Acorns to Wheat:
A Chasseen Family Saga
David started his book after he read a newspaper headline about the last volcanic eruption in France in 4040BC. His first thought was, how do they know the year? Months past and other questions rumbled through his mind. Could someone have witnessed that eruption? A little internet investigating confirmed it. The next question, who, took five years of research. Irritated, then exasperated, his wife persuaded David to write a story about what he had discovered. Life 6000 years ago turned out to be quite interesting.
During the long writing process David retired. He moved his wife and father from one side of Atlanta to the other, his mother-in-law moved in and their dog, Maggie, died. Today, David's father, 96, still lives with them, but his mother-in-law has passed away. They have six grandchildren.
David Allman is a cross-over writer from Historical Non-Fiction to Historical Fiction. His first book - Making Carolina, is a biography of his Mellichamp roots from France to America. It is a genealogy of family stories, not a list of names. His first book is filled with factual adventures of real people.
His current book, Acorns to Wheat - A Chasseen Family Saga is the culmination of years of studying a little known culture in southern France - the Chasseen. Archaeological digs of their sites show how they lived, their tools and burial customs. This book is Allman's attempt to create life stories based on factual adventures of fictional people.
Illustrator: Gustavo Ruiz
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