Vinspire Publishing – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Long and Short Reviews welcomes Dawn Carrington of Vinspire Publishing, who is visiting with us today. Leave a comment or ask Dawn a question for a chance to win 5 YA books of their choice as well as a $5 Amazon gift card.

A Perfect Setting—Vinspire Publishing’s Hometown
By Dawn Carrington, Editor-in-Chief of Vinspire Publishing


Here at Vinspire Publishing, we’re fortunate to live in Charleston, South Carolina. Known as the Holy City, the Lowcountry, and Chucktown, it’s been voted as America’s Most Friendly City, and it’s the oldest city in South Carolina.

I set a lot of my own books here in the Lowcountry because of familiarity, but beyond that, there are so many unexplored parts to Charleston that would make excellent settings for books. Though it’s popular with visitors, it doesn’t get as much attention in books as cities like Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

Though I’ve lived here well over twenty years, I’ve never taken one of the popular Ghost Walks or carriage rides. The Wentworth Mansion ranked #2 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Top 10 Hotels, but I’ve never stepped foot inside it. And I’m almost ashamed to say I’ve never visited Fort Sumter. See what I mean about the possibilities?

Beyond the sites I haven’t seen, there are a whole host that I have, and those places will come up in future novels. The Battery, the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, Magnolia Plantation, and Charles Towne Landing are all truly unique places that invite characters. The names alone lend themselves to book settings, don’t they?

Now take a moment and imagine what kind of stories could be written in those settings. Historical fiction, of course, but what about a young adult paranormal story for the Old Provost Dungeon? A pirate romance for Charles Towne Landing, maybe? And though the Battery was a place for artillery during the Civil War, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and always makes me think of mermaids and underwater civilizations.

What story ideas did those names give you? Visit for an insider’s look at this beautiful place we call home. Perhaps you’ll find the setting for your next book.

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  1. I’ve never heard of your publishing house, but I’m a huge YA fan so will be checking it out. I love Southern history, so sounds like some of your books would be right up my alley!

    • Living in Charleston’s sister city of Savannah I can definitely relate to the unique charm of the low county. Oh yes! The story possibilities are endless when it comes to historical settings and the paranormal. A walk along the Battery brings visions of pirates raising the black flag, romantic rendezvouses in elegant gardens, or perhaps a glimpse of that pesky ghost that just won’t “stay put in the graveyard”. Love Charleston!

    • Thanks, Sarah! We hope you will check out our books, and please let us know if you have any questions!

  2. Karen Jones says:

    I have never visited South Carolina, but I have always wanted to! Maybe now would be the time. I am not familiar with Vinspire Publishing, so I just checked out your website. Wow! I’ve been missing a lot, but I won’t anymore. Enjoyed reading about you!

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  4. The beauty of quality YA novels is their appeal to adults also. One test of youth literature is whether it’s also enjoyed by an adult. YA novels often include insights relative to all ages and bring back, welcome or not, memories.

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