Angel Matthews, lifelong resident of the Guilford/Randolph County area, writes historical novels. When she promotes her novels, she dresses in period costumes which she makes herself. We saw her on Saturday in Gibsonville promoting her latest book, "Charlotte Confederate Calvary Soldier." The book is displayed on the table in the foreground. Angel was especially happy to be roaming the halls of Gibsonville Antiques and Collectibles*, because the building, built in 1868, was formerly the Mineola Plant, part of the Cone Mills Company. The building became part of Cone Mills in 1880 and remained open until 1988. Angel got her first job there and, given her love of history, she was quick to point out that the names written on the walls are signatures of former mill workers.
We asked Angel how she became interested in writing and, specifically, historical novels. She said her 8th grade history teacher was such a great teacher that he sparked her interest in both history and writing. How wonderful to be able to pinpoint the very educator who was pivotal in determining the course of your life. If you are interested in getting a copy of Angel's book or want to read a summary, it is available on Amazon. The book takes place in North Carolina and includes the themes of love, war, and the Underground Railroad. You can also contact Angel directly on Facebook. It would be fun to read for a book club. Who knows, if you are local, you could quite possible convince Angel to make a guest appearance!
*if you like North Carolina textile mill history, this link is well worth reading (here).