A reluctant guardian | LITERARY TITAN

Interview with the author of Regina McLemore

cherokee steel Follow Amelia as she tries to find a family member who is worthy of passing on the special family heirloom to the next generation. What were some new ideas you wanted to introduce in this book that were different from book one and two?

In book 1, Amelia was very young and didn’t know anything about the special stone. In book 2, she is shocked that she is chosen to inherit the stone and she becomes a reluctant keeper. By book 3, she has matured and shed much of the emotional baggage that she has carried throughout her life. Now that she has truly become worthy of the stone, it’s time to hand it over to someone else.

Amelia is a compelling character that I enjoyed watching evolve. What were some ideals that drove your character development?

I wanted to show how the emotional trauma experienced by a young person will not only affect that person but will affect generations to come. Rather, he wanted to show that even a severely damaged individual can find redemption. She also wanted to give readers a glimpse of how Amelia’s Cherokee history and culture continued to impact her life even when she seemed to forget it.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Effects of the past, family abuse, family violence, alcohol abuse, infidelity, war tragedy, feelings of inadequacy, rebellion, dealing with death, persistence of love, the touch of the supernatural, the influence of culture, dream fulfillment , discrimination , bullying and redemption.

What is the next book you are working on and when will it be available?

Before we were a state, 2023.

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Who will be worthy of the stone?

In the final chapter of the Cherokee descendants of Bluebird and Gray Wolf, the story of Amelia Clay Stone, their great-granddaughter, will continue to evolve. Not only the sad legacy of the Trail of Tears, but also Amelia’s abusive experiences at the Cherokee Girls’ Mission will psychologically affect her children, grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

Meanwhile, young Bonita McKindle, the love interest of Amelia’s children Clay and Ross, struggles to overcome the damage caused to her by tragedy, poverty and neglect. Forced to drop out of school to care for her alcoholic and seriously ill father, Ella Bonita desperately wants to escape her and make a better life for herself, only to find more heartbreak. When she gives birth to her daughter Miranda, Bonita experiences a new hope, but Miranda and her children will soon find their own demons to battle.

Meanwhile, the fate of a special family heirloom, the stone Bluebird carried on the Trail of Tears from Georgia so long ago, rests in Amelia’s hands. It has been passed down from generation to generation to Bluebird descendants. Will old Amelia find a family member who is worthy of carrying it on to the next generation? Or will the traditional Cherokee beliefs that the stone represents be lost forever?

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