Sunday, June 29, 2014

High Country Festival of the Book

 
 These beautiful lilies were blazing in the side yard of the historic Jones House in downtown Boone, NC yesterday where I was part of a mystery panel.
 I caught a picture of the always charming Kaye Barley who was our moderator but got so involved with talking to other panel members and then the nice folks who showed up to hear us that I'm kinda embarrassed that this is all I've got. . .


We sat on the front porch and watched the busy main street -- Boone is a college town and a tourist destination and there seemed to be about twenty different events going on this weekend.  

Our panel (and audience) talked about mystery novels -- must there always be a murder? where is the line between genre and literary novels? And we talked about writing in general -- where do ideas come from? to outline or not? and what about those characters that seem to have a mind of their own. . .


It was a pleasant hour or so of booktalk -- as can break out whenever a group of booklovers are gathered together . . .


And on the way home, I caught a glimpse of Grandfather Mountain -- dreaming in the mist . . .


8 comments:

KarenB said...

Darn it! I only missed you by a few weeks!

Brian Miller said...

oh i bet it was a lot of fun to sit and talk shop...talk books...def inspiring...dont have many other writers to be around here...so mine are limited to my trips to poetry performances and such...

Kaye Barley said...

I have for so, so long wanted to have a chance to do exactly this. Sit on a front porch and talk books with one of my favorite women - favorite writers. And it was as lovely as I knew it would be.

Thank you for being a part of the High Country Festival of the Book, Vicki!

xxoo

NCmountainwoman said...

I grew up in Boone and the house was lived in by an elderly lady whom we never saw. (We had plenty of made-up stories about the white house and the lady.) I didn't know it was now a cultural center. Great location.

Frances said...

Vicki, there is so much that reading this post has encourage me to leave a comment, that this is comment.

However, in less than five minutes, PBS will be airing the latest Endeavour.

I will email you a long message about all sorts of mystery writing thoughts.

xo

Victoria said...

That must have been so much fun, Vicki. And that front porch...gorgeous!

Jim Egerton said...

It would have been great to be there and just listen to the front porch talk. I would have learned so much

Darla said...

Dang! I would have loved to listen to y'all…did anyone record it and post it somewhere??? :-)