Nanci Kincaid

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Nanci Pierce Kincaid (born September 5, 1950)[1] is an American novelist who wrote a short story collection titled Pretending the Bed Is a Raft (1997), as well as novels Crossing Blood (1991), Balls (1999), Verbena (2002), and As Hot As It Was You Ought to Thank Me (2005). The film My Life Without Me was based on the title story in Pretending the Bed Is a Raft. Her most recent novel is "Eat, Drink, and be from Mississippi" (Little, Brown, 2009).

Early life and education[edit]

Born Nanci Pierce in Tallahassee, Florida, Kincaid grew up in Richmond, Virginia and graduated from Huguenot High School in 1968.[2][1] After attending Virginia Tech and the University of Wyoming, Kincaid completed her B.A. at Athens State College (now Athens State University) in 1987.[1] In 1991, Kincaid completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Alabama.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She was previously married to former University of Wyoming and Arkansas State University football coach Al Kincaid.[3] In 1997, Kincaid married college football coach Dick Tomey; their marriage lasted until Tomey's death in 2019. They had four children and five grandchildren.[1][4] With Tomey, Kincaid lived in Honolulu, Hawaii; Tucson, Arizona; and San Jose, California.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Kincaid, Nanci 1950-". Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. Gale Group. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Huguenot High School Class Of 1968 Alumni, Richmond, VA". Retrieved Jan 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "Books and Authors: The Denver Post". Retrieved Jan 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Lewis, Ferd (May 12, 2019). "Former University of Hawaii football coach Dick Tomey lived aloha". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Author finds fact in fiction". The Honolulu Advertiser. October 5, 2003. Archived from the original on November 3, 2003. Retrieved April 9, 2019.