Written in a month by month journal style, Shenandoah Watercolors follows a year in my life on our farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This collection of word paintings begins in May 2003 and concludes at the end of May 2004––a highly significant year for our family as it turned out.
Uncertain what route to pursue regarding its publication, I set it aside and continued to work on my fictional historicals for The Wild Rose Press. However, my mother showed Shenandoah Watercolors to a local historian who insisted it beautifully captured a vanishing way of life and must be published, an insistence that nagged at the back of my mind. With the evolution of the eBook world I decided to self-publish and share Shenandoah Watercolors with my fans.
My mother, Pat Churchman, did the lovely cover and was of immeasurable help in editing this book, reading it over and over. We originally intended to include some of her wonderful photographs of the valley and mountains, but the enormous undertaking involved was too daunting. As it was, I had to hire an editor to format the manuscript for epub, not as easy as you might think. So I invite you to explore my blog where many of mom’s photographs are featured in various posts on gardening and rural life. http://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/
Shenandoah Watercolors is available as an ebook at Amazon Kindle and at Barnes & Noble as a Nookbook.