These independent book stores and gift shops carry my books and the books of many Western North Carolina writers. You don’t have to find a big box store to support local writers.

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop
Balsam Mountain Inn Gift Shop
Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville
City Lights in Sylva
Crossnore School Weaving Gift Shop
Curiosity Shop in Murphy
Highland Books in Brevard
Grateful Steps
Mountain Made in the Grove Arcade
Sanctuary of Stuff on Weaverville Hwy
Smith McDowell House Museum Gift Shop

Joan Medlicott
Friend Joan Medlicott introduced me to my first “real” critique group (The Plotters) and has consistently encouraged my writing as I’ve admired hers. We still travel together to writers’ events and enjoy a critique group. If you aren’t familiar with her Ladies of Covington series and her stand-alone novels, you’re in for a treat.

Nancy Dillingham
Nancy Dillingham and I shared responsibilies on Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s faculty/staff literary magazine, Victoria Press, for some ten years. Since then we’ve co-edited two anthologies by Western NC women writers and she’s produced five books of poems. Check them out on TheRead’s blogspot. will take you to this Asheville writer; her novel City of Slaughter was published in March, 2011, and its sequel, Red Mansions, in 2014.

Jeanne Charters
Jeanne Charters understands women and their ways, as her Funny, Isn’t It? collection of articles shows. Her new novel, Shanty Gold, will be out in 2015.

Nancy Sales Cash
Nancy Sales Cash, a native of Swain County, now returned from years abroad and living in Asheville, has one novel (Ritual River) set in Appalachia in print  and Murdering Oscar Wilde: A Nosy Rosy Mystery.

Mona Rae Miracle
Friend Mona Rae Miracle (Booth) is a writer (Wesley’s Gift, a novel, and Nuclear People, short stories and the cover artist for Islands One and All and Journey to Stenness. I love both covers–and her writing, as well.
is a wonderful, women-run business just minutes from downtown Asheville; with two stores chock full of an unbelievable array of arts, crafts, furniture, and books by local authors, it is more fun to shop in than fourteen malls.

Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM) If you’re interested in old mills, their history, the technology,  saving and preserving them, this is the organization for you, with regional and national meetings and a quarterly magazine: The Old Mill News.

Western North Carolina Writers Guild

Kaye Wilkinson Barley is the author of delightful Whimsey and blogs at Meandering and Muses.

JC Walkup’s novel, Partners, is a Scotland/Texas saga.

Bill Ramsey blogs at authorbillramsey. He tells Angela Leigh Tucker’s story of surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury in Me Now—Who Next?

Western North Carolina Woman
WNC Woman has, since 2002, been a standard bearer for women writers. Begun and maintained on a “shoestring,” it offers monthly articles, photographs, prose and poetry by and about women (giving men a June issue entitled The Y Chromosome)–women who do and dare, think and write, create and care. Check it out and you’ll see it’s worth far more than the yearly subscription fee–and, in fact, it’s free around the region. I give the magazine credit for energizing my writing self, way back in its first issue, when I saw “Biscuits and Cream Cheese” in print.

Lisa Sarasohn,

Bill Ramsey with Angela Leigh Tucker: Me Now—Who Next: The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery.