A strong desire to look inside

Almost everywhere you look along the back trails of North Carolina, you’ll find an old barn like this. Gives me a strong desire to look inside. Such takes me on a journey to a good story and beyond. I’m in the middle of writing two good stories these days. One will take me the better part of a year to finish and the other is almost done. I’ve always been a story teller and there is a long list of them in my family. We don’t just tell them from made up imaginations—-we tell them from historical truths and juicy research.

For my novel Singing Behind the Trowel, today’s research took over to the theory of energy fields. The main character of my novel is a young woman named Hyacinth Wiles. Hyacinth was raised by Ida Hopper a real genuine Wildcrafter. Hyacinth was raised in a rich environment of mountain medicine and natural cures. Ida has many techniques in which to return balance to nature with one of them being the mysterious field of energy both in plant and people.

Singing Behind the Trowel involves teaching the reader of old folklore traditions and marrying them with the research done today to prove those methods. Hyacinth and Ida live in 2011 but they practice remedies and recipes tried and true from as far back as the 1600’s. Methods brought to this country and saved through the marrying and immigration of generations past. Ida herself is a descendant of Pocahontas. The book is chocked full of recipes and concoctions that cure gout and coughs from the same bottle.

There is real fear by some who believe witchcraft involved as part of the methods used by Hyacinth and Ida but when modern medicine and science prove their results……….fear is removed and acceptance opens a new field of treatments. New discoveries are born and Hyacinth bridges the gap of confusion surrounding the subject. She is the voice that will bring attention to their once quiet life.

While writing this novel, I’ve been lead down a path of remarkable revelation and discoveries. You know you are on to something when the Lord shows up and things fall in place. Knowing what I know about science, mountain life, folklore, wildcrafting, and the skittish approach by some—-I think the timing for this novel is perfect. Technology has revealed and measured some pretty amazing energy activity never before seen. Proof that some have more energy emitting abilities to make a change in things around them. Kinda like you knew a negative person put you on edge but didn’t really know why—–well science can now measure that response. You can actually see the response on a computer screen where the touch of one gifted with gardening talents can provoke cellular activity in the energy of the plant. You can see the glow of energy forces vibrating between the two. Just can’t be measured in someone not interested. There is now scientific evidence that talents and abilities are God given and very real.

I know a great deal about my ancestors and our nurturing character. I’ve known for a long time that I was meant to write down the stories for they are written in my heart. I will reveal in the ..notes about the author section— of this book about how it was written in my genetic code long before I was born. The facts will blow you away. A book you won’t be able to put down.

Follow my blog and you’ll continue to get a few updates every so often. And do be looking for my little book about Oliver to be coming out soon.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    I’m so excited to find your blog, and I can’t wait to read your novel! I have a little heirloom veggie plant nursery in Upstate SC, and this year I added many varieties of herbs to the greenhouses. I’m absolutely fascinated with historical uses for herbs (although I am not an herbalist–I just grow for many of them), and I can’t wait to continue to learn more about their practical applications. Looking forward to your novel’s publication! Do you have a release date yet? Wishing you much success!


    1. Thank you Julie and I’m so pleased you expressed your pleasure in the subject matter. Very cool that you grow herbs for the industry use. I’m still learning myself. I don’t think it ever stops. The release date is October 2012….a harvest celebration!


  2. plantinthings says:

    Can’t wait to read! Keep us posted as to when the book is out.


  3. Now I can’t wait to read it! Best wishes and Godspeed, Anna!


  4. joey says:

    Can’t wait to read the novel and thanks for sharing, dear Anna! (So why I picked up my pen … my mother’s stories were so rich … ) Hugs fun sharing friend. You have a gift for writing … keep that ‘pen on fire’!


  5. Pearl says:

    Just happened upon your blog tonight. Beautiful blog… Love it!!! I’ll be back to look around some more.
    I love your area of North Carolina. We are frequent visitors to the Smoky Mountains and surrounding area. Would love to retire there or even before if possible.


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