The Art and War of Island Secrets: A Novel of Family-Love Across Four Wars set on OCRACOKE ISLAND, the southern-most tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

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About Sheryl

After living abroad in France, Africa, and England, Sheryl Cornett is a Southerner by choice, as by birth. A dual citizen of North Carolina and South Louisiana, she writes from the rural buffer in both home states. After many years teaching and mentoring English and Creative Writing NC State students (at home and abroad), she now writes fulltime. Sheryl holds degrees from Miami University (Ohio), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Seattle Pacific University (MFA). She is the mother of four grown children and lives on 18 acres with her husband T-Mike and their chocolate Labrador, Roddy.

About the Book Project

The Art and War of Island Secrets: Four Wars. Three generations of women. Two continents and North Carolina’s most remote barrier island, accessible only by boat. Art and War is a tale of women on the home front of one of America’s most military friendly states. A tale of WWII’s fallout on these women right through the Afghanistan and Iraq struggles into the 21st Century.

Praise for Sheryl's Writing

“Sheryl’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are about family, food, and faith—the courage it takes to own one’s healing and go after the path. Wrap her stories and poems around you like a cozy sweater and pull up a chair to her table."

—James Vescovi, Author of USS Essex and the Birth of the American Navy and Eat Now, Talk Later: 52 Tales of Family, Feasting, and the American Experience

“Cornett’s gift in her stories is the transformation of her character’s souls via the spirit and the body, by faith and eros.”

—Robert Clark, Guggenheim Fellow, author of nine books, most recently My Victorians: Lost in the Nineteenth Century

Angela and Avi is a unique interracial love story. I rooted for this quietly passionate pair from the beginning, cheering as they overcame social and familial obstacles to write their shared future.”

—Barbara Claypole White, author The Perfect Son and The Promise Between Us

In the Works

Angela and Avi: A novella in three stories about unlikely post-modern, surprisingly tender mid-life love blossoming in the harsh impersonal world of corporate America. Set in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Region (Duke, UNC, NC State—the Silicon Valley of the Southeast) and in Paris and London.

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