Paul returned to writing after a long career as a senior congressional staff member. Before entering the world of politics, he spent ten years as an award-winning reporter for newspapers in California and New Mexico. Through the years, he has contributed articles to various regional and national magazines. He and his wife Mary Ann live here in Colonial Beach, Virginia.
Writer Sloan Wilson moved to Colonial Beach in 1999. He and his wife, Betty, settled here after visiting during a sailing trip. Born in Connecticut in 1920, he was the author of the 1955 bestseller, and his most successful novel, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
The novel portrays a young executive (Tom Rath) and his struggles with his conscience as he tries to get ahead in life and provide for his wife, an aspiring socialite. The book sold over two million copies on its first publication and even more when it was made into a motion picture the following year, featuring Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones in the starring roles.
Wilson did author one other bestseller, 1958's A Summer Place and that one became a 1959 teen flick starring Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue.
Some of Wilson's other works include:
A Sense of Values (1960)
Georgie Winthrop (1963)
Janus Island (1967)
All the Best People (1970)
What Shall We Wear to This Party? (1976)
Small Town (1978)
The Greatest Crime (1980)
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit II (1984)
Sloan Wilson died in Colonial Beach on May 27, 2003 at the age of 83.
Premiering on Sunday, August 14th on the Hallmark Channel - the video version of Chesapeake Shores!
Author of more than a hundred novels in the categories of romance, women's fiction and mystery, Sherryl Woods grew up in Virginia. She spent her childhood summers in Colonial Beach and these days she divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach.
After graduating from the Ohio State University School of Journalism, Sherryl worked as a journalist for over yen years, mostly as a television critic for newspapers in both Ohio and Florida. When she's not in author mode, Sherryl loves gardening, tennis, baseball, theater, and ballet.
Author Sherryl Woods' titles include:
Moonlight Cove (May 2011)
Driftwood Cottage (April 2011)
Return to Rose Cottage (December 2010)
A Chesapeake Shores Christmas (October 2010)
Honeysuckle Summer (June 2010)
Sweet Tea at Sunrise (May 2010)
That Holiday Feeling (October 2009)
Harbor Lights (June 2009) Chesapeake Shores #3
Flowers on Main (May 2009) Chesapeake Shores #2
The Inn at Eagle Point (April 2009) Chesapeake Shores #1
Along Came Trouble (February 2009)
About That Man (February 2009)
Ask Anyone (February 2009)
Welcome To Serenity (December 2008) The Sweet Magnolias #4
A Love Beyond Words (May 2008)
More Than Words (April 2008) Volume 4
Seaview Inn (March 2008)
Mending Fences (October 2007)
Feels Like Family (April 2007) Sweet Magnolias #3
A Slice of Heaven (March 2007) Sweet Magnolias #2
Stealing Home (February 2007) Sweet Magnolias #1
Dashing Through the Mall (November 2006)
Waking up in Charleston (May 2006)
Flirting With Disaster (December 2005) Low Country Trilogy #2
What's Cooking (April 2005)
The Backup Plan (March 2005) Low Country Trilogy #1
Many of the stories in a collection by author Joseph Rubas are set in and around Colonial Beach!