Barbour County retired teacher and businesswoman Carol Ervin has published a novel set in a West Virginia sawmill town.
"The Girl on the Mountain" describes the trials of a young wife abandoned in 1899. The location is fictional, a composite drawn from research describing many West Virginia towns that grew up around sawmills.
"I appreciate our West Virginia heritage," Ervin said, "especially the hard work and endurance of people who lived when everything was done by hand. I've always wanted to honor some of that in a book, though 'The Girl on the Mountain' also shows the darker side of everyday life. In those times, a woman alone had few options."
The book is now available at Mainline Books in Elkins, Mace Pharmacy in Belington, Mountain Treasures in Philippi, and online bookstores.
Carol Ervin is not new to writing and print media. For 20 years she wrote, designed, and produced printed materials for regional clients. For her own book she hired an editor, cover artist, and book formatter.
"My book was grammatically clean," she said, "but the editor discovered a few errors in the timeline and suggested plot tweaks that strengthened the story."
She is enthusiastic about today's free or lost-cost opportunities for authors to self-publish fiction, textbooks, family memoir and other works targeted to a small audience.
"For many authors, ebook publishing and print-on-demand (POD) services bring greater rewards than traditional methods," Ervin said, "because publishers and agents have always taken a major cut of a book's price. Digital publishers take less and make the process easy."
More about "The Girl on the Mountain" can be found at www.carolervin.com.