The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - 36
"This area is quiet, beautiful, and just radi-cool enough ...
for the more introverted writers like myself. ..."
Roland Lazenby (top)
The list's women "are role
models for generations
of aspiring young female
Beth Macy (lower)
"I don't think it was sudden,
actually-we were all here
plugging along, and hard, for
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r I know I used to think,
long ago, that you had to
live in a big city to write
big stories, but I think
we've all thrown that
notion on its rear, where
books in 2016: "Ghosts, Inspector Flytrap (Book 1)",
"Comics Squad #2 (Lunch)" and "Inspector Flytrap in
the President's Mane is Missing (Book #2)". Another
"Inspector Flytrap" is due in January. She began her
18-book string in 2003 with "Sock Monkey Goes to
Hollywood" and published the enormously popular "El
Deafo" in 2014. Bell is deaf. She is married to popular
children's book author Tom Angleberger, whose books
have sold nearly four million copies.
These authors were asked a simple question: How
could the Roanoke Valley produce so many popular
authors at the same time?
McCrumb: I've only met Beth, I think, so it's
hardly the New England mafia of Emerson, Melville,
Hawthorne, Thoreau. And we're in different fields of
writing. Maybe you should test the water.
Lazenby: It's an interesting question because getting
published by a major house today is really, really
tough, so the percentages for this relatively sparsely
populated region per capita would seem to be striking.
The Hollins writers program plays a part. The
(Roanoke Regional) Writer's Conference plays a part in
it. The Roanoke Times, The Roanoker and other regional
media play a part. The South and its culture, too. The
general overall livability of the Roanoke/Blue Ridge
region plays a part. ...
... The presence of Beth, Cece and Sharyn is a
special, special thing for the region. Not only are their