Beloved South Carolina author Dorothea (Dottie) Benton Frank died Monday after a brief illness. A native of Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina, she divided her time between the Lowcountry of South Carolina and New Jersey. Her debut novel, Sullivan’s Island, was a New York Times bestseller, as were her subsequent novels, including her latest, Queen Bee, which marked a return to the setting of her first novel.
Dottie Frank was a favorite among SIBA booksellers and their customers, and a familiar face to many as she toured her books and attended SIBA’s Discovery Shows. Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC shares, "Dottie Frank was a South Carolina treasure. She was as funny as a stand-up comedienne in person, yet her books could move you to tears while transporting you to a magical Carolina landscape. She will be deeply missed by readers and booksellers alike. Our hearts go out to her family and friends."
Author Patti Callahan Henry praises her friend’s legacy, “Dottie Frank was a bright light and powerful force of life; she made us all feel part of something bigger. Her fearlessness, her laugh, her smile and her wealth of stories will be missed more than can be described. She was tender and fierce - a rare and beautiful combination. Her stories were the same. When she loved, she loved fully and she grabbed life by the handfuls!”
Carrie Feron, Executive Editor, SVP of William Morrow, says of Dottie, with whom she worked, "A lot of what I can think of to say is so trite and run of the mill, and Dottie was never either of those things. She was as fierce as a hurricane and as generous a soul as you could find. And I think that fierceness and generosity came through in every page of her writing. But most of all she was an incredibly loyal friend, and she was incredibly loyal to her fans. She was really ailing on her last tour, but she soldiered on, often doing 2 events a day. She was remarkable. I’m not surprised that she hit the New York Times list with her very first book as she never did anything half measure. Everything she did was done fearlessly, aiming for the top. And she made everything she did so well look so effortless."