As a child, I was introduced to the art of storytelling. In the evening, family members and friends lingered around the table in Grandpa and Grandma’s huge farmhouse. There was always a crowd after church on Sundays. It was normal to have twelve or more of the immediate family, plus whoever stopped in for a piece of pie or cake. That’s when stories were told, starting with the old ones, and going back a couple generations. Grandpa Reynolds could tell the best stories! He kept everyone on the edge of their chair! I wish my children and grandchildren could experience those times, but the Reynolds farm now belongs to someone else.
I love historical fiction writers who describe a setting and cause you to believe it is possible to find the exact rocky mountain trail their characters hiked.
As you read their attention to detail, you feel sure you can locate the slanted cabin porch that witnessed the main character’s first tender kiss. And by the end of the book, you want to go see if you can discover the overgrown graveyard holding their forgotten bones.
I believe a writer tiptoes through many lives.
I am a storyteller and a writer, but I am amazed at how my fictional characters snatch the reins out of my hands, give me a sly wink, and ride into heaps of trouble, which I did not envision or plan for them.
And then they let me rescue them from hidden dangers!
I write from home or travel north to the mountains in Georgia, North Carolina, or Virginia. I help my husband, Edward, set up camp. But the fun begins when I set out to explore settings for my books. My husband and our big white dog tag along for the exercise … and to protect me from bears.
My book, The Girl Called Ella Dessa, was the first book published under the Firefly Southern Fiction imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
My second book, Within The Candle’s Glow is also about Ella Dessa. It is a romance and was released April 22, 2016.
With This Peace, book three, has been released! You can find it on Amazon and Goodreads!
Seven of my short stories, fiction and nonfiction, have appeared in a variety of magazines.
I am represented by a wonderful and helpful agent, Linda S. Glaz, at Hartline Literary Agency.
Thank you for taking the time to stop in and visit. Please, contact me through email if you have any questions.
-Karen Campbell Prough