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The trail will lead her deep into the mountains of North Carolina, into the heart of a strong family, burdened with a dark and painful secret.
Number of Pages: 188
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
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Located in: Stuart, Florida
Submitted: February 08, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. Talking about myself is difficult. I love stories, I love people, I love solitude. At the moment I love Florida; the ocean is my home, the mountains are my heritage.
What was your motivation behind this project? When I was about 21 years old, my folks asked me to clean out everything at their house. I came across countless stories and of course began to read some. One stood out because the description of the cabin in the mountains included the portrait of a woman but her identity was not revealed. Fascinated, I began to ask Jake (the main character in that short story) about her and as I listened, we were interrupted by a knock on the door. Jake answered the door and there stood a woman who looked exactly like the woman in the portrait, yet obviously was not her. Curiosity sparked. The only way to know who she was, was to listen and write the story. I also have found that it is a rewarding way to honor my grandfather, who told me the first story I ever remember and launched me into the hunger and thirst for more.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My hope is for you as a reader is that you fall in love with the mountains of the Appalachia through the powerful and enduring souls of her people. Love Jake and Sophie as I have all my life. Know that if you identify with Julia's desire to know who you are and to be known beyond certain circumstances beyond your control, there is hope in the heart of those who need to tell their story and listen to yours.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? There is a great deal of healing that comes in the wisdom of Sophie and Jake's mother. Writing and loving this story has fed my spirit and connected me with family I've yet to meet.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? So many... among them: Madeleine L'Engle, Ray Bradbury, the teller of Beowulf, Frederick Buechner, Chris Carter, Flannery O'Connor, Dr. Seuss, Vienna Teng, Tanakh/Old Testament stories...
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I believe it was C. S. Lewis who said, "We read to know we are not alone." At the heart of the storyteller is the desire to connect, to build relationship, to be understood. Perhaps that is the heart of us all. Write to me about your experience reading the story.