Tom Regan, retired professor of philosophy at N.C. State University, took the long road to his dream of writing fiction. Often called the philosophical leader of the animal rights movement, he published more than 50 books before deciding, “Enough philosophy, already!”
In “Maud’s Place and Other Southern Stories” and “A Better Life and Other Pittsburgh Stories” (both available at Amazon), Regan fulfills the plan he had to chase his first love – fiction – when he set out for college in 1956.
Regan describes himself as a compulsive rewriter and says he went through dozens of drafts before the manuscript met his expectations. He followed the age-old advice to write about what you know: In each story, dogs play leading roles.
• In “The Plain of Dead Cities: A Syrian Tale” (Cune Press), Chapel Hill resident
makes sense of the complex conflict in Syria. Part memoir and part fiction, McLaren offers a virtual tour of the land he loves.
leads a frightening journey of the most notorious ghosts to wander Salem’s streets in “Ghosts of Old Salem, North Carolina” (The History Press).
has published “Killing Karaoke, A Pittsboro Thriller” (Amazon), the 15th title in his Palmer Morel Mystery series.
• “The Wishing Tide” (NAL Trade) isBarbara Davis’
tale of three unlikely strangers who are drawn together as a storm makes landfall on the Outer Banks.
• North Carolina authorWayne Adams
turns to science fiction with “The Universe Wept” (America Star Books), about American astronomers who discover an asteroid made of gold and the president who wants to use the find to pay off the national debt.
• Former Wake County teacherSuzanne Crain Miller’s
thriller, “The Selections” (Schlimmer Publishing), follows a young woman who was schooled by her own mother to swindle hospital patients.
• Murphy writerWally Avett’s
debut novel, “Murder in Caney Fork” (BelleBooks), sold nearly 2,000 e-books in a matter of hours after being featured as Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal.
Winston-Salem native Charlie Lovett will be in the Triangle to promote “First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen” (Viking). He will be at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books at 7 p.m. Tuesday and at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12.
Strange but true
“Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!” (Ripley Publishing) includes zany entries from Triangle folks:
• Apex’sMichael Dettlaff
, who at age 12 found a 5.16-carat diamond worth $12,000 at an Arkansas park.
• Raleigh residentE.N. Burton
, who plays four guitars at the same time – lead guitars with each hand and bass guitars with each foot.
• A team of students and staff fromDuke University
that built a 16-foot-tall fort out of 3,500 cardboard boxes.
Contests for authors
Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition http://nando.com/lv
Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award http://nando.com/lw
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