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Moonlight on the Nantahala- unforgettable-@micheal_rivers did it again!
is a book that draws you into a beautiful sanctuary, snuggled up against the
Nantahala River. Close enough to hear the waterfalls. You
will relax as you settle into the slow pace of life in this scenic mountainside
haven. You might take a short walk to the falls- if you
spirits may tell you things you may not want to hear.
will bring you back to simpler times, simple joy. Although he
carries a deep loss in his heart, he lives his life lovingly with those he
encounters. However, his greatest love is one that has transcended
death. His beloved wife, Celia, is gone, but her spirit
remains. The house that Edward built with love is unchanged. It
is her sanctuary.
brings about an unexpected friendship between the elderly Edward and the young,
troubled Lena. Their relationship shows us the value of
friendship. One person can change your life forever. Everything
seems to happen for a reason.
what keeps Edward clinging to life, even though he feels the draw to join his
beloved wife. He will not leave until he is sure that Lena will be
safe and happy. He takes some unusual steps to ensure this.
time is right, and Edward joins his beloved Celia, he leaves a legacy of
love. Friendship is precious and if your heart is open, the universe
brings people together to fill empty gaps and make their lives complete.
with Micheal Rivers
You know that I am a huge fan. I loved ‘The Black Witch’ and I
really enjoyed Moonlight on the
Nantahala. I know that you grew up in North Carolina; did
you live anywhere near Edwards’ house?
M- I was originally
raised on the coast of North Carolina and have traveled and stayed in the
mountains most of my life. Sometimes it is a small wonder to go from
towns called Whale Bone Junction to Tuckasegee.
I currently live about
15 miles from where Edward’s home would have been located. The
Nantahala Gorge is a sight visitors never forget. Every day in this
land of beauty no two days will be the same. True it is the same
mountains and rivers but they have a personality all their own.
I traveled extensively
before ever settling down and decided I would live here among these
mountains. There are several rivers in this area, but the Nantahala
is my favorite. For those who enjoy Kayaking we have category four
waters as well as the romantic side with smooth flowing streams surrounded by
the best nature has to offer.
K- It sounds like a
magical place. Your descriptions are so vivid; I fell in love with
the Nantahala. I plan to visit the unforgettable gorge one
day. What was your inspiration for this story?
M- I understand there
was a gentleman close in this area much like Edward, but the story is not about
him. It is actually a story fashioned from several people I know who
lost their love and there was nobody that could fill their shoes.
For those who have
never taken the time to listen to the old it is a learning experience. What
we take for granted every day the elderly find slowly drifting away from
them. They have a lot to offer if the young will listen. The
housekeeper, Betty, is a true character and I knew her well.
I felt by writing
Moonlight on the Nantahala some would see the road we often trod when age has
taken its toll and life is still to be held as a precious thing.
K- You are so right
Micheal. It's very sad the way our culture brushes aside the elderly- where
they are revered for their knowledge and experience in other cultures.
I got the feeling
there was more of a connection between Edward and Lena- as though they were
related somehow. Could there be a sequel in the works?
M- Lena and Edward are
not genetically related. It is a connection of kinship through a
need they can fulfill for each other. Life has a strange way of
drawing people together. You can call it Karma, fate, or a dozen
other names, but possibly, it is a relationship drawn together from a higher
I have been asked to
produce a sequel for this book, but I have nothing on the storyboard for it at
this time. If the demand grows, I will give my readers a sequel for
K- If you made this
into a movie, have you thought about who would play the roles? I see
Harrison Ford playing Edward, maybe Angelina Jolie for Lena, Drew Barrymore for
Celia and then someone feisty like for Betty. What do you think?
M- Kathy Bates is the
ultimate Betty, trust me on that one, Harrison Ford would work as well as a few
others as Edward, Kirsten Dunst as Lena, and Ashley Greene as Celia.
K- If you would like,
I would love to do an exercise with you. I will show you a scene and
then you re-write it in your lyrical style. Are you up for it?
M- I’ll give it a shot
and see what we come up with.
K- Okay, here it is:
There were rumors
about Kamlesh. He had powers. They were magical
gifts. This magic frightened the people of the village. An
untouchable could never become a guru of God, so they believed that he was
"He has evil
powers- dark powers. An untouchable cannot be a guru of God."
Dadoo had insisted on
the marriage between Pratibha and Anil. It was a good match. Anil
was of a higher caste. He belonged to the same caste as their
family. Pratibha cried every day and every night. Her
beautiful face became gaunt as her petite frame became thinner and thinner.
eat something. You want to be a healthy, beautiful bride, don't you?"
"I don't even
want to live if I have to marry Anil!"
She had no appetite-
she could not bear to eat a bite when her happy future was disappearing. She
begged her parents to stop the wedding and break the engagement. They
would not listen. They thought that they were doing the right thing
by arranging this marriage. It was their custom. They
thought they had found a good man that could provide for their daughter and
give her a good life.” M]
There were whispers in
the night that told of the powers of Kamlesh. His magic frightened
people of the village unless they were in need of him. The village
elders had a name for those like Kamlesh; he was an untouchable, a being unlike
those around them, a power so dark and evil his name they feared to
speak. While some deemed him as a guru to God, the blessed saw him
as a curse and a Bain to mankind.
Dadoo stood upon his
balcony looking toward the top of the mountain professed to be the home of
Kamlesh- a fortnight before he had gone to Kamlesh and begged favor of him to
unite his daughter with Anil. Being a higher caste, he knew it was a
good match for his daughter, Pratibha.
Staying within their
caste made perfect sense to Dadoo. Pratibha wanted nothing to do with Anil,
considering him an ill-mannered oaf with the face of an Ox. She felt
no love for him and excused herself from his company at every turn.
Day and night she wept,
cursing God for being absent in her time of need. She ate nothing and had
become a mere shadow in comparison to the beauty she once held.
Pratibha- eat something. You want to be a healthy, beautiful bride,
don't you?" Her father pleaded with her.Pratibha looked woefully at her
father in disbelief. “You demand I marry Anil. Your customs are not
the wishes of my heart. I would see myself in a death shroud before
I would wear the wedding dress of the man you have chosen for me. Deny
this wedding, father and I will do as you wish.
Dadoo stood to his feet
staring at her. Her mother bowed her head refusing to look at them.
“I will hear none of
this. You will marry Anil and be the mother of his children. He
is a good provider and landowner. It is the right thing for you and
your future when I am no longer able to provide for you and protect you. I
am sure you would not be well suited stitching your life away in the hut of a
Wow! I love it- you are unbelievable. I am in awe, Sir!
you very much for having me with you today and I have enjoyed talking with you.
Thank you very much for joining me and doing this interview and “exercise”. It’s always a pleasure chatting with you.