Vicki Lane is the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries as well as the standalone The Day of Small Things, all from Bantam Dell. A descendant of pioneer Floridians and Alabama farmers, Vicki was raised in Tampa. She married her high school sweetheart in 1963 and began a career as an English teacher. But in 1975, seduced by The Whole Earth Catalogueand Mother Earth News, Vicki, her husband, two dogs, and their three year old son moved to a mountain farm in Madison County, North Carolina where they learned how to milk cows, butcher pigs, plow with mules, and raise tobacco. Twenty five years later and still on the same farm with the same husband, one more son, and many more dogs, Vicki remembered that she was an English major and decided to try her hand at a mystery novel. Working from the premise ‘Write what you know’ she chose a middle-aged woman on a mountain farm as her protagonist and started writing. Five years later, Vicki’s novel was published by a major New York house
Lane's work has been praised for authentic dialogue, evocative detail, and rich, clear, intelligent writing that captures the essence of the Carolina mountains and their people. But the praise Vicki finds sweetest is that of her neighbors who tell her she ‘got it right’ in her dialect and description and even go so far as to say, “We’re glad you moved here.”
Praise for the books
The Day of Small Things -- "… shines as a chronicle of Depression-era Appalachia . . .Lane demonstrates how deeply she feels part of her Appalachian home, how tied she is to the land and the pulsating beats that can't quite be found elsewhere.” Sarah Weinman in the LA TIMES.
In a Dark Season -- Anthony Nominee Best PBO, Romantic Times Nominee Best Contemporary Suspense. Margaret Maron calls it “a suspenseful tale of love and lust.”
Old Wounds -- A Book Sense Notable, shortlisted for SIBA Book Award for Fiction
Signs in the Blood -- “An exotic and colorful picture of Appalachia from an outsider’s perspective. . .” says Sharyn McCrumb.