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I heard a great quote yesterday from Jennifer Gilmore, author of Golden Country. “Touch your book every day.” I love that. Touch your writing every day. Stay in tune with the work, live in that world and allow that world to live within you. My year began with a knowing that I will work on a very tough book. One that I have attempted to outrun for a couple of years now. It is a book written in truth but hidden in fiction.

With all the memoir lies, I had the perfect excuse to create my world as I remembered it within a story. Stories and memoirs. What makes them different? I personally think nothing. We can right a truth into our work. God, lets hope we are writing truths because otherwise our work is flat and careless.

So today I was allowed to touch this mess of a book I’ve decided to tackle. I sent the first portion, polished of course, into my writing group. I really hoped they’d hate the work, and I would escape the effort. But they loved it, saw themselves in it, took it home with them.

Ah so much for self sabotage.




Ann Hite is the author of two novels and a novella. Her debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, became a Townsend Prize Finalist and won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her newest Black Mountain novel, Where The Souls Go, will be released by Mercer University Press in September 2015. She is an active board member of the Georgia Writers Association. Ann lives in Marietta, Georgia.

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