Local author Glenda Beall collaborates on new book

    Brasstown – Glenda Beall has loved to write since childhood, but it wasn’t until she moved to Hayesville from Albany, Ga., in 1995 that she began to publish and sell her work.
    She became a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West (NCWN-West) and took classes at John C. Campbell Folk School. Beall’s poetry has been published in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, including the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Muscadine Lines, Main Street Rag, Appalachian Heritage, Southern Poetry Anthology, vol. II, and Reach of Song Anthology. 
    Beall has previously published two books, Profiles and Pedigrees, The Descendants of Thomas Charles Council, and Now Might as Well be Then, a poetry chapbook. In addition to poetry, she enjoys writing memoirs, short stories and personal essays.
    Beall suffered a deep personal loss when her beloved husband, Barry, died after a year-long battle with cancer in 2008. Feeling lost and needing a new purpose in life, Beall decided she could teach others who had a desire to write. She opened a studio in her home and named her business Writing Circle around the Table. Not only does she teach classes there, she also hosts other well-known writers who share their expertise in writing, publishing and marketing.
    Glenda Beall is the previous and current program coordinator for NCWN-West, which includes around 100 members in nine counties. She also maintains two blogs. She says she is trying to continue the work of Nancy Simpson, co-founder of NCWN-West  who recently passed away.
    For the past year, Beall has worked with her longtime friend, Estelle Rice, to write a collection of poems and short stories about family pets and other animals. The newly-released book is titled Paws, Claws, Hooves, Feathers and Fins.
    “The book is strictly for entertainment,” Beall said. “You will smile, and you might shed a tear. But you will love the people and our four-legged friends in these pages. We think it will make great Christmas gifts.”
    Beall and Rice will read and sign their new book at John C. Campbell Folk School, in the living room of the Keith House, at 7 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited to come.
    To find more information about ordering the book, visit www.riceandbeall.blogspot.com.