Former BCC professor publishes book on his youth

By: W. Curt Vincent - Bladen Journal

A former director of Bladen Community College’s Small Business Center and journalist with the Bladen Journal recently released the first book in a planned trilogy about his “misadventures.”

Lynn R. Welborn’s “Crazy Beach” is a 368-page, self-published novel that focuses on his youth growing up on Carolina Beach.

“The inspiration was my wild and crazy youth … in the 1960s and ’70s,” he said. “The direction did change a bit as I was writing, evolving from a mere memoir to a more complex take on how love, absence and loss help shape us. In a nutshell, it is about coming-of-age in a turbulent era and an unreal journey to Woodstock as an 11-year old stowaway.”

The cover of “Crazy Beach” shows the old Fisherman’s Steal Pier at Carolina Beach, but one hardly has to go much further than the tagline on the back cover — “For the Love of Great Music, Cold Beer, and All Women …” — to get a sense for what the book is about.

“Crazy Beach” is “a wild ride jammed with hilarious adolescent mischief, teenage lust, and an unforgettable band of misfits calling the little island home.”

Welborn explained further.

“Action on the island reveals the secrets of The Wave Theatre, shenanigans on the boardwalk, an idyllic oceanfront beach cottage, and a grand old pier serving as the story’s heartbeat,” he said. “The boardwalk explodes with the exploits of Lenny’s crew, including scamming tourists, running from the cops, and the joy of discovering The Seven Wonders of Boyhood.”

Welborn worked at the Bladen Journal from 1989 to 1995 and was a North Carolina Press Association award-winner in 1993. He was employed at BCC from 2004 to 2012.

“Crazy Beach” will have a launch party on Monday at Hell’s Kitchen in Wilmington, located at 118 Princess St. Welborn will also be interviewed on NPR and other radio stations during promotions over the next few months. His book also has a Facebook page titled “Crazy Beach Novel.”

“Crazy Beach is now available through for $15.99 and on Kindle for $2.99 and at area bookstores.

Welborn will be at the 2018 White Lake Water Festival to sell and sign copies of “Crazy Beach” under the White Lake Life tent.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or

W. Curt Vincent

Bladen Journal