by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Charles Carroll Lee recently released his fourth novel “Preacher Man,” a complex story of greed, lust and betrayal that surrounds a fictional Richmond church and the Reverend Darren McCade. The Hull St. Branch of the Richmond Public Library invited him to teach a workshop on how to self-publish. On Oct. 22, he will give a lecture at Virginia Union University as part of Homecoming festivities.
Each of Lee’s books is set in Richmond, including For Better or For Worse, Behind Every Dark Cloud and In the Black. But he grew up in Petersburg, with parents Charles and Sarah. After graduating from VUU, he went on to Radford University, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. For Lee, writing always came naturally.
“There was no yearning, burning desire in me to write a book,” he admits. “But I just think everybody has a story. I think the key is to have the discipline and the time and the commitment to put it on paper and finish it out to the end.”