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WELCOME TO THE DOUGHNUT TREE


A Southern Whimsical Historical Romance Fiction

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WELCOME TO THE DOUGHNUT TREE


A Southern Whimsical Historical Romance Fiction

 

WHAT A READER HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE BOOK

I found The Doughnut Tree to be both an all inspiring novel yet full of suspense and intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed this whimsical historical fiction and look forward to the author’s next book.
— Gail Barnes
 
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I LOVE my readers


"I truly care about each of my readers"

 

I LOVE my readers


"I truly care about each of my readers"

 

It's my Readers that get me excited to Hustle everyday

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an Author is truly caring about all my readers. I'm like a giddy kid in a candy store every time a person buys my book because, I know that it's more than just a whimsical historical romance fiction about Huntsville, Alabama 100 years ago.

My inspiration for writing "The Doughnut Tree" came from finding out that a black man by the name of, Mr. Herman Deeley was linched on my property in a small almost forgotten town of Taylorsville, Alabama. His only offence for this crime was walking on someone's property. There were twenty witnesses at the scene of the crime and 3 guilty white men who were tried in the court of law by a young brave prosecutor. Keep in mind that this crime took place 100 years ago in Alabama where racism was the norm. This prosecutor decided that he would seek criminal justice for this horrific crime and had a trial of which all 3 men were unfortunately found innocent.

I believe that Mr. Herman Deeley can rest peacefully knowing the true story has been told and he will not be forgotten.

Although the story is a whimsical historical romance novel, however it is not centered solely on Mr. Herman Deeley - it's about Molly Teal's adventurous journey in Huntsville, Alabama 100 years ago.  

There are many twists and turns that happen in "The Doughnut Tree" of which the truth is stranger than fiction. In my extensive historical research in the archives of The Huntsville Library, led me to find corruption on every level in local city government officials. One such corrupt person is Judge W.T. Lawler who you'll soon find out when you read "The Doughnut Tree" is a double-dealing back-stabbing swindler who uses the power of the law to get his dirty deeds done.

There are other characters that I used from my past to fill in the story line that adds a rich backdrop to "The Doughnut Tree". In everyone's lives there are people who will be a part of your chapter of life - some add value in their friendship while others are negative influences and therefore need to move on. I used the negative people in my life as the villains which made the novel much more interesting to write because now there was this book unfolding with real life characters. "The Doughnut Tree" is a story within a story because it threads through my own life experiences both the negative and positive.

The overall inspiration of writing "The Doughnut Tree" was to give Mr. Herman Deeley homage for all eternity and secondly to craft a well written story that reflected my own life expriences. What I have found in my journey is "Keeping the Faith" in all I do in moving forward with my second book, the prequel to "The Doughnut Tree" - the story about Madam Mollie Teal. Hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.       

God's Blessings, Catherine L. Knowles 

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BOOK CLUBS INIVTED


BOOK CLUBS INIVTED


Book Clubs Invited

Reaching out to the reader community

 

I have been especially Blessed to have met many strong wonderful women in the local areas of North Alabama. It's always a pleasant surprise to get feed-back on the characters in "The Doughnut Tree". So I gladly invite all Book Club members to become a part of my family of readers and together let's share the many wonderous adventures of my book.

Downtown Historical Walking Tour

Book Clubs Invited

One of my favorite aspects of becoming an Author is treating my readers to a free Downtown Historical Walk of all the places in my book. If you enjoyed reading "The Doughnut", you'll especially enjoy this brisk walk of downtown Huntsville and learning about the real Historical places that I used for my book. Be sure to check back with me or see my Social Calendar for the next walking tour. Fun for all ages.