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Great Smokies Review
Online publication of the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina/Asheville.

Vicki Lane is a WNC mystery writer of extraordinary talent. Her books are the real thing. She has a most interesting blog as well: http://vickilanemysteries.blogspot.com/

Website for the WNC novelist, Charles F. Price, who lead one of the Great Smokies Writers workshops that I enjoyed very much. His historical fiction novels are both stunning and memorable.

A writer and moderator of a Great Smokies Writers workshop. She helped me with my first novel and lived to see another day. Turns out, we had gone to the same high school.

Tracey is both a fine photographer and fine writer, with a new book of poetry recently out: I Have Fallen in Love with the World. Like me, she lives near Asheville, NC.

Janna was one of my most helpful first readers. She and her husband Stu, now live in Jawjah, not too far from Atlanta, and have a music production business, plus their own duo, Left of Center, political satire at its best.

Located in the far western part of the North Carolina Mountains, in Brasstwon, the John C. Campbell School is an amazing place that provides a non-competitive environment for weeklong and weekend classes in art, music, dance, photography, cooking, gardening, nature studies and writing.

NYU’s center for Irish studies. Many programs are held in this red brick period townhouse on lower Fifth Ave. across the street from the Washington Square arch.

A writer’s retreat on Ireland’s beautiful Beara Peninsula.

My daughter Gillian’s amazing website, chocked full of great graphic and web design. She is a true master of her craft and was kind enough to help her dad with his new website.

My other daughter, Lauren Riley Rigby, is a cellist in New York and has just received a PhD in cello performance from New York University. She does a wonderful food/wine/music blog: http://foodwinecello.wordpress.com

My son-in-law, and Lauren’s husband, is a world-class jazz musician and composer. He has toured extensively in Europe, and the music on his CDs is rich and intense.

http://www.chuckwestphotography.com/ One of my oldest New York photographer friends who morphed into being a real western cowboy who makes wonderful photographs.  His western and cowboy images are the genuine article.

Another of my old New York photo-colleagues, Don is one of the best vintage/collector car, train and ship photographers in the world. He frequently shoots for Hemming’s and his work is head and shoulders above the other photographers. Don’s work is world-class.

http://www.irishmaps.ie/productlistingM.cfm?SeriesID=11 If you are going to Ireland, not with a tour, but on your own, this is THE place for detailed maps. As the Irish say, “Without a good map, you’ll be destroyed.”

My Irish friend, Geraldine Ward, has two marvelous rental cottages on a wee island near Roundstone, Connemara.  We stayed in Cill Cottage and fell in love with the place. This is getting away from it all.

This website has the real background to my second novel, Dream the Dawn. This is an Irish news site about the Corrib Gas Pipeline in the west of Ireland.




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