“This is like a fire in my belly — this particular story. It’s almost as if it has been with me all the time. I’ve always loved to write,” said Barbara Buxton, who is married to Kenneth. She and her husband have two grown children and three grandchildren. She is retired from AT&T.
Set in 1945, the story is about 6-year-old Tilly who is devastated when her 13-year-old black friend is lynched. Her entire life is set on a course to find justice for her friend. She becomes a lawyer and goes to work for the district attorney in Montgomery, Ala., and convinces him to reopen the case of the boy who was accused of flirting with a white girl.
“Although the book is fiction, a lot of (the book) is from personal experience. The characters were modeled from people in my family who I remember how they were when I was little. I draw a lot from life experience and knowing things that happened,” said Buxton who was born in Tallassee, Ala.
The characters come to life in the book.
“One of my readers told me at a book signing that he loved the characters so much that when he went to bed he worried about them,” said Buxton, who typically worked on the story between 3:30 and 7:30 a.m.
“This book has been labeled a race redemption novel like ‘Secret Lives of Bees.’ There’s so much racial tension even today. My book is relevant. It makes people think, maybe a little differently, when they close the covers.”
“It was a joyful experience for me to write it,” Buxton said.
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