There are three communities on Topsail Island: Surf City, Topsail Beach, North Topsail Beach. Residents of all three enjoy a low-key, laid-back lifestyle most months of the year. Folks stop and chat for a few minutes at the grocery store, romantic souls stroll leisurely along the beach, searching for sand dollars and shark's teeth. Many relax by fishing and boating in the calm coastal waters. Yes, life is easy.
But when summer arrives and vacationers flock to the Island, things change. The pace quickens as the population quadruples. Smells of suntan lotion and outdoor barbeques permeate the air. A constant ripple of wakes made by boaters fills the waterways and beaches become crowded with sunbathers and surfers frolicking in the Atlantic.
There is no doubt that tourist season is a far cry from the easygoing off-season months. To most, it is a time for fun in the sun on Topsail Island. But for a few, it's just plain old murder.
Carol Ann Ross has written twelve novels, eight of which are currently in publication. She is working on her thirteenth novel to be published Summer 2018.
Carol grew up on Topsail and spent years, swimming in the ocean, working on fishing boats and being part of the Topsail community before leaving to pursue a higher education and explore the world beyond. The decades away never diminished the "never, never" land of Topsail, and after two decades she returned to her true home.
Upon returning to Topsail, Carol was devastated by the changes and knew she had to preserve the memory of the people who once lived there and their lifestyle. Her first three novels comprise the Topsail Island Trilogy. It recounts in fiction form, the history of Topsail--woven into a three-generation saga, this trilogy captures what Topsail was before all the tourists and development changed it forever.
Topsail is her world and Carol spends most days writing about the world around her, developing characters who amplify traits of people she knows and who she meets.
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