Chasing the dream
Acclaimed author returns to Caz for talk at library Aug. 6
By Willie Kiernan
Like all of her protagonists, strong women who know how to face challenges, Rose Senehi has challenged herself to attain her dream of being a writer.
"A writer is basically a storyteller, and all my life I've loved hearing people's stories and telling them," Senehi said. "They seem to rest in a special place in my mind and whenever I have a peaceful moment they drift into my consciousness."
An acclaimed contemporary southern fiction writer and former Cazenovia resident, Senehi will be visiting the Cazenovia Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 6 to read from and sign copies of her fourth novel, "In the Shadows of Chimney Rock."
"I plan on making it fun," she said.
Noted for weaving environmental themes into her plots, Senehi takes the readers of "In the Shadows of Chimney Rock" to western North Carolina where land grabbers are dragons and conservancies are weapons.
Originally from Michigan, Senehi found herself in the area after attending Syracuse University. She lived on a 110-acre farm outside of Cazenovia near Cody Road and raised her two children, Jessica and David. She had her own business as a consultant located in Atwell's Mill and even managed the Lorenzo Driving Competition for two years. Drawing from the character and characters of the community, she wrote her first novel "Shadows in the Grass," about a mother and her son trying to make it on a farm.
"In that first book I was able to show my deep love for people living on farms, how they're isolated and how they stick together," Senehi said. "I'm always thrilled when people say my books are character driven, because that's where I always start. I have to know my characters, who of course, are always intriguing, before I put them in harms way...or get them romantically involved."