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Writing bug bites Sheldon Compton as he inks three-book publishing deal

It’s been said that once you're in radio or TV--and it gets in your blood--then you just can’t escape it. Maybe the same is just as true for writers. Sheldon Compton is a former reporter for the Floyd County Times, and when he was 20, he promised himself to stop writing because it was frivolous. Fifteen years later, he broke the vow made to himself and now he’s signed a three book deal with Fox Head books, a Portland-based independent start-up with five authors in the mix. Compton's first book is a collection of short stories, titled "The Same Terrible Storm," is expected on shelves in February. Compton describes his first book as an unflinching look at Appalachian life. The characters that populate his stories are often, as he says, "anything but heroic," forced to contend with their own personal demons, and the strength of character that comes from those battles.

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