Anson author specializes in spooky

Imari Scarbrough Staff Writer

October 31, 2013

Local author Cindy Ponds Newell has just released her newest of three books, “One Grave Secret,” a thriller/serial killer novel that takes place in Wadesboro.

“One Grave Secret” was released on Oct. 16 and follows Freddy Lee, a boy growing up in rural North Carolina who hears an “inside-voice” in his head. Always different from everyone else, Lee falls in love with Lori Eades, a local high schooler, but because of an accident can no longer be with her. Newell promises that in her story, Wadesboro will be forever changed if Lee’s “One Grave Secret” is found out.

The book makes references to local features such as The Curve, Highway 74, Wade and Greene Streets, and the library, as well as some familiar Anson County surnames. The book follows Newell’s two ghost books, “The Kept: A Ghost Story,” released in June, and “Don’t say her name,” released last May.

“One Grave Secret” is Newell’s favorite book of the three she has written. “I enjoyed writing it the most,” she said. “It’s something different, and it took so much more effort on my part. I had to do a lot of research to get the dates right.”

Newell said that she was nervous that people would expect this book to be a ghost story similar to her other books. “I came close to using a pen name for that one simply because it is nothing like the first two books,” she said. “I was worried that other people would think it was just another ghost story, but it’s not. There is some violence: it’s a thriller. It’s more along the lines of a Stephen King-type novel.”

One review on Amazon says, “One Grave Secret pulled me in from the first page. A good thriller that takes you into the mind of a mentally disturbed boy/man and carries you along to a surprising, yet exciting last chapter. I’m ready for this author’s next book.”

Another review for “Don’t say her name” reads, “This is a must read for any avid reader! Even if you are not into the paranormal, you will not be able to put this book down! When I received the book, I read half of the book one day and the other half the next day. I could not wait to see what would happen next! I look forward to the next book from this author!”

Newell has been actively promoting her books in Anson County, participating in a book signing at Hampton B. Allen Library on Sept. 16 and hosting “Ghost Stories at the Depot” in Polkton last Saturday. She will have all three of her books for sale at an author spotlight at the Monroe branch of the Union County library on Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m. She has not scheduled a book signing at the Hampton B. Allen Library for “One Grave Secret” yet.

Her next ghost story, “Attached,” is scheduled to be released this spring. A second novel, “Two Grave Mistakes,” is anticipated to be released in the fall of 2014. Her current books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million. Hampton B. Allen Library does not yet have “One Grave Secret,” but it does have “The Kept” and “Don’t say her name.”