Brevard Authors Guild Recognized

The Brevard Authors Guild is now officially recognized as a writing organization of Transylvania County.  The 3/15/16 newsletter has BAG listed as a new organization with our statement of purpose and meeting site.


When: First and third Tuesday of each month, 3:00-5:00 pm
Where: Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church (Education Bldg.-parking in back), 300 E. Main St.
Contact: For more information and guidelines for critiques, please call Betty Taylor, 828-384-0264 or e-mail:  ebenezerotaylor (at)
This writing group welcomes poetry and prose material for reading and critiques. Writers will bring at least five typed or hand-printed copies of their work for handouts. Reading time will be dictated by number of participating readers present.

When: Thursday, April 21
Where: Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St.
The Brevard Authors Guild was founded in 2015 to provide service to and guidance for area published authors. It promotes member authors and their products via shared information, publicity, and events.  All Western North Carolina authors are welcome.

When: May 20-22
Where: Brevard College
Marjorie Hudson will lead a workshop at the Looking Glass Rock Writers Conference in the first year of what promises to be a spectacular annual gathering. Intensive small group manuscript review and craft study, readings by Rick Bass and Ron Rash (teaching nonfiction and poetry, respectively), a beautiful setting in the North Carolina mountains.

Blue Ridge Writers Group

A writers critique group focused on the craft of writing is open to writers of all genres, styles, targets, and expertise.

The group meets 1st and 3rd Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St., Hendersonville.  Phone: (828) 697-4884.

A writer gets about 20 min for reading and comments.  The writer may choose to hand out copies of his or her work to facilitate feedback and read aloud to enlist the ear in feedback.  In a positive and constructive fashion, group members suggest areas of strength and possibilities for improvement in such aspects as:

  • organization
  • arc
  • description
  • mood
  • characterization
  • plot points
  • wording
  • clarity
  • dialog
  • pacing
  • tone
  • impact
  • resolution
  • structure

The group also provides a resource on items of style (word choice, commas, ellipses, dashes, etc.)

BAG Author Adair Sanders to read at Highland Books

allisongun2Reader beware! Once you start reading the Allison Parker mysteries created by local author Adair Sanders you won’t be able to put them down.

As one fan wrote after finishing the first book in the series, “Unexpected plot twists filled this first in the series of Allison Parker books. It was one of those that I held on to the bottom of each page, not wanting to waste even a moment, as I turned to the next one. So glad I got the second one in the series, which I plan to start immediately. And in the wee small hours of the morning, I know I will be beseeching my weary eyes to remain open for just one more chapter.”

Adair Sanders, whose Western North Carolina roots on her paternal grandmother’s side reach as far back as the early 1700’s, spent over 30 years as a trial attorney before turning her hand to writing fiction.

“I thought I was tired of working,” Sanders explains, but what I was really tired of was practicing law. In 2013, I decided to take a writing class at the John C. Campbell Folk School over in Brasstown, N.C. The very first day of class Allison Parker, trial lawyer and amateur detective, made her presence known to me, and the rest is history. I’ve had a wonderful time telling the stories Allison relates to me through the Muse that directs my writing and I look forward to seeing where she leads me next.”

WhatComescoverSince that time, Sanders has published two books in the mystery series. Book one, “As Sick As Our Secrets,” introduces the reader to Allison, her husband Judge Jim Kaufman, and private detective Frank Martin as the three find themselves caught up in a web of murder and intrigue that may, the reader fears, have a very bad ending for one or more of the characters.

Book two in the series, “What Comes Around,” finds Allison joining forces with her pal Frank Martin and F.B.I. Agent Jake Cleveland as they race against the clock to identify and capture a serial killer. Fraught with twists and turns, the surprise ending leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the next book in this thrilling mystery series.

An avid supporter of local authors, Highland Books will be hosting Adair Sanders for a reading, Q & A about the series’ characters, and book signing Saturday, March 12, at 1 p.m. In addition to the Allison Parker mysteries, Highland Books will have available for purchase Sanders’ nonfiction memoir “Biologically Bankrupt,” a compelling look at the generational effects of abuse and addiction in the author’s family of origin.

Adair Sanders is a founding member of The Brevard Authors Guild and a member of

This press release ran in the March 7, 2016, edition of the Transylvania Times.

Guild members featured in N.C. Writers Book Buzz

Two members of the Brevard Authors Guild have been featured recently on the N.C. Writers web site (

The Book Buzz feature under the “Meet Our Authors” tab is open to nonmembers and presents information about new books, including plot summary, size and price, and authors mini biographies.  Entries are filed by date and authors and book titles can be searched.

Adair Sanders‘ new book What Comes Around was presented on March 4, 2016.

R.R. BrooksR.R. BrooksJusti the Gifted was described on December 31, 2015.  Both write-ups remain available (see bottom of page for past entries). The N.C. Writers welcome new members.