Book set in Suffolk appears online

Published 10:21 pm Thursday, June 2, 2011

After more than two years of working on a book about Suffolk teenager Tommy Mullins and his friends, Dan Edwards has completed the work and is posting it online for others to read.

The story of Tommy and his friends is set in Suffolk during the Great Depression. The characters are Suffolk High School students, and Edwards is incorporating real-life events — like memorable football games — into the stories.

“I actually use some people’s names that were teachers and principals at the schools at the time, just to give it a little bit of local color,” Edwards said.

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Edwards has done plenty of research, including talking to people who remember the people and places that made Suffolk in the 1930s. There also have been lots of visits to the library, Edwards said.

“I just went back to the library and just read how the football games went,” Edwards said.

Each of the stories also contains some element of mystery.

“Tommy’s not a sleuth, but he’s a rather observant kid,” Edwards said. “When things happen, he just happens to be kind of in the way.”

Edwards plans more stories related to Tommy after the first book has completely appeared online.

“I think it turned out really good,” Edwards said. “I’ve had a lot of fun writing it.”

Edwards is posting a chapter at a time on his blog each Friday. The first four chapters have been posted so far and are still available for reading.

To find it, search “Adventures of Tommy Mullins of Suffolk.”

Contact Edwards at