NEW RELEASE SEPTEMBER 2017
“Traditions” are customs, beliefs, or practices that are handed down from generation to generation. They are timeless, perhaps starting thousands of years ago, or maybe just yesterday.
Hobie the Christmas Spider is a story created from a bit of Germanic folklore about an Old World tradition…only from the perspective of the spiders! It teaches children about the love Jesus has for all living creatures – humans and animals, from the very large and sophisticated to the tiniest and seemingly most insignificant ones of all. It is a story of love and the “magic” of Christmas.
Look for it at book stores everywhere and on-line.
Available on-line in soft cover and Kindle edition at Amazon.com.
For sale in Jonesborough TN at One-40-Four Marketplace, the Jonesborough Visitors Center, and at Mauk's of Jonesborough.
In Elizabethton: Blue River Studio, 122 Armed Forces Drive
In Kingsport: Moody's Bookstore in the Ft. Henry Mall and Berry's Pharmacy
Or can be ordered through your favorite book store
Tiggy Tiggy Touch Wood
...stories of faith, strength, and character (Second Edition)
Available at: Amazon.com in soft cover and on Kindle,
Jonesborough Visitors Center, Boone Street, Jonesborough TN
Mauk's of Jonesborough, Main Street, Jonesborough
One-40-Four Marketplace, Main Street, Jonesborough
Blue River Studio, 122 Armed Forces Drive, Elizabethton TN
Berry's Pharmacy, Ft. Henry Drive, Kingsport TN
Or can be ordered through your favorite book store
June 2017: Two stories from Tiggy Tiggy Touch Wood were chosen to be included in an anthology of the Appalachian Authors Guild called "Mountain Mist, Creations from the Appalachian Authors Guild." Mountain Mist is a delightful book highlighting poems, short stories, and essays from 31 area authors.
Honors Award: 2016 Storytelling World Awards
as printed in the April/May issue of Storytelling Magazine.
Five Star Review From: Red City Review, Pittsburgh PA,
Tiggy Tiggy Touch Wood by Madelyn Rohrer
This collection of ten short stories and folktales features scenes and characters that meld Celtic mythology, Christian spirituality, and Irish history to create truly contemplative and animated fiction.
Jumping between the past and present-day, these stories bridge both time and culture, producing a well-balanced blend of entirely fictional tales and stories that are based on true historical facts and the lives of Rohrer’s close friends. Likewise, the inclusion of both traditional-style folktales and modern short fiction keeps this collection exciting and innovative through to the end. Heavily influenced by Christianity, many of the stories feature a strong religious element and positive messages that will undoubtedly be a source of comfort to troubled or saddened readers. Rohrer’s stories signify a departure from contemporary narration and a return to the classic storytelling methods of past generations, the result of which is an astonishing anthology that resonates with a life force of its own.
Shoes in the River: The Story of "Feather"
"Shoes in the River" Introduction:
“If you dig that hole any deeper, it’s going to come out in China!”
“Finish your dinner. People in China are starving!”
Many of us remember those classic admonitions. As a child, I had a vision of a Chinese family sitting in their yard and being surprised by a shovel popping up out of the ground next to them. In reality, if someone in the United States could actually dig a hole deep enough to go all the way through the earth, it would come out in China. It truly is on the opposite side of the world from the United States.
As for people in China starving, that is also true. Up until the 1960’s, the Chinese government encouraged large families, expounding the theory that population growth empowered the country by contributing to its workforce and army. While this was true in some respects, the downside was devastating – the country could not feed its people. As the population grew from 540 million in 1949 to almost a billion in 1979, famine caused widespread starvation.
The one-child-per-family edict of 1980 was a desperate measure intended to stem and ultimately reverse the problem of overpopulation. Starting in the latter part of 2013, the policy was eased considerably, but not without leaving deep scars on China and the rest of the world.
“Shoes in the River” is the story of a fictional Chinese family caught up in the lingering policies of old regimes, edicts of new regimes, and the continuing struggle for basic human rights, including freedom of worship and the freedom to embrace or reject modern technology.
While the characters are fictional, the issues are real, based on recognized and widely published historical facts. China has always been a country steeped in mystery and tradition and the keeper of veiled stories, but in more recent times has become an increasingly prominent player in some of the most important aspects of life on this planet – business and industry, commerce, international relations, and the environment.
I hope you enjoy “Shoes in the River,” a single story of historical significance over a thirty-two year time span in semi-rural China.
Four Star Award From: Red City Review, Pittsburgh PA, November 2015:
Shoes in the River: The Story of "Feather" by Madelyn Grape Rohrer
With Shoes in the River: The Story of ‘Feather,’ Madelyn Grape Rohrer examines life in China from the early 1970s through 2004, through the lives of the fictional Ming family. Their existence in a small village changes drastically over the course of 32 years, as they navigate personal trials against the backdrop of a country that is negotiating between its ancient heritage and the dawning of a modern era.The book’s title is based on the ancient Chinese practice of dispensing with one’s shoes once a great emotional burden has been lifted from the wearer. Shoes are thrown into the river to acknowledge the difficulty that has passed and greet the future with optimism and happiness.
As the reader follows the Ming family into the 21st century, they experience the most human of struggles. The old Chinese regime is forced to make way for more modern practices, and the Mings struggle with the transition. Should they embrace new technological advances as they become available in their rural environment? Will the economic and political structure of their nation hold fast, or crumble as the future comes knocking? And when, if ever, will their personal heartbreaks and triumphs finally allow them to throw their shoes in the river and welcome what is to come with open arms? With sharp and emotionally poignant writing, Rohrer creates a fascinating combination of personal journey and political examination, as the Mings come into their own while China emerges as the world power it remains to this day.
Available locally alongside "Tiggy Tiggy Touchwood" and "Touched by Tennessee" in the locations mentioned above, on-line at Amazon.com, or order through your favorite bookstore.
COMING IN 2018: Sequel to Shoes in the River