Our Mission

As author advocates who are passionate about literature, Magic Time Literary Publicity represents award-winning and bestselling authors from around the country. Focusing on the creation of national tours, many authors achieve bestseller status through heartfelt representation. It is a great honor to partner with booksellers to create meaningful events with libraries, universities, nonprofits, and professional and civic organizations.

Kathie Bennett
Founder and President

Magic Time Literary Publicity’s founder and president, Kathie Bennett is first and foremost a passionate reader. So it came as no surprise when Kathie, a successful community fundraiser who has spearheaded many philanthropic and literacy efforts throughout the South, founded Magic Time Literary Agency in 2008. It was her way of responding to the need she perceived within the publishing arena, and ensuring that her favorite authors could afford to continue to write. With the encouragement of bestselling authors, Kathie, who holds a BA in English from The University of the South, discovered her mission: to be an author advocate. "Their success is my success," says Bennett. As a champion of books, Magic Time provides publicist services and serves as a booking agent, securing speaking engagements for academic, corporate, and non-profit arenas.

Ashley Wade

Ashley Wade is from Spartanburg, South Carolina and currently a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.. She is published in two poetry books: Stars in Our Hearts (World Poetry Movement) and Celebration of Poets (Creative Communication), as well as in her high school’s literary magazine. When she isn’t writing, playing volleyball or practicing cello, Ashley enjoys searching for opportunities which provide inspiration for her literary work. She especially loves traveling (she lived in Switzerland for a semester) and being outside with her friends and two dogs.

Susan Zurenda
Publicist & Media Outreach Coordinator

Susan Beckham Zurenda is a literary publicist who taught English for 33 years before retiring as AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School. Prior to teaching at SHS, she taught English as a full-time faculty member at Spartanburg Community College for 20 years. With her extensive literary knowledge and journalism experience as a newspaper reporter early in her career, Susan determines the best ways for writers to engage in readership with varied audiences. Her approach to building an author’s platform is based on personal communication that connects writers to media, booksellers, and direct audiences in meaningful ways.

Some of her fiction writing accomplishments include being named a winner in the Alabama Conclave First Novel Chapter contest, the Carolina Woman Magazine Fiction Contest, The Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, a two-time winner of the Jubilee Writing Competition, a two-time winner of The South Carolina Fiction Project with one story reprinted in Inheritance: Selections from the SC Fiction Project, winner of the Hub City Hardegree Creative Writing Contest in Fiction, and winner in the Porter Fleming Writing Competition. In the summer of 2018, two stories were published in Blue Lake Review and Deep South Magazine.

Susan holds a BA in English and Masters in English Education from Converse College.