Local authors

Anne Clinard Barnhill

Author Anne Clinard Barnhill published her latest novel, The Beautician's Notebookin April. Anne has published short stories, a memoir, and two historical novels. She says books like this one are her real work-humorous and poignant. Listen to our short interview above and read an extended interview below. Information about all of Anne's writing can be found on her website and her facebook page

Emily Colin

Author Emily Colin just released her second novel, The Dream Keeper's Daughter. She'll be the guest at Prologue at WHQR on Monday, August 14 at 7:00. Hear a short interview with Emily above or see the extended transcript below. In the transcript, Emily talks about writing, publishing, and both of her books, The Dream Keeper's Daughter and The Memory Thief.

Bestselling author Taylor Brown has received a lot of attention for his work over the last few years. In 2016, he published a collection of short stories called In the Season of Blood and Gold, which received high praise and was a finalist for an International Book Award short story prize. His first novel, Fallen Land, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and the Library Journal. I spoke with Taylor about his 2nd and latest unreleased novel The River of Kings. This book has already  received glowing praise from established authors.

Max has vision, though he is blind. He leads them, though he is in a wheelchair.  

Gary Neil Gupton has been writing and traveling for pleasure in his life, but recently he combined his experience into a story for young people: Time to Meet Max. It was published late last year. Gupton says the story is fiction, but it is inspired by a young man he met on one of his trips to Guatemala. He says the book would be perfect for kids around 3rd grade, but as he describes the story, it seems a wider audience might appreciate the characters he created. 

Myrna Brown had a story locked in her heart and mind for over 4 decades. She finally wrote and published that story last summer at the age of 70: Of Unseen Things Above.

Rich Leder is a professional writer (and all-around Renaissance man) who has put his pen to a variety of projects. In recent years, he's mainly been writing books, and on July 1st, he published a new one: Let There Be Linda.

Zach Hanner, Artistic Director of TheatreNow, has adapted another book by Celia Rivenbark into a stage play. We're Just Like You, Only Prettier (Rivenbark's most popular book) is onstage at TheatreNow on Friday and Saturday nights now through July 30.


Joan Leotta is an author, journalist, storyteller, and teacher.  She's had a particularly busy year wearing her author hat, publishing 3 books in 2015:  Secrets of the Heart, Simply a Smile, and WHOOSH!  These books are available from local booksellers, including Old Books on Front Street, 2 Sisters Bookery, and Pomegranate Books.  

James J. Kaufman's debut novel, The Collectibles, was an award-winning bestseller.  He followed up with The Concealers and has just released the third book in the trilogy, The Conciliators.  Kaufman's writing has been compared to Michael Crichton (Manhattan Book Review) and called a "soul-stirring thriller" (Chicago Sun Times).  Listen to our interview with Kaufman to get a sense of the depth and meaning in his storytelling.

"Night of the Hatchet"

Aug 28, 2015

Pat Marriott had the opportunity to speak with A.W. Hammock about his recent release, Night of the Hatchet.   The biggest misconception about this book seems to stem from the title-this is not a horror story, but instead an adventure tale featuring a Delta Force operator with the nickname "Hatchet." 

Prologue: "The Idea of Love" by Patti Callahan Henry

Mar 20, 2015

Please join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, July 6 at 7 PM in the MC Erny Gallery for a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry about her new novel "The Idea of Love." 

Monday, July 6 at 7 PM

MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

Prologue: "To Forge a Thunderbolt" by Chris Fonvielle

Mar 19, 2015

Please join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, June 8 at 7 PM in the MC Erny Gallery for a discussion with Civil War buff and widely acclaimed author, Chris Fonvielle, about his newest novel "To Forge a Thunderbolt."

"Dr. Fonvielle is a most entertaining historian...he commands a truly encyclopedic knowledge of Wartime Wilmington. " - Kemp Burpeau, Civil War News

Prologue: "Refund" by Karen E. Bender

Mar 18, 2015
karenebender.com

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews and one of our most widely known local literary legends, Karen E. Bender, to discuss her recent, extremely well received short story collection Refund

Praise for Refund

"Bender probes the depths people will sink to for love and money in this poignant, absorbing collection of finance-themed tales. Worth investing time in." 

- People Magazine

"One of Ten Titles to Pick Up Right Now."

