Tina McElroy Ansa is the author of five award-winning novels, including Baby of the Family, The Hand I Fan With, Ugly Ways and You Know Better. In 2004, she founded the Sea Island Writers Retreat in her home state of Georgia and has taken the Retreats on the road around the country. In 2007, she founded the independent publishing company DownSouth Press, which published her fifth novel, Taking After Mudear. Ansa received the Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial Award from the National Book Club Conference. She has been awarded the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for her body of work, and for contributions to the literary arts community of Georgia. She was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University. She has also contributed “Essays From Georgia” to CBS Sunday Morning. In 2011, Ansa was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from her alma mater Spelman College. The writer is at work on her sixth novel, and she is writing her first work of nonfiction. She writes on her home of St. Simons Island, Georgia.