LAKE WYLIE — Meet a new local author Saturday, Nov. 23, at Lake Wylie Public Library.
Author Jim Ramsey, who has lived in Lake Wylie for seven years, draws on the similarities of his hometown of Greenwich, Conn., where he grew up and lived for 25 years, in his first fiction book, “Post Road Promises.”
Like Lake Wylie, Greenwich was once a quiet town and close to a major city – it’s an hour away from New York City – but with no real nightlife or excitement of its own, Ramsey says.
“This story started as a creative writing project on Facebook with a friend,” Ramsey said. “He had to drop out because of personal reasons, but I took it upon myself to continue. In one year, it’s gone to a complete novel in print.
“I think one message here is if you really put your mind to something you can accomplish great things,” he said.
Ramsey, who has spent nearly 30 years writing professionally, will be at the library at 11 a.m. Saturday to sign copies of his book.
The book description states: “It’s where the ‘have nots’ seek their own success and status, sometimes by any means necessary. That was true back in the summer of 1979, when a beautiful young woman with assets she’s willing to use, a reporter seeking headlines and redemption, and a New England tough waitress with a dark secret were among those making, breaking and keeping promises.”
“Jim Ramsey really knows his territory,” said Timothy Dumas, author of “Greentown: Murder and Mystery in Greenwich, America’s Wealthiest Community.”
“The Greenwich of 1979, before the high walls and hedge funders, when the town still had rough edges, dark corners and great local characters. That Greenwich is between these covers.”
“Post Road Promises” is available in paperback ($13.88) and e-book ($3.99) formats through amazon.com.