By Sarrah Peters
Author Ron Miller will be available for book signings during April’s First Friday, April 3, at The Little Faces Doll Shop on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Miller, who lives in Anniston, taught high school history and English at Anniston High School. He worked in administration and was principal for four years. He also worked at various private Christian schools for almost 10 years.
Miller has published six books, including a Mayhaven award-winner for fiction, called A Broken Reed. Like his other fiction stories, A Broken Reed emphasizes Christian principles, according to Miller.
He has written a book about antique bicycles, which he collects, called Out-Spokin’: Pedals, Prose, and Respoken Tales.
His newest book is What’s in Your Garage?, and will be sold at the First Friday book signing. The book is similar to Out-Spokin’, but instead of foucusing on antique bicycles, it focuses on antique cars.
Miller does not refer to himself as an antique car collector, but he does have four antique cars.
“I have had one of the cars since high school, for 52 years,” said Miller. The car is a 1955 Chevrolet.
Miller’s antique car and bicycle books are available on Amazon for $25.
First-time author Freda Mincey will also be holding a book signing on Friday, April 3, also known as First Friday. The signing will start at 6 p.m. at J& J’s Candles on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden.
Mincey has stuided the American Civil War for four years. Her novella, My War, features a Southern lady who struggles after her husband leaves to join the fighting.
Mincey refers to her book as a “faction.” Although the main character is not a real person, the battles of the Civil War that are mentioned are factual.
Mincey has replaced one monument, “The Black Creek Rock”, here in Gadsden, and also the “Unity Monument”, in Plantersville, Mississippi, for the graves of 13 known and 37 unknown Confederate dead.
The main character lives in Plantersville, Mississippi.
Mincey aims to preserve history, particularly the Civil War.
“The Civil War happened,” said Mincey. “You can’t sweep it under the carpet.”
The book is available on Amazon for $7 . Mincey thinks My War will surprise readers.
“It will keep you intrigued because it is not a romance,” said Mincey.