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r I think Roanoke, and ...surrounding areas are a nurturing environment for creative people... Our size ... and the cost of living here are
major factors too... Most folks who work in creative endeavors often
can't afford to pursue them. Roanoke and the counties around her
are different. You can have a decent lifestyle, pay the bills, raise your
kids and still have the energy and the means to chase your dream. I
have no doubt in my mind, this community helped me as a writer.
offerings over-the-top great, but they are role models
for generations of aspiring young female writers. That
may sound corny, but it's really important. Better yet,
there's a group coming immediately behind them,
writers like Liz Long and her contemporaries, battling
their way through a murky and routinely confusing
industry, a tough, tough business.
Bell: It's a hot spot for everyone! Seriously,
probably a lot of us grew up in the area and
never really wanted to leave. This area is quiet,
beautiful, and just radi-cool enough (without being
pretentious) for the more introverted writers like
myself. And who needs a writer's retreat when you
already live in a writer's retreat?
Macy: I don't think it was sudden, actually-we were
all here plugging along, and hard, for many years.
But it does feel good that so many of us are being
recognized not just for our own writing abilities but
for the fact that many of us write about this place, and
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try to bring honor and attention to it. 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 it belongs.
Belcher: I think Roanoke, and many of the
surrounding areas are a nurturing environment for
creative people, artists, musicians, craftsmen, poets,
and writers. I think it's a combination of our amazing
geography-the natural beauty and all the ways you
can connect with that, those mountains that speak to
the quiet parts of you and inspire, and renew.
Our size as a community and the cost of living here
are major factors too in my opinion. Most folks who
work in creative endeavors often can't afford to pursue
them. Roanoke and the counties around her are
different. You can have a decent lifestyle, pay the bills,
raise your kids and still have the energy and the means
to chase your dream. I have no doubt in my mind, this
community helped me as a writer. I

Sharyn McCrumb
(above left)
" ... It's hardly the New
England mafia of Emerson,
Melville, Hawthorne,
Thoreau. ... Maybe you
should test the water."
Rod Belcher
(above right)
"Roanoke [offers] a
nurturing environment for
creative people, artists,
musicians, craftsmen,
poets, and writers. ..."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - January/February 2017

Front Cover
Letters/Worth a Click
From the Editor
Lunch With . . .
Streets of Roanoke
The Gist
Events
25 Great Things in Roanoke, 2016
Five National Best-Selling Authors Right Here?
Making it in Roanoke
The “From-Scratch” Bullington Home
Blue Apron, La Petite Fondue: Two for Distinctive Dining
The Dish
SPECIAL SECTION: Valley Life
SPECIAL SECTION: The Menu Dining Guide
The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Intro
The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Cover1
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Letters/Worth a Click
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - From the Editor
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Lunch With . . .
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Streets of Roanoke
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - The Gist
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Events
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - 25 Great Things in Roanoke, 2016
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Five National Best-Selling Authors Right Here?
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - Making it in Roanoke
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The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - The Dish
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