OUR STORY

Welcome home to GARNET HOUSE BOOKS, where we publish quality literature in beautiful books and offer writing, editorial, and publishing services. 

Established by Lori Alayne Way in response to a need for quality editorial and publishing services for her own work and for the publication of manuscripts she was left by her grandparents, GARNET HOUSE BOOKS is also home to the archives and library of the Way-Erdman family. 

IN HER WORDS...

A boutique publisher and bookseller, GARNET HOUSE BOOKS is the manifestation of an idea that came into being before we existed. 1905 is the year of the diary I have of my great-grandfather’s. At that time, he was a private physician for the Jenkins, a wealthy American family who contracted him to sail across the Atlantic and care for them in their home in Egypt before accompanying them on their travels throughout Europe. 

 

1905 is Seward’s story, and that is the tentative title: 1905: Seward’s Story. Then I met H. And he took me home. When I realized the address was 1905 Garnet, I knew the ancestors were at play. Kind of hard to miss signs like that. It wasn’t just the number, but that it was 1905 Garnet

 

The Jenkins' home overlooked a pyramid, and one evening Mr. Jenkins showed Seward the jewels he had taken from the pyramid… Yes! I kid you not. Including garnets! There is a 1905 garnet, and I believe I have it—in a bracelet I wore as a child. It is possible it came into the family through a great uncle who was a miner and could have brought it back from South America, but I prefer the other story. Either way, that was the beginning of GARNET HOUSE BOOKS. 

Lori Alayne Way, MA, MFA, BA

Writer & Publisher at Garnet House

a.k.a. Lucía Amarí Belmontéz

BELMONTÉZ BIO

A Canadian-American writer, Belmontéz grew up in the Canadian prairies before attending boarding school in Massachusetts and college in California.

 

With her first career as a stay-at-home mom, she also always wanted to be a writer and, after finding her grandparents’ letters and diaries, returned to university to develop her writing in hopes of one day doing justice for their epic story.

 

In the process came another story: Finding Fortune. Completed as her thesis for her MFA in Creative Writing, Finding Fortune is Belmontéz’s debut novel.

Related to Joseph Campbell and descended from writers such as Anne Bradstreet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Richard Henry Dana, Belmontéz is fascinated by the beauty of language, the power of story, and the Hero’s Journey.

She also has a BA in English, an MA in Film Studies, writes screenplays, and is in love with a Hero of a Thousand Faces. But that’s another story…

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