Daniel Norris and Billy Beasley – April Meeting

Blackwater DeepRiver Hideaway

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, April 20, 7:30 pm at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A North Lake Park Blvd., adjacent to Carolina Beach Town Hall.

The Federal Point Historic Preservation Society welcomes two local novelists to their April 20th meeting.

Daniel Norris, well-known to our local literary community as an author and publisher of numerous non-fiction books, has written his first novel, Cape Fear Blackwater Deep.

Carolina Beach native Billy Beasley will also speak about his novel, The River Hideaway. The meeting begins at 7:30 at the Federal Point History Center, 1121-A N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach and is open to the general public. Both authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.

Daniel NorrisNorris’s book, Cape Fear Blackwater Deep is a contemporary thriller with scenic backdrops that include Wilmington, Bald Head Island, Southport, Orton Plantation, White Lake, Fayetteville and Frying Pan Tower. A series of events are set in motion the day Cameron Nivens helps a friend hang a few bird houses. He soon finds himself entangled in a relationship that spirals out of control. Nothing could have prepared him for the wild ride his life was about to take. Seemingly innocent decisions wreak havoc with his almost perfect world and ultimately put him on a collision course with crazy. (Norris’s book is available at the History Center bookstore.)

Billy BeasleyThe River Hideaway by Billy Beasley is set in 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the country, is embedded in racial turmoil. Two boys on the brink of manhood— Bret Marin and Clarence (Money) Wilkins—forge an unlikely friendship that alters the course of their lives forever. Bret and Money find their friendship tested by the racially charged times, by the cruel demands of an overbearing father, and ultimately by an allure that develops between Bret and Money’s sister, Teke.  (Beasley’s book is also available at the History Center bookstore.)

President of SlapDash Publishing, Daniel Norris has designed and authored two books about the good ol’ days at Carolina Beach and now designs, writes and publishes books on local history. He is an avid photographer, graphic designer, biology teacher and videographer. Daniel was born in Wilmington, NC and raised in Carolina Beach and Teachey, NC.  He is a direct descendant of Blackbeard and struggles daily not to wreak havoc among the southward sailing vessels that ply the Intracoastal Waterway behind his house.

Billy Beasley currently resides in Carolina Beach, NC with his wife Julie, and one spoiled rotten black Chihuahua mix, Sydny. He says, “I have always lived in this area of the South and was among the first students to be bussed to another school to achieve real integration. I’m not sure I could have written The River Hideaway without that experience many years ago.”