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Craig's Biography

 

Craig Faris is a sixteen-time published author in short stories and plays. To date, he has won twenty-five literary awards, eleven of which were first place, and four Best of Issue awards in the 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003 editions of the South Carolina Writers Workshop anthology. Five of his short stories have won the South Carolina Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Short Fiction.

 

His novel, The Spectrum Conspiracy won the South Carolina Carrie McCray Literary Award for Best Opening Chapter 2010 and The Spectrum Conspiracy was a short list finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner/William Wisdom Pirates Alley International Competition. The Spectrum Conspiracy was also a finalist in 2010 and 2011 Faulkner Competitions.

 

In 2011, his short story, House of Ruth was awarded 4th Place in the 80th Annual Writers Digest Competition - a contest which received over 11,800 total entries. House of Ruth also received an Honorable Mention in the 76thAnnual Writers Digest Competition, and was a short list finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner Pirates Alley International Competition.

 

Craig served on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Writers Workshop from 2000 until 2006 and served as co-chair for the 16th annual SCWW Writers Conference. He also served as Vice-President of the southeast chapter of the Mystery Writers of America from 2000 until 2005. He works professionally as an advertising consultant and a graphic designer. He has won national and regional design awards, the printing industry's PICA Award, and the Scholastic Arts Gold Key Award.

 

His writing career began in 1998 when he completed his first novel trilogy, at 226,800-words, which taught him how to finish a major work. His second novel, a thriller, entitled,The Spectrum Conspiracy,was published by Bella Rosa Books and is now available as a trade paperback and e-book on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and Books-A-Million.com .

 

Craig lives in York County, SC,with his wife, Deena, and their two children, Katie and Charlie.

 

 


 

" Here, in this literary forsaken den, we had gathered, spilling out our hearts and emotions onto twenty pound bond in double-spaced black ink, always in an attempt to move closer to the edge of the publishing abyss. Those of us who made it worked our poems and prose onto a hook as one might an earthworm and flung it as far as we could into the swirling maelstrom of unpublished manuscripts. Some only got a nibble; some a bite, but in landing our catch, each of us was careful that the literary trophy bass we longed for wasn’t a bottom feeding carp."

Excerpt from Den of Rhyme
Craig Faris
, © 2011

 

THE SPECTRUM CONSPIRACY
Author: Craig Faris
Trade Paperback Original
ISBN 978-1-62268-017-7 print
ISBN 978-1-62268-018-4 ebook
LCCN 2012954785
6"x 9" Trade Paperback; 372pp; Retail $17.95US

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