Stories of the Old South

Copyright Bonnie Stanard

A plantation owner and the slaves who tolerated or hated him...the unadorned Antebellum South.

What Missing Means

This story of the Reinharts, a fiercely private people who don’t talk much about their troubles, was originally part of Dust On the Bible. However as the word count added up, I divided the manuscript into two books. (The average book is about 250 pages). It went through numerous titles: Light in the Loft; Among the Barns; and After the Cow Died (one that makes me shudder). I hope you'll join me as I talk about writing the novel.

Betty correctly identified our photo as that of clothes pins in the December Contest. (When is the last time you saw  clothes hanging outside on a line to dry?) Betty chose as her prize my novel Kedzie, Saint Helena Island Slave.

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What Missing Means

My presentation is

Thursday February 22, 2018

Noon—1:00 PM

SC State Library

1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC

Hosted by
Speaker @ the Center

803.545-4432 *

 "Stanard manages to dramatize the hidden sorrows, problems, and desires of the family members in subtle and complex ways..."

—Steven Bauer, Hollow Tree Literary Services



Betty Malone

Winner of the Photo ID Contest

Welcome to my website!

I write fiction and poetry and try to improve my craft by attending writers workshops and author conferences.  Writers such as Hilary Mantel, Colm Toibin, Zadie Smith, and Richard Russo inspire me to try harder. I live in Lexington, South Carolina.

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This would have been appreciated in wintry weather such as we've been having. In the 19th Century, it was placed in carriages and used in the home, even in a bed. Pictured on the left is the lid to the piece on the right.