I heard the nicest story last night.
Decatur author Amanda C. Gable read from her new novel, “The Confederate General Rides North,” and I was glad to be carrying the book home after hearing passages about the an 11-year-old Civil War buff on a journey with her mother in the 1960s.
But the nice part was Gable’s own story. Like Katherine, the book’s main character, she grew up in Marietta in the 1960s with a pony and freedom to roam the woods, she told the crowd at the Georgia Center for the Book event. Gable went on to a Ph.D. from Emory, 14 years of work at Georgia Tech and a life in Decatur — a whole life of stories that have nothing to do with being a novelist.
In the late 1980s, she concocted the character, a young girl obsessed with the Civil War. In 1990, she published a short story about the girl. Over time, Gable created enough stories about the girl to believe she could write a novel about her. By then, it was