By Judith Geary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
High Country Writers welcome Scott Nicholson, celebrated author of over 20 thrillers, as our speaker for the regular program meeting, Thursday, January 10 at the Watauga County Public Library. Meetings are from 10 a.m. to noon. Programs are co-sponsored by the Library, and the public is invited.
Scott Nicholson’s writing career enjoyed an early boost when he won the prestigious L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Gold Award for “The Vampire Shortstop,” and his first few books were initially published by traditional publishers and continued to garner awards, including several years for the Years Best Fantasy & Horror. He reports that he also received lots of rejections for his work and, in the intervening years, has come to embrace the current technologies and resources to independently publish his work. He has sold over a half million ebooks as well as making his works available in paperback and in audio books, and they have been translated into ten languages.
His recent publications include: Arize #1: Resurrection, in which a virus spreads across the world, causing havoc as humans turn on each other. An archaeologist, Dr. Meg Perriman, and a few others apparently immune to the virus must work to save civilization with the pastor of a megachurch who is not what he initially seems. In MIM*X, a post-apocalyptic world in which corporations have replaced governments and created a society of peace and harmony, agent Max Charmichael is tasked with removing a woman accused of sabotage. In the process, however, he comes to question his own existence and that of the global society as well.
Nicholson will share with HCW members and guests about his writing processes and marketing decisions in the current technology-supported publishing world. High Country Writers has been “energizing writers since 1995.” Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from 10 am to noon, and speakers’ presentations are co-sponsored by the library. HCW members present writing /publishing skills workshops the first Thursday of most months, partnering with Watauga County Arts Council to offer them at Art Space. Guests are welcome. Membership is $15 annually.
Meetings are cancelled for inclement weather when the Library isn’t opening by 10 a.m (http://www.arlibrary.org/watauga  264-8784). In that case, the speaker will be rescheduled at a later time.