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Author Annie Jones Holmes to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

HELENA, ALABAMA, UNITED STATES, September 14, 2017 / -- Writing isn’t just putting words on paper; it's reaching out to people, inspiring and encouraging them through the words. A great story can offer an immersive experience where the reader observes the drama unfold like they’re a character in the same room. You can hear the sounds, you can smell the scents. You're absorbing the story through all your senses. That's what makes it real.

No one knows this better than Annie Jones Holmes, acclaimed author of Beneath the Willow, a collection of short stories, and its sequel Willows Under Trial. First published in 2015, Beneath the Willow, follows the lives of residents of Willow Bend, a settlement of people who had left a sharecropper’s farm in the postbellum South.

“It's not a true story,” Holmes admits. “It's historical fiction with a realistic concept. It deals with the issues that happened during that postbellum era. They endured many hardships with humor, as well as attempting to deal with the grievance of the situation.”

Originally a playwright, Holmes adapted her plays into the short stories collected in Beneath the Willow.

“I call it a "divine revelation." I can sit and write words like many leaves on the trees, like the birds flying. I sit down and my fingers just fly,” says Holmes. “It's my creative imagination. I dig deep into my mind and come up with what I would think about this situation. In order to reach the people, I had to go deep within myself and put myself right there in that moment.”

“I enjoy the short stories, because it keeps the people going. They begin reading and they can’t put it down. Short stories inspire you to go into the next one. Sometimes with a long story, you get bored, unless it's a juicy piece of literature. So, the short story invites them to read on to the next story to see what happens.”

And the response from readers has been overwhelmingly positive.

“They love it because it's full of humor,” says Holmes. “And this inspires me to continue. I like telling of the trials of drama. The book explained the variety of trials that those people went through, and the drama. I tell people that
Drama, is experience of life’s incidents. So, the book, although it is fiction, reveals a realistic concept of life.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Annie Jones Holmes in an interview with Jim Masters on September 18th and September 25th at 1pm EDT

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

Beneath the Willow and Willows Under Trial are available on Amazon.

For more information on Annie Jones Holmes, visit

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