Wally Avett is a semi-retired Realtor in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He lives in the same little town, sometimes compared to Mayberry, where he was editor and chief writer all though the 70s for the weekly newspaper.
My father was a preacher, he says. And I grew up with good storytellers all around me, both friends and family. He met many colorful characters over the years and they inspire and infuse his writing today.
For me, good writing has to be based on truth. I write like an Appalachian granny makes quilts, producing fiction that is actually fashioned from bits and pieces of raw truth.
Some of the truth, of course, comes from actual experiences. My bear-hunting friends are amused that I write and my literary friends are shocked that I sometimes hunt bears.
Wally is an avid reader and a gardener, a Sunday School teacher and bluegrass gospel singer, hunter, fisherman and reluctant handyman. He likes history, sometimes sells mountain cabins to retirees fleeing the heat of flatland Florida and frequently tells funny stories.