Nan Chase speaker for HCW meeting

11:21 am | July 8, 2013

The group High Country Writers welcomes Nan K. Chase, author, journalist, lecturer, publicist and gardener, as the featured presenter for a meeting set for Thursday, July 11.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Watauga County Library in Boone, N.C. Chase will draw on over 30 years of experience writing for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian and The Watauga Democrat, to share “All Rights? All Right!”

In addition to her work in journalism and public relations, Chase is the author of several books, three of which have her name on the cover. Eat Your Yard!, the most recent, proves you can have a beautiful landscape and eat it, too! |

Asheville: A History grew from her search for a book that would explain why Asheville looks so distinctive, and why the downtown was enjoying a commercial and cultural renaissance after so many years of decay. When one wasn’t available, she wrote it.

For Bark House Style, Chase used the research and photos of co-author Chris McCurry who approached her about writing a book on bark architecture, which also became a compelling environmental story. Her current book underway is Drink the Harvest.

In an interview on Beth Blevins’ blog, Chase noted that writing a book doesn’t take very long.

It’s the research, and the editing process at the publishing house, and the time lag for marketing that all take a long time.

“My background is in newspaper reporting, so I love, love, love a deadline, the shorter the better,” Chase said. “All three of my books had deadlines for delivery of a manuscript, and that works.”

Chase currently lives in western North Carolina where she continues to write. For more about her, visit her website at

High Country Writers is an organization which fosters the growth and creativity of writers of all genres offering its members support, constructive criticism and professional development.

The meetings are held at 10 a.m. at the Watauga County Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Guests are welcome.
For more information about the organization, membership and calendar of events, visit the HCW website at

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