Kinfolk

My kinfolk, especially Grandma and Grandpa Jones often find themselves woven into my writing world.

Grandma came from an Arkie holler – or, for those that don’t speak hillbilly, a hollow in the Arkansas Ozarks. Grandpa from Missouri farmlands. My favorite part of ‘their story’ is how Grandpa was running ‘shine and drove down to Arkansas to pick up product from a Goss man who had a still up in said holler. Papa Goss was Grandma’s father and she met the charming young man and the rest was history. The two married and had seven children. I’m the oldest child of the oldest child.

And now that I write, I find the oft repeated family tales are often pieced into my own writing, Kinfolk from the past become characters in different tales. Some are used in a realistic non-fictional ways and other times they’re used in totally fictional circumstances.

Just this month, my mom’s often repeated story of her Easter in 1942 was published again – and made the front page this time. I wish she were still alive to see it. I know she’d be proud as punch. (No, I’m not going to share the story with you right now – it’s slated for a future A to Z Day – the day of ‘O’. Stay tuned and you can read it in a few days.)

Right now, I’m working on a manuscript about writing family stories, developed from my most popular class at several local libraries. I’m busy incorporating some snippets in it from other authors who also have used kinfolk in their writing, either as minor characters or as a whole family history.

Sometimes family annoys us to no end. We shake our heads. We mutter. We grumble about the failings we see in our family members.

But most often, family is a cherished and adored part of our life, full of people we couldn’t be without.

But whichever it is, if we’re writers, we’re blessed to have some on both end of the kinfolk spectrum. We’re not above it. We’ll use anyone in our books. Kinfolk aren’t excluded from our endeavors.

Grandpa Jumped into My Story

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JayashreeVats
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 14:05:57

    I have watched the Chesapeake shores series on Netflix where a character writes a book based on her family members …. reminded me of that…
    Family makes us what we are …
    Jayashree writes

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  2. Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    Apr 19, 2022 @ 14:11:56

    I liked the hillbilly lingo 🙂

    Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: K

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  3. Deb
    Apr 22, 2022 @ 22:30:25

    What a lovely photo! Love the dresses!

    Reply

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