Author Megan Shepherd and her family live on an old farm on six acres in the town of Etowah, near her native Brevard. They keep bees. Chickens roam the backyard. There’s a wooden shack that once stored corn, and there’s a small, rustic guesthouse where Shepherd—accompanied by her 6-year-old Terrier mix, Bascom—does much of her writing.
“As a writer, I spend so much time in my head and I struggle with actually physically connecting to the world,” Shepherd said. “So to get out there and have to breathe fresh air, work in the soil, be in nature, it’s really a healthy lifestyle. I quickly discovered I’m a terrible gardener, but I love it. For me, it’s a perfect balance.”