By Paula Walter
Chuck Walsh, who has deep family ties to Johnson County, recently held a book signing at the Johnson County library to promote his second book, Shadows on Iron Mountain. Readers will find themselves recognizing places within the county as he weaves his story and gives a vivid description of the mountain ranges, the people and the communities in this mystery thriller.
Walshs parents grew up in the Pandora area of Johnson County and his family first settled here in the late 1600s. His fathers family has had property in these mountains for close to 200 years. Its beauty made a lasting impact, Walsh said. His writing and the characters he developed are a reflection of those stories passed along throughout the generations. According to Walsh, he drew upon the stories of the hermit, Nick Grindstaff, and recollections of walking on family property on Iron Mountain all the while fearfully wondering who may be lurking in the shadows. It was these memories, these stories handed down through out the years that brought the people in his book to life. In Shadows on Iron Mountain, one of his characters is a guide who plays as integral role in the story line. Her personality was created with Walshs aunt, Ann Greer, in mind. I believe he gave me more authority than I should have had, Greer said with a broad smile.
The story opens as Jason and Kara meander through the countryside on their way to a rented cabin for the weekend in high hills of Iron Mountain as they planned to celebrate their second wedding anniversary. A bit overwhelmed by the remoteness of the area, Kara was not happy with Jasons choice of a weekend getaway.
Officer Terry Timmons with the Tennessee Highway Patrol was making his rounds along the back roads and hollows of the mountain when he came upon a man changing a tire on his truck. After taking a look in the glove compartment of the vehicle in search of a missing license plate, the officer was struck in the back of the head with a tire iron, crushing his skull.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk.
By Paula Walter