It seems just as Los Angeles and New York seem to be meccas for folks who are drawn to be in movies or the theatre; North Carolina is a haven for writers.
When my husband Jon Batson (author/performing songwriter) and I moved here from LA to be closer to family, we had the fortune to connect up with a number local writers through an online Meetup group called Write 2 Publish. While there, we formed an alliance with Stacey Cochran (NC State Professor/author) and several other authors and did a series of successful talks on "How to Get Published."
Through our association we met a variety of wonderful people – bookstore owners, their hardworking staffs, current and future authors and folks who plain love books.
Below are a few of my top picks:
The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff [Dark Suspense]- A massive storm dumps icy rain on isolated Baird College as the last students leave for Thanksgiving break. In spooky hundred-year old Mendenhall, five lonely students remain but they are not alone. Are these troubled misfits the victims of a college prank taken way too far, or is the mysterious presence a genuine haunting? They have three long days and dark nights to find out.
The Secret Life Of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain [Contemporary Women's Fiction]
Twenty-eight years ago, a North Carolina governor's young, pregnant wife was kidnapped. Now, her remains have been found and a man charged with her murder. Only one person-CeeCee Wilkes-can refute the charges against him. But CeeCee disappeared years ago.
The Rands Conspiracy by Jon Batson. [Action-Mystery] This novella takes the reader on a Bourne-style chase as Josh and his development team run for their lives after creating an "experimental" spyware program for the powerful government-funded Rands Group.
The Colorado Sequence by Stacey Cochran [Sci-Fi] - Physicist Dr. Amy Levine has discovered a mathematical sequence--the Colorado Sequence--that describes an underlying pattern and a guiding force within the very fabric of reality. Now she's on the verge of an astonishing breakthrough, and the U.S. government wants to know how she has done it. How has Dr. Levine learned to accurately predict the future? And they're willing to kill her to find out.
After the Fairy Tale by Maureen Sherbondy [Poetry] Charmingly witty, wise and ironic, Sherbondy’s collection of well-crafted poems feature modern-day takes on what happens to our beloved fairytale heroes and heroines. Here you will find "the rest of the story."
Right Lane Ends by Alice Osborn [Poetry] "Alice’s poems explore loss, love and family relationships through the lens of driving and being a driver. The poems are powerful, and sometimes personal, and connect emotionally with the reader as she reconciles past experiences with the present." - Sally Buckner