Goodbye to a Vibrant Soul - Dottie Frank

The Lowcountry lost one of our most amazing authors and my absolutely favorite persons, Dorothea Benton Frank aka Dottie/Dot Frank. A New York Times Best Selling Author,  her books kept me in love with my hometown while I lived in Colorado. I was lucky enough to know her and it breaks my heart that she is gone. Here's what I wrote on Facebook when I heard the news. Hope to see so many of those that loved her at the memorial.

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Ryan Nelson Goldwater
September 3 at 6:07 PM · 
As I write this, I hope that Dottie DB Frank Dorothea Benton Frank is looking over my shoulder (and so many other of us who are posting something like this right now) and feeling no pain. I'm not happy that she's gone AT ALL, but she was the embodiment of the Lowcountry. Sending love and light to her family. She was so happy to be a mom and grandmom. Her love for her family and readers was unique.

Dottie, thank you for being you. Thank you for your raspy voice and genuine laugh that made us all feel at ease. Thank you for turning our hometown into a place where salt air wafted from your pages. You are the only writer who could use recycling toothbrushes as a metaphor for someone's illness and their way to deal with that illness.
Thank you for the following personally:

- My first time interviewing you, I was so nervous to meet you, because celebrities don't mean jack to me-- but meeting authors who describe my feelings makes my stomach turn to knots. I completely f@cked up your name. It's not like I didn't know who you were, my vocal cords were so stunned that my tongue lazily did nothing because I was so psyched. Literally .... I could not say Dorothea (which was in the teleprompter) You laughed it off and I was red with embarrassment. "Just call me Dot or Dottie" you said.

- After several times on my show, you knew I was getting married at Isle of Palms and asked me how many bridesmaids I would have. Weeks later I received Fedex package at Channel 4, you had personally signed each Isle of Palms hardback -- not just some generic signature --- a true message to every one of them...even me. Once again you overwhelmed me.

- While on my honeymoon reading the Land of the Mango Sunsets on the beaches of Maui, I came across a page where the character was going to be on Lowcountry Live, the show I created and still hosted at the time. I jumped around because you had taken the time to write about this stupid little show and used its name in your book! The people looked at me like I was nuts but I showed everyone. It is those little nuances that made you...you.

These are just a glimpse of the memories I have of you and your work. Don't ever stop dancing.



Announcement from The Post & Courier 


From her website: 
Dorothea Benton Frank, author of 20 bestselling novels set in the Low Country of South Carolina, died Monday following a brief struggle with leukemia. She was 67 years old and is survived by her husband Peter Richard Frank, daughter Victoria Frank Peluso (husband Carmine Peluso), grandson Theodore Anthony Peluso, and son William Richard Frank (wife Madeline Clark Frank).

Born and raised on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, Dottie attended school in Charleston before heading to Atlanta, GA to study at The Fashion Institute of America, where she graduated in 1972. After graduation she worked in the apparel industry for more than a decade, moving to San Francisco and eventually New York City. She married her husband Peter in 1983, and moved with him to Montclair, New Jersey in 1988, just after the birth of their son.

She wrote her first book, Sullivan’s Island: A Low Country Tale, shortly after the death of her mother in 2000, determined to buy back her childhood family home – the last physical connection she had to her beloved hometown – with the money she earned. The book went on to debut on the New York Times bestseller list at number nine and now has well over one million copies in print. Thus started a bestselling franchise that was often celebrated for its tart humor, honesty and strong-willed female characters that struggled with the real slings and arrows of everyday life: love and heartbreak, fortune and ruin, bliss and disappointment, and the folly of youth and the wisdom of experience.

While her children were young Dottie became a volunteer fundraiser, organizing events for various non-profit organizations around the Metropolitan New York area. Past board service includes The Montclair Art Museum, Whole Theater Company, The Drumthwacket Foundation, The NJ State Council on the Arts and The NJ Cultural Trust. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the SC Coastal Conservation League and the Parent's Council of the College of Charleston, Bloomfield College (Bloomfield NJ), The Montclair Film Festival (NJ) and The SC Historical Society.

She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The College of Charleston, a Doctorate of Fine Arts from Bloomfield College and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Charleston School of Law. In 2015, she was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of authors and has been honored many times for her work raising awareness about domestic violence and for her community service. Dottie was an avid cook, and enjoyed fly fishing the one time she tried it, reading, traveling, and mentoring young writers on the creative process. She divided her time between her home on Sullivans Island and New Jersey

"For fifteen years I was lucky enough to have an association with a woman full of stories, energy, imagination and most of all wit. Dottie was fearless and vibrant and I will miss her as much as her readers will," said Carrie Feron, Dottie's longtime editor at William Morrow.

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