Tommy Hays graduated from Furman in 1977 with a degree in English, earned his master’s in fine arts from Warren Wilson, and now directs the Great Smokies Writing Program at University of North Carolina-Asheville. Each of his four novels are set in the Upstate or western North Carolina. His just published novel, What I Came to Tell You, is the first to be written specifically for middle grade readers.
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