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Mornings unPHILtered - Making a visit to 'Snipesville'
Snipesville Laing headshot
Annette Laing
    Phil Boyum welcomed local author Annette Laing to Thursday's “Mornings unPHILtered” show.
    A former professor at Georgia Southern, Laing was born in Dundee, Scotland and raised in southern England. Laing is author of “The Snipesville Chronicles.” This set of two novels (so far) reveals the adventures of three kids who time-travel throughout British and American history.
    Laing will have a book signing at the Book and Cranny Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., where she will sign both of her books. The store is located on Highway 301 South, next to the Latte Da coffee shop. Laing said the concept for Snipesville came to her when she was at Georgia Southern. A camp program had students playing British children evacuated from London during bombing raids in World War II.
    Laing discovered after writing the book that there actually is a Snipesville, Georgia, and included an apology to the town's residents about how she intended no disrespect. She says in reality the town is supposed to be Statesboro in disguise.
    As a graduate student, she became interested in popular religious history studies, and then started working with children. Laing said she had always wanted to write, so she did. After being encouraged by her husband and receiving a positive response, she kept writing.
    Laing resigned from the History Department at Georgia Southern in 2008 in order to pursue her writing fulltime. Her first book, “Don't Know Where, Don't Know When,” stated that it was to be the first in her Snipesville series.
    It's all about children from modern-day Georgia being transported to WWII-era London, where they would have none of today's conveniences. Her second book is “A Different Day, A Different Destiny,” and involves the kids being transported into the Victorian period of Savannah.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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