Sue Monk Kidd's Background:
Kidd majored in nursing at Texas Christian University and graduated in 1970 with a B.S. degree. During her twenties she worked as a registered nurse and as a nursing instructor. She married her husband, Sandy Kidd, whith whom she had two children.
Sue Monk Kidd's Writing:
While in her forties, Kidd turned her attention to a study of feminist spirituality, from which resulted The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (1996), recounting her spiritual journey from a Baptist upbringing to nontraditional feminist spiritual experiences.
Sue Monk Kidd is best known for her first novel, The Secret Life of Bees (2002), in which she tells the coming-of-age story set in 1964 of a fourteen year old girl and her black housekeeper, a modern classic that spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list, has been published in 35 countries, and is now taught in college and high school classrooms.
In 2005, Kidd followed with The Mermaid Chair, the story of a middle-aged married woman who falls in love with a Benedictine monk. Like The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair uses its female protagonist to explore spiritual themes. The Mermaid Chair was also a long-time bestseller and award winner.
Sue Monk Kidd's forthcoming book, Traveling with Pomegranates is a mother-daughter travel memoir co-authored with her daughter and due out in 2009.