Tuesday, October 15, 2019

AUTHOR CHARLES SUDDETH'S TOUR FOR STONE MAN AND TH E TRAIL OF TEARS


I am so excited to host  Author Charles Suddeth and his latest novel today.  As a lover of history, this story sounds so intriguing. So, here it is.





This is a gorgeous cover.


Where the story idea for STONE MAN AND THE TRAIL OF TEARS came from

I have known for years that the Trail of Tears was complicated and not everyone traveled west. Escaping from soldiers with winter coming on fascinates me. Many of those who fled died of starvation and exposure in the mountains. Some were caught and executed. But a few were able to evade soldiers, weather, and starvation. Many of the Cherokees living on the North Carolina Cherokee Reservation are descended from those who escaped.

Years ago, I met Mack Pennington, my triple-great uncle. He told me the story of his father, Bill Pennington, my great-great grandfather. Bill lived to be a 100, dying in 1930, passing on the story of his early life. Bill was born around 1830 in a Cherokee village in the mountains, possibly eastern Kentucky. The family moved north about 1838, probably leaving to avoid the Trail of Tears. Most of the village moved with them to a rural area between Charlestown and Henryville, Indiana, about 30 miles north-east of Louisville, Kentucky where a mixture of whites and Meti (French/Shawnee mixed-bloods) lived.

When I decided to write about the Trail of Tears, I chose to write about those who fled into the mountains. Their story has not been told. And I wanted this as tribute to Bill Pennington. Though he never contacted the Cherokee tribe and lost his tribal identity, he never forgot his Cherokee heritage. I also wanted to show that kindness and decency have no racial boundaries. Most of all, I wanted an adventure, something children could thrill to.

I camped 4 nights with my 2 young sons along the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park in Columbus, Kentucky. I learned that the John Benge detachment of 1,100 Cherokees stayed here in November 1838 during the Trail of Tears. A ferry took them across the Mississippi to Belmont, Missouri, but it took several days. Cherokees camped all over the area, including my camp site (one photo shows the fortifications where I camped).

Thank you for telling us your story.

Bio and Links:




Charles Suddeth has published poetry, picture books, middle reader’s books, young adult thrillers, and adult mysteries in English, Cherokee, and Turkish. He is active with Green River Writers and leads a monthly SCBWI Social. He lives in Louisville and teaches for the Jefferson County Schools.




Find Stone Man: And the Trail of Tears at:





 Congratulations on a wonderful book.

Happy Reading!






14 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring Charles and his book today.

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    1. My pleasure, Diane. I'm looking forward to reading his new novel. History is so interesting.

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  2. A part of living history that I had only vaguely heard about. How very sad, The Trail of Tears. Generations later it is not forgotten by the descendants. Man’s inhumanity to man.

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    1. It is amazing what people can do to one another, lostinimaginaryworlds. I don't know how they live with themselves or even why they are cruel to others. That's why history is so great. We need to know of the past so hopefully not to repeat it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. A wonderful review Beverly sounds like a good book.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Good morning, Yvonne. So happy to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Chrys. The book looks great. Hope to read it soon. I enjoy history.

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  5. Scary what people are capable of, but then the good can shine through too.

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    1. Hopefully, there's more good than evil, Pat. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Congrats to Charles. Interesting to learn where he got the idea for his book. Wishing him all the best!
    ~Jess

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    1. It is interesting, Jess, and sure makes for a great story. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Congratulations Charles! I always like to read about authors and their processes. I find it so intriguing.

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    1. He does have an interesting story, Nas. Thanks for stopping by.

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