Sue Monk Kidd, the author of several New York Times bestsellers, grew up in Sylvester, Georgia and studied at Texas Christian University, Emory University and Anderson College. She also studied at Breadloaf and Sewanee. She lives in Southwest Florida with her husband as of 2015.
Kidd was born on Aug. 12, 1948. Trained as a nurse, Kidd worked as a Registered Nurse and college nursing instructor before turning to writing in her 30s. Her first published work, which appeared in Guideposts, was reprinted in Reader's Digest. She later became a contributing editor at Guideposts.
Kidd's first book, a non-fiction work on contemplative spirituality, "When the Heart Wails," was published in 1990. In 1996, Harper published "The Dance of the Dissident Daughter," a book about Kidd's journey into feminist theology.
"The Secret Life of Bees," her first novel, was published in 2002. It remained on the bestseller list for more than two years and was adapted into a major motion picture. "The Secret Life of Bees" was followed by "The Mermaid Chair" in 2005 and "The Invention of Wings" in 2014.
In 2009, after a trip to Greece, Turkey and France with her daughter, Kidd published the non-fiction book, "Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story." Kidd serves on the Writers Council for Poets & Writers.