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NC Authors & Books

Welcome to the Writer’s Corner!

North Carolina has a lot to boast about. From sandy beaches to beautiful rugged mountains, North Carolina is filled with possibilities.

One of the best things we think about North Carolina is its stories and the people that share them. It’s a place that is rich in history as well as imagination and creativity.

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Topsail Island Info knows the value of a good book and we have plenty of North Carolina writers or those enthusiastic about our beautiful state to entertain you. You will find many great reads in this section. Just choose the book or author you want to learn more about and put your mouse to work by clicking on the picture.

If you are a North Carolina writer, or have published a book about North Carolina, and would like your book(s) listed, please contact: editor.

Our current listings:

"Captain Otway Burns and His Ship Snap Dragon" explores the legends, facts, and misguided information of Captain Otway Burns’ life.

If you enjoy good stories of Tall Ship Naval battles, or intrigued with local legends, this book is for you.

Author:  Jack Robinson, MGST USMC, Retired



"Echoes of Topsail" is about Topsail Island, its facts, folklore and heartbeat, voiced by its people who gave it life over the years.

If you want to learn about the history of this great island, this book tells it all.

Author:  David A. Stallman


"Save Them All" is a character driven, alluring read about pushing yourself to live strong despite tragic loss, coming to know who you really are and recognizing what is most important in your life.

In view of the aggressive and extensive development occurring in our state’s coastal areas, ‘Save Them All’ is poignant and timely.

Author:  Linda Bergman-Althouse


"Lossie" is a tale of rare courage, a tale of compassion, understanding and, above all, of love that conquers all because it dares to believe in itself despite the ravages of time.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, says Cora, the loving housekeeper, to Lossie, who lives in the hope of such a future.

Author:  Nellie Mae Batson


"Hammer Spade - and the Case of the Missing Husband" - Hard luck was private investigator Hammer Spade’s constant companion until the day a gorgeous model named Alonia Lockheart retained him for a mission.

This is a captivating story with an upbeat plot that does not include malice, jealously, or bloodshed.

Author: E.B. "Gene" Alston


"Ghosts on the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA" - is compiled of stories from the author of his experiences with ghosts aboard the ship for the last 30 years as a night watchman. 

This book is centered on first hand events that have been well-documented into the ships history and will live on well into the future.

Author:  Danny Bradshaw with Blonnie Bunn Wyche


"The Stanhope Trilogy" - Thirteen-year-old Cecilia Anne Stanhope watches the crash of the small aircraft carrying her parents.

This tragedy changes her from a child of privilege to a poor orphan with only one living relative-Air Force Captain Anita Carter. Within a month of her parents’ death, Celia is transported from the beautiful woodlands of eastern North Carolina to Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Author: Patti O’Donoghue

"Sweet Home Carolina" - Jaxie Parker is a sexy, savvy advertising executive—content to enjoy Atlanta’s nightlife in expensive suits, sipping martinis and gossiping with her best friend. She is enjoying life in the fast lane when, all of a sudden, she finds herself put in charge of her firm’s annual pro bono project.

Her assignment: to revitalize the coastal town of Rumton, South Carolina.

Author: T. Lynn Ocean

"Lucian’s Angel" - Kelly Landry leaves home to make a life for herself in the romantic, sultry city of New Orleans. She never dreamt that she would find the man of her dreams along with her worst nightmare.

Local fireman Lucian Broussard meets Nurse Kelly and finds himself faced with a fire that he can’t put out. That’s when the danger begins.

Author: Bonnie Clark Weatherford

Topsail-Island-Mayberry"Topsail Island: Mayberry by the Sea" - Topsail today still has the small-town feel of a family beach, a "Mayberry" with few commerical trappings whose devotees return generation after generation.

The author blends islander interviews with stories of early pirates, devastating hurricanes, a secret rocket program and a black bear who came to stroll the beach.

Author: Ray McAllister


"Bless Your Heart, Tramp" - From "womanless wedding" fundraisers with Bubbas wearing boas, to clothing made out of Budweiser cans and running for bread as a snow storm looms on the horizon, get ready to laugh.

The author tackles these and other and other lard-laden subjects in her first book, a hilarious look at Southern foibles.

Author:  Celia Rivenbark



"Murder on the Candlelight Tour" - It’s a dream come true for historic preservationist Ashley Wilkes; her restored Victorian house is on the Olde Wilmington by Candlelight tour. But her dream quickly turns nightmarish when a docent is murdered in the library, and her friend, history professor Binkie Higgins is the likely suspect.


Author:  Ellen Elizabeth Hunter

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