Growing up in Savannah, Ga., in the 1950s and settling down in on a little farm in Danielsville, Ga., Dr. Sallie Krickel might not have known then that her story was meant to be shared.
Dr. Krickel met her husband, Edward, during her schooling at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., where he served as an English professor. The couple married and settled down in Danielsville, Ga., where they raised their children on a small farm.
Dr. Krickel served as a professor at Emmanuel College for more than 30 years teaching French, Spanish, and World Literature. To her, the time she spent at Emmanuel meant the world to her because of the courtesy and kindness shared with her by the students and staff. Dr. Krickel’s two older children attended Emmanuel College as part of their college coursework with her third child sometimes coming to work with her and taking piano lessons from Mrs. Carol White.
Her husband, a professor at the University of Georgia, passed away in 1994. At the time, the couple did not have any grandchildren. A decade later, she became a grandmother. As other grandchildren were born, she decided to teach them about their late grandfather by writing about him. That led to the need to tell about other people in their family, which eventually led to her book.
“Edward was a very nice, brilliant man,” Dr. Krickel said. “I wanted to write about him so the grandchildren could know him as a real person and not as a name on the family tree.”
What she calls their own slice of heaven, their home on Booger Hill Road is described in Dr. Krickel’s memoir.
“It was charming, yet unpretentious;” Dr. Krickel said of the house, “lovely, without being exactly grand; dignified, without airs.”
“We regarded ourselves not as owners,” she continued, “but more as friends who shared 30 years of our lives with the Lady of Booger Hill.”
The Lady of Booger Hill took three to four years to write, with some sections coming easier than others.
Her memoir was published in October 2016 and the experience to her was very fulfilling, especially because she was able to share it with her friends and family at Emmanuel College.
Not only is The Lady of Booger Hill available at the Shaw Leslie Library, but EC faculty members Anna Shelton and Paula Dixon were involved in the publishing process.
“These two ladies were very professional, helpful, and kind throughout the process,” Dr. Krickel said. “It means a lot to have a copy of my book available at Emmanuel College. I spent more than 30 years of my life at Emmanuel, and I’m happy to share my work with everyone there.”
Only a few months after its release, The Lady of Booger Hill is receiving rave reviews.
“Wow…just wow,” said EC Alumna Tam Fields Tilley. “It reads like a contemporary of Faulkner, Flannery, O’Conner, Twain, and Harper Lee. People dream of writing the great American novel, but this one is certainly a contender.”
Dr. Krickel’s advice for anyone hoping to write a book?
“Getting started is the hardest part, so go ahead and get started,” Dr. Krickel said.
As soon as she started writing, it has been hard for her to stop. What is next?
“I plan to publish a book full of funny stories,” she said.
The Lady of Booger Hill is available for purchase on Amazon.com in paperback and e-book version at https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Booger-Hill-Sallie-Krickel/dp/1523630507.