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Writing runs in the blood of East Tennessee family

Grandma, mom, and granddaughter are all published authors.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn — At the Powell Branch Library, three women sit quietly at a table, feverishly typing on their computers. The only sound comes from the tapping of their fingers on their keyboards. 

They're all published authors, and they're family. 

"We range in the A's. Amish, aliens, and assassins," Naomi Miller said about their writing styles. "I don't think any of us write the same. They say everyone has their own writing style. I definitely have a different style than my daughter. My granddaughter has her own style." 

Miller's daughter, J.C. Morrows, first sparked what's become a family tradition when she woke up from a vivid dream one night and decided to write it down. 

"I told mom all about it. I couldn't get it out of my head," Morrows said. 

She encouraged Miller to write a story of her own.  

"The first book I started writing, she challenged me to sit down every night and write with her, and we did," Miller, who writes Amish fiction, said. 

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Eigth-grader Macy Morrows enjoys writing modern-day fairytales. Her mom, J.C. Morrows, helps write the dialogue for her books.

Soon after that, Morrows' daughter Macy expressed her own interest in writing. At the time, she was only eight years old. 

"She came to me and said, 'Mom, I want to do what you do.' I said, 'You want to write books?' She said, 'Yes. I already have. Can I show you?' I said, 'sure!'" Morrows said. 

The three can sit for hours, not saying a word while hundreds of words fly from their fingertips. 

"I'll have my headphones in. They'll have their Beats in, and sometimes I can hear their music over mine, but sometimes I'm just into the story. We all are," Macy Morrows said. 

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"I have not critiqued my granddaughter's work. She lets her mom do that. That would be very hard," Naomi Miller said.

While they seldom agree on the type of books to write. Miller writes Amish Fiction. Macy Morrows writes modern-day fairytales and fantasy, and her mom, J.C. considers who books a cross between fantasy and sci-fi.

They do agree on one thing. You're never too young or too old to turn the page and follow a dream. 

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