Leave poetry to the prose 📚

We break down literary contributions by some of Tampa Bay authors past and present.


Local author Lisa Hurtado Bond (right) interviews Lisa Black about her latest book, “Red Flags,” earlier this year.

Photo by Tombolo Books

What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (past or present). Brew up a batch of your favorite cup of tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in Tampa Bay.


  • All the Broken Girlsby Lisa Hurtado Bond | Release date: August 23, 2022 | A Cuban American crime reporter races to figure out a serial killer’s clues. This is the fourth novel from local Fox 13 anchor Lisa Hurtado Bond.
  • Let the Lover Beby Sheree L. Greer | Release date: August 19, 2014 | Local LGBTQ+ author Sheree L. Greer tells the story of a functioning alcoholic who travels to New Orleans trying to reclaim her life.
  • Lickety Splitby Mary Kay Andrews| Release date: 1996 | Things start to go wrong quickly for a former Associated Press reporter living at the Fountain of Youth Residential Hotel in St. Petersburg.

For the family

  • Tampa Bay from A to Zby Noelle Schneider | Release date: Aug. 10, 2011 | Teach your kiddo the alphabet using beloved local landmarks — with illustrations by patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
  • Stitch by Stitchby Rob Sanders | Release date: Oct. 12, 2021| The latest installment in the local author’s historical LGBTQ series for kids chronicles San Francisco’s Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
  • Kyler Treks to Ghanaby Stephanie Claytor | Release date: Feb. 1, 2022| An African American family travels to Ghana to learn about their ancestor’s heritage. The picture book explores West African food, landmarks, Kente Cloth, and the area’s role in the slave trade.

Learn something new

Part of a series

  • Live and Let Grind (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)by Tara Lush | Release date: Oct. 11, 2022 | The third installment in the Coffee Lovers series takes readers to Devil’s Beach island, Florida — and on a hunt for a murderer.
  • Tampa Bay Noiredited by Colette Bancroft | Release date: August 4, 2020| Local authors give you a taste of the dark side of the Gulf Coast in this collection of short stories.
  • Florida Roadkillby Tim Dorsey | Release date: 1999| The legendary tale spinner + former long-time Tampa Bay resident’s first novel in the Serge Storms series is full of action. In it a Sunshine State history aficionado attempts to get his hands on a suitcase full of $5 million stolen dollars — chaos ensues.

Personal stories

Need more recommendations? Stop by Oxford Exchange, Tombolo Books, Book & Bottle, or Mojo Books & Records to get expert advice from Tampa Bay local booksellers. 📚

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