Nancy Roberts is a popular Southern writer and storyteller.
She was born in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1924 and began her career writing for newspapers such as the Charlotte Observer. Ms. Roberts wrote her first book, An Illustrated Guide to Ghosts after the poet Carl Sandburg read her newspaper stories and encouraged her to compile a book of the stories. Roberts’ husband Bruce Roberts, a renowned photographer in his own right, provided the wonderfully haunting and evocative pictures for the book.
Nancy Roberts went on to write more than twenty five books blending suspense, mystery, and history. Bruce Roberts collaborated with her on many of these books. It has been said she had a talent for finding true stories of the supernatural and she was proclaimed “the custodian of the twilight zone” by Southern Living magazine.
Nancy Roberts has also been called the “first lady of folklore” and was a featured speaker at the North Carolina Museum of History, Thalian Hall – Wilmington, Kiawah Island Resort, S.C., University of Illinois at De Kalb and at many schools and libraries throughout the southeast.