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Here’s the recipe behind Jamie Mason’s brand of storytelling: Mix one part nurture with one part nature, then simmer over a low flame for 30 years.

Let’s start with the nurture—growing up with a pentecostal preacher as a father.

“It was intense,” Mason recalled. “I mean, it was sort of one eye on the sky for the rapture. It was everyday life.”

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Emöke B’Rácz has survival in her blood. In 1956, Her father came to the United States from Hungary as a political exile. B’Rácz was 15 years old when she and the rest of her family followed him to Connecticut.

“I did not speak the language. In Hungary, I was an ‘A’ student, and in the United States, I was at the bottom of the class,” she recalled because I couldn’t say anything very well.

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Robert Beatty was still in his 30s when he sold his tech company for millions of dollars and moved with his wife and three daughters from Michigan to 32 acres of green forest in Fletcher.

 

Beatty never had to work again, and his story could have ended there. But success in business was just one of his two life goals. Beatty set a detailed, determined plan to fulfill the second.

Holly Kays


Holly Kays studied creative fiction in college and saw herself on a path to becoming a novelist.

 

“Everybody who likes to write is writing a book at some point,” she said. “Most of those books never actually wind up being written.”
 

Like most budding novelists, Kays has another job to pay her bills. Unlike most, Kays works for a sympathetic boss.

Matt Peiken | BPR

City government, tax and planning commissions and nonprofit board meetings. Those settings naturally conjure ... mystery and romance?

They do if you’re Renee Kumor.

“I’ve been on nonprofit boards for years. I’ve dealt with staff members who’ve embezzled -- that happens constantly,” Kumor said. “The issues of conflict of interest. Just having a crisis of direction on the board, and I just decided those crisis discussions can end in murder, what the heck?”

Great Books of 2015

Dec 17, 2015
The Indie Bob Spot

The holiday season is critical to the success of  book stories around the country.  While those who claim to be "real readers" declare they buy books all year long, its no surprise that December is the busiest month of the year for independent book stores. Linda Marie Barrett is General Manager with Malaprops Book Store in Asheville.  She spoke with David Hurand about some of her stores' most popular books of 2015.