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Stephanie Wilds

Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States


Yes, I am 'published', but my publications are all of a scientific nature, being that I am a professional plant ecologist. My current passion is a nonfiction work-in-progress, tentatively titled "Floating Camellias". A childhood memoir, "Floating Camellias" explores a particularly obscure aspect of race relations in the Deep South: the relationship between the black servants of a declining aristocratic family and its younger, more contemporary family members. Set against the backdrops of both the Civil Rights movement and the waning days of an idyllic private estate in South Carolina, this work is a personal encounter with a painful and confusing time in Southern history, when social barriers were created as fast as others were torn down. It makes no apologies, and provides few explanations, but it is written with love and purpose.

From my home at Rose Hill, in Aiken, South Carolina, I have moved to the West Coast and back again. I do freelance contracting as a plant ecologist, often writing reports and information booklets for government agencies. I own and operate a musical instrument shop with my husband, an instrument builder. I also curate a collection of my great aunt's hand-tinted photographs, taken during her travels around the world in the 1920's, which I hope will comprise my next publishing project.

Interests: Southern history, religion, and race relations; gardening and plant science

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No