|Native Ransom Hundley has published ‘Blind Legacy’|
Franklin County native Ransom Hundley’s first published book “Blind Legacy” is on sale now online from Amazon.com.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By BRANDON OSGOOD - Special to the News-Post
Franklin County native Ransom Hundley has recently published "Blind Legacy" on Amazon Kindle, the first of three novels that follows a young soldier in the Civil War.
The story follows John Lee, a teenage tobacco farmer who leaves the life he faces with his abusive father in North Carolina and travels to Franklin County to enter the Civil War. "Blind Legacy" weaves the story of the Civil War in between the inspiration of a man's will to live and the tragic realization of bloodshed, Hundley said.
The inspiration for the book came in 1954-1955 when Hundley was in a tobacco field with his brother and stepfather one night, he said. It was there that he felt it was his destiny to write novels.
Since then, he has always felt compelled to write, he added.
Over the years, Hundley has written numerous articles for historic magazines, which include "North South Trader's Civil War" and "American Digger." However, he first started writing fiction in 1991 when he wrote his first unpublished novel entitled "The Emenback Miracle." The science fiction story involves a man who discovers a UFO in a field.
Hundley began writing "Blind Legacy" in 2005. He often wanted to give up on the novel but his conscious said otherwise, he said.
"I tried to let it go, but it wouldn't let me go," Hundley said.
A number of characteristics from Franklin County are featured in the book, including the regiment that served in the Confederate Army. Hundley hopes this book will help county residents get a feel for the struggles that many soldiers faced during the war.
Hundley's love for American history began in Minnie Cooper's fourth-grade class at Snow Creek Elementary, where he would read every biography that he could find, he said. His passion flourished over the years, and he now owns a Civil War store in Ashland, called Sgt. Riker's Civil War Trading Post.
A 1963 graduate of Franklin County High School, Hundley currently resides in Hanover County with his wife, Rosalie Loretta Yuhas, whom he married in 1973.
"Blind Legacy" is a self-published book and is available for purchase at Amazon.com for $8.99.
Hundley said he plans to sell a hard copy edition of the book, but he does not have an exact date for publication. He also plans to hold a book signing in the future.
Hundley said he always tries to find opportunities to come home.
"All my friends are in Franklin County and so is my heart," he said.