Editor’s Note: I first met author Ann Hite through her book Ghost on Black Mountain. It was one of the best ghost story novels I had read in decades. Ann and I share a love of Appalachia and the stories that come out of the mountains. Ann and I ended up doing a book tour together that took us throughout Appalachia. During that tour, we shared a lot of laughter, and a lot of stories, and at least one stressful night in search of a hotel room. I came to know some of the stories of Ann, her sweet husband Jack and their lovely daughter Ella during those weeks on the road. But much of what Ann Hite has penned in her most recent book – a memoir, Roll the Stone Away – was all new to me. Memoir lovers everywhere will want to add this to their collection. This will be especially so for those raised up in Georgia, who will undoubtedly find many references to a time and place that will spark memories of their own. Leave a comment below for an opportunity to win a copy of Ann’s memoir.
Karen: Ann, you and I had quite the road trip back when Mother of Rain and Storycatcher were released. I knew you best as a novelist for your Black Mountain books. I had no idea until I read Roll the Stone Away the degree to which your fiction stories were informed by your real life experiences. Do you think you would have been a writer had it not been for the chaos of your upbringing?
ANN: I most certainly wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the chaos of my family. In many ways, writing saved my life. As a child too young to write, I told long elaborate stories to entertain myself. Now, my work is laced with characters that somehow fight their way through the darkside of humanity.