Cordova native's book wins independent book award

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 8/18/19

A Cordova native will be signing copies of her award-winning novel at Jasper Public Library on Tuesday.Laura Hunter's "Beloved Mother," published by Alabama-based Bluewater Publications, won in the …

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Cordova native's book wins independent book award

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A Cordova native will be signing copies of her award-winning novel at Jasper Public Library on Tuesday.

Laura Hunter's "Beloved Mother," published by Alabama-based Bluewater Publications, won in the first novel category and was also the grand prize winner for fiction at the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

More recently, it was one of six finalists in the best new fiction category at the 2019 American Fiction Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

Tuesday's signing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rotary Club Community Room at the library.

Hunter, a 1961 graduate of Cordova High School, began writing short stories after her second retirement in the mid-1990s. Her goal at that time was to preserve stories for her grandchildren.

Hunter, who has spent most of her adulthood in Northport, took several courses in creative writing and journalism at the University of Alabama.  

To date, Hunter has published 16 award-winning fiction pieces and nine poems, in addition to numerous articles published through different media outlets. She has also written a collection of memoirs for her grandchildren.

"Beloved Mother," published in March, tells the story of three women who live in Appalachia in the early to mid-1900s.

One of the women who marries into and is then cast out of a Native American tribe sets herself up as a "beloved mother" in her mountain community.

"She becomes so perverted in her mind that she decides that she is God. She decides who can live and who will die. In making that decision, she becomes an abortionist," said Hunter, who spent at least two years researching Native American beliefs so that she could present them accurately. 

The other two women are the sister and niece of the first woman, Mona Parsons Slocomb.

"Beloved Mother accurately portrays the evilness in humanity, in which the wicked corrupt the innocent to create a vicious cycle of abuse, until one person with a heart of understanding and forgiveness has the courage to end it," according to one description.

Hunter is currently working on another novel. 

She also has a collection of fictional short stories focused on Copeland’s Crossing, Alabama, that is awaiting publication.