Two years ago I attended a Cousins’ Weekend where I presented the Howard (Harward) and the Maddox genealogies. When I had the opportunity to attend Cousins’ Weekend again this year, I wanted to share more of our family history.
About who? And how?
The “who” question was obvious – Mattie Maddox Howard. Mattie is my great grandmother and my cousins’ grandmother. Sadly none of us knew her.
The “how” question proved a little more daunting. I wanted to write a book. Never mind I had never done this and didn’t know where to start. I did the only thing I knew to do. I just started writing.
And now I’ve completed it.
My goal has been accomplished. I am a published author! (My children were impressed at least!)
Excerpt from Mattie’s Story:
As a child, I frequently visited my grandfather’s attic. It was always lots of fun to see the Christmas decorations stored away or the knick knacks my grandmother put away for another day. But always, I studied the portrait of my great grandmother Mattie Howard that was stored up there. I wondered about her. Perhaps I thought if I stared at her portrait long enough and concentrated hard enough, she would tell me her secrets…..
Mattie didn’t tell me her secrets in that attic, but her portrait did spark a curiosity that years later started my pursuit to discover who my great grandmother really was.
Mattie’s Story can be ordered from Lulu.com.