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Local author, storyteller to be in the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library spotlight

John Thompson • Updated Jan 22, 2020 at 9:36 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Reading a book can be an even more enjoyable experience when you have met and had the chance to carry on a conversation with its author.

That is one of the benefits of attending the Spotlight on Local Authors by the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. The latest session of the program will be presented this Saturday Jan. 25, starting at 10:30 a.m., when Madelyn Rohrer will be in the Spotlight.

She has published seven books in a wide variety of topics, from historical fiction to children’s books.

Rohrer has been very active in the community for several years, as a professional storyteller and an author, but she is originally from the area of Rochester, New Yorl. She moved here in 1996, following her retirement.

It did not take long to transition from tour guide to professional storyteller in Jonesborough. It took her longer to branch out from storytelling to writing. Contrary to what most people think, she said storytelling and writing are not necessarily compatible. As a storyteller she often has to tell her story in a specified time so the she is finished before it is time for the next storyteller to take the stage.

One of Rohrer’s latest books is “Touched by Tennessee, Stories from the Heartland.” The book is a collection of eight stories, some of them historical, some of them personal, but all with a connection to Tennessee.

Rohrer’s children’s books include the Critter Series, which include such books as “Bert, the Owl Bat” and “Hobie the Christmas Spider.”

Her other books include: “Shoes in the River, the Story of ‘Feather’,” “The Ugly Popcorn Tree: It Did What?”, “Tiggy Tiggy Touch Wood: Stories of Faith, Strength, and Character,” and “Johnny Come Back: Eighty+four Days of Miracles.”

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