Just had lunch with Mary Crockett Hill, one of my favorite people and a new member of the exclusive Roanoke First-Line Authors Club with her new book How She Died, How I Lived.
This is Mary’s second novel (the first co-written) and it’s a far more serious effort than the first. She says it’s for the older end of the Young Adult reading public.
The exclusive club (which I just created) includes Roanoke Valley writers–born here or live here–like Sharyn McCrumb, Roland Lazenby, Liza Mundy, Beth Macy, CeCe Bell, Rod Belcher, David Baldacci, Mary Bishop and probably a couple I’m leaving out, especially when you consider the size of the Roanoke Valley. This is categorized as a “rural” area. I’m glad to see Mary break into it.
She’s a fine writer (poetry and young adult fiction) who is teaching college kids at Roanoke College to write.
Incidentally, Mary’s poetry–which is adult–is written under her full married name, Mary Crockett Hill, while her YA signature is Mary Crockett. She says the adult stuff might be a bit risque for kids, so she differentiates.
Lunch at Roanoke College was–as always–superb. One of the best college lunch rooms on the planet. In fact our region has several of the best college lunch rooms in existence: Hollins, Virginia Tech, Roanoke College and James Madison are all famous for their food.