As a child, E. Vernon F. Glenn’s father would give him books to read that were far above his age's typical reading level.
Glenn’s love for reading continued through boarding school and well into his time at UNC. When friends would ask him to go out for beer, Glenn's typical response was ‘No, I’m reading’.”
Glenn graduated from UNC in 1972 with a degree in political science and has worked as a trial lawyer for over 45 years. Now, he is publishing his second novel, titled “You Have Your Way,” which is now available for purchase. The book is a successor to his previous work, “Friday Calls: A Southern Novel."
Glenn was inspired to write his first novel after he shared stories from trials with his friends.
“One night I was standing in a restaurant with a bunch of friends and had just told a story,” Glenn said. “Somebody said, ‘You ought to write a book,’ and I said, 'Ah, that's a nice idea.' A good friend of mine pulled me aside and said, 'Write the damn book.'”
Laurie Hutchins, a former district court judge in Winston-Salem, met Glenn at Wake Forest School of Law and wrote the blurb for “You Have Your Way”.
“He's always had the gift of gab and been able to spin a tale,” Hutchins said.
Hutchins graduated from UNC in 1978 and said she knows no bigger Tar Heel than Glenn. While UNC hasn't been mentioned much in his previous writing, she predicts Chapel Hill will play a prominent role in his future works.
Hutchins and Glenn were also partners at a law firm during the 1980s. Hutchins said she wasn't surprised when Glenn told her he was going to start writing.