HEART OF THE AUTHOR

Welcome!

It is an honor to meet you here, and I am delighted you have chosen to take time to peruse my website. 

First, to tell you a little about myself.

Born in Hickory, NC, I am blessed and proud to continue to call NC home. I hold a BS degree in Education and a MA in Higher Education. Having taught in both public and private schools, I retired as an instructor with the NC community college system in 2015. My husband, Lynn, and I have three children and six grandchildren. 

Being a longtime beach lover, I enjoy walking along and relaxing beside a sandy shore. The ebb and flow of waves toppling and crashing onto the seashell-strewn shore, leaving a trail of suds on the sand as the salty, greenish-colored water recedes, has a calming, almost tranquilizing effect on me. My ability to sit on a beach for hours gazing out upon the vast expanse of water, somewhat hypnotized by its sights, sounds, and smells, has never waned. Not in the least.

The mountains are just as delightful to me as the ocean. Hiking along wooded trails listening to the enchanting sounds of the forest takes me back to the days of my childhood when I roamed through the woods behind my mama’s dream house, enthralled by the wonders and beauty of God’s glorious creation. My family and I still hike wooded trails as often as we can. We have enjoyed some of our most special times together as we walked along leaf-strewn paths, sharing thoughts and truths about life, love, and lessons learned.

My Passions: God, Family, Playing Piano, Reading, Writing, the Great Outdoors

Cathy Hickerson

My Reason for Writing

When writing, it is not adulation and accolades that I seek but rather to articulately communicate the message God has placed upon my heart. There are two important questions I ask myself before beginning a writing project: 

(1) What biblical truths and principles do I feel God is leading me to impart to readers? 

(2) How will readers be able to apply those truths and principles to their lives and their situations?

Without an answer to those two questions, I feel I have nothing to share that would be beneficial or encouraging. 

I do not proclaim to be a Bible scholar. Endeavoring to be a purveyor of biblical truth, I aspire to provide material which will resonate with readers in some form or fashion, bringing hope amid difficult and often painful circumstances. Finding hope is a universal need which we all have. Proverbs 13:12 tells us that “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” 

Sharing my stories is my delight. Sharing the love, compassion, and heart of my God is my mission.

Latest Title

Esther Crowder’s Baby Boy

The year 1935.

Throughout her difficult pregnancy, Clarice Tripp’s youngest daughter, twenty-three-year-old Esther Crowder, has had a disquieting inner sense that she would not survive the birth of her fifth child. Should her worst fears be realized, her oldest sister, Mary Margaret, has agreed to take the baby and rear the child as her own. 

Having been widowed for nearly two decades, Clarice now faces the very real possibility of losing yet another beloved family member. Heartbroken at the thought of losing Esther, Clarice finds solace in the promises of God to never leave her nor forsake her even when the strong winds of adversity blow in upon her with gale-force strength. She has found her Savior to be a bulwark in the darkest hours of her sixty-plus years of living, and her faith has been made stronger from the trials and tests He has allowed to touch her life. 

With a deep, abiding trust in the God Whom she loves and desires to obey, Mary Margaret struggles with anger and antipathy toward her brother-in-law, Raylin Crowder, regarding his treatment of Esther and the couple’s children. Faced with one of the most difficult and challenging directives from the Holy Spirit she has ever encountered, the thirty-year-old must forge a pathway through uncertainty and resentment toward forgiveness and service to those whom she feels are the least deserving. 

Although the relationship between Clarice and Mary Margaret always had deep roots, mother and daughter forge an even closer bond as the two of them exhibit their love and emotional and spiritual support for one another. 

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    In the Shadow of Barrett’s Mountain
    If ever there were two little girls reared as differently as night is from day, whose early lives were shaped and influenced by polar-opposite ideologies and mindsets, it was me and my mother. 

    Born into the widely-extended years of the Baby Boomer Generation, life for me in the shadow of Barrett’s Mountain, although filled with its share of ups and downs, moments of conflict and unthoughtful behavior and words, was as near to idyllic as one can get without crossing over into the realm of fiction. With deep roots planted firmly in a loving, nurturing, stable environment, my homelife was characterized by parents who, although imperfect and made many mistakes, had developed an unbreakable bond with each other wrapped tightly around the biblical principles of fidelity, a deep, abiding love for each other and for their children, and dependence upon and fierce faith in God. Their lives were centered around the little Baptist church we faithfully attended and the well-being of their children and their extended family. 

    The pages of my mother’s childhood were colored in stark contrast to mine. The firstborn child of a just-recently-turned sixteen-year-old mother, her young parents created an unstable, unhappy, and dysfunctional home. Divorce ensued after the birth of their second child three years after mama was born.

    A second marriage was entered into by my grandmother shortly thereafter to a man who drank alcohol excessively. My mother and her younger brother became witness to the physical and verbal abuse of their mother by their alcoholic stepfather. After one year of marriage, my grandmother divorced for the second time, and at age twenty-six, entered into her third marriage with yet another man who abused alcohol. 

    While her mother and stepfather worked nights in a cotton mill, mama, who was still a child herself, was given the responsibility of caring for her five younger siblings. With all that she had experienced and witnessed during her short life, along with having been given the huge responsibility of being second mother to her younger sister and four younger brothers, an ill-fated life was in the making for my mother. 

    Her upbringing provided no spiritual moorings. No biblical principles were instilled into her. The destructive cycle that had been set in motion during her childhood and on into her teenage years could have easily been repeated by her in her adult years. The statistics proved it. How easy it would have been for her to have patterned her life after those in authority over her. The mold had been set. The tragic scenes had been played out and were etched into the heart and soul of an innocent, little raven-haired girl who could do nothing about her situation but stand back and observe, the tape recorder in her mind set to ‘play’ all the while. The odds were not in her favor. Not in the least. 

    But God…

    Although she nor the man she would marry knew Him not, the most-high God had a beautiful plan for their lives. With grace and mercy, He miraculously and lovingly intervened and “gave unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3

    In the Shadow of Barrett’s Mountain. Depicting the first eighteen years of my life, giving praise to the God and Savior of my father and mother, Who, through His grace and mercy, became my God. 

    Sharing my story is my delight. Sharing the love, compassion, and heart of my God is my mission. 

    “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us…” Ephesians 2:4

     

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      The turmoil that Esther’s family goes through is very realistic and will make you cry. There was nothing I disliked about this book. It was well-written and had no profanity or sexual content. The story flowed smoothly, and the book was hard to put down. I recommend this short book to any Christian who has suffered the loss of a loved one. I gladly give this book 4 out of 4 stars.

      Bertha R. JacksonBook Reviewer at Online Book Club

      I really enjoyed reading this book. Your faith in God is an inspiration to us all. I was totally amazed at the strength of the women in the story.

      Gloria BenfieldGoodreads

      Great Writing!
      I really enjoyed the book and look forward to your next one. I loved how God remained a focus throughout the book even through situations. God blessed you with many gifts and writing is one of those.

      Sheila HuffmanAmazon

      We received our copy of your book, In the Shadow Of Barrett’s Mountain, today. As I hurriedly flipped through the pages looking at pictures and reading various passages, precious memories resurfaced from our Ellendale days. You have such a gift of capturing a memory through the written word. Your vivid descriptions and poetic verses touched this reader’s heart as tears filled these old eyes. So proud of you and the woman you’ve chosen to be. You’re leaving a priceless gift to your children and family–a labor of love they’ll cherish. Thank you for sharing your life with those you have touched along your journey.

      Sheila T. AustinReader

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