Salisbury authors are a busy bunch

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 8, 2016

By Deirdre Parker Smith

Salisbury author Jenny Hubbard will lead a workshop, “So I Have This Idea for a YA Novel” …

Exploring the Young Adult Genre on Sunday, May 15, 1-3 p.m. at Charlotte Lit, 1817 Central Ave. No. 302, Charlotte.

She will explore the various subgenres and how to get started on your own novel. Where do you get your ideas? Do you outline or not? How do you know if your story is any good or where it fits in the market? How do you find time to write? How do you develop character and plot? With this quick introduction, you’ll leave with the roadmap for creating your own YA novel.

Hubbard is the author of two young adult  novels “And We Stay” and “Paper Covers Rock.” Both have earned awards.

The cost of the workshop is $45. For more information or to register, go to

Published again

William Sherrill has had another successful publishing venture, with a new poem, “The Excellent Fate of Noble Investments.”

The poem and his photo appear in “Trumpets to Heaven: Poems of Our Brightest Stars.” The poem is about fair treatment and protecting those who are vulnerable.

Sherrill has won a Poetryfest Hall of Fame Award, which reads, “to testify he is among the great living poets writing in our world today.”

Sherrill, 67,  is a graduate of Salisbury Business College and Shaw University.

He has studied theology and spoken at several churches in Salisbury, the Newton-Conover area and Greensboro.

He enjoys writing poetry and says it helps him feel better and gives him a chance to relax and express his thoughts.

Children’s book published

Paul Clark, formerly of Salisbury, has published a children’s book about Durham, “Nibbles the Squirrel Explores Durham,” complete with photos of Durham landmarks, a rhyming story and Nibbles, an illustrated squirrel who hits all the high spots and finds acorns.

It was inspired by a squirrel his family has named Half-Tail, who appears in their yard and is missing half its tail. Clark promises to continue the tale (pardon the pun) and add new characters.

Clark is a 2001 honors West Rowan High School graduate and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in political science and communications.

He is a corporal in the Durham Police Department, working in the Community Resource Unit.

Harvey on ‘Bookwatch’

Kristy Woodson Harvey talks about “Lies & Other Acts of Love” on North Carolina Bookwatch Sunday, May 15, at noon and Thursday, May 19, at 5 p.m.

Less than a year after the publication of “Dear Carolina” her very successful debut novel, Salisbury native and Kinston resident Harvey’s second novel has already attracted favorable attention.

It is a heart-rending account of generations of an Eastern North Carolina family in transition. The story is told in the voices of Lynn “Lovey” White, a grandmother whose husband is fading away, and her granddaughter, Annabelle. who has changing ideas about who and what she wants in a husband. Harvey’s compelling story will entertain, challenge, and surprise its readers.