As promised a couple of posts ago, here are some photos from my recent research trip to Topsail Island. I mentioned the wonderful pre-release dinner Glen Pierce hosted for me at Sterling Bryson’s sound-front home. Here I am with my new friends on Sterling’s porch. L to R, Craig and Dawn Brannon, Fred Beasley, John Brock, Brenda Sellers, me, John, Cynthia Harris and Glen Pierce. And here’s dinner, which I’m still dreaming about! This beef was to die for, and the pasta salad was absolutely amazing. Sterling was the chef. “Two-Shot Ray” Barwick took these photographs.
The next day, after visiting the turtle hospital, we stopped by Quarter Moon Books, where I’ll have a signing July 3rd, to say hi to owner Lori Fisher, bookseller Sarah, and the pup who was incredibly sweet but whose name I’ve forgotten — which is very unusual for me. I usually remember the names of dogs more easily than the names of people. She was very good about allowing me to get my dog fix.
My friend Susan let us use her adorable cottage as our home base while I did my research. Every room is just as cozily decorated as this one below. The cottage has a BIG Margaritaville theme at work, thus John and his new best friend!
Here I am near the northernmost tip of the island in North Topsail Beach, in front of the condemned beachhouse that inspired the setting in Before the Storm. This is one of a handful of uninhabitable houses that are in grave danger of being swallowed by the sea.
And finally, after having the island nearly to ourselves all week, it was Saturday and the beach was suddenly full of people. We had a few hours on the pier, watching dads fishing with their sons and the surfers, sunbathers and kiteboarders below, and then it was time to head for home. What a great week!