Place Where You Live:

Brevard, North Carolina

Davidson River

I write novels. Specifically, I write southern novels. And what makes southern novels �southern� is their sense of place. Not only are the characters quirky and sometimes bigger than life, but they are all also grounded in the landscape. Throw in a crackpot, an old wise woman and a preacher and we love it even more. We southerners, those born-and-raised like me, as well as transplants from all over the world, love our countryside. I am here in the mountains of North Carolina because twenty-five years ago I fell in love with Davidson River in the Pisgah National Forest. One might ask: who falls in love with a river? But we all have similar stories, those of us who have chosen to live here. This place is a crowning jewel of the south. A town nestled in the arms of ancient mountains. A place known for waterfalls, forests and trails. A place that houses not only a fine college, but a renowned music festival. A place with white squirrels, mountain bikers and a squirrelly character or two.Critics may call Brevard a �sleepy� little town. But in a nation that is sleep-deprived, stressed-out, and searching for answers, a little slower paced is a very good thing.� It�s true, we have a different rhythm here. It is the rhythm of waterfalls. It is the rhythm of cicadas, mountain streams and walks by the river. It is the rhythm of weary travelers seeking out a welcoming front porch to converse with the locals and the land, to ponder their purpose on earth, and their place. We sit here overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains on the most beautiful front porch in the country, located in one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. A place where Native Americans thought the story of creation began. A place that gave birth to the third oldest river in the world. A place that we love.–Susan Gabriel writes and ponders life from Brevard, NC. Her latest novel The Secret Sense of Wildflower received a starred review by Kirkus Reviews and was voted a Best Book of 2012.