Get Ready to Recognize the College Campus in D.W. Saur’s Latest Book

by Monica Hoel
D.W. Saur’s newest book has some familiar locations like “Hillman Hall” and “Van Dyke” – which just makes the storyline that much more impactful.

D.W. graduated from Emory & Henry in 2005, and he has already published 4 books. He got started on this journey as a middle school librarian. “In order to be a better librarian, was reading books that my students were reading, and I often thought, ‘This is horrible. I could do better than this!’”

So he jumped in to try his hand as an author. He started with Metal Like Me which offered up lessons about bullying and acceptance. He says it led him to a better understanding of the Virginia laws about bullying, and he was a little disheartened. “I had a student getting picked on, and I found out that it didn’t qualify as bullying under the law.” He uses his book to offer strength to those students who might otherwise feel defeated by that sort of cruel treatment.

He also says he didn’t like the way he saw women portrayed in books in movies. So his second book, Dark Days, has a strong female character who is called on to be stronger than everyone expects a young woman to be. “I just felt like women characters weren’t being justly served.”

He even wrote one book on a dare! He had written a children’s book and a fantasy book so someone dared him to write a romance novel. He says The Last Christmas is “Hallmark-esque” and got picked up pretty quickly for publication.

But his most recent book is called Just Friends, and it has special appeal to E&H alums because part of the story arc includes the main character going off to college to a little school in the country where he is greeted by students who help him move his things into Hillman Hall. “You write what you know! And after four years I knew the campus well. Although…after visiting campus recently I saw that I didn’t know it as well as I thought because so much has changed! It was phenomenal to see all the improvements. The president and his team have made an amazing place even more amazing.”

But no matter when you graduated, you will feel very much at home in the Emory that DW creates in Just Friends. The main character, Sam, finds his personal strengths and self confidence while getting started in college – and he finds he will need this newfound strength to face what lies ahead of him.

We’ll stop talking there and encourage you to read the rest.

You can find Just Friends and all of D.W.’s books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Learn more about the author on his webpage. You can enjoy a conversation with D.W. Saur on the Duck Pond Wall podcast where he also shares his advice for getting started as a writer. And look for him to return to campus for a book-signing during our 2022 Homecoming event on Oct. 1.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2110-nora-davis-helps-bring-jonesborough-to-life"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.jpg" alt="Nora Davis Emory & Henry Class of 2016" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1309/10534_F39A3771-2.rev.1638286255.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1309" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2110-nora-davis-helps-bring-jonesborough-to-life">Nora Davis Helps Bring Jonesborough to Life!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nora Davis is the marketing and promotions coordinator for Jonesborough, Tennessee. And she says there is a lot of new activity in a town that is Tennessee’s oldest.</span> <a href="/live/news/2110-nora-davis-helps-bring-jonesborough-to-life" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2340-hannah-long-acquires-books-for-harper-collins"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.jpg" alt="Hannah Long E&H Class of 2018" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/582,531,2259,2208/11225_IMG_20211215_180338973.rev.1651854433.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1677" data-max-h="1677" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2340-hannah-long-acquires-books-for-harper-collins">Hannah Long Acquires Books for Harper Collins</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Hannah is breaking a long family tradition – and the adventure is paying off. <a href="/live/news/2340-hannah-long-acquires-books-for-harper-collins" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/877-the-man-who-made-emory-henry-and-costa-rica"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/72,0,329,256/6549_Scrapper.rev.1563216299.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/72,0,329,256/6549_Scrapper.rev.1563216299.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/72,0,329,256/6549_Scrapper.rev.1563216299.jpg" alt="Scrapper Broady, Emory & Henry Class of 1970." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="257" data-max-h="256" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/877-the-man-who-made-emory-henry-and-costa-rica">The Man Who Made Emory & Henry and Costa Rica Neighbors</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><a href="https://archive.org/details/OntheDuckPondWall/Scrapper+Broady.mp3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span>Click here to listen to an interview</span></a> with Scrapper Broady (’70) as he talks about the Pathway Project!  <a href="/live/news/877-the-man-who-made-emory-henry-and-costa-rica" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2407-matt-long-is-a-partner-in-his-law-firm"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png 1x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png 1x"/> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,8,350,358/11659_Matt_Long.rev.1658355157.png" alt="Matt Long Emory & Henry Class of 2003" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="350" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2407-matt-long-is-a-partner-in-his-law-firm">Matt Long is a Partner in His Law Firm</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Are you looking for an attorney? Better call Matt.</p><a href="/live/news/2407-matt-long-is-a-partner-in-his-law-firm" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2373-jimmy-lawrence-retires-from-virginia-tech-after-40"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.jpg" alt="Jimmy Lawrence Emory & Henry Class of 1979" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/11404_Lawrence_J_17MS_da_DK_1097E.rev.1655251680.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2373-jimmy-lawrence-retires-from-virginia-tech-after-40">Jimmy Lawrence Retires from Virginia Tech After 40 Years</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Jimmy Lawrence has just retired from a 40-year career as an athletic trainer for Virginia Tech, and he says there’s one experience that he has loved more than any other. <a href="/live/news/2373-jimmy-lawrence-retires-from-virginia-tech-after-40" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/162-eamphs-hidden-role-in-hidden-figures"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,95,232,327/855_Hidden.rev.1507735803.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,95,232,327/855_Hidden.rev.1507735803.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,95,232,327/855_Hidden.rev.1507735803.jpg" alt="The cover of Margot Lee Shetterly's book, Hidden Figures." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="232" data-max-h="232" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/162-eamphs-hidden-role-in-hidden-figures">E&H’s Hidden Role in “Hidden Figures”</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> The book, “Hidden Figures,” has been made into a movie and everyone is loving the story. But you might not know about a couple of E&H figures who are in the story. <a href="/live/news/162-eamphs-hidden-role-in-hidden-figures" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>