Thanks to instructors Steve Raper (who took this photo) and Wayne Jones and the Lake Townsend Yacht Club ... and a great class of fellow novices ... Jack and I have been certified for small boat sailing. Along the way, we had some frustration and lots of fun, and are now reading sailing magazines and plotting our course to a boat of our own.
My third novel, Blood Clay, will appear in November from Press 53. It is set in Piedmont North Carolina, my home since 1997.
Other books: Wake Wake Wake, a poetry collection; Fidelities, a short story collection; a novel about the 1970s called Survivor; and an SF novel way back when, Neena Gathering, in Brazil published as Mundo Perdido.
I teach at North Carolina A and T State University after a long career as a newspaper reporter and editor. And late in life I have taken up sailing - look for High Cotton on Lake Kerr.
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