Monday, October 21, 2019

Charles Suddeth - Stone Man Tour

Welcome to Middle-Grade Monday! Today I have an interview with Charles Suddeth, author of the MG book, Stone Man and the Trail of Tears.

The Book-
Stone Man and the Trail of Tears
After U.S. soldiers attack twelve-year-old Tsatsi’s Cherokee village, his family flees to the Smokey Mountains. Facing storms, flood, and hunger, they’re forced to go where Stone Man, a monstrous giant, is rumored to live.

His family seeks shelter in an abandoned village, but soldiers hunt them down. Tsatsi and his sister Sali escape, but Sali falls ill and is kidnapped by Stone Man. Tsatsi gives chase and confronts the giant, only to learn this monster isn’t what he seems.

Their journey is a dangerous one. Will Tsatsi find the strength to become a Cherokee warrior? And will they ever find their family?


The Author-
Charles Suddeth has published poetry, picture books, middle
reader’s books, young adult thrillers, and adult mysteries in English, Cherokee, and Turkish. He is active with Green River Writers and leads a monthly SCBWI Social. He lives in Louisville and teaches for the Jefferson County Schools.

The Interview-
1. Tell me about the book in your own words.
Losing family and home is a child’s worst nightmare. Fear of the unknown is another primal fear. While escaping from the Trail of Tears, Tsatsi and his sister get separated from their parents. A giant whisks Tsatsi’s sick sister away. Is this giant the Cherokee monster, Stone Man? Can Tsatsi save her and find their family?

2. What inspired you to write this story?
My great-great-grandfather, Bill Pennington was born in a Cherokee mountain village, possibly in Kentucky about 1830. The family moved north of the Ohio River during the Trail of Tears. Most of the village joined them in a rural area north of Charlestown, Indiana, 30 miles northeast of Louisville, Kentucky. A mixture of whites and Meti (French/Shawnee mixed-bloods) lived there. Many of the Cherokee in eastern Kentucky were chased out.

3. What do you hope your reader will take away from the book?
Most of all, I would readers to have fun, to realize that historical fiction can be exciting. Secondly, I hope readers will learn about the horrors of ethnic cleansing (which is what the Trail of Tears was). And lastly, I hope readers will learn that we are all humans despite our differences in race, culture, religion, and so on.

4. Tell me about your road to publication? Don’t tell the editors, but it started as a NaNoWriMo project—National Novel Writing Month—50,000-word novel during November. I only wrote half and didn’t finish until January. In 2018, I made a Twitter pitch on Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s annual twitter pitch contest. An editor from Dancing Lemur Press liked my pitch and requested 3 chapters, and then the manuscript.

5. Any advice for aspiring writers? Be yourself. Tell stories no one else can tell. Write with emotion and share that emotion with your readers. Enjoy yourself.

Where to find Charles?



Buy it Links-
Find Stone Man: And the Trail of Tears at:

12 comments:

  1. What an awesome road to publication story. Congrats to Charles.

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    1. I love NaNoWriMo. The years I accomplish it I feel like dancing.

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    2. Hi Natalie, Great to hear from you.

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  2. I've read the book and it is a real page turner. Thanks for the insightful interview and best of luck Charles.

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    1. Hi Greg, Thanks for reading Stone Man and the Trail of Tears. I appreciate your encouragement.

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  3. Anything with Native Americans in a story, I will read. I enjoyed the interview with the author and his process of writing. I love historical fiction! And, I lived near the Trail of Tears in Oklahoma.

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    1. The Trail of Tears went through Kentucky. I once camped for a few days in Columbus Belmont State Park, a civil war site. Recently I learned that it was originally a Trail of Tears camping spot. Great to hear from you.

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  4. I have been hearing about this book and am anxious to read it. Thanks for an interesting post.

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    1. Hi Rosi, I am honored by your interest. Great to hear from you.

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  5. This book popped up on a list recently and had me intrigued, so it's great to learn a little more about how it came to be! I look forward to reading it. Many thanks for the interview, and happy belated MMGM!

    --Suzanne
    www.suzannewarr.com

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    1. Hi Suzanne, List? You caught my attention! Thanks for the interest.

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  6. Dorine, thanks for hosting me. I love getting comments.

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