(Minnia) Inglis Fletcher , a native of Illinois, went to art school for sculpture and ended up being a leading novelist in North Carolina. She married a mining engineer and moved frequently across the country. She began her writing career when she lived in California. Years later, while on a hunt for her ancestors in Tyrrell County, NC, she became enamored with North Carolina history. Fletcher intended to write a twelve-volume Carolina Series of novels based on life in North Carolina from 1765 to 1782. She and her husband moved to North Carolina and purchased Bandon, a plantation manor house near Edenton, NC. Fletcher’s husband died in 1960 and Bandon burned in 1963, which drastically changed her life. The Carolina Series has been translated into seven languages.