Posted in Arthurian Author Guest Post

author guest post: Anna Elliott & King Arthur

I first studied the Trystan and Isolde legend and the King Arthur tales of which they are a part in college, when I was majoring in Medieval literature and history. I’ve always loved the Arthurian world, with its unique blend of history and magic, enchantment and reality. And the Trystan and Isolde story captivated me, as well, with its tale of the passionate love between a young warrior, Trystan, and Isolde, his own uncle’s bride. I personally felt the ending of the story was a bit of a disservice to the characters in that it turned the legend into a kind of morality tale–but even so, I loved the characters themselves: Trystan’s bravery and intelligence; Isolde’s skill as a healer, her independence and strength. Then…

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Posted in Author Guest Post Southern Fiction

author guest post: Ann Hite

A Grandmother’s View of the South During the Great Depression The seeds for Ghost On Black Mountain were sown early in my life from stories told by my grandmother, Inas Hawkins Lord, and her sisters. We spent every Sunday afternoon in the high-ceiling living room of Great Aunt Stella’s house. A free-standing coal-burning stove stood in the center. In the winter Aunt Stella, two other sisters, her daughters, their daughters, my grandmother, and me pulled our chairs close. The women spent the afternoon talking. I listened. If I remained quiet and still, they forgot I was in the room and told the real stories of the times when life in the South was lean and brutal, especially if you were a woman on your own….

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