Evan Williams entered his first writing competition in sixth grade, a county-wide agricultural conservation essay contest, and won second place along with a nifty plaque. Prior to America’s Revolutionary War, Evan’s ancestors settled in the Blue Ridge range of the Appalachians, where he remains today. RIPPLES draws heavily on his family’s multi-generational apple-growing business. Surrounded by orchard, Evan writes from within a former apple-storage shed-the same shed where he would steal away as a boy to enjoy quality reading time.
STARTLING, HEARTBREAKING SOUTHERN FICTION
For Evan, writing is his repayment of gratitude to every author who has inspired him to dream beyond what his eyes can see. His memoir, One Apple at a Time, received the Willie Parker Peace Award for state history from the North Carolina Historical Society.