HAZARD—The old adage “better late than never” may ring truer for one Perry County author who has released her first book this year.
“Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to be a writer,” Deborah Lynn Dunaway, author of the novel “Bound by Blood and Brimstone,” said. “Of course, life can get in the way, you never know what’s going to come your way, and things happen. I got a late start, but I finally got it done.”
Dunaway, a Hazard native, said her book is a coming-of-age thriller set in the mountains in the 1950s. She said she chose this setting because she grew up in the mountains.
“I’ve always wanted to write a novel that centered around mountain culture. I’m really proud of my mountain culture,” she said.
Coming from a background of large families that lived in the mountains for decades, Dunaway said she grew up hearing stories about living in those times.
“My mother, there were 10 siblings in her family growing up and I always heard stories about their growing up,” Dunaway said. “A lot of stories that she told me were an inspiration to me. I drew on a lot of that when I wrote.”
Many of the stories Dunaway said she remembers dealt with her grandmothers and their Cherokee decent.
“My grandmothers on both sides had vast knowledge of herbal remedies and natural healing, and there have always been rumors of relatives who had ‘the sight,’” she said.
Dunaway said it is unreal to her that she has finally come to the point where her book is published and on shelves, but she hopes to further expand her book’s reach to stores.
“I just want people to read it. I want people to experience it and I love to hear from people that have read it,” she said.
One way Dunaway said she hopes to gain exposure is by entering her book into the 2013 Frankfurt International Book Fair, in Frankfurt, Germany, touted as the largest book and media fair in the world. She said she hopes by putting her book out there like this that one day it could reach top sellers’ lists.
“The odds are huge, I know, the odds are huge, but somebody’s got to fill that niche as a top selling author, and I do believe in my story, I think it needs to be told and I’m trying to remain optimistic,” Dunaway added.
Dunaway said her book is available locally and online, and wants to be sure those in her mountain community are able to pick up a copy in support of local authors.
“I’m a local author, I think it’s good to support local artists, and people should know to contact their local book sellers and tell them they want to see this book or that book in their stores,” she said.