Inspired by the area's beauty, local residents' granddaughter publishes poetry collection
North Carolina's fall foliage, rolling Smoky Mountains and colorful red, pink, purple, yellow and blue flowers have inspired an 11-year-old Baltimore girl named Caroline Stole to write a collection of poems featuring rainbow colors — which became her first book.
The granddaughter of Waynesville residents Rob and Mary-Vinson Kuntz, Stole has been visiting Haywood County since she was 2, when she saw Fourth of July fireworks for the first time at Lake Junaluska.
"She loves the peace and quiet, and the great scenery," Mary-Vinson Kuntz said. "Every time she has a break [in school], she wants to come back."
Stole's love for Haywood County mirrors that of the Kuntzs', who first visited Waynesville and Maggie Valley in 1986. After the Kuntzs moved to the area in 2003, their granddaughter soon began taking regular summer trips to Haywood County from Baltimore. Together, the family has explored much of the beautiful scenery of the area and has seen various types of wildlife within the mountains, including the Catalooche elk, turkeys, foxes and birds like finches, cardinals and blue jays. The family has also enjoyed their interactions with Haywood County residents.
"The people here are welcoming and friendly and have a very creative bend," Kuntz said. "Waynesville is definitely a inspired piece of Paradise."
The scenery, wildlife and people have all proved to fuel Stole's creativity, which is evident in her book, "The Colors of Creation." The family self-published 50 copies of the work, and they are still getting requests for additional copies.
Currently, Stole, who will turn 12 on March 6, 2014, is working on a second book about the four seasons.