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A North Carolina inmate's novelist career violates prison policies against conducting a business behind bars, say officials.
Victor Martin, a 32-year-old habitual felon with several theft-related convictions, has written four novels while at a state prison in Elizabeth City. But now prison officials have confiscated his manuscripts and are disciplining him for writing under a policy he intends to legally challenge, the Raleigh News-Observer reported Monday.
"When I'm trying to do something positive, they want me to stop," Martin said in a telephone interview from the Elizabeth City prison. "The way I see it, they want me to stay stagnant and not do anything."