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With no more Christies to read, Fuquay author began writing mysteries

“Incomplete Sentence” (Sheaf House) is the fourth and latest novel in the series by Ellen Kennedy writes under the pen name E.E. Kennedy. A fifth book is in the works.
“Incomplete Sentence” (Sheaf House) is the fourth and latest novel in the series by Ellen Kennedy writes under the pen name E.E. Kennedy. A fifth book is in the works. Sheaf House

When working as an advertising copywriter, Ellen Kennedy would joke that her attention span as a writer was only 30 to 60 seconds.

“Later, when my attention span lengthened,” she says, “I began writing mysteries because I ran out of Agatha Christies to read.”

These days, she writes under the pen name E.E. Kennedy, and is the author of the Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery Series. The series follows high school English teacher Amelia Prentice, who trips over the corpse of a former student in the library and her formerly dull life in the Adirondacks is thrown into constant turmoil. “Incomplete Sentence” (Sheaf House) is the fourth and latest novel in the series; a fifth book is in the works.

Miss Prentice is not the only project on Kennedy’s shelf. Her mystery/romance novella “Texas Fires” is featured in the anthology “Road to Danger” (Family Friendly Fiction) and she is working on a Christmas piece. On Saturday mornings at 10, she can be heard performing in the Christian Car Guy Theater on the Truth Radio Network (1030AM). “If you tune in, you’ll hear me indulge my inner ham as I tackle the challenging role of Gracie Gas Tank,” she says.

Kennedy and her husband live in Fuquay-Varina.

For children

“The Adventures of Harry the Inside-Outside Cat” (Mindstir Media) is the story of a real cat that lives on the corner of a strip shopping center in Cary. Author Meg Segal, who also lives in Cary, met Harry a few years ago and it was love at first sight. “He began life as a feral cat, terrified of people, but now has become the star of this corner,” Segal says. “He both spends time inside the various businesses as well as outside with his many old and new friends.”

In “The Adventures of Harry the Inside-Outside Cat,” Harry disappears from his corner for three weeks. Business owners and customers are relieved when he returns, but are left to wonder where he went and where he might go next.

To meet the real Harry, visit www.harrytheinsidecat.com.

For writers

Registration is open for the 2017 Squire Summer Writing Workshops to be held July 13-16 at Appalachian State University in Boone. Sponsored by N.C. Writers’ Network, the weekend event includes intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, plus group events and an opportunity for writers to share their work. Registration is limited to 42 attendees. To register, visit www.ncwriters.org

Award

Robert Wallace of Durham is the winner of the 2017 Doris Betts Fiction Prize for his story “The Science of Air.” The award includes $250 from the N.C. Writers’ Network and publication in the “North Carolina Literary Review” 2018 issue.

Triangle-area authors: Send details about your new book to bookbeat@newsobserver.com. As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.

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