Piece-A-Way Crossroads is a work of fiction used on the life of a couple, Peter and Rhea, who lived in Marshall County, Mississippi, from the 1930's through the 1960s. It is written from the perspective of Jeannie, one of their daughters, who invites the readers to come piece-a-way with her as she tells their story. Jeannie introduces some of the people, places, and events her parents encountered during beautiful, difficult, and sometimes turbulent times-the Great Depression, Desegregation issues.
Gloria Gipson Suggs is a native of Marshall County, MS, where she continues to reside with her husband Franklin; she is a mother of two children named Michael and Linda, and a grandmother of a grandson named Langston. Gloria is the eleventh of seventeen, born to Sam Percy and Versie Ree Jones Gipson.
After attending one-and two-room elementary schools, she received a diploma from St. Mary’s High School in Holly Springs MS. She accomplished her B.S. degree in Biology from Rust College and a M.Ed. degree in Curriculum Development and Instructions from Memphis State University which is now U of M in Memphis, TN. When her 20+ years career as an educator was brought to a sudden halt after several accidents, she turned to things she loved as a child-performing, writing, drawing and published 3 books, one in 1983, 1998, and 2013.
As a multi-talented artist, she uses the creation of her art, poetry, short stories, and songs to tell the stories passed on to her of African and Native American heritage and rituals.