Geraldine Stith was born in Christian County and lived in Cadiz from age 12 to about the time she finished college, she said. She currently lives in Princeton. She said she was inspired to start writing after she attended a festival in summer 2005 commemorating the 50th anniversary of an alleged extraterrestrial visit to her father’s farm in Kelly.
Stith wasn’t born until 1961 and said she first heard about the incident when she was about eight years old. A man and a woman showed up at her doorstep and wanted to talk to her father, Lucky Sutton, about the August night in 1955 when he supposedly fought off a group of little green men that landed there in a spaceship. They were compiling UFO stories for a book. Her parents had never talked about that night in front of her, and she was surprised to see her father tell the story in the most serious manner imaginable.
“I could see the fear in him,” she said. “I knew there was something to it because his personality was always very serious and he never lied.”
Stith said that it seems more people outside of Kentucky have heard about that night than those who live close to where it happened. At the Kelly Festival, she spoke with UFO enthusiasts from around the country and from countries like Germany, France, Australia and Canada. Their interest in it led her to start writing “Alien Legacy,” which she said should be published sometime this summer from AuthorHouse, an independent self-publishing company that is also releasing “Rollan.”
In preparation for writing “Alien Legacy,” Stith did a lot of Internet research and studied a book on the incident by Isabelle Davis. She said she also looked at the case file from MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). Stith wrote “Alien Legacy” in part to set the record straight, she said. Because of the incident, her family was ridiculed, which was a big reason they never talked about. She said she wanted people to know that they weren’t crazy and that something really did happen that night.
Writing about her family history also had an unintended consequence for Stith. While working on “Alien Legacy,” she was inspired to write a novel, which became “Rollan.” Stith categorizes “Rollan” as fantasy fiction, but it also has shades of the Christian fiction genre that has been popularized by the likes of the “Left Behind” series.
Rollan is a young man growing up on a farm in the 30s and 40s. By the age of seven, Rollan discovers that he is different from everyone else and can sometimes predict events that have not yet happened. His mother considers it a gift from God, but his father is ashamed and thinks of the ability as a curse. After being betrayed by his girlfriend, Rollan joins a carnival, where he makes a living using his “gift.” He eventually discovers that he has other powers too, Stith said. He realizes that he has been sent by God to act as a prophet and possibly change the outcome of the future.
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