Imagination at Work

Imagination at Work

The foothills of North Carolina are saturated with tales of mystery and history, and I love to listen to the neighbors with extraordinary stories to share. Like the woman who has a wolf-dog sanctuary, or the park ranger who has spent her young life crawling in and out of caves to study bats, or the astronomer over the next hill who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope. I have to mention our pastor makes incredible molasses, just like his grandpappy did a hundred years ago on the family farm. The same farm that grows six different kinds of sweet potatoes: Tennessee Red, Ruby, O’Henry, Covington, Yellow, and my favorite, Garnet. Life is a series of choices.

Sometimes I have to respond to events that smack me in the face, but most of the time my choices involve new experiences for background and plot ideas. Spectators like myself are quiet. I know I am a boring guest at a neighborhood gathering. I have an agenda to lurk and listen for new topics of intrigue, for the fascinating words I can thread together. I love stories. I am a wordsmith.

Introducing Four Historical Fiction Tales Set in Marion, North Carolina:

Four Historical Short Stories
Available on Amazon

DEAD MAN HANGING, about the Flood of 1916, STRONG ENOUGH recently published in the Malice Domestic Anthology, SUMMER OF DYNAMITE, about the 1929 textile strike where six workers were shot by law enforcement, and HOME, SWEET HOME, a light romance with a 1969 backdrop–oh yes, it’s also a murder mystery.

Check out my short story

Includes my story
“The Mountain Top”

“The Mountain Top”

Chosen as one of the best mystery stories published in 2016 along with stories by Stephen King and Elmore Leonard.



Now Available on Amazon RIP Pete Gibbs, Your Story is Recorded Forever

I have also written a book about the landmark Lake Tahoma Steak House in Carolina. It is a collection of memories of bear suppers, curb service at The Grill, a real service station that checked oil and tires for free, lodging in little rock cabins, breakfast or beer with neighbors, and trading guns, pottery or furniture with Pete Gibbs and his sons. Some of these events our children could never imagine. It was before the era of the interstate.https://www.amazon.com/author/georgiaruthwilson

Pete’s legacy was the McDowell Childrens Ministry, and it was an honor to write his story. The Bear Hunter’s Son: A True Story by Georgia Ruth Wilson (William Brown Gibbs II, July 3, 1928-June 2, 2017)


You can find my short stories in the following anthologies:

Published in time for Malice Domestic Conference in Baltimore April 29, 2017
Includes my story “Strong Enough”

Short Story Anthology Published by Buddhapuss Ink

“Wheels of Fortune” Short Story Anthology
Published by Buddhapuss Ink

Anthology Titled That Mysterious Woman "Remember Me?" by Georgia Ruth published by Mozark Press 2014

Anthology Titled That Mysterious Woman
“Remember Me?” by Georgia Ruth
published by Mozark Press 2014

History and Mystery Anthology with "Dead Man Hanging" by Georgia Ruth 2015

History and Mystery Anthology with “Dead Man Hanging” by Georgia Ruth 2015

First story is mine: "The Mountain Top" SinC Anthology Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles April 2015

First story is mine: “The Mountain Top” SinC Anthology Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobles April 2015

Mystery TImes Ten 2013 "Dear Courtney" by Georgia Ruth Published by Buddhapuss Ink 2013

Mystery TImes Ten 2013
“Dear Courtney” by Georgia Ruth
Published by Buddhapuss Ink 2013

13 Responses to about

  1. ron wilson says:

    Fluent. Prolific. Professional. Expert. Word-Smyth.

  2. Charles T Wright, jr says:

    I came across your blog? while seeking more information on Russel’s Fort. You really peaked my interest…even quoting me. I would love to know more about you, your writing, and your research.

    • georgia ruth says:

      Hello Mr. Wright, welcome to my blog mostly about the south end of McDowell County, NC. I have been lax in writing about Dysartsville because of other projects. Nonetheless, I am researching by talking to neighbors and using library resources, and of course the internet. Some people have held on to newspaper clippings they have loaned me. I could probably tell you where I got your quote if you could direct me to it. If you want to make a correction of what I have written, I can always rewrite or remove. And if you have anything to add to the story of Russel’s Fort or any local historical subject, I will be glad to post it in your words or mine. I am interested in facts. History gives all of us lessons we must remember. Thanks for reading!

  3. I am the Great Grandson of Issac Ledbetter, John B Haynes and Johnathan Bradley of the Montford Cove Area. I am really enjoying reading about them on your blog since I don’t have any grandparents left to ask questions to.

    • georgia ruth says:

      Thank you for letting me know you are reading. Writers love appreciation for the hours spent in solitude stringing words together. Please share any information about your family roots as there are many others out there. About 200 last week.

  4. Jill (Brackett) Coppler says:

    Hey Georgia Ruth! My name is Jill (Brackett) Coppler and I’m on a road trip through North Carolina. My dad is from Shelby and we’ve been tracing our genealogy. We made our way to the Brackett Town cemetery today, which was fascinating. Anyhow, we’ve stumbled across your blog. We are now up in Asheville, but plan to head back south to Marion and visit the Carson House (which we learned about from your blog!) on Wednesday. We would love to connect with you if posssible! My mobile is 559-320-5495. Let us know if you’d be willing to share any more of the Brackett family history you know or if we can even say a brief hello.

  5. Larry H Pearson says:

    You made mention of “The History of Union Mills” by Nannie Newsome. I’d love to read a copy, but a web search for it, including the local CMC library consortium has turned up nothing. Any idea where I might borrow/buy a copy?

  6. Don Talley says:

    I’ve developed a recent interest in the history and heritage of the Broad River Township and surrounding areas in southeastern Buncombe county (overlapping into McDowell and Rutherford counties). Many of the early families arrived after living in McDowell and Rutherford Counties. Most of the Broad River community was actually in McDowell County until county boundaries changed.
    One of the early and prominent families were the Ledbetters. My research on the Broad River Ledbetters led me to their ancestors, the Montford Cove Ledbetters and that led me to your wonderful blog. Thank you SO MUCH for the extensive research you’ve done and for your wonderful writing style.
    The Nanney’s of Nanneytown also had family members that ended up settling in the Broad River community.

    In fact I’ve found that Rutherford county (and especially Montford Cove and surrounding communities) served as the “gateway” for many of the families that moved north west to settle in Broad River.

    Thanks again for your wonderful stories.
    You’ve inspired me to continue my research and to hone my writing skills.

    Don Talley
    Black Mountain, NC

    • georgia ruth says:

      Don, yours is the comment that brings tears to my eyes. As a writer, you will learn the joy of putting words together but the loneliness of feedback. I think it is a personality disorder! I choose to immerse myself in history because it is fascinating to me, and I am continually learning new places and events. Most importantly, I am learning the names and stories of real people who lived and loved and struggled before this century. In my mind, I have one hand on my grandchildren’s future and my other hand reaching back to make a significant connection with folks who left their lessons for us all. I am enjoying the journey, but more blessed with comments like yours. Thank you.

  7. Greg Mashburn says:

    Hello- can you tell me where to find some info on the Presbyterian Muddy Creek Mission of 1780? My Mashburn family moved to muddy creek sometime after 1780, and I would like to know more.

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