Though we might never meet them in real life, good musicians and writers become like friends to us.
But, sometimes, we do have a friend who is also a good writer and they come out with a book!
It’s this one
I worked with Genevieve Reilly Secchi at the Connecticut Post for years. She was a professional journalist who took her job and her obligations to readers seriously. She also has a great sense of humor.
Well, she’s written a book with Melanie Beal Marks, Burnt Church Road: Unraveling the Story Behind the Name. This is the tale of the people and the history surrounding a road in South Carolina’s Lowlands that has an odd and somewhat terrifying name. The book is available on Burnt Church Road Distillery,’s website. It’s an independent distillery so if you’re a whisky fan, you should check them out, too. Not sure if you can order the whiskey over the internet.
It is a brilliant idea for a book, telling the story of a road, because roads tell the story of the people who walk, ride and drive down them. They also tell the story of the towns and cities that rise around them. Some roads get abandoned, some change course, some start as just a link between towns and then have farms grow up around them and finally, apartments and subdivisions. Some have some really unique names.
All of these changes bring out not only characters but the character of a people. I hope you’ll give it a try and maybe lift a glass to my friend for her accomplishment.
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Keep writing, keep running.