Retired HCC professor publishes novel

(Release: December 18, 2013) - Retired Hagerstown Community College Professor Emeritus Ron Ballard, of Hagerstown, recently published his first fiction novel, “Brilliant Corners.”

Set in 1961, the novel focuses on the lives of three characters—Sam Smith, Hannah Green, and Georgie Steiner—as they explore the emerging beat culture of San Francisco during the height of the city’s jazz revolution.

Ballard first began working on the book in the mid-1990s while teaching at HCC and began writing full time after his retirement.

“I [wanted to publish] ‘Brilliant Corners’ because its characters explore deep connections to jazz, nature, and emotions,” said Ballard. “It’s a passionate love story [set amongst] ‘60s beat culture and great jazz performances.”

According to Ballard, he knew that he wanted to self-publish and decided to use Book Baby after exploring a variety of e-book publishing options.

“Book Baby had the widest distribution network and its staff was great to work with,” said Ballard.

Originally from Seattle, Ballard lived in San Francisco for several years while obtaining his associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. In 1976, he received a certificate of advanced study from the Johns Hopkins University and a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Maryland in 1986.

Ballard taught English and philosophy at HCC from 1970 until his retirement in 2007. He was named professor emeritus in 2007.

“Brilliant Corners” is available in e-book format from Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony Reader, and other e-book retailers.