Dr. Terry Dalrymple of the English faculty at Angelo State University has published a book of short fiction titled 'Love Stories (Sort Of)' through Lamar University Press.

Released in March, 'Love Stories (Sort Of)' requires a parenthetical explanation in the title because these stories are not chivalric romances. They vividly illustrate real people  ̶  whether children, adolescents or adults  ̶  in love. The characters in this assemblage get by as best they can in often humorous and always poignant ways. Among the characters are an idealistic 11-year-old with a gift for pencil drawing and a crush on his teacher, a 47-year-old real estate agent looking for another ego-bolstering bedpost notch, and a beautiful, lonely young woman whose only knowledge of love comes from classical literature and her mother’s dire warnings about nasty things boys seek.

A 35-year ASU faculty member, Dalrymple holds the John S. Cargile University Professorship and teaches creative writing and literature. His other works of fiction include “Salvation,” a short story collection; “Fishing for Trouble,” a novel for middle readers; and “Texas 5X5: Twenty-Five Stories by Five Texas Writers,” which he co-authored. His stories have been published in dozens of journals and anthologies, and he is the editor of “Texas Soundtrack: Texas Stories Inspired by Texas Music.”

“Love Stories (Sort Of)” is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book stores, as well as through Lamar University Press.