NC Literary Hall of Fame



Learning to Slow Dance













Learning to Slow Dance by Joseph L.S. Terrell

Bella Rosa Books
$14.95, paperback / $4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-62268-019-1
March, 2013
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"Those were the years they learned to slow dance with girls who wore angora sweaters and smelled of perfume and a hint of promise..." So begins the engaging coming-of-age story of Jonathan Clayton and his family in the close yeas of World War II in Raleigh, NC. It tells of the adventures and misadventures of Jonathan and his friends, the first tastes of romantic passion, sexual awakening, family love and devotion—and death. We experience, with Jonathan, the pain and joy of growing and maturing, and the new direction Jonathan's life will take.

Joseph Terrell is the author of six published novels, with Learning to Slow Dance his most recent. He is the author of two mysteries set on North Carolina's Outer Banks, where he makes his home. These are Tide of Darkness: The Lost Colony Theater Murders and Overwash of Evil. Both feature true-crime writer Harrison Weaver. Terrell has a publishing history that spans more than forty years and includes—of course—fiction, but also true crime, psychology, agri-business, military and government affairs, trade, plus just about everything in between. He has written for newspapers, magazines, radio and television, advertising and public relations. He has won first-place awards for his fiction at the National Press Club’s Short Fiction Contest and elsewhere.

A graduate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was awarded a scholarship to the famed University of Iowa Writers Workshop, but the Korean War interrupted his studies. After service as a Special Agent in the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps, Joseph returned to UNC to pursue graduate studies in journalism. He began his journalism career as a staff writer for United Press International, then went on to The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau covering the Pentagon. Most of his career has been spent in Washington, including a stint as press secretary for the Senate Agriculture Committee; he has also worked for publications in North Carolina and Virginia. Joseph can be contacted through his website at

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