Writers Group Happenings

It’s been a busy spring for Pamlico Writers Group members. At the risk of forgetting to mention some of our member accomplishments, I want to share some of their successes.

Member writer Angela Beach Silverthorne and daughter Tia Silverthorne Bach have been busy with book signings and appearances that feature their co-authored novel Depression Cookies. Told with two distinct voices of the middle-aged mother, Abby, and teenage daughter, Krista, the book is a coming of age story about a young family living under the stress of frequent corporate moves. To quote the website (depressioncookies.com), “What neither expects to find is the true essence of magic in the strength, friendship, power and energy of the female spirit.”

Look for an interview with the pair on The Balancing Act on channel 39 (Lifetime Television) to be aired next week (June 21st, 7-8am).

Depression Cookies has also won a finalist slot in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Awards competition. Program Chair Catherine Goulet likes to call  their awards program “the Sundance of the book publishing world.”

You may follow these two authors at their blog (depressioncookies.blogspot.com).

Member writer James H. Lupton had his second book in the PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE series released this spring. Pilgrimage of Grace: Perilous Power follows the original book, Pilgrimage of Grace: Turbulent Youth that was released in October, 2010.

These books are fictitious novels based on the life of Dr. Roger Lupton (1456-1540). The first novel tells the story of Roger Lupton from impoverished village lad to doctor of canon law at Cambridge. Roger struggles with life as he becomes a priest.

In the second novel, Roger becomes the king’s chaplain at Windsor Castle. To quote the book website (pilgrimageofgrace.com), “He is elected provost of Eton College and enjoys wealth and prestige until the upheaval of King Henry Eight’s divorce plunge him into dangerous conflict between pope and crown. Roger’s story climaxes in the rebellion sweeping across England in 1536 when he is forced to make hard choices.”

Jim’s powerful books fit right into the fad of the British royal watching mania at present.

Writer member Donna Anderson Lay continues to promote her book, Era, at local events. The novel, set in 1942, follows the life of Liz Olfson as she gets into trouble. “There were fish to catch, bootleggers to talk to, ghosts to watch out for, and a murder to solve.” as reported on the Amazon.com website. “The great depression didn’t end quickly in rural Eastern North Carolina and poverty was a way of life for her family. Fortunately, her easygoing Daddy was able to keep things lively with stories that always kept Liz’s spirits up.”

Donna has reportedly “sold a passel of books” and continues to offer them at local events and online at the Amazon website.

Other members continue to write their novels, poetry, and projects. Please join us and we will welcome your participation with friendly criticism and help in your writing venture.

The group continues to think about publishing a new edition of Showboat (to be our third book) that will feature short, current members’ writings and poetry.

Happy Father’s Day!

Check out the Pamlico Writers Group Blog at pamlicowritersgroup.wordpress.com. You’ll find past newspaper columns there and you may leave your comments. I welcome your feedback.


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