Interview with Charlotte Lyter Mankin

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
In Smashwords I have read several books that are in my library. i am reading one now. Why go any where else.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My very first story I wrote as I recall was in school when I wrote a story about a lame horse that was healed by prayer. This was a true story. At one time we had two horses, a mother horse and her young filly one was limping. I don't remember which one was limping but I do recall praying and the next day or soon after the limp disappeared.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover design is of my grandmother in the Victorian age. She told me we were related to Benjamin Lundy when I was a girl. It didn't soak in until recently who he really was in history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I currently use my computer for online reading. Recently I have purchased a Barnes and Noble Nook.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry many years ago when I was so moved. This is my first attempt to write a book because it was important to me that others know about Benjamin Lundy.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My story is a historical biography about Benjamin Lundy the abolitionist who I am related to through my grandmother who is on the cover. It has been brought to my attention in the light of the recent mini-series that he is all but forgotten in history. Yet he has the lone title of being the "Father of Abolition'. I want people to know who he was as an abolitionist. If i can only reach a few then that is better then none. If folks who read my book will help me by sharing it with others then my work would be done
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to be an indie author to share the knowledge of what I know about Benjamin Lundy with e-books readers. I realized I must share what I know about my cousin Benjamin Lundy
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to get not only here but out in the main stream. i realize my work is cut out for me to manage the marketing, The self help books that Smashworks has for us to read will hopefully lead me to some success in my goal to share with others who Benjamin Lundy was all about.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am happy to have written this book so my children and grandchildren can see the record of our family history. It gives me great joy to have been able to do this book.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get a review or a compliment it fills my heart with joy. My life has a real meaning at this stage of my life.
What are you working on next?
If I get good response from this book or interest I may do another book I will tell of things that were left out of the book and bring in other abolitionists also.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My husband inspires me each morning to rise and shine. We either have a scripture, a joke, or a short song each morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time when not writing doing research on my Lyter and Lundy family trees. We have 3 macaws, cockatoo and an orange wing parrot of my daughter's that always need someone to spend some time with them.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I am currently reading "Denver's Historic Elitch Theatre" by Theodore A. Borrillo. Mary Elitch Long was my great aunt. He has done a wonderful job on this book. it took him four years. I am also reading "White Space Obsession" by fellow indie author here at Smashwords, Carolyn Straub.
Describe your desk
My desk was made by my husband out of 70 year old cherry wood that he purchased from a man from Pennsylvania who cut the tree down and milled the wood. It was shipped by train to California. We both designed it. It is like a work station made to fit in a corner. On one side of the desk is a window that I can look out and see a beautiful redwood tree my mother gave my husband. There are also other trees to view pines and cedars and often deer lay by the trees. Today is Christmas and I just cleaned it off after my clutter from writing my book. I love my desk. Out of the cherry he also made a lawyer's bookcase for me and a desk for each of his daughters. He is a retired cabinet maker as you may have assumed.
Published 2014-02-08.
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Books by This Author

Benjamin Lundy's Last Walk
You set the price! Words: 10,710. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
One man’s story of the struggle to help end slavery. His life was an example to other abolitionists. Slaves came to him in the dark of the night to plead for help. Every waking moment his goal was before him. Anti-slavery societies used his ideas before the Civil War. Lundy was a mentor to many abolitionists.