Last month we heard from a local writer and newspaper features writer about how he develops his best-selling non-fiction books. In November we hear from two writers who combine non-fiction and fiction to tell a story based on true happenings. In fact, many fiction writers use a version of that same technique, using diaries or perusing old newspaper clippings. We're told there is nothing new under the sun, and anyone who keeps up with the news probably realizes that. Killers and other criminals may think they've come up with original crimes, but that is rarely the case.
Manuel and Timbs have used a combination of sources to tell their tale. Their interest in telling the story, besides the fact the events unfolded in the area where they live, was originally sparked by word of mouth passed down by family members. Members will be interested to hear the account of their journey to getting the story in print, and the sequel, now out. It may spark memories of stories in our own background that could lead to a new book.
National Novel Writing Month
Have you participated in NaNoWriMo? Did you persevere and finish? Then what? Come tell us your story. Others might be encouraged to take up the NaNoWriMo challenge!
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
Billy (Bubba) Crawford, owner of Bubba's Book Swap, 331 E. Sullivan St., Kingsport, TN has been most supportive of local authors for several years. He displays books by local writers throughout his store. Email Billy Crawford, or call and thank him for all his help.