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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Ancestors spark interest in writing “Sunset in Kentucky”

  • Macon resident Carol Howell will be at a book signing at The Moberly Public Library on Sept. 6, at 3 p.m.
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  • Submitted by: Rachael Grime,
    Little Dixie Regional Libraries
    Macon resident Carol Howell will be at a book signing at The Moberly Public Library on Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. She will be signing copies of her newest book "Sunset in Kentucky."
    Carol grew up in and around Randolph and Macon counties. She graduated from Moberly High School and later attended Moberly Junior College. She received her music degree from the Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist College in Fayette, and a Library Certification from Kirksville State Teacher's College in Kirksville.
    Carol has been married to her husband, Carl for 52 years. They have two children, Bruce Howell of Macon, and a daughter, Dr. Sherri Howell of Kansas City, Mo., three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
    They have lived in Macon for 50 plus years and most of the experiences from the book were from learning how to do things on their farm.
    Recently Carol told us about her experiences as a writer and what she hopes the reader will take away from her book.
    Have you always wanted to be a writer?
    “Actually I have always been a writer,” Carol said. “I have written poetry, song lyrics and added new verses to hymns. When I was a music teacher I wrote many children's plays and musicals. Many years ago I completed a children's writing course with the Institute of Children's Literature. While taking an advanced music course I had one professor ask me, "’How did you learn to write so well?’ I didn't have the answer, it came naturally.”
     Where did you get the idea for your book?
     The idea came out of my search for my ancestors.  By going to many libraries, one being the new Genealogy Library in Independence, Mo, I came across many interesting stories of events that happened during the 17th and 18th centuries.  My grandmother was a Patterson, so I searched more diligently for that surname.  I decided that the name, Patterson, would be used in my book.
    What do you want the reader to take away from it?
     First, the enjoyment of reading about lives in the early 1800's and the struggles they endured.
    Secondly, the true appreciation of caring for each other, their children, neighbors and friends. Thirdly, the appreciation of the world around them and God's creations.
    Finally, true love is eternal regardless of the struggles life presents. My book is written simply. I tried to include humor, sadness, pain, hope, joy and have a happy ending.
    What kind of books do you like to read?
    I like books about real people, their lives and their adventures.  I'm not much on reading romances or science fiction.  I tend to read religious books which give encouragement and tell about other peoples trials and how they overcome them.  It helps me stay optomistic with my own struggles.
    Page 2 of 2 - Synopsis: It is 1835 in Richmond, Ky., when a horse and buggy races down the road toward the home of Big Al and Lucy Bennings. Shortly after the buggy's arrival, a baby boy is born to a young farm couple, Brady and Anna Marie Patterson. As the Pattersons welcome little Patrick into their family, they embrace a new beginning fueled by hope. It is not long before Brady is recruited to accompany a search party intent on traveling up the Kentucky River to search for new fertile farmland to homestead. Anna Marie, now pregnant with their second child, begs Brady not to leave, but despite her misgivings, he succumbs to the temptation of what he thinks will be a great adventure. As the scouts encounter one unforeseen event after another, Anna Marie faces her own trials and tribulations in Brady's absence. But it is only after she receives word that Brady has been injured that she realizes she is plagued with loneliness and makes a decision that changes everything. In this historical tale filled with love, camaraderie, and adventure, a woman grows to become a strong pioneer and mother as her husband discovers his journey to a better life is more challenging than he ever realized.

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