::Sharecropper's Son Seeks Help With Novel
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff Reports
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
RALEIGH - The son of a North Carolina sharecropper who grew up in the 1940's near the towns of Spring Hope, Rocky Mount, and Nashville in the state hopes to get some help from local readers.
"Even though my family was dirt poor, I have fond memories of those days," says Dwight Murray, who is writing two books about his experiences in North Carolina.
Murray, who currently lives in Texas, said he is writing two books and wishes to get comments from people currently living in the area.
If you'd like to contact him to receive a portion of the book for free to send him some feedback on his work, his e-mail address is:
Printed below is Mr. Murray's full letter to the editor seeking help on his book:
I was born in Castalia 63 years ago. I spent my entire youth in your part of North Carolina, meaning Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Nashville, Red Oak, Spring Hope, etc. Even though my family was dirt poor, I have fond memories of those days. The Murray's go back generations in that part of North Carolina.
I have written a work of historical fiction entitled the DEVIL'S HUMP. It is now edited, formatted and in manuscript form. It is about the struggle of one man to establish a very large plantation in the area just north of Red Oak, in spite of overwhelming odds.
It uses specifically named towns to set boundaries for the story. It is the first of a trilogy about his struggles and those of his following generations. It has been well received by all that have read it.
The second book, now in progress, is about sharecroppers -- as I am the son of a tobacco farming sharecropper.
I am now ready to present the DEVIL'S HUMP for publishing. However, I would like to be assured that the storyline is accurate, believable and enjoyable and in keeping with the feel of the people of that area that is used as the back-drop.
I would request that your paper, given its huge circulation, run a notice that I am looking for readers and seeking their input and opinions. I merely want the story to be accurate before published.
There is no fee or cost to anyone. All I want is input and opinions.
Any reader so interested is encouraged to contact me by e/mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I, in turn, will e/mail much like an electronic book, except at no charge an attachment of the manuscript to them.
Also, I am attaching to you the synopsis of the Devil's Hump. If you find the story line intriguing, which I believe you will, upon request, I will attach the full manuscript to you for to review.
Please contact me by e/mail if you have questions about the above.
Thank you for your kind consideration,
Houston, Texas. ::