Celia Miles, Appalachian by birth and by choice, has published in a variety of genres (even in the true confessions market) and since retiring as a college English instructor, has written and/or edited nine books:sweet romances set locally and based on herbs and grist mills; Appalachian/historical fiction dealing with a childhood in the 1940s and a woman surviving the chaos of the mid-1800s; collections of short stories set in the south and abroad; anthologies (co-editor: poet Nancy Dillingham) of Western North Carolina women writing about Christmas and clothes.
Her latest novel, set primarily in Orkney, shows a woman’s journey to learn about her husband’s past on the Scottish island where she learns less about him than about herself–Journey to Stenness.
Joan Medlicott is best known for her series of novels taking place in Western North Carolina … the first being The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love. Her latest novel, A Blue and Grey Christmas, is in bookstores now.
This is a heartwarming story about three generations of women who find their way past old hurts and losses to understanding, forgiveness and love. One reviewer called the novel “superb”. “It is high drama,” she writes, “as it tells the story of these women’s lives.”