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Please check the “About” section of this blog for information on the scope of this project. The blog is currently on hiatus and we are not updating it with new novels.

Please post your comments to the blog, or contact: John Blythe at blythej  at or 919.962.1172.

110 Responses to Contact Us

  1. My novel, HANNAH’S VOICE, was released this week by Evolved Publishing, and is set in a small North Carolina community. I lived in NC for several years, and still plan on returning. I’d love it if you’re able to include this book in your list.

  2. Elizabeth DeBold

    Hello Mr. Grindstaff,

    Thank you so much for your recommendation! We are always on the lookout for new fictional novels set in North Carolina, and your novel certainly looks like it would make a great addition to our collection. We hope you’re able to return to NC soon!

  3. Elizabeth DeBold


    As a collection and a blog dedicated to fictional novels set in North Carolina, I’m sorry to inform you that we only collect and post on those types of items. I couldn’t find any indication of a North Carolina setting on the book’s website, and as it is a picture book, we unfortunately wouldn’t be able to include it here. Thank you for your recommendation, and for reading!

  4. Hi Elizabeth,
    I wasn’t sure if the last comment was directed at me or not. But my book is fiction, a novel set in North Carolina, not a picture book. The blurb for the book reads: “A little girl’s silence rends a small North Carolina community. When her silence continues into her college years, the entire country divides over her message.”
    I wasn’t sure if you might have accidentally looked at the wrong book (I don’t have any picture books), or perhaps your comment was in reply to someone else, not me, in which case I apologize for the my confusion.

  5. Sorry, never mind. Now I see the post you were responding to. I swear it wasn’t there a minute ago. ha.

  6. Mary A. Berger

    Hello! I would like to inquire if Whittler’s Bench Press is receiving submissions for publication. I have written a “cozy” humor mystery, set here in western North Carolina, and centered around two spunky mid-lifers, Mattie Mitchell and her funny gal-pal Clare Tibbits. I’ll be happy to provide more information.
    Thank you.
    Mary A. Berger

  7. Eileen McGrath

    According to Ben Steelman of The Star-News (the Wilmington, NC newspaper), Dram Tree Books suspended publishing in 2011. (Whittler’s Bench Press is an imprint of Dram Tree Books.) See:
    The 2013 edition of Writer’s Market still includes information for Dram Tree Books. This is the email address listed:

  8. Brenda Tetreault

    Elizabeth DeBold, I want to say THANK YOU for taking the time to write a fantastic synopsis for each and every one of the books in my Bounty Cove Chronicles series! It means so much to be able to read each synopsis and know that you took the time to actually read each book and carefully craft a concise and entertaining synopsis. Thank you again, Elizabeth! Keep up the fantastic work!

  9. Elizabeth DeBold

    Hi Ms. Tetreault,

    It was absolutely my pleasure to include your series in the blog, and to help make our patrons aware of your writing. If any of your future novels happen to take place in North Carolina, please let us know!

  10. Hello! My novel My Nora (ISBN 13: 9781440560446) is now available in print. It’s a sensual romance set in Chowan County.


    Holley Trent

  11. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you, Ms. Trent, for bringing your book to our attention. I plan to spend some time at your website to see what else you’ve written that would be appropriate for our collection.

  12. Larry Rochelle

    Since moving to NC in 2007, I have written 5 books about NC:
    MURDER ON 15/501,
    and BACK TO THE RAT.
    The last four are part of my Palmer Morel mystery series. All books are available on and

  13. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you, Mr. Rochelle. I knew about Occupy Fearrington but not the other titles. I will look into purchasing them for the North Carolina Collection.

  14. Hi, Eileen,
    I really enjoy your blog on NC novels. I wonder if you ever discuss books other than novels on your blog, or if you know of any sites for non-fiction books about North Carolina.
    Joel Dobson

  15. Keith Sisk

    How about “Star Flight” by Phyllis Whitney which takes place in Lake Lure?

  16. Eileen McGrath

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We started this blog in 2008, well after Star Flight was first published in 1993. We occasionally have time to go back and blog about older novels; I will add Star Flight to the list of novels that we should try to fit in to our schedule.

  17. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for the kind words. In this blog we stick to novels–we don’t have the manpower to branch out into nonfiction. If you’d like to see the full range of materials (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, etc.) that we’re acquiring about North Carolina, check the New in the North Carolina Collection section of the North Carolina Miscellany blog.

  18. My name is Jim Booth. I am a North Carolina native (grew up in Eden). I have written three works of fiction that take place partly or entirely in NC:

    – The New Southern Gentleman (Wexford College Press, 2002) takes place partly in Winston-Salem, partly in High Point.

    – Morte D’Eden, or Tom Sawyer Meets the Rolling Stones (Beach House Books, 2003) takes place entirely in and around Eden, NC (Rockingham County)

    – Completeness of the Soul: The Life and Opinions of Jay Breeze, Rock Star (Queens Ferry Press, 2012) takes place partly in Chapel Hill, partly in Reidsville, NC (Rockingham County)

    All of my books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at book stores like Regulator Bookshop in Durham.

    I hope you will consider adding my work to the NC fiction collection.


    Jim Booth

  19. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you, Mr. Booth. You are on our list of authors to add. We appreciate this additional information on your books.

  20. What a wonderful blog. I just discovered it, and am honored that my novel UNTIL PROVEN, was featured in October. I look forward to following the blog and my fellow NC writers. Thank you!

  21. Seasons greetings, Eileen! I am pleased to announce that I have released my fifth novel entitled “The Nest” (Aviva Publishers 2013, ISBN 978-1-938686-85-6). “The Nest” is a stand-alone novel, set in the Greensboro area, about Cherie Johnson, a fifty-something menopausal high school English teacher with a hankering to retire from the NC public schools. Her dreams are dashed when her husband Dave loses his job, her older underemployed daughter Hope returns home to nurse a broken heart, and her younger daughter Wesley becomes engaged, all on Valentine’s Day! “The Nest” is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, in Kindle and Nook formats, and in print on my website at

  22. I’m a retired lawyer and nearly 20-yr resident of Cornelius, NC. My first novel, “Lucky Bastard,” published by Main Street Rag Press in Charlotte, is set in a fictional version of the Lake Norman area. In “Lucky Bastard,” Vietnam Vet Jimmy McLean struggles to get his life back on track following a costly divorce and the loss of his job. He’d have an easier time if his best friend wasn’t in jail for a homicide he may or may have committed, his teenage niece hadn’t runaway with stranger on a motorcycle, and someone hadn’t stashed a quarter ton of primo marijuana on his boat. “Lucky Bastard” is available through my publisher at Signed copies may be obtained directly from the author at

  23. Eileen McGrath

    We loved it when authors contact us to tell us about their novels. We will get copies of these books for the North Carolina Collection. Expect to see them on this blog before too long.

  24. Randy Polo

    I did not see the novel “Kate Vaiden” by Reynolds Price on your list. The story takes place in North Carolina and the book won a National Book Critics Circle Award. The author was from North Carolina and has other books on the list.

  25. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for your observation Mr. Polo. We started this blog in 2008 with the intention of letting readers know about newly published novels set in North Carolina. A number of people have contacted us as you have, reminding us about great novels that were published prior to our start date. We occasionally have time to go back and write about older novels and that’s how Blue Calhoun, The Good Priest’s Son, and A Long and Happy Life came into the blog. Kate Vaiden is a classic; I will add it to the list of novels that we should try to fit in to our schedule.

  26. Kathleen Volcjak

    I am looking for a book I read in jr high school. I believe the title was Roanoke. It was a YA story of an orphan boy (I think!) sent involuntarily with the third colony. I do not know the author, although I believe she/he was towards the end of the alphabet.

    The book was published around 1976, presumably in anticipation of bicentennial interest. Unlike the relatively hopeful HF of earlier decades, it was dark and did not end well- reflecting the changing historiographical views of the time, I suppose.

    Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!

  27. Eileen McGrath

    I think that the book that you’re thinking of is Roanoke by Sonia Levitin (New York: Atheneum, 1973). The main character is a sixteen-year old orphan, William Wythers. For a bit more information, follow this link:

  28. Kathleen Volcjak

    Many thanks! I had come across this one before, but Amazon gave the publication date as 2000, which threw me off.

