Bluffton author's latest book gets to root of matter


Carole Marsh of Bluffton is the multi-award winning CEO and founder of Gallopade International, a dynasty in the realm of publishing and children's educational books.

Based in Peachtree City, Ga., Gallopade's body of work includes more than 15,000 children's books and educational materials included in school curricula nationwide.

Marsh created Bluffton Books in 2015, writing under the name Carole Marsh Longmeyer and featuring (among other offerings) mysteries for kids that are set in Bluffton.

Those books include "The Missing Mask Mystery" and "The Ghost Ship," engaging stories of suspense and mystery that move along quickly. The kids won't even realize they are learning about Lowcountry history.

Her many awards and honors include being named the 2007 Georgia Author of the Year, the 2015 Moonbeam Silver Medal award and six-time winner of the Teachers' Choice award from Learning magazine.

One of Marsh's history books, "The Big Civil War Book," is a colorful, oversized book. Written to appeal to children and make history exciting, it's definitely not just for kids.

With colorful, attention-getting graphics, this book is full of fascinating tidbits about the war. One could easily become a semi-expert on the Civil War by browsing its pages.

Her series "Around the World in 80 Mysteries" is set in real locations all over the world, with the author and her husband and their grandkids as characters in the stories, discovering new adventures in exotic places.

Although much of her work is aimed at children, she writes books for all ages on a variety of topics.

Her titles include "The Kudzu Cookbook," "Lowcountry Hurricanes A to Z," and "Nine Months in my Mommy: Autobiography of an Unborn Baby."

Her latest publication, "Lowcountry Voodoo A to Z," is an interesting compilation of the beliefs and practices of voodoo and hoodoo, both of which originated in Haiti and New Orleans.

There is a local connection as well, with a rich history of conjurors and voodoo culture in Beaufort and St. Helena Island.

Readers might be surprised how many old "folk" sayings and practices still used today have their origins in voodoo culture.

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Glenda Harris of Bluffton is a freelance writer and editor, nature lover and aspiring novelist.

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