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The House On Sunflower Road

A Writer's Prayer

As writers, we put ourselves out there for all to see, and the only dressing we finally get is in the comments coming our way; comments that layer our nakedness piece by piece until we are dressed. And when we are fully dressed we do the process all over again. For what worth is a work if no one touches it with their eyes, if no mind falls into the story, and in the leaving no weight of connection propels a response? Elizabeth
March 2, 2010



The 'walks' of my mind!

Many things walk through my mind; it changes with the choice of time. For instance, during the day, I tend to write with a conscious eye, with a temperance toward word choices, almost as if I've an invisible watcher editing my thoughts before they find print; now, night time offers a different stage for my writing, I feel the mellowing of my words, my fingers fly across the keyboard with the courage of a Delilah, and thoughts sing a purer truth as the cover of darkness cheers me on. It seems most problems find an answer with only the light of the monitor in front of me. The darkness of the room lets my imagination have a free hand, no censoring of ideas, or judgment sitting on my shoulder.

The 'Memory Chair' -

"This...sitting around the fire," Wa`si said, "reminds me of my father and his friends. They would sit around the campfire gathering up its energy and before long there would be sharing time. The one designated to talk held the 'memory chair' until his story ended." He paused, as though his story mimicked the moment as the fire's strength entered into him, giving his words newly found power. "When I reached manhood, at sixteen, I was allowed to sit with the group. It was from these stories passed around from the one in the 'memory chair' that I learned the meaning of honor, and the importance of everything relative to what's around us. Best of all, I was taught that a strong man can show meekness without being weak...and shed tears without feeling shame....

Cherokee Proverb

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Reader Reviews

July 19, 2009. I have finished the book. I started reading it last night and finished it this afternoon. It gave me GREAT pleasure. I truly enjoyed it. I could hardly wait to finish it. What a wonderful story! Your descriptions made me feel as though I was right there. Te Messerle, Charlotte, NC.

July 13, 2009. Read your book over the weekend-BRAVO! Obviously a lot of time and effort went into it. ENJOYED the read and the reminders of familiar things from my home state. I wish you all the success in the world for your book. A former NC resident.

I think your book is AWESOME! The story caught me right away, the descriptions put me into every scene, and the characters kept me reading. The book is so well written, I am pleased to say I've met the person who wrote such an extraordinary book. I loved it! James Dick, Branch Manager for Walmart, Albemarle Rd, Charlotte, NC

5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Tragedy, and Ancient Wisdom, August 8, 2009
By Gayle P. Nastasi "gayze" (Middleburgh, NY United States) - See all my reviews
Elizabeth "Willie" Towles has woven a magical story, laced with emotion and peppered with a touch of spice, of how love, tragedy, and ancient tribal wisdom transform a young girl into a woman of depth and character. Follow the story of Darcie, a promiscuous teen who is suddenly forced to face a troubled destiny. The death of her parents, and an unwanted pregnancy begin her tale, which ends in a bitter-sweet love so deep, that it will bring you both smiles and tears.

Willie Towles accents this romantic account with wonderful glimpses into the spiritual lives of her Cherokee characters, and paints a wondrous portrait of the beautiful North Carolina hills. Her words are colorful and lively, deep and emotional, and I guarantee that they will keep you page-turning until you reach the end.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Night Moon, Excellent book!, August 31, 2009
By Chaytor Chandler (Cornelius, NC) - See all my reviews
I was so completely captivated by The Long Night Moon one morning at breakfast, I found myself very close to being late for work. I ran out of the house, flew into the parking lot and with a few minutes to spare, I read the rest of the section in my car! This is what a great book should do. Full of tension and romance, with a touch of Native American tradition and lore, this book draws you in and doesn't let go until the very last word. The characters are alive with emotion, and Ms. Towles' mastery of imagery puts you right in the middle of the beautiful North Carolina mountains. You will laugh and cry along with the characters as they struggle with sudden life changes thrown their way. Job well done, Ms. Towles. I do hope there is a sequel. I am eager to find out what everyone is up to next.

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