High school, college, raising four kids, earning s master's degree at 50-something - Janice Weigand has always written for sanity, preservation and fun. Finally, after gainful employment in everything from textbook proofreading in Ann Arbor to Mexican thread-warehouse management in Charlotte, retiring as a North Carolina county personnel officer, she landed in small-town newspaper work as copy editor, reporter, photographer, feature writer and, of course, proofreader. Again. A published poet, occasional magazine contributor and participant in any kind of vocal music production, Janice lives with her husband, Fred, by the Muddy Gut in Arapahoe, kayaking (she paddles) and canoeing (he paddles) and, of course, reading avidly in whatever spare time may be appropriated.
Neva Dail Bridges
Born in North Carolina, Dail Bridges moved to Seattle, Washington, in the 1980s to be a Foreign Fisheries Observer for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She worked on Russian and Japanese fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and in the waters surrounding New Zealand, working side by side with the crew and living on board for months at a time. After adventuring on the high seas, she hit the overland trail with a backpack and spent time wandering through Australia, Indonesia and eastern and southern Africa. Hanging up her backpack for awhile, she fell into high-tech work back in Seattle, where she worked for several well-known software companies as a content developer, editor and manager. Realizing it was time to return to her roots, she moved back home to Carteret County in 2009, where she is happily ensconced in Beaufort. Her adventures these days are all about exploring what the Crystal Coast has to offer. She can generally be found boogie-boarding at Fort Macon beach, wandering the shores of the Rachel Carson Reserve, fishing Down East or kayaking the waters of Taylor's Creek, North River and the Newport River.
Rebecca Pierre's background in business writing and newspaper journalism led to her second career as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in periodicals and magazines including the Pelican Post, the Independent, Focus on the Coast, North Brunswick Magazine, South Brunswick Magazine and Attache Magazine - the in-flight magazine for US Airways. Her first book of poetry, A Mystery of Moon, published in the spring of 2005, was selected to be placed in the NC Historical Archives at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2009, her poetry and clay art were featured on the website of NC Poet Laureate, Kathryn Stripling Byer. Her experience writing award-winning poetry brings discipline, an economy of words and vivid descriptions to her work. As a resident of Oak Island since 1992, she has her finger on the pulse of Brunswick County.
Kate Walsh lives to travel. She has biked from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea, gone swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon, piloted a houseboat down France's Lot River and kayaked North Carolina's coastal waterways. Kate wrote, produced and directed educational television for many years and has her master of fine arts degree in writing. Kate has lived in Surf City for 17 years.
Heather D. Wilson
Heather D. Wilson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a degree in English and a minor in creative writing. After working as a manuscript editor for Houghton Mifflin Company in Boston, she moved back down South where she received a master of fine arts in creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A yoga instructor and a grant writer, Heather is happy to live, work and play in this beautiful coastal community. She lives with her husband, stepdaughter, and new baby boy.
A love for fiction led Emily Gorman-Fancy to Wilmington for a master of fine arts in creative writing at UNCW. While there she wrote a novel and a collection of short stories, both works in progress. Her background in journalism includes contributing more than 200 articles to national, state and local publications. She has been honored to receive recognition for her writing, including a William Randolph Hearst Award and a Reader's Digest scholarship. Emily also holds a BA in journalism from UNC Chapel Hill. In addition to writing, she has taught creative writing and English classes for a wide range of levels from elementary school to college. Emily lives in the historic Sunset Park neighborhood with her husband, Ben, daughters, Ava and Tessa, and black Lab, Lulu.