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Redhawk Publications is an artistic initiative of the Catawba Valley Community College, publishing written works of interest for the local community, the state of North Carolina as well the entire United States. Established in 2017, CVCC is the only North Carolina community college with a publishing division and has over 75 unique titles. The podcast, “RedPubPod” acts as a companion to the works of our authors.  Be sure to check out the podcast and subscribe so that you can hear author interviews that highlight their writing processes, literary inspirations, and newest releases. 

RedPubPod #032 A Husband And Wife Team Co-Author a Book About a Husband & Wife

What a fun episode we have in store for you today! We’re thrilled to welcome Redhawk Publications director, Richard Eller, and his wife, co-author, Claudia Ward as our special guests! Tim Peeler, the chief editor at Redhawk Publications, moderates the conversation as we delve into the captivating world of their latest book, “Tell Us, Marcellus.”

Set against the backdrop of Western Piedmont North Carolina History, this book is the second installment in a series focused on the Harper House nestled in Downton Hickory. Richard Eller takes us on a journey through time, recounting the lives of the families who once called this historic residence home.

But what sets this episode apart is Claudia’s meticulous research, bringing to life the voice of a Victorian woman like never before. Through her dedication, we uncover the remarkable story of Elizabeth Camp Denison Rutherford, a woman of privilege and intellect who fearlessly navigated the conventions of her time. Who knew she’d even dare to secure a prenuptial agreement, a rarity in those days, let alone initiated by a woman?

Meanwhile, Richard paints a vivid portrait of Marcellus Thornton, a man of many talents and quirks, whose colorful life and marriage to Elizabeth provide endless intrigue. From his journalistic endeavors to his knack for spending Elizabeth’s fortune, Marcellus’s tale is nothing short of a fun engaging read.

It’s clear that Claudia and Richard poured their hearts and souls into crafting this compelling narrative, and we’re fortunate to witness their boundless enthusiasm firsthand. “Tell Us, Marcellus” is more than just a book; it’s a treasure trove of insights into a bygone era, shedding light on the complexities of love, ambition, and history. So sit back, relax, and join us as we embark on this remarkable journey through time.

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Richard Eller, Executive Director — Redhawk Publications

Tim Peeler, Chief Editor — Redhawk Publications

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