About the Author

Jeanette Gray Finnegan Jr., Torok, is a 10th generation islander whose childhood was spent on Cape Hatteras when it was totally independent of mainland amenities.  Jeanette, Jaye to friends, graduated from East Carolina University, with a double major in English and History, and did extensive graduate work at Old Dominion University in photography.  After thirty years teaching both English and Advanced Placement United States Government, the author came home, back to the island, to live.

Jaye and her husband live in Avon, one of the villages, and both spend the off season writing.  The five “history” books have been in the works for at least ten years.  Previously Jaye shot and produced a calendar of the island, from one ferry to the other.

The island is changing, and multi-generational families are dwindling.  These books recall those moments that made life solid and depict a proud innovative people, living on the edge of the world.

The stories are events that actually took place while growing up here.  We know our history, we have found enough evidence of it as children; we would like to share it with you.

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this strip of land you obviously feel connected to also.   This is what it felt like to live a natural life, surrounded by family and friends, few strangers, and lots of excitement.  Growing up island was a special privilege with some unusual memories.