By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON - A book signing was held Friday at the Williamson Public Library for 71-year-old West Virginia native Cora L. Hairston.
Hairston hails from Logan County originally, but says she visits Williamson once or twice a year and has family living in the area.
Although she believes things aren’t what they used to be, she says Williamson is “a place that is familiar, like home. I love the people and there are so many memories for me here.”
Her book, titled “Faces Behind the Dust,” is described as “the story told through the eyes of a coal miner’s daughter (on the black side).” The author says the book is “fiction, with a twist of truth.”
Hairston says she was inspired to begin writing when, years ago at a reunion in Columbus, Ohio, she was discussing memories of her childhood with friends.
It was then that someone spoke up and mentioned a book should be written about the accounts, and Hairston decided she would be the one to take on that responsibility.
“I’ve been writing for years and years, mostly songs and poems,” she says of her experiences with the written word. “I journeyed four years ago into writing books. This is my first book, but my second is already in publication.”
Hairston is happily married to her husband, who she has been with since the age of 14.
“I wouldn’t train another one,” she says jokingly.
They have four children: Gary, William, Anthony and Amanda. They also have seven grandchildren (one deceased) and four great-grandchildren.
This author was inspired by her love of writing, and says her book about a coal miner’s daughter is relatable to any West Virginian.
“Anyone who has lived in a coal mining community can see themselves in this book,” she says.
Hairston’s second book is titled “Hello World, Here Comes ClaraBy Rose,” and is a sequel to the first book. The follow-up to “Faces Behind the Dust” should be available soon.
A third book is currently in the process of being written.
For more information regarding the author or her works, go to corasreadingcorner.com. Her books are also available on amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble.