‘Fish Springs’ writers to offer novel advice

Published 9:18 am Monday, October 20, 2014


Writing a book is something many people aspire to, and two local authors will host a special event at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library on Monday to help share how they achieved that goal.
Michael Manuel and Larry C. Timbs Jr., co-authors of Fish Springs: Beneath the Surface, will present “How We Got Our Novel Published” from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Manuel and Timbs will talk about how they collaborated to rewrite Timbs’ father’s book Tragedy at Old Fish Springs and how they were able to have their book published.
“According to Lawrence Timbs Sr., the story that was told to him was a true story,” Manuel said. “He believed his grandfather was telling him a true story. We say it is fiction because we can’t confirm it is true, even though it has been said that it is.”
The senior Timbs grew up in the original Fish Springs community, which was flooded in 1949 by the Tennessee Valley Authority to create Watauga Lake. His original book focused more on the actions of the people involved in the love triangle.
Manuel and Timbs Jr. took a different approach, expanding the book’s focus to other events happening in the region during that time.
“The story centers around the story of two men in a competition for the prettiest woman in Fish Springs,” Manuel said. “We also weave in through the story some historical facts and things that were happening around the area.”
Following the program, light refreshments will be provided. The program is free and open to the public.

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