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writer :
Joan Holcomb
Waiting for Redemption
2945 Nesting Goose Road, Yadkinville, NC 27055
336-463-2242 (fax)
336-466-2969 (mobile)
Joan R. Holcomb, author Chattel, Historical Fiction Hunt House Murder, Southern Gothic


(1) CHATTEL: Historical Fiction (110,000 words) by Joan Reavis Holcomb

In Chattel Isaac Jarratt gives up the slave trade, yet impulsively buys an Ibo shaman and her son at public auction in Charleston, S.C., for reasons he doesn't understand. Then, through the machinations of her family, Anna, his fiancee, marries a man she despises. Her husband then moves her from place to place in an effort to hide her from Isaac. Distraught, Isaac first becomes involved in a slave insurrection in Charleston, temporarily loses his eyesight and faces other adversities. He never imagines the shaman would one day aid him in finding the one woman he loves and the elusive joy he believes is lost to him forever. Chattel is similar in vain to Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain with scenes reminiscent of Slave Dancer and Middle Passage.

Chattel, a historical novel of 110,000 words and set from 1822-1827 contains an account of the Charleston, S.C., Denmark Vesey Insurrection never before fictionalized. Three love letters the real Isaac Jarratt of N.C., wrote in 1827 and sold at public auction in the late 1900s were the genesis of this historical novel.

(2) HUNT HOUSE MURDER: Southern Gothic Romance (77,000 words) by Joan Reavis Holcomb

Hunt House Murder set in 1901-1902 chronicles a true love story and its folklore with paranormal twists and dark hilarity. A local soothsayer and tenacious ghosts add to the mystery as young Tessa Hunt searches for the truth about her father’s death, discovers her first love, and escapes the clutches of her mother’s egomania and demonic schemes. Today the manjor characters lie head-to-toe and side by side in a common graveyard in rural North Carolina.



Hunt House Murder won honors for Best First Chapter at the 2010 SC Writers Conference. Chattel, a historical novel set in the South in 1822-1827 won accolades for Best First Chapter at this year’s SC Conference. One of my narrative poems took First Place in Poetry in the Carrie McCray Literary Awards in 2010. I have a degree in English and the Humanities from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and have studied at NC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I have National Board Certification in Gifted Education/English Language Arts. I am a member of several writing organizations, including being a charter member of Winston-Salem Writers.

years experience: 15

This writer is looking for an agent
Fiction writing
General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Historical fiction, Southern gothic

CHATTEL, a historical novel, won accolades for "Best First Chapter" at the 2012 SC Writers Conference.
HUNT HOUSE MURDER won "Outstanding First Chapter" of a novel at the 2010 South Carolina Writers Conference, and a poem "Tobacco Settin' / Spring 1950" took first place in lyric poetry at the 2010 conference. OUR STATE MAGAZINE: DOWN HOME IN NORTH CAROLINA published her personal narrative, "The Green Grasses of Summer."

A writing consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh, Joan has written state tests and curriculum guides for standard and honors high school English. A degree in English and the humanaities, Joan has National Board Certification in English/Language Arts and scored first in the nation on her portfolio. She has also worked in the classroom with Dr. Maya Angelou, Wake Forest University Professor. Joan is a member of Winston-Salem Writers, North Carolina Writers Network, South Carolina Writers, and her regional and state historical societies.