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Spooks Branch, a human history story

Spooks Branch was a singular place in settlers’ loreby Rob NeufeldImportant editorial note:This is a significant historical story that is also, in parts, personal and controversial.  It is about a few families who settled a particular cove and played out their heroic and complex legacies in ways that interacted with place and time.  You don't read this kind of story much because people don't like to expose themselves or stir up trouble, even a little.  This caution makes history classes boring…See More
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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

History of the "Asheville 1000" and the 1970s renaissance                       Let’s not miss the history of Asheville’s renaissance, Marilyn Ball’s new book, “The Rise of Asheville,” advocates.            She’d come here in 1977, making her one of the advance guard of “artists, entrepreneurs, and off-the-grid…See More
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Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam coveIn 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road.  Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.These cakes were made of very thin, sweet dough with dried apple sauce spread between…See More
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Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's geniusSnakes on the lane            In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway.  “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks.  Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box.  Max says he'd stop and look in it,  “What if it was full of rattlesnakes? “ his father asks.            The verbal match…See More
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Humanize the history--especially with Civil War--writes acclaimed author

Writer illuminates tangled web of Civil Warby Rob Neufeld             David Madden has written a book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” that deserves special attention.            First, there’s Madden’s background.  In 1992, he founded the U.S. Civil War Center in New…See More
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Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,It's funny, but also tragic and angry.  The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015.  Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.Here's an excerpt from the…See More
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Juniper Bends Quarterly Reading at DownTown Books & News

November 13, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Our very special Autumnal edition starts at 7PM and is sure to be a lively and vibrant set, with featured writers Randi Janelle, Tina FireWolf, Logan Parker, and Annabelle Crowe. Two of our readers have new books out, and as always there is wine flowing by donation. Hosts Lockie Hunter and Caroline Wilson look forward to seeing you there----remember, your wellbeing depends upon it.See More
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Love and Mercy ~ Up On Roan Mountain

My family lived and loved up on Roan Mountain and in the surrounding mountain areas, and this is their story. It's woven into a tapestry that weaves down through the years, before the days of the Civil War and up to present day. They were…
Nov 9
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It's All Relative--50 WNC women write about family

Family life as perceived by 50 WNC authorsby Rob Neufeld             If you have biases against small press books or anthologies of local writers’ work, I recommend you lay them aside and take a look at “It’s All Relative” (Stone Ivy Press), 52 stories and poems by 50 WNC women authors writing about family.           …See More
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Promoting Writers

We are in the glad business of promoting books and writers, and can benefit from sharing ways to do that--for the field is open to doing a lot more, so that literature gains prominence.

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Raising Pastured Pigs Ebook Published

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Comment by Rodney Page on January 12, 2015 at 8:13am

Happy to join the group...Relatively new to North Carolina. Have published a thriller, Powers Not Delegated, and my second book, The Xerces Factor launches in April 2015. see more at my website:

Comment by Judith Toy on September 21, 2012 at 4:24pm

People seem to buy your book because they like you, and what you stand for. My book is making its way in the world in some of the most wonderful and unexpected ways, but I am not pushing the river -- just letting it all flow, (while of course maximizing our exposure on the social networks!)

Comment by Mary A. Berger on April 27, 2012 at 8:07pm

For Judith Toy - I agree with you 100% about believing in your project. It also helps to have an encouraging husband, family and an editor (who knows a lot of people). Now I'm working on reaching potential buyers/distributors. It will happen.

Comment by Judith Toy on March 6, 2012 at 10:20am

My husband and I are having so much fun marketing my book. There's a plethora of material online. Hard not to become overwhelmed, but we pick and choose the ideas that suit our project -- and those we can afford. This is a compelling new world. We did a publishing and PR business in the 80's and early 90's, so the marketing techniques are both familiar and unfamiliar (since the information explosion). What has not changed: believing in your project and projecting that belief, bringing it alive for potential buyers/distributors. Patience and persistence are virtues here, too.

Comment by Danny Bernstein on December 31, 2011 at 6:54am

Writing is only part of the book business. Marketing is the other 90%. Yes, it's time consuming but you want to get your book in the hands of readers.

I gave a workshop at the NC Writers Network on "Finding your Community". Another way to put it is "Creating your platform." This website is also a good way of doing this.

Danny Bernstein

Comment by Joe Perrone Jr. on December 30, 2011 at 11:01pm

Twice Bitten is almost done. 71,000 words and powering toward the finish line. I think you're going to love the third Matt Davis Mystery. Check out the special offer on my website.

Comment by Joe Perrone Jr. on October 21, 2011 at 6:03pm

Donald Marotta,


Are you saying that you do audio recordings?  I am interested in making audio versions of my murder mysteries.  I'd appreciate any help you can give me.

Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 21, 2011 at 2:37pm

I am sorry to have missed the Burnsville based festival workshops. I wanted to go to make some new friends. I have a list of names to try to contact in nearby counties and will proceed this way.  


In the meanwhile, is there anyone interested in audio recordings for any purpose(s)? I can name about 10 good ones and bought a quality mike with Audacity software in place. Anyone one into this?

Comment by Christine Hale on October 11, 2011 at 1:48pm
Asheville-area writers, want to write a new book by spring? See: Kevin McIlvoy's WRITING THE NOVELLA Sessions. Participants will draft a novella between Oct. 2011 and Feb. 2012. The intensive instruction sessions (10 AM to 3 PM) will be Oct. 29, Nov. 19, and Dec. 10. For more info:
Comment by Rob Neufeld on December 26, 2009 at 2:26pm
We have a member looking for an editor. What do you all think of that and of the usefulness of sharing expertise? See forum.

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