Socialite Tinsley Mortimer Pens First Novel

From Charleston to New York City—Tinsley Mortimer has just finished her Upper East-side Tell All. Due out in May.

Tinsley Mortimer, the Virginia born socialite wrote “Southern Charm” a novel that chronicles a “small town Southern belle (Minty Davenport) who leaves Charleston, South Carolina for New York with visions of skyscrapers and yellow cabs dancing in her head,” reports WWD.

If you followed the Manhattan socialite gossip scene a few years ago, you know that Tinsley was a pretty big deal. After marrying her high school sweetheart Topper Mortimer, The socialite settled into a life of champagne bubbles, Patrick McMullan photographs and borrowed couture outfits.

But after their divorce and her TV show High Society flopped, it’s pretty much safe to say that the blond fell from grace. She’s still on the scene here and there with boyfriend Brian Mazza, but she’s definitely distanced herself from the illustrious 10021 zip code.

Tinsley famously feuded with Olivia Palermo.

Tinsley grew up in Richmond, VA. Her father is George Riley Mercer Jr., a real-estate investor, and her mother is Dale, an interior designer.Tinsley is reportedly a descendant of Thomas Jefferson (on her mother’s side) and relatives of Patrick Henry and James Madison (on her father’s side). She grew up with one sister, Dabney Mercer. Tinsley attended the Lawrenceville School. She went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, before transferring to Columbia University. She graduated with a BA in art history.


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