C.T. Marshall writes from rural Maryland. Of creative spirit he has spent twenty five years as a professional chef and caterer. His boutique catering company, Local Flavors, has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best caterers in the Mid-Atlantic, and Marshall’s creative take on farm fresh, local cuisine has been at the forefront of today’s farm to fork movement up and down the East Coast. An admitted farm boy, born and raised, brings a unique flavor to both his cuisine and his writing, and his regular monthly column entitled Local Flavors in the Zone Magazine highlights this perspective.
Visitors to his farm are as likely to find Marshall working in the fields in battered Carhartts, clad in chef whites in Local Flavor’s test kitchens, decked out in camoflauge fresh from the woods or water, or pecking away at the laptop in shorts and a sweatshirt. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said...“Writers aren’t exactly people… they’re a whole lot of people trying to be one person.”
Genuinely obsessed with the outdoors and a courser way of life, Marshall has lived and worked among the characters in his stories. That lifelong obsession stems in part from a steady diet of Hemingway, Thoreau, L’Amour, Roarke, and Capstick in his youth, with an aftercoating of the Foxfire essays. He still lives on the family farm a log home of his own design and construction with his wife and three children.
Surfmen: As lightning cracks over a roiling sea, a young boy clings to life amidst the waves. His family… his friends… all that he’s ever known… have been taken by the storm. Drifting in the sea-tossed wreckage, the boy is unexpectedly rescued and given a new chance at life on the sands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Thirty years later, thirteen years after the Civil War, on that same far-flung spit of sand at Cape Hatteras, seven men of courage face the sea and its storms as men of the United States Lifesaving Service. Recruited and trained by that same boy grown to manhood, Confederate blockade runner Captain Thomas Hooper, the men of Cape Hatteras Station are the only hope for sailors in distress at the treacherous Diamond Shoals. As Thomas Hooper readies his men to fight the sea and tries to keep them from fighting each other, he realizes that the souls he’s there to save may very well be those of his men.