2011, A Year Of Hope and Thanksgiving
By Renea Winchester
Growing up in a small town in the western North Carolina mountains, I had the most improbable dream of becoming a veterinarian. I had an affinity for horses, dogs, cats, and the wild animals my dad rescued during the course of his day while working with the power company. At a young age I charted a career path. There was one vet in our area who, I reasoned, would be retired just about the time I finished college. With my mother's encouragement, I asked him if I could volunteer during the summer.
I was promptly rejected.
While the desire to write came to me as a teenager, it was quickly squelched when my diary was discovered, read, and distributed to fellow students. Writing returned and became a driving force in the 90's as I journaled my way through a divorce. With the encouragement of the great Appalachian Writer, Wilma Dykeman, I returned to writing. I soon became convinced writing was what God placed me on earth to do.
Perish the thought !
Kathy Louise Patrick recently said, "books are NOT six week commodities stories can be timeless if well written."
So thank you, to everyone who added my book to your reading list.
Thus I begin the year filled with hope that authors will embrace readers like never before, and that readers will give newly-published authors like myself a chance.
Renea Winchester is a two-time winner of the Appalachan Writer's Award for Essay. Her work has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Georgia Backroads, Smoky Mountain Living and Long Leaf Style, Georgia Magazine as well as Georgia Public Radio 90.1 FM. She is a frequent contributor to grit.com. Her memoir, In The Garden With Billy: Lessons about Life, Love and Tomatoes, was released October 2010, by Little Creek Books.