BETTY FREEMAN HAINES
Betty Freeman Haines, author, award-winning columnist and former curriculum designer, is a true daughter of the Old South. She was born in Chickasaw, Alabama in the late 1930’s and spent the first 18 years of her life in a series of small south Alabama towns, near the paper mill that employed her father.
Betty experienced the Civil Rights years under the guidance of her father. A unique individual who rejected the racial biases of his Klan member father, yet managed to love him and retain for much of what he believed. Betty’s father felt so strongly that we were all created equal that he defended the rights of black mill worker, even when this action put his life and that of his family in danger. More importantly, he taught his three children to treat others in a fair and equitable manner, judge slowly, forgive easily, and do nothing in the dark that they would be ashamed to admit in the daylight.
Betty’s brain has been etched with memories and insights of attempts to abolish segregation, integrate public schools, and implement equal rights in the work places and voting booths of the Deep South. Given this background, is it any wonder that, in her historical, fiction novel, Reluctant Hero, she creates a tender tale that reflects her small town childhood, the Civil Rights Movement, and the actions of a very special, reluctant, and unsung hero of that era.
Betty became a widow in 2010. In her non-fiction novel, Grieving Sucks or Does It’, she shares the lessons she learned as she struggled to adapt to widowhood. Following, what she refers to as “a 42 year honeymoon”, her husband suffered an unexpected, fatal heart attack. At the time of this loss, she was no stranger to grief and mistakenly believed that she was prepared for what was to come. However, she soon learned a harsh reality - absolutely nothing could have prepared her for this kind of loss or made the grieving any easier.
It is Betty's belief that grief is greatly influenced by the relationship between the one who has passed on and the one left behind. Further, she believes that, while the grieving process is different for each of us, one thing remains universal: grieving does suck. But, for those who choose to learn from their grief, it teaches valuable lessons.
Betty currently resides in Mesquite, Nevada. In addition to writing, Betty enjoys traveling, growing roses, reading, gazing at Flat-top Mesa and watching the awesome desert sunsets from her patio.
Betty’s novels are available through her website at: www.bettyfreemanhaines.com – The Mesquite Citizen Journal Bookstore at: www.mesquitecitizen.com and at: www.amazon.com (Kindle and paperback format).