Cape Fear Blackwater Deep
November 1, 2014
The nearly final version of the manuscript is out for one last critique. If I can finally let go of it, it will be back and for sale in late February.
Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the book launch and signing.
Britt's Donuts book complete
December 30, 2013
The finishing touches are about done. Just getting the files all corralled up for the final voyage to the server.
Local Author Festival
Barnes and Noble
Mayfaire Town Center, Wilmington, NC
2pm - 4pm
July 24, 2010
Interview with "World Famous Author" by Steve Rondinaro on WWAY TV3 at Joyner Marina
Joyner Marina, Carolina Beach - July 17, 2009
Excellent interview with Steve Rondinaro. As always Steve asks the perfect questions and keeps me focused on the interesting stuff. WWAY has been so nice to Carolina Beach for many years and we all appreciate it. (32MB movie below)
Signings • Book
Signings • Book
at Carolina Beach History Center - Saturday, December 6,
Fonvielle, Skipper Funderburg, Esther Myles and Daniel Ray
Norris will be available to sign books and chat with folks
at the CB History Center. The center is located behind CB Town
Hall and the festivities are hosted by The Federal Point Historical
Preservation Society. That's a mouthful. But come
on down and do some Christmas shopping with us and help a worthy
and local society.
NC Starburst Press in the StarNews
a gander at the nice announcement that Ben Steelman wrote
about us in the Sunday, StarNews - Today section. 6-22-08
decal affixed to Bronco II
sweet in the SlapDash-mobile
had a great big sticker made of the new imprint logo. Pretty
sweet huh? Southern Signs in Monkey Junction made it for
me. I have to say it is pretty rockin'. I have another one
but don't know what to do with it. I might just put it on
Daddy's truck's tailgate.
Beach Elementary School buries
Carolina Beach vol. 1 & 2
they don't think they are radioactive. CBES recently
dug up their old time capsule. Don't we all know what
a pain that is? Anyway... I was asked to come to the
ceremony and sign the books. I did and brought 2 more
to replace them. I hated to see the library go without.
It was a nice affair with food and drinks and some interesting
speakers. Zack Tilley, a student and my neighbor, was
interviewed by WWAY TV3. He expounded on the value of
history and why they were putting my books in the time
capsule. I plan on being there in 25 years when they
dig this one up.
more about Carolina Beach Elementary School.
book under new SlapDash imprint
Future titles (see Fonvielle)
covering regional history, Civil War history and local
culture will be marketed under our new imprint: NC
Starburst Press. Don't
worry fans. Tina, our voluptuous mermaid, will not go away.
She is the permanent logo marque and guardian of mainstream
SlapDash Publishing titles.
Getting Ready for Surfing!
on the Cape Fear Coast book stands
and I have
"made" or "had made" 7 stands for
retailing SlapDash books - specifically, Surfing on the
Cape Fear Coast. They are right pretty. 3 layers of paint
and antiqued so they look sort of old timey. Thanks to
Carol at The Lime and the Coconut for the inspiration.
Boat from China - Kraken go Away!
Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast
received 5 advanced copies of SCFC and they have been ceremoniously
dragged around the county. I want to sleep with it. The other
couple thousand SCFC were placed aboard a ship on April 27.
If all goes well - barring typhoons, icebergs or Kraken -
the ship will disgourge our lovely books up in NYC near the
end of May and a "lift gate equipped truck" will
roll them on down to Wallace, NC. There Skipper and I will
take case upon case to the eagerly waiting retailers. Daddy
has made some killer, antiqued white washed book stands for
retailers to display the books. Photo coming soon.
Surfing on the Cape Fear Coast
than a week away from sending the files to the printers.
Skipper's book will likely be here for a May launch. I am
excited and so is Skipper. I've also added a "Authors & Books" section
to the SlapDash website. Check it out.
The Island Gazette celebrates their
and family have been faithfully putting out the Island Gazette
for over 30 years.
They are the local source for reliable news and information.
Others come and go but the Island Gazette always gets the
Books - A - Million Book signing. February 16 -
1pm until 4pm.
I'm having a
book signing at BAM Saturday, February 16 at the BAM in Wilmington.
Please get out and support SlapDash Publishing by coming
over for a chat and maybe buy a book or 2 or 3. I learned
everything I know about these things from Jack
Fryar ... the man's a genius.
If you don't come - I might do this to
you for your support!
A great 2007.
like to personally thank everyone who purchased CB1 or CB2
this year - or any other time for that matter. We had a rocky
start in early November when US Customs and other parties
seemed to be out to spoil our holiday buying season. Although
CB2 didn't arrive until way after Thanksgiving, we were fortunate
enough to receive very good coverage by the local media.
Thanks go out to the Island Gazette, WWAY TV3, Star News
and WECT TV6. Your help was much appreciated. In addition,
the public seemed so thrilled with the arrival of CB2, it
amazed me. I couldn't believe the response. Looking forward
to a successful 2008.
TV News - I'm in prime time baby! (almost)
WWAY TV3 - The 5 o'clock News
Wednesday, Dec 26 - 5:10pm.
Channel 3 is definitely on my nice list this Christmas.
They called me today around noon and asked me to be on
their news show at 5. I was (of course) willing and able.
Had kind of a bad hair day because of going to the gym
and having the worst "helmet head" known to
man. But I had fun and the news staff was so nice to
me. I TiVo'd the interview and here it is.
(Click on image above
to view clip - 16 MB)
on Local TV Show - Again!
WWAY TV3 - Good Morning Carolina
Wednesday, Dec 19 - 6:30am.
The folks at TV3 were very nice to interview
me on their morning show. I think it sounded
pretty good. The book title was stated wrong
(friends and "family") but the
main purpose was to promote the books. Marci did ask for
a few notes on me and the book. I forgot to email that.
I think sales will perk up off the strength of the interview.
(note the Britt's t-shirt)
On a side but related note: The evening before, I was in
Greensboro, NC picking up a new motorcycle. I rode it home
to Carolina Beach in very cold conditions. I endured rush
hour through Greensboro and Raleigh plus it was an unfamiliar
bike. The bike (2004 BMW K 1200 GT, orient blue) has heated
handgrips and a heated seat but my heated vest was MIA when
I let the cord dangle onto the exhaust. It burned it to the
point where it will not work. I'll get another cord. The
trip was uneventful but at about Burgaw - I thought I was
going to slip into a coma from the cold! My butt was cooked
(from the heated seat) and my fingers were very cold in spite
of the heated grips. But I did manage to get into CB around
10pm. I would have stayed the night at mama's but I had to
be on the show the next morning at 4am for the interview.
What a day.
(Click on image above to view clip - 19
give it time to load (mama!)
Featured on Local TV Show
Fox26 (WECT) Carolina In the Morning
Thursday, Dec 6 - 7:10am.
image above to view clip - 18 MB)
Dec. 1 - Saturday - 1PM until
public was invited to a book signing for Carolina
Beach, NC • Friends and Neighbors Remembered,
Vol. 2. Approx.
50-60 people came and had me sign their books.
It was a really good time and I am thankful
so many people came to show their support.
Rachel Johnson from the Island Gazette was
in attendance and put an article in the paper.
The Blackhorn is near Britt's
Doughnuts on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.
at the FPHPS meeting
- Nov. 17.
about Volume 2 and gave a little
slide presentation. Skipper
attended and helped me wih
door prizes and the introduction.
Approx. 25 people attended.
I brought a couple of copies
of Volume 2. Rachel was there
from the Island Gazette. She
wrote a super nice article
in this week's paper.
StarNews - Ben Steelman
It was in the Sunday
Ben's article's are
always so wonderful
by US Customs,
was informed that my
shipment was chosen
for a inspection. This
made me pretty mad.
But what can you do?
Now I expect the shipment
to arrive sometime
during the week of
Nov. 12. It better.
But everyone waiting
for them - please hold
on - they are coming.
CB 2 - Preview
up the 5 preview
at FedEx. It
was kinda crazy
to my motorcycle.
But I made
it home. The
today and my
that the shipment
ought to be
I can hardly
to break out
Dummy: July 20, 2007.
up with an order for content and
anyone is interested
in buying a sticker
of the license
plate on the
cover of Volume
1, please send
me an email.I
just got them
via FedEx. The
really look great.
The CB sticker
is 9" wide
and they are
going for $4
a piece (minimum
of 7) shipping
is $2. I'm also
working on a
I will post more
info when it
is ready. These
will be the first
in a series of
extinct and extant
They are made
of high quality
vinyl and are
and should last
over a decade
2 • Friends & Neighbors
have been furiously
working on Volume
2. First the bad
news... My tan
and waistline have
suffered a little.
I am at the computer
a lot. But the
good news is that
Volume 2 is 176
pages long and
is even better
than Volume 1 -
if I do say so
myself. The two
make a perfect
couple and I am
very proud of the
results. I expect
to have Volume
2 back by the end
of October. Stay
tuned for more
Music Festival - Carolina Beach:June
Tackle set up a tent to sell books. I
attended and signed books up until about
5pm. It was a fairly awful day weather
wise. It was cool, cloudy and started
raining around 1PM. Pretty much killed
off the best time. But I met a lot of
nice people and got to do a little impromptu
interview on 94.9FM who were there covering
in the Morning -
Townsend interviewed me at 5:30am for Carolina in the Morning and later at
7:20am on Fox26. Everything was fine except the weather sucked. It was cold
and windy. Very dreary.
Carolina Beach Chowder Cookoff:
Beautiful weather at the lake. Signed a bunch of books.
15. A "new to me" 1986 Ford Bronco II.
Put some cool graphics on it and bam! It became
the official truck of SlapDash Publishing. The
truck's colors match the graphics perfectly. Stylin'!
Looking for bigger tires. UPDATE (10/10/07): Got
it lfted and have bigger tires. Photos coming soon.
NC Azalea Festival:
14-15. Look for me at the Azalea Festival Street
Fair - Booth #137, in front of the Cotton Exchange.
I'll be selling and signing books. UPDATE:
Day #1 went well. A lot of people. Day #2 - Just
about Hurricane conditions. A rain-out!
printing of CB1 arrived March 12th.
Out • Dec. 22, 2006:
Sold out! Local retailers have snapped
up the last of the books. The second printing
will arrive in February/March 2007. Place
your order here and receive your copy as
soon as they arrive. Thank you to everyone
who bought copies of this first volume.
Warlick interviewed me for WECT News at 6. My hair
was PERFECT! Jim Hanchett says..."Jubilee Park,
The birth of the shag, the boardwalk when it throbbed
with activity, If you remember that Carolina Beach
You'll get a kick out of a new book by local author,
Daniel Norris." Click on the player to see the
UPDATE • Nov.
3, 2006: I just received
the BIG load of books on Friday. 96 CASES! 1528 books.
Book signings were Saturday, December 2nd at The Cottage
Restaurant, 4pm, and at The Lime and the Coconut on Saturday,
did you do this?
Over the years, I have been collecting images and items as
a way for me to preserve our local history. Recently, I began
to think I should organize this stuff and put it into a book
so the public can enjoy it. So, here it is...
People have been very receptive to the concept and I have
had such a great response when gathering images and stories
for the book. I would like to thank everyone that has allowed
me to delve into their personal collections of memorabilia.
Without this cooperation I don't think the book would be
as good as it is already. Please contact
me soon if you have a good photo or something else to