Like many good stories, “Fate Ball” (Amazon) has its roots in reality.
“(It) is loosely based on a relationship I had back in college,” says author Adam Jones. “Initially, writing was therapeutic … a way to deal with my feelings by putting them on paper.
Later, I enjoyed making up scenes and weaving them in with real-life events in short stories.
“Ultimately, I decided to write ‘Fate Ball’ as a novel and pulled from a variety of sources to enhance the story and the characters.”
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The story of a young man blinded by first love was 20 years in the making, Jones says. “I picked it back up about three years ago and, with the support of my wife, decided to finish it. The response from reviewers and the public has been overwhelming and it has really given me confidence as a writer.”
Jones, who majored in journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, spent 15 years in advertising and marketing before opening his own real estate firm in 2002. “I had several freelance articles published during and after college, but thought a career in writing would be too difficult … and settled for freelance writing on the side as my creative outlet.
“I find the creative process to be really fun in the beginning – writing scenes in my head, jotting down notes for later and getting into the zone sometimes when writing. The editing process can be a bit arduous, but that is what really polishes the story into the finished product.”
Jones lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.
“There Was a Little Girl” (CreateSpace) is the latest offering from Raleigh author Cynthia Luhrs. Set in Raleigh, with visits to familiar sites across the state, the suspense novel features a normal Southern girl named Hope who just happens to be a killer. Luhrs consulted with Wake County Animal Control officers and spent time riding along with them during her work on the book.
“Tell Me No Lies” (Samhain Publishing) is the first in the Black Orchid series by Holly Springs resident Magnolia Smith. The edgy, romantic suspense novel follows Alpha assassins and the women who love them. The majority of the story takes place in North Carolina and features a former Green Beret and a Marine. Smith is the daughter of a former member of the Vietnam-era 82nd Airborne; her husband is stationed at Camp Lejeune.
The 2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition produced a Triangle trifecta with Sarah Huener of Durham taking the top prize. Pittsboro resident Ruth Moose was named runner-up and Raleigh resident Maria Rouphail received an honorable mention. N.C. Writers’ Network hosts the contest which is named after poet Randall Jarrell, who was a consultant on poetry at the Library of Congress in the 1950s and later taught at the University of North Carolina. He died in 1965.
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