yours!

~Terri Sansoucy, AZ~ March 19, 2007

Congratulations on having your first book published. I am a struggling writer, so I know how amazing that has to feel.

~Frances Ellen, FL~ March 19, 2007

The title is wonderful -- how did you arrive at it? It sounds like a delightful story with Essie Mae weaving her "love baskets".

~Darlene Edwards, CO~ March 19, 2007

There's somthing special about Southern writers. They bring the reader to the setting as a special guest.

~Judith Parmet, FL~ March 19, 2007

thanks for the contest

~Beth Reimer, MD~ March 19, 2007

I have been sweat lodging and sun dancing with Lakota Sioux (and Black Feet) for over fifteen years. The smell of sweetgrass is truly heaven to me. I am calling the library today to get a copy of your book to read. I would be in second heaven with my own copy AND a sweetgrass basket sounds like the sweetest thing on earth to me. Thank you! Suzann

~suzann thomas, CO~ March 19, 2007

This sounds like a fun book. Can't wait to read it.

~Judy Sorensen, MN~ March 19, 2007

I learned about you from Dear Reader/ Author Buzz - I've enjoyed what I've read so far, and hope to win a copy of your book.

~Deb Gregson, MA~ March 19, 2007

The story sounds like it may have ocurred in the Charleston, SC or Georgetown, SC area. HWY 17 runs from Wilmington, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC. We were stationed at MBAFB before it closed. I would see the ladies weaving baskets side the road leading to Charleston and selling their wares. This made me wonder what story each could have told about their lives.

~Carolyn Teasley, NC~ March 19, 2007

The book sounds wonderful...can't wait to get my hand on it to read

~Jean Marie Burns, OH~ March 19, 2007

I would love to win a copy of your book "The Spirit of Sweetgrass" and also a sweetgrass basket, although to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure what that is!! I love finding favorite new authors! Thanks.

~Judith Milton, LA~ March 19, 2007

Please enter me in your give away for The Spirit of Sweetgrass. I'm excited to read your book. Just reading the excerpt makes me want to grab the book and jump in the car and head to South Carolina! I love it!

~Caroline Collins, FL~ March 19, 2007

I am very much looking forward to reading your book. This is exactly the kind of book I would like to recommend to my book club. I am also a huge fan of sweetgrass - the smell reminds me of vacation I took with my mother where all of our toiletires were sweetgrass. Thank you for this offer!

~Megan Battaglia, NY~ March 19, 2007

can't wait to read this!

~Cynthia Bledsoe, SC~ March 19, 2007

The book sounds fascinating, and I would love to win the basket. My grown daughters tell me that I have some 'thing' about items made to hold other items, baskets, totes, little boxes etc. "Sigh" I think they are right! :) I could have worse fetishes!

~Margaret Kanel, KS~ March 19, 2007

Thanks for the opportunity.

~Anita Reaves, NC~ March 19, 2007

Cant wait to see where this goes!

~Barbara Kirch, NJ~ March 19, 2007

I would love a copy of spirit of sweetgrass basket. If I am not the lucky winner of th basket,is there a site where they can be purchsed. I know it's a vanashing craft. Each basket is the weaver's expression, I have 1 small basket I bought the year my daughter passed and i cherish it.

~Jan Weaver, OH~ March 19, 2007

I just came through the lovely low country on the way home from Florida. I also saw and learned about the beautiful Sweetgrass baskets. I can't wait to read your book.

~Arlene May, OH~ March 19, 2007

I heard about you from AuthorBuzz, and I'd love a copy of The Spirit of Sweet Grass! The names alone draw me in, they give me a sense of history of the south, I don't know much about. And you look so young! Congrats on your book!

~Mari Ruuska, MN~ March 19, 2007

High praise from Pat Conroy, no less! I am looking forward to reading "The Spirit of Sweetgrass." Congratulations

~F Tessa Bartels, WI~ March 19, 2007

I read about your new book in Authorbuzz. I can't wait to read it.

~Glenna Liddell, GA~ March 19, 2007

In reading your list of favorite authors, I found many of mine too. As a native of the deep south, now transplanted, a book with your theme is like a gift from home. Much luck with your writing.

~June Venable, TX~ March 19, 2007

Looking forward to this book. Best of luck with your writing career.

~ Heidi Lewis, KS~ March 19, 2007

I've been very interested in this region/culture since reading The Water is Wide, and seeing the movie! I'd love to read it.
Thank you

~ Betty Burlingame, IA~ March 19, 2007

I would love to win a copy of The Spirit of Sweetgrass. Thank you for the opportunity.

~ Wendy Catalano~ March 19, 2007

Can't wait to read this book - it sounds so intriguing! And I love baskets of all kinds - but sweetgrass baskets are the very best.

~ Heather Berry, FL~ March 19, 2007

My daughter moved to South Carolina and learned to love the people, the pace, the weather, flowers, and lifestyle. She also speaks like a native born "Carolinian".

~ Hannah Clark, AZ~ March 19, 2007

This sounds fascinating. I look forward to reading this book and would love to win a copy.

~ Linda Frankel, CA~ March 19, 2007

Your book sounds intriguing. By the way, are you related to the late Clarence Seitz? He was my supervisor in Denver, and he later moved to Salt Lake City.

~ Dorie Furman, CO~ March 19, 2007

I would love the chance to win a copy of your new looks very interesting!

~ Deidra Floyd, MS~ March 19, 2007

Sounds like a really neat book...look forward to reading it, whether I win it or not....hope I win it....

~ Ginny Mayne, OH~ March 19, 2007

I would love to be one of your winners. My mother grew up in Walterboro S.C., not far from Gullah country and actually spoke some of the Gullah language. She had a sweetgrass basket saved from her childhood that I always loved. It passed to my sister upon my mother's death three years ago. I have vivid memories of seeing the basket weavers along Rt. 17 and was amazed how quickly their nimble fingers created the beautiful baskets. Your book sounds like lovely...can't wait to read it. Best of luck in your future writings...look forward to reading your words.

~ Patricia Marshall, MD~ March 19, 2007

Is this where you go to sign up for the contest. I noticed in the comment by Pat Conroy that you were compared to Ann Rivers Siddons. I loved Peach Tree Road and wish she had gotten a shot at writing the GWTW, Gone with the Wind, sequel. Best wishes for your continued writing success. I hope your book is produced in audio so I can enjoy it as I do not see to read print.

~ David Faucheux, LA~ March 19, 2007

Very charming introduction! I hope I win!

~ Stephanie Cull, OH~ March 18, 2007

Your book is absoutely wonderful! I loved every minute of it. I am a sculptor and your story has inspired me a lot. Thank you for the book.

~ Betty J Young, AL~ March 18, 2007

I was just in Charleston on an Elderhostel trip in December and started learning a little about Gullah culture. Looking forward to reading this book.

~ Diane Durst, IL~ March 18, 2007

Your debut book sounds really good. Look forward to adding it to my collection.

~ Karen Haas, NC~ March 18, 2007

I enjoyed visiting your site today. It is encouraging to me, an aspiring writer, to see you living your dream. Your art work is beautiful, also. I like the way you portray the women in the portraits. Their faces are not distinct, but they all wear white. Great job! May God continue to bless all career.

~ Brenda Carr, GA~ March 8, 2007


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The Spirit of Sweetgrass Trouble the Water, coming February 2008!