  29. Larry Rochelle

    My latest thriller, KILLING KARAOKE, set in Pittsboro, NC, has been published July 4, 20014. It’s available at and at Amazon Kindle.

  30. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for letting us know, Mr. Rochelle. We will order your new book for our collection.

  31. Larry Rochelle

    Hi, Eileen:

    My latest book, PUNK’D, has just been published on KINDLE and
    Music plays a big part in Larry Rochelle’s writing. He sometimes plays one song over and over as he types his thrillers: The Doobies, The Eagles, Benny Goodman and Tanya Tucker have all been background music for his intense Palmer Morel thrillers.
    For his sixteenth Palmer Morel novel, he stumbled upon a classical violin piece by Treme actress, Lucia Micarelli. The sound is full of romantic gloom and is entitled “Oblivion.”
    And PUNK’D might be seen as an introduction to oblivion itself. The scenes Rochelle uses are both imaginative and spooky. The Pussy Cat Lounge is a strip club in Durham. The Big Hole is a former cold war location used for secret communications in Pittsboro. Elmo’s is an often raucous greasy spoon in Carrboro near the University of North Carolina campus. Café Diem is a small, punkish, Goth coffee house in Pittsboro.
    The home base for most of the novel’s action takes place in an unusual community called Deerington Village. Here each condo is dedicated to a different rock singer, and on the top of Palmer Morel’s home is a huge statue of Elvis Presley dressed up in green and gold. It lights up at night.
    And need we mention that PUNK’D includes a certain quantity of murder, sex and depravity to keep the reader wondering if tennis pro Palmer Morel will be able to survive the mayhem.
    Buy it here:

    Larry 9-20-2014

  32. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for letting us know. This sounds like a fun book.

  33. brian

    I’m looking for an author from NC that wrote a book withe name warrior in it. his pen name on the book starts with david but his real name is indian. not sure of first name but his last name is daputti or something similar. He is from caldwell county or catawba county maybe.

  34. Deborah Edmonds

    My name is Deborah Edmonds. I grew up in the Smoky Mountains of NC. I am a new author and have just published my books 1st edition, titled Fires Creek. It is a fiction murder/ mystery/thriller set in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. It is available on Amazon and Kindle. Signed copies of my book can be purchased by emailing me at $12.95 Live Well!

  35. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for letting us know this Ms. Edmonds. We will be ordering a copy through our regular ordering process. I look forward to reading Fires Creek.

  36. Eileen McGrath

    You didn’t mention if the book is fiction, or possibly another genre such as biography. I wonder if he could be the author of one of these books:

    Moon Dash Warrior: the story of an American Indian in Vietnam, a Marine from the Land of the Lumbee. Published in Livermore, Maine by Signal Tree Publishing, 1998
    This is the story of Delano Cummings; David Novak assisted in the writing and editing.

    David Fuller Cook. Reservation Nation. Albany, CA: Boaz Publishing. This is a novel; see the summary in this blog.

  37. Deborah Edmonds

    How are writers added to your NC writers list? I am a newly published author from Western NC. My book is a fiction murder mystery based in the Smoky Mountains titled Fires Creek. Deborah Edmonds

  38. Eileen McGrath

    We add titles to this blog after we have the book in hand and have had time to read it. We ordered your book, Fires Creek, about ten days ago. Normally, that would mean that you could expect to see the book in the blog early in the new year. However, I am retiring at the end of this calendar year and the future of this blog is under discussion. I’d suggest that you check back in mid-January to see if new posts are being added to the blog. If so, ask for your book to be reviewed.

  39. Dear Eileen,
    I would like to send RIVER MUSIC by Leigh Sauerwein (namelos, October 1, 2014) to you, but I read (above) that you are retiring in a few days. Has the future of the blog been decided? RIVER MUSIC is set in Western North Carolina in the post Civil War period. Its author, Leigh Sauerwein, lives in Germany now, in Berlin, but she was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. You can read about RIVER MUSIC here: .
    Nancy Hogan, Marketing Director, namelos

  40. Eileen McGrath

    Nothing has been decided about the blog. I don’t expect my position to be filled for at least six months; in all likelihood, the blog will be suspended for most of 2015. Thank you for letting me know about River Music. I will order a copy for our library before I leave work today.

  41. Thank you for including my WHISPER FALLS series on your list. The synopses have been so well-done. I would’ve expected this site to just copy whatever was listed on Amazon, but it looks as if the content was written by someone who had read the book(s).

    I have another YA series, and the first book released in November. I WISH is set in NC, in the fictional town of Magnolia Grove (which is fictionally in Eastern NC.) This trilogy is focused around a “genie”. The series has diverse characters (mental illness, disabilities, biracial and Latina MCs). Please consider it as well.

  42. Emily Jack

    Thanks for your comment and your kind words about the blog. Your new series sounds intriguing! We’ll be sure to make note of it.

    As it happens, this blog’s primary coordinator, Eileen McGrath, has just retired. (Congratulations, Eileen!) We’re still in the process of determining how best to proceed with the blog but we’re working on it!

  43. Thank you for including “Foal Play” in your collection. I have since had two more novels in the Colleen McCabe mystery series set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina published by Minotaur Books and would love if they joined the first in your collection. They are “Murder on the Hoof” (2014) and “Neighing with Fire” (2015). This is a wonderful blog! Keep up the good work!

  44. Emily Jack

    Thanks for your interest in the blog! We have “Murder on the Hoof” in the North Carolina Collection, but I’ll make a note to look into “Neighing with Fire.”

    We’re still on a pause when it comes to updating the blog, but we’ll keep these in mind for the future!

  45. That sounds wonderful, Emily! It takes a lot of work to maintain a blog so I appreciate everything you all are doing!

  46. Hello,

    My name is Dale Young and I publish fictional horror novels set in North Carolina. I was born and raised in Greensboro, and most of my family is from North Wilkesboro. My last full-length novel “The Ghost of Tobacco Road” was published by Niner 8 Books in February of 2015 and is set in a fictional town in the eastern portion of the state. My most recent publication is a short story entitled “The Curious Midlife Crisis of Barlow McSwain” and is set near the town of Wilkesboro. I also have a horror trilogy entitled “The Summerland Trilogy” that is set mainly in a fictional town near Lake Mattamuskeet. Although Charleston, SC is involved in the story, all three books mainly revolve around events in the that take place in the fictional town of Solomon, NC.

    I’m currently working on another short story entitled “Night Train” as well as a full-length novel entitled “The Darklands”. Both will be set in North Carolina.

    I think my novels would make an excellent addition to your website. Thank you in advance for your consideration.


  47. Emily Jack

    Thanks for letting us know! We’re still on a hiatus from posting, but we’ll add your books to the list of titles to consider when we resume updating.

  48. My name is Carroll C. Jones and I have just recently published (Jan-Carol Publishing) an historical novel set in western North Carolina just prior to the Civil War. It is the ante-bellum story of a young man relegated to the family’s estate in the wild mountains and left to fend for himself. Living in a lonely log cabin and with little or no farming experience, Basil Edmunston is at once expected to manage the business affairs of his father’s huge 5,000 acre farm. It was his familial duty was the way the patriarch had put it to Basil, and the son could not rightly refuse.

    The interactions with tenant farmers, doings of his small band of slaves, simultaneous romances with two neighbor girls, and bitter clashes with the vile, no-good antagonist fill the pages with historical details, romance, action, hilarity, and period dialog.

    I would appreciate your adding this book to your extensive list of North Carolina novels. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. Thanks….Carroll C. Jones

  49. Emily Jack

    Thanks for getting in touch! As you’ve probably seen, we’ve hit the “pause” button on updating the blog for now. But we’ve been keeping a list of novels to consider and we’ll gladly add this one to it.

  50. I was wondering if you would include Durham native Sylvia Wilkinson in your list of North Carolina writers. She is a two time winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction (A KILLING FROST, SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN) and her recent novel BIG CACTUS released in late 2014 is set in North Carolina. She has published 7 novels, 3 adult non fiction works and 16 juveniles. She was on the faculty at UNC from 1967 – 1970, teaching Creative Writing and Journalism. She held National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships. A more complete account is in Wikipedia.

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