When Gilbert Brown’s wife died last year after 65 years of marriage, he was overwhelmed by grief. In an effort to bring himself out of it, he concentrated on a new project.
“I decided to try my hand at fiction during the succeeding six months to replace the loss that left a gaping hole in my heart and thoughts. The resulting novel was the candle I lit against the darkness.”
“The Prison Inside Me” (CreateSpace) is a murder mystery that begins with the apparent suicide of college professor George Nichols. It’s an open-and-shut case until a puzzling phone call casts doubt on the professor’s squeaky-clean reputation. One reviewer notes that Brown “allows the reader to learn more about the psychology of pedophiles as police and the news media struggle to solve the mystery.”
Brown, 86, spent much of his career as headmaster of American international schools in Latin America. He lives in Chapel Hill.
• Raleigh’sJim Carter
fulfilled a childhood dream by becoming an Air Force pilot. Now retired, he describes his zany squadron mates and their travels around the world as well as his experiences teaching students to fly high-performance jets in “Sky Spy, Memoirs of a U-2 Pilot” (CreateSpace).
• “Appalachian Daughter” (CreateSpace) byMary Jane Salyers
is a coming-of-age novel that depicts the trials, triumphs and tragedies that befall Maggie Martin, the eldest of eight children in a struggling family in East Tennessee. Salyers, a retired teacher, lives in Hillsborough.
•Dr. Neil Spector
was living a charmed life as a well-known oncologist and happily married man when his life turned upside down. In “Gone in a Heartbeat” (Triton), he tells of being misdiagnosed and often discounted by fellow physicians as a mysterious illness brought him to the brink of death. Spector practices at Duke University Medical Center.
• “Less Clutter More Life” (True Roses) by Raleigh’sBarbara Hemphill
was born out of her realization that physical clutter prevents people from accomplishing their work. The book focuses on the path, not the destination.
• In “Who Will Polish the Silver? A Southern Baby Boomer’s Remembrance” (Lulu),Marie Land Avery
shares stories of her life growing up in Statesville in the 1940s. The legacy of the family silver features prominently; Avery estimates she has polished 6,720 fork tines front, back and in between. She and her husband live in Raleigh.
• Software engineerCarey Parker
addresses computer security and privacy for the masses in “Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons” (CreateSpace). “I felt the need to do something about it,” he said. “I think most people are just too intimidated by technology, so they just throw their hands up.” Parker, who lives in Morrisville, said he has a knack for explaining complex technical topics.
The Council of Editors of Learned Journals awarded The North Carolina Literary Review its 2014 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement. The honor goes to the most improved journal. NCLR is published by East Carolina University and the N.C. Literary and Historical Association.
UNC-TV will mark Black History Month by airing a segment with the late John Hope Franklin talking about his book “Mirror to America” at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Triangle-area authors: We want to hear about your new book. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.