What is your favorite book published by Mantle Rock Publishing LLC? That’s a big question for some people, especially me. I love each and every book we publish. If I didn’t love the book, we wouldn’t publish it. There are a few that I am more fond of, but that’s normal for everyone to like one book above others.
I’ve been thinking a lot about writing lately. I’m to be Key Note Speaker at a small conference in a couple of months. This has made me think about why I write and what made me want to write. We all have similar stories, but I’d like to share mine with you.
If you had asked me twenty years ago if I ever thought I’d be a published author, I’d have probably laughed in your face. Me? Someone from the hills of Tennessee who never thought I could do it? Sure, I’d risen in the ranks of direct sales, but to write a book, ridiculous. Then a couple of things happened in my life.
We began thinking of our heritage. After my father’s death I began thinking about who my ancestors were. I knew they came from the area in Tennessee where the counties of Hancock, Hawkins, and Granger met, but other than that, I had no idea. I did know my great-grandfather had a lot of children, twenty-five to be exact. I’d never thought of our ethnic background until after my father died and by then I had no one to ask.
The internet is a wonderful place to look for ancestors, and I found out a lot about mine. I found out I was part of a race of people that is no race at all. Instead it’s a race of many people. They were called Melungeon and were located mostly in Eastern Tennessee in the area where I was raised. This brought the idea of a book. What would it have been like to be one of the first people to find this race? Callie’s Mountain was born.
Since elementary school I’ve always loved history. The town where I lived was deep in history being the second oldest town in Tennessee. Rogersville, Tennessee is a sleepy little town located between Knoxville and Kingsport. It has beautiful streets, plenty of historical houses and buildings, and the cemetery where Davy Crockett’s grandparents are buried. The background of my story was Rogersville and the surrounding area.
Another thing that makes Callie’s Mountain special to me is because it was the first book published by Mantle Rock Publishing. This was our beginning.
Leave a comment with the title of your favorite book published with Mantle Rock Publishing. We will draw a name to receive a free ebook on April 30.