December 4, 2012

Bill and I walked to the Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Saturday. That’s probably going to be the last walk for me until spring as I do not do cold. We took some new letters to spruce up the box, but someone had beat us to it! It’s looks great. As you can see there’s a new edition–it’s either a foot rest or a mounting block for the bench, handy for those of us with short legs! On the way back I rested on an amazing piece of driftwood, it’s a huge branch that snakes in and out of the sand in two places–and it has an arm rest and a foot rest! It was a beautiful sunny day and we’re delighted we went to visit the Kindred Spirit! – Jack DeGroot


October 12, 2011

I walked to the mailbox yesterday morning and look at the wonderful surprise I found waiting there! Since this is festival season and time to sell books, it’s been weeks since I’ve had the opportunity to get down there to check things out. Some kind and industrious hearts have been very busy. My spirits are still soaring. It was high tide so more of a slog than usual getting down there, but well worth it! Thank you Kindred Spirit’s Kindred Spirit! As a bonus, on the way back I met Linda from Cherry Grove, the lady Laura Lewis and I met on the way down on the day of the rescue mission, so I had company on the way back! How cool is that? –Jack DeGroot


October 10, 2011

These are the pirates I hung out with at Riverfest in downtown Wilmington, NC this past weekend. It was an awesome festival with glorious weather. I thought the wind gusts were going to send a few canopies out to the river, but all was well. I am kind of sick of hearing “Aaargh!” though.


Bookmarks – A red flag goes up for famed mailbox

By Ben Steelman
Published: Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 3:30 a.m.

One of the area’s literary landmarks took a serious hit when Hurricane Irene blew through Southeastern North Carolina.

According to Brunswick County author Jacqueline DeGroot, the “Kindred Spirit” mailbox at Sunset Beach was left tilting after the hurricane, and beach erosion has left it in a precarious position.

A nearby bench has blown over, and passers-by can no longer easily leave notes in the highly unofficial mailbox, DeGroot reported in a letter to the Sunset Beach Town Council.

Since the box is apparently out of town jurisdiction, DeGroot is trying to recruit volunteers to help move the box a short ways to a safer site and stabilize it.

Maintained by an anonymous guardian, the Kindred Spirit mailbox is filled with notebooks. Sunset Beach visitors can peruse entries and write in their own musings, dreams and prayers.

DeGroot wrote about the mailbox in her 2002 novel “Secret of the Kindred Spirit,” and Charlotte author Marybeth Whalen made it the title character in her 2010 novel “The Mailbox.”


October 10th, 2009 11:00am
 The latest from Jacqueline DeGroot

by Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star News

I’m overdue acknowledging a shipment from Jacqueline DeGroot of Sunset Beach, who sent in not one, not two, but three of her most recent titles. This lady is the Terminator of romance writers — she just keeps coming.

A few weeks ago in the Sunday paper, we noted DeGroot’s latest installment in her “Widows of Sea Trail” series: “Tessa of Crooked Gulley” (American Imaging, $18.95 paperback). This one’s about a dreamy, widowed breast-cancer survivor who books herself on a Caribbean cruise, has a torrid affair with the hunky harbor pilot, then comes home to solve the disappearance of her good friend Amy. (She suspects Amy’s nogoodnik husband.) Then Mr. Harbor Pilot shows up again.

It’s worth noting that DeGroot — who signs herself “Jack” — as been a Sea Trails resident for the past decade or so.

Also in the packet was “Running Up the Score,” a road adventure that DeGroot actually wrote last year with her friend Peggy Grich of Ocean Isle Beach (American Imaging, $16.95 paperback). Like Alexandre Dumas, DeGroot has so many ideas, she sometimes has to take on collaborators to get them all done.

“Running Up the Score” continues a series of RV-related mystery/adventures. Their heroine — a Tar Heel who keeps changing her name to avoid a husband straight out of “Sleeping With the Enemy” — is on the West Coast. She sets out to help an Iraq veteran who’s trying to find his long-lost girlfriend and only has a snapshot to go on. Meanwhile, she has an on-again, off-again relationship with Brick, a federal agent who targets molesters. But can Brick come to the rescue in time when she’s stuck in Death Valley?

A different turn for DeGroot is “Father Steve’s Dilemma” ($14.95 paperback), about a Catholic priest, doubting his vocation. Then, while teaching at a Catholic university, he discovers that one of his favorite students is really a girl — a girl in trouble. Can he help her and resist his all-too-human temptations?

DeGroot’s previous books include “Climax,” “Secret of the Kindred Spirit,” “Barefoot Beaches” “Shipwrecked at Sunset” and (with Miller Pope) “Tales of the Silver Coast: A Secret History of Brunswick County.” (She writes that she and Pope are now working on a history of Sunset Beach.)

You can find most of her books at or at her Web site, One has to admire this lady’s moxie at self-publishing.

DeGroot also had some good news. Her daughter Kimberly has been successfully battling a series of tumors, had graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and had a time touring Italy with sometime-Brunswick author Mark Gordon Smith (”Tuscan Echoes,” etc.”) She’ll be entering The Art Institute in New York in November. If I remember the story correctly, DeGroot began writing her romances in her van while waiting to pick up Kimberly from school.