Lanny Bledsoe talks about his book, sequel at Kiwanis - Valley Times-News
VALLEY — Lanny Bledsoe’s first novel, “Shoal Creek,” got so many favorable responses that he’s written a sequel. He sent it to an editor on Monday and it should be published by Amazon in the near future.
Bledsoe talked about his writing experience at Wednesday’s noon hour meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Valley, held in the family life center of Langdale Methodist Church.
“I had thought about doing something like this for a long time but didn’t have the time to sit down and do it,” he said. “I had that time when my wife, Karen, and I were staying at home because of COVID-19. “
Shoal Creek is a work of fiction but is loosely based on actual events that took place in and around the River View community more than a century ago.
“I grew up in River View and heard lots of stories from the older men in town,” he said.
One of those stories involved three men from the River View area who crossed the Chattahoochee River in a bateau in 1915 and landed their boat at the mouth of Flat Shoals Creek. They went up the creek by foot to a large farm in Harris County, where they purchased some moonshine whiskey. They were never heard from again. A few days later their bodies were found in the river tied together with ropes around their necks. No one was ever charged with the killings, but the story has been chronicled over the years in The Atlanta Constitution ...
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