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Florida Authors

Florida Authors Visit the Library

Library Online Resources

Biography in Context »

Use Biography in Context to find information about your favorite Florida author.

Books & Authors »

If you have just read a great Florida book and would like to find another book like it, this database can generate a great reading list.

Literature Resource Center »

This database can help you find books by Florida authors about Florida and help you write that literary critique.

LitFinder »

Check out this resource for novels, poems, or short stories about Florida.

NoveList Plus »

Find Florida books, read-alike lists, book reviews, and book discussion guides.

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Favorite Florida Authors

Piers Anthony

Book List | Website

Dave Barry

Book List | Website

S.V. Date

Book List | Website

Tim Dorsey

Book List | Website | OCLS Video

Connie May Fowler

Book List | Website | OCLS Video

Heather Graham

Book List | Website

James W. Hall

Book List | Website

Ernest Hemingway

Book List | Website

Carl Hiaasen

Book List | Website

Zora Neale Hurston

Book List | Website

Elmore Leonard

Book List | Website

John D. MacDonald

Book List | Website

Patrick D. Smith

Book List | Website | OCLS Video

Les Standiford

Book List | Website | OCLS Video

Randy Wayne White

Book List | Website

More Florida Authors »

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Advanced English and Thesauras

Never be at a loss for finding just the right word. This free application for Android provides more than 1.4 million words. Organizes a network of straightforward definitions and meaningfully related words and concepts.
Google Play | Website


Stay organized in your busy life as a writer. This free application lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders, and makes them all searchable. Available for multiple mobile devices.

SimpleMind + (mind mapping)

Let this free application add structure and fun to your writing projects. The mind mapping tool allows you to colorfully and visually organize your creative juices on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod.
iTunes | Website

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Critique Circle »

Great free resource for writers to improve their writing skills and to give and receive feedback on their work. Also, provides helpful forums and writing tools for those passionate about writing.

Delicious »

This free social bookmarking site allows you to have a set of writer's bookmarks that you can access and share from anywhere.

Facebook »

Create a Facebook or public profile page to share and keep your fans up-to-date with all your literary ventures. Allows users to interact with you without having to become a friend.

Goodreads Author Program »

If you are a new or established author, this program is a free feature to help you promote your books. Self-published authors are welcome. Looking to be published? Share your writing for others to read and review.

Google Docs »

Store your manuscript online, edit it from any computer, or choose to share access to it.

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Library Materials

The Craft of Writing »

These book selections outline essential writing techniques and give in-depth details about the novel writing process.

Local Authors »

If you are a local author, contact the Library and find out how you can add your book to our collection. The Local Author collection is located on the 3rd floor of the Orlando Public Library, downtown.

The Path to Publication »

Check out this seven-part DVD series on all aspects of becoming a published author and the publication process.

Writing Careers and Jobs »

Pursue a successful writing career by checking out these materials that offer guidance on career training, education, and writing opportunities.

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Kids & Teens

Juvenile Authors

Time Pirate

Ted Bell

Book List | Website


Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary Fun

Marianne Berkes

Book List | Website


Kissimmee Pete and the Hurricane

Jan Day

Book List



Carl Hiaasen

Book List | Website | Movie


One Drowsy Dragon

Ethan Long

Book List | Website


Young Adult Authors

Total Constant Order

Crissa-Jean Chappell

Book List | Website


Magic Under Glass

Jaclyn Dolamore

Book List | Website



Gaby Triana

Book List | Website


The Monstrumologist

Rick Yancey

Book List | Website | OCLS Video


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Central Florida Romance Writers »

This website provides information on membership and meetings for this division of the national chapter of Romance Writers of America® along with a list of Florida romance authors and current releases.

Florida Book Awards »

This website provides information pertaining to the annual Florida Book Awards including eligibility requirements, definition of categories, and important entry dates.

The Florida Book Review »

Explore books with Florida themes! The Florida Book Review specializes in book reviews of books set in Florida, or written by Florida authors, or books of special interest to Floridians.

Florida Writers Association »

Use this website to connect with other Florida writers. Read book reviews and find information about contests and conference information.

Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter »

Learn about this Florida organization which supports published and aspiring writers, editors, agents, screenwriters, and readers in this genre. Offers hosted meetings and training sessions; and a newsletter with writing, publishing, and marketing tips.

SCBWI Florida »

Network with other members in the Florida Chapter of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators. Find local critique groups for writers and illustrators of picture books, middle grade readers, and young adult novels.

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