I was standing in the kitchen of the tiny farmhouse we lived in out on the prairie. A small school bus turned into the winding dirt drive and proceeded towards the house. Dust pulled up behind it as it bounced along. I yelled to Doug in the next room, “Did we have a school group coming that I forgot about?” He couldn’t remember one either. I wiped my hands on my apron and stepped out the front door and waved. The bus came to a stop next to the garden and through the windows I could see that this was one big family. The children came bounding down the center of the bus and out into the fresh air. A little girl held onto a large white duck.
“Something is wrong with his leg,” she said, looking up at me hopefully, “Can you fix it?”
“What’s wrong with that duck?” I asked, pointing to another one that they had brought with them.
“Oh nothing,” the mother replied, “the ducks can’t be separated or that one yells its head off!”
And so I went about healing the duck’s broken leg.
My book, Cherokee Home, is my first fiction book, but as all good fiction is, it is nearly entirely based on true stories.
In my book, the main character is an herbalist and her stories are my stories. The stories of the medicine man came from a medicine man. A dear friend of mine that I spent a summer writing down his stories with as he recovered from a stroke.
My great grandfather was shot in a cornfield in Oklahoma gathering corn for supper one warm day. My grandfather was only three years old but the family tale states that his father took his own life. And perhaps that is so, but in that same time, in that same place, Cherokees were being shot or moved to California so that the oil companies could have their land.
I loved developing the characters who were as familiar to me as myself and my siblings. I remember my mother reading to us at night as we colored in pictures of a coloring book, munching on homemade caramel corn.
Cherokee Home came out last fall but I never really had time to promote it or to do book signings. The other day I came across a picture of that duck from four years ago and smiled.
If you want to read a fun book that touches on history, culture, language, and real tales embedded in fun characters that is great for kids and adults alike, you can find it HERE.
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(It is nearly impossible to get all typos out of manuscripts, but I sure try. The one typo in the entire book is on the second page. Lord, I am less judgmental about errors in books these days!)
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