Patty Tyson_Wilson_coverMADISONVILLE, KY (11/13/12) — Patty Tyson Wilson has planted roots in Nortonville, KY where she spent most of her childhood and teenage years in the 1950s. She intends to live out her retirement years writing historical fiction books and short stories for local dispersion.

This Saturday, November 17, Wilson is releasing a book and hosting a book-signing at the Fall Craft Fair, hosted by the Madisonville-Hopkins County Public Library at Parkway Plaza Mall in Madisonville. 

Wilson, which is her married name, will be signing books at the craft fair between 10 AM and 7 PM and told SurfKY News that she has rented a table and has around 125 copies of her new book A Hard Road to Travel ready to sell at the event. The book will also be available for retail purchase soon at Amazon.com. She plans on purchasing more print copies of the book as needed for sale.

Her literature is based on the lives and times of real historical figures she has learned about in her studies throughout the years.

“I’ll read history books or stories and base my stories on those characters and change their names and fill in the gaps of daily living,” she said.

A Hard Road to Travel is set in the Civil War era, and Wilson said that she referenced actual battles and military company names and numbers. When asked why her stories are solely in the historical fiction category, she stated, “I’ve always been interested in history for as long as I can remember.” She recounted her 4th grade teacher giving her a small book set from the pioneer days all the way up to that point in her life and how much she enjoyed that book. She recalled her mother always telling tales from the past and how intrigued she was by that.

Wilson moved back to Nortonville in 1993 with her late husband. They had spent their previous years of marriage living in several different states, and they decided to move back home in order to retire and be closer to family. Wilson had made a career for herself in Accounting Management. She said she didn’t start writing seriously, publishing, or printing her literature until she retired, though writing short stories was always something she did as a hobby. She began entering her stories in writing competitions and then branched out to print and publishing. Wilson does all of her own printing and layout from her home and then sends the pages to a printer for spiral binding.

As deep as her interests go in studying history, it’s no surprise that she was also captivated with Genealogy for a period of time before she started printing books. She said she hasn’t gone national with book sales and prefers to stay local; however, The Tysons of Muhlenberg did find its way into some libraries throughout the US in the earlier 2000s.

Wilson had a number of books and stories published, one being a collection of eight biographies about her maiden family, the aforementioned Tysons of Muhlenberg, in 2003. It was distributed from major book stores such as Barnes & Noble. Another, inspired by the time she spent working for Ligon Truck Lines locally in the early 1960s, was of particular significance to her.

Along with A Hard Road to Travel, Wilson will soon be publishing a book with two historical fiction ghost stories that she had previously entered in a writing competition. "One Stormy Night" and "Ghosts of Wildwood School" are both inspired by true events and characters.

Those interested may purchase one of Wilson’s books at the craft fair this Saturday at Parkway Plaza Mall or by shopping online at Amazon.com. Click here to view the event flyer. Patty Tyson Wilson may also be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jessica Frodge
SurfKY News

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