Dr. Rose Mary Stiffin was raised and educated in Indianola, Mississippi -- the Delta hometown of the blues legend, BB King. She has written several short stories and has been published in the Imagine literary magazine as well as the Algonquin Quarterly. Walk in Bethel is her first novel. About Walk in Bethel A return to the Southern Gothic tradition and a testimony to her Southern roots, author Rose Mary Stiffin's debut novel, Walk in Bethel, is an earthy, spellbinding drama set in the sweltering Mississippi Delta. With skeletons in the closet and a myriad of back porch speculations, Stiffin writes in the vernacular of a multi-family epic that describes the darkest passages of the human heart, as well as its well-lit corridors of freedom, forgiveness, and love of family. … Read More
Rose Mary Stiffin Ph.D., earned honorable mention in the Amsterdam Book Festival for her first novel "Walk in Bethel." Stiffin, an Indianola native who now lives in Miami Gardens, Fla., traveled to Paris, France, recently to accept the award in the general fiction category. Stiffin said in a statement she believes the characters helped her earn the recognition. "I am humbled and honored by this award," she said. "When writing this book, the characters guided me through the process. When I started to push them, they started to push my pen. Characters will tell a story if you allow them. She … Read More
What People Are Saying
The book sizzles with sexual tension as the veneer of civilization is worn thin. There is murder, rape, lynching, and depravity of the "natural superior." These characters surprise—and live.
Dr. Debra Perkins
Co-author of Survey Pain Relief: Transforming Customer Insights into Action
Walk in Bethel is an intimate intrusion into the lives of two Mississippi families, the Thompsons and the Suttons. Their stories are so powerfully told, one feels both the gentleness of complicated love and the physical pain of traumatic decisions.
Author of The Eyes Have It
I just read Walk in Bethel. This debut novel by Rose Mary Stiffin, Ph.D. is funny, sad, loving, inspiring. All of the emotions are tapped. I am no reviewer, but I know what I like. This book gets a ten from me.
I was raised and educated in Indianola, Mississippi, notably the Delta hometown of the blues legend, BB King. I received my Bachelor of Art degree in Chemistry from Mississippi Valley State University (1974), my Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from Mississippi State University (1981), and my PhD (Biochemistry) from the University of Tennessee in Memphis (1995). I did my post-doctoral work at the world-famous hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, I am the Chair of the Division of Health and Natural Sciences at Florida Memorial … Read More