Anthony Rankine -- Educated in Engineering and Computer Science, Anthony J. Rankine enjoys unloading works of fiction and poetry on the unsuspecting public.
Lee Bernier was born a Yankee in Newport, Rhode Island.
Living now, below the Mason-Dixon Line, is an enjoyable adventure. In between, I graduated from the University of Rhode Island, was an officer in the United States Air Force, and lived 30 years in California working as safety director for a large hospital corporation. Leaving California seven years ago was a sensible thing to do. We moved to North Carolina, building a log cabin where Jessie and I live today with The Princess, our delightfully entertaining cat.Show Less
Mr. Bare has been a resident of Watauga County since 1968.
In 1997, Bart retired from his position as a psychology instructor, took up writing, and soon found a home with High Country Writers. He maintains that joining that group was one of the smartest things he's ever done. Bart has published four books; Satan's Bargain, Girl, Wadmalaw: A Ghost Story, and SS Jew, all available through Amazon. Bart is presently working on his fifth book, Beauty In The Beast, which he hopes to have under cover by February 2015.
Mr. Baldwin began to write verse and fiction when he was ten.
After he had completed his BA, however, most of his writing was done in promotional pieces and graduate preparation for his career in adult education. When he retired, he returned to a saga he had begun when he was but twenty-one. He brought the finished story with him for critique by High Country Writers when circumstance recently brought him to live in Elk Park. In addition, he brought the story of two Randolph County characters who just might have been his students. One of them is named Harry.Show Less
Mr. Block has been a resident of the High Country since 1977.
He worked in the fields of business, education and social service. Currently he serves his wife Debbie, a brain cancer survivor since 2001, as a full-time caregiver. He began writing as a pastime to help fill the quiet, lonely hours waiting daily for Debbie to awaken.
His first book, Nine Years After, is the brutally honest account of the changes brought on by Debbie's illness. His second book, God Knows What: The Autobiography of Pope Bing the First, is an innovative novel that weaves two separate books into one. Print copies are available on Amazon or from the author. E-books are available on Kindle.
A temperate-weather member of High Country Writers since 2006, Robert lives in Linville Land Harbor until October, and from then until May in Winston-Salem.
A retired clinical psychologist, he has co-authored a book on child neglect in Appalachia, authored another on mental health topics, and has published 25 peer-reviewed articles in child welfare and psychiatric journals.Show Less
Mrs. Bussone is a writer, artist and wellness coach.
With her husband, Rich Bussone, she co-created,Veggin' Out and About!, a food and travel blog for plant-based diners, for which she serves as editor for a dozen writers, restaurant reviewer and columnist. She will soon publish her first book, Time For Change: Whole Foods For Whole Health. Bussone also writes cookbooks, short stories and is working on a novel tentatively titled, I Can Hear The River Singing. Danielle and Rich live in Tennessee and Virginia with their "Beloved Monsters," two dogs and two cats.Show Less
An artist/writer, Mr. Capehart resides in Boone, North Carolina.
He came to Boone in 1969 as a faculty member in the ASU art department and retired in 1996. While he has been exhibiting in regional and national adjudicated art exhibitions since 1958, he has been involved with creative writing since the mid-1960s. Noyes has written numerous short stories and five novels. His most recent novel, Devil's Mark, received the HCW Book of the Year Award (2013) in the category of suspense. He is currently mid-way through the sequel, Chameleon. Noyes is married to Suzanne Connor of Shelby, North Carolina. They have a combined family of six children and eleven grandchildren.
Mr. Clawson is a native of Boone and Watauga County
He played football at Appalachian High and Appalachian State University. During his active duty with the U.S. Air Force, he was voted the outstanding fighter on the Alaskan Air Command boxing team. Wayne retired as an Associate Vice Chancellor from Appalachian in 2004. He is extremely proud of his grown son (Whitley) and daughter (Amber) and of the fact that he was able to confuse his wife (Joy) long enough to get her to marry him.Show Less
Mrs. Dalton was lured to the land of the Grand Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming by a picture in a 1992 copy of Architectural Digest Magazine, entitled "The Wild West."
In 2006, her dream to visit this mythic American vista, the heart of the west to her, came true. The desire to write became a reality with this inspiration. "Wild Horses" was born on the plains and wide open spaces, with light settling like gold mist on the valley floor. Savannah is currently at work on an adventure romantic novel, ranging from the mountains of North Carolina to Wyoming.Show Less
Former travel agency owner, and former sales manager for a regional publishing house, Dingwall opened her own publishing company, Canterbury House Publishing, in July 2009.
She is a past president and active member of the High Country Writers of NW North Carolina since 2002 and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Her first novel Celtic Curse released in May 2013 is her second novel in the series. She continues as publisher of CHP, publishing books by various southern authors and is currently crafting her third novel in the series.
Mrs. Guy was born and raised in western Watauga County.
She and her twin brother, Harold, were the youngest of seventeen children. Her father passed away when she was taking her first steps. She acquired her love of music and story-telling from thirteen brothers who needed no coaxing to bring out the fiddle and rosin-up the bow.Show Less
Ms. Jencson hails from Cleveland, Ohio. She has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and teaches at Appalachian State University.
She writes about Native Americans, quality popular culture, disaster response, and the not-so-subtle cultural differences in various regions of the United States. Her favorite authors include novelists Elizabeth Peters, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, as well as screenwriters Joss Whedon and Steven Moffat. Most of her research and writing investigates ways that humans use symbols to motivate action. She lives with a faithful striped hound and a 29-year-old turtle on an acre and a quarter of land near the Blue Ridge Parkway.Show Less
A retired foreign language and English teacher, Mrs. McGalliard is the author of Lives Divided: My Family torn apart by WW II and the Soviet Gulag, as well as several short stories.
She is working on her second book, Years Stolen: Life as a Soviet POW, a true story based upon her father's hand written memoirs. When she is not writing, Birgitta likes talking to schools, civic clubs, and church groups about her family's experiences before, during, and after World War II. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling. She lives in Boone, NC with her husband Bill.
To say I've lived an itinerant life would be rather much of an understatement.
By fifth grade I had already lived in Great Britain (mine and my family's birthplace), immigrated to Australia, back to England and finally over to the United States where I live to this day. This nomadic lifestyle was in large part an attempt by my perpetrators to hide the catastrophic level of trauma which I endured throughout my childhood and on into adulthood. I have written from the moment I could put pen to paper, it is a huge tool in my ongoing recovery. I offer up then two companion pieces reflective of my mental health struggles but also of my resiliency and courage.Show Less
Born on the Volga in Russia just as World War I began, Nora Lourie Percival came to America at eight and grew up in New York.
After graduating from Barnard College during the Great Depression, she has worked mostly in the editorial field and administration. Her first husband, a fellow student at her university and father of her son, died very young. A second marriage produced four daughters. Since her retirement she has been writing a trilogy of memoirs about the critical times she has lived through. This fall she will reach the century mark after a full and busy life.
Professor emerita in the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University, where she taught children's literature and language arts for twenty years.
Leslie is the author of Primary Reading and Writing Activities for Every Month of the School Year. She is the co-author of three additional books: Teaching the Reading Teachers, Teaching Basic Skills in Reading, and Fry's Instant Word Puzzles and Activities, and the co-author of two tests: Slosson Test of Reading Readiness and Slosson Phonics and Structural Analysis Test. She has had sixty-eight articles published in fifty-eight different journals and magazines.Show Less
Mrs. Spirit has kept a journal for 59 years.
She has published poetry and essays about nature, spirituality, travel, and writing. She leads poetry, journaling, and writing workshops at Degrees of Freedom, her retreat center, and elsewhere. Backcountry Permit: A Woman's Solitary Journeys is an essay collection awaiting publication. Sepia Days is a poetry chapbook. Sue is also working on a chapbook of travel poems and a collection of essays on travel and spirituality. She enjoys gardening, vegetarian cooking, travel, genealogy, reading, hiking, movies, and snuggling with her dog, Ginger.Show Less
An avid flyfisher, Mrs. Steele lives in Boone, NC with her husband Stephen Otto Steele (of SOS Printing).
She is proudly surrounded by her three children, Jennifer, Shana and Jesse, and four grandsons, Dylan, Josh, Evan and Jon-Stephen. She loves Steve, poetry, fishing, food and old tombstones.Show Less
Mrs. Strawser lives just outside of Boone, NC with her artist husband, T.A., and their rescued kitty, Flower.
Ree has been a writer/ photographer since her early teens and has now turned those hobbies into publishing short stories, poems, newspaper articles and is working on a novel. She was recently published in the first volume of High Country Headwaters. Her photography adorned the covers as it does in this current volume. She also sells her photography in a local gallery. Ree has been a member of High Country Writers since 2003 and states, "I've gained immeasurably from the support of our members and from our educational programs."Show Less
Mrs. Whitehead began writing poetry after she retired from a 28 year career in the US Army.
She has had various poems published in women's magazines and regional anthologies. Her poetry explores the darker aspects of life and relationships with powerful honesty and subtle humor. Lory is also the author of reluctant warriors, a book that portrays the experiences of combat veterans through poetry, memoirs and letters; reluctant warriors was published in March 2014 and is available at amazon.com. Lory is a resident of Watauga County, North Carolina.