Gene was born in western Halifax County in the community of Essex on September 12, 1934. He graduated from Aurelian Springs High School in 1952, enlisted in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and attended Wake Forest College. Gene worked for a telephone company in New Bern, NC for forty-two years until retiring in 1999 as a General Manager in Wake Forest. He is currently enrolled at Piedmont Community College where he is also a substitute instructor. He and Barbara have three adult children and two stepchildren.
He has reviewed books for the Raleigh News and Observer, the Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch and the Norfolk (VA) Virginian Pilot. Several of the books assigned for his review went on to be best sellers such as Jean Paul Sartre’s Being and Nothingness, John Dos Passos’ Occasions and Protests, John Gunther’s Procession, Edmond Taylor’s The Fall of Dynasties, Stanton Coblentz’s Demons, Witch Doctors and Modern Man, and Rebellion and Death by Albert Camus.
He wrote technical instructions in his job, which helped him develop a strong sense of accuracy. He also wrote articles for trade magazines.
To date, his published works include:
The Last Voyage of the Dan-D. A funny children’s adventure story set on Topsail Island, North Carolina.
The Emerald Necklace and Other Stories. A wildly eclectic collection of southern short stories.
Those Whom the Gods Love. A thriller set in the Warrenton and Jacksonville, North Carolina areas.
And Deliver Us From Evil. A sequel to Those Whom the Gods Love set in Jacksonville, Sneads Ferry and Topsail Island.
The Deal of a Lifetime. A romantic comedy set in Durham and Timberlake, North Carolina.
The Kingdom of America. A historical novel set in the future where America has a king.
For further information about these books, reader comments, reviews and excerpts can be viewed at http://www.righterpublications.com. Gene can be contacted at ebalston