This month’s release of Susan Schild’s first novel, “Linny’s Sweet Dream List” (Kensington Publishers) is just the beginning of a big year for the author. Two sequels to the book will also be published in 2016.
“I spent most of my work life as a management consultant, but always wondered if I could write,” says Schild, an avid reader with an affinity for Southern authors. A writing workshop at Meredith College solidified her interest and she joined a writing group, attended writers’ conferences and worked to hone her craft. “My apologies to my first writing group,” she says. “I was pretty bad.”
Having shored up her confidence, her novel took her about a year and a half to complete.
“ ‘Linny’s Sweet Dream List’ is about what is important to me – friends who sustain us, good men, work that makes us happy, women who have adventures, noble dogs and finding true love at any age.
“The book is a sunny, wholesome read with no bad language or graphic scenes. Sometimes the bad news in the media is overwhelming and I wanted readers to find a pleasant haven in the imaginary North Carolina town of Willow Hill with these lovely characters.”
Schild, who lives in Johnston County, says she is available to meet with book clubs via Skype.
“Hugo” (eLectio Publishing) is the second in Pamela Poole’s “Painter Place” series. Set on the South Carolina coastline in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, the novel follows the survivors who learn nothing will ever be the same after the devastating storm. A painting by Poole, a Raleigh artist, was used for the book’s cover.
Marcey Rader’s new book, “Beyond Travel: A Road Warrior’s Survival Guide” (Marcey Rader Coaching), focuses on health and productivity for business travelers and mobile professionals. Raider, a lifestyle consultant, lives in Raleigh.
“Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills Across the Early Childhood Curriculum” (Gryphon House) by Ellen Booth Church uses step-by-step instructions to show teachers and caregivers how to foster a sense of curiosity in children. Church lives in Durham.
In “Broken Wing: Birds, Blades and Broken Promises” (Safe Harbor), Raleigh writer John Graves disputes the supposed harmless effects of today’s wind turbines. Wind energy, he says, can be unhealthy for humans and kills millions of birds annually.
Lindsay Starck’s first novel, “Noah’s Wife” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), is a modern allegory drawn from motifs of the biblical flood story. Starck is editor in chief of Carolina Quarterly and is working on her dissertation at UNC-Chapel Hill. She’ll be reading and answering questions Tuesday at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham.
Hall of Fame
The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees. Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg will be inducted Oct. 16 in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is open for one-poem submissions. The contest will be judged by award-winning poet Sarah Rose Nordgren. For details, visit www.ncwriters.org.
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.