LHS graduate publishes book, short story

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 4, 2014

Janet Steele Holloway, a 1959 graduate of Logan High School, will have a third non-fiction short story published in the June/July issue of WV South magazine.

The story, titled Billie Brown’s Back in Town, features a grandmother who sustained her extended family during the Depression and Prohibition by selling moonshine that was made by her relatives. There are several colorful escapades as the grandmother and her sister deliver “shine” to places like Cleveland and Detroit.

Told from the point of view of the granddaughter in the 1950s — a girl who heard the stories from older relatives — the grandmother is seen as a strong and brave woman, who provides an anchor of love and safety to the child in the 1950s.

Two other stories written by Holloway have been published in WV South: in the February/March issue, a story about The Coal Camps and the Mountains was published, detailing the author’s growing up in Sarah Ann and Omar. In the April/May issue of the magazine, Holloway wrote of sneaking onto the Greyhound bus in Sarah Ann in the ‘50s and riding to the downtown bus station at the edge of the old bridge. The story, Stuckey and the Bus, shows an adventuresome eleven year old girl who wants to see the world.

Holloway has also published a memoir about her life in Logan County called A Willful Child, available at Amazon.com as a Kindle or paperback book.

Hollow now lives in Lexington, KY, but has remained close to many classmates and relatives in Logan. She says she returns every other year for the Class of ’59 Reunion.

For more information about Holloways book or short stories, you can reach her at janetholloway251@gmail.com.