Rod Palmer was born in rural Charleston, SC, from a Gullah Geechee community where storytelling is the lifeblood of the culture. He advanced his innate storytelling ability at the University of South Carolina where he earned his creative writing degree. What defines Rod's writing, is clever plotting, punchy phrasing, his light-handed delivery of black feminist themes, and how he translates the impact of Gullah Geechee storytelling into contemporary fiction. He accredits much of his literary success to Toni Morrison, his "literary mother," and to his former professor in African American literature Dr. Kwame Dawes who is America's most decorated Ghana-born poet. Rod resides in Columbia, SC where he supports many causes locally and nationally and helps other writers hone their craft.