Bland Simpson is author of Into the Sound Country, The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey, The Great Dismal, and Heart of the Country. A member of the Tony Award-winning Red Clay Ramblers, Simpson has collaborated on such musicals as King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running, Kudzu, and Broadway and international hit Fool Moon. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"In Bland Simpson's carefully researched nonfiction novel, the story of the Carroll A. Deering unfolds as surely and gracefully as a set of fore-and-aft sails in a fresh breeze." - Charlotte Observer; "Maintains a fine balance between fact and fiction and offers a true-life seagoing mystery." - Brunswick (Maine) Times Record"