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Faith Harkey

Children's Novelist

Magical Realist

Author of Genuine Sweet


At a glance


Tuesday 8:51am

writes with

fine point black Space Pen

thinks better when

shoes off

runs with

the wolves


chaotic good

preferred country

the undiscovered one

About Faith

Children's novelist Faith Harkey is the author of Genuine Sweet, a middle-grade book from Clarion (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She believes in the power of fiction to ennoble, enlighten and entertain. Her literary devotions take her to magical places In Search of Story. Nothing thrills her so much as the moment when a new character shouts out, "Tell them MY story!"

Harkey has accomplished something great in this book

— VOYA review of Genuine Sweet

Genuine Sweet

Genuine Sweet is a twelve-year-old wish fetcher. She can grant anyone's wishes ... except her own. And that's downright unfortunate, because she's also poor, hungry, and her family's only hope for surviving what promises to be a lean Georgia winter. Will she make a wish of her own, breaking the wish fetcher's first rule? Or can she find another way to get the resources her family — and the whole town — desperately needs, before it's too late? Genuine Sweet is a warm, Southern tale filled with humor, magic and a whole lot of hope.

One of the Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016
Bank Street Center for Children's Literature

In Search of Story

Faith finds her inspiration on the backroads of America. From Mississippi to Montana, Colorado to Kansas, she is drawn to places where the pace of life is unhurried and the milk comes fresh from the cow. She has traveled the country in an antique RV, writing on a computer powered by the solar panels on the roof. Her adopted hometowns include Tiger, Georgia (population 406), Grangeville, Idaho (population 3,151) and Istachatta, Florida (population 116). Faith believes that rural stories are stories that matter, stories worth living.

Hasten forth, Spiffy
The lay of the land
Cawker City, Kansas
Living on the ranch
Exploring the Everglades
Bitterroots of Montana

Scheduled Appearances

Booking Faith

Interested in hosting Faith at your school or event? Email ( Also, here is a handy guide explaining how to prepare for a school visit. )

Publicity Photo
Photo Credit: © Mila Bridger

Dare to Dream

Tallahassee, Florida


November 4, 2016 at 4pm
For Dare to Dream kids only! Learn about them.



Wish Fetchers

Anne Hoppe

Sr. Executive Editor, Clarion Books

Meet Anne

Liza Pulitzer Voges

Literary Agent

Meet Liza

Drew Harkey

Web & Digital

Meet Drew


Mila Bridger

Author's Creative Portrait

Meet Mila

Shirley Smith Duke

Educator's Guide Writer
and Wish Biscuit Recipe

Meet Shirley

Thank You


Lois McMaster Bujold


Connie Willis


Jasper Fforde


Diana Wynne Jones


Sir Terry Pratchett


Joan Bauer


Sincere Thanks

Mrs. Bonnet
Faith's 4th-grade language arts teacher

Faith's Early Readers
Dolores, Linda and Marcia

Tori & Carol
At the Rabun County Library

At the Istachatta Library

The Wednesday Evening Crew

Brandon Dorman
Book cover illustrator

Dino Quinzani
For generously providing the Creative Commons photo

All other photography © Drew & Faith Harkey