High Country Writers will host author Ashley Memory to speak at its Nov. 8 meeting held at Watauga County Library in Boone, N.C., beginning at 10 a.m. She will be sharing some of her trade secrets, such as how she draws upon real life experiences to write fiction, the role of the writer’s imagination and how she uses common objects such as the local phone book to generate ideas.
Her first novel, Naked and Hungry, was named one of the season’s most promising novels by Library Journal. Memory has published essays and short stories in a number of publications, including Cairn, Portland Literary Review, Wildlife in North Carolina and Romantic Homes.
Memory is also creator and writer of the website, World of Crêpes, which is dedicated to the celebration of this culinary treat with recipes to delight any palate. This passion led to her e-book, The Essential Guide to Crêpes, a step by step guide to making crêpes, replete with photographs of her mouth-watering crêpe creations.
Memory describes herself as a “working writer,” balancing her busy job as a communications director for UNC-Chapel Hill with her literary pursuits. She resides in Pittsboro, N.C.
High Country Writers is an organization which fosters the growth and creativity of writers of all genres offering its members support, constructive criticism and professional development. The meetings are held at 10 a.m. at the Watauga County Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Guests are welcome. Meetings are cancelled when the Watauga County Schools are closed for inclement weather. For more information about the organization, membership and calendar of events, visit the HCW website at www. highcountrywriters.tripod.com.