The Ties that Bind…

There are several threads in the story, of course. Not only is Jessamine trying to figure out how to escape this marriage in the early 1900’s, her son, Tennyson, is getting into his own brand of trouble. He is, in the story and in real life, a moonshine bootlegger. He leaves Virginia for a time, and heads out west to Kansas. Problem is, telling…

Moonshine Poet…the beginnings…

This is how Moonshine Poet happened for me. After a five-year stint in Arizona, I returned home to Virginia and spent several days visiting my grandmother who, then, lived in Floyd county. She and I share the family genealogy bug and she handed me a newly discovered hundred-page deposition. What she found was kept a family secret for three generations, a suit for divorce…