A special post featuring the author of Trouble Down South and Other Stories, Katrina Parker Williams
Title: Trouble Down South and Other Stories Author: Katrina Parker Williams Genre: Historical Fiction/Short Stories
Enslavement, murder, abuse, illness: there’s real trouble for the characters in Trouble Down South and Other Stories. The short stories take the reader on a journey to the past through a collection of interestingly crafted pieces of flawed humanness, social injustice, and redemption, and even humor.
Katrina Parker Williams teaches English composition and grammar at a community college. She is a Barton College graduate with a B.S. in Communications and a Masters of Education in English from East Carolina University. She is also the author of a fictional novel titled Liquor House Music. Williams classifies herself as storyteller of tales. Her works have appeared in Charlotte Viewpoint, Muscadine Lines, Usadeepsouth, and the Wilson Literary Review. Her writings have recently been published at The Saints’ Placenta, All Things Girl, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Pens on Fire, and Muscadine Lines. A short story was recently published in the Patchwork Path anthology.
I always liked to write when I was in high school but didn't do anything with my writing until years later. After reading works by writers such as Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Ernest Gaines, and Terry McMillan, whose stories I could relate to, I wanted to write the stories I had to tell just like they did.
Why should people read your book?
My short stories are a quick read, and readers may learn something interesting about living in the South.
Can you relate to any of the characters and why?
Ms. Pimmelly is loosely based on me. The city she describes in "Ms. Pimmelly's City" is the city in which I work.
Tell your readers something personal about you?
I am a community college instructor who teaches English grammar and composition. When I am not drilling the rules of grammar into my students' heads, I write fiction. They actually inspire some of my fiction.