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Monday night Paragraph 3, the teen writing club at the Headquarters Library, hosted Dwayne Morgan, the 15 year old author of Destiny Star

 He gave us a wonderful synopsis of his book and it’s forthcoming sequel, Fate’s Eclipse, and then talked about how he came up with the idea in the first place.  He even shared a funny anecdotes about early readers not believing that he was the actual writer of the work. 

We talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing, what he’s encountered as he’s promoted his work, and how he’s been received as a teen author.

Hey, teens can write great fiction!  Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, S. E. Hinton, Christopher Paolini, Ned Vizzini…all published as teens.

It was great having Dwayne visit our library and inspire our group with his achievement.  

Thanks Dwayne,


…and there are lots of resources at the library to help with your noveling needs, aspiring teen authors:

Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teens Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer, Ellen Potter, and Matt Phelan

A teen’s guide to getting published by Jessica Dunn & Danielle Dunn

Full guide here: Paragraph 3 club resources (10-10 rev)  (PDF) Resources and books available to help teen authors write and publish their work.

For more on Dwayne, check out this article in The News Reporter .

..and guess what comes up next month?  NaNoWriMo!!!  Yay!  Check our calendar for write-in events.

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…because Danny never has his on when I see him.  He has been known to wear hats, though:

Danny Hirajeta - Write Here, Right Now - Halloween 2008

Danny Hirajeta (aka Iron Clown Studios) is a regular guest at the North Regional Branch teen writing club, Write Here, Right Now, and he graciously created artwork for this year’s Librari-Con. 

robot libby - sm

He was recently interviewed for The Fayetteville Feed (read it here), and if you’d like to meet him and check out his artwork first hand, make sure to stop by Artist’s Alley on September 5th. 

It’s always nice to be able to promote someone who shares their time and talent with the library and the teens that we serve.  Thank you, Danny! 


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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – Carl Weber — the New York Times bestselling author of The First Lady” and So You Call Yourself a Man” – will drop by Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, on Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. until noon to meet his fans. During the one-hour visit, which is part of his Fan Appreciation Tour, Weber will donate copies of some of his earlier novels to the library.  

Weber is promoting his latest book, “Something on the Side,” which will be released Jan. 29.  

Weber’s books can be found at the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in various formats, including audio and large print. The titles include: “The First Lady,” “So You Call Yourself a Man,” “She Ain’t the One,” “The Preacher’s Son,” “Player Haters,” “A Dollar and a Dream,” “Baby Momma Drama,” “Married Men,” and “Lookin’ for LUV.”

Weber is the founder and publisher of Urban Books. He is the owner of the Urban Knowledge chain of book stores and graduated from Virginia State University. He holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Virginia. Weber lives in Long Island, N.Y., with his family.

For more information on the library, call 483-7727 ext. 210 or visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.

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