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Nancy began writing as a way to overcome a
horrible experience she had in 1967. On a hot day in August Nancy stepped
into the garage of her home in Charlotte, NC and stepped on what felt like a
coil of barbed wire tearing into her skin. A huge copperhead snake wrapped
tightly around her leg, biting her repeatedly expelling all its venom.
When she awoke in the hospital, she couldn't believe her leg was swollen twice
its normal size and the bites couldn't be counted. Recuperation was a
lengthy process and she wanted to find a hobby since she couldn't return to work
right away. She enrolled in a creative writing course and discovered a
passion for writing that turned her into an award-winning author.
A North Carolina native, Nancy Rhyne has
spent most of her adult life in the South Carolina Low Country. She and
her husband, have traveled thousands of miles of backroads over the years,
gathering folklore and building a treasury of oral southern history. Nancy
has spent decades researching regional and national archives, particularly the
WPA narratives. Her stories are testimony to her love for the southern
landscape, southern people, and southern traditions and lore. Her dedication to
research is evident in all the books she has written, which preserve the
heritage of the Southeast coast
Today, Nancy Rhyne is one of the South's
well known storytellers and an award-winning author with a
special interest in preserving the history and folklore of the South Carolina
Low Country and a deep appreciation for the varying cultures of the region.
She is the recipient of the Press Women of South Carolina Annual Awards. Nancy
lives in Columbia, SC with her husband Sid.
for stories for my books took me to many places. I once found myself
sitting in the elegant plantation drawing room of a Vanderbilt. Other
times, I visited cabins practically hidden from civilization, where I had
to park my car beside the road and walk over dirt paths into the woods or to a
river. On one occasion, I made my way to an old sawmill. Several
times throughout my journeys I had to stop the car in the middle of the road
to allow a caneback rattler to continue on its way. I would not trade a
minute of the past thirty-something years. My husband Sid and I have
clocked hundreds of hours on southern backroads. But we've been
successful. The people were friendly and eager to talk, and they shared
with me the stories for which I'd searched and much more.
Nancy Rhyne strives to introduce children to the heritage of
their area through local folklore and legends that are designed to inspire
children to learn about their own surroundings as well as to entertain them with
delightful stories of children, much like themselves, caught in some very
compelling. The stories are as relevant now as they were in the middle of
the 20th century when they actually happened. Nancy Rhyne's escapades of two
boys who lived on a coastal South Carolina barony are sensitive and warm
with affection for their families and the nature that surrounds them. In
this close friendship of two boys a cozy lamp shines a remarkable light on
the way seacoast boys found entertainment, provided a staple for the dinner
table, and learned an important lesson from a noted American General.
In these pages, the
salt in the sea air can be tasted on your lips, and the soft voices speaking
the Gullah language will evoke teardrops, gracious smiles, and lusty laughs.
Nancy Rhyne's gift for storytelling serves her well in this excellent and
touching work of art. 150 pages. Ages 10 to adult.
978-0-87844-183-9, 10 ISBN 0-87844-183-2 Softcover $6.95
COUNTRY VOICES: What Coastal Back Roads Folk Told Me of Ghosts, Sea Captains
and Charleston Jazzmen
The Carolina Low Country is a magical place with
colorful characters and fascinating legends. This collection of memorable
tales culminated from interviews with long-time residents of the Carolina coast
is a means to pass on these legends. They bared their souls with a fire
that burned in their hearts.
Tales of Hags, Hants, Ghosts, & Diamondback Rattlers
A compilation of stories borrowed from former slaves
of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. (More
The Ghost of Hampton Plantation A Parable as if told by Sue
A fascinating and colorful account of Sue Alston, the
daughter of emancipated slaves who spent her life on Hampton Plantation, on the
South Santee River. The voice of Sue Alston takes you on a journey through the
lives of those who called the Hampton mansion home. (More
Includes 28 stories of plantation life from Wilmington, NC to
Savannah, Georgia, nine of which are new to print. Sharing the pages of this
book are the wealthy white planters of the 18th century who built the
plantations with the help of slaves, and the latter-day Northerners who rescued
many of the plantations from ruin and preserved them for the 20th century. (More
COASTAL GHOSTS, From Savannah to Wilmington
A guide to the sites of ghostly appearances and mysterious
happenings along the coast from Wilmington, North Carolina, through South
Carolina’s fabled Low-country, to Savannah, Georgia. The twenty-five tales are
Descriptions of more than 200 different kinds of shells that
can be found on the North Carolina and South Carolina beaches. Includes
illustrations and tips on where to find the shells and how to make collections.
SOUTHERN RECIPES AND LEGENDS
Blending two of the South’s favorite pastimes,
storytelling and cooking, this book features a hearty feast of recipes spiced
with legendary tales of the Low Country. These charming tales of Charleston,
Beaufort and Savannah are rich with the real flavor of these colorful old
cities. Meet pirates, rice planters, debutantes and plantation mistresses and
sample fare for which this area of the country is so popular.