Boy meets girl in the years leading up to World War II.
But to Carol Ann Ross, that subject at the heart her new book is not a run-of-the-mill love story. It’s also a love letter to
“When I grew up on
The book’s title, “Days of Hairawn Muhly,” is a tribute to the seaside flora Ross remembers growing up next to on the
“Every time I see one of those palm trees, I want to chop it down,” Ross said. “We need to quit destroying what’s already here. We have to appreciate (the
Ross says her book is a coming-of-age story, not only for the two main characters — a soldier stationed at Camp Davis in Holly Ridge and a 17-year-old girl native to the area — but for the Topsail Island area, as well, as the book starts in 1933 and ends in 1952.
“There were no people on the island before the base,” Ross said. “It was used for fishing and cattle…The base (built in 1940) almost came up overnight.”
Ross said she did about a year’s worth of research for the book, but that a lot of what she used came from growing up in the area. This will be Ross’s first fiction novel (she wrote three previous, historical books about rural
“When I write, I have to talk about how these people live and feel and work,” Ross said. “These are real people with real emotion.”
Ross said that every individual on Earth is another novel waiting to be opened.
“Every human being has a story to tell,” Ross said. “Every life is important.”
“Days of Hairawn Muhly,” is available on Amazon.com and can be downloaded onto Kindles. The book can also be store bought at Quartermoon Store in
“I’m working on a sequel called ‘The Trill of the Red Wing Blackbird,’” Ross said. “It should be coming out this spring … should turn out to be a trilogy.”