Hilton Head Islanders might not know Margot Sloan by name. But if they frequented Reilley's Grill & Bar on the south end of the island 20 years ago, they might recognize her smiling face.
Sloan is the pen name for Margaret Reeves, who worked as a waitress, bartender and eventually manager at Reilley's for several years. She said she lived on Hilton Head for almost 15 years before moving to Durham, N.C., in 1993.
Reeves will return to the popular island eatery Sept. 27-28 to sign copies of her first book, a love story called "In That Moment."
In the book, Anne McLeod is an attorney who works in the World Trade Center. When the tragedy of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks hit, she is given a second chance with a former love. The couple ends up starting a new life in Beaufort.
Reeves said the terrorist attacks were the seed that got her started with the book.
"When you see something like that happen, you just think of all the different possible scenarios that are going on," she said. "I got this idea that 'What if someone wanted to use 9/11 as an opportunity to disappear from a life that they found very unsatisfying?'"
Reeves works in human resources and accounting for a software developer in Durham.
She said when she started writing the book, she had no idea where the story would go. As she got more and more into it, she could not wait to write every day.
"At 57, I finally found something that I really like to do," Reeves said. "This is the most satisfying thing I've ever done."
Reeves said readers have responded positively to the book. She is now working on a prequel and will probably write a sequel too.
"I think the story is compelling," she said. "It's a really lively plot."
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