O Magazine

Alexa Doran is one of WHQR's Graduate Fellows working in the Web Services department. She is studying poetry through the graduate school at UNCW. She is originally from Syracuse, NY and enjoys living in Wilmington with her poochy, Jude. During this interview, she read her poem After you said an artist can inspired by  the photograph Self Portrait with Dada-Kopf by 1920's Dada artist Sophia Tauber. You can catch more of her poetry in upcoming issues of The James Franco Review, Cactus Heart, Educe and CALYX literary magazine.  

Wilbur Jones Jr., 1957

Historian and author Wilbur Jones Jr. has traveled extensively throughout the past 50+ years, and his hobby of photography has led to the creation of a stunning collection of historical and artistic images. A collection of these photos is going up for display at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 120 S. 2nd Street. The opening reception is February 25 from 4- 8 PM, and the exhibit will be up for viewing until March 26. For more about Wilbur Jones Jr. click here 

Prologue: "The Fire This Time" by Randall Kenan

Jan 22, 2015

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews and one of the most distinguished African American authors of today, Randall Kenan, to discuss his most recent achievement, a collection of his essays titled The Fire This Time, which includes a tribute to legend James Baldwin. 

Praise for The Fire This Time

Midday Interview: Author Taylor Brown

Jan 8, 2015

On Monday, Gina Gambony interviews Taylor Brown, a Southern author who currently lives in Wilmingotn. They talked about his recently published collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold, and his upcoming novel, Fallen Land, as well as themes in his work and the difference between writing short and long fiction.

Taylor Brown will be at WHQR this Monday at 7 pm for Prologue with Ben Steelman.

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and one of the South's best up-and-coming fiction writers, Taylor Brown, to talk about Brown's debut novel Fallen Land, as well as his recently published collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold

Monday, January 12, 7 PM
MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

Prologue: "The Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain

Nov 7, 2014

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and local author Diane Chamberlain to talk about her most recent novel "The Silent Sister."

"The Silent Sister is a powerful and thrilling novel. This tautly paced and emotionally driven novel will engross Chamberlain's many fans as well as those that read Sandra Brown and Carla Buckley." - Booklist

"Chamberlain has written an excellent novel with well-thought-out plot lines that never lose the suspense lover's interest for one solitary second." - Suspense Magazine 

Midday Interview: Sheila Webster Boneham on "Catwalk"

Oct 14, 2014

**There is no audio for this edition

Sheila Webster Boneham is the author if 17 non-fiction books about animal training, rescue and adoption. Her third animal companion - inspired novel Catwalk is just being released. For more details visit: sheilaboneham.blogspot.com.
 

Alexa Doran

Today's guest was UNCW MFA graduate Rebecca Petruck. Her thesis became a book called 'Steering Toward Normal' - a wonderful story of 8th grade boys who unexpectedly turn out to be half brothers. Much of the book concerns what they go through in 4-H club, andraising a steer for the Minnesota State Fair. For details visit RebeccaPetruck.com

Midday Interview: Lynn Seldon on "Virginia's Ring"

Oct 6, 2014

Travel and food writer Lynn Seldon, a 1983 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, has written his first novel- based on his experiences at VMI.  Called "Virginia's Ring," it is a moving story that spans two generations. One of the South's most respected authors, Pat Conroy, befriended Lynn and encouraged him to write a book about VMI after Lynn expressed his admiration for Pat's book "Lords of Discipline." "Lords of Discipline" is about another military academy, The Citadel in South Carolina. For more information visit LynnSeldon.com

Midday Interview: Lynne Hugo on 'A Matter of Mercy'

Sep 26, 2014

Lynne Hugo has written ten books, including six novels. Her latest novel is called 'A Matter of Mercy.' It's based on a 1996 lawsuit on Cape Cod in which a homeowner sued local aquaculturists (traditional sea farmers, oystermen and women) for "spoiling the view." Lynne will have several book signings and book readings around town this weekend including Friday from 6-8 PM at Quarter Moon Bookstore on Topsail, Saturday from 10 - 11 AM at Hampstead Library (coffee and pastries provided) and also at 4:30 PM at Barnes and Noble in Mayfaire Center.

Former lawyer, judge, corporate executive and non-fiction writer James J. Kaufman has become a successful writer of fiction.  His first novel, The Collectibles, won several awards and prompted him to write two more books to create a trilogy.  Book 2 is out now, called The Concealers.  Jim has a knack for compassionately portraying characters undergoing life-changing challenges.  He will be at Barnes and Noble at Mayfaire on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm to sign copies.  For more information, visit his website Jamesjkaufman.com