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Beyond the Waterfall Paperback – May 2, 2005
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From the Author
Beyond the Waterfall is a blend of local and family history. The story goes that as a young woman, my quarter-Cherokee third great grandmother on my mothers side was blindfolded, taken down the river and shown a Cherokee treasure trove. She lived in the East Tennessee, Northwest Georgia area. My mother has told me the story numerous times over the years; and when I started writing historical fiction, I thought the story of Jemima Elliott would make a wonderful basis for a book. As I researched, I learned of Chief Joseph Vann who was driven from the area in 1835. Being the second wealthiest man in America at the time, my mother mused as to the possibility that it could have been his treasure that Jemima saw.
After conducting a search on the internet for "Cherokee treasure," I learned that theres a legend of Cherokee gold hidden behind a waterfall along Hwy 411. This is near Spring Place, Georgia, where Joe Vanns mansion still stands. I took a trip to the Vann House to learn as much as I could about the man and the period. So, I combined the three stories, added a twist of imagination and romance and the result is Beyond the Waterfall.
About the Author
Marnie L. Pehrson was born and raised in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. An avid enthusiast of family history, Marnie integrates elements of the places, people and events of her Southern family and heritage into her historical fiction romances. Marnies life is steeped in Southern history from the little town of Daisy that she grew up in, to the 24 acres bordering the famous Chickamauga Battlefield upon which her family resides. The Chickamauga Battlefield inspired her book "Rebeccas Reveries" and e-books, "Back in Emilys Arms" and "In Love We Trust".
Marnies background is in inspirational works such as Lord, Are You Sure? Her first novel, The Patriot Wore Petticoats, is based on the true story of Marnies heroic fourth great-great grandmother, Laodicea "Daring Dicey" Langston. It was Diceys remarkable life story and the encouragement from her friend, Marcia Lynn McClure, that persuaded her to step outside her typical inspirational titles to venture into historical fiction. With Marnies inspirational writing background, you can always count on a moral to every story.
Marnie and her husband Greg live with their six children in Ringgold, Georgia in a house that Marnie designed.