Carl T. Smith
Carl T. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved south at age two and considers himself a born southerner. Carl attended The Richmond Professional Institute of The College of William & Mary where he earned a BFA degree in Theatre and English. During this time one of his best college friends was author Tom Robbins. This meeting stimulated his interest in writing.
After spending years in professional music, theatre, and education at the high school and college level and creating an entertainment management firm in Philadelphia, Robbins convinced him he should get back to writing, which he had started in college. In 1995 he moved to South Carolina where he wrote his first novel, Nothin’ Left to Lose, which received excellent reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and ForeWord magazine and was listed as one of the Top 10 Books by South Carolina Authors for that year.
Living on Fripp Island, where he received advice and encouragement from author Pat Conroy, Carl wrote the first Sam Larkin novel, Lowcountry Boil, which won an IPPY award for suspense, was nominated for the Southern Independent Bookseller’s "Book of the Year" and The Southern Critics Circle Award for "Book of the Year". Lowcountry Boil has been optioned for film four times and at present is in development as a screenplay by Will Lewis, a producer at Audible Scripts in Louisiana.
Smith followed that success with the second Sam Larkin novel, Louisiana Burn, which also won IPPY and SIBA awards.
After leaving Fripp Island, Carl settled in Greenville, SC where he completed his third Larkin novel, Carolina Fire, which his publisher released as an eBook. This book was succeeded by A Season For Killing, which introduced two new protagonists, Detectives Cole Sturtevant and Carsyn Thoreau, which debuted to excellent reviews.
The fourth Sam Larkin novel, Matthew's Island, was released in March, 2014, again to five-star reviews. One compared its quality to Vince Flynn, Ben Coes, and Brad Thor.
At present Carl is working on a novel, A Place of Shadows and Lies, the story of a disappearance and a suicide in the now-familiar Covington County, South Carolina.
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