The ten stories for Aunt Truly’s Tales are coming together well, and I’m now preparing an introduction for the collection. It’s one of the last things to do before sending the manuscript to a few beta readers. I’m going to paste in the intro’s draft and would very much appreciate your feedback.
In a place called Windy Wood, snow falls from November through April, modern conveniences are nonexistent and raccoons deliver food to those in need. Travelers who become snowbound there during winter have no way to contact the outside world, but they’re not the least bit upset. That’s because they’re entertained by Aunt Truly, who regails them with stories gathered during a life so long nobody knows how old she really is.
Aunt Truly isn’t always at Windy Wood, though. She sometimes takes off on foot, traveling through time and distance to places only she can hear calling to her. Like Santa Claus, she brings presents, but her deliveries come at unexpected times in the form of stories to be savored and passed on.
This little book contains a sampling of stories Aunt Truly told to Carly Mae Foley, a central character in my first novel, The Kiminee Dream. Carly Mae happened upon Windy Wood while lost, lonesome and far from home after a traumatic experience. Carly Mae’s home is a fictional river town where the peculiar and the ordinary meld as a matter of course, and the love flowing between neighbors is an unspoken constant.
One of the stories in this collection is shared in the novel; the rest augment the experience for those who have read the book, but it’s not necessary to have read it to dive into this collection. I hope you enjoy these stories and have a chance to tell your own versions time and again.
Laura McHale Holland
Questions for you:
Does this introduction capture your attention? Why or why not?
Would you want to dig into these stories after reading this?
How can this introduction be improved?
Please share your thoughts in a comment or two. I will be ever so grateful.