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. was recognized as one of Legacy Miami's top Black educators of 2017. "It is an honor to be recognized for my work as an educator, mentor and leader," said Stiffin. Stiffin is the Chair of the Department of Health & Natural Sciences at Florida Memorial University. … Read More
What People Are Saying
This is the greatest gift Rose Stiffin offers in Casino Blues and her other critically acclaimed works of fiction: a compelling story with insight into our own lives and souls that entertains but also resonates in the memory long after the last page is read.
Wayne Christensen, editor of Imagine Magazine for Literature and the Arts
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
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
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