Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the novels, The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair, and of the memoirs, Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story (co-authored with her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor), The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, When the Heart Waits, and Firstlight, a collection of early writings. The Secret Life of Bees has spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, was produced on stage by American Place Theater in New York, was adapted into an award-winning movie, as well as being the recipient of numerous literary awards. The Mermaid Chair, a #1 New York Times bestseller, was awarded the Quill Award for General Fiction and adapted into a television movie. Each of her novels has been translated into more than 24 languages. She lives beside a salt marsh near Charleston, SC with her husband.