If you go
* What: Book signing and discussion of “Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home” by Forsyth County native Scott Vaughan
* When: 7 p.m. April 12
* Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road
* Cost: Free, registration requested
SOUTH FORSYTH -- A Forsyth County native and author of a book about the small-town world he grew up in will visit Sharon Forks Library next week for a stroll down memory lane.
Scott Douglas Vaughan will discuss and sign copies of “Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home,” which is a finalist in the Nation Indie Excellence Awards, at 7 p.m. April 12. Admission is free, but registration is requested.
Vaughan’s family moved away from their farm in south Forsyth in the 1960s.
“I was right on the cusp of puberty, and it was hard on Dad to move from [the farm] because it was the only thing he had ever known,” Vaughan said. “It was certainly hard on me.
“On the day we moved, I went to the house, and the power had been turned off. And I promised my dad I would write this book about growing up down there and our stories and adventures.”
Last November, he kept his promise.
Though the characters are fictionalized, the story reads as a memoir, with certain people’s and places’ names changed.
Characters were inspired from his coming-of-age years spent on the real-life Brookwood Road in south Forsyth.
Reviewers from Writer’s Digest and Amazon describe the book as heartwarming and full of humor and nostalgia for rural Georgia life, according to Laura Bradley, program manager for the Forsyth County Public Library system.
During his talk, Vaughan, who wrote for the Forsyth County News from 1974-81 while attending Forsyth County High School and the University of Georgia, will share his experiences growing up in Forsyth, long before the first big box retailer and outdoor mall replaced pastures and forests.
He will also talk about the logistics of independent publishing and his creative process.
Vaughan’s second novel, “Elm Street: Memories of Home,” picks up where “Brookwood Road” ended and is scheduled for editing over the summer to be published by this holiday season.
Copies of “Brookwood Road” are available in the library’s collection and will also be available for purchase at the event.
For more information or to register, visit forsythpl.org.