Author Nancy Stancill graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1971. She wrote for The Daily Tar Heel before graduating, then moved to the Houston Chronicle for 15 years and then the Charlotte Observer for 16 years. She now lives in Charlotte and works as a full-time writer.
Stancill will be reading from her new novel, “Saving Texas,” at Bull's Head Bookshop today.
Staff writer Sindhu Chidambaram spoke with Stancill about her writing career, her time at UNC and her latest project.
The Daily Tar Heel: Can you tell me about “Saving Texas”?
Nancy Stancill: I had this idea — Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, had been saying things, kind of outrageous things, about secession, and I think he made some comments to the effect that ‘we don’t like what the feds are doing, well, we could always leave,’ because Texas was an independent republic for 10 years before it entered the Union as a state. Texas was always sort of an independent spirit. So anyway, when Rick Perry said that it got me to thinking, ‘Well, what if? What if there were people that were in political circles that wanted to make Texas a republic again?’ And that’s the basis of my story.
DTH: What should readers expect and look forward to in the book?
NS: Well, I think they can look forward to a genuine tale of journalism and a pretty good thriller with several murders and a lot of suspense.
DTH: What parts of the plot were based on your personal experiences?
NS: One experience I had was I had to interview these two people that were the head of the college, and they didn’t like the questions I was asking so they just got up and walked out, and I walked out following them down the hall asking questions. And that was a true experience.