Lila and Richard Hopkins have lived in a Continuing Care Retirement Community for nearly 9 years. Lila dreaded the move from their beloved mountain home to Fuquay Varina, N. C. but soon fell in love with the residents and staff at Windsor Point. The move, and heart surgery at Duke Medical Center, probably saved Richard’s life, so it was well worth it. The Hopkins will soon celebrate 62 years of marriage.
Lila had written for her church denomination for years before she retired from teaching and wrote her first novel – a children’s book, Eating Crow. That book and its sequel, Talking Turkey, won the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award.
She began writing regional novels after Richard retired from the ministry and they moved to Linville, N. C. Ingalls Publishing Group published, Weave Me A Song, Strike a Golden Chord, and The Master Craftsman. Each book won the Book of The Year award from High Country Writers.
The Hopkins have four children and seven grandchildren. Their daughter and one son live in N. C. and two other sons live in California, in the Bay Area.
Lila continues to teach – a Memoir Writing Class at Windsor Point.