After reading her first novel, many readers expressed a desire to learn more about Martha Lou’s mother. In the early research stages about her mother, Perritti’s focus shifted dramatically.
Martha Lou uncovered a long-held secret in the family — their Cherokee heritage. She discovered three full-blooded ancestral grandmothers. Thus, Standing Against the Wind (Lifestyles Press), follows the lives of these three courageous Native American Indian women.
Her fact-based story begins in the Cumberland Gap and follows the path her Cherokee family unfolds. The reader travels through early Native Americans living peacefully in the Carolina mountains, to the treacherous Trail of Tears, the Civil War and to the final removal of Native Americans from Martha’s family homestead in the Caddo Mountains of northern Alabama.
In 2006, Perritti presented a signed copy of Standing against the Wind to officials with The Smithsonian and The National Museum for the American Indian.
Continuing the story of her family-centered novels, Perritti released the third book in her historical series: From This Fertile Valley in 2010.
From This Fertile Valley is the culmination of Perritti’s trilogy of self-discovery. As a young mother, military wife and budding writer, she travels the world sharing her innate ingenuity, intuition and appreciation for nature with others.
Martha recently completed her fourth book in the series: War Eagle Texas Cherokee, which continues the story of War Eagle from Ribbon of Time.
Martha currently is dedicating time for speaking engagements and book lectures. An excellent speaker, the diminutive Perritti will take you on her fascinating journey, offering tips on finding your own personal heritage. She has proven to be much like her Cherokee ancestors — steady and calm, displaying a solid sense of purpose when a goal is laid out before her.
“If I can start a writing career at 50, anyone can. My life has been a summation of the attributes of my Cherokee and Irish legacies. Benefiting from the inner strength of my ancestors, I follow my own path.”Martha Lou Perritti