Local Knowledge

Can you see why we love Carteret County? That's our harbor, with part of the flotilla ready to go!

I just received comments from a reader who actually grew up in the area about which I've been writing. True, I spent my growing-up summers there. My family originated in a nearby town with a branch coming from this same area. And now I call the place home when I'm not off sailing elsewhere.

But that doesn't mean I'm intimately acquainted with the things that locals might react to, either positively or negatively. And as a writer, the last thing I want to do is step on anyone's toes because of my ignorance.

Hence, my reader. She's not only a friend, but she's a careful and intelligent reader. I can't tell you how grateful I am to her for taking the time to comment on anything that jarred her. Because of this, I've moved some offensive folk to a locale far away. I want locals to buy the book -- once it finds a publishing home -- and to stand just a little taller because I've gotten it right.

I love Beaufort, NC. I just hope the folks from Beaufort will love what I wrote about their/our town. I found the following pictures: take a look at some of what makes this a special place:A feast of photos from Beaufort

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