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Number of Pages: 340
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.76 (inches)|
Author: Patricia McCullough Walston
Located in: Fayetteville, Georgia
Submitted: June 29, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. Atlanta native Patricia Walston is a freelance writer, historian, genealogist, teacher, parent, and grandparent. She is all about family.
She has written award-winning articles published locally and worldwide. Her mentoring on family life is based on wisdom, experience, faith, and Biblical principles. Patricia is a storyteller
What was your motivation behind this project? This book and Book Two - "The Alrods" is a by-product of a weekly series of short-stories written by me about five years ago... the series were so well received, readers asked that I put the stories into a book. Two years ago I began the journey.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? American families are troubled and facing many hard times and believing that God created the family first, then the church and then the government, God led me to write about a time in by-gone days when families still had tough times; but they depended on God and each other through their faith and worship. I know that those who read these books will be blessed and challenged to work toward stronger families. America was founded by hardworking people who believed in God and who built small churches all across America as soon as they settled an area - sometimes meeting under the trees much like Jesus and the disciples did in the Bible; until they could build the structure. They attended meetin's rather than church. Later on they build buildings that were originally called Meetin' Houses.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing this book was a calling of God and I endured one satanic attack after the other and wanted to quit so many times, but God would not let me. I had supporters who drug me through the process kicking and screaming. God had me go back through the recesses of my mind and memories to be able to write about these characters - I actually drew water out of a well, used an outhouse and had dresses made from feed sacks.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? God as the Holy Spirit was my source, the Bible and person history were my inspiration and my love for family oriented entertainment such as the Walton's, little house and movies like "I'd Climb the Highest Mountain," must be shared by millions of others; and it is time we brought back to the world of entertainment wholesome family books and entertainment.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The book opens in 2015 with flashbacks to the era mostly used in the book which is 1939 and 1940; but in the flashbacks, there are flashbacks to 1850 with original farmer coming to America and a later ancestor serving in World War II. Book Two ends just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor - I was eight months old when that happened. God willing there will be a Book three; that will pick up there. One lady who has already read both books have said the characters as so real that she would like to drive up in the yard, go inside and sit at their big old dinner table and visit with these folks for a while.