Living in Southwest Virginia in 1993, Kira Franklin begins to question her own culture when she pursues a story on a local Cherokee community raising money to reclaim ancestral lands. The Harper family is part of a long line of Cherokee leaders, and their knowledge and devotion to retaining their history make Kira long for a sense of self. But the history she knows about her own family that her father fought and died in Vietnam gets turned on its head when her mother announces that her father is alive and very different from the person Kira had imagined.
Melanie S. Hatter graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and received a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her essays have appeared in Moxie, ACE Dialogue and Emerge magazines. Melanie’s novelette, “Taking the Shot,” was published earlier in 2011 by Etopia Press. Her fiction has appeared in The Lipstick Pages and Diverse Voices Quarterly, and her story, “Obsessed with Claudia” won the First Annual Romantic Tales Writing Contest. She lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.