Friday, February 14, 2014

Yet Another Wondrous Creation from Rachael Garrity

My good friend and colleague Rachael Garrity--a woman whose ideas seem to grow into lovely flowering publications--has just published the first issue of her marvelous online publication, Ridge and Valley Reader. This one is about writers and writing and its center is this region, one rich with talent, as we continue to show annually at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference.

I am featured as Rach's "Writer of the Month" and in a lovely article, she talks about the creation of my new novel CLOG!, among other things. Here's the piece.  Rachael and I are in the same age group, which means we remember the Day Kennedy Was Shot and the Day the Beatles Landed first-hand, but I believe we share a strong interest in the new, the improved, the resourceful, the creative, things that work.

Her new magazine works and it is a look at where we are going with that kind of journalism, in addition to telling us how to write, how to publish, how to be a writer in the early 21st Century. Rach is one of those wondrous people who is nearly 100 percent energy and imagination and her heart is of such stock that she takes time with new writers and tells them what she knows, how they should proceed, what will work for them. I love her for that and for other marvelous characteristics of one of the most interesting people I know.

I am delighted and, frankly, honored to be part of her new venture. And I'm so happy for her and yet another Rachael Garrity creation. Go read it. I think you'll enjoy Ridge and Valley.

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