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Rosslyn Elliott, Class of 1990, has first novel published


Rosslyn Elliott, Class of 1990, has become a published author with her first novel "Fairer than Morning."

The book is a fictionalized account of real historical events, telling the story of abolitionists working on the Underground Railroad in 1820s Ohio.  Her book was published in May by Nashville-based  Thomas Nelson, one of the country's largest publishers of Christian fiction.

"Fairer than Morning" tells the story of how indentured servant Will Hanby joined Samuel Miller, a minister and saddle maker, in helping enslaved people escape the South on the secret routes of the Underground Railroad. Hanby eventually married Miller's daughter Ann, and Rosslyn's book imagines the events that might have sparked their romance.

Classmates at the Louisiana School will remember Rosslyn as Lyn Pratt of Alexandria. Lyn excelled in the humanities, particularly literature and history. She also was a member of the "Encore!" singing group and Theatre Repertory.  After graduation,
Rosslyn attended Yale and finished a Ph.D. in literature at Emory University. She now lives in New Mexico with her husband Brandon and their eight-year-old daughter.

"I'm especially happy to share this book with members of the LSMSA community," Rosslyn said. "My two intense years at school in Natchitoches shaped my love of the arts and my desire to write fiction. I enjoy the thought of former mentors like Art Williams and Rodney Allen getting to see the results of their influence, even after twenty years. Classmates and faculty from LSMSA continue to be some of my most cherished friends."

"Fairer than Morning" is available for purchase on Amazon and through major bookstores. It is the first of a trilogy of novels that will be published as "The Saddler's Legacy."  Read more about Rosslyn at http://www.rosslynelliott.com/.

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