I read Rob Neufield's article Visit OUR PAST in today's Asheville Citizen-Times.
It was a super article, but caused me to want to share my novel: Mammy: A Term of Endearment.
Mammy: A Term of Endearment. is now available as an ebook on Kindle, but the publisher, Ecanus Publishing, Great Britain tells me the paperback edition will be out soon (2 to 3 weeks).
The novel is fiction but came from my father who was born in 1895. Due to his mother's sickness Grandpa hired her to be a Mammy to my father, two brothers, and a sister. Mammy, Sarah Abernathy as she was fondly called was a former slave born in 1847. Grandpa move the family to Cherokee County, NC around 1904. When I was about eight years of age in 1945 Daddy took me to Darby, NC where I met Mammy, age 98.
Mammy called my father Baby (an Appalachian tradition for the youngest of four children) and he called her Mammy, a term of endearment.
My novels tells the history of slavery from the past, and the discrimination many blacks and poor whites still face today. It is a story of love, hate, romance, and humor.
Included in the novel are stories of slaves and freed slaves and the discrimination they faced even after they were freed. The stories are principally about Mammy’s family but include the lives and experiences of both slaves and freed slaves.
The novel starts off telling how on a visit with my father to a murder trial in Wilkes County, NC, at age eight, I met Mammy and decided to learn more about slavery and later decided to write this novel.
Mammy is the history of slavery, the prejudices, and discrimination that existed then and even today. The novel will appeal to middle school through college students and adults.
A few pages can be read on Amazon.com. Type in Mammy: A term of Endearment or William Roy Pipes to see the other five books I have written. I have a sixth book, A Haven for Willa Mae, coming out in the next two or three weeks.