November 11, 2015
As a writer, poet, and editor, native Charlestonian Harriet McDougal knows that words wield muscle and beauty, love and heartbreak. Crafted into stories, they convey the deepest human truths; they unleash imagination, conjure worlds, open doors, and transform lives—as they have hers. McDougal, who graduated from Ashley Hall and Radcliffe College, worked as an editor in New York. Her passion for words and literature led to the love of her life: She met her late husband, the renowned fantasy writer James O. Rigney Jr.—author (under the pseudonym Robert Jordan) of the epic fantasy “Wheel of Time” series (Tor Publishing)—in Charleston while publishing his first novel. “We were a natural pair of bookworms,” says McDougal.