When Red Heads with Curls Write Books…

…they title them “Let’s Pretend We’re Normal” and think people will read them.

Let's pretend we're normal by Tricia Lott Williford

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And they may be right! At least, this red head has my number. She knows I’ll read her book, I’ll write her up in my blog, and I’ll share the title of her book. It’s almost like I’m forced to do so by knowing her for the past five plus years, who could help it?

Nope, the book isn’t wrong side up, it’s all upright and dare I say it… normal.

Tricia Lott Williford broke teeth on her first book about two years ago, brought tears to my eyes more times than I can count… Okay, reality check, the girl made me cry-out-loud more times than I care to remember throughout the writing of the book, and then the reading of the book. And now – she pretends to be normal.

But still, she knows I’m going to READ her book, even if… I have to buy one. Yeah, I’ve already pre-ordered my first copy.

Author Tricia Lott Williford

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So what does Ms Tricia write about? She writes about life as a single mom. About losing the love of her life in a shocking pre-Christmas case of the flu in 2010, instead of bickering with her children over which present they got to open on Christmas Eve. About living life with the pain and agony that comes from life changing, horrific loneliness, as a result of the trauma that sends a girl scrambling for her pillow instead of the door in the morning as the kids ready themselves for school. About life. She writes about LIFE.

And as she writes, “and life comes back” – it does. Life does come back. And she begins to feel like there may be real life available, and she begins to pretend she’s normal…

Kind of like a million other single moms…

Single moms who may or may not have lost their husbands to death, but they’re busy raising their children, and too busy to worry so much about being normal.

Instead, they just pretend…

Don’t miss her amazing book. I haven’t read it yet, but I know – it will be amazing.

Escape between the pages… Oris George

Along the Back Roads of YesterdayWhen I first met Oris, he was looking for a writer’s group to discuss publication, editing and defining his book. He’d already written it.

Inside the pages he’d written were roosters that smoked stogies, donkeys that nipped at the vine, and goats with top hats and tails. His characters brought life to the stories he told of yester-year, and then there was Anna who gave it all for the teams of mules and horses she dedicated her life to saving. Who could forget the blue calico bonnet so representative of Anna, sitting by the well?

Oris George is 80.

A man so bold as to ride in the rose bowl parade with his mules, so daunting as to travel the world degree in hand fulfilling his dreams, and return spirited enough to write the stories of his youth and market them on his own. His efforts carry over into the thrill he offers those both young and old who know him, greeted by a kindly slap upside the head, a handshake, or a tender hug. This man wages war on new fangled frivolity and declares the good times of days gone by in the same pages.

Oris George dares to live… again and again between the pages along the back roads.

Oris GeorgeWith a down-home drawl and gentle humor, Oris George transports the reader back in time Along the Back Roads of Yesterday, a new collection of tales drawn from his memories of growing up in the 30’s and 40’s. Suzanne Steil Retired Educator If you weren’t a farm kid in the 1940’s and 50’s, it is not too late to correct your education, and this is just the book that can do it. Follow Oris George and his contentious friend, Henry, as they journey through life in a world where the chores are as endless as the summers, the odor of fresh baked pies sweetens the air, and a smile from a teenage carhop can lead to serious heart palpitations. Ava Betz Prowers County Historian Oris George has a deft hand for capturing his characters so clearly you’ll feel you knew them for some time. Some stories will make you laugh and others may make you cry, but all of them will make you think and feel and you can’t ask for more than that from any author.

Did you ever wonder what ole mule writers do on Saturday night?

Sleep, silly! Of course, we sleep. We have to get up on Sunday morning and go to Sunday meeting.

Along the Back Roads of YesterdayThat’s the kind of thing you learn on a site where the every day events take center stage. You learn about the every day events of life, nostalgia they call it these days, that keep people out there being people.

you might find out what I had for dinner, or how to cook it. Or you might find that I know how to sew and weave, and write a book. You might even find out that Elmer Coyote has fleas and we don’t let him come around the house now because he might bring the plague up from the river bottom. Or I might even share that some folks believe cut onions left on saucers around your home gather up germs and save folks from the ravages of the plague, when nothing else worked. Because I lived a long time, and I know things like that…

That’s the kind of think ole mule writers write about…

What about you? What kinds of things do you like to think about?