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Ben Spencer

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Ben Spencer lives in Concord, North Carolina with his wife and daughter. His new novel, The Brick Mason's Sons, is available from Knock-Knee Books. Ben's fiction has appeared in Literary Orphans, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is the author of Temperance Unraveling. Please visit his website, benspencer.org, for a writing sample and links to buy the book.

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Ben Spencer My current project diverges quite drastically from my previous two. I'm actually fiddling with a few projects at once, though there's one in…moreMy current project diverges quite drastically from my previous two. I'm actually fiddling with a few projects at once, though there's one in particular I'm committed to seeing through to the end. (less)
Ben Spencer The Brick Mason's Sons is something of an homage to my childhood, although I hope it's clear that the characters in the novel aren't modeled on those…moreThe Brick Mason's Sons is something of an homage to my childhood, although I hope it's clear that the characters in the novel aren't modeled on those closest to me. The setting, however, clearly draws from places where I've lived and worked. I have a deep affection for the land where I grew up, and I wanted to convey a sense of my parents' property in the novel. I also tried to describe what it was like working as a teenager at various construction sites. There are also many baseball and basketball-centered scenes in the book, which I drew from my own experiences playing the two sports. (less)
Average rating: 3.96 · 24 ratings · 9 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
Temperance Unraveling

3.64 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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The Brick Mason's Sons

4.40 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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My short story, "Fated to Shine," is up over at Scholars & Rogues. It's about a high school baseball phenom who prefers reading Orwell and Vonnegut to playing the sport at which he excels. Check it out if you get the chance. http://scholarsandrogues.com/2016/03/... Read more of this blog post »
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