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:
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
“The Mountain Top”
Chosen as one of the best mystery stories published in 2016 along with stories by Stephen King and Elmore Leonard.
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: