Georgetown native author of novel series

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This summer, going “back to school” takes on a whole new meaning – and literary genre.

Written by Charleston author Kelly Owen, “The College Chronicles: Freshman Milestones” portrays a student lifestyle in which the subjects of study range from sex and sociology to beer and biology.

The first novel series of its kind, the four-part work will also feature sophomore, junior and senior editions.

Divided into chapters named after college courses, the first book chronicles freshman Cadence Cooper’s journey at the fictional Charlestowne College and throughout the historic and highly decorated Holy City.

Incorporating much of Owen’s experiences as a student and even more as a college instructor, the book goes on sale on Aug. 18.

Cadence’s first-year journey begins with “English 101: The Composition of Life,” but where it ends shocks even her. Threatened with expulsion from a professor and tormented by a hellacious roommate, she struggles to survive in a realm of hookups and higher education.

Just as Cadence is ready to give up the dream of a college degree, she finds romance with a rock star classmate and a position as a student photographer.

With her lens focused on the campus and Charleston, a striking city that teaches its own powerful lessons, she uncovers the details of a devastating rape, a mysterious suicide, and a secret group intent on exposing a scandal that will forever change the school.

Born and raised in Georgetown, Owen graduated from Georgetown High School and received a bachelor’s in English from the University of South Carolina, where she worked as a photographer for The Gamecock newspaper.

She received her master’s in English from the University of Charleston.

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