Today, she lives in Putnam County with her three rescued dogs. In the near future, Shank said, she plans to write a novel for middle-grade children and three novels for young adults.
Katherine Giltinan, who annually organizes three UC Builders lunches featuring local authors, said, "A lot of colleges and universities have a town-and-gown conflict.
"The University of Charleston Builders Group demonstrates that the community and the university can be connected in very positive ways."
The University of Charleston Builders was founded in 1954, when the university was still Morris Harvey College. Shank's father graduated from Morris Harvey.
During its existence, the Builders has donated more than $360,000 to various university projects. Founded as the Women Builders, the group began accepting men as members in 1990.
Shank will speak at the West Virginia Book Festival at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Charleston Civic Center. Her talk is entitled, "Finding Your Voice: Lessons I Learned from Child of the Mountains."
The next University of Charleston Builders Luncheon featuring authors will take place Oct. 31. Jessie Grayson and Ellen Thompson McCloud will speak about their book, "Shadows and Mountains: Tales from the Dark Heart of Appalachia."
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.