First of all, I come from family of readers and educators. My grandmother on my father’s side, with her white heritage and brilliant mind was allowed to get a high school education during the late 1800’s. Her oldest son, who was my father inherited some of her brilliancy and graduate from Eureka High School, then Morehouse College ,and the University of Wisconsin, all with honors. He was a voracious reader and scholar too. He also taught school and became a principal. He was my high school principal and administrator of my mother who attended Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia. My mother taught high school English in my high school where she introduced me to William Shakespeare, Longfellow, Rudyard Kipling and others. My father introduced me to Richard Wright, Frank Yerby, and a host of others like, Dickens, Alexander Dumas,Stevenson, to James Joyce, Mark Twain, W.E.B. Bois and many, many more great writers.
I do not write to show my readers how extensive my vocabulary is by using words that keep my readers constantly running to dictionaries to seek their meanings. I use the “Kiss style” - Keep it simple Sam. For instance, others may write-”The inappropriateness of using the pocket knife to hew the giant hollyhock was indeed absurd or ludicrous.” While I might say “It made about as much sense as a coon dog hunting rabbits.’’
In all my writings there are things of significance and historical facts to be learned/read. I am an ex-school teacher who is still teaching through my books.
Most of my stories have Happy Endings!
Sam Wilson, Ill
P.S. My wife, Ruby Jewel, acquired her love for reading while attending The Pine Woods Country Life School in Mississippi. As a “Cotton Blossom Singer” she read as they traveled across America. My book, “IT’s Cotton Blossom Time” tells the true